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3 years ago Monday the 17th.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Actually the 17th three years ago was a Thursday! I remember I was cleaning house for the Merry Widows get together. Well I was just drawing my bath when the phone rang and a male voice ask if I knew Erik .... and when I replied yes, he asked how did I know him. I told him Erik was my son. Then he said they had Erik, who had had an accident at the emergency room; I asked if he was all right, what had happened and the man answered are you coming. At that point I went into overdrive. I called my widow friend and said we'd have to cancel because I had to go see Erik could she call our other friend. she replied, "Ginie, I'm in your driveway open the door I'm driving you." I started complaining that I was dirty, I needed to bathe and shave my legs. She told me to open the door. I did, she came in, I showered-don't remember if I shaved or not-it really wasn't important at that point.
I called my daughter, and my other three sons and told them to meet me at the emergency room.
My friend Shaune drove and we prayed. I'd stop to call the church or another friend and then we prayed some more. She stayed with us most of the day, and had her 16 year old bring us bottled water and snacks. The next day they removed Erik's skull so his Traumatic Brain Injury would not turn him into a vegetable with all of the swelling.
I still don't know how I got through that day or the few months after Erik's Motorcycle accident, but thanks to many of you, my children, and church friends I did. Erik walks with a brace, talks fairly decently-sometimes he confuses words (Aphasia) but he is doing so much better than we could have hoped 3 years ago this week.
Thanks again my dear Spark Friends.
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    After reading several of your blogs, I am amazed that you are able to share such tragic life experience with us, Your presentations are so precise without any self-pity. What an inspiration you are to others. God is surely with you, providing you strength to endure so many obstacles. My prayers are with you.
    1740 days ago
    Praise God that Erik make it through the accident. Thank God for looking after him. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1790 days ago
    I was about to respond on our friend feed. I decided to look at your bligs. I saw this one and after reading it I now know how Erik was injured. You have been through a great deal my friend. Now I know the full story I am even more impressed with your great supportive friendship. Thanks and much Love Pat in Maine.
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    1792 days ago
    Three years already? Now I realize how we came to be SparkFriends, if it was three years ago that we first friended each other. (I thought it was before that, actually, but that doesn't matter.) We've seen each other through a lot, Ginie, and I couldn't be happier that Erik is walking, talking, and living every day!
    1800 days ago
  • JANET552
    Wow, it has been three years? It is good to look back and see how far you, and Erik, have come. I know how you made it through. You are a very strong person!!

    1800 days ago
    Oh wow. What a nightmare! I can't even imagine. *hugs*
    1801 days ago
    It is every mother's nightmare, GF, and you have handled it with grace. As a nurse who used to take care of patients like Derek as a mobile trauma nurse and ICCU nurse I can attest that to the fact that you have set the bar high for other mother's of patients like Derek. You are truly wonderful.
    1802 days ago
    How very sad!

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    1802 days ago
  • REBS209
    I can't imagine the hardships you have had to overcome these past years. You are an incredibly strong person! I'm so glad to hear Erik survived and is doing better than thought possible. I will pray for his continued progress!
    1802 days ago
    What a blessing that is. I received one of those calls myself and know the trauma and pain that is involved when a love ones life is threatened. Like you, I also know the miracle and the blessing of my son recovering much better then anyone could have expected.
    We are truly blessed each and every day to have our sons in our lives after such unfortunate accidents. The pain of the experience has been unlike any other and I still have nightmares once in awhile.
    Sending you a big hug sharing in your joy!
    1803 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this very traumatic time of your life with us. I am so glad Erik survived.
    1803 days ago
    ((((((HUGS)))))) Thank you for the Anniversary wishes Gini.....especially given the day......((((MORE HUGS)))) to you and Erik as you tackle each new day!!!!

    1803 days ago
    I am glad Erik survived the accident. He is an amazing young man and strong willed which he gets from his loving Mother. It is wonderful to have the support of your family, friends and church. I am honored to be a friend of yours. Blessings.
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    1804 days ago
  • KOMAL53
    I am so glad that you still have Erik and that he is doing so much better!!This was a truly beautiful and touching experience---and yes the Power of Prayer can really move Mountains!!May Erik soon overcome the remaining difficulties just as successfully.Take Care and God Bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1804 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad your Erik survived his terrible accident!! That is wonderful news he is able to walk and speak. Erik is lucky to have such an amazing Mom to look after him and loving friends and family for support..
    Keep up the great work!
    1804 days ago
    How far you've come (you and Erik) and yet I know that memory is like just moments vivid in your mind and your heart. Life changed in an instant and yet, we never know what comes next only what love teaches us. Take care friend.
    1804 days ago
    Ginie, a big part of Erik's recovery is having a loving mother and family. You have helped him to grow and make things happen. Sending extra hugs to both of you today.

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    1804 days ago
  • PEG2584
    I am really glad that your son, Erik, is doing so well. It is wonderful that you have so much support!
    1804 days ago
  • TXTOAD9970
    I am glad to hear Erik made it through his accident OK. You are blessed.
    1804 days ago
    That's the kind of call everyone dreads receiving. You've faced so many challenges in your life and met them courageously. I'm so happy that Erik is doing well.
    1804 days ago
    Wow! What an experience! So glad that you had so many people supporting you through that experience.
    1804 days ago
    I know it is painful for you to remember all that. It brought tears to my eyes reading it. I am so glad Erik is still with you and doing so much better than you ever expected.
    1804 days ago
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