Archive for May, 2009

Return of the Wieners

May 30, 2009

This morning I got my puppies back! Eda & Dave stopped by on the way to the hospital to deliver our pooches, Kaiser & Elsa. They have been at their farm (which I think they think is summer camp) for the last few weeks. I’ve missed them a bunch and I spent most of the day playing with, feeding and generally spoiling them rotten. Our wonderful next-door neighbors welcomed the dogs home, too! Athena & Merle showed up with treats & toys in hand. The wieners were in heaven…

I took the day off today to get some stuff done around the house (read: recover from last night). Seriously, I was able to do some laundry, pay some bills, clean up the house a little and get in a nice afternoon nap. Bliss!

But what about Scott, you ask? He’s doing well. His parents and sister were with him all day today. According to Eda, he’s moving and responding about the same as he has been in the last few days. Dave gave Scott a much needed shave and he and Eda got a few nursing lessons. One of which was changing the sheets on a bed with someone in it!

Tomorrow I’m back on duty, so will talk to you more then! Have a nice night everyone!

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Last Night’s Party

May 30, 2009

I don’t think that I can adequately express my thanks in mere words. Nor could I ever describe how much caring & kindness I felt last night in that giant room filled with all of you. Speaking for Scott’s parents as well, we feel truly blessed to have your support and we are in awe of the outpouring of love for Scott. 

Everything was perfect! Hearing your Lumpy/Moose/Other Scott stories, all of the hugs and words of encouragement offered, hearing the bands play together (and being allowed to bang the drum!), seeing our favorite pictures of Scott hanging in the hall… I could go on and on! 

I worry that this list is not complete, but I would like to sincerely thank the Montgomery County Firefighters Pipes and Drums, the DCFD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and members from DC, Baltimore and City of Washington Pipes and Drums for playing, the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department for hosting, IAFF Local 1664 for donating the food & alcohol, Brown’s in Frederick for a great deal on that alcohol, Tina for providing the cake, non-alcoholics & decorations, Jaymie and Kerri for bartending, the Wiseman family for working the beer area, our DJ, all of you amazing volunteers who worked the door, the silent auction, the raffles & 50/50s, those who sold t-shirts & wristbands and Team Lumpy (Jason, Frank, Tina, Mel, Ange, Dave, Skidzz, Sam, Ivan & Jaymie – thanks for so many reasons!) for pulling it all together! 

Last but not least, thanks to you, our family and friends, for coming out to support us. Thank you and may God bless you all!

Friday

May 29, 2009

Scott’s doing well today. The physical therapist that Scott worked with this morning said that she saw more movement and reaction to stimuli this morning; they are seeing things that we haven’t seen yet and it’s pretty exciting. 

Eda & I are learning more about what exercises that we can do with Scott as well as other ways to talk to him. We suspect he’s got to be sick of listening to us by now! Time to bring in reinforcements… You guys ready? I think Scott is about ready for visitors and I’ll be posting some information soon. We are trying to devise a visiting schedule of sorts that will allow Scott time for therapy, family & friends and rest in between. 

I will talk to you all soon!

New Digs

May 29, 2009

Well we’ve had an interesting day so far. I spoke with a couple of Scott’s doctors this morning about his general condition and received a little overview of what we could expect in the next few days. Scott will be getting at least three hours of therapy daily. In general, he will spend an hour each with an Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapist. They are going to spend some time evaluating him over the next couple of days to get a base line. He will be evaluated on a weekly basis after that.

From what I understand from the team that I’ve met so far, they really like to get family involved. That’s good in my book! Maybe I’ll be able to progress from the general range of motion exercises I was taught previously. PT told me they not only like to get patients out of bed, but they like to put them in wheelchairs! I wonder if that means I can sneak Scott outta here?!

Sweet dreams, friends! More tomorrow!

Thursday

May 28, 2009

Less than a half hour after I posted yesterday, we got word that Scott was moving to a rehab facility! I know I said it could happen fast, but I had no idea it would happen that fast! We spent last night getting him settled into the new facility.

Today we will get to meet his new doctor, nurses and therapists. He will start therapy (already!) and I’m excited to see all that they will do with him. And over the next few days they will develop a specific care plan with goals and timelines. I can’t wait to find out more.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in about rehab facilities! I feel like I really got some good info, and it helped me feel more confident about the choices made for Scott & his rehab. I appreciate it very much!

Tonight I hope to give you a more thorough update! Happy Thursday, everyone!

More Waiting

May 27, 2009

Hello dear friends,

Scott is doing well today, but not much is changed since our last update. We got his MRI results and spoke with a neurosurgeon and the news is… we are in for more waiting. They believe that we should introduce Scott into a rehab facility as soon as possible so that he can participate in a coma emergence program. I guess all of my threats to Scott are not working! 😉

That move can happen as suddenly as our trip home did, so I will keep you informed as best as I can. Hopefully I’ll know more soon!

Tuesday Eve/Wednesday Morn

May 27, 2009

I am at home. Wierd. Yes, definitely weird. No husband. No dogs. We will fix both of those soon, I hope!

Scott’s MRI was postponed until late this evening because there was a bit of a back-up this afternoon. Scott’s nurse tonight said that he wouldn’t even call down to schedule it until I left for the night. The neurologist we talked to today told us that because Scott’s initial MRI was done at his “peak swelling period” it would be beneficial to do another. We hope we will have a good prognosis delivered after the MRI is read.

We have begun researching & visiting rehab facilities for Scott. If any of you have any information or experience with University Specialty Hospital, Kernan Orthopaedic & Rehab, or National Rehab Hospital, could you please get in touch with me? I would appreciate any and all feedback. We don’t know how much say we will have in his placement, but the more info we have, the better! Thank you!!

I will write more tomorrow (or later today, depending on where you are!) Sleep well!

Shave and a Haircut

May 26, 2009

Hello!

I’ve made my morning call to find out that Scott had a good night. No changes and strong vitals. (That will hold me over until I can see him at noon!) He will be going for an MRI this afternoon and we hope to talk to a doctor and a case manager today. There has already been talk of moving Scott to a rehab facility, so we have more homework to do…

Scott got a shave & a haircut yesterday. Emily, Scott’s nurse, let me bring in Scott’s clippers and she acted as my assistant. I just really had a need to get him evened up! For those of you who may have missed my description of his previous “do”, he had a shaved spot that was nearly the entire right top and side of his head making him look kind of like he had a crooked mohawk. I think Scott would approve of the new “do”. Well, he certainly didn’t object 😉

Have a nice Tuesday, everyone! I’ll talk to you later.

Eda’s Day Off

May 25, 2009

Hello, friends!

Scott is plugging along just fine today! His stats are great and we are expecting a visit from his physical therapist soon. They are going to get him out of bed again today and I do not want to miss the production!

Scott continues to move his face & body in response to pain, sounds and touch. We are allowed to start the music again and I plan to do that tomorrow. We are also encouraged to continue talking to him and I’m cleared again for some simple physical therapy.

Eda & Dave passed each other earlier on the highway somewhere. Dave heading back to the hospital and Eda heading out to the farm. She said this morning that she is looking forward to a nice walk along the creek in the company of wiener dogs. I think that sounds just lovely.

Hope you’re having a great day! More later!


For any of you who may be interested in more information on coma due to traumatic brain injury, please check out http://waiting.com/.  Scott is a Level II currently on the Rancho Los Amigos Scale. http://www.waiting.com/rancholosamigos.html

Sunday Night

May 25, 2009

Hello!

Just a quick note to let you all know that Scott is still doing really well tonight. While he still has not woken, he is moving more and reacting more to pain. I know that sounds awful, but it’s really a good sign when he stiffens for a blood draw and then tries to pull away! He seems to be adapting to his new environment better than we are! There sure are a lot of rules here! Or maybe we just got a little spoiled in laid-back Boise 😉

Scott’s dad, Dave, took a day off and went back to the farm today. Our two little weiner dogs, Kaiser & Elsa, attacked him and loved him to pieces! I can’t wait until it’s my turn! I miss those little stinkers…

It’s way past my bed time, so I will wish you all a good night and sweet dreams.

More tomorrow!