Kari Returns to WVU

Kari headed back to West Virginia University yesterday afternoon. It’s both difficult and exciting seeing her go. She had the same mixed emotions. She brings such amazing energy with her wherever she is. Morgantown is fortunate to have her back.

Kari insisted on taking me out to dinner on Friday night! I’m happy she wouldn’t let me talk her out of it. We had a gift card to Bonefish, and since we both LOVE seafood it was an easy choice. I had a great time and it was nice to breath in the outside nighttime air. She always makes me laugh! We ate so much it hurt. This is what I call a “food hangover”.

I noticed some new eye movement with Ryan last night. For the first time since the beating, he shifted his eyes to gaze right. Sue, Kari, and the nurse confirmed it. I’m not sure what it means, but I apply it to my philosophy “anything new is positive”.

Earlier in the day I put Ryan in the stander. He was good for 4 hours. F-O-U-R! It got me thinking, what is the most he should be upright in one session? Does anyone have any insight or experience? The last thing I want is too much of a good thing. Actually, if I really think about… too much of a bad thing would be worse.

Sue re-introduced Ryan to “real” food. A puree of 2 ounces of apples was included in his evening feeding. We are taking a more systematic approach this time, trying  a single new
fruit/vegetable and see how well he tolerates. Then another, and so on. Once we know what he does well with, we then will begin making a mixture, slowly increasing the volume and calculating the nutrition.

Sorry about going emo yesterday. I had a friend tell me it’s the deepest thing he ever read written by some he knows. This comment prompted me to re-read it today and I’m not exactly sure how I came up with something so damn depressing. I think my precarious habit of talking out-loud has migrated to include writing out-loud.

Yikes!

Realizing what I’m capable of writing (and saying), I just want to apologize in advance for offending any person, group of people, vegans, mammals, the elderly, wives, Tea Party members, Cowboy fans, soccer enthusiasts, DMV employees, inconsiderate drivers, chiropractors, helicopter parents, Pitt alum, Microsoft Windows users, swamp people, and those who celebrate Valentine’s Day.

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13 Responses to Kari Returns to WVU

  1. Rita says:

    Well, it sounds like the past 48 hours have been quite a roller coaster ride, and it’s good/healthy to express all of those emotions. Even when you’re feeling really down, your overriding strength and underlying sense of humor come through loud and clear to us, so don’t apologize for being real. If your family can handle it, so can we! It’s so great to hear that both Ryan and Kari are moving forward and that you’ve had special one-on-one moments with each of them. We’re sending our college girl back to school today with mixed emotions also. Even though I was at Pitt for a while, it’s OK if you want to hate on them, as long as you don’t trash talk Penn State 😉 Hoping/praying that today brings more moments and achievement for you and Sue to celebrate ❤

  2. Jo Hobbs says:

    I see significance in all things. The following is from fisheaters.com:
    Fish: the fish — ever-watchful with its unblinking eyes — was one of the most important symbols of Christ to the early Christians. In Greek, the phrase, “Jesus Christ, Son of God Savior,” is “Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter.” The first letters of each of these Greek words, when put together, spell “ichthys,” the Greek word for “fish” (ICQUS ). This symbol can be seen in the Sacraments Chapel of the Catacombs of St. Callistus. Because of the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the fish symbolized, too, the Eucharist (see stylized fish symbol at right).

    The earliest literary reference to the fish as Christian symbol was made by Clement of Alexandria, who advised Christians to use a dove or fish as their seal. Tertullian wrote (in “De Baptismo”) “But we, being little fishes, as Jesus Christ is our great Fish, begin our life in the water, and only while we abide in the water are we safe and sound.” Also used as a Christian symbol was the dolphin, most often as a symbol of the Christian himself rather than Christ, though the dolphin was also used as a representation of Christ — most often in combination with the anchor symbol (“Christ on the Cross”).
    Still here, praying and watching your progress, Ryan.

  3. Clare Mullee says:

    Hahahaha…..you made me laugh this morning Ken! I hope you guys have a peaceful, productive day. xo

  4. Paula Yocom says:

    LOL KEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Keith in Morgantown says:

    First Off “Welcome Back Kari”

    Hey what you guys have been through you have the right to think out loud!!! It gets your emotions out sometimes we need to do that! So Dont Appologize and Be Sorry for it! I am so glad to hear about the eye movement for Ryan. Any little thing shows improvement and thats what we all need to hear. I Am Continuing to Pray that God Keeps Working on Ryan and Shows The Miracle that I am Holding Onto! Hope You and The Family have A Blessed Day!

  6. Susanne says:

    Ken,
    THANK YOU for your emotional masterpiece yesterday! It was “divinely written,”
    as though an author of the highest calliber was creating a novel. I read and reread it numerous times.
    Today’s post had me laughing out loud! Kari continues to be a blessing to those she surrounds, and I’m so happy your seafood dinner date last night included laughs and invaluable father/daughter conversation. In the midst of your daily routines, these highlights will carry you through rough times. I hope Kari has a great semester and can enjoy more of her freshman year at WVU.
    Perhaps Ryan was looking for the train that had you so upset yesterday. I like to think he’s sending messages about God’s surprises that catch us at unexpected moments and “open our eyes” to the healing that has been taking place within all along. Just as your family has been vigilent of Ryan’s every need, Ryan is keeping
    watchful eyes on you! We’re ALL keeping an eye on the Diviney family, hoping that today brings more promises of hope and love!

  7. Jo Hobbs says:

    So happy you and Kari got your “fish fix!” I LOVE seafood also, especially fresh fish, which we get plenty of here in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, Patapso, Wicomico, St. Mary’s and Potomac Rivers. Rivers run through us, literally. Ryan, when you are well enough, we will take you to Captain Billy’s Crab House on the Potomac — promise! I think you can read about it on the internet, although it is closed for a couple of months in Winter.
    Love

  8. The Colangelis says:

    Happy to hear the news about Ryan’s eye movement. I do believe it means something positive. I also beleive all that stretching and physical activity you do for Ryan is really helping too. It promotes circulation and that has to be so much better than one lying with no movement. Keep it up and we continue praying for Ryan and your family. God Bless you.

  9. sally ellis says:

    The eye movement has to be a good thing! Don’t ever apologize for your feelings, you my friend are entitled and I am glad to see you expressing yourself. I’m sure you and Sue will miss Kari, from everything I’m told she sounds like an incredible young woman. Please know that there are quite a few friends looking out for her at school.

  10. Terry Gannett says:

    When is the rally in Morgantown?

  11. alecia says:

    Good luck back at school Kari!

  12. Cheryl Onderchain says:

    The eye movement is very exciting Ken. Love these updates. You’re really a great writer, while you’ve taken on the most important role in your life now taking care of Ryan I do believe you may have missed your calling in life – writing! You should think about a book. Seriously. I’d love to be your agent ; )

    Hoping for more great small miracles for all of you today. Love ya!!!

  13. Dresia says:

    First of all, I will do some research on what foods, vitamins, etc, to improve the state of Ryan’s condtion. But my question is, can he take herbal medicines while on his 40 different medications? maybe not? The Doctor whom basically acused you of abuse, is a stupid, negative, blind, inconsiderate, adiot. no compassion, ass hole. The thought of him thinking you would harm your own son when all you’re doing is trying to keep his limps flexible. How f*ckin dare he think you would harm your son on purpose.It’s so easy for a/the Doctor to point the finger @ you Ken for abuse. I would sue his ass when it’s all said and done. You Ken and your family have your hands full. I can, and then I can’t believe how people can be so blind? Keep up your good works Ryan. I’m so sorry for what has happened to your son. But don’t you feel guilty about any bone breakage Ken, you was helping your son. Remember this, this is a blessing in disguise ok, if your son wasn’t responsive, then he would not have felt the pain, so that’s good news. There is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m still praying for Ryan.

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