Ryan’s Vitals are Solid
It seems I always jinx myself, but I’m so happy that Ryan’s vital signs are staying consistently “normal”. In fact, his body temperature has been hovering around 98.6 degrees for some time now. As you might recall, his baseline use to be 97.5 degrees. I say “baseline” because he would swing a couple of degrees in either direction without a clear reason.
His blood pressure is amazing. Without any medications to control it, it usually is below 120/80. His pulse is running in the 70’s during the day and in the low-60’s at night. Oxygen saturation is consistently in the high 90’s percentage.
Kari Safely at WVU
I’m happy (and sad) to report that Kari is back at WVU. I drove her back last night, getting back home around 1:00 AM. The ride back gave me a lot of time to think. Thinking can be so sad. This might be the source of my screaming headache this morning.
I must say, I was quite impressed on the drive to Morgantown. Kari brought a wi-fi connection and studied along the way ,while also playing Scrabble with someone on her iPhone, and talking to me. I can see the advantage to multitasking, but I fear her generation doesn’t see the benefits of complete and uninterrupted focus on a single task.
Looming Fight with Insurance?
It appears we might be on the cusp of insurance decreasing Ryan’s therapy frequency. I’ve been getting wind that they are beginning to posture to decrease these visits from 3 times a week per discipline to just once.
What the heck? Ryan has made substantial gains in his range-of-motion. The stiffness is leaving his joints and muscles. This has been hard work reaching this point. I need these therapies to supplement the ones I do with him myself.
He is up for recertification this week, so we’ll know soon if we need to dig our heels in and prepare for what is always a lengthy and frustrating process. But, like Medicare (which is still being contested via formal appeal) we will not bend. For Ryan’s sake, it’s not something we even consider doing.