Each day I check into the website, I receive some kind of update. But most importantly I get to read the comments that individuals have wrote on the facebook page. Of course there were family, friends, and church members comments encouraging Brody in the recovery process, but also sending their prayers and thoughts. Then there were others such as visitors who had contact with Brody during his course of work or people who love parks and have never met Brody before. And then there was the Ranger family: National Wildlife Refuge Officers Association, The Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, Minneapolis Park Police and the Park Law Enforcement Association, Blue Ridge Parkway brothers and sisters, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Rangers from the ND State Parks, Rangers from Tennessee State Parks, and so forth. I would bet with a certainty of 99% that not one of those Rangers knows Brody. And most likely never will, but as I said IT IS A FAMILY and Rangers are Rangers no matter where we are working.
Besides the weekly updates, individuals in Brody's life coordinated auctions, music benefits, blood drives, and a donation account at Wells Fargo (Brody Young Benefit Fund). The goal for the benefit fund was $5,000, which was achieved. The auction brought in roughly $22,000. And 42 people came out to donate blood (Hey Brody - They had the blood drive here in Moab today. My husband and I donated blood for the very first time for the both of us!)
And all that is great...but what I think is great is on December 9th:
Latest update: still in ICU-critical, but progressing. Now has a trach to help breathe more on his own. Trach is too big to allow him to speak, but they will slowly decrease the size over next few weeks. With him covered from neck down, the kids got to see him-they were very happy! Brody still mostly sedated, but has been alert enough to nod head to questions. Nurses say he is more relaxed when his wife is there.
He wants to talk so bad and can't at this point with the tubes. Hopefully by the end of the week he will be chatting up a storm.