Last weekend was memorable for the Ramsey family. Patrick, Ben's younger brother graduated from the University of Wyoming. The university is 125 miles from where Ben is living in Colorado. The plan was to travel to Laramie and then to visit Ben. Snow and horrible weather shut down all roads out of Laramie. Driving behind a snowplow in May was definitely an adventure for this Texan
The storm shortened our visit with Ben considerably. I was concerned about how he would adjust to the change. In the past, it would have not been good. This time, Ben understood and adjusted well. Wow! The last month has been characterized by many of the same challenges that I have described in previous posts. Ben's behavior resulted in a third hospitalization three weeks ago. Instead of defeat, his treatment this time was hugely beneficial. His medical evaluation included new testing and major adjustments were made to his medication. A psychiatric nurse practitioner gifted in medication adjustments made dramatic changes to Ben's treatment plan. Within 3 days of the new medical regiment, Ben said that his mind was calmer and he felt good; better than ever. He has not had another problem. This is SUCH an answer to prayer!
Ben is living in a home in a beautiful neighborhood. He has a window that overlooks land with deer and greenery. Today he attended a jazz festival all day and had a wonderful time. He is asking Jim to bring him his golf clubs. He is attending church tomorrow. Ben is happy and life is interesting. We talk with him on the phone every night. The living arrangement involves supervision and relationship with people who's life's work is to care for TBI survivors. At every turn God has turned the "darkness before us into light" (Isaiah 42:16) Please continue to pray for stable behaviors and healing for Ben's mind. I want Ben to move toward a happy, fulfilled life. I want him well. God has been so faithful in this journey. It will be good!
The purpose of this blog is to show how faith, my professional training and a healthy sense of humor taught me and continues to teach me that Jesus Christ is always in control. I am a fellow learner as this journey for my child unfolds. My wish is that Ben's legacy gives others hope where there seems to be none. It is also my desire that the information I have assimilated with my medical mind and filtered through a mother's heart gives practical ways to deal with this ever-changing chronic disease. Finally, for the many friends and family members who continue to follow Ben's life change after the injury, the story continues.