Monday, October 26, 2009

DAY 128

Oh, the PT's poured it on Rick today. He walked and then was stretched and much so that after his last PT session he fell asleep on the mat before we could even get him back in his wheelchair. Rick's brother Bryan came by to see him today and will stop by again on Friday...I told him to expect a different Rick when he sees him on Friday. I'm really putting a lot of hope in the baclofen pump. If y'all remember when we did the trial he responded to it so well it was unbelievable. Today I found out some more info on the surgery tomorrow...the coordinator at Dr. Konen's office didn't know what she was talking about. What will happen tomorrow is the pump will be placed and then Rick will be monitored for 4 hours. If all goes well we will return to Pate and then Rick will see another doctor who will manage the pump and set the dosing correctly. The pump is placed in the abdomen, below the skin but on top of the muscle, and a small catheter goes around into is spinal column to deliver the medicine. He tried to taking the oral dose of this medicine, but he has to take so much orally that it makes him really sleepy and doesn't do hardly anything for his spasticity. With the pump the medicine is delivered straight to the spinal column where it's contained and doesn't cause side effects and he only has to take a small dose. The spasticity is from the brain injury...the message that tells the muscles to tighten fires continuously and the message that tells the muscle to relax is broken. His spasticity has gotten better since the accident, but it's still severe. He has to make 5 times the effort to do something that you or I could do. Most people need the pump the rest of their lives, but not all...and you know how I feel about statistics! Rick has thrown a curve ball at the statistics!

The Lord hears our prayers and will respond. I have a special the morning at 7:30 everyone please say a litle prayer for Rick's surgery to be a success...let's all have the Lord's ear for 10 seconds and ask him be with the doctors, nurses, and Rick and pray for a successful outcome. Thanks so much!



  1. 7:30! You got it!
    Ann & Cliff

  2. Praying every detail is covered by The Almighty, may you feel His presence in an overwhelming way all day and Rick receives another miracle in the name of Jesus. God Bless you both and everyone whose path you cross from sun-up to sun-down.

    Sending love and hugs,
    Trey, Ronda, Taylor, Sydney, and Cheney

  3. Crystal,
    OK! I wish I could give you the peace and confidence that I feel in my Spirit, I can't help but think everything is going to be just fine. I know that's easier for me than it is for you but just believe what you quoted the other day, Mark 11-23/24, you have moved many "mountains" so far, what's one more? Let's pray, Father we thank you in advance for another miracle. We thank you for supernatural
    healing for Rick and Peace that passes all undertanding for Crystal. Father we thank you for guideing the Drs. and nurses in the operation and everyone who has anything to do with Rick's well being. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen

  4. Dear Lord,

    We pray that you let your hand of loving and grace be upon Rick and Crystal today. Please bring rest and peace into both of their minds and body’s. Please keep your angels in the presence of Rick and the doctors performing this amazing procedure.

    Please keep Crystal’s spirit calm and remind her you have prepared these physicians for years and that they are where they are, because they possess the gift of your Spirit. Help Crystal to continue to recall the history of your grace in their lives during this journey and how your spirit has always been there to keep them safe and secure. We know your hands are surrounding this day and outcome.

    We remember, Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    In your faith, dear Lord. Amen.

    Seek Me for strength, and I will give it. Ask for angelic help, and I will send it. Have faith and push through, says the Lord.

    Psalms 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

    My alarm is set for 7am--all my thoughts and prayers will be with you. shelah

  6. Not only was I praying at 7:30, but I have throughout this morning before reading this blog. I know this will be a success and we will continue to see great strides in Rick's healing.
    Crystal, if you could please post that we will be having the benefit roping on Nov 21st starting at 1:00 in the covered arena in Vernon on this blogspot I would appreciate it. Kim and Phillip will be sending out flyers about it, but I know we can reach a great deal of people thru this as well.
    We love and miss you both!