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Spc. Evan Mettie, injured in Iraq 01-01-06
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.
Hey Special Lady Sally! I'm finally updating, lol. Sally was getting concerned that we'd fallen off the face of the earth. Sometimes I feel like we continually rotate in our own little world, then suddenly, it spins out of control and then just as miraculously rights itself and we continue rotating on! I guess that's where the expression "keep on keeping on" comes from. lol July 3rd we enjoyed Selahs first annual Independence Day Celebration, our own Cody Beebe & the Crooks entertained us with an evening outdoor concert. Evan held baby Makenna most of the evening, she was rocking to the music! We ended up leaving a little early and missed the fireworks (which was probably good), Evan had hit his limit of people & loudness. The new picture posted is of Evan & Makenna the next morning. Aren't they so cute!!! Evan has continued to have smaller P.A.I.D. episodes and also a few more severe flashbacks. Most were controlled with just an ER visit. Dave & I went on our first camping trip in 8 years! I got a new tent for my birthday (yes that's what I wanted!) and we went to our favorite Iron Creek campground. It's nestled in an old growth forest along the Cispus river. Absolutely gorgeous with huge hanging moss covered trees, ferns, peace & quiet plus a rather chilly river to jump into! We camped 3 days, no electronics, cell phones, pure heaven. Ok. Ok,. maybe I'm not remembering the sweaty tent set up & break down. The cooking over an open fire, warming water to wash with & trekking off to find bathrooms. But it sure makes one appreciate showers when you get home! Our Peace & quiet ended as soon as we got in cell range, Evan had started Neurostorming, so I told the caregiver to call 911 since he'd hit our protocol for the ER. We got another call from the Medics & I assured them I wanted him to go to the hospital. Then another call from the Nurse advising us to go straight to the hospital, Evan had had a grand mal seizure in the ambulance and he was a level 3 trauma. Well there went all my warm fuzzy calm feelings. We were about an hour & half away and soon our caregiver Naomi texted me that Evan was at the hospital, they were checking everything out & he was smiling. That calmed me down, if Evan is smiling all is good. After we arrived at the hospital the ER Doctor wasn't so sure it was a seizure, we explained how his PTSD flashbacks had been worsening and the symptoms matched. At any rate Evan needed an extensive EEG workup. FINALLY!!! We met with a VA Dr. Kuzma by teleconference and Evan is going to the Seattle VA hospital for a week on 9/14 for a thorough workup. We can only hope he has an episode while we're there. He went a year ago for a week and not a blip on the EEG. I attended a Wound Warrior Project retreat 8/15 for the weekend and discovered a strange anomaly amongst our veterans 7-8 yrs post injury, they are having increased P.A.I.D and PTSD episodes. Along with reconnecting old friends and making new ones, it was a really good weekend, plus the resort was gorgeous! THANK YOU WWP And for the final update, I was hospitalized 9/2 for observation of my heart (we already know I'm crazy) everything turned out fine, the Doctors recommendation was to eliminate the STRESS from my life....HAHAAHAA yeah I'll get right on that! As a matter of fact, today is our delightful daughter Breannes Birthday and tomorrow Bre, Kira & I are having a girls weekend in Leavanworth, It's a good start!!! Blessings to all.