Happy Sunday Team Ray!
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As you have read in our previous posts, Ray is caught between needing acute hospital care and rehabilitation. We have received a contact at the VA in Tampa and are pursuing that. They have a brain injury unit there.
Our situation has been frustrating, but we are remaining positive with the hope that Ray can be accepted to the VA in Tampa very soon. Gary Prowe ( 2010) writes, “In an ideal world, rehabilitation begins as soon as the survivor is medically stable. No patient should be kept in an acute hospital setting or a nursing home any longer than necessary. Combining the brain’s natural healing process with rehabilitative therapy is crucial to the success of one’s recovery” (pg. 195). Of course, this isn’t the way things work. Patients need to be at a level III or IV on the Rancho Scale before they can begin rehab. Ray is being documented as a level II, but with more therapy he could be a III. Of course, we see him as a level III. The VA in Tampa, and Brooks in Jacksonville are the only places we have found that will accept charity patients. Both are excellent facilities for Ray’s injury though.
Ray continues to give us hope each day. Today his mom was able to take him on a stroll.
Thank you again for everything. 🙂