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Kyle’s 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.

Latest Journal Update

Thursday, October 8th

Time for another update!  Kyle has been very busy this week..with Karaoke at the Lied Center, games to be played and coffee to be drunk!! Surely I jest..yes, yes I do!  He has been very busy with fun activities, as well as some very helpful therapies.  He has been trying to walk on the treadmill for PT and fell when he didn't turn it off and tried to get off.  No concerns the nurse shared when she called me...he didn't hit his head, but his knees may be a bit black and blue :) The PT was right there and helped him land gracefully, but I can almost hear him say, "Mom I didn't hurt anything but my pride!"  
He also saw the psychiatrist for med. adjustments.  They are going to decrease his mood stabilizing medication because the doctor said it was a pretty high dose and will watch for any signs of depressive change.  He is such a happy and positive guy, I hope this change will work and maintain his affirmative mood.
He talked with his dad last night and shared that they have him washing his clothes, his bedding, making his bed after he washes his sheets and vacuuming his space.  He said he has learned a lot already.  He did tell Shaun that he continues to be homesick, but when we talk to him, he seems very positive.  He even stated last night that he hopes he can stay for at least 3 months because he has already learned a lot.  I think this independence thing will be really a good thing for Kyle.. and maybe mom and dad too!!!