On Wednesday evening Zane, my mom and I met with Zane's doctor, nurse, OT, and case manager to discuss discharge. They laid out a set of goals that they had for Zane to accomplish before he left. He has already accomplished all but two of those goals. Zane was ready to leave right then, but they really want him to stay longer. They believe that the therapy he'll get there will be better and in higher quantity than he could get on an outpatient basis. Zane doesn't really like the idea of staying in a hospital for 24 hours just to get 3 hours of therapy, but he consented to give it another week. We've asked the case manager to explore outpatient options and see how much therapy he could get. We'll meet again next Wednesday to reassess. Zane's pretty sure he will decide to leave at that point, as the doctors have told him that ultimately, it is his decision. As you can imagine, being in hospitals for 2 months is starting to wear on him, and now that he can do so many things on his own, he's ready to break loose.
As a part of consenting to stay a bit longer, the doctor agreed to give Zane passes to leave the hospital for therapeutic reasons and to get used to being back in the community. Last night he got his first chance to leave. We took him to a mall near Spaulding and ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. I had to help him get his coat on and off, carry things, and cut his food up for him, but everything else he did himself. He was just so happy to be out in the real world that he didn't care about the small details holding him back. Another blessing was that I didn't notice people staring or treating him any different. His scars are primarily covered, but what did show, people didn't seem to notice or see any differently. We got him some Dunkin Donuts coffee, some red velvet cheesecake, and some tools for Christmas presents. For a guy like Zane, that's a pretty good night!
Zane's stomach has been doing much better. He hasn't vomited for a few days, and he's able to eat a good bit more. This is such an answer to prayer!! Overall, we are SO thankful for the recent improvements. Each one is a direct answer to prayer. I know I've said this a million times, but our God is SO faithful. Just because Zane is on the up-side of his initial recovery doesn't mean the blessings have slowed down. Between God's miracles and Zane's amazing determination and submission to God's plan, we are amazed.