Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. What an awesome tool to keep in touch with friends and family. We love your comments. Check out the photos. God Bless You. Nolan & JanetOn 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.
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My poor little Gizmo is pooped. He spent a little of the morning with wild Maddie while Izzy and I went to Kaden's Texas program. Then he got a short nap on the way home, got to play with a sweet friend's dog, came home and had to investigate every little thing and never really got his naps in. Plus he got a bath. He is snuggled up beside me, out of it. But he is so clean and soft.
Izzy and Kaden and I had our donuts this morning. They love it when we go for donuts. We have to eat pretty fast so that we can get Kaden to school on time. It is just the highlight of the week. Such a simple thing to mean so much.
Kaden had his Texas program. Pete Laney and Nelda were there. Their grandkids attend the school. Nelda spoke and told the kids all about the Capital building. How many windows, doors and rooms were in there. She did a good job. The kids sang several songs and one of the dads played his fiddle. It was a nice program.
Izzy and I stopped to get a shower gift and found out one of my favorite people of all was in town. We stopped and saw her and her sweet kids for a while. Izzy had a good time playing. Gizmo was not too sure about their dog. He gets kind of scared easily because all of the big dogs he knows are not nice to him. they sort of made friends. It was so nice out that we left the back door open and Izzy played out on the deck. Gizmo came in and out as he wanted. It was a nice afternoon. We even decided to clean the camper. I got the bedroom and bath and part of the kitchen cleaned. My helpers got bored of being in the camper. I can finish another day. We just had a nice afternoon. Izzy took her bath and then we decided Gizmo needed one. He is so pretty and white now, and so soft. He is worn out though. A lot going .on today
Izzy is sleeping on the blow up bed, or Kaden's bed as she calls it. Playa is on it with her. Pretty cute to see them all snuggled up. Gizmo is snuggled with me. Poor Max has to sleep all alone. but he is such a grump, he probably likes that. We don't have to do anything in the morning but tomorrow afternoon we have to go back to Lubbock. Izzy's Mimi is having a birthday dinner. I am pretty sure she will want Izzy there.
Last night Plainview had a fund raiser for L and her family. A bbq and silent auction. I hear it was quite a success. What a sweet thing to do. I know that L and all of her family are so grateful for good friends. Please keep praying for her. For a few more strong days so that they can get the trach in and spare her vocal cords any damage. Nolan's voice was different after all the tubes and the trach. L sings in our church choir so we want to keep her vocals intact. Casey's dad had a pacemaker put in today. He is doing well but prayers are appreciated. Please pray for the right family to buy Josh's house and for them to find the perfect new home. Pray for God's plan for me and my house to be completed. Whatever He has in mind will be perfect. Exactly what I need.
I seem to be on a very busy streak right now. I kind of am ready to slow down, but not for a couple of weeks. Next week is Spring Break for Jack and Hagen so I am going to go hang out with them and do a few things. the week after is Kaden's Spring Break. He may come hang out with me here for a few days. Between the kids and PT, I seem to be on the move a lot, maybe too much. I need to just stay home and paint. Finish the little cabinet I got in and the bench for Relay for Life. The Vanity just needs to have something at the top of the mirror. I need to go to Hobby Lobby and see if I can find something. Then it can go home. So glad my customers are not in a hurry for their pieces.
Everyone but me is asleep. Nice and quiet. I am not sure how Izzy and Playa are going to make it all night on the little blow up bed. I wonder who will win and stay on the bed.
I am still trying to get past my pity party. It is hard to look around and watch the world keep going while my world has stopped. Hard to get past that but I am working on it. I know that Nolan is happier than I can even imagine and would not want me to stay sad. One day I know I will be past this but not for a while. My dr told me on Wed that she felt it took her a year and almost a year and a half to get past the sad feeling that was just there. She experienced a loss and was very sweet in sharing with me. She said it just was a feeling that was always there and then slowly was less and less. Just try not to push it away and let it resolve itself. Good advice I think. she is a great dr.
We delivered the lift chair last night. My friend's husband has been in the hospital, a rehab and now a nursing home since Jan 1. The drs are not sure what is going on with him. Please pray that they find an answer soon so they know how to help him.
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