This is Shaanon, baby Roy's mom, and I wanted to thank everyone for the continued support for my son and the continued prayers. You truly changed our lives, and I honestly don't know if my son would have survived without all of your prayers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My boy is in physical therapy and is making progress, but it will definitely be a long journey, especially with getting his left side fully functional. He has definitely made miraculous strides. With the continued support and prayers, my son is having a miraculous recovery. At the moment I'm trying to raise money to pay for my son's daycare and gas money while I finish nursing school. We are scraping by right now, and my whole goal is to just be able to afford to finish school. I am literally only a couple hundred dollars short of where I need to be every month to make it by, so
I'M SELLING BAKED GOODS!!!!
I have a passion for baking, especially gourmet items, and I've been told what I make is absolutely amazing. Here is the list of what I'm baking to sell. You can donate the money on this site to purchase items, and just email or post whatever you'd like to order. I'll get the shipping information from you, or we can arrange a delivery. Thank you for supporting my son and me!!
COMING SOON-Gourmet selection of caramel apple assortments, with a wide variety of gourmet toppings (figuring out the perfect way to ship them at the moment).
GOURMET CUPCAKES (pack of 6) $10:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cupcakes
Carrot cake cupcakes
Strawberry Dream cupcakes
Classic Rich Chocalate Fudge cupcakes
Chocalte Chip cookie dough cupcakes
*I can customize absolutely any flavor or type of cupcake you could imagine, and make it delicious!!
OTHER BAKED ITEMS FOR SALE:
Classic Chocolate Chip cookies- ($10/dozen)
Rich Peanut Butter Cookies ($10/dozen)
Cherry Pie ($10)
Blackberry Pie ($10)
Apple Pie ($10)
Mini Pies ($10/half dozen)
I'll be adding more to this list, as well as many more pictures. Thank you so much for supporting my son and me on our journey to an amazing life. When I become an RN, and then a nurse practitioner, I will somehow find a very special way to thank everyone who has helped support us through our absolute hardest times. THANK YOU :)))
Baby Roy is improving daily thanks to all the continued prayers for him. We appreciate every single one of you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
Little Roy is laughing, mimicing sounds, saying 'mama', rolling over, smiling, growing stronger, and we think his vision is getting better.
He is still on a ton of medication including anti-seizure, antibiotics, neurological meds, sedatives, etc. And he's still trying to get the left side of his body to function well. His mama is excellent at taking care of him and administering all his meds on a tight schedule.
As for me, grandma, sometimes the tears fall unexpectedly. I think I'm fine, then all at once I find myself crying.
I think a lot of those tears come from the unsurmountable gratitude I have toward God and all of you for healing Baby Roy. It really is so unbelievable, that God's hand is working directly in our life. He is truly listening to our prayers.
Baby Roy had the opportunity to have both his baby cousins snuggle with him last week.
Thank the Good Lord above, Baby Roy rolled over a few times this week. What a giant step!
The other night, he was laying down in the living room and his momma walked silently around him. His eyes followed her every move. I believe he could see her.
Shaani is amazing with Little Roy. She has to give him medication every 4-6 hours and do a lot of physical and occupational therapy with him.
OK, I know that when my girls were little, I knew that if they cried when they were learning to do something new, it was OK. But listening to Little Roy cry when Shaani is encouraging him to do something new breaks my heart. I just want to pick him up and hold him. Good thing I'm just the grandma! Otherwise, we'd be holding him until he's thirty! Then maybe I'd let him learn!
His grandpa Roy is the same way as me. He holds him every night in his chair (I think that's Little Roy's favorite spot). Roy said that he can only hold him until he's about twelve or thirteen; otherwise people might think he's too big!
One last topic for tonight:
I am so proud of my family's compassion. Speaking individually with Roy, Shaanon, Chelsea, Chaffey, and Jesse, I've learned that none holds hatred in their heart. We're all saddened, of course, and angry at times, but love for Baby Roy and compassion override hatred. God is carrying us through.
Once again, God is listening to all the prayers lifted up to him for Baby Roy and our family. Thank you and God bless you all.
Sorry for the delay in updates. I went back to work last week and have been exhausted with work and emotions.
Baby Roy is doing well at home. He's much more relaxed and is improving every day. I think we're all more relaxed! It hasn't been easy, per se, but it's much better being home.
A few days ago I was massaging Little Roy's feet and calves. He chuckled when I started massaging him! He loved it. His little legs are so strong, but he hasn't been able to use them lately, so he loved the massage. And I loved his chuckle. Just to hear him laugh and see him smile makes my day.
Yesterday, he squinted his eyes at the sunshine! That's a really good sign!
We'll try to get some photos posted soon.
And again, thank you for your continued prayers. God is listening. It amazes me every time I think of the miracle he is performing in front of our eyes. He's performing this miracle to answer all our prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Little Roy was released from Doernbecher yesterday and we got home last night! Praise the Lord!
Today Little Roy has been happy, calm, sweet, and smily! He got to sit in his swing and loved it.
He's drinking from his bottle and his momma is doing a fantastic job keeping him medicated using in newly inserted Hickman.
And, this morning, Roy surprised us with a new tooth! His first!
I think tomorrow Shaanon will have the best first Mother's Day in the world. Grandma Liz will be pretty happy, too, because she'll have two of her grandbabies with her...Roy and Brooklyn. (only if the other six were here...)
Thank you again for all the prayers, love, support, and hope. God is listening to our continual prayers and is working with our entire family.
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and support. We thank God each and every day for every one of you!
Today we moved out of PICU into recovery!
Tomorrow Little Roy has an hour long surgery, and if all goes well and he keeps his temp down, we should be able to bring him home Friday!
Pray that all goes well!
Our little miracle baby is fighting this nasty infection and doing well considering all.
He definitely is a little fighter. After all he's been through, he still makes the same growling sounds (that's why we call him 'Bear') when he wants his diaper changed, a bottle, or to be held. He's just precious. He doesn't scream for his needs, he just kinda growls. Sweet.
Again, thank you for all your prayers.
God is listening!
We're sitting in PICU at Doernbecher waiting for a room in recovery. Thankfully, the baby is stable enough to move out of PICU, not requiring intensive care right now.
Last Thursday, we were released from Doernbecher and allowed to take the baby home. Friday was so great because the baby was comfortable and happy---that is, until the infection hit!
When it hit, it hit hard. Fluids built up under the skull causing extreme discomfort and a high fever.
His smart momma quickly rushed him to the ER in McMinnville where they took him by ambulance back to Doernbecher.
I think I already wrote about the surgery Saturday morning (forgive me---my brain's a little distracted!).
Now, tw0 days post-surgery, our little man is sleeping, taking a lot of meds, and staying comfortable (except during pokes and prods, MRI's, and diaper changes). The swelling in his head is minimal this time and one of the drains may be taken out tomorrow. His antibiotics for this nasty infection will be administered for months! We're praying he gets to keep his skull---the part that was previously removed. The alternative would be extremely tough!
We're holding strong. Shaanon is amazing and our family and friends give well needed support. Even Little Brooklyn has spent over half her life visinting her cousin at Doernbecher. All your supportive comments on facebook and all your prayers help keep us strong.
Baby Roy is back in PICU at Doernbecher. He had emergency surgery last night due to a high fever. Under his newly replaced skull was found an infection which thankfully had not penetrated his brain. The skull was removed, cleaned, replaced and the infected area was cleaned out. The poor little guy had a high fever again this morning and blood in his urine.
He's our little warrior! God certainly must have a plan for our fighter. David vs. Goliath!
The care at Doernbecher is exceptional including the Neuro Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, Room Attendants, Social and Living Workers, and all the great people that we come into contact with here.
Our prayer request today is that Little Roy fights this infection well until it's gone for good, that the Good Lord above continue healing his brain for full recovery, and that his body is made whole again. We ask this in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ, and we lift Little Roy up to the Lord. Please also pray for strength for Roy's entire family as we are beginning to wake from our numbed haze and trying to figure out what the future holds and how to keep our paths straight. Please lift us all to the Lord.
Again, thank you everyone for your generous support and your tireless prayers. God is listening!
Unfortunately my baby is back in the hospital. We aren't sure yet what exactly is causing his fevers to get so high, but they are testing for numerous different infections. His temperature reached 104 degrees this morning so they rushed him from the ER in an ambulance back up to Doernbecher. Please pray for my baby. Thank you for all your prayers and all of your support. I love you all and God bless
Praise the Lord! Our little man got to come home last night. It is such a miracle.
Little Roy can breathe on his own, drink and swallow, make purposeful movements with his right limbs, he's beginning to make intentional movement with his left limbs, he possibly can see a little light from his left eye, but with the continued healing of his brain, we're praying for full sight recovery. His eyeballs themselves are basically ok with the exception of blood behind the retna, and his fractured bones are pretty well healed. The fractured skull is healing, as well.
Thankfully Shaanon has taken nursing courses and is excellent with giving Roy his plethora of medicine.
Emotionally, we are in Heaven. Our baby is home. He has a long road ahead of him, but he is strong and God is good. We'll be OK.
Baby Roy must get his strength from his momma who is demonstrating unbelievable stamina and positiveness. I can't even begin to imagine everything that she is going through. She loves her little man so much and stayed with him the entire month at Doernbecher. You should see Baby Roy when Shaanon talks; he pauses, glances in the direction in which she speaks, listens, and is so calmed by her voice. It's absolutely precious. *tears*
Shaanon was truly an inspiration to me a couple of days after this horrendous incident...We were all in shock and praying and begging God to heal our little man. Eventually, I asked Shaanon how she felt about the monster. Her response was; how could she ask God for a miraculous healing if she were to hold hatred in her heart. Amazing.
Not one day has gone by that I haven't had a tear-stained face---both for happiness because of Roy's miraculous recovery and sadness because of everything this tiny baby has been through in his short life.
We continue to pray for the healing of Roy's brain and ask you all to do the same. God is listening to us all. I am in awe of His grace and power. *tears again*
Today was the bail hearing and the judge ruled to lower the bail to $150,000 which the parents told the court they would pay today.
Apparently, the judge must feel that the criminal is not a threat to society. Can someone please tell Baby Roy that for me.
Trial date is set for May 28.
It saddens me that he is set free and the baby is fighting to thrive.
Shaanon and I would like to thank everyone for your continued support and prayers.
Truly, because of all our prayers, God is listening and Baby Roy is thriving. We now get to hold him, feed him, kiss him, love him. This could've been much worse. Actually, it was expected to be much worse. God is listening.
Grandma Liz reporting in for Shaanon...first and foremost, thank you everyone for your generosity, support, and prayers. Shaanon and Roy have much work ahead of them and you are helping to make it easier for them. God is listening to all our prayers and He is answering them.
Baby Roy is holding strong right now. His surgery was a complete success until he fevered up to 104 and we struggled to get it down. The surgery was to reattach his skull, as you know, but then he swelled up again and the doctors were seriously worried about having to remove the skull again or an infection setting in.
Thankfully, the swelling has gone down and his fever is consistently low.
He even got to eat out of a bottle again yesterday.
The best part of having the skull put back in his head is that we get to hold the baby without him having to wear an uncomfortable helmet.
Freely holding your sweet baby grandson after three weeks of unknowns is truely the most precious moment. I mean hour. I mean hours!!!
Today is a bail hearing for the #&*%$ that did this. Initially his bail was set at $1,000,000 but in an attempt to be released before the trial, a bail hearing has been set. Shaanon will testify today.
If all goes well, we may get to come home in about a week.
I'd like to ask for continued prayers for the baby's healing and for Shaanon's strength through all of this.
Thank you again for your love and support. God bless!
My 7 month old baby boy, Roy, is recovering from brute trauma to his brain that happened 3 weeks ago. He was a victim by my ex-boyfriend and was nearly killed. This evil person has been charged, is currently incarcerated, and will most likely spend many years in prison for this. My son has had a part of his skull removed due to inflammation, that piece put back on, a broken leg, skull fracture, has suffered from strokes, seizures, is currently blind, etc. We were told he probably wasn't going to live and if he did then he was going to basically be a vegetable. He has defied their odds in many ways and is breathing, drinking a bottle, and moving his limbs on his own. The rest of his functioning and mental capacity is a complete mystery at the moment, but I have full faith through Jesus that he'll be ok. This will be a long road of recovery, including extensive dr.'s appointments, physical therapy, possible future surgeries, etc. All donations will go straight to my son's medical expenses and care. Praise the Lord for giving me all of these miracles, including sparing his life.
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