Wednesday, December 2, 2009

DAY 165

Dr. Wolcott bumped the pump up again this morning...I was actually a little surprised he did it so soon. He said that it will probably need to be bumped one more time and hopefully we'll have it set. I have a feeling we'll be here at Trustpoint until the middle to end of next week. He got 4 hours of therapy today and then took a 3 hour nap. I just keep praying that his tone will be manageable. His dose right now is not consider high by any means, but it just makes me wonder how much medicine he'll need. If he continues at the dosage he's receiving, he will need a refill in January. Refill is a pretty simple process. The pump has a soft port in the middle of it. The doctor will find the port and use a needle to refill.

I got a phone call today from a girl whose husband was at both Baylor and Pate with Rick. He went to outpatient about 3 weeks before we left. She was upset...having him at home is hard. He can talk and is now walking with a walker, but the docs changed his medicine and he started having pretty bad outbursts. I think she just wanted to talk to someone that understands. I encouraged her and told her it will get better and easier. It's frustrating because there is no "normal" with brain injuries. And we've proven every statistic wrong, so you kind of feel like your Christopher Columbus sometimes. I refuse to be bitter or angry. The answers will come one day and until then I will continue to be devoted to Rick and the task at hand.

Gift #2...4 stockings with our names on them filled with chocolate...Rick and Cade's favorite!

Good night.


  1. Crystal,
    Let's pray that some things will not enter your door. Let's pray and agree, Father we come before you with praise and thanksgiving and Father we thank you for all the good things you have done for Rick and Crystal. Father we thank you for supernatural healing for Rick from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. Father we thank you for all your provision for them and their family. We thank you for blessing all of those individuals, from the ones who have reached out to them personally, to those who just said a simple prayer. In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen
    God Bless America

  2. Crystal,

    This is so perfect. Begin again on your firm foundation, the Rock, which is Christ. Simplify! Things have become too complex in many areas of your life. Go back to the basics of what you know is right. Set yourself on the correct course by accepting and applying simple truths, and refuse to take on more responsibility that you can effectively handle. Know that I am with you, and My strength is made perfect in your weakness, says the Lord.

    2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

    Love ya'll!

  3. Crystal, you are truly a remarkable woman and Rick is very blessed to have you as his wife and help mate.
    Your children will learn from your example and their lives will be enriched.
    May God and His angels walk with you every step of your journey.

  4. Crystal,
    Rick is very fortunate to have a wife as determined as you are. I admire the strength and endurance you have shown throughout this whole ordeal. As long as you continue to seek the Lord in all areas of your life the things that touch others will not touch you for He will not put anymore on you than you can handle. Claim that right now in the name of Jesus that the norm for brain injury is not the norm for you or Rick. So far you have gone against all odds and continue to do so take each step no matter how big or small and continue to give thanks to God and you'll see that everything is good and perfect in his will. Read 1John 5:14-15. I believe this with all my heart you see we as christians have power in the word and once we know that and claim it, it goes beyond any understanding of our simple minds. God's Blessings,
    Rhonda Garza
    Btw I went to school with Rick