The outpouring of care and concern from family, friends, and the community has been tremendous. Denise, his sisters (Kira and Breanne), and I have been humbled and very appreciative of this response from all.
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New Years Day 2006, while coming in from patrol Evan's unit stopped their humvee to investigate a car. They had received intel that a bomber was going to hit the market place that day. When the cars driver was challenged by Sgt's Bishop & Collin, he blew himself up. Evan was in the gunner's position and took shrapnel to the left frontal/side of his brain, he was reported killed in Action, they lost Sgt. Bishop and Sgt. Collin was severly injured. God was with Evan, as he continues to be, it was not his time. A new journey begins for Evan, please join us in prayer for strength and guidance.
Evan has been staying healthy, Thank you Lord! It's funny how life is on a roller coaster for so long and then the quiet comes...I keep expecting something to happen, and it did but not to Evan, Baby Makenna was in the hospital for 3 days with viral Meningitus-not the bad bacterial type! We were relieved when she was released on Saturday.
Evan and the Combat Veterans United group rode in the Veterans Day parade, we couldn't have asked for nicer weather-poor Evan was so bundled up I was teasing him about being Ralphie's little brother in the Christmas Story! Afterwards we went to the VFW and Evan was so tired he slept through it, so it was time to go home & give our guy a rest.
We're working with Speech Therapy on facial & tongue sensation, I'm sure Evan hates us rubbing & lightly pinching/pulling his face & lips not to mention the sides of his tongue, he's never going to let us in his mouth after this! We haven't had any luck in Augmentative Communication Therapy except to find what doesn't work, which at this point is everything. But we've learned from Evan to never give up, which reminds of the poem "never give up" that was given to us early on and hangs by the head of Evans bed, you never know whats around the corner, so never give up! Blessings to all