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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.