Speaking with Diane recently, she detailed the medical needs for Hollis pre-admission to the world renowned center for brain injuries, Shepherd's Center.
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Here is what she had to say, in medicalese:
"Shepherd wanted Holli to be seen and have some procedures done that will help her get the best benefit from the intensive therapy that she would be receiving if we are accepted. We saw a dr. today that is getting the ball rolling. Holli will see an orthopedist Thursday about her hand and then next Wednesday a neurologist that does the baclofen trial which is they inject baclofen into her spine and see if she is a cadidate for the baclofen pump. Baclofen is medication that would help decrease her tone and spasms that she has and her muscles would be much more relaxed. It will delivery continuous medication. After that we will see if she needs a tendon release of her right elbow to help straighten her arm. I am so happy that we are getting these procedures in place. What we want to see happen is a special pump inserted for Holli to receive continuous medication that will relax her muscles and tone in her body so we can get them functioning again. Possibly will have to have surgery to have a tendon release from her right arm so we can get her right arm completely straight and possibly a series of cast put on her right foot to correct her foot drop if the medication pump does not do this for her.
It is more that Holli needs these procedures in place so she can get the most out of intense physical therapy. I believe that once we have that, they will accept her. She only has one shot with medicare for in-patient therapy and we want her to get the most out of it." -Diane Parkes Allison