Hey guys. I'm writing tonight with a heavy heart. I'm writing for a few different reasons; the story to show my little brother one day soon, to fill everyone in on what's been going on, to thank people for support and to most importantly ask for prayers from anyone and everyone who will offer them up for us.
As you know my mom and I left for Cancun last Saturday morning, I took her to celebrate her 50th birthday. We checked in and got upgraded to a beautiful resort next door, paradise for sure.
Monday morning we woke up to a facetime call from my husband, facetime because we have no service in Mexico, only wifi. He was calling with bad news. He had to call and tell us my little brother had been in an ATV accident and it wasn't good. He was taken by plane from Ft Smith to Tulsa and in critical condition with brain injuries. You can only imagine how hard this was for my mother, and myself to hear while on vacation in another country.
We immediately went down stairs and spent hours trying to get us back home. They weren't able to get us out that day, we had to wait until early Tuesday morning to get a flight out. I never thought I would use the term "stuck in Cancun" or be praying for the day to pass quickly. We just wanted to get back home.
Once we got off the plane back in Tulsa we were relieved but scared to death. Walking into that hospital room and seeing my "big" little 16 year old brother in that hospital bed in a coma was about more than we could take. The absolute hardest moment in my life. You never think you are going to go through this.
Tonight it's been a week since the accident. He is still in a coma and this week has been a roller coaster of emotions. Sad, anger, confusion, heartbreak, etc. All week they've been monitoring his numbers and after not being able to keep them down yesterday they had to quickly go in and do a Bilateral Frontal Parietal Craniotomy with bone flap removal to relieve the pressure. Today has been a good day. The doctor is pleased with the success of the surgery and a few victories were made from yesterday.
We are a family full of faith, we are believing in God that he will be 100% healed and ok. The support and prayers that we have received this week are overwhelming. Of course the doctors have to give us the worst case scenarios but we know who is in charge here, my little brother is going to have one heck of a story to tell once he wakes up.
His name is Christian Mayberry, known as Mayberry. My "big" little brother is the sweetest boy you'll ever know. So kind, precious, innocent, giving, caring, loving. Not your typical 16 year old boy. He is our gentle giant. He is so full of love, and all he wants is to be liked. He doesn't deserve this.
I can't wait to see his eyes open, to see his smile, squeeze the heck out of him, and most importantly show him all this support he is receiving while he is asleep. He will feel like a celebrity for sure!
Thank you so much to everyone who has been there for our family and been praying this last week. Christian has a long road ahead of him. Our whole family does, but we ARE strong and will get through this. Again, the support and prayers are so touching.
A teammate wearing his jersey, #75
Stacks of get well cards we sat and read through last night from kids at school, so precious.
Painted on the football field before the prayer vigil that they held tonight, man will he love this!
Spruced up his room a bit with some pictures of his smile
I am asking for your prayers. So many people are praying and they are working, God is hearing them. My precious baby brother and our family needs them. Also, pray for the nurses and doctors that are taking care of him 24/7, for God to guide them as well.
I will be taking a little break from blogging for a while. Hope to be back soon!