Every once in a while, I marvel at how many balls can be kept in the air at one time. Sue is feeling overwhelmed, and I can’t blame her. I see her stress. She fights migraines and tension headaches almost on a daily basis. Neither of us see any signs of relief. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. Just maintaining our household has become more than we ever expected.
Letter to Medical Director:
Thank you all for the input on the letter Paula Yocom drafted on my behalf. I have taken these recommendations and included some in the letter. Others I have made note and will use during the upcoming meeting. I’ll need to keep my emotions in check.
I still haven’t heard back from Adult Protective Services. We left it that he would call me yesterday. Ahhhhh… another day of stress.
We — and by “we”, I mean Sue — have added yams to Ryan’s diet. I had no idea they were so good for people. Then again, I always ate mine with a ton of brown sugar and marshmallows. A little turkey gravy spilling into them doesn’t offend the taste buds either.
Ryan shows no apparent signs of discomfort from the broken arm. We treated it for the first 48 hours with ice and elevation. Every 4 hours we do a complete inspection for any signs of skin breakdown.
The Orthopedic doctor wrote an Rx for a device called a “Bone Growth Stimulator“. I haven’t had the time to look into this at the depth I want, but it is either electrical impulse or ultrasound that stimulates bone healing.
I use this so as much as possible now. Typically, Ryan is given two 2-hour sessions. One in the morning and one in the late afternoon. This simple piece of equipment helps his health in so many ways (digestion, respiratory, renal, blood flow), including maintaining bone density through the legs.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment:
We might be able to officially get Ryan back in the chamber for treatments later this week.
We might hear as early as Thursday from the doctors from the International Brain Research Foundation. What does this mean? It means we’ll hear from them any time AFTER Thursday.
We continue to treat Ryan with Medium Nerve Stimulation for ten hours a day. With the left arm splinted, we are only hooking him up on the right.