Great news! Rick responded SO well to the baclofen trial...in Olivia's words "this is amazing". She took measurements at the 2 hour, 3 hour, 4 hour and 6 hour marks. They expect the medicine to be most effective at the 3 hour mark. At 3 hours Rick was so loose...hardly any tone at all. And you could tell he felt better. At the 6 hour mark, the effects of the medicine are wearing off, but for some reason on Rick's left leg he still had better scores than before the trial. This is so strange because Rick's head injury was worse on the right side of the brain, thus affecting the left side of his body more...the tone in his left leg has always been worse...but it was good even 6 hours after the dose was given! Praise God! Olivia and Dr. Carlile were so pleased at the 3 hour eval, they went ahead and faxed the results to the insurance company. Our next step will be the placing the pump and catheter. I'm not sure when this will happen. The pump is something he could possibly have for the rest of his life. Our nurse today told me a story of a former patient of his that had a pump put in about a year ago, and got to have it removed recently. This patient was injured in a motorcycle accident and was in an LTAC for a year before he even got to rehab. Today he is doing so good...another GOD PROJECT! I guess for me, the great thing today was seeing Rick totally relaxed...I could tell he felt good.
So, it's the weekend and the kids are coming up this evening. I pray Rick has a good weekend, but if he doesn't, someone please remind me of the great week we've had...sometimes I need a reminder not to get upset.
Thanks again for your prayers.