As this year draws to an end we must take a moment to look back and reflect on our setbacks and accomplishments for the year. For Ray this reflection is more on a daily basis as he works to overcome his limitations as he moves throughout each day. Recovery is still occurring to make this struggle less problematic. There are good days and bad days but what has remained a constant is Ray’s awesome determination for continued recovery along with a positive attitude. A good sense of humor has also helped greatly to this end. Attitude above all is essential to seizing opportunities in every day.
Apparent signs of recovery for Ray are the absence of the ataxia that inflicted him for so long and improvements in his ability to read. While the Holmesian tremor is still present it only appears to be an issue with the finite skills such as eating, shaving, typing, etc. Ray’s eyesight is also not fully restored but with fewer tremors it has been possible for him to focus more clearly allowing for some reading to occur. Memory recall and speech clarity have also improved over this past year.
Recovery options for Ray are still open with nothing immediate scheduled. Financial assistance from the VA to participate in the day program at Brooks Rehabilitation is ongoing. Consult with neurology / neurosurgery outside of the VA is also in the works with an appointment lined up in March. It is unclear at this time what options may be recommended but we are hopeful some benefit will come from this outside resource. Time has been an incredible medicine for Ray’s recovery but there may still be other options available for him to reach further recovery potential.
Volunteer and motivational work for Ray is still being sought. Options available to Ray are limited due to his location and abilities. Ray’s passion to help others remains strong and we anticipate he will go on to find some activities where he can give back to the community. The drive to go back to medical school is also persistent and now that Ray is able to read again he has been spending a lot of time reviewing his old course material and notes. At any rate Ray’s journey is far from over with a future yet unknown.
Thanks to all that continue to follow Ray on his new life journey.