May 11, 2011

Upcoming Tests and Procedures

It is crazy how busy things are. Nancy and I are constantly doing something. Now that Garren is fully aware, and communicating, one of us is nearly always with him. He has so much to say! He is so patient. He never complains. He looks forward to getting better. He asks questions about upcoming tests and procedures. He corrects our math when we are trying to help him with school work.

In the next couple of weeks there are a lot of exciting appointments coming up for Garren:
  • Thursday - swallow test, to see how well he is swallowing, and to help determine if the trach is ready to come out.
  • Next Wednesday - Bronchoscopy, to check his airway and decide if it's time to take the trach out - Garren is really excited about that day!
  • Next Thursday - Arteriogram, the neuro-surgeon is going to examine Garren's brain to make sure there is nothing left of the AVM. If he finds anything they will determine the best way to remove it.
Today Kara and Kelsey are going to get MRI's. Are AVM's hereditary? It depends who you ask. There is no solid evidence that they are or are not. Our primary care physician highly recommended that we have the girls checked, just for peace of mind.

And one more thing! It is very likely that Garren will be readmitted into inpatient rehab in about 2 weeks. The doctors and therapist are very impressed with the progress they are seeing in Garren. They really think that Garren would benefit greatly from some intense inhouse therapy. We are all very excited about this one. Pray that it all works out, that insurance and paperwork all gets worked out.

12 comments:

Mauri said...

Terrific news!!!

Anonymous said...

So much to look forward to and so much to pray about! Awesome progress from an awesome God!

Kitty @ Four Little Toms and a Mom said...

I love the plan for inhouse therapy. Leaps and bounds. God is good.

Heidi said...

Thanks for continuing to share with us - It is great to know how to specifically pray for Garren and for your fam.

Bob and Barb said...

Wow! This is all so fantastic!! Praying that Garren's swallow test results are not just so-so but so-awesome that it wow's the medical people!! Looking forward to hearing how God works out everything that's ahead.

Anonymous said...

Yahoooooo!!!!! Shall we do the dance of joy?!!! We will keep praying...please keep us posted...all in God's timing, all in God's timing....love, Sandy & Russ

Monica Newsome said...

So excited about the upcoming tests! Garren is making such progress! He seems like such a determined young man! So Awesome!! I continue to pray for you Garren!! May God continue to bless you!!

Anonymous said...

Just the other day I was talking with the nurse who rode with Garren on the ambulance and as we were talking she kept saying, he is a miracle!! and God has an amazing plan for his life!!!
Garren has made such an impact on all the ER staff who were involved with his care and everyone who has heard his story...God is being glorified and peoples faith is being strengthened!
Rebecca Lloyd

The Mowerys said...

Go Garren Go!! You are jumping over hurdles! WE are so proud of you! Keep up the good work! We continue to pray for you and your family! So much to be thankful for!

wendypoovey said...

Great news. We will pray accordingly each day. I really look forward to hearing what Garren chooses for his first meal. We will be praying the you receive good results from the girls' MRIs.

Anonymous said...

Father God,

We come boldly before the throne of grace to intercede for Garren on several tests coming up and for his sisters as they go through MRI testing themselves. I've copy and pasted the requests so we would know exactly how to pray Lord.
In the next couple of weeks there are a lot of exciting appointments coming up for Garren:
Thursday - swallow test, to see how well he is swallowing, and to help determine if the trach is ready to come out.
Next Wednesday - Bronchoscopy, to check his airway and decide if it's time to take the trach out - Garren is really excited about that day!
Next Thursday - Arteriogram, the neuro-surgeon is going to examine Garren's brain to make sure there is nothing left of the AVM. If he finds anything they will determine the best way to remove it.
Today Kara and Kelsey are going to get MRI's. Are AVM's hereditary? It depends who you ask. There is no solid evidence that they are or are not. Our primary care physician highly recommended that we have the girls checked, just for peace of mind.

And one more thing! It is very likely that Garren will be readmitted into inpatient rehab in about 2 weeks. The doctors and therapist are very impressed with the progress they are seeing in Garren. They really think that Garren would benefit greatly from some intense inhouse therapy. We are all very excited about this one. Pray that it all works out, that insurance and paperwork all gets worked out". May all turn out well to glorify You and give testimony of Your continuing faithfulness to Garren and his family. Praise You in Jesus' name, Amen.

Donna Lochridge on behalf of Metrocrest Presbyterian Church

tammywingate said...

wow!! I feel busy until i read your post!! (-: We are praying for great news wth each apt next week...especially Wed!!! (p b and j BABY!!!) If there is anything we can do for you all...pleae call us!!
We serve such a mighty God!!!
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