I don't usually hang out on this board, but I just need to get stuff out and I just feel that I need some help with my family.
Last October(9th I believe) my older brother and his new wife(just married July 28th, 2007) left for Munich because my brother had been given a great job opportunity there. My brother, a chemical engineer at Bayer-Locher, and his wife, a chemist for Proctor and Gamble, couldn't wait for this opportunity to work in a new country and have all of these opportunities and do it as husband and wife. I can't even described how much they love eachother. I really can't. My brother was 30 when he married, which is a long time to find that someone, but he doesn't regret it a bit, I bet. Naturally, while in Europe, they travel all over Europe visiting Paris, Prague, etc., really without a care. They even have plans to go to London for New Year's and then travel Italy in the summer of 2009. Then this happened.
2 days ago(September 17th) my older brother goes to the doctor because he's been sick with what they think is probably a stomach virus. While he is there, he starts feeling worse so they take him in an ambulance to the hospital to get some more intensive treatment. While changing into a pair of Superman pajama pants, my sister-in-law notices bruises all over my brother's legs. That threw in a new element. The doctors then changed their ideas from stomach virus to bacterial meningitis. In the mean time, we are unaware in the U.S. I get a call last night from my mother at about 9 o'clock saying that my older brother is in the hospital and that they think he may have bacterial meningitis. I'm scared at first, but then I think. He's in a hospital where he can get treatment and everything. He'll be ok... fifteen minutes after talking to my mom, my dad calls. They're in two different places right now, so I start talking to him and telling him that mom just called and said that my brother is in the hospital. My dad then informs me that my brother had died.
Now that you know the story, I just ask for support from you guys in my families time of need. I know that you don't know me and you could just as easily tell me to bugger off, but I thought I'd try my chances. This is just so much for my family. 4 years ago my little brother and I were in a car accident and I came out with some glass in my hair. My brother is paralyzed from his elbows down. He and my older brother were very close and he is having a very hard time coping. And my sister-in-law is hysterical. I just ask that you keep my family in your prayers because we could really use the help. I had been spending so much time preparing for my grandparents (all in their 80's) and I just didn't think I'd have to prepare to lose my brother when he was only 31. I still just can't believe it. Any help you guys can give my family in terms of prayers or thoughts just mean the world to us. They really do.