Saturday, February 19, 2011

Update #137 on Kevin - Back at Home!

We were able to bring Kevin home last night. He stills needs to rest and continue to recuperate but he's doing so much better. He also got some redness and a slight sore while at the hospital so we are taking great strains to heal that through application of medication and consistent turns every couple hours. At this point he can't stay in his wheelchair for more than a couple hours so that he isn't stressing the already tender skin.

Our home health care agency has been trying to staff the house with 24 hour nursing. We are hoping that this can continue for the unforeseeable future since it has been difficult to give the best of care with only 8 hours of nursing. We won't know about approval for how much nursing we will get for a week or so, but right now they are trying to staff us with as close to 24 hours as possible. For instance, tonight from 10PM -8AM we don't have anyone and tomorrow from 4PM - 8PM we don't either, but the nursing agency is doing their very best to fill all those slots.

Part of the process, for whatever amount of nursing we get is having new nurses. That means lots of training and teaching for how things work at this house and what Kevin needs. Also, right now everything Kevin is getting (medicine, food, care) is spread out over the entire 24 hours to ease him back into things. That means the few breaks we worked into his schedule are gone. Every two hours he is turned (takes about fifteen -twenty minutes), food is every four hours, breathing treatments are every four hours, eye ointment is every two hours, etc…….. Little rest in between and it makes a big difference that we have more nursing right now. We pray it will continue.

If you want to send a message to Kevin, I took an idea from the hospital and added it to his website ( All you have to do is click this link to send a note to Kevin We'll print it off and read it to him. This way Kevin can hear from you even if you can't come by and see him. And if you would like to come by and see Kevin, please try. We know he would love it.

Thanks for all the love and messages at the hospital. Outside of all the emails, facebook messages, and comments we had over thirty St John's "Well Wishes" emails hanging on his wall before we left! It meant so much to us and him.

Thanks so much for your prayers during this difficult time during Kevin's already difficult recovery. Your prayers are heard.

Matt, Angie and family
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Kevin
    my name is Jenna and I came across your site. U are a courageous, brave, strong, determined, and inspirational hero. U and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I have a rare life threatening disease, and other special needs.