With the incredible response to Friday’s post, Austin Vantrease Parole: We Must Take Sides, I decided not to put out a new one over the weekend. Even this morning it continues to draw readers. More importantly, it is still prompting people to write to the Parole Board on Ryan’s behalf.
The success of this campaign is because people shared the story across social media. Thank you all for doing this. The result was the highest single viewership day, occurring on Friday, in over a year. It was the highest read Saturday ever! Because of you, those who were forgetting were reminded. Because of you, new readers found their way here. Ryan remains relevant.
So later today I’ll call the Parole Board office to get the precise date and time of Austin Vantrease’s parole hearing. All I know now is it between August 27th and August 30th and will be held at the Huttonsville Correctional Center (a prison that houses maximum security inmates and some less serious criminals) in a remote area in West Virginia.
As for Ryan, he is feeling much better. He did have a rough night Friday. It was clear he was in pain. He just couldn’t get comfortable and his pulse was up. Overnight, Ryan normally has a pulse in the low sixties but it climbed to the low one-hundreds as the night wore on. He was miserable. It wasn’t until late in the afternoon that it finally dropped below seventy and he stopped squirming.
Yesterday (Sunday) he seemed fine and last night was good.
I see no reason not to return him to his complete therapies today with full intensity. I pulled back on these a bit over the weekend, allowing him to rest more than typical. I did everything, but at a slower and easier pace.