Thursday, December 26, 2013

Out of ICU 12/26/13

Yesterday before surgery we all agreed that it couldn't really be Christmas because Forrest wasn't home. So we made a pact and decided we would just have our Christmas on the day we all get back to Brightwood! One more thing we have to look forward to! 

And today we celebrated The Best Brother in the world, Austin's birthday, by getting Forrest out of ICU. We managed balloons and Forrest wrote a very thoughtful note to his big brother. The cake and candles may have to wait, but there should be no doubt that Austin is adored and admired.  

The comeback kid is definitely on his way back again.  Forrest was able to eat a little bit today, keep it down and beat his aunt Tricia at their signature thumb war dual. Not the most gracious way perhaps to thank Tricia for sitting bedside with you all night, but you both seem to enjoy the challenge.  

It's too early to predict how long Forrest will have to stay in the hospital this time around, but we are likely to be here until the middle of next week. We are taking it day by day and are thrilled that Forrest has already improved from yesterday morning. Unfortunately, this means we will have to postpone Saturday's open house victory celebration once again. But we will get there eventually and it will be a wonderful celebration. 

Thank you all for your prayers, messages, blog comments, and support.  We read your messages again and again.  They bring a smile to Forrest's face and lift all of our spirits immeasurably. 

We are counting our blessings again  tonight.  And though we don't know yet how we are going to solve the current medical challenges, we know that we will.  Team Forrest remains unfailingly  committed to Forrest's full recovery and we are optimistic about the future. 2014 is bound to be an amazing year.

With love and gratitude,


  1. Thanks for the update. SOOOOOO glad to hear that things are going better. And great job Aunt Tricia for doing the night shift. We love to hear the news, especially when he is doing better. Celebrations await.....

  2. Way to go Comeback Kid....nothing will keep you down long!!! Keep up the good work of taking your medicine, following doctors orders, and charming all the nurses!!! Team 44, take care of yourselves too....his support team is as unbeatable as he is!!! March on... the road is straight ahead now to continued, Sharon

  3. Happy Birthday have given(many times I'm sure) a miraculous gift to Forrest.............being here with him for his 21st and now allowing him to be with you for your birthday, and to support he and the family during his latest hiccup in progress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My continued prayers and best thoughts that Christmas at home will be VERY soon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love can make anything happen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Forrest, the beard is looking good! Just don't let it turn into a Duck Dynasty beard length. Too much of a good thing! Glad you are out of ICU. Happy Birthday Austin

  5. What a great blog to wake up to!! I kept watching last night for a new one, but finally got tired and went on to bed. I'm so glad things are going good, and that you got out of the ICU, Forrest. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, AUSTIN! Your birthdays sure are close together! All of you work so well together that you are a huge inspiration to everyone following this blog! Hope you have a great day today!! Love the pictures as always! Aunt Tricia, you've cut your hair haven't you? I like it!

    Love and Prayers,

    Joyce and Wilbur Ellis

  6. So glad to read this blog entry and also thrilled to see Toliver in the hospital. Richard told me of the surprise evening you all had planned for me tonight at Welbourne and I hope to take a rain check. Will miss seeing you in MB but promise to catch you next time we are up. Hugs and kisses to all and big pats to sweet Tollie! Praying for fast healing and that you will be home soon!!
    Colleen and Richard

  7. So sorry for the setback, but thrilled for the fantastic rebound! You and your family continue to inspire us.
    PS our Brandon said his first words on 23rd December, his dad's birthday. Hopefully, he'll be able to read your story and learn from you soon. Merry Christmas to all of you! And here's to a darn good new year.
    Christina Bowen