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First, A prayer of thanksgiving…..
Dear God, In this thankful season, we have so many blessings to give praise for. Thank you for your healing touch on Ayla, our family, and all who have been involved during this recovery. Thank you for your power and love which are so evident in our lives. We ask you to continue to watch over and strengthen the Snider and James families, this community, and everyone who has been touched through this. It’s in your name we pray, Amen
Happy Birthday Gracie Snider
December 6th was Gracie’s 11th birthday. I wish we could have been in heaven to celebrate it with her. You know it was a great party… I can only imagine the killer colored socks the angels were all wearing! We continue to see Gracie’s work as an angel in everything we do. There’s not a day that goes by we don’t think about you #7. We love the whole Snider family (In heaven and on earth)
Update from Seattle Children's Hospital
Ayla went back for her sixth month check up on November 25-26th. The crew at Seattle Children’s continues to be amazed and so excited to see Ayla and her continual healing. We love all our friends at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Thank you nurses, doctors, therapist, administrators, and everyone who works behind the scenes. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you. We love you all. I’ve include a couple pictures of Ayla with some of the amazing doctors who helped guide her recovery. They balanced compassion, reality, wisdom and both the capabilities and limitations of medicine so well. Now for some specifics about the check-up…
Ayla participated in a neuropsychological evaluation. This test consists of a series on non-verbal/verbal tests that accumulate to about 6-7 hours of testing. Ayla was a rock star. She was exhausted but scored high (average to above average). Thank you for all the prayers around Ayla’s brain healing and recovery.
Ayla has been cleared from speech therapy. This is exciting news for Ayla. She can take this one thing off her plate and consider it done.
We met briefly with Dr. McNalley. Ayla will have her one-year follow-up in May and then we will discuss being cleared for contact sports. Ayla has big hopes of being back on the soccer field as soon as she can. She has such an amazing spirit, drive, and will to live life to the fullest.
Ayla still attends physical therapy once a week. The focus continues to be on strengthening her body especially her right side. She isrocking that treadmill and even doing some sprinting in the hallway. It’s so nice to hear from her PT, Dave, how amazed he is with her strength, determination, and improvements. Thanks Dave for all the hard work.
Things to Come...
Ayla will see a local ophthalmologist for follow-up on her eye. This is something that is really important to Ayla. Please keep this appointment and the continued healing of her eye in your prayers.
Ayla will begin counseling soon and start addressing some tough topics around social, mental, grief, trauma, etc. She is ready for this but it will also be a challenging and overwhelming time for us all as she begins to really process the events of the last year. The rest of the James Gang (mom, dad, and Noah) continue to weave our way through this challenging time. We all attend counseling and are relying on our faith to know God has a plan for us all. Some days are super hard – no other way to say – they are just plain hard. Each of our struggles seem so very different, please continue to keep us in your prayers.
Thank you to our amazing families, friends and even strangers. Words will never adequately express our deep gratitude. We love you all so much. Thank you for the love, support, and prayers. You have stayed with us on this difficult journey for seven months now and we can still feel your strength. The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. Don’t forget to take a moment to hold those you love close and remind them daily of how much they mean to you. We hold each of you in our hearts and we ask for God to bless each one of you as richly as you have done for us. Blessings to you all and Happy Holidays.