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My Story

As most of you know Wednesday morning Kyle and a coworker were hit by a train while protecting Grand Forks from mosquitoes. Kyle would tell the story with a most funny, exaggerated version...I will tell it with just the facts! We will get his version later! At about 8:30 yesterday, August 21, Kyle and Jonathon were out just west of the Industrial park, when they crossed a railroad track. Unknown to both of them, there was a train on the tracks  and although whistles were blown, neither of them heard the noise and proceeded to cross. From there it is a bit sketchy..we don't really who was driving, however both both boys were found still strapped in the vehicle according to first responders. Both boys were rushed to Altru, where life-saving triage began immediately.  Kyle had to have surgery for internal bleeding and a head injury. He also has a collapsed lung and bruised vertebrae and ribs.  His ocular socket is broken on the right eye. Please pray for Kyle ! I will update as time and circumstances allow!

Addendum: After much discussion with police and first responders, as well as Les and Scott's visit to the accident site, it appears that Kyle was driving.  Circumstances such as morning sun, trees that partially obscure tracks in the area,  the noise of the Kubota and the fact that ear protection may have been used as per procedure through mosquito control, may all have contributed to this accident.

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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, July 22nd".

Today Kyle had a full day of therapy.  He started with Hannah at UND where he went to Archives to practice talking in environments other then the small room at Montgomery ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Monday, July 21st".

Holy hot and muggy today!!!  It was the perfect intense thunderstorm, hail and possible tornado kind of day.  And low and behold...we were stuck at Mike's Pizza ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, July 20th".

I am going to start by taking a moment to wish my eldest son a Happy Birthday...He is ??? years old...he wouldn't appreciate my revealing his youthful age, but he is ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Saturday, July 19th".

Kyle has been busy with his dad today.  He visited his Grandma Florence and other individuals that have not seen him since the accident.  All were very surprised at how ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Friday, July 18th".

Happy Friday everyone! Forget all the bad things you've encountered this week and have a great weekend.Today Kyle had late therapies, from 2:30 to 4:30.  First he had PT ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Thursday July 17th".

Kyle had a stellar day today!!  He had 2 speech therapies, one at Altru where he practiced loudness and some cognitive exercises by using cards to improve memory.  Then ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Wednesday, July 16th".

Kyle got to sleep in today due to no Altru speech.  He usually gets himself up around 8:15 to make 10:00 Altru speech, but since we didn't have that today, his alarm went ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Tuesday, July 15th".

Good day today..always a better day when you get some much needed rest!!  Kyle started his day with UND speech and the clinic was a buzz with compliments regarding his ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Monday, July 14th".

This was a difficult day, one filled with lots of running and little time to spend at home.  I had just about enough time to have a cup of coffee before off we went to ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, July 13th".

The summer seems to be flying by and a friend just reminded me that today marks the halfway mark between the start of summer break and the 1st day of teacher workshop. ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Saturday, July 12th".

Quiet sort of day today, but Kyle didn't forget that he still needed to do some practicing on therapies he has had the past week.  He did some deep breathing with the ... Read more

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