July 9, 2013

by Robyn Bryant


July 9, 2013

Today, Bailey, Chris and I went to T.C. Thompson Children’s hospital for some pictures with some of PICU staff and The Oncology Clinic staff.  Every since Christian died, I have never had a hard time returning to Children's, today was no different, but I did find myself more emotional today.  It hit the minute I walked in the doors of PICU.  Today it was the smell of the unit, not a bad smell at all, just a clean smell.  It was our home for such a long time and today it made me long for Christian even more.  I was happy to see everyone and get those tight hugs and feel the love of our PICU family.  As we were leaving, a Grandmother of patient wanted to meet us and tell us Thank You for the gift of the Sleep Recliner’s that Christian’s Foundation donated.  She stood there with tears in her eyes telling us how much a comfortable place to rest, sit and sleep has meant to her.  She also told us she did not know our story, but she was sorry for whatever our family has experienced and how wonderful it was that we were trying to do something good despite what we have been through.  Hearing her words validated that The Christian Bryant Foundation’s first major gift was needed and appreciated. We left PICU and went to the Oncology Clinic, another part of our family.  It is always nice to see and talk to everyone.  It was also nice to see one of the teenage girls that was often in the hospital with Christian.  She is still in treatment, but she is doing better and looked beautiful.  Today once again made me very thankful for the wonderful team of caregivers at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital.  The three of us enjoyed a good lunch and then Bailey and I did a little shopping and then we headed home.  In the car on the way home, listening to a secular radio station, Sunny 92.3, the song, “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me came on...That song always makes me think of my beautiful daughter, and how she must have felt after months of suffering when she stood in God’s presence for the first time.  I will miss her forever and love her always and am so thankful for the blessing of her life.  - Robyn Bryant