We had our first team meeting today. Dr. Carlile makes rounds every morning, but one day a week her and all the therapists that have been working with Rick will come talk to me about his progress. Today they gave me an estimate of his discharge date from Baylor...remember this date is always "penciled in" and is subject to change. Rick's estimated date is September 22nd, and from here we will go to a transitional rehab. At date of discharge they expect Rick to be doing 50% of the work himself and still need 50% assistance. The transitional rehab will work on getting him back to 100% or finding ways to work around what needs he may still have. Patients usually stay in transitional rehab for 1-4 months. The one we have looked at is called Pate and is in a small town north of McKinney in a ranch setting.
Today Rick worked on standing again, and also on sitting and controlling his trunk. He was able to sit, leaned on his forearm without assistance for 20 seconds. Olivia (PT) told Rick she felt like he was holding out on her and we threatened him with a chappin' if he didn't give her 110%...we got a smile out of him after that! OT cut his cast off this afternoon, and then he got botox injections. Yep, botox...it's a method used to treat the tightness in the muscle caused from TBI's and Dr. Carlile said almost every patient with a TBI needs injections. The procedure didn't take long and she said he slept through it! He worked good for ST today and was able to whisper the vowel sounds "o" and "e". She also started on some cognitive skills today with pictures of different items and asking him to point to what she said. I would say he was the most alert today that he has been so far. He ate 90% of breakfast, & about 75% of both lunch and supper. The ear, nose and throat doctor will look at him tomorrow and determine when the trach can come out.
Rick's birthday is on Friday, but the kids won't be here then, so they are coming back tomorrow and we will have a little celebration for him...he'll be 42.
Please keep praying for Rick's full recovery.