Oh, the PT's poured it on Rick today. He walked and then was stretched and stretched...so 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 request...in 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!