Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Greetings all!!! Geoff is and is doing fantastic. We are still awaiting the results of the Neuro exam, should be several weeks. Once that is complete, he can get an appointment to do his drivers evaluation. Until then, it's left and right bipedal mobilization (that's walking folks). Besides, he doesn't have a car just yet. Geoff had been cleared to work 15 hours per week, and cautioned to take it easy. Word familiarization seems to be an issue right now. Part of his Neuro test was being shown several photo's and he was supposed to name the item. Geoff said he could see the picture, knew what it was, but could not think of the name. Simple things like Hammock, Asparagas. This will probably be his long term major issue, if you can call this major. Besides getting hung up on simple words, he is doing fantastic. Again, we have been truly blessed.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

New update. Geoff came home last weekend and was looking fantastic. He gets out of outpatient on Friday, Aug 7, for good. Follow up doctors appointments and he will be good. Geoff is looking forward to starting college as soon as possible, since he will have to wait a while if the military will even take him. That is still to be determined. On a positive note, Carol got to see and hug him, okay maybe a couple of kisses on the cheek too. We will try to go see Kaylee so she can meet Geoff this weekend. More as it comes folks.

Monday, July 20, 2009

I know, I know, it's been a while. Latest and greatest news. Geoff came home this weekend for a short visit (and to pick up Michelle). Grandma and grandpa came to visit, I think both of them were completely shocked by how good he is doing since the last time they saw him, he was in Pensacola and just started standing on his own. I had him answer the door when they knocked and you could have knocked her over with a feather. He is probably 80% of the old Geoff. Uncle Steve visited and we took a trip to Baskin Robbins in search of a paycheck.

Geoff gets irritated very quickly, memory is getting much better but still having issues. Way I see it, not even 2 months after an accident and he's this good, what does the future hold. Geoff said August 7 is his last day in outpatient and he will be back for good. I for one am looking forward to his permanent return!!! The occupational therapist is going to check with the Coast Guard to see if that will be a possibility still in the future. They are also going to give him a gun safety course so he can go hunting again, as well as drivers safety so he can hit the roads again. I'm sure it will include a whole section on WEARING YOUR SEAT BELT!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Alrighty folks, time for an update!!! Geoff is progressing fantastically in Atlanta. The feeding tube and trach button have been removed. Geoff took a psych test Tuesday and we are still awaiting results, but he heard he did really well on it. Heck, he was doing algebra last week!!! I seriously doubt he will be in outpatient in Atlanta more than a month. Every day I talk to him, his conversational skills improve. He actually remembers his doctors name now, and he couldn't do that last week. Seems the more important the memory, the more likely he is to remember it. He is also looking forward to shaving his beard off. I told him he said he wanted it and he looked at me like I was crazy. Still on schedule to get out of inpatient Saturday and start outpatient Monday. He best part of this weekend comming up though.........Girlfriend Michelle is comming to visit!!! He is really missing her. More as I get it guys and gals!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Greetings from Atlanta!!!! Okay guys, saying Geoff is improved is like saying the sun is kinda bright. Today, they took his wheels away. Good thing everybody, he was getting dangerous in the wheel chair. They also took his trach out today, and put a "button" in it's place. Kid kept coughing because it felt so funny. Trach button and feeding tube due to be removed early next week. He looks fantastic, walking all over the place, eating like a teenager. He bathes himself, dresses himself, gets to his appointments on time. If I didn't know better and you told me he was almost dead a month ago, I would call you a liar. Now the bad..............cognative functions of the brain are slow. Don't get me wrong, he can write, he was doing algebra yesterday, uses the computer, plays video games. But, his short term memory is still poor. He complains about everything, food, rehab, even the other driver from the wreck. He is going to require cognative rehab, something he cannot get locally in Fort Walton, and, he has a paid scholarship here. So, it looks like Geoff gets discharged July 11 from inpatient and straight into outpatient, here in Atlanta. The good news is the average is 2 to 6 weeks and given his track record, he should breeze right through. Also, he can come back to Fort Walton on the weekends. Geoff was not thrilled with the prospect of staying here any longer, however he understands he is not all better and needs more work.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Alright, I've kept everybody on the edge of their seats long enough. Geoff is doing great. Spoke with him yesterday, he is bored because they don't do therapy on the weekends and no one is there with him. He said the computers are slow and he gets frustrated with them. Still on a short leash as he is about 75% of the way to walking unassisted. The trach is capped and his voice is getting much better. He can actually carry on somewhat of a conversation. Mostly he wants to come home. Projected release from inpatient care is July 11, no decision yet if he is staying there for outpatient or coming home. More as I get it.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Atlanta update!!! Geoff arrived just fine and was trying to walk into the facility. They had to strap him to the gurney to wheel him in. Initial indications are he is going to do well there. Today, he spoke most of the day with his trach uncapped. Plan is to cap it either tomorrow or the next day. If all goes well with it capped, they will remove it. They have him on a high calorie diet to put some weight back on him. Before he left, he had lost 14 lbs.