Bryce Saldi's Journal
Written Feb 25, 2012 8:38am
Great news to report...Bryce started talking!
He just opened his mouth and said "NO" to a question instead of the usual hand signals and gestures. His next words were "I love you Mom". True JOY! His voice is soft and enunciation is a little weak but most of the words we can understand just fine. As you can imagine, the speech therapists are thrilled! It's so amazing to continue to see answered prayers and PROGRESS.
Written Dec 17, 2011 8:35am
Bryce has been living at home for the past 6 months. His progress has been incredible and his attitude amazing. He is still going to Pate Rehabilitation Monday through Friday for therapy. We all love his therapists. Everything moves at a slower pace with Bryce but we are able to take him out and enjoy many of the things that he used to love. We have been to Grapefest (he road a couple of rides), the State Fair, restaurants, and movies. Our family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) all came to Dallas for Thanksgiving. One of our family annual traditions is playing Whirlyball. (a combination of basketball and hockey played in bumper cars). Last Christmas we took Bryce to Whirlyball. It was the first public outing he had made since his accident. He was in a wheelchair and could only watch. This year he drove the car and had a blast. I was nervous to see him going so fast. Of course, everyone gave him a break on the bumping part. His face and smiles were priceless.
We believe that it was no coincidence that what would have been Bryce’s final football game of his senior year at UNLV, was played right here at TCU in Fort Worth. Even though UNLV had a rough year, I have never seen a team with more character. Everyone associated with the football program at UNLV is top notch. His teammates voted Bryce as this year’s recipient of the Tom Weisner Award. The Weisner Award debuted in 2002 and is voted on by the UNLV football coaching staff and senior players. It was created to honor one Rebel senior that best exemplifies courage, enthusiasm, dedication, and toughness. Bryce was made an honorary captain of the game. He wore his jersey (under the raincoat) and went on the field with the other captains for the coin toss. In spite of the rain and cold, it was a beautiful and proud day for us all. Here’s the You Tube link.
Bryce’s speech is still limited to “Mom" however, he can mouth the words to lots of songs. He communicates pretty well with gestures, texting, and his IPad. We are all so blessed to be around Bryce each day. His humor and his faith are inspirational. I see answered prayers firsthand everyday. Thanks to our incredibly supportive Southlake Community, the UNLV football organization, and our friends and family for your ongoing encouragement, love, and prayers.
Much love, Bre Saldi-Lappo
James Durham, another of our Southlake boys, was recently in a serious accident. Please visit his caringbridge site and keep him in prayer. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jamesdurham
Written Jun 10, 2011 10:25am
Bryce is home.
After almost 20 months of in-patient rehabilitation at three facilities in the Dallas area, his allotted insurance coverage expired. Being home agrees with him. He gets around the house unaided (followed closely by his ever watchful Mom) even going up and down stairs. He is no longer using a wheelchair. He is no longer on any kind of special diet. He is no longer on special medications. Physically, Bryce’s recovery continues to improve and exceed expectations.
This week Bryce begins treatment at Pate Rehabilitation Center in Dallas on an out-patient basis as part of the DARS (Department of Assistance and Rehabilitative Service) Program . Pate specializes in improving cognitive/thinking and emotional/behavioral skills of patients with brain injuries.
The attributes so loved in Bryce before his accident remain with him today. He is happy and charming and care-free. He loves listening to music and watching movies – laughing at the funny spots. He enjoys tinkering with electronics. He loves action and going places. He has a natural curiosity about everything around him. These attributes have and continue to serve him well as he faces the challenges that remain ahead of him.
Please keep Bryce and the Saldi-Lappo family in your prayers during this time of transition. Having Bryce home is a welcome but a big adjustment for them. For the foreseeable future he will continue to require around the clock care. Currently Bre is working with an individual who cared for Bryce while at recent facility to come to the house a few evenings a week to work with Bryce and give the family a much needed break . Both Bre and Bryce are grateful for the visits from friends during the last month.
As we near the two year mark of Bryce’s accident we rejoice in the recovery he has made and we give thanks for all of you who have so lovingly and diligently kept him in your thoughts and prayers. God is faithful.
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29.11
- Jill MellingerAlso, we have some exciting news to share. John and Danielle Saldi (Bryce's oldest brother and his wife) are expecting a baby boy in early November! We are thrilled!