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Evan’s Story

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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Evan working out on sit-to-stand chair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRcloAuv7D4

 

 



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.

Latest Journal Update

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I was reminded by my Itty Bitty Buddy, that it's been several months since I last posted and not everyone has facebook! Lol,  well a lot has been going on it's just not  good going on.  Evan continues to Neurostorm and his episodes have become more frequent, 2-3 a month now lasting 3-7 days.  Weve become much more adept at handling them and if we start the different medications at the first sign of one starting, we can usually keep him out of the hospital.  The only problem is “what is the trigger”?  No one knows, we finally said enough is enough, starting with the Baclofen pump a thorough evaluation has been done.  A dye study was done last week, it appears to be functioning normally.  It has moved from where it was first placed and is now lying above his hip bone& below his rib cage, so as soon as a surgery date is set- it will be moved.  He indicates it hurts so we have him wrapped in an elastic waist cumber bum. All he needs is a tuxedo & he's all set!  He is so amazing, when these agonizing episodes are over, he is all smiles & joking with us.  I honestly don't know how he does it, he gives me so much strength and humbles me to what is really important in life.

In the past few weeks Dave & I have both lost parents, Dave’s father John (94) passed away December 27th.  We were really blessed to have to have a Mettie family Christmas Eve, with everyone at our house.  My mother Ruth Gray (89) passed peacefully in her sleep January 16th , in Spokane where my brother lives.

Due to ongoing issues with our Home Health care Agency for the past 8-10 months, we have changed to a new one, ResCare which was effective Jan17th.  I’m already feeling the “crazies” settling down, it will be nice to be able to rely on coverage and a fully staffed schedule for Evan.  Between his Neurostorming and missing caregivers we haven't been able to leave for many,many months.  Did I mention I’ve gone crazy?  If anyone has a condo in Hawaii for a week they don't need-SIGN ME UP!!! Lol

I’m sorry this update is such a bummer but life is what it is…We continue to pray for healing and wisdom for Evan, that his Neurostorming episodes stop and his body regains its strength. Amen

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Lynn Worley
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Oh what words of comfort from our Lord. Know that I'm always praying! There has to be a way to find out what's causing the neurostorming! Can't even imagine having to go through that and more and more often!
Am so sorry for your losses! No matter what the age it still hurts!
Romans 8:15-18 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Joy Dodeward
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I have been thinking for quite awhile, you must be busy, thus no updates. We all understand but that does not mean we have forgotten to pray for Evan and your family. You are right, it is such a constant thing to keep up your optimism but if any family can do it, yours can. Makes my heart heavy to hear of all your ups and downs but that is why your supporters are here with prayers and thoughts. We want to help in some way. That young man is a miracle. He is so strong and tho, he has such a hard time of it, he is also an inspiration to us all.
God Bless and know we are praying and thinking of you all daily.
Sally Tennyson
By Sally Tennyson
Dear Denise and Dave, Thank you so much for sharing. I promise not to ever take for granted my relatively peaceful life. You are my heroes for sure.I will continue to hope and pray for the good Lord to provide Evan with neuro-calming and soon, please God. Poor guy. I can't imagine. Sending love to you. Lots of hugs, Sally. (Pumpkin cheesecake). Xoxo
Kurt "Stix" Stine
By Stix
God Lord know i wish i had an empty condo for you guys, Denise. Sincere condolences for the loss of your parents, and i continue to keep Evan in my prayers. He's a Warrior and deserves no less than to be strong again.
Love Respect Bound by Honor.