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Nolan’s Story

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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.