What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Each year in the United States alone, medical treatment is sought for an estimated 1,400-1,600 babies who have been shaken. Don’t let your child become just another statistic! Tell everyone who cares for your child “Never shake a baby!”

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hoping for justice, as a trial draws near

Little Bryan and his family could use the power of prayer, or powerful thoughts from our readers. We can only hope for the best for you Randee, and we are all here to offer you our support.
Many hugs sent your way
{Angela and the SBS Support Network family}

With the trial just a few months away, I am reminded of how far we have come in the past year. I am so grateful for all the amazing leaps Bryan and my family have made, but in the same mind frame I am so angry! Bryan has gone through so much and continues to have to. Sure we have lots of good days, and he is an amazing little boy, doing things some children his age, that have never been injured cant do, but we also have bad days. Days where he doesn’t sleep, he cant calm down and he complains with headaches..

All this is so hard to cope with when the person, who in frustration almost killed my sweet, happy little boy who had a wonderful future ahead of him, is living her life as happy as ever. She sends her kids to the school that she chooses, she smiles with her family and hasn’t missed the things we have missed. She tucks her babies into bed at night and doesn’t have to look down at a scar and be reminded of all the pain that little innocent person endured. She didn’t spend Christmas in a hospital with one child while her others where with family. She doesn’t have to hold down a crying baby while they poke and take x-rays. She doesn’t have to have her stomach in knots waiting for test results that will tell if her child has to take more seizure medications. She doesn’t have to feel like she is abandoning her other children because a sick child has required so much time that day. She doesn’t go to bed at night exhausted and worried about the future health of her child, or the future of her family.

I'm sorry for this being such a negative blog, but it’s the reality of Shaken Baby Syndrome, I think other parents or caregivers of SBS survivors feel this way. Luckily, I only have these days once in awhile, and can way more often smile and know how blessed I am and be thankful to be the mommy of a Shaken Baby Syndrome Survivor, the mommy to Brady and Brayson, and the wife of such a strong man.
I want to ask everyone to please say a prayer for Bryan's recovery as well as for Justice to be served. I know that without the amazing prayer chains my family and I would not have made it this far.

Love to you all,
Randee (Bryan's mommy)

4 comments:

Kobin's Godmama said...

Randee,
I know a little about what you're going through. My godson was killed by his babysitter 3 years ago, we finally made it to trial in August after feeling all those same things about the monster that ruined all our lives. She has 4 children that she gets to spend her days with however she pleases. Well, now, she gets to do it for the rest of her life because she was acquitted due to lack of evidence. She got to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with them, she has birthdays to celebrate and school accomplishments. While all we have is ashes in a pendant, memories and love in our heart. I pray you get justice for your baby boy and I wish you all the best this world has to offer.

With Love,
Terri

Riley's Mom said...

Randee,
I pray for your and your family, and hope for justice. We were one of the "lucky" ones...After over a year of waiting and a grueling trial, our babysitter (and former family friend of over 12 years) was sentenced to 18-years in prison for assaulting my then 2 year-old daughter and leaving her disabled as the result of her traumatic brain injury. She had gone about her life awaiting the trial, like nothing had happened, with her own four healthy children. I can relate to all of the feelings you are going through...Bryan is beautiful, and a survivor!!! Best of luck to you all, and know that you are not alone...
Lots of Love,
Lisa (Riley's Mom)

Tara said...

Randee

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and hope for your continued strength on your journey on this sad SBS journey. My son is a survivor. You are in my thoughts. Stay strong. We are here for you!

Tara (Kyles mommy)

Elizabeth said...

I know how you feel-my son was a victim on December 15, 2008. He is a happy toddler today, but we don't know the extent of his injuries. His daycare provider will go to court within the next couple of months too, I am anxiously awaiting the trial and what will happen; may she be punished for what she has done to my baby!