Our website now has a new section. You can see it in the menu above, called Commonly Asked. I’d like to title it something more catchy or descriptive, but this will do just fine for now.
Last night I researched what would work best, then got it up-and-running. Granted, it’s only a handful of responses but I feel good that the frameworks in place. One feature I love is that it allows any reader to share information — or remind me of something that we did with/for Ryan — that helps explain a response more beneficially. Actually, I’m relying on your help.
This new website section is meant to carry out two primary goals.First, to offer a place for people to quickly find information about Ryan and brain injury (and everything that goes with it). For example, how many times have you noticed someone asking me about why his eyelids are stitched (mostly) shut? Heck, the last time it happened a longtime reader actually answered it before I could! What a wonderful feeling. Not only did it free time that I spent working with Ryan, but it was spot-on, concise, and immediate. Yessiree, I love that I was able to articulate it enough to have people completely understand. I love it even more that you cared enough to listen so attentively.
Second, to make it easier on me by compiling the best possible responses to questions, information, and requests that I often receive. I wrote about this earlier this month in the article It Happens All the Time. If it turns out as hoped, there might come a day when I can simply give a link or cut & paste to give someone what they are searching to find. I just want it to be the best that it can.
One forum topic that might get interesting — I hope, anyhow — is What would you say?, where you can put put yourself in my shoes as I deliver the Victim’s Impact Statement to the Parole Board this July. The beauty of it is that Austin Vantrease and his family are there! They must listen, as do I when they speak. Like last year when his father, Bob, somehow thought talking about Austin’s attention to nutrition was crucially important [Read it here]. Or the year before that when Gale (family matriarch) apparently forgot the hearing concerned her son’s release only to dwell on the this website [Read it here].
Which reminds me. As this year’s parole hearing gets closer be ready for the Vantrease contingent to ramp up their trolling of this website. It has happened every year and why should we expect anything differently this year? It doesn’t matter to them that no one here likes them. Actually, I take that back… I think they enjoy stirring things up! It always comes back to bite the — HARD — at the parole hearing, but I really don’t think they can help themselves. Or, maybe, they just don’t care?
What can I say that I haven’t said before? Some people lack both hindsight and foresight. Some just never learn… consequences be damned!