Monday, March 10, 2014

Life's Precious Moments 3/9/14

If you look for them life's precious moments are all around.  Sometimes the most powerful moments are the simplest ... an unexpected smile or a kind word.  Sometimes they overwhelm us with love and gratitude and the pure joy of spending time together.   Saturday was a magical day in Middleburg and everything just seemed perfect.  You were in great spirits, in music therapy you composed  a new song with Tom about Toliver, stretched your tight muscles on the Pilates reformer with Kay, and then we had lunch together at Salamander Resort to celebrate your successful CCI recertification with Toliver. The sun was shining again and the promise of Spring was finally in the air.  

A Short 24 hours later on Sunday we find ourselves at Johns Hopkins emergency department with yet another breakdown and infection in your beleaguered scalp.  It feels a universe away from the magic of Brightwood, but even here at 3 o'clock in the morning we are blessed with precious moments. A compassionate but clearly exhausted surgical resident delivers good news with a warm smile. Your bloodwork and CAT scan suggest the problem is still superficial.  The primary craniofacial reconstructive surgeon cannot see us until Tuesday and cultures and more bloodwork are pending.  We are grateful for the good news and stumble out of the hospital bleary eyed  to find a nearby hotel.   

We will make the most of this day. Austin is driving up to deliver more medication and supplies.  We plan to visit the aquarium to reconnect with each other and some sorely missed marine life!  Hopefully tomorrow will bring more encouraging news and a clear path for the future.  

With love and gratitude for precious moments,


Forrest and Toliver Saturday at Salamander Resort in Middleburg

Toliver giving his paws up with Forrest & Pops in Johns Hopkins ER early this morning 


  1. And yet smiles and thumbs up..... It is great news that it is superficial. Hope they can solve the issue quickly. It was so good to see you last week. We know you hang tough daily. Love you all! And Forrest, it was cool to see you with Toliver and congratulations on passing your recertification. Well done Champ!

  2. Team 44,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you that this ends up being a totally superficial problem as the luck withearly test suggest! Good luck with the surgeo

  3. Grandma Norma AllenMarch 11, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Hi Forrest! You certainly do move around and I'm so thankful you have such a wonderful and watchful family. Glad they caught it and took care of the infecdtion right away.and at John Hopkins no less! You are such a great young man. I love that you composed a song about Tolivar. That is super! I'll look forward to hearing that next time I visit. Love you - Grandma Norma

  4. Forrest, that is good news. Love the pictures of you and Tolivar. I showed them to Jackson and he gave them a big paws up.
    love to all from Missouri.
    Uncle Brad

  5. Hi Forrest, I've been away from my computer and hadn't realized all this was going on. Praying that everything works out okay for you. Keep your chin up!! Love the pictures, as always! Give Toliver a few pats for me!

    Love and Prayers,

    Joyce and Wilbur Ellis from Missouri

  6. Fight on, brave Forrest! I'm glad at your good news!
    Laura from the Med Team