Monday, September 21, 2009

DAY 93

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!


  1. I know I already knew what the blog would say, but I still am so excited!!!! I am so wound up right now just imaging how thrilled you are!! What a great Monday the good Lord brought the Kieschnicks' today! I continue to pray for you, Rick, Riley, Cade, Raquel, Stan, Tess, Addison, Jimmy and Gigi!!!
    Love, Aunt Sher

  2. Thank you Jesus, one step at a time, be they ever so small or great, one step at a time.
    You know if you had to walk around the world the journey begins with that first step. Come to think of it, you have walked a long way around the world and God has blessed you too. God has blessed Rick some more and there is so much more to come! Please let's pray and agree,
    Father in heaven we come before you with praise and thanksgiving! Father we are so thankful for everything you have done for Rick. Father we pray your continued blessings and healing power for Rick and Crystal. Father we lift Kyler before you and Father we pray for a miracle for this young man, Father we pray for his eyedrops to do the miracle they are designed to do. Lord we know with your touch Kyler is healed in the Name of Jesus! Father we proclaim that his optic nerves are healed in the Mighty Name of Jesus and Father we thank you for a good report from Crystal soon! Father we thank you for the healing that Rick needs for the next steps, the swallowing, talking, breathing, strength, and balance and Lord we claim these for him in the Name of Jesus, In Jesus name we Pray, Amen and Amen
    God Bless America and all of our elected leaders and the leaders around the world, later, Rick

  3. Sis,

    Tell Rick the next time he goes "shopping", I need some new running shoes (the kind that run after kids!!)

    Love yall,

  4. That Rick is a worker and you have been beside him every step of the way. You both are deserving of the best God has to offer you.
    Bless you both and hoping for a peaceful night and an exciting productive tomorrow.

  5. Crystal,
    I am so glad to hear the great news! Last night I couldn't get a hold of you so my impatience got the best of me, so I called Sherri and your mom to find out the scoop. Rick is doing so well!!! Please let him know how many cheerleaders he has!
    Here's a quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for you & Rick to ponder "Not in the clamor of the crowded street, Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat." Rick is definitly showing the triumph!