Sorry, I never got back to let you know about the BCBS issue. They eventually approved him to stay until March 7th, this will be the end of his alloted 60 days of rehab. The next step is still unclear at the moment.
But we had an update from our friend Brian today.
I just wanted to shoot out a quick note on Jeff as I went over to see him today.
He's still making progress although it continues to be very slow progress. According to Jeff's speech therapist, today was the first time Jeff has been able to read anything since he's been there. She was showing him peices of paper with his wife's and children's names on them. She was showing them to him upside down or sideways on purpose. He would take the paper, put it right-side up so he could read it... and then read the name out loud.
It continues to be baby steps.
He continues to make small progress in his PT. One small example is that he was able to help his therapists get him off a table and into his wheelchair today. Up until then, I've always seen them use a lift mounted in the ceiling to pick him up and place him in the chair. He was able to push up with his legs enough that they were able to kinda pick him up and slide him into his chair without the lift.
Again... it is little things like that.
On small kind of light-hearted moment... and I think you HAVE to laugh at least a little bit because the alternative is too depressing... but... whenever I go and see Jeff, I try to talk about ANYTHING that might click a light on in his head... any kind of memories I KNOW he has... so I was talking to him about the Jamboree this past summer. I kegged up another keg of my IIIPA last night and I was joking with Jeff saying, "You remember my IIIPA.. my AWARD WINNING IIIPA... the one that won the big award at the Jamboree"... and he scrunched up his face and said, "That was MY beer!".
"What??? That wasn't your beer!! You make the Dahkness... the black IPA! My triple IPA is waaaaaayyyy better than your Dahkness"
... and that got a nice smirk from him.
He continues to make very slow progress but they are still steps in the right direction.