Monday, April 27, 2009

Update on Ryan

First, I want to apologize for taking so long between posts. But to say that the last several days have been a whirlwind is an understatement. It is no excuse, but Ryan's care has become a little more intense lately. I started to write an update Sunday and lost the post. I have not been able to post since then.

Ryan did attend the Blue Jackets last playoff game on Thursday. The CBJ honored him with an awesome gift. They asked that he or someone in our family "Carry the Flag" before the game. Needless to say, Ryan is the only gifted athlete in our family that could skate around the rink in front of 20,000 people carrying a 20 pound flag without falling. So Ryan asked Tony Elliott to "Carry the Flag" for him, wearing the famous # 3 jersey of course..... Though the Jackets lost the game, you could tell the heart of the team was battling for Ryan with each comeback they made.

Friday, against dad's better judgement, we made a day trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was off to tour the Corvette Factory (view pictures). Ryan got a private tour, and a ride in a newly built ZR1! As a dad I am glad that he did because afterwards he decided that he didn't want one. In his words, "it was wicked fast, but too much of a luxury car." He would rather have the Z06. Saves me about 25 to 30 grand. (Like I can afford either one, HA HA!) After a couple hours, Ryan was exhausted and was ready to make the return trip home. Though it was a long day and rough on us, I am glad that we made the trip. Thanks to Mark and Mike for setting up all the details for us. Ryan really was happy that he got to make the trip. Matt, thank you for providing the luxury transportation, without your help this would not have been possible.

Sunday Ryan had another Corvette group from Springfield, Ohio visit us. A line of 13 vettes came by our house and spend time with Ryan. He was glad to meet the group and step outside to see the cars.

While he could, Ryan made the most of living life. He packed more into our "bonus" month that most people do in a summer. While many times I wanted him to rest, relax and stay home, I am now glad that we did as much as possible with him. Over the weekend, Ryan has slowly deteriorated. He most likely is now confined to our home. He is starting to feel pains in areas that he has not experienced pain before. He is also on oxygen to help him breath, and spends a lot of the day sleeping.

I will try to update daily, but it will depend on the help I have with Ryan. When we started out, Barry and Amy updated for me, and they may have to do this again. Continue to pray for a miracle for Ryan. If anyone deserves one it is him. If it is not to be, please pray that Ryan will be peaceful and pain free.
-Brad

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

God Bless and Know that we're with you. Love Mike and Missy

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you daily Ryan and family....stay strong.

Kacia said...

Anything we can do for your family would be an honor. Please don't hesitate to ask. Your classmates 1983 Westland.
Kacia Warren - Our prayers & love.

Anonymous said...

Good lessons on love and living life to its fullest as none of us are promised tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...Jen C

Anonymous said...

Ryan has made such an impact on our lives. He is an inspiration. God Bless. Many Prayers, Amy (Delaney's mom)

Anonymous said...

Memories are PRICELESS...I am so glad that you have been able to pack alot in lately. God is helping by making the weather,which has been unbelievable for April, so beautiful for Ryan to be able to get out and enjoy anything he chooses. It could be cold and snowy and I don't think he would want to go do much then.
All of the family is in my prayers..everyday!!
Cherish every moment and savor all the LOVE! I heard this quote and really liked it
Life is pleasant
Death is peaceful
It's the transition thats
troublesome.

How fitting when u think of it. We Love You Ryan!! XOXOXOXOXOX

Anonymous said...

We wish Ryan peace and you too Brad! You have been an EXCELLENT Father.

The Lord Family said...

Thinking of you and praying for you daily - wish there was more we could do but continue to believe that miracles do happen.
The Lord family

Anonymous said...

We are neighbors of Amy and Barry, we continue to keep Ryan and your whole family in our prayers. It has been such a gift to see him with the Blue Jackets and hear all of the loving words about Ryan during the games. Please know that we think and pray for him everyday!
The Stimson Family

Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers to you child of God and to dad and mom for the pain they endure as well. My sister held on for 12 long hours before finally passing and what helped her to let go and find peace were 2 word's..."it's okay". She died 15 minutes later, very peaceful with the most beautiful smile. This I wish for you.

Peace be with you, Christine Ferguson, Hilliard Tennis Coach

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and all of you. I'm glad you have this time with him. I wish all of you peace.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong Ryan and family! You are, undeniably the most courageous person I have ever met! I'm always thinking about you :)

Love you,
Ashlei

Tony said...

Ryan, Brad and family,
We are all hoping and praying for the ultimate miracle at this time.
But so many small miracles have occurred over this past year, many that Ryan himself has created with people he doesn't even know.
As always, Ryan and family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tony O.

Anonymous said...

I think that we already have our miracle and his name is Ryan Salmons. We speak your name every night at dinner as we pray for you and your family. With God, nothing is impossible. He knows what is best for us. Sometimes, it is difficult to listen to Him but He will never leave you. Love to your family.

Anonymous said...

Ryan- you are a strong willed individual! Keep Strong!! You are in my thoughts and prayers always!!
<33

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you guys always....you have such a fan base and are such an inspiration.

With love,
Jamie, Lori, Alexander and Evan Schroeder

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you guys always....you have such a huge fan base and are such an inspiration to others...

With Love,
Jamie, Lori, Alexander and Evan Schroeder

Anonymous said...

I am a friend of a friend of Ryan and I have been following his journey over the last year. We have prayed and prayed for him and will continue to pray for his peace and for his family and friends. He seems to bo so loved by so many people and for that he is SO lucky. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Ryan, I remember a very special time visiting you (almost 20 years ago) when your father had a limo bring you home for the first time from the hospital. (This may have caused your fascination with expensive cars) What a proud moment it was for everyone. You couldn't take the smiles off your parent's face. How blessed you are to have such a loving family. Definitely a time I cherish in sharing the joy. You continue to touch many of us with your strength and motivation.

Keep the courage and faith.

Todd McDaniels

Anonymous said...

Praying for all of you each and every day. God Bless You!!

The Smith Family
Dublin, Ohio

terrie said...

Prayers for Ryan and for your entire family. May Ryan find comfort and ease of pain. May your entire family share in love. and find some peace. God Bless. Terrie (Scott) Carter (Westland HS 1983)(mom of Adam Carter 11/1/91 - 3/25/08)

Anonymous said...

Thinking of you and praying every day several times a day!!!! Amy Leigh Collins ( Mike and Missy's cousin)

Anonymous said...

We love you Ryan - Dale & Cathy

Kelly said...

Your family is still in our prayers daily and will continue. God bless you all.

Anonymous said...

Peace be with you buddy.


Prayers, Christine Ferguson,Hilliard Tennis

Anonymous said...

My prayers are with you all.

Anonymous said...

Ryan and family - my thoughts and prayers are still with you. Hoping for that miracle - meanwhile, stay strong in the Lord.

Jack Dayton, Ashland, MO
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