Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oh my...I keep telling myself I'll post more often, and now look how long it's been! And we hit a milestone last weekend and I didn't even have the time to blog about it! Rick got his boots on for the first time since his accident! My uncle TJ stretched them just a little bit and Rick got them on. And the bonus is that he walks better and stands better in them. His PT at NT rehab loved it and said have him wear them every time he comes. He was really diggin' his boots, too...made him smile. Even with such a great thing happening for him, he was a bit down at the beginning of the week. I think he's tired, and a little frustrated. He wants to see BIG progress instead of little progress. He got out for a little bit this morning to watch Cade's soccer game, and made it to Riley's pep rally on Thursday. Also on Thursday, we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary and Riley's 12th birthday. Poor Rick has had to put up with me for 15 years breaks, no time outs. I remember last year at this time...Rick had just had his baclofen pump in and had some adverse reactions...I was so scared and worried it was all I could do to call Riley and tell her happy b-day. So, this year was WAY better than last!

Still waiting on DARS money...they did finally release some money in October, but it wasn't until the end of the month which his counselor said is unusual. I've been waiting to hear where he is at on the waiting list now, but their computers went down on Friday & I wasn't able to find out. In the past DARS has only released money in Sep, Oct, Nov, and Dec and ususally only about 50 clients each release. So, please pray that Rick is high enough on the list that we'll make it in the next 2 rounds.

Next week we are taking a break from therapy in Wichita Falls. We will see Tim here in town twice, but other than that we'll just be working on some things at home. I'm hoping the break and the rest will put him in a better mood.

God Bless,

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thanks everyone for the comments...we enjoyed reading them. Rick especially because he doesn't realize exactly how many people have prayed, cried, and rejoiced right along with us during the last 16 months. And he always seems surprised when I tell him who's commented or asked about, "really, they asked about me?" While at therapy on Thursday, NT Rehab filmed Rick's therapy and interviewed me for a special program called Lift a Life. It's a program that will air on tv sometime in Nov or Dec...I'll let you know as soon as I know. Susan Knowles-Martin (y'all may remember her from the sports cast on KFDX several years ago) is the PR director for NTR and she did the interview...I cried a little, but I warned her that I would, and she said that was fine she would just cry right along with me! They also came back and filmed Rick in the pool yesterday. I really like what they are doing with Rick, but he's not getting enough walking time. He's always in the pool on Monday, and on Wednesday OT and PT co treat, so he doesn't walk then either. It's only on Thursdays and what little he does around the house that he gets any walking time. So, I decided to take him back to Tim Nix at the Seymour Hospital on Tuesdays and Fridays for walking. We went at 8 this morning, and Tim was so impressed with how far Rick has come since he's seen him last. I just really feel like Rick needs this...the more you use it, the quicker it comes back.

Also, I wanted everyone to know there will be a TBI survivor speaking in Wichita Falls and in Vernon next week. His name is Sean Carter and he was injured in a car wreck in Wichita Falls 5 years ago. His website is Very inspirational, and I hope to take Rick and the kids to listen to him. We think Rick has come a long way, but not nearly as far as this kid has had to was 4 years before he could even attempt to walk. If you go to his website, get the kleenex box out.

We had several visitors last week, and sure do appreciate the folks who stop by to visit. Aunt Chyral, Grandma and Lauri Colbert came on Friday and brought goodies for everyone...thanks for the banana nut muffins they are delicious as always. Freddie and Pam Wilhelm stopped on their way to Vernon on Friday as well. Then, on Sunday afternoon, Buck Kerns and Jr Daniel stopped by for a quick visit.

Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You do I wait all the day long.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So sorry it's been so long since I've posted. I have a couple of pretty good excuses....excuse #1 we were very busy last week, and excuse #2 the internet was out for a couple of days. I called in a trouble ticket to Santa Rosa today on the internet problem, and when I got my call back, it was a blog follower on the other end and she was just as concerned about us getting our internet back up and running as we were! She was in need of a blog post! So here it is Melissa and it was great talking to you today. Last Monday and Tuesday were absolutely fabulous days for Rick. But after the trip to Lubbock on Tuesday, he was pretty wiped out. We got the baclofen pump refilled and stopped by TLC to see our old friends. Everyone was really impressed with how good Rick looks. And, I got the greatest news ever...Blake Brazil is doing so well, that he will be moving to TLC. Thank you Lord! We were on the road all 5 days last week, so on Saturday morning Rick slept until 10! That is soooo late for him. The kids were out of school Monday so they went to therapy with us and gave Rick someone else to shoot his water gun at during pool therapy! Our DARS counselor called just to let me know there hasn't been any funds released in October yet, so we still don't know how much longer Rick will be on break.

Today we got to stay home...woo hoo! And I got out my journal that I've written in pretty much every night since this started. And guess what happened a year ago today. We were at Pate (nightmare) and Sid Dickson and I got into our little "discussion" about me backing off...I'm so glad I didn't listen to him and listened to my heart instead. And look how far we've come from there. I read my journal entry to Rick because he has no memory of Pate...the first sentence is, "I'm so mad right now, I could kick Sid Dickson's butt!" Rick got a good chuckle out of that. God is good and He got us out of there.

Thanks for your continued support. Just when I think noone is reading my blog anymore something funny like the phone call with Melissa happens...and btw, I don't believe that is a random thing. Thanks for the encouragement. We will finish what we've started and give God the glory!


Monday, October 4, 2010

Good Monday morning! Here we go again. Our week will be a little bit different than normal. We go to Lubbock tomorrow for a baclofen pump refill, and will go to WF every day (except Tues) for therapy. Rick will be pooped after this week! We had a great weekend. A friend from North Carolina stopped by on his way to Knox City to see Jr Daniel. Buck Kerns usually goes to the remuda sale every year and has been a long time friend of Jr.'s. He is one of those people that we didn't know before Rick's accident, but have gotten to know since. It was great to actually get to meet him. He brought me flowers, the kids candy, and Rick some horse magazines. He also made a DQ run to get Rick a blizzard. On Saturday Cade had his first soccer game. Rick enjoyed a little warm, but really enjoyed getting out and about. The kids and I went to Goree for the Jam for Jesus and I got to see some friends I haven't seen in a long time, and meet a lot of people who have been praying for Rick.

Rick is definitely getting back to his old self. One night he was in the shower and he hollered for me, so I pulled the curtain back to see what he needed, and he sprayed me down with the shower nozzle and the started laughing. I was so mad, but then, how could I really be mad? It was really great to see him acting like himself again!

Hope everyone has a great week.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Wow! Where did September go? Can't believe time is flying by so fast! Rick has had a great week so far. At his pool therapy on Monday, they gave him the super soaker water gun again. I was sitting behind him, so I assumed I was safe, but oh no. He put the water gun over his shoulder and shot it backwards...and got me! He was so proud of himself! They like to put him on a floating mat in the pool and he was able to get up on it without much help this time. It's a good stretch for him and also good for his balance. On Wednesday he had OT and PT double teaming him, but he handled it really good. He also had a couple of therapists that don't work with him comment on how much better his posture is. And I totally agree...his posture is way better and I find that I don't have to correct him so much to turn his head to the right. Yesterday he used the Walk Aid again and again, I'm very impressed.

The kids had a good week as well. Cade has guitar lessons and soccer keeping him busy and Riley has twirling and jr high drama keeping her busy! Can't believe the first 6 weeks of school ends today...only took my kids 5 weeks to get back into the swing of things! I got to do something fun this week, too. John and Carolyn Moorhouse asked me to take pictures of some fillies and colts they are going to sell online. These babies aren't weaned yet, so I knew it would take some time to get the pics, but also knew if we were patient we'd get them. I haven't been around horses in 15 months, so this was a really great afternoon for me...I thoroughly enjoyed myself and think I got a few good pics that will help them sell their horses.

Please add Chad Lowdermilk to your prayer list. Chad is a friend of Laura Brattons and suffered a TBI last week. His is very different from Rick's in that his injury was localized and not all over. He can walk and talk, but is very confused and agitated right now. On top of this, they buried their 17 year old son just 3 weeks before Chad's injury. Please pray for Chad to get the help he needs and for the Lord to show his grace and mercy on this family.

Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. he who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more. John 6:35

Hoping to go to the Jam for Jesus in the big town of Goree this Saturday and maybe to the church picnic at Zion in Lockett on Sunday.

God Bless,