Many of you have been asking "What can we do?" Well, now we have a list of tangible needs.
We had our family meeting with the Care Team this morning. In the meeting we discussed Garren's progress so far. We also discussed the next steps for Garren. Rehabilitation from brain injury is such a long process that it is not feasible to stay in the hospital for the long haul. Part of the rehab process is to teach us how to care for Garren, and how to continue his rehabilitation at home.
As it stands right now Garren has a target discharge date of March 23. There are two major things that need to happen in order to bring Garren home.
The first thing is to build a room on the first floor for Garren. We are planning to convert the 3rd car garage into a room complete with a roll in shower just for him. Insurance will cover most of the medical equipment we will need. The costs for renovation will be out of pocket for us. We already have a couple of builders who are going to start work right away.
The second major purchase that we will need to make is a wheelchair accessible minivan. I have started looking around on the internet to see what our options are. My prayer is that we will be able to find and purchase something that will meet our needs by the time we need to bring Garren home. If you have any leads, or information on the best way to purchase a minivan that will meet our needs, you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your continued financial gifts will also be a big help in offsetting these upcoming costs. You can click the link to the right of this blog to make a gift.
Nancy and I still have lots of questions. We are still coming to terms with what this next step means for us. As I have mentioned in earlier blogs, our lives have changed. Things will not be the same for a while. The thought of bringing Garren home is a little bit scary. The idea that immediate medical help will no longer be standing right outside the door is a little bit unnerving. But at the same time, the thought of being home, having our family together under one roof, is appealing. I look forward to that. Once home Garren will continue rehab and continue to progress.
In the mean time there is a lot that needs to happen. We will trust God to provide for these needs. And we look to you to continue to pray. Pray that decisions about construction and vehicle purchases will go smoothly and timely.
And of course - continue to pray that Garren continues to get stronger and that these items are only needed temporarily.