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Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is back on a lower dose of oxygen, almost to what he was two days ago.  He remains in a coma with no neurological changes.  Today's gratitude entries include:  nature walks with grandparents and discovering beaver lodges, burls and animal prints, kids getting excited to interact with aunts and uncles long distance, and of course, Ben's lower oxygen need.

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Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is still in a coma with no neurological changes.  He had an event today that was resolved, but means he is requiring more oxygen for now.  It was a cold, overcast day, but Ben's family was able to find some more things to be grateful for:  kids getting to go birding with grandparents, frozen meals from people in the community, following in Ben's footsteps as Nicki learns about Dungeons and Dragons for the kids, and sunlight in both the mornings and evenings.  Thank you for spending a bit of your day thinking of Ben with us.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is still in a coma with no neurological changes.  I want to clarify that although Ben is no longer needing assistance from the ventilator, he is still hooked up to it so it can give him slightly more oxygen than room air contains.  This is still good news.  Today's gratitude entries include the family dog sledding together on spring snow, and reading to Ben over video conferencing.  Stay well everyone; keep in touch.

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Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is still in a coma with no neurological changes.  He is off the ventilator and breathing on his own but still needing a slight amount of oxygen.  No vocalizations have been noted during use of the trach collar.  His family has been recording readings and are preparing to bring them into the hospital to be played for Ben as well as move the bird feeder we put up outside his old room to his new window.  We miss Ben.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is still in a coma with no neurological changes.  We are hopeful that in the coming weeks, Craig Hospital in Denver will reach out with advice.  Today's gratitude entries include: crust skiing out on the frozen river and kites in today's windstorm.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is in a coma with no neurological changes.  We are still looking for reasons to be grateful so on the list today are pancakes, letter openers and friends with technological prowess willing to help the family navigate the digital world.  Thank you for being here.  You also made the list.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Not much new with Ben.  Today two of the gratitude journal entries read:  "Grateful for helpful kids moving snow together" and "the kids patiently teaching origami" (that Ben once taught them).  Thank you for checking in.  Please stay well.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

Ben is still in a coma with no neurological changes.  For a few hours today he wore the collar that allows air in but encourages him to breathe out through his nose and mouth with the hope that he might make some sounds.  We are waiting.  Today we are grateful for video chatting with Ben and other friends.  Thank you for checking on Ben.

Journal entry by Wendy Gorski

On February 6, 2020 Ben was in a car accident.  He is in Providence's ICU in critical condition with head trauma and brain swelling.  He luckily has no broken bones but needs a completely calm environment with no stimuli.  We will know more 72 hours after the incident so right now the Schneider's need a lot of prayers.  Everyone is welcome to visit the waiting room but please be respectful of Nicki, Leo and Kaya.  You will not be able to see Ben and probably won't see Nicki.  Your love and support is what is buoying us all up and it means the world to the Schneider's.
Ben’s Story

Site created on February 7, 2020

Ben's wife Nicki writes "I can't thank all of you sufficiently. But thank you. You are one of Ben's greatest gifts right now to my family, and I appreciate all that you are doing, and will do. I am truly grateful."

If you'd like to donate directly to Ben and Nicki go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/1w5jryl100

Meal assistance can be found by going to:  https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/benschneiderak/support
Choose one of the options beneath "Support Links".

If you'd like to donate to Caring Bridge for giving us a space to provide support for Ben, do so via Tributes for Ben.

PLEASE NO VISITORS AT THE MOMENT.

Nicki has asked for one person at a time to sit with her and we have that covered. Also the ICU is limiting drop offs, so please don’t bring food or other gifts without checking with us.
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On the morning of Thursday February 6, 2020 Ben was in a car accident.  

He is unconscious at Providence's ICU in critical condition with head trauma.  He luckily has no broken bones, but needs a completely calm environment with no stimuli.  

We will know more when he awakens, so right now the Schneiders need a lot of prayers, positive thoughts and love.

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