It's so nice to be home ! Thanks everyone, Mary is sleeping and later this week we meet our Billings Neurologist and Therapy team. She is unable to speak and while she can identify words , I'm not sure she is ready to start reading and writing fluently. Please pray for the best Speech Therapy and also pray that God continue to heal her as I believe He has already done amazing things.
Mary and I met Dave in the Critical Care unit in Salt Lake City about eleven days ago here at the University of Utah Medical Facility. Dave is a friendly guy who specializes in the fine art of inserting feeding tubes into patients who are unable to eat. I learned from talking with Dave that the tube is inserted through your nose and down into the esophagus and not just into your stomach but all the way through to the intestines.
Dave called it a "nasogastric feeding tube" or "NG-tube" and it was fascinating to watch him use Ultrasound to guide the tube through Mary's body. I wanted to know if Dave had ever inserted the tube into his own nasal cavity to experience the uncomfortable feeling and I was surprised to hear that yeah Dave had tried that on himself back in his early days of training. Dave may have been the only person to try this on himself because I asked some other people on his team if they had tried it and they all said no and immediately asked me if I had spoken with Dave. Dave apparently is the only wild technician to actually try it on himself.
Thankfully Mary had her NG Tube finally removed yesterday and is cleared to eat soft foods now. We are due for release this Sunday and plan to drive back home. Pray that we find a great Speech Therapist who will guide Mary back to being able to speak, read and write as well as some of her cognitive deficiencies. She has made miraculous progress so far, especially with her mobility and the restoration of her right arm and hand. So amazed at the power of Prayer and I also ask that we see continued healing as Mary still has a long way to go before she will be able to return to her work and pursuit of her nursing education.
Thank you my friends and family for the financial blessings we have received to offset our costs that we are incurring and to my awesome team at Tyler Technologies as well for prayer and financial support.
Thank you to my friend Byron-Tina Rieckmann for setting up a benefit account for us to offset our costs on Givesendgo. I will include the link for anyone that would like to help with our costs.
Keep Mary in your prayers. Good news today, Salt Lake Rehab gave us a date of expected release and it's scheduled for this coming Sunday. The whole process has truly been amazing and God made his presence known throughout. We are still asking for your prayers for more healing. In a way we really don't want to go home until she has recovered fully from the stroke and benefited from speech therapy to the fullest. However being home will offer some benefits that Salt Lake does not.
Mary is still having difficulty reading, writing, speaking and some trouble comprehending what she sees. Today's Insurance companies usually won't let you stay in rehabilitation if you can walk and use your arms and physical abilities are at an acceptable level. Our newest challenge will be to retrain Mary's brain to be able to relearn how to do these things. I am still trying to understand what both Approxia and Aphasia are and how they heal. These along with a prior health concern related to her non functional Vocal fold on her left side are going to be very difficult for Mary and I don't anticipate her returning to work and her college nursing studies anytime real soon.
Sunday has been a good day of rest. Our dear neighbor Karen came to visit us this weekend in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit here in Utah. It was such a joy to see Mary uplifted in this way. Karen brought Mary her clothes and some hugs that Mary definitely needed. Karen is also a highly skilled nurse and provided invaluable assistance with getting the Speech Therapist more detailed medical history.
The occupational therapist evaluated her ability to dress herself on Saturday. Ultimately assisting her in getting dressed and brushing teeth. Mary has to use a suction tube much like your dentist uses because she may aspirate and is considered a choke risk. So for now and probably the next few days will remain on the feeding tube.
However it's Amazing to see her progress in being able to walk up stairs as well as hallway walking. She has what I would describe as a blind spot on her right side that she is still working on. She also has made great progress in being able to move the right arm and also some dexterity in picking up and omoving objects and then adjusting it with her fingers and placing it where it's desired. It takes her some time to do these complex motions and causes her to be mentally exhausted afterward.
Monday Therapy starts at 930 and goes until 3pm .. she has 5 sessions and 1 swallow test. Your continued Prayers are needed and I already see healing. Please pray that Mary would be able to speak again as this is difficult. Frustration occurs more frequently when she is unable to find the words to say, even though you can see on her face expression that she absolutely knows what she wants to say. Pray also for Karen who is returning to Billings tomorrow morning.