Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Night Update

I hope Alicia does not read this post.  She is where she needs to be right now.  Anyhow, things have not gone as easily as I thought they would thus far.  Briley was not able to get pain meds during the blood transfusion that went on for 3 hours.  About half way through it, she started hurting real bad.  She was crying for momma.  I did all I could do to comfort her, but without luck.  She became nauseated but never vomited.  It tore me up inside knowing that she was hurting so bad and there was nothing that I could do personally for her, other than hold her hand and rub her head.  The nurse we had today was great!  She stopped the blood transfusion, gave her zofran, and hooked her pain meds back up.  She started feeling much better and quit crying once she got her pain meds.  The nurse started the transfusion again and she finished it without any problems.  
Briley is doing great right now.  She is sitting up in bed coloring while watching Cars.  We've watched Cars non-stop for the past 2 days!  Everything that needed to be done tonight is over with.  She will have vital checks at midnight and then again at 4am.  Hopefully both of us will get a good night's rest.  I will warn the nurse that I tend to snore, loudly, sleeping in a recliner!  Speaking of that, Bryson slept with me last night, but when I woke up, he was in bed with mom.  I guess he couldn't take my snoring anymore!
Briley will not fall asleep without holding my hand.  As soon as she does off, she suddenly jumps and says she's falling.  She has done this several times today and yesterday and never has done that before.  I think she is having nightmares about the wreck.  
I'll be ready for Alicia to get back down here tomorrow.  I wish that I could be there for her at the funeral, but I've got to be here with Briley.  
We appreciate everyone's kind words and gestures.  We appreciate it more than you'll ever know! 


  1. As much as I know Alicia would love for you to be with her tomorrow, I also know that you are being "there" for her in a much bigger way by being with Briley. She will worry about being away from Briley, but not nearly as much as she would if anyone else was there with her other than you. You being there with Briley will bring alot of relief and comfort to Alicia, more than if you were actually with Alicia. You are a great daddy and husband, and you are doing a wonderful job through all of this, even if you don't feel like you are. I loved Jeanne Snyder's advice to you on here the other day...."Just keep holding Alicia and listening to her"...that is exactly right and exactly what she's going to need alot of! You don't have to have all the answers or be able to fix all the problems, you just have to love her and listen to her. Everyone in Seymour will do anything to help y'all in any way, so let your needs be known. TAke care of yourself and make Alicia take care of herself as well! Love y'all!

  2. I watch the sun rise in the sky
    I ask God the question, Why?
    Why do bad things happan to good people?
    Why do dieseases stricken the young and innocent?
    Why is there sorrow at every turn?
    Why are there people not willing to share?
    Why is there prejudice and fear?
    Why are there people not willing to be near?
    Why must children live in such poverty?
    I say, God please tell me why.
    Then he whispers me a simple reply,
    You must experience bad to know the good
    You must do right just as you know you should
    You must love me, yourself, and everyone
    You must spread hope, faith, and love until your life is done
    You must do unto others as you want them to do to you
    You must persevere in all you do
    All these things you must embrace
    And God assures, everything else will fall into place.


  3. John, your Hospital family is praying without ceasing for comfort for your whole family. I know how hard it is to lose your mother. And it will be hard on Alicia today but as Lynann said it will be easier because you are with Briley. I wish there were some magic words to say to you and Alicia but all i have is I love you and i am praying for comfort and peace. I pray that God wraps His loving arms around both of you and that you will feel HIs peace and love. Just know we are all here if you or Alicia needs to vent or cry. Our shoulders are strong. Love always robyn


Thank you for your thoughts & prayers for Briley! God Bless!