Yep, the past 3 days were rough. So intensely difficult on Ryan and my family. As most know, yesterday was my birthday. It was absolutely the worst one in all the 50 I’ve had. More on that later…
Also, if you need a quick recap on why his surgery is necessary, click here.
Below are several pictures that chronicle the time. You can navigate between photos by clicking on the dots below it, or just let it scroll automatically.
Here is a news broadcast — Channel 5 out of West Virginia — that ran the evening following his surgery. Like you, I will be watching it for the first time after I publish today’s post.
Back to my birthday. I COMPLETELY forgot about it. It wasn’t until late-morning that I was reminded when Sue (rather apologetically) said, “Oh my God, Happy Birthday!”and told me that she couldn’t give me a breakfast in bed, but how about bringing something up from the hospital’s cafeteria? She had every excuse in the world for forgetting about it… hell, I did too! Anyhow, this all happened around eleven in the morning. Breakfast in bed was impossible for two reasons: 1) I had no bed, and 2) breakfast was no longer being served. So, I had lunch in a chair… and we just couldn’t help but to laugh about it.
We also knew this was not going to be “happy” because we’ve been through five of these since Ryan was so brutally beaten. Most were spent in a hospital or rehabilitation center since. Remember Sue’s last birthday? We spent it in the hospital as Ryan was having surgery for kidney stones removal.
Birthdays — like other holidays — are simply emotionally painful. It was no different this year. Truth is, I have yet to open even a single present. Not because I’m not excited or appreciative. I simply have neither been in the right state-of-mind nor had the time!
Many asked what they might do for me on my day. Yes, my reply to you is belated (for circumstances we all understand), but no less important. Actually, there are two things. First and foremost, keep Ryan in your thoughts over the next year. Second, in solidarity with over 157,00 others, sign the Anti-Parole Petition to keep Austin Vantrease in prison. If you already signed it then ask (or get permission from) another to join in!
Austin Vantrease, criminally convicted of felonious Malicious Assault, is currently imprisoned at the St. Mary’s Correctional Center for the incarceration of “felons who have been convicted of severe crimes against man…”