This is for the Insley boys- Aaron and Richard- who were in an auto accident in the early hours of Nov. 25th, 2007, near their home in Lake Elmo. Richard, 23, did not survive. Aaron, now 27, was hospitalized in St. Paul and continued his recovery in Red Wing. He came home on Nov. 11th, 2008. Aaron is stable, healthy, and receives excellent care. He remains in a minimally conscious state with the effects of a severe traumatic brain injury.
Aaron and Richard were very close and shared many of the same interests and friends. They were both avid mountaineers, having climbed Granite Peak, the highest summit in Montana, with their dad on separate trips.
Richard was a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and was currently working as a bank teller. He was engaged to be married in April and was thinking of going to law school. We share in our grief with his fiancee, Jenn, and hold her in our prayers.
Aaron was a senior at Gustavus Adolphus as a geography major, and planned to go to MSU-Mankato fall 2007 for a graduate degree.
Aaron has made an amazing recovery in the first year and continues to heal from a head injury. Our hopes are very high for his continued progress at home. Thanks for your continued letters of encouragement and support, and for all the prayers for Aaron and our family.
What a wild winter this has been with the cold and snow! So glad we can choose not to take Aaron out on these frigid days when schools are closed and even our aides cannot make it in. Let’s hope that those days are past us as we go into February!
We continue with the music and massage therapy at home with Aaron, and value these services that we are able to provide for him. It’s always gratifying when Aaron’s home care nurse does the blood draws twice a year and reports to us that he is healthy in every category. We checked the levels of Vitamin D for the first time, in order to be sure we are doing everything possible to ensure good bone density, and with the addition of a supplement last fall, this too is in line.
Once again we are coming up on our annual Stargazing, the gathering which celebrates Richard’s life and his love of astronomy by using his telescope. We will hold this event on February 22nd, Richard’s birthday. It’s hard to believe that he would have been 30 this year. Most of you know the details—buffet supper at 6, stargazing at 7—but please call or email if you need more information or would like to attend. We have activities for children and lots of hot cocoa for cold weather viewing, but can’t guarantee clear skies.