Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Today has been busy for Brent, just a beehive of activity around him--doctors, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, more doctors........you get the picture. Brent is worn out, and is soundly asleep now.

Two social workers from Baptist Rehab. came over and let us know they plan to accept Brent tomorrow before noon. This is bitter sweet news, good from the standpoint the Brent will finally start the rehabilitation process but as we learned today he will not be able to have continuous rehab. due to his shoulder. The way we currently understand things, Brent will be an inpatient at Baptist for only 7 to 10 days. During that time he will start learning to care for himself, and some very basic things. After that, he will be discharged from Baptist until his shoulder is healed enough to support his weight and the stresses of rehabilitation. This will take somewhere between 6 to 8 weeks, from the date of surgery. Another words, we will have to keep him somewhere for about 4 to 5 weeks. We are still not sure of this process, the Social worker indicated that either we would need to have a place for him or the alternative would be a skilled nursing facility. Our intentions are to find a place that is wheelchair accessible and care for him, he will have home health coming to care for him, I assume everyday.

Once we get over to Baptist tomorrow, I'm sure things will be clearer---just don't know enough at this time to comment further. Brent and our family continue to ask for your prayers in this, that we become clear on the course of treatment and for Brent's peace of mind and pain. (as I wrote this morning--he is off all morphine now--he's having a hard time)

Pete & Kathy

7 comments:

Jill said...

Brent,
It is so good to know that you are making wonderful progress. We hope the transition tomorrow goes smoothly. Stay strong. You are constantly in our prayers.

Love,
Brian and Jill(Kingery) Hodge

Kathy said...

We are praying and are confident that God will give you the answers and strength that you are needing now. We love you all and think of you continually.

Love,
Robin, Kathy and Christopher

Anonymous said...

Peter & Kathy I know you are exhausted trying to understand and make the right decisions. You are right to concentrate on tommorrow and pray for guidance on the rest.To have the shoulder repaired and starting rehab seemed like a wishful dream only 2 weeks ago.God will continue to bless you.
PG

Cindi Burleson said...

Keep on hanging on. This will be one of those events that you will look back at days, weeks, months from now and wonder how you made it through. Of course, you will remember that God carried you through so much of this time. You will make it. We'll be praying for God to open up an opportunity for a place to stay while the shoulder heals. Lean on His strength. He'll see you through.

Mickey and Cindi

Anonymous said...

Moving from the hospital where you know everyone and feel confident to a new place with new demands and expectations must be overwhelming. Just keep trusting God to hold you up through all of this. Our prayers are with you for a successful move and some feeling of accomplishment in the process of healing. With love, Jackie Hanegan
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Sissy McWhirt said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRENT!!!
This comes from someone you have not met yet, but I know your Mom. I am so excited for you in progressing along so well. I know that God has great things in store for you and that we will all be blessed in the process. Your faith is so strong. Getting to know you and your family through your "blog" has been so encouraging and uplifting and faith-affirming. You are such a blessing to me. Much love in Him,
Sissy McWhirt :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Brent

You are often in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Mike and Connie Wacaster