Prayers for Roger: Stefani’s Update (8/16)
Stefani Schaefer has shared an update with her Facebook fans on her husband, Roger’s, condition.
More than three months ago, Roger fell from 12 feet of scaffolding and suffered a traumatic brain injury. He underwent surgery two weeks ago to help remove some of the fluid from his brain.
Stefani says although Roger is struggling to regain his cognitive skills, he recently said something that made her overcome with emotion.
What follows is Stefani’s entire message to her Facebook fans:
“It’s been awhile since my last update – I am so sorry. Roger did come out of his last surgery two weeks ago very well, but over the course of the few days following actually seemed to do worse than before the surgery. That was such a big disappointment for us because we were praying that removing the fluid from his brain would help bring him “back to us.” I really feel that he needed more rest after the surgery than expected and needed a little more time to heal. Last Thursday, we celebrated his birthday with family. As I was driving the kids to the hospital, we were talking about how last year Roger hit a milestone birthday and we celebrated in one of his favorite places – Los Angeles (on the beach) – and this year we are celebrating in the hospital… but we are so very thankful that we HAVE him to celebrate. We all reminded each other how he was nearly taken away from us 16 weeks ago. We felt so BLESSED and LUCKY to be going to the hospital to see him, hug him and spend time with him on his birthday… that is the greatest gift in the world for us – he is ALIVE!! It’s a constant reminder to us and to our family and friends about how in one very instant … lives change. Roger had a good weekend. I have such cute video I will share with all of you one day of Race and Siena working out with Roger. We have brought little 2 pound weights and the kids make him work out… and make him follow what they are doing to help his cognitive function. They are the best for him. They push him … and adore him and you can tell Roger gets a kick out of it. He also just out of the blue – said their names. They were so happy and thrilled! On Tuesday, during my daily visits, I noticed something different… something better… about Roger within seconds. He was more aware and answered questions beautifully! I was so overcome with emotion – because in 16 weeks this was something I had been dreaming about. He was not all better – not by any means – but he was better… better than he was the day before … and better than he had been in 16 weeks. I couldn’t stop crying from the joy, especially when he said, “I want to come home.” I know that day will come… I pray to God it will come soon…. but I know we are still a ways away. But Tuesday gave me such hope! There was that glimmer… those “Roger-isms.” Yesterday, Roger wasn’t quite as aware as he was the day before, but I know it’s in there… HE is in there… and with God, your prayers, time and all this love around him, God – who created him from nothing – can restore him and continue to heal Roger’s beautiful mind and bring him back to us. I am on my way to the hospital right now.. praying for more of those awesome and adorable “Roger-isms.”
Visit Stefani’s Facebook page to read her posts on Roger’s journey.
*For more information and updates on Roger’s accident and recovery, click HERE.