Michelle Money Says Daughter Brielle Is 'Doing Well' After Brain Pressure Started to Stabilize
"I believe Brielle is healing not only her physical body, but her spirit as well," the Bachelor alum wrote in an update
In an Instagram post shared on Monday, Money said Brielle, 15, is “doing well” after her “numbers have been averaging around 16 with a few random spikes” since the weekend.
“She seems to be heading in the right directions where we will not need to take other measures to keep this pressure down! Thank God!” the Bachelor alum, 39, wrote in the update. “We are waiting to see that number get down into the single digits and stay there for a solid day before taking her off these meds keeping her sedated.”
Sharing photos of Brielle prior to her hospitalization, Money told fans that it seems her daughter is “doing things her way” and she is “honoring that process as best as I can.”
“We all miss her and wish we were goofing off together, but she needs to do what works for her and her body right now,” she continued. “I believe Brielle is healing not only her physical body, but her spirit as well. She has been through so much and experienced a lot of pain that I think she is sorting out right now.”
Describing the teenager as “an old soul,” Money went on to explain that Brielle’s “adolescence and teenage years has been difficult for her spirit.”
“I have watched her fight a hard battle with trying to navigate life as a teenager while feeling so deeply and and seeing things in an incredibly mature way. She is incredibly sensitive to energy. The balance has been difficult,” the mom wrote. “I do believe strongly that she wants to live her life here on earth and I trust that she will make that happen when [it’s] right for her.”
As her daughter continues receiving treatment, Money said she’s been using this time to do “some soul searching and a lot of pondering and processing.”
“There is an amazing opportunity for us as a collective to take this much needed time to heal our own wounds. We owe it to ourselves but we also owe it to our children,” she told her followers. “A lot of things are going to be changing for me. More compassion and forgiveness for others but most importantly, for myself.”
She added, “Mom guilt is so real and so painful. It causes us to make decisions based on fear. It is time to let that s— go. It is causing more pain and anxiety than it is helping. I see that clearly. Let’s pray for healing on all levels for all of us❤”
Earlier on Monday, Money also shared what she considered as another “win” on her Instagram Story, telling fans she recently learned that Brielle’s skateboarding accident played a part in helping to save another child’s life.
“The next huge win is this incredible story about this sweet little boy who got into a car accident on his scooter, and he was wearing a helmet because he saw Brielle’s story,” she said in a video, after sharing a screenshot of a text conversation from a concerned parent about the incident.
“I broke down in tears,” Money revealed. “It is so crazy to think that Brielle and what she’s going through now saved another child’s life. I’m sure there are many people out there who are definitely putting helmets on their kids and encouraging their children to wear helmets. Who knows how many lives she maybe has already saved by experiencing what she has experienced?”
Seeing how Brielle’s brain pressure has started to stabilize, Money said she’s “feeling a lot more stable and confident and secure” in her daughter’s recovery.
“I think it’s definitely because I feel very strongly that she’s not gonna die,” she said of the teenager. “This whole week, every single day … has been torture. But I feel like with the progress we’re making, she is gonna come out of this.”
While she doesn’t know exactly how Brielle will fare once she’s out of the hospital, Money is hopeful and ready to face any challenge.
“We don’t know exactly what issues are gonna come from that, but we will be 100 percent ready to take that on,” she told viewers. “I’m starting to just like process things and start to feel like I am more present and not in my head.”
“I’m feeling a lot more secure, so that’s a very big win,” she added.
“I just need everyone to pray right now,” Money said in a video update while fighting back tears. “Today’s been a week and if we can’t get her numbers stabilized then we are going to have to put her into a deeper coma that has lots of other side effects that we don’t want, or we’re going to have to do surgery and remove part of her skull.”
The incident that landed Brielle in the intensive care unit under a medically induced coma occurred on March 29. The following day, Money revealed that the teen had been found by neighbors after she suffered a skateboarding accident, hinting then and in updates since that Brielle hadn’t been wearing a helmet while riding.
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Last week, she expressed regret over having been “such a pushover” and “so lenient” in the past when it came to parenting her daughter.
“We can’t afford to be ‘friends first’ with our children in this world. We just can’t … our kids need parents who are responsible,” she said in an emotional video. “I regret a lot of things today. I hope this can be a strong reminder to make it your job to parent first. They will love you eventually. Keep them safe first. In all aspects. Put the helmet on.”