Sunday, April 10, 2011
My world came to a crashing halt on April 10, 2009. "Dee, John's been in an accident and flown to the hospital." OMG! "We'll get the Chaplin for you" OMG! "Both legs broke in numerous places, torn intestines, torn bladder, both hips broke, pubic bone bookended, lumbar fractures, punctured lungs, life support, last rites." OMG! "If he makes it through the next 72 hours, he has a chance." OMG! "To be honest with you Ma'am, we thought he was gone when he came in the door." OMG!
Is he going to make it? Will he walk again? OMG! What do I do? (You would be amazed at the strength that is given to you in times like this. He did make it and he did walk again.)
How traumatic of an experience to go through this with my only child. It was a head-on collision and the woman that hit him passed at the scene. It has been a long hard road during his recovery.
The reason that I write this is because to we "Believe in Miracles". We have lived it. Today is our most valuable gift and to be alive to share it with those we love is another gift.
The recovery road gave us a lot of gifts also that you would not realize until you have traveled it. Simple things began to matter like never before. All along the way miracles continued to happen and the healing has been amazing both physically and spiritually.
John was a newbie runner, an avid hiker and generally very active and in good health before the accident. We wondered how his life was going to be permanently changed due to his injuries. We had favorite hike that we liked to do in the spring and we were planning on it just a few weeks after his accident. Needless to say, it did not happen. We did not know if it would ever happen again. It is a 9 1/2 mile RT hike to the top of the mountain that is the best view in our county.
Yesterday, two long hard years later, we made the climb! The rock in the photo above is a rock that I found at the site of the accident. I painted it and carried it to the top to put on a huge cairn that is there.
We made it again! Yahoo, tears of joy! Although my son worked hard to get his body back to being able to do it again, he simply says "I always believed that I could and would do it again."
My son taught me a great lesson in this trying time, "Believe in Yourself".
Sometimes that is the hardest obstacle to get around. When we think that we can't, we must think again. Do not doom yourself by thinking you cannot. The battle is half-way won when you believe you can.
We made it back to the top! I am full of gratitude and joy!
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