Some time has passed since I put out a picture of Ryan doing therapy. I just finished getting him set-up and thought I’d snap a picture for today’s post.
Here’s the thing, Ryan must tolerate multiple therapies concurrently, else not everything gets done in a day. Efficient use of time means everything to meeting his demanding routine. Granted, I push him… hard. It all depends on his demeanor though. Some days he is less tolerant, so I back off. Other days he on his game and I ramp up the intensity. When he is in an HBOT cycle, like he is now, there is no room for error. None!
In this photograph (right) Ryan is involved in five therapies all going at once. The two you can’t realize from a picture are music and electrical stimulation. The three that are obvious are the ACTIVcycle working his legs, the infrared helmet over his head, and the percussion vest thumping away to mobile respiratory secretions. Under the helmet, Ryan is wearing laser goggles and his head is firmly secured to the headrest. You can scroll your cursor over the picture to enlarge it.
Also, you might be able to see the blue straps around his legs (just above the knees and thighs) and arms (just above elbows and below armpits). These were purchased from Ryan’s Wish List and are excellent at securing the electrodes that are underneath (also bought from the Wish List!). It total, he has twenty-four of these electrodes, in various sizes, all over his body. He is ready to move directly to the RT-300 FES Cycle without missing a second of time.
It’s crazy just how much — and how hard — he works every day. I’m proud of him and he inspires me. Funny thing is, he pushes me too. We are in this together and make each other better, like we always did. That’s one thing that hasn’t changed.
Still, I’d rather again be playing him for hours on end in games of one-on-one basketball than trying to pull him out of oblivion.
Well — you both inspire me … wait, no — the truth is, your whole family inspires me.
You guys keep pressing on, and we’ll stand by you and help you however we can. How could anyone not? I can’t imagine.
Take one look at that picture, and see what courage looks like, and fortitude, determination and power.
Thank you, God, for Ryan, Ken, Sue and Kari…and all those who love and care for them. It’s a snapshot of the best that people can be.
With love always, prayers, hugs & unending hope
Carla Liberty says
Today I wore my Team Diviney Prayer Warriors Tee Shirt to work, and guess what? As I was walking in the door, someone stopped me outside and said she was a prayer warrior too. She asked me who Team Diviney is, and asked what happened. We had a wonderful chat about you, your family, and the many folks who surround you with love and prayer. She was saddened to learn about what happened to you, but I could tell when we finished talking (and after I gave her this website) that you will have another person who will be pulling for you. Another person who will pray for you. I think I might just wear this shirt a little more often, Ryan. God put this gal in my path for a reason. And now I know why!
PS: So proud of how hard you are working! 😀 You got this!!!!
God bless you and yours Ken Diviney! The world needs more like you.
Ken, just a thought — would it be O.K. with you if I copy and send this photo of Ryan in my next letter to the parole board? I think it will make a difference in their decision. How could it help but… …
Thank you, Ken, for the photo. I don’t know how you do it, but I am very thankful that you do and have access to all the therapies that Ryan needs to make him well. It is amazing the distance he has come so far, and I know he will go all the way — back to good physical condition and brain function. He will!
Did he get the eye surgery yesterday, or am I mixed up?
Still here and praying continually. Love
No. The eye surgery is a few weeks out.
Rita Caporicci Hoop via Facebook says
Go, Ryan! Both of you guys are amazing, and all of that hard work will pay off — it already is. Hugs and prayers to all <3
We passed Jonathan’s 5th anniversary on July 10th and we still feel the way you do, asking daily; “What else can we do?” I know our son’s circumstances are different, but in many ways, the same. People ask how we do it, after 5 years of 24/7 care with no respite at all. Obviously, in the Lord’s strength. I know that only those in the same type of situation truly understand. Praying for you daily.
Anniversaries take on a different meaning in a world like yours and mine…
Gail Doyle says
Ken, Ryan is strong and determined as you are ,you will both make it! Loved seeing this picture and know you both work so hard,Thoughts and prayers to you all all the time Love Gail