Last Tuesday (April 5th) I got a hysterical call about 9:30 pm from my mom saying I needed to get back home (in Ohio) that my brother had shot himself. That 3 hour drive took only about 2.5 hrs this particular trip and still felt like an eternity to make. When I reached OSU Medical Center I found out he had been life flighted and had already undergone brain surgery to stop the bleeding and remove the loose brain matter. Finally at 6am Wednesday morning I was able to see him, he was bandaged from his forehead up, and what I could see was covered in dried blood and extreme swelling, he had no facial features what so ever. He was on a respirator but his other vitals were stable (working on their own). Kyle is 28 and no matter how old he is, he's my baby brother. We've heard bits and pieces of what happened but honestly none of it adds up. Just the week before I talked to him and he was happy and excited over news I had for him, and just this past Sunday (2 days before) he had sent me video of his 6 month old daughter saying da da for the first time. His boss came to the hospital and said Kyle was Kyle at work on tuesday, laughing and joking. On friday they did a tracheotomy to allow him to breathe on his own (respirator is still hooked up but only as a back up) since the roof of his mouth, and his nasal passages are gone. The bullet went straight through the frontal lobe of the brain and continued thru the skull (it wasn't still in his head). They have him heavily sedated to keep him still, the more they can keep him the still the more the swelling will go down and allow his brain and body to heal. They do remove him off the sedation about every hour or two and see how he responds, he is moving his hands and feet, so paralysis isn't a concern so far as his limbs go. On Saturday he did finally open his eyes but only for a second and it was only a blank stare, didn't try to focus on anything, however the eye docs said from the CT's and physical exams they can't see that anything optical has been destroyed. Yesterday they tried to remove him from the sedation to allow him to wake up and his heart rate shot up to 288 and his blood pressure went through the roof, they immediately had to re sedate him. I'm not telling anyone this to get a pity party, it's been an incredibly hard last 8 months between Monica passing away and now this. All I'm asking for is a few prayers that my brother will pull through this and my niece will have her daddy back, she's so young and confused, she searches every face she sees trying to find him, it's heartbreaking. Not only for her but for our entire family.