Ray continues to show small signs of improvement on his path towards recovery. His progress remains slow yet steady which is common to brain injury. Recently his nurses have been able to feed him soft foods (pudding, ice cream, yogurt, etc.). Ray requires instruction for this process such as cues to clear his throat and reminding him to swallow. His speech has also gotten better through this same method of guidance. Physically, Ray still requires assistance to walk and move around. Physical therapy has been focused on improving his mobility by working with his limitations through safety awareness.
Visitations and contact guidelines with Ray remain in place. Please refer to our previous post about visitations and contact procedures. To reiterate, Ray still needs a calm environment free from excess stimulation. Only close friends and family are approved by the physicians to visit Ray at this time. We recommend anyone wishing to contact Ray to send a card. It would also be a good idea to include a picture of yourself with your name on the back. This will help Ray to remember all his friends better. All mail may be sent to the below address:
James A. Haley VA Medical Center Attn: Ray Brown 5WR, Rm 521 13000 Bruce B. Down Blvd Tampa, FL 33612
Progress updates will most likely remain fairly spread apart for a while to come. We cannot predict the pace in which Ray will recover, but the information we are being given is that it will be a long and slow process. Next weekend we will attempt to provide another update with more specifics on how Ray is doing with each type of therapy. Please continue to follow Ray’s progress and send him your thoughts and prayers.