God continues to send blessings and answer prayers. The CT scan of the liver looked good and they found no reason for it to be causing high enzyme counts. The problem is probably the meds, so for now Rick has to quit taking a couple of the neuro stimulants he's on. I'm hoping that since Rick is becoming more aware of his surroundings, that he won't miss the stimulants and won't need them anymore. Rick's eyes are looking better, the symptoms of the c-diff are no longer, and he only threw up one time today. Dr. Carlile is suspicious that this might be related to the vestibular system (inner ear) and there is a way to test for this, and if it's the case there is also a remedy. I praise God for all of these things.
My mom and dad and Glenn and Ray Gipson all came today. It's been a month since my Dad has seen Rick and he was impressed with what's been going on here, and the progress Rick has made. It's been a couple of weeks since Glenn has seen Rick and he could tell a big difference, too. We discussed the baclofen pump and are all in agreement that this is the best option for Rick to give him the best chance we can give him. I continue to pray for God to set my feet upon the right path, and open the doors that need to be open. I only want what's best for Rick.
I visited Pate Ranch at Anna, TX today. This is what's called a Post Acute Rehab facility or a transitional rehab. It's definitely different from the hospital setting. It's centered around therapy and a more homelike setting. It was so peaceful out there...reminded me of Tongue River...no highway noise, no traffic. The rep asked me what I thought of all this Dallas traffic and I told her I'd rather be fighting rattlesnakes in west texas than traffic in Dallas. When Rick is ready to leave Baylor we will be going to this type of facililty. There is also one in Lubbock we will look at, and then make a decision. As for when Rick will leave Baylor, that's hard to say. His original discharge date was Sept 22nd, but with the possibility of getting the baclofen pump, that could change. Because the pump adds a "building block" so to speak for Rick, it could justify a longer stay here which he definitely needs. To go to transitional rehab he needs to be able to handle 6 hours of therapy a day, and right now he's doing good to tolerate 3.
But, if God is for us, who can be against us, right? So, we continue to pray to, praise, and glorify the one who is responsible for this...He continues to show me everyday that He is with us.