I’ve got great news!
Austin’s going home on Sunday! Crazy, but true!
He’s achieved all of his walking goals, so they’re letting him go early! Really, he’s doing great with his walking!
(If you missed how Austin rolled an excavator on himself and all that that entailed, start HERE)
Austin progressed quickly from the hemi-walker to a cane, and that’s giving him just enough support to where he can get around. Every day he’s tolerated more walking, and today they told us that he’s able to walk 20-25 minutes! I just have to say that that’s incredible!
I can honestly say that we were very surprised that they said he could go home. It’s been very up and down, almost every day. Austin’s shoulder is actually worse, and his arm is as well. Apparently that’s not something they can really improve with rehab, because he now is being told to rest it more.
A couple of days ago, Austin began to notice more shoulder discomfort, and the sensation that something was poking him. They took an X-ray, and found that he had a slightly displaced fragment of bone from the fractured shoulder blade. The therapist said that the muscles being used more probably caused that bone/bones to shift. He’s been ordered to completely rest that shoulder now. He has the sling for support. Those bones just have to rejoin–it was broken in several places. What a mess! He’s got a good 8 weeks for that.
The shoulder is really hurting him.
On the same side with the really bad scapula, Austin’s arm had been giving him problems since day 1. The therapist seems to have honed in on what the problem is, by his symptoms. He strongly suspects he has Radial Nerve Palsy, also called Saturday Night Palsy, among other names. He suspects that during the accident, something damaged his arm, putting pressure on his radial nerve. This is likely–when he was admitted, his right arm was bruised over most of it.
The damage is preventing correct nerve signals from being transmitted. His fingers and wrist don’t move correctly, which we’ve known. He said that he seems to have good muscle activity above the elbow, so the inability to move seems to be below the elbow. He said that it normally does respond to therapy eventually, but it’s not quick. It’s good that he has the splint, because it keeps the hand from dropping at the wrist.
The therapist has been using electrical stimulation every day with Austin, to keep the muscles working and to communicate along the nerves. Once he discharged, I’m hoping that therapy will continue with the electric stimulation. He will be evaluated by physical/occupational therapy when discharged, then they’ll determine how much therapy he will receive per week. Let’s pray they are astute to his needs.
I feel like we’ve had a mixed bag this week. Tremendous progress with his leg/walking, but worsening of his shoulder/arm. Up and down, small and large successes, some setbacks. I hear that Austin felt so motivated to heal/strengthen that he tried too hard! Not quite fair, but it’s probably what happened.
All in all, it’s been a good week for Austin. With his disappointment over his ineligibility for short term disability, that was a downer. But the great news of an early discharge has brought his mood way up again!
One fun thing that brightened Austin’s week was some cards that the Pathfinders made for him. Among the other cards and little gifts, Austin has felt well loved!
Austin goes home in April 23!
I’ll tell you what!
April 23 is Austin’s 20th birthday! What an excellent gift!
I’d say that’s perfect timing, wouldn’t you?
Thanks to everyone who’s been praying for the family and for Austin. We know God hears every prayer. Little things and big things matter alike to God.
Keep praying for Austin as he continues along the road to recovery!
Here’s the link to the fundraiser since the road to recovery is still being traveled!Fundraiser link here