We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving with their family and friends. We were able to spend the holiday with Ray, eating lunch together at the hospital on the nice outdoor breezeway. Ray is still on the pureed food diet, but he was able to have some of the potatoes, regular and sweet in addition to some pumpkin pie without the crust. It was a heartwarming gesture for the VA Hospital to offer a catered lunch for patients, family, and staff members.
Ray continues to progress, although he remains in the same phase as we described in our last post. He is usually in high spirits, but can still become negative and confused without reason. Since Ray’s condition has been steady for a few months, it is time to begin thinking about his homecoming. December will be three months since he arrived in Tampa at the VA Hospital, the usual reevaluation timeframe, and the team will be discussing the next course of action in regards to Ray’s therapies and treatment. It is possible that he will be home by the end of December. Ray still requires 24/7 care, and is not healed enough to be able to provide his own care.
As we prepare for the next family meeting with Ray’s care team on the 3rd of December, there are many items that still need to be considered before Ray can be discharged home. Home evaluation, frequency and availability of care and therapies, and medical supplies are just a few of the topics that we will discuss. During this meeting it is expected that we will have more of a definite timeframe of Ray’s return home and the extent of the support we will receive from VA.
Studies have found that prolonged states of PTA have resulted in delayed cognitive return and function of patients post TBI. Ray has just passed the five month mark since his accident, putting him into the extreme TBI/PTA range. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers during these past five months. We are thankful for Ray this year, and for all of you. Please keep Ray and our family in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Our wish for the new year is that Ray comes out of the PTA phase and can begin healing more quickly. Please focus any energies on this goal.