Just about all packed up...ready to go. As Captain Call says in Lonesome Dove, "it's a hard trip", but I think we'll make it with no problem. My mom and dad are staying the night in McKinney and will be here in the morning. Bryan and Myranda Baldwin have been so nice as to let us borrow their van to transport Rick in...I know he'll be comfortable. We've got some anti nausea medicine for him and hopefully it will knock him out for most of the trip. He is medically stable, so no need for ambulance...and Bryan and Myranda will charge way less than the ambulance will...I'll bet they'll settle for chocolate cake?!!! We are firing out no later than 7:30, and plan on stopping in Seymour to see the kids and then on to Lubbock.
Figured out how the folks in Hop Bottom, PA know about us...Rick's brother, Guy Wilhelm and his wife are out there on business and shared Rick's story with a church they've been attending. Thanks Tammy and Guy...can't go wrong with more prayers. Rick's been asleep since 7:00...he didn't nap after treatment, so he was very tired. It's a good thing though since he'll be getting up early in the morning.
So, we'll be going to Truspoint Hospital off of North Quaker first and then on to TLC on Nov. 30th. TLC is brain injury rehab just like Pate is. It was founded in 1982 in Galveston when Robert L Moody's (Moody Gardens) son suffered a brain injury and he found that there was not enough brain injury rehabs. They opened a branch in Lubbock last year...it's on 22nd street in the Covenant Medical Plaza. So glad to be getting closer to home...I feel like when I tell Rick we're in Anna, TX he thinks, "where?" Anyway, his orientation and memory continue to improve. One thing he does now is answer "I don't know" when he doesn't know something instead of guessing or making up an answer...that's actually considered progress in brain injuries. The baclofen pump is doing it's job, he's very relaxed and the tone is gone...and we still have a lot of room to adjust the dosage if need be.
Say lots of prayers and I'll be updating tomorrow as soon as we get settled.