Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DAY 116

I got a chance to talk to the case manager today, and she understands my concerns and they will be addressed. I feel better about things today. I looked at Rick's schedule this morning and realized it was not right, so after I got it fixed, and the rehab techs knew what he was supposed to be doing, I sat in the dining room for awhile. I checked in on him a few times and he was never alone and seemed to be engaged each time. At one time I checked on him and he said, "where were you?" I told him I was just in the dining room and told him I wouldn't leave him, but he had to keep working for a while without me. I said "is that okay?" and he shook his head yes. He worked on sit to stands in PT to work on sort of the midway point of sitting and standing. At about midway to sitting down he tends to flop instead of controlling it. Then this afternoon he was stretched on the mat. In OT he was stretched for about 30 minutes, but that's all the OT he got today. He did the standing frame and both the leg bike and arm bike. He continues to do well with bathroom breaks and only had 2 accidents today. He's also feeding himself about 50% of his meals, and could probably do 100%, but we just don't have time.

We got a visit from Eddie Graham today. He was in the area for work and stopped by. We had a good visit and Eddie said a great prayer before he left. We also received our first batch of mail at Pate...thanks to the folks in Munday that sent a special package of cards for not only Rick, but for the kids and myself as special! And the Vernon Daily Record from Devin and Sandra.

I met a very special guy today named Anthony. I've noticed him before because he always has a smile on his face. He was sitting with us at dinner today, and he asked me about Rick's accident and then shared his story with me. He looks pretty young...I'd say 21. He got in a fight with 3 other guys and was tackled and slammed to the ground. After the fight he drove himself home and went to bed...he woke up 3 months later! This happened a year ago. Part of his injury is that he smiles all the time...he can't keep from it...he smiles even when he doesn't want to. He assures me that Rick is going to be just fine. There are so many special people at Pate...and I don't mean special needs...I mean special.

And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it. John 1:5

God Bless,


  1. Crystal,
    Well, sounds like things are a little better. I certainly hope things are better so you will feel better about the whole situation.
    I know how frustrating things can be, I have had first hand experience with some of that
    headache before. From your message, Rick sounds better also and is doing a little better all the time. I believe things will level off now and they will get down to business since they have figured out you are not going to be pranked with or jerked around.
    Just always remember, keep your eyes on the prize, onward and upward, God is not going to forsake you, he gave his Son that we would have life and have it more abundantly. God Bless you and guide you through all, all, all things! In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Later, Rick

  2. Dear up on the past few days and my heart is hurting for you, so sorry it has been such an emotional week...I feel your favorite verse says it all, "We walk by faith and not by sight."

    This quote is not a specific scripture but I like it: FAITH MAKES THINGS POSSIBLE, NOT EASY.

    You can rest assured that GOD IS IN CONTROL, when we give Him the reigns everything falls into place. Praying fervently for all of you and the have so been on my heart all week, now I know why...sending loads of love and hugs. You and Rick are more than conquerors and Rick will be completely healed. God does not call the equipped, rather He equips the called Crystal, and He has equipped you for this battle, Armor Up (Ephesians 6:10-18) Well, I am just going to pray it over you now for you and your family (we do this every morning...we wouldn't go outside without our clothes on so neither should we ever start a day without our spiritual clothing (armor) )

    Dear Lord, I stand in the gap for my dear friend Crystal, her husband Rick, their children--Riley and Cade, their caretakers: Stan, Raquel, Tess, and Addison, and all of their family members...I put on the whole armor of God in the name of Jesus, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the girdle of truth, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, the shoes of peace, the left hand the shield of Faith to believe all things, the right hand the sword of the Spirit--the Word of God. I apply the blood of Jesus over all these precious people. I bind up the strongman in their lives and ask the Holy Spirit and ministering angels to meet all of their needs. I bind them to you Jesus and loose away all things not of you Lord. I place a wall of fire of protection around all of them. I speak Your blessings over them. We praise your Holy name Lord...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus...we are yours. We love you...Amen.

    Crystal, as I was praying and typing, I felt the need to encourage you to diligently put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness...when you are unable to be in direct contact with Rick and feel lonely and almost helpless, call upon Jesus, the name above all names, He is our Jehovah-Jireh---our provider...listen to praise and worship music, it will lift your spirit, claim, "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 I know you are soaring again, when you have time read the verses in front of 31, focusing on 28-29...and as many on this site have quoted and He promises in Deuteronomy 31:8---"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." We are reminded in Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, "Come to me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Emmanuel (God with us) is your safe resting place, your alone quiet times are significant now, rest in Him. Read Matthew 7:7-8. All throughout Matthew, Jesus is teaching and healing...just know Crystal that because of your faith, it will happen, He says so!!!

    Wishing I could be there to hug you, but even more than that I am high-fiving you as you recharge and press on. "I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength." Phil. 4:13.

    On a technical note, I have attempted several times to post the Rathgeber Hospitality House Newsletter several times...if my tutor cannot provide technical support soon, I am just going to type it as a post if that is okay with you. I think it is an awesome attribute to you and Rick, your faith and perseverence, your committed marriage, and the miracle of Rick's life...a living testimony to all of us. Thank you Crystal for turning this test into such an inspiring testimony. We all love you and pray for you continually. Sorry I got a little long winded tonight, I will call soon so you don't have to read a book each time!!!

  3. oh my garsh...I actually had to delete part of my comment so it could post...knew that would make you laugh...have a blessed day!