What a week! I knew it was going to be busy, but it was off the flippin’ charts. The most notable was spending fifteen percent of it at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Still, much was accomplished. It was worth it in the end. I have a lot to cover, so enjoy the detail.
- Monthly Donations. Two weeks ago I put out a plea to consider donating monthly to Ryan’s care and treatment. Within the week, the contributions doubled from $185 to $390. This week also continued to show growth, netting another $45. This brings the monthly total to $435. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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- RT300 FES Update. Ryan continues to make gains. For his present workout settings, he probably can’t go higher so I asked the therapist to increase the limits. I hope to see this adjustment next week. I put together a graph to hopefully represent it visually. You can float your mouse cursor over it to enlarge the graph.
- Johns Hopkins Visit and Surgery. Last Tuesday we took Ryan to Johns Hopkins (Baltimore) for testing, exams, and failed appointments that took an incredible fourteen hours of the day. It was at this time that we decided that we would take the surgical risk of trying to retrieve the Celect IVC filter. Ryan returned two days later for the operation that, in the end, was successful. If you want to read how the day went, click this link to IVC Filter Surgery Yesterday (it will open in another window).
- Eyes. Dr. Hinkle (a.k.a. Nicest Man in the World) helped us in getting Ryan in to see a corneal specialist while at Hopkins since it looks like his eyes are picking-up some more scarring. We decided (probably) to do a procedure to have Ryan’s eyes sewn partially shut, yet allow enough opening for him to get visual input. The medical term for this is called a Tarsorrhaphy. Before we do this, we are taking Ryan to another specialist next week for another opinion. ah, another fun day out…
- Austin Vantrease Custody Transfer. I’m making an educated guess as to why Vantrease was moved from Potomac Highlands Regional Jail to the Martinsburg Correctional Facility as connected to attempted parole. I wrote about this and posted a recent mug shot in my post Austin Vantrease has Prison Custody Transferred. Feel free to post the mug shot to your Pinterest account if you have one. You can do it from this post or from Ryan’s Pinterest Page. Oh, what the hell, here it is again!
- Cody Vantrease (Austin’s brother) Post Comments. This has become one of the most popular and commented topics in recent times. The gist of it is Cody has/had an arrest warrant out on him as a wanted man by the State of Delaware. Some felt this was no big deal while others disagreed. Here’s the link to the article Commenter: Can’t Believe Commotion. The one thing to take away from this is you can be alerted, via email, of replies to your comments by checking the box just below the input field.
- Baclofen Pump. It’s about time to begin getting everything lined-up from the surgical removal of Ryan’s baclofen pump. It is clear, just a couple months since weaning him entirely, that it’s not necessary. What a wonderful feeling it will be to get another piece of hardware out of his body!