It's a good day. The team asked for a two week extension for Rick. Insurance will still have to approve it and we will know for sure in a day or two. Dr. Carlile and Olivia were both so impressed with Rick today. They had been receiving updates throughout the week, but were still pleasantly surprised when they saw him today. One of the scores used to measure Rick's progress is called the Functional Independence Measure, and up until this week he had not made any gains that could count towards this measurement. Don't get me wrong, he's made significant gains, but nothing we could count towards the FIM score. But, today he got moved from 1's to 2's in memory, bed mobility, and transfers! Yea! This afternoon in PT Olivia had him walking with a shopping cart as his main support. No more treadmill...Katie was by his side and Olivia was helping a little with his feet, but Rick walked about 60 feet pushing the shopping cart! I couldn't believe it...before we started I was praying, "Oh God, please let him be able to do this", but still not believing my eyes when he did. And when we got done and he sat back in his wheelchair, he gave the biggest sigh...he was worn out! He had a swallow test this afternoon, and he will have trial of chopped soft foods tomorrow which is an upgrade from pureed. The transporter that took us through the tunnel to the swallow test is not someone we've had before and he just started talking about Jesus and quoting scriptures and telling me how "this man is going to be okay". And I know he's right...remember what Joyce Meyer says, "God can make bananas grow on telephone poles if he wants to!" AMEN!
The devil, your enemy, goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to eat. Refuse to give in to him, by standing strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9
Tonya told me the most wonderful news about Kyler. When he went to the eye specialist last Tuesday, he gave him some eye drops to help stimulate blood flow from the optic nerve. On Thursday they left the hospital again to see another doctor. As they were riding Tonya noticed Kyler's head turn as if he was watching something go by. And then he said, "Aunt Tonya what was that big thing that just went by?" And she said, "It was a truck." And he said, "Was it white?" And she said, "Yes, it was!" Can you believe that? How wonderful. And Kyler is leaving tomorrow to go to Pate Ranch, so we will still get to see them. Please continue to lift him and his family up in prayer.
Love you all!