Rick got some good stretching and some walking today. He also did arm bike, leg bike, and standing frame. His primary therapist's last day was Friday, so we met his new one today. She will also be his speech therapist, but he didn't get any ST today because she was trying to figure out how to fit in her new patients. I also found out today that his primary therapist is also supposed to be the cognitive therapist that sits in the office with him to help him with cognitive tasks. However, today I checked on him twice and both times he was in the office alone...how long he'd been alone I'll never know. We met the doctor that takes care of patients out here. His primay job is at Zale Lipshy's in Dallas. He just went over Rick's meds and suggested we not change anything until after the baclofen pump has been placed. He was happy to hear that Rick had already had a baclofen trial and was close to getting the pump placed. He can actually manage pumps after placement and said he would be happy to manage it when he comes out to Pate so that Rick would not have to make any trips into Dallas for adjustments...suits me! He also believes Rick is ready to have his tummy tube out, but wants to wait 'til after surgery just to make sure. We will switch him from the canned feedings to Boost drinks during the day to make sure he still gets enough calories, and his meds can be crushed and given to him with applesauce.
And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God constantly. Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that it is granted to you and you will get it. Mark 11:22-24
Still standing on faith and still believing every day that "this could be the day". And when it's not, at the end of the day I say, "well, it must be tomorrow!"