Briana a soon to be a mother will have these four words, her mother in law said, imprinted in her thoughts forever “Austin had an accident”.
Brianna took the two hour journey to the hospital by car, her emotions were running high as she drove, without a single clue what was wrong with her husband. The baby she was carrying inside her was due in a few short weeks, they had excitedly anticipated the birth and new baby.
Squarely between life and death in an awkward balancing act, his brain had bled, the doctors were not sure why though at first.
Many tests later the doctors had eliminated drugs as the cause but they were able to give Austin’s family the reason why his brain had started to bleed like it did.
In order to push himself further and work more hours, especially with a daily commute, her husband had slipped into an energy drink addiction. Austin now faced a less than certain future, with many brain surgeries ahead of him, with the possibility of seizures and strokes.
“But while everyone was focused on the almost unrecognizable face hooked up to all sorts of machines and tubes, all I could see was his parents”
Brianna’s heart couldn’t emotionally stand up to the gravity of the situation watching the grief on her in-law’s faces as they realized what was in store for him.
She went on to write:
“I saw the light leave his mother’s eyes as she saw her motionless son laying in that hospital bed”
“I saw his father break down crying as he held onto his wife.”
After two weeks her due date approached and he still had not woken up, she had to give birth without him there.
When her newborn baby looked up at her she wept with a bittersweet feeling, on one hand, the joy of the birth, but then the sadness of her husband too.
Brianna went on even more:
“But a beautiful miracle happened as I delivered our son, Austin woke up”
Months onward, eight to be more precise and Brianna finds herself caring for her baby and her husband, her husband is now a completely different man than she married, nevertheless, she falls more in love with him every day.
Brianna shared her final thoughts:
“Love is knowing you would sacrifice things that you didn’t even know you could sacrifice”
“Love is selfless.”
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