Thursday, August 20, 2009

DAY 61

God blessed us again today. The day didn't start off so great. Rick had an episode that caused him to sweat really bad and get really tight. Not sure what causes these...just part of the brain injury. We got him cooled off and he rested awhile. Then, his casts were cut off his legs and I'm sure that made him feel better, too. Then the good stuff started. Usually during PT he stands up one time for 10 minutes or so, and she has to help him get his knees locked and push up, but today Olivia made him stand up and sit down over and over. On the 3rd time, Rick did all the standing by hisself! It was all him! It was so exciting. Another great thing was that the ENT doc came by late yesterday and cleared the trach and it was removed today. He still hasn't talked yet, but he will! Then at the end of the day, OT came in and Julia got him stretched out another 30 degrees and recast. They are so pleased with his progress. AND the insurance company approved the waiting! WOW! Thank you God for taking care of all the details!

Thanks to everyone who has called and visited and sent cards...I can't even get through all the cards he's received...the nurses were laughing at the stack we got today! We truly appreciate everything everyone's done for us.



  1. Great news!! We love you so much and are so happy to hear of such HUGE milestone every day! We're coming to visit soon!
    My school email is . Email WHENEVER you need during the day and I can get to Cade and Riley too, within a couple of minutes to tell them of exciting progress! Prayers are being answered every minute!!! How awesome!
    Love and prayers,
    Kelly, Reno, Alyssa and Morgan

  2. Hey chick! I thought you had weaseled out on us today!! I know I usually know what has happened but I still love to read Rick's incredible progress!! Hope they can determine what is the factor of Rick's sweating episode. I am amazed how many people I see that ask about Rick and you. What an incredible blessing this has been!! Hope Rick has a great birthday tomorrow!! Talk to you tomorrow! See ya soon!!Love ya, Aunt Sher

    Happy Birthday Rick!! Hope tomorrow brings to you more of God's blessings.

  4. Crystal,
    keep up the great work, hopefully the problem today won't last long or amount to much. God Bless you both, keep you and your family safe, and continue the progress, in the name of Jesus, Amen later, Rick

  5. AWESOME!!! God is always in all the details, He is I AM!!!

    Continuing to pray for all of enjoyed catching up with Raquel yesterday, your children are in loving hands, but of course you knew that!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY thankful you are here to celebrate it, you have come so far in the past 2+ months, know that next year on your birthday you won't have to work so hard to "live"...there is a season for everything and the good Lord never gives us more than we can handle with Him in control...this journey is an amazing testimony of His wonder working power, Crystal's perseverence and your will to live/overcome are touching lives of people you may never know all for HIS GLORY.

    We love ya'll, sending lots of hugs,
    trey, ronday, tay, syd, and cheney

  6. Praise the Lord of the progress today. Rick we are so proud of you, if anyone can do this, you can with the help of our Lord and Savior. Prayers were said for you at church council meeting tonight. Uncle James says we will be there in a few weeks, I am so excite, can't wait to see you again. Will call tomorrow and give you the Burell's rendition of Happy Birthday Big Boy. Your Dad, Brother, Aunt Doe Doe and I are so happy to have you in our lives. Much love and God Bless You

  7. Crystal,
    WOW! We are so excited about Ricks progress. It's so amazing how God is taking him by the hand and just leading him on this journey. Please tell him Happy Birthday and give him a big hug and kiss from us. We love ya'll and we continue to pray. Hang in there.
    Ronnie, Pollye Chance and Chase

    Ronnie, Pollye, Chance and Chase

  8. Wow!! Good job, birthday boy!! Keep it up, and keep praising Him for the blessings!


  9. "When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." Helen Keller advocate for the blind and deaf.
    Happy Birthday Rick, GOD'S blessings,Crystal at your side and the kids are the best gift ever!!

    Love Mom and Dad

  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICK!!!!!!! What a blessing this is and to be able to say that! You are doing such a great job! We love and miss you both! Hopefully, we will get to see you in a few weeks! Until then keep up the great job!

  11. Hey mom its Riley. I just wanted to wish daddy a HAPPY BIRHTDAY!And I hope that you and daddy had fun at his birthday party.School starts in 2 days!I dont know if I am ready or not!I'm just nervous starting a new school I geuss.Tell daddy I love him .Love you

    Love Riley