At this very instance, Kari should be in transit from WVU to our home. If she left when planned (8:00 AM), she will be just under halfway.
That’s a BIG “should be” and “if”. She is notorious for being late. Like the cable company (and hospitals, I might add), this is just a general approximation. It essentially means: I will leave no sooner than 8:00 AM, but please allow a four-hour window for this to actually occur. So, what this means to me is I’ll get to hug her sometime between 11:30 AM and 3:30 PM.
I do look forward to having her company throughout the day. She also will hang out with us many nights. Just talking and bringing laughter that fills the house. In this way, her and Ryan were similar. We had a home filled with love, laughter, and conversation. We would have fierce debates while Sue did her best to act as the referee (without much success). When done, we would almost instinctively begin ribbing each other, bringing humor to the forefront. I can’t tell you how much I miss this. So much, it hurts.
I don’t want to dislocate my shoulder patting myself on the back, but…
I am quickly approaching a blenderized (again, is that even a word) formula that delivers over 100% of the daily dose of the essential vitamins and minerals in a single 250 ml feed. I have this down to the amino acid level (components of protein)!
It gets so complicated. The trade-offs between foods are mind-boggling. Then, I must pay attention to not exceeding the sometimes recommended upper-limits, or this can cause discomfort or some weird outcomes (like dandruff, for instance).
If this mixture didn’t taste so awful (yes, I try it), I would recommend it for everyone. It’s crazy healthy.
I also calculate some other neat and helpful measurements I’ve self-taught. Some examples include: Estimated Glycemic Load, Inflammation Factor, Nutrient Balance Index, Protein Quality, Fullness Factor, and Nutrient Density. Really amazing and fascinating stuff, for those who like to understand how things work. For anyone interested, there is a very detailed website, SelfNutritionData, that I found the most helpful.
Infrared (LED) Therapy
We have used some of the money ($5,000) that people have generously donated to us to buy a helmet through IBRF that provides infrared therapy. The best way it can be described is akin to Darth Vader mask. It has a stand it attaches to that looks like a beauty salon hair dryer. Here is a picture:
There has been a great deal of recent research into this therapy. In fact, another article came out today in Science Daily (I read it everyday for the most up-to-date medical breakthroughs and research) about its effectiveness for brain injured people.
I am still extremely skeptical about the recovery of Ryan’s forearm. We will know more when he gets it x-Rayed in a couple weeks. In the meantime, Dr. Rodriguez has ordered an ultrasonic bone simulator that will be delivered and demonstrated today (at noon).
This device speeds the recovery of fractures. My concern is what if it heals it, but the angulation (again, I might be making-up words) is not proper? Do we really want to heal his arm with a crook in it? What’s that mean down the line? Will we have to re-break and set it? Anyhow, you see my point… right?