Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/12/19

Many of you have asked about Ryan’s new program/therapy. This is not a new therapy, but an old one that we’re really controlling this time. Before, it was done randomly throughout the week, and we weren’t really keeping track of the results. The results either happen or don’t happen, and they happen at certain times. What we’re doing is a series of what I call sensory perception tests; tests of smell, sight, hearing, etc. For example, we’ll put random fragrances (essential oils, etc.) in front of his nose and note how he reacts. We’ll ask him to look at different colored objects to see if he prefers one over another. Last week we showed him some dull colors and some shiny colors, and he seemed to be interested in the shiny colors more so than the dull ones. I mean, who isn’t attracted to shiny things? Anyway, all of his responses, whether positive or negative, are now being documented so we can evaluate them over a period of time to determine whether it is beneficial to purchase some sort of technological device (device TBD) to try to communicate with him. There’s a lot of new technology out there that is capable of communication by the slightest movement of say a finger, or eye blink, etc. The hope and prayer is that Ryan will have something consistent that could possibly be a way for him to communicate with us. That is our smallest prayer. Our biggest prayer, of course, is that he will be completely healed right now. And although the likelihood of that happening is remote, with God, ALL things are possible!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/11/19

Ryan’s doing well. Me, not so much. Feel something coming on, so I’m going to bed early to see if I can sleep it off. Oh wait! There’s no amount of sleep that’ll cure what I’ve got. Y’all can fill in the blank with whatever you think I’ve got…

Anyway, it was a beautifully sunny day today. Started out a bit cold, at a whopping 34 degrees, but eventually warmed up to the mid to upper 60’s. We had all the shades up in Ryan’s room so he could enjoy God’s creation. I really hope he’s not tormented by the view…kind of like prisoners on Alcatraz who had a view of the city. That’s one of my biggest concerns; that he’s at peace (enjoys the view) and not tormented…He certainly looks at peace. Praise the Lord for that!

Lord, We thank you that you’re watching over Ryan, and are in the process of healing him. Amen

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/10/19

I went to bed early last night, and forgot to post. I even forgot it was daylight saving time, and that an hour would be lost. I don’t like daylight saving time, and really don’t like forgetting. Sorry, I forgot where I’m going with this…

Thank God for technology that automatically sets my clocks/alarms! Even though we lost an hour (did we really lose an hour…I think not), Ryan and I made the most of the day. We really didn’t notice, because today was just like any other day…A day the Lord made! And, it was good…despite the Warriors losing to the Suns. Speaking of technology: I got this new phone (an iPhone) and discovered Bitmoji. I made myself a Bitmojian (don’t really know any Bitmonese and, quite frankly, couldn’t care less). Anyway, my Bitmorph doesn’t look anything like me. Hey, why not give myself hair…and a better physique…and teeth…and pretty eyes?? Ah, but God knows my heart…

Psalm 139:23-24   God, see what is in my heart. Know what is there. Put me to the test. Know what I’m thinking. See if there’s anything in my life you don’t like. Help me live in the way that is always right.

Oh! At least my car clock is correct again!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/8/19

Great moments turned into great days turned into a great week! I hope y’all had the same experience as we did in the Buchanan house. This is the week the Lord made. We’re rejoicing and being glad in it. And, we’ll be rejoicing tomorrow and the next day and the next and the next infinity!!

“I’m doing crunches twice a day now. Captain in the morning and Nestle in the afternoon.”

“After all the eating I’ve done this winter, I’m happy to report my flip-flops still fit.”

Oh! Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward this weekend!

“The hour we lose this weekend was the one I was planning to go to the gym.”

Laughter is good for the soul…


Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/7/19

Day 3 of Ryan’s new program went well. Like yesterday, he responds to different stimuli, and tracks with his eyes…although we can tell it’s a strain for him. I can only imagine…But, I continue to encourage him to keep trying…remembering the times I would encourage him to “fight on” when he was little. He’s a strong young man, and IS going to do amazing things. Just you wait and see…

Hebrews 10:23-25   Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Thessalonians 5:11   Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/6/19

Ryan had his second session today, and again stayed awake through the entire thing. So far, he responds positively to brighter colors; tracking them with his eyes as they are moved back and forth. Duller colors, on the other hand, not so much. He also looks at Kristie when she talks to him; much like he does with Janine…and sometimes me. We really believe he’s in there and wanting to communicate, and only time will tell if he can do these things consistently, and on command. So far, he’s off to an excellent start. Atta boy Ryan!! We know you can do it!!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/5/19

Ryan had his first “new” session today, but I wasn’t here to find out any details about how it went. I do know he was awake the entire time. Changing the time slot to one that he’s awake most of the time was a good move on our part. I’ll find out what/if any positiveness (is that a word?) resulted and will post tomorrow. These things take time…sometimes weeks, if not months…Thank you for praying for Ryan!!

“What time is it?”

“I dunno. Pass me my trombone and I’ll find out.”

—blows trombone loudly—

Someone shouts: “Who’s that playing the trombone at 2 A.M.?”

Ba dum bum…


Ryan’s Miracle Watch 3/3/19

February is gone?!?!? It’ll soon be 2020…unlike my vision…which is fading with age. Oh, don’t count me out yet. I can still spot a flea on a tick on a dog a mile away…but can’t see anything directly in front of my nose. Good thing we have a Dollar Tree close by. I purchase ten pairs of glasses at a time and put them everywhere…all rooms in the house, cars, garage, toolbox, etc.

So, we enjoyed a relaxing weekend around here. Took in a few movies (thank you Netflix, Amazon Prime & HBO), watched a few pro sporting events, listened to music, and stared out the window at the rain. The things on my 30-year old to-do list will have to wait…perhaps another 30 years…Please, don’t tell Janine I said that.

Quote of the Day: You never appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example.

Here’s to y’all having a great week on purpose!