Monday evening was the maiden voyage of the Chick Magnet. Earlier in the day I spent about an hour installing new tie-down straps (gifted to us through Ryan’s Wish List) to secure Ryan’s wheelchair. The existing bolts were rusted and I had to put every ounce of my strength to get them off. As is always the case, the last bolt was the worst. It simply refused to budge. Oxidation made the bolt and nut forever united. Using my superhuman strength (I wish), I actually applied so much torque that the bolt seared off! Hey, whatever works, right? Just like me, not pretty, but effective.
The biggest challenge (I thought) I was facing was getting Ryan up the hill to the van. I took a risk that the weather would accommodate and drove the van behind the house instead. So we simply wheeled Ryan out the door and to the lowered platform-lift. That move paid off… well, kind of. More on this later.
As expected, we ran into more than a few glitches in getting Ryan ready for transport. It was a tight fit. Very tight, indeed. In the end, everything worked out, our trip was uneventful, and Ryan’s eyes were given a full examination by Dr. Hinkle and a corneal specialist.
Currently, Ryan’s eyes are quite healthy. There are no abrasions nor ulcers. The surface is intact. Unfortunately, damage that occurred prior to Dr. Hinkle’s care (while at Kessler) will need both eyes to receive a corneal transplant and Ryan is not a candidate until his mental status greatly improves.
It is believed that the scaring doesn’t fully encroach on Ryan’s vision, but deep blood vessel growth certainly impairs the acuity. It is most likely that Ryan can see only broad shapes, colors, and patterns. Knowing this, I will use an iPad to give him the best visual input.
Now, back to the van. We unloaded Ryan and I told Sue I’d move the van in the morning. She thought this was a bad idea since rain was coming. Well, I really should have listened to her… mostly because it’s just another thing I’ve done that she will never let me live down. I sure you guessed by now, the van is stuck behind our house on the soft ground. I just knew she would be standing in the window watching me spin the wheels, and she was (smiling)! I’ll need to wait it out until the ground hardens enough to get traction. In the meantime, it is taunting me every time I look out the window.
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