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