Jacob Michael and Max at the 2010 Brian Hess Golf Tournament
Well, summer break is over and we are back to school!!! I believe I had mentioned in the last journal about Brian's summer schedule... Brian worked really hard all summer with three days of physical therapy and three days of speech therapy... The goal was to trying get Brian to
where he had been physically... Brian had become extremely tired and all he wanted to do was sleep... He could barely stand up straight to walk to and from places... During the summer Brian had worked up to walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes and even the elliptical at times for 30 minutes!!! I feel like I have seen a great improvement over the eight weeks of his summer schedule...he Is walking much
better and I feel like it seems he has a bit more energy...
Brian's fall schedule has him doing speech two times a week and then working with Brian Ellis at calloways two days a week. Then on Fridays we try and take a walk... The weather should be nice soon so we will probably try and ride Brian's bike some.
Brian had an appt with dr Dammers. A Neuropsychologist... Part of what Brian was dealing with, being so tired, we felt had to do with some depression from the brain injury... Which is completely understandable. We started off upping the dosage of the medication that helps give Brian more energy. It seemed to help a little bit but did not change his mood swings. We had another good meeting with Dr. Dammers where we started to try to pull Brian off of one of his medications and change to a different drug... That's kind of where we are right now. It has only been a few days since he has been on the new medication and I haven't seen much of a difference yet. The main thing is I just want Brian to have some sort of happiness. I know the physical state he is and has him feeling frustrated and down but a lot of it also has to do with the brain injury and needing some sort of medication to help balance out the chemicals. I am praying this new medication will help him. Another good thing with meeting with Dr. Dammers is that Brian gets to talk out how he feels about everything. It seems to be a good meeting but once we get home it seems to be back to where we started from. I do feel that this is part of the injury and I hate that for him.
we will continue to meet with Dammers as I pray that it will be some sort of outlet for Brian and allow him to discuss his feelings and maybe get some insight on how to place his feelings...
I can't believe Jacob Michael is in the 3rd grade and just turned 9yrs old!!! Jacob is such a big help with Emmie Claire who just turned 7mths last week. Emmie Claire looks so much like Jacob did at this age it's crazy! I'm so thankful for the both of them every day for the opportunity to be their mother... Clearly this is not the path that I expected our lives to take but I know we are so blessed...
BRIAN HESS Benefit Golf Tournament
Monday, October 5thwww.brianhess.org
we are only a few weeks out from the tournament. We hope you guys can come out and play!!! You can sign up on your own or get a team of 4. If you're not a golfer some people will sponsor teams or even come out to volunteer. If you go to the website you can see where you can sign up for teams are also sign up to help volunteer to help with tournament. This tournament is so special to us. It reminds Brian that he has not been forgotten, that so many people still care for him and continue to pray for his healing. We hope you guys will either come out to play or volunteer to help for part of the day! :-)
please continue to pray for Brian's healing... Specifically his sight...As the years pass we may get more adjusted to how things are but it doesn't get easier. Brian continues to get down wondering if he will ever see again. I often have to just let him vent a bit but remind him that no matter how long it has been, we are in Gods hands. And it is God and only God has the power to heal him completely. And I will continue to pray and believe in his power to open Brian's eyes that he may see. I'm excited for and wait for the day that he's able to see Jacob Michael and Emmie Claire...
I want to thank all of you who continue to send Brian emails and catch up on how we are through Caringbridge and continue to pray for us. It truly means the world to us and somedays, helps us simply get through that day.
Heavenly Father, Thank you so much for the many, many blessings you have given us. Thank you for allowing us to see the blessings you have given us and not just see the sadness and frustration that is before us sometimes. Thank you for the.family you have blessed us with and the old friends and new friends You have given us through this time. Lord, we know you are in control. We continue to lift Brian up and pray that you will have mercy on us. That you would open his eyes and allow him to physically see. And we will give all the glory and honor to you.
We ask these things in your Son's name
I love you Brian, I love you daddy
Kimen, Jacob Michael & Emmie Claire