It’s one of those times where it is probably best to list some of the things going on. Otherwise I’ll just get myself confused (even more). Sue’s job has her traveling extensively, but this slow down soon. One reason for creating this list is I know I might be in for the dreaded “Honey Do” list and I need to keep things straight. Oh, by the way, my counter to her honey do list is a “melon list”. The larger the list, the better! I love coining new words and phrases that have multiple meanings!
So, without further delay (and veiled references to boobs), here you go:
- Urinary Tract Infection/Antibiotic. Yesterday Ryan ended his ten-day course of antibiotics to treat a particularly resistant UTI. Initially, it looks like it is eradicated. We did a urinalysis (UA) and all indicators were normal, most importantly his leukocytes (white blood cells). Further evidence this is under control is the return to normal of his pulse and blood pressure.
- New Condom. It’s been a week now that we switched Ryan over to a new urinary management system. At first I felt this “urinary management system” was just a fancy name for an external condom catheter, but I have since change my mind. It really is a system. It uses a product that acts as a second skin (bioderm) for adherence, has a small air intake to allow the urine to flow away from the penis, and uses a double collection bag.
- Vantrease Supreme Court Appeal. The West Virginia Supreme Court is now back in session. At some point (who knows when), Vantrease’s appeal for a new trial will come before them. My understanding is the court can do one of three actions: 1) Grant a new trial, 2) Deny a new trial, or 3) Do nothing (which is the same as not granting a trial).
- Court Ordered Restitution. Neither Jonathan May nor Austin Vantrease have paid a penny yet. Not only are they thugs, but they are also deadbeats.
- Civil Suit. This has not been scheduled yet. First, the attorneys for the Defendants have removed the case to federal court, and this is something we anticipated would happen. This doesn’t really mean much, except the location of proceedings will be 30 minutes away at the federal district court in Clarksburg, WV. Because none of the defendants are from West Virginia, and the matter in controversy is greater than $75,000, they are able to do this under a federal statute related to diversity jurisdiction. Federal Court follows basically the same evindentiary and procedural rules as in Circuit Court, so there is no legal advantage.
- Ryan’s Diet. I tried several new foods since I last updated on this. Some of these include: Ginger root, moringa, green tea leaves, pineapple, and local honey.
- Arm. Ryan’s sling came off this morning. The orthopedic wanted it on for four weeks, but I did it for six. I will lightly test it during therapy today. I plan to take him in for an x-ray next week.
- Van. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do much on this. We did put it into Ryan’s Special Needs Trust and have a family friend doing all the nasty paperwork at the DMV soon. We want to get a WVU vanity handicap license plate. We are limited to 5 characters, so if you have an idea that might work please let us know and we can see if it’s available.
- Basement. We have made a lot of progress, thanks to many people. I’m waiting for a couple more items en route from Ryan’s Wish List and then I’ll post picture. I’ll make sure to get all areas. The kitchenette is now on hold to a higher priority. Namely, emergency access to/from our basement this winter. I tried pushing Ryan up the hill from the exterior basement door to the driveway and barely made it. It scares me to know this is an impossibility when snow/ice arrives. After we find a temporary solution for this winter I’d be interested to know if you think a “buy a brick” fundraiser might work. I think having these engraved would be wonderful. Who knows, perhaps there would be enough interest to build a small patio to take Ryan out on.
- IBRF Report. The report’s been in for some time, but IBRF has yet to cover it with us (very frustrating). I’m fairly adept at reading an EEG now and can conclude that Ryan is no worse, but I’m not ready to make any other claims.
- Ryan’s Eyes. We are being challenged keeping them free of abrasions (especially the right one). I know it might seem like I’m in an echo chamber, but Dr. Hinkle is simply amazing! He stops by every week to check on Ryan and change treatment. Yesterday he spent well over an hour with us. Ryan now is getting lubricant every hour. Dr. Hinkle also switched him to a more viscous (thicker) ointment.
- UTI Beats Antibiotic (ryansrally.org)