Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Better Day!

Brian had a good day today. He was responsive early this morning to prayers with his girlfriend & was able to nod to the nurse that he was in pain. When his early crew of visitors came he was a bit sleepy due to the recent increase in pain medication but once again when I (Kara, his big sister) got in his face to remind him that God works for good and will give him the strength he need, we got a big eye open and he squeezed both my and my mom's hands. I had to leave to give my son (& Brian's favorite &, well, only nephew) a much needed break from the hospital but I heard from my mom that he was quite responsive with opening his eyes, squeezing, hands, etc., today.

He looked great today as well. The swelling had gone done a lot & his vitals were looking good.

We got some tough news from the neurologist. From just getting the history and status of his situation, the current prognosis is 5% chance of walking again. However, my parents met with the rehab doctor & were encouraged by the power of a good rehab. Brian's blessed too with physical strength on his side. I will post more when I have a chance to see my mom about what the doctor said.

Brian is doing so well recovery-wise at this point they expect to do back surgery first thing tomorrow. It is a two hour procedure. Once I learn details I will share more. They told us yesterday that he wouldn't have this procedure possibly for days but once again, God has come through and helped Brian defy the odds.

Thank you all for your visits, your prayers, & support. I have yet to even email this link to anyone & yet so many of you are already aware. Please share with anyone you know who has a love, concern, and prayer of strength and faith for my brother.

We are so encouraged by God's faith in healing Brian. We are so blessed to have him alive. He's got a LONG TOUGH journey ahead of him and will need all the encouragement he can get.


  1. Tell Brian I love him and I will be there this weekend.


  2. Kara, thanks so much for putting this blog together. I've been praying for Brian and your family.

    Please keep us posted and also let us know what we can do to help. Also, please let Brian and the rest of your family know I am thinking of them and am here if you need me.

    Your cousin, Elizabeth

  3. We are praying for Brian's full recovery - our thoughts are with you and your family.

  4. We're thinking of you and praying for strength for all of you. Please let us know any way we can help.

  5. thank you so much for taking the time to keep us all up to speed on brian's recovery. please let brian know he is in my thoughts and prayers continuously and i will be coming to visit him.

    Amanda Carter

  6. Hang in there Keet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Hi, this is Brian's brother-in-law, Kara's husband. The accident should have taken Brian life. God spared him. It was going to take Brian's spleen and part of his pancreas. God spared those. It was going to leave him unresponsive for many days. God opened his eyes when we talk to him (particularly about the Gospel, particularly with Eliana, and particularly with recordings of his nephew Owen). It was going to take weeks to wait to operate on his back. They're operating on him tomorrow. Brian is strong. God is stronger and at work in this. Please continue to pray...it's working. May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with all of those connected to this.

  8. Wow Keeter, I think your brother-in-law has summed it up so far. I am so thankful you are alive, and I know God will make everything okay in the end. Just know I can't stop thinking about you and your family.


  9. Thanks to Brian's family for keeping us informed. We love Brian so much and are worried about him, but we know that he is strong and will pull through.