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I just saw this on CMT. Please say prayers and positive thoughts for her family at this most tragic time.
Kelly's brother is doing better - showing daily signs of improvement & increased repsonsiveness to his family. Kelly has been posting updates in her original post in the thread referenced above. So, if you haven't yet, you might revisit that thread & share in this miracle!
Copied from the CMT thread:
I haven't been around much, sorry. Every day it was something different. Bad news, then something good to hold onto. Then more bad news, some waiting, more hope, etc. Well, my mom requested some final testing to be done to make sure she could say goodbye without feeling like she hadn't done everything she could. The doctors really didn't want to do any further testing, but agreed in the end to help my mom and the family. They did another EEG and it came back flat. My mom is hoping they'll do another CT scan or MRI as well, but is planning on taking him off of support next weekend.
It's crazy but I've had dreams every single night of him waking up, or getting better, or going through therapies and healing, etc. And my mom, both sisters, husband, two brother-in-laws, Mikey's girlfriend, and a cousin have all had the same type of dreams. I'm sure it's because we all want this more than anything, but it's still hard to have these amazing, positive dreams and then wake up to the reality of it all. :'(
Thank you for the cards and letters. I cried reading each one and we made sure they were all read to Mikey as well. They're hanging on his wall with the other cards and letters we've gotten from family/friends. Thank you also to those that made donations to his fund. It's so appreciated and will now go towards a memorial fund.
I can't thank everyone enough for all of the support, love, wishes, and prayers. I'm blessed to have so many people out there that cared enough to keep Mikey and us in their thoughts and prayers.
I might not be around much anymore. It's hard to find joy in much anymore, and these next couple of months are going to be especially hard. I'm a little over 7 months pregnant and live 1500 miles away. I did fly down a couple of weeks ago when we thought it was time to take him off support, but there were ups along the way when I got there and we thought he was going to pull through. Now that I'm back, I'm too far along to travel that far again. I'll also need to help with the funeral expenses and probably couldn't justify another round trip expense on top of it. It's breaking my heart to not be there with Mikey and the family, so I'm grieving that as well right now.
Updates will be going out on the Pray for Mikey McCormick FB page I linked in my original post though. Thanks again. It means so much. :'(
Ahhh, Kelly. There are no words ... just soul-sucking sadness.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Please take care of yourself ... and with each kick, flutter, and rollover of your baby, remember the life - the precious life - you are nurturing and will bring into this world.
Like the rainbow after a storm, I think of your baby as God's promise of life - life on earth, life everlasting. We will never understand the why of this tragedy or even, in this instance, the how. So, please hold on to what you do know - that Mikey is loved, that there is nothing you have not tried and that he will always be with you, not just in your memories, but in your heart, in the foods he liked, in the jokes he like to share that will become part of the family's lexicon and in so many other ways, big & small.
It seems impossible, I know, but you will laugh again, Kelly. The joy will return, you and your family will find a 'new normal.' You will begin to write this next chapter of your lives.
Sending thoughts across the miles to you & yours,
Oh, Kelly --- I can't even imagine the heartbreak and sadness of what you and your family are experiencing -- especially at a time that should be full of joy and expectation with the impending birth of your baby. And your not being able to be there with Mikey and your family at the end is just heart wrenching.
Undoubtedly, the passage of time combined with the love and support of family and friends will ease your pain and sadness. And as Kelly P. so eloquently and wisely states above, your brother will live on in your hearts and memories, and you will find joy again. But right now, to be honest, it just sucks.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.