MAJOR thanks to you all for your awesome reviews and PMs! I am LOVING all this feedback! I'm trying to get 2 chaps out a week but so far that hasn't really happened. RL is a little crazy at the moment. We buried my great, great uncle, Duke, Moday. He was an amazing man and has always had a special place in my heart. He was in the Air Force and my Rob played taps at the graveside. I am so proud to come from a family where duty, honor, and a love for God and our country live strongly in their hearts! Btw, Moday would have been my Uncle Duke's 90th birthday…
On Tuesday, my sister Jinsey had a brain scan and the doctors found a tumor the size of a grapefruit on her left frontal lobe. They have told us that there is nothing else they can do for her. She has roughly 6-18 months left to live. They are still looking and researching but are telling us not to get our hopes up. Please continue to pray and remember our family as we go through this. I don't want to abandon this story but I will probably need you faithful readers to keep me going…
Also, I have the majority of this story planned out but last night I had a crazy dream about taking this story in a whole different way… I'm not really sure what a "beta" is but I'd like to have someone to bounce ideas off of. If you'd like to be that person, shoot me an email and we'll talk. I'm probably going to stick with my original plan but my dream could be a whole new story… IDK!
Sooo… who all watched the season premier? I have mixed feelings about it…
Disclaimer: I still don't own them…
"Honey, please sit down," Max pleaded with his daughter as he watched her make yet another lap around the surgery waiting room. "Tempe, really, sit down."
Brennan looked over and glared at her father. "I can't sit down, Dad. I'm too nervous." She resumed her pacing. Thoughts of Parker lying on the OR table by himself ran through her mind. She repressed a shudder and jumped when she felt her dad slide an arm around her shoulder. She heard him whisper soothing words in her ear and fought hard to keep her tears at bay.
"Parker will be fine, Honey. He's a strong boy." Brennan turned to her father and allowed him to wrap her up in his arms. "Oh Honey, everything will be okay. Don't you worry."
Father and daughter both turned to face the door when they heard it open. Dr Walker stood before them. "Hey, guys. Parker is out of surgery and he's doing very well. We've put in the ventricular drain and we've also attached an EEG monitor. We'll set up a small computer video and monitor his brain activity."
"Are you suspecting brain damage?" Max asked.
"No, Sir. It's just to monitor any possible seizures. We'll be able to see how he reacts with certain medicines, activity, that sort of thing. We'll have to keep his bed at a specific level and we will continue to watch his ICP. We've drained about 90% of the fluid off his brain and his BP has leveled out."
Brennan shuddered, trying to hold in her relieved sobs. Max put his arm back around her and she relaxed into him. "He's gonna be ok, right?" he asked.
"It's still very early in the process but I'm thinking he's going to be just fine. The accident was horrible and he's lucky to still be alive. This isn't going to be an easy road, but I'm very optimistic."
Max looked down at his little girl. He was slightly worried since she hadn't said anything but he knew she was barely hanging on. He squeezed her shoulder and smiled at her when she met his eyes. "See honey, Parker is going to be ok." He kissed her forehead. "You did good, baby girl."
Brennan smiled at her dad and reached out to shake Cassie's hand. "Thank you so much, Cassie. When can we see Parker?"
"You are very welcome. He'll be headed into recovery here in about twenty minutes. Once we get him settled, you'll be able to come back and see him for a few minutes then we're going to need you to go back and wait in his room. You can't stay with him in recovery. He'll be back there for a few hours and then we'll return Parker to his room."
"Okay. Thank you. We'll be right here," Max told her as he and Brennan watched her turn and leave. He looked down at his daughter and watched as the silent tears rolled down her cheeks. Max enveloped her in his arms and kissed the top of her head. "You heard the doc, honey. Parker's a strong boy. He's made it this far. He's going to be ok. It's just going to take some time." He tried to soothe his daughter as he swayed them side to side. "I'm so proud of you, Tempe. You are so strong and so brave. You are just what Parker needed."
Brennan's response was to hold on tighter to her father. "Thank you for being here, Dad."
"Oh honey, I wouldn't be anywhere else. Is there something I can get for you?"
Brennan sniffed her buried her face in her father's chest. "I want Booth," she whispered.
Sorry this was way short! I usually post a lot more than this but my mind is in a bad place at the moment and this is what I did before all our bad news. I wanted to give you something rather than nothing. I am hoping to get a "Booth" chapter up by the end of the weekend, but we will see. I have been a crying, sobbing mess since Wednesday so... I don't know when I'll update.