Monday, June 24, 2013
Life's Unexpected Changes...
This post is not about photos or fabulous creative endeavors. It is about life and thankfully LIFE!
Mr. C and I live a good life and will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary very soon. We are do-overs and feel very fortunate to have found one another to be together for the rest of our lives. In a flash things can change.
Mr. C and his good buddy Brad were off enjoying a lovely First Day of Summer riding their quads in the remote forest we are surrounded by. Then I got the call no wife wants to hear. It is also the call I got years ago no mother wants to hear. My husband had a roll-over quad accident and had no recollection of what happened. He was lying in the 4X4 dirt road for over an hour when I got to him. Under all the dirt he was ashen and white lipped. My heart just sank. I can not imagine my life without him. Thank goodness he was conscious. I drove 2 hours on another 4X4 dirt gravel road to get him to the hospital. No ambulance could get to us. No life-flight could land near us. I never thought to call Cal Fire for help. Poor Brad was beside himself over this. Did I mention that Brad is paralyzed from the chest down for the last 12 years? He is very active and capable but this was more than he could manage physically and that is why he called me. I cannot handle anything but somehow managed to maintain until I was alone about 3 am that night. We spent 7 hours in our local ER and then they transferred my husband via ambulance to a trauma unit down the hill about 75 miles away. Fortunately no surgery was required.
I was able to bring Mr. C home Sunday night. He will recover but it will be quite a journey. The doctor said thankfully he is very strong and tough and that is why his injuries weren't worse. Yes, he was wearing his very sturdy race car helmet which now has a large divot in it. He has a concussion, crushed but not broken left arm and ankle, contusions and abrasions from the neck down. Swelling and bruising like I have seen once before. Three badly broken ribs, a punctured lung and some sort of bleeding above his heart from the force of the damaged lung.
What is really devastating to him? We must cancel our special trip we have been planning for the past two years. We were to leave this coming Saturday however he is not allowed to fly for fear of collapsing his lung and getting blood clots. He is heartbroken. Our fifteenth anniversary was to be celebrated in Monaco. Lots of touring the South of France and the French Riviera. Then it was on to England for the 30th Anniversary of Goodwood Festival of Speed. This is the nirvana for "gear-heads"! Every fast car, motorcycle, airplane and more happens at Lord March's Estate each year. Being the 30th year there are even more special events.
We will plan again for 2014 and enjoy it then.
Just having my husband is all I need. I am truly thankful.
May I know that each of you will keep good prayers and healing hugs for his speedy and complete recovery? He does not do well at holding still. He accomplishes more in each day than I do in a week.
I shall be doing my best to tend to his every need. I won't be leaving his side for anything for a while.
May you each enjoy every minute of every day as we never know what will be...
Oh we got some rain...thank you!