Here's the deal

On February 4, 2012 Wesley was in a skiing accident and broke his neck. He is 16 years old and is planning to graduate high school this year. There are not many 16 year old boys as amazing as he is. He is kind, thoughtful, and good date on his progress. I will make sure Wesley gets to read every comment this blog receives. My siblings and I will try to keep this blog current.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

update for 2-25-12

February 25, 2012
How did we forget to mention this great news yesterday?  Wes received his
acceptance letter for college at BYU Idaho. This really made his day and
put a huge smile on his face. Last night was Wesley’s best night sleep
since the accident. The therapist worked on his lungs all day yesterday
and then into the night. He went to bed about 11pm and did not cough all
night not even once. The nurses came in only once or twice all night for
just a few moments. Needless to say if Wes had his best night sleep so did
Karen and I, we had an amazing nights sleep and only got up once to
scratch an itch.
Wes started therapy at 8:00am this morning. He is learning to feed himself
which is a part of therapy.  After breakfast he went to physical therapy
until noon.  Needless to say he was exhausted, all he wanted to do was go
back to the room and sleep. The last part of therapy he started coughing
again and during lunch break pulmonary came back in for chest and lung
treatments. I am sure this will continue for a few more days.
We ended the afternoon with a visit from Brittnee and the kids. Even
though it seems like kids are running all over the place and making a lot
of noise there is a peace that comes to Wes and Karen and I in having his
sister and nieces and nephews near. In all of the confusion there is a
sense that the family is together and everything will be fine. There are
lots of hugs and kisses and happy faces.  Sometimes we have Brittnee’s
family and Ashley’s family at the same time and we actually enjoy all the
confusion. We shut the door to Wes’s room and when the nurses come into
the room there are kids bouncing off the wall and they look at us as if
they are saying is this peace and quiet? When we came here we told them we
have lots of family and friends and they said that is great the more the
merrier. Now they think how can anyone have that many family and friends.
We continue to have hospital staff come by Wes’s room and look at all the
posters, banners and cards. We receive cards every day along with
heartfelt letters and they lift Wes’s spirit along with our whole
families. Every day we add those cards and letters to the walls in
Wesley’s room. The hospital staff has never seen anything like it. They
talk about all the love and support that Wes has. Some of the hospital
staff has called Wesley’s room the wall of Love. You cannot walk into this
room without feeling love and faith from every person who is praying for
Wes. We love you all and your love and support lifts us more than you will
ever know. Miracles have happened, are happening and will continue to
happen in the future. Please keep Wes in your prayers and amazing things
will continue to happen not only for Wes but for each of us collectively,
as our faith grows and we have a purpose in our prayers. We have received
the most beautiful letters and cards from children who are also praying
for Wes. We are grateful for the faith it is inspiring as our children
turn their heart to our Father in Heaven.
Wes has two more breathing treatments before he can go to sleep. His
Grandma Connie came by and gave him a very relaxing massage and one for
Karen and I. We are relaxed and ready sleep.


  1. What a cute typo. You meant wes got accepted to Ricks. Silly ryanna! Love you!

  2. Karen and Gary,
    We know Wesley has no clue who we are, but these two crazy people, who knew his mom and dad in college, before they were ever married, are praying for blessings for him, for you both, and for the doctors, therapists, and other care givers. You ALL are very loved!