Hopefully you read yesterday’s post, Putting My Son Back Together, since that would give the background on why I was so worried about Ryan having a comfortable night. The great news is, Ryan did. His pulse was in the 60’s throughout, which is a good indicator of his comfort level. Actually, this made me feel better about two things. The first was the baclofen reduction from two days ago. The second reason was my fear that his urinary tract infection was coming back and it was making him antsy. Well, after last night I’m relieved.
It’s a good thing Ryan is doing well because he has a busy day ahead. I had him up earlier than normal to help our chances of getting everything in today. It starts off with ninety minutes in the HBOT chamber (where he currently is). When he gets out is when it really gets crazy. Dr. Hinkle (a.k.a. the nicest man in the world) is coming to examine Ryan’s eyes. Sadly, they have been red and slightly irritated (the eyes, not Dr. Hinkle) over the past 48 hours, so it will be worth knowing if Ryan suffered any minor abrasions. Then it’s an hour under the infrared helmet, while getting passive exercise on the ActivCycle. From there it’s over to the exercise table for a stretch and full range-of-motion. After getting him loose, Ryan will spend another ninety minutes on the RT300 FES cycle (60 minutes on the legs and 30 minutes on the arms).
Once these are completed it should be around eleven in the morning. Since Ryan will have worked so hard I’ll give him some time to get his strength back, but will need to use this time efficiently. This is when I’ll use his new chest percussion vest and get some food and water into him. Then it’s off to the standing frame with him for an hour or two, depending on how he’s holding up.
Hopefully I can I must get this all done before five o’clock in the afternoon, because he needs to be back in the HBOT by then for another ninety minute session. It’s imperative that I have him back in his chair before 6:30 because I need at least twenty minutes to get him all wired-up with EEG electrodes for the (twice weekly) neuro-feedback session with IBRF at seven o’clock. These sessions last about an hour, so we should have him in the shower sometime around 8:30 and completely settled in bed about one hour later.
This will wrap-up his sixteen hour day. I’ll still have at least another two hours to put in to get caught up and ready for tomorrow.