Another successful day for Rick. He ate well, he responded well to Dr. Carlile, he helped push his arm through his shirt when he got dressed this morning, and he tried to brush his teeth. In neuropsych Chris asked him to point to the correct year, and he did and then he asked him to point to the correct day of the week and he pointed to Tuesday. He walked on the treadmill again today with the same amount of assistance as yesterday. They put a mirror in front of him so he can see himself and he really does watch himself. He went to the vision clinic today. They mainly checked overall eye health which looked good. She did notice an ulcer on his right eye probably due to his lack of blinking and keeping his eyes well moistened. When they get dry they will have little tears in the them that bacteria can get in causing the ulcer. She started him on some eye ointment. He had another swallow test today, but is not ready to advance to a less strict diet. We continue to try to fatten him up. I try to give him snacks between therapies, he is also drinking a 500 calorie drink in the evenings, and his overnight tube feeding has been increased.
Kyler is back from surgery. So good to see him. I visited with his grandmother briefly. Kyler's surgery was 2 weeks ago and his vision has not returned. That's not to say it can't especially with the help of God. So please keep Kyler in your prayers...he's 16 and he wants to see again. I think he will do fabulous in therapy and I hope his family has many days of celebrations ahead of them.
The power of prayer is so awesome. It is the reason we are here today, and I thank God for it. And I thank everyone who has stood with us...and I know I speak for every member of his family when I say, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please continue to pray for Rick...he's the best, but y'all already knew that!