Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oh, this is gonna be a long row to hoe. Rick is having attitude problems with all of his therapists except for his PT. So, we had our first team meeting on Friday and while they all had wonderful things to say, I also had to hear about Rick's attitudinal problem, and that was hard to hear. His OT has pinpointed some cognitive areas where his is still a little deficient. Nothing that can't be overcome, but it's things that he doesn't want to work on, so he just half-asses it when his in OT. His left arm and shoulder are coming along as well and he's getting his strength back in this left hand and arm. His ST is working on not just speech, but memory as well. His memory is pretty good, but still needs some work. His speech is great, especially when he's not tired. His PT says that he'll be walking from class to class with the assistance of a TA in about 3 weeks, and should be walking independently in about 3 months! WOW! We also met with the neuropsych doctor and y'all know how I feel about neuropsych doctors...a just put a wall up immediatly, and I can't help it. Basically he said that Rick is at a crossroads right now. The fact that Rick is self-aware (he understands his injury and just how bad it is) is a huge step in recovering from a TBI. And, self-awareness is a very complex brain function, but it's up to him whether he gets better or not. If he has a bad attitude its going to hinder his progress and Rick understands that, but still can't seem to overcome it. He was pretty mad at me yesterday when we left, and said I was mean for making him stay. So, I guess this is where the tough love comes into play...he'll thank me later.

We are working on the house and hope to be moved in about 2 weeks. This weekend Rick has to stay in Lubbock, so we'll spend the weekend there.

God Bless,


  1. I don't really know what to say, that is very unusual for me! Just pray for his continued well being and healing. You all have come a long way, you can't quit now! God Bless you all and the therapist. later, Rick

  2. Crystal,
    I agree with Rick Vandiver. Tough Love. You are also right...He will thank you later. Stick to it. Praying for y'all.
    Ann & Cliff

  3. I am so happy to see Rick doing well and toughing it out in therapy. We at TrustPoint think of him and your family all the time. I look forward to seeing him be independent again.

  4. Rick you are a Cowboy. You're a tough guy. You have made it through all the hard stuff. You are at the very end. Home plate is just around the corner. Remember, just take it a step at a time. Don't look at how much further you have to go, just see what you have to do next. You're at the path where 2 roads diverge. Are you going to take the one less traveled? Think about your kids, your wife, all your family and friends. They have supported you this whole time. You can't give it all up now. Your almost done! I will pray for your continued strength mentally, physically, and spiritually. Hang in there.
    Check out Philippians 4:6-7 when you get a chance. The whole chapter is well worth the read.

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