Although we won’t know any results for weeks, today is highly important. The International Brain Research Foundation (IBRF) team of doctors and technicians are coming to our home for their periodic, yet complete, assessment of Ryan. I wrote about this on Saturday, if you’re interested in what will happen today (and can tolerate my bragging). You can read it here.
As for Ryan, the key this morning is to not tire or overexcite. I want him as alert as possible when testing begins. Especially for the qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography). Still, there are therapies that must happen. My plan (already in motion) is to not push him. I’ll keep it to passive exercises and light range-of-motion stretches. I want to get this is as early as possible so that he can have some quiet time to rest and relax before they arrive. Fortunately, his alternating monthly HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen treatment) session ended yesterday, allowing an extra ninety minutes in lieu of this therapy. We caught a break on this one.
I’ll also see to it that external stimuli is kept to a minimum. I won’t read him your FaceBook and website comments or the day’s news until later in the day (i.e., any request to give him a hug or kiss will be deferred until bedtime). I’ll keep ESPN Radio off. The blinds will be shut and the house lights will be kept low. As for the woofers, they best not bark or it’s off to their kennels on the upper-level. They are, literally, on a short leash.
Think of it as what one might do when hungover and that should paint an exact picture.
After today… we wait. They always tell us we should have the results in a week to ten days, but that has never happened. It’s always more like a month. These results will show recovery at the three-year mark of Ryan’s beating (by Jonathan May and Austin Vantrease). Three years! Can you believe it? Please, don’t let it be that the healing has stopped!
I’m hoping we might have something to be thankful for when the smell of turkey fills the house as Santa makes his holiday appearance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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