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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, "Monday, July 28th".

What a wonderful day today! Kyle had a chance to see David Irvine, the other David, (Lumpy), and Jason at David L.'s group home. They spent a couple of hours catching up ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, July 27th".

Today was a day to romp in Minneapolis.  We woke up early (at least Shaun and I did), Kyle slept in later.  We went to Glam Dolls Donuts to purchase a dozen donuts for ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Saturday, July 26th".

Whoops folks …We traveled yesterday to see our kiddos  and watch the Aquatennial Fireworks show.  As the time went by so fast and the fireworks show did not ... Read more

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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Friday, July 25th".

Extra, Extra Read all about it...Kyle takes a nap!!  Thought I should announce that since it is the one thing with which Kyle is rigidly unforgiving.  He tells us each ... Read more

Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Thursday, July 24th".

Kyle saw Dr. Witucki again today.  It is so very important to keep his mood up and his concerns to a minimum.  Dr. Witucki, pronounced him sane again this month (only ... Read more

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Deb Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Wednesday, July 23rd".

Only Music therapy and UND today for therapies.  Hannah and Kyle worked on strengthening his breathing by extending an AH on one breath and the /s/.  He went from 8.4 ... Read more

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

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