I am not going to post much tonight because I am emotionally drained. I hit the wall today, the ugly cry came out and I thought they would need to call the game warden to come and sedate me. Purple eyeliner didn’t stand a chance. It was bad.

Today was just a lull. Slow and steady. But that whole “riding the wave” business is for the birds. Tyler made progress, but we just couldn’t see it. Lots of fluid gone but they are really keeping him sedated so not much movement. And he is still at 40% on the respirator and has been for almost 24 hours. Some other knobs on the ECMO went down, but I am too tired to remember which. But I know its a good sign, This whole thing is just really, really, really, hard. And it’s so hard not to think one little thing is a setback, and to remind yourself to look at the bigger picture. The little victories seem huge but unfortunately, so do the minor blips. Trying to keep perspective. It’s just hard.

Godwin: We got a picture of your banner and you couldn’t have done a better job! Everything ya’ll are doing for him is just such a blessing and so kind. I just wanted to make sure that you knew how it encourages us and helps keep us strong. We have started hanging pictures and cards up of Tyler and the banner picture is going to be included. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. The game may not have gone in our favor, but the war is not over. Heads held high and we are supporting you here in Wilmington.

I am going to bed.

Keep those good thoughts, prayers, and good vibes coming,

Much Love

Team Tyler.

14 thoughts on “Friday

  1. Julee Spitzer - May 15, 0009

    Team Tyler,
    I am a friend of the Bridges and am praying for you all, especially Tyler, in Richmond. Godspeed.
    Psalm 91 — For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

  2. Nicole Elliott - May 15, 0009

    I cannot imagine the exhaustion and frustration you’re feeling. Hoping that some sleep and more positive steps in Tyler’s recovery will help your spirits

  3. Eric Wentz - May 15, 0009

    Aunt Michelle. because of the lack of communication here at VMI, I only found out today. I was shocked to hear it and I just wanted to let you know that Tyler is in my prayers and those of lots of my brother Rats. I know there’s nothing I can do but pray and I hope to see that he’s doing better.

  4. Gaye Zeb - May 15, 0009

    Bless you, for hanging in through the anguish. May you, family and Tyler have a healing peaceful evening.

  5. Lauren Lemelin - May 15, 0009

    Yall are so so strong, its so inspiring. As being on the cheer team at Godwin, I am so so glad that yall loved the banner. We all miss him more than anything. Let us know if there is anything else we can do. Lots and lots of prayers going up for yall. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. #tylerstrong

  6. Natalie Reddell - May 15, 0009

    I wish I could carry it all for you. I want to. I love you. And The Boy.

  7. Amy Joynt - May 15, 0009

    I think you are amazing and incredibly strong! I am amazed and inspired by your strength and your ability to make others laugh and smile during this incredibly difficult time. I pray hard for all of you everyday and hope to meet you one day soon. God bless you and your sweet boy.

  8. Johnni Weingart - May 15, 0009

    Wonderful good scriptures (words from The Lord ) for you to hold onto for today in other posts…His word will give you peace!
    Also stay hydrated …and get out & walk around hospital every few hours…..from my previous experience w/ loved one hooked up to all those machines……praying for you & Trey that God will sustain you with everything you need as Tyler continues to heal, God’s sweet sleep & all the energy you need ! May God bless you abundantly above all that you can ask or think…Colossians 3:20,
    Johnni weingart

  9. Karen Carroll - May 15, 0009

    Well, it’s about time. You could only go on being super mom for so long without totally making the rest of us look really, really bad. So now you’ve got that out of your system, you can get back up on the horse. The view from up there is much better. So many people told me at the tailgate and game tonight that they are praying for Tyler and following his progress closely. Thanks so much for keeping us updated!

  10. Juanita Flener Hamlin - May 15, 0009

    I posted this on my wall so you could have seen it but a friend asked if you guys are getting any rest, told her probably not, and she encourages that you do so you can be the best for Tyler, made me think of a verse in the bible, you know everything does, right? ha but this battle was won because of two holding up Moses arms …crazy sounding….I always step back and look at what I write and can see if from belief and skeptic viewpoints always, warring but this is the verse and you can look at it how you want. It is meaningful you and Trey are the arms holding up Tyler while he fights the bad guys which is anything his body needs to be rid of. and then we will help hold up YOU GUYS in prayer xoxoxoxo The Defeat of the Amalekites??_11So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13 So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword…

  11. Missy Tinch - May 15, 0009

    I see a women with so much courage rise above her situation and put her children first. Wipes her purple eyeliner eyes with crappy tissues and fights on

  12. Juanita Flener Hamlin - May 15, 0009

    you gotta know this is normal for you to have a moment or three where you are overwhelmed and normal is just a setting on the dryer. accidents with victories even bring a grief. thankful for victories but who wants to do this long dance of recovery, no one, and you are grieving normalcy, regular ball games, preparing for the upcoming holidays by buying and carving a pumpkin, prepping for school…and instead you have to read into doctors eyes, looking at urine bag output and feeling cheated. I am also glad that the bigger picture as you said is good. He is alive. He is fighting. He is not in a third world country where it wouldn’t not have been possible to have the technology or insurance or any of the goodies that keep him here. And….God is watching and HE knows, dear one, He knows. I am going to give you my favorite verse now, of all times all times all times. Something said three times is important. Perhaps you can write it out and post it to look at when you aren’t feeling strong. I am also giving you my phone number here, feel free to call me at three am if you want and I will pray with you. xxx xxx xxxx, ok the verse is Philippians 4:8English Standard Version (ESV) 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  13. Christine Williams - May 15, 0009

    Saying prayers for ALL of you. Not just Tyler. It takes a village and you guys are doing great – even when it does not feel that way. One foot in front of the other. Your TLL family is pulling for the entire Wentz family. Xo

  14. Cindy Buckels - May 15, 0009

    Not surprising that you are feeling overwhelmed. You have been going through the worse thing a parent can. Watching your child in trouble and not really having any control. But you have done everything you can to make him feel safe and loved. You are doing great! It’s good to let your feelings out. You don’t want to keep them all bottled up inside. So have a god cry when you feel like it. I wonder if they have a yoga class somewhere close you could go it. It could really help you and you do need to take care of yourself so you can be there for Tyler.
    Keep,up the good work and remember we love you.

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