Ok, so my little son continues to help his Uncle Brian by taking one of the longest naps he's taken in quite some time so I can update you all again. Those little blessings mean so much!
I'm going to try to remember what my parents said about their meeting with the rehab doctors yesterday.
First, let me note that Brian is currently recovering from this morning's surgery. It sounds like his body is showing (understandably) the beating it has taken from the accident & the procedures to bring him to ground zero. Thank the Lord we have more than our physical bodies to live for!
Anyway, at this point, my parents have decided to keep him in Charlotte for the first month of rehab. They have a great program, in fact, two of the doctors themselves were involved in accidents--physically active & strong men who are now in wheelchairs. Again, what a small blessing that Brian is in a place where he has doctors who deeply & personally know what lies ahead & are proof that God is glorified in all things!
Also, Brian's good friend from high school, a Wilmington physical therapist, drove into see him last night & has been here today. He was able to take a tour of the rehab hospital with my parents & ask some helpful questions with his background and training that my parents wouldn't have thought to ask. He, too, was impressed with the program & my mom was so thankful he "just happened" to be there today when this part of the process took place.
Of course, we still don't have an exact prognosis for the spinal cord other than what the neurosurgeon said the other day from his initial impression though I imagine now they have the spine stable that testing to determine where Brian is (for now, though the trauma itself can always create some loss of sensation as well) to know how to prepare his rehab program will begin shortly.
Also, we are so fortunate to have my dad's loving sister & her husband here in Charlotte, who, along with their friends, are taking such great care of us & providing us with a wonderful place to stay. Again, there is such comfort in all the blessings God provides to embrace Brian & his family during this crisis.
The rehab doctors initial plan is to keep Brian here for at least four weeks of therapy. The best outcomes, which they believe are possible, come with a committed patient and the unwavering support of family & friends. Thereafter, we will see where to go from there.
(**Just spoke with my mom, she said Brian is not as responsive as yesterday but again, we don't expect him to be with the surgery this morning. He did acknowledge my dad though & indicate that he's not in any pain, so he can get some much needed rest.)
Again, I can't say enough how much Brian will need your prayers & support for many, many months. Thank you all.