This past Friday was six weeks since Ryan’s left forearm was re-splinted. In January he broke both the ulna and radius bones while receiving therapy. At that time, he spent six weeks in a splint. Sadly, the ulna never healed and failed to connect (called a non-union). One (of the many) unfortunate challenge Ryan faces is deterioration of bone densityto a reduced physically active state. This is what happened and his bones snapped from a seemingly normal stretch. due
Since that time I have taken many steps to increase his bone density. He spends at least sixty minutes each day pumping his arms away on a passive exerciser that was given to us. He spends at least an hour getting stretched. We increased his vitamins, minerals, and supplements. I prepare a daily meal that can only be described as “nutrient dense“… to the maximum. Still, when it comes to bone density, nothing can replace what we consider a normal day of physical activity.
Without the benefit of an x-ray yet, I suspect Ryan’s arm healed. This past Friday, I gently moved it through his full range and listened at the break point with a stethoscope. There were no detectable grinding or crunching sounds. Afterwards, I had him spend thirty minutes on the passive hand-peddler and he showed no discomfort. I then listened again and all was good. This was followed-up by a moderate level of stretching and listening again. On the surface, at least, it appears healed. Another good sign is his forearm isn’t nearly as bowed as in June. It had a notice arc to it. As I like to joke… remember, I’m not a doctor on television, I just play one in real life.
I did this entire evaluation process again over the weekend and yesterday. The only difference was on Sunday I increased the speed of the ActivCycle from minimum to ¼ maximum and bumped it up to ⅓ speed yesterday. This was one of those times when the generosity of people really hit home. It mean… really touched me. I was using so much that was given to us to examine and heal him; from the stethoscope, through the exam lamp, to the ActivCycle, not to mention all the supplements that strengthen him. It was a humbling experience. I am just so thankful.
As a reminder, please vote (if you haven’t already) on Ryan’s license plate for his van. I’m really excited by this, and it appears you are too. You can vote and check results here. The poll will automatically close at ten o’clock tonight.
- Left Forearm: Then and Now (ryansrally.org)
- Radiology Reports and Eyes (ryansrally.org)
- Ryan Sees Orthopedic Surgeon (ryansrally.org)