OMG...are we at Six Flags or something? I feel like we're making the rounds, Judge Roy Scream, Shock Wave, Mr. Freeze, The Texas Giant...today was great! He did test positive for c-diff, but Dr. Carlile didn't wait on the test results, she wanted to get ahead of it and started him on meds this morning and also on buttermilk...grandma's remedy! She also started him on an IV just to push some more fluids to him and keep him hydrated. First thing this morning was OT. He helped push his arms through the sleeves and also tried to brush his teeth. He spit out his mouthwash which is a big deal...apparently the planning of how to spit is pretty complicated, so the OT's get excited when it happens. In ST he was asked about 5 questions and the answers were printed on a sheet of paper. He had 2 options for answers on each question and he pointed to the correct answer each time. In PT he stood a couple of times and as Olivia was counting to 30 we noticed that Rick was counting with her...probably because she counts too slow for Rick! He was also on the bike again and pedalled himself 8 out of 10 minutes he was on it. We saw the eye doctor again today, and his eyes are better but still not good. She suggested putting a weight on top of his eye to help him keep it closed whent it's shut, but not too heavy that he can't open his eye when he wants to. We just put it on and he's sleeping, so I'm not sure how he'll react to it.
His favorite aide is back today. Her name is Miss Ruthie and she is from the island of St Kits in the Carribean. She's lived in the states for over 30 years and has worked in the brain injury dept here at Baylor for 25 years! Can you believe that? I know people who can't stick with one job for 25 minutes much less 25 years! I swear when she talks to him he listens to every word...if she said, "Rick, get up and jump in your chair" I think he would. She was on vacation last week and we really missed her. She's just one of those special people and she told me today that every morning she prays that she can be a blessing to someone that day. She is certainly a blessing to us.
Thanks for all your prayers...they've been working. I know a ton of people prayed we would have a better day, and we did.
God's Blessings to each of you!