Thursday, December 9, 2010

First Time Out Of The Hospital!

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.









13 comments:

Josh Friesen said...

Glad you two were able to get out and enjoy some "outside world" time together. Good choice of restaurant by the way, lol. Praying for continuing blessings from God for Zanes therapy and recovery, and for strength for you also Courtney as you take care of Zane.

Amy Lynn said...

That is SO awesome!!!!! I am so happy is recovering so well and keeping a great attitude through it all. May he be an inspiration to many!

Kelly said...

Courtney, even though I have not often commented, I have read each and every one of your posts and rejoice with you in every "victory" that Zane has celebrated! Thank you for keeping us all in the loop. Praising God for His continued faithfulness! In Christ, Kelly Little

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

God's blessing are awesome! In the beginning, the doctors thought he would just be walking around this time {or close, right?} and now he's going to the mall & eating out! A-MAZING! I am so happy for God's blessings on your family and for Zane's awesome recovery! Continuing to lift you up in prayers & praise!

Carol said...

Courtney,
God is good! Hallelujah!

Mrs.Abbott said...

I will keep praying for you all! I too don't comment much but have been following along and I am so happy he is continuing to beat all the obstacles in his way! You are such a strong woman, I admire you so much! I will keep the prayers coming your way!

Dorothy said...

Courtney, This is so great! They begin to feel 'human' again when they get out for a little while. Again, I must say, his case the time it took to heal, the amazing healing from God, are all so much like it was with Joe. Zane looks GREAT! Take care and we look forward to each post!

Brenda said...

Wow, it looks great to see you out in the world enjoying yourself! Praise God for this awesome gift. Keep up the great progress.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!! I can't believe what I am seeing. This is amazing Zane! Seeing you guys in the mall going for that candy, what a fantastic sight. I am jumping up and down!! Love it. I sure hope you are over the worst and heading down the stretch. Great pictures, thank you so much!

Cindy & John from Columbus Oh

Anonymous said...

I continue to be humbled by your faith and all that has taken place. God has a special plan for the both of you. It is exciting to see how well Zane is doing. It would be very nice to see Zane being able to come home. God is sooooo good! Take care.

Dave Lovley at Maine Public

Julie said...

Hey Zane, Julie Geist here. This is the first time I have been able to log into your blog, my computer has blocked previous attempts. I have gotten all my updates from your mom and dad and you sisters. Praise the Lord that you are healing so well. Your testimony through this ordeal has been a blessing and God has been glorified.

Mildred said...

I have been catching up on posts and am so thrilled to see Zane getting out again. You two look wonderfully happy and I am so thankful to the Lord for answered prayers. May God continue to bless you both. Merry Christmas

Sherri said...

How great to see the pictures of Zane outside and walking around. What a blessing! Continued prayers for you both.
Sherri Jordan
MPS