Monday, March 16, 2009

My brother has a head injury :(

The digiscrapping community has become like a family to me, so I want to share some news that I got today and I'd like toask that you lift up my brother in prayer!

This is a recent photo I have of him - not the best, but it's the best I have.

My brother, was kicked in the face during a soccer game last Thursday night. He lost consciousness and couldn’t see out of his right eye for 25 minutes, and suffered severe nausea and vomiting. He had bleeding from the nose and was take into the ER. After x-rays of his head, neck and spine he was admitted overnight. A neurosurgeon discharged him the next day. At his follow-up appointment this morning the neurosurgeon said that there should not still be bleeding or nausea, has ruled out the after-effects of a concussion, and has scheduled an MRI.

The MRI will cost the equivalent of about a month’s pay in South Africa, and my brother is hoping to be admitted to hospital to have it covered by his “hospital plan” insurance. He will then have to wait 24 hours for the MRI, so not sure if the doctor will authorize that.

This has all happened within a couple of weeks of his 30th birthday (the dinner celebration for that on Saturday night was cancelled) and some other exciting news (that is not mine to tell!)

I only found out about this today – my Mom didn’t want to worry me! That's really sweet of her, but it also makes it hard to be so far away. They NEED to tell me these things!

I'm trusting that he's going to get better and this is just a challenge for him to work through. And to learn to not play so hard ;) Work hard, play safe. And that's an order from his sister ;)

Thank you all so much for your encouragement over the months as I've been dabbling in design and sharing life's moments with you - you're all WONDERFUL!


Jennifer U said...

Caryn - I hope everything works out okay for your brother. Head injuries are so scary. I'll be thinking of him.

Beth Long said...

Oh Caryn I'm so sorry!!!! I agree with Jennifer above... head injuries ARE scary... you're in my thoughts sweetie... I'm sending lots of {{{{{HUGS}}}}}} in your direction!!!! I hope everything turns out to be ok after all of his tests.

mel_h said...

thinking about you and your family! love you long time xxxxxxxxxx

Shel said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother. I will definitely keep him and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted!
- Shel