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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

Friday, February 6th

Happy 7th month birthday to my sweet Autumn!!  Well here's the latest Kyle update.  Cindy Flom-Melland, PT instructor at UND contacted me last week and asked if Kyle would be interested in having a student work with him at home.  Kyle, Les and I have always been open to continuing any therapies that we could 1. afford and 2. were community offerings available for TBI individuals.  When this opportunity arose, we jumped at it!  Dan, came over last Friday and talked with us and began therapy last Monday.  He really put Kyle through the ropes and Kyle still complains that his muscles are sore.  While he worked hard, Kyle felt that he gained through the experience.  Today we meet Dan at the Rehab fitness center where he will watch Kyle move through his workout regimen.  Dan is an ex-military individual and Kyle calls him "his drill sergeant!"  
On a secondary note, Kyle is still seeing Emily, the music therapist.  She shared with me yesterday that his progress is phenomenal.  He is keeping a beat while she taps out the offbeats, walking with more speed and confidence, moving his right foot more easily and remembering the lyrics to songs he has sung.  He calls that "improving his executive functions!"  On a side note, Kyle and I were recently at the hockey game when the song "Ring of Fire" came on...Kyle broke out in song!!  While I didn't know all the lyrics, we entertained section 302 with our rendition!!
Kyle continues with working out, Speech at UND, Conversation group and Literacy Group in addition to the aforementioned activities.  Kyle will persevere...he says there is no half way there!!  Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!!