Corey Briest's Journal
8th Alive Day
Written Dec 5, 2013 12:04amToday we celebrated our Champion's 8th Alive Day with our annual open house celebration. Thank you all that braved the cold weather (8 years ago it was nasty cold and blizzards!) and helped Corey celebrate all that he has accomplished. Thank you also for everyone's phone calls, emails, and messages to Corey--they really do mean a lot. Today is a hard day for everyone in our family, so we choose to celebrate and look at all that Corey has accomplished. He has had a hard year and I am so proud of him for not giving up when he so easily could. Corey continues to go to therapy three days a week to do OT and PT and then has a trainer that comes and works out with him three mornings a week here at home. He enjoyed a Charlie Battery Iraq Reunion last month and is looking forward to the Guard Christmas party this weekend. He so enjoys hanging out with all his guys. Corey and I went to Hollywood with the Wounded Warrior Project in September for an Emmy Viewing party. We had a great time with his fellow Wounded Warriors and their families. Corey met many celebrities, but the ones who really stood our were the actress (Wendy Davis) that plays Joan from Army Wives, the actor (Quinton Aaron) who played Big Mike in The Blind Side, and the actress (Jes Macallan) who plays Josslyn on Mistresses. Wendy and Jes both took the time to really get to know the Wounded Warriors, their families, and their stories. They were not their for publicity, but because they really cared. Quinton was awesome. He hung out just like a friend would do. We met all of these guys at a Style event. The next day Quinton came to the hotel we were all staying at and had pizza with all of us and then went bowling with some of the attendees. All three of these actresses/actor were just normal and just enjoyed being around us, it was nice. Connor played his first year of tackle football and loved it. Corey enjoyed cheering him on. We all enjoy watching Duck Dynasty as a family and this Halloween both Corey and Connor dressed up like them…they were a hoot! Connor celebrated his 9th birthday with a scientist birthday. Corey really enjoyed listening to him and his friends do all their experiments. We have had a pretty nice fall/winter, but now it has turned cold. Corey is not ready for the cold. His body gets very tense and hard to move in the cold, so he's not looking forward to that. This is an emotional day, but a day that I am glad I have as it means I still get another day with the love of my life. Thank you to all that keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Written Jun 9, 2013 10:36pmWe stepped right back into our crazy schedule! Friday we planted flowers and got Connor sent off for Boy Scout Camp. Saturday Kylie and I had Girl Scout Camp all day and Corey headed off to the Rich Schild Memorial Poker Run. It rained all day Saturday, so Connor came home from scout camp a day early as there campsite was flooding. We helped get him and his stuff drive and warm him up! Corey is doing a great job walking here at home and its been the best I've seen in a long time! He's enjoying the day to day activities and it excited to go watch Connor at track tomorrow morning. He's enjoyed being back in his own bed, chair, and just surroundings. Corey will start his therapy schedule back up tomorrow, so we will see how that goes. Thanks for all the well wishes!
Written Jun 6, 2013 10:27pmCorey still was not at baseline this morning from the baclofen. He tried walking in PT but could only go from his bed to right outside his room door. They went to the gym and stretched him out. In OT this morning they worked on getting the left arm more involved. During the lunch hour we had our family conference with his therapists and Dr. They agreed that a baclofen pump was not a good idea at this time for Corey since he relies on his tone. In the future if the tone causes pain or main setbacks, we know that the pump will work and that he'll need a very low dose! Since we didn't need a pump placement we asked if going home would be in the future and they said yes...so guess what....WE ARE HOME!!! They said that we could leave tomorrow morning, so I asked if we could just go today since it was silly to sleep there and leave in the morning and they agreed. Corey finished his afternoon therapy by working on an exercise bike for PT and pumping some iron for OT. We were bummed that we weren't able to say goodbye to our favorite nurse, but she was working the evening shift today and also a therapist that Corey got along with (even tho she was in the air force ;) ), but we are so glad to be home!!! Corey treated the nursing staff and therapists to Oh My Cupcakes this afternoon. The staff at McKennan were awesome and we thank them for all that they did for us. After we got out of our conference Corey was say "Hey Jen, I'm going home today." or "Hey Jen, I get to sleep in my bed tonight." He was so excited!! We were able to eat supper with the kids tonight and Corey is getting ready to climb in his own bed!! His walking is better tonight, but still using the wheelchair as its not fully back yet. Have I mentioned we are home and excited to be here!!!!!!