It felt like forever, but we finally left Reston Hospital just before seven o’clock yesterday evening. I had Ryan comfortably in his chair about an half-hour later and let him enjoy sitting-up for a few hours. Although he did sit occassionally while in the hospital, it was not for very long and not as upright as I like. We put him to bed around eleven and he had a good night.
The first thing I need to comment on is the concrete project. It worked wonderfully! Thank goodness this was in place. the EMTs were able to whisk him to the ambulance without causing any additional discomfort. We certainly would have found ourselves in a fix with the ground being saturated from rain. Our thanks to everyone who made this happen! For those who resisted… well, maybe now the reality of our situation might soften your heart.
We let Ryan sleep in an extra hour this morning but, once up, got him right back into his routine. He’s already completed his session in the HBOT chamber and is currently on the ActivCycle getting his legs mobilized. From here, it’s over to the exercise table and standing frame.
As for us, the work begins. We need to resolve several issues. First, what’s causing the recurring urinary tract infections? Second, why was he iron deficient and anemic? Third, why did that bone break from range-of-motion? What is his bone density? Is his body not picking-up calcium? What changes need to be made to his diet to balance the competing iron and calcium absorption?
It’s back to the drawing board with, well, EVERYTHING!