Saturday, July 25, 2009

DAY 35

I don't even know where to begin today. I think I'll start at the end and go backwards. The doctor just changed out Rick's catheter. It was causing problems, and for most of the day Rick was in pain from bladder spasms. Every 10 minutes since 11:30 this morning Rick had been in pain, and we couldn't figure out why. When it first happened this morning, he really woke up, and at first we thought "this is it" he's waking up and he's hurting and scared and we just need to reassure him that everything is okay. But, around 1:30 it turned into these scary episodes of double overed pain, and I knew something wasn't right. He was in tremendous pain, and he wasn't waking up like he had earlier. He was given pain meds and muscle relaxers, but nothing would soothe him completely. Finally, we figured out it was his bladder...he is resting peacefully now...he's wore out from fighting the pain. Two great things came out of this...this morning his nurse asked him if he could hear her and he mouthed the word "yes". A little bit later I asked him if he could hear me and he nodded his head yes.

I can't tell y'all how relieved I am to get this figured out...he's been doing so good, I just couldn't imagine getting this far and having a setback. I thank the Lord that this was minor and praise him for getting us this far.

Count your blessings!



  1. Crystal,

    I just found out that you all have this blog. It was great to hear that Rick is progressing. I plan to keep up with his progress. Tell your family and father-in-law Glenn hello from me. I continue to pray for you all. I appreciated all of your support and kindness when my father was in the ICU with Rick.

    Al King

  2. Awesome news about him nodding his head and answering you! That is so great! Glad you got the problem figured out about the catheter, and so glad it was a great day anyway!! Love you guys!
    Kelly, Reno, ALyssa and Morgan

  3. Hi Crystal, It is Britany, the Respiratory Therapist at TSH. I will love to be able to keep up with Rick's progress when he (hopefully) gets to go to Baylor. We will miss your sweet family! I'm continuously praying!

  4. OMG, Crystal I just got chills and had to cry reading this! I'm so sorry he had to go through so much pain, but thank the Lord he's responding more and more!!
    Hang in there...XOXOXOX to all of you!!
    All our Love,
    Ronnie, Pollye, Chance and Chase..

  5. Hey Crystal! We(the mare barn) think and pray for you and your family everyday! Me, Jodi, and Kennedy went to TRR the other day to get started on sale stuff and it just wasn't the same without ya'll there. We miss ya'll so much! Tell the Rick hello from "Redass" and tell the kids hi too.

    Cassie DeFiori

  6. Hey mom,its Riley.I am with Madison right now.We are playing and wathing T.V.Maddie has a birthday party to go to today, and then after Grandma Chyral is going to take us swimming at Rachels pool.The first night i spent the night at Maddie's house,Gina and me made a palet inthe floor[it was comfortble] LOVE U. AND WE ARE PRAYING! Love Riley

  7. Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
    Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
    Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
    Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
    Every moment, THANK GOD.

    Love you!

  8. Crystal,
    We don't always understand many things.
    None of us wants to see a loved one hurt, but
    keep your eye on the prize! Rick has taken some
    really great strides. God Bless and strengthen
    you all! later, rick

  9. Cystal, I am so amased at the progress that Rick has made since we saw him a week ago. I believe God and Rick are working together. You know the old saying, " No pain No gain." Rick had to feel pain to bring him to a point where he had to communicate that he was in pain. The pain may have awakened his speach.
    That was his gain. Another words, stay tuned for more great thing to happen. Love all of you Marilou and Bobby (meme and bob-o)