Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15th Update

Things are still going well, at least when talking about Briley's healing.  But now, after a little more than a month since the accident, the reality of the situation is becoming more & more difficult to deal with.  
Briley is tired of being in the wheelchair.  At first, it was new, but the new has since worn off.  Here and there she's said that she wishes that she could start running & playing again.  Even Bryson started crying last night.  When Alicia asked why he was crying, he said, "I want Briley to start walking"!  But she's been doing great with the wheelchair and doesn't complain too much.  A couple of days ago, she started having a bad cough and running a fever.  The cough is getting better and the fever is now gone.  Also, the one incision that was getting infected is looking a lot better and the swelling in that knee is less.
Bryson has been missing Nanna like crazy.   He's been talking about her a lot and he told Alicia that he wanted to go to Nanna's house to see her after she's gets home from visiting heaven.  Clearly, he doesn't quite understand the meaning of heaven yet.  
As for me, I've been reflecting more and more on the night of the accident.  I was able to zone it out for the most part up until now for whatever reason.  Maybe because Mark and I were working together a couple of days ago.  That's been the first time that we've worked together since the accident.  But whatever the case, the images burned into my brain from that night has been bothering me.  
And Alicia has been having trouble with the loss of her mom.  Her and Jess have been talking a lot everyday about her.  And Alicia has her moments when she breaks down.
So with all of that being said, Alicia and I have talked about all of us going to the trauma support services that were offered while we were at Cooks.  I understand their way of counseling kids through play is great.  I always kinda looked at counseling as a gimmick-type stunt.  I am probably ignorant about it, but it's time to swallow some pride and go.  I need to do what's best for Alicia & the kids (and myself), so it might be worth a try.  
So, now that we got all of the depressive stuff out of the way, there has been some excitement!  One of Briley's friends, Gracie, that she met at Cooks stopped by the house on Monday.  We fed her, and her family!  Gracie was undergoing treatments for Neuroblastoma when Briley was diagnosed.  They are an awesome family and we were fortune enough to go up to Tulsa's curesearch walk and be a part of Team Gracie!  
Gracie had scans at Cooks this past Monday (and they were clear)!!!!!!!!!!   Since her & her family are about to move to Idaho, they made the drive to Seymour to visit.  It was good seeing all of them again and we might just have to visit them in Idaho sometime in the future.  Below is a picture of Gracie & Briley!
Alicia has been busy this past week planning for Briley's big birthday bash tomorrow!  Briley is super excited to see and play with many of her friends!  
We will go back to Cooks next Thursday, the 21st.  She will have x-rays to see if her bones have grown enough back together to be able to walk!  She will also have a routine check-up at oncology.  Her ANC this past Wednesday was 2400!  Which is great, but probably elevated due to the infection.  At least it's high & not low!  


  1. What an adorable picture!
    Lots of prayers for you all....don't know how you've made it this far!

  2. John: From a personal standpoint, the hardest point of going for counseling was the point of realizing that I had to go for me and my family's need. Once I made the decision and actually made up my mind I wished I had done it sooner.
    I hope that you can be supported with the tools to cope and work through the things that you have to. We will continue to pray for you and the whole family. You express a need at times to be able to "fix" things for others; yet you all are faced with things that won't be "fixed". I find you extremely brave and a great husband and father to be able to express and share with others through this blog these concerns. May He continue to give all of you the strength you need.
    The Snyder's


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