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On April 17 at approximately 1:00, Nolan was hit in the head with a metal gate that was kicked by a steer at Tulia Feedlot. He was loading his load into the trailer when this happened. He was airlifted to Northwest Texas in Amarillo. I got the call and left school and beat the helicopter. I had to cut across the median, opposite road, ditch and access road, but i got there as the helicopter was landing. At first I was given little info on his condition. When they let me know what was going on, I was told that he had a massive head injury and they were going to install a "bolt" to measure the pressure in his brain, in order to keep an eye on swelling. He was taken to AICU. I am considered the "care-giver" so I can stay with him all the time except for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. He was heavily sedated in order to keep him from moving. He was so fragile that he was in a minimum stimulation room. Kept dark, little or no noise, whispers only, no stimulation of any kind, no patting, rubbing, that sort of little thing you just do. I could only place my hand gently on his. We eventually had to go to surgery to remove blood clots. That was svery successful. He had a trach and a feeding tube put in to make him more comfortable. We are still in ICU, still critical, but in better shape. He has not had the sedatives for a couple of days, and is being weaned off the ventilator slowly. He has shown signs of waking, but after all he has been through, i am told this will take a while. I wait and pray continually. that keeps me going. I am so awed by all of the prayers being offered for his healing by friends, loved ones, and even strangers. It truly shows the power and faith of people. I see God's hand on him as he is still with me. He is truly a miracle. I realize that each moment, each day is absolutely a gift from God and should be treasured.
year 4, day 243. Another nice day. I wish Nolan felt up to going outside. It was nice out today.
I spent the morning getting ready for the weekend. I made rice krispie treats, pumpkin-spice cake. Tomorrow I will make a couple of cheese balls. I think we are ready. They will only be here a short time, hours actually, but I am ready for whatever we get. I know Nolan will be glad to see them.
I found out today that one last gift is not coming. The address I gave them was different by ONE letter from the address on my card, so they cancelled the order. Great. But it was for Summer so I will just take her downtown McKinney whenever I go there and she can pick it out.
Nolan has had a time with congestion. Not sick, just really stopped up. I even raised his bed a little higher. I think the dry weather is just messing with him. He slept a lot but he was so stopped up that he kept waking up. He looked so good today. Bright eyes and very responsive.
I just messed around today getting little junky things done. I forgot that I needed to put on one more coat of paint on my deck doors. I can do that in the morning AFTER I get my hair cut. I am so excited. I have not had it cut in too long and it is ugly. A really sweet friend that used to cut my hair before she retired is coming over here to do it. That is such a relief for me. I had to run to Tulia today to get a paper and I was going as fast as i could. I just don't like to leave. So I am really blessed.
Please keep praying for our friend that is waiting on her plan for bone marrow transplant. She will be spending Christmas at the hospital. My great aunt, I think,, maybe she is my great great aunt.......anyway she is wonderful but she fell and broke her hip. She has been a little confused since. Please pray for her and her daughters as they take care of her. Her name is Pearl. I love that name. So pretty. Pray that Nolan can keep the congestion down and enjoy the weekend with the family here. I know it will be good for him to hear the little ones laughing and just being silly. I think he is ready to see Summer and Josh too. He always perks up when I tell him they are coming. Pray that they all have a safe trip here and back home. I always wish they could stay longer. It gets so hard to get together any more. Everyone has jobs and commitments. Too busy. But we are blessed to have them all coming here for as long as we can have t hem. Pray that God grants us the wisdom for many issues we face. That He sends answers and solutions to questions and challenges.
Well, we watched Charlie Brown Christmas so it really is time for Christmas. One good thing about getting the gifts all ready early is having time to just sit back and enjoy the specials and just enjoy the days. It has been nice. Not having to scramble for that last minute gift. I just can't get all of mine delivered before Christmas but that is ok. They can be New Year Gifts.
Nolan is still so stopped up. I am praying that he can sleep easy tonight and not get sick. He has been coughing quite a bit lately. Trying to cough it out of his throat but he just can't quite get it done. Sleeping with my head elevated has been quite a challenge. Now I can't sleep laying perfectly flat any more. I have to be at an incline. LOL But it makes it easier for him to sleep. Keeps all that stuff from settling in his throat.