Wayne Klumper's Journal
Start your engines!
Written Dec 2, 2013 9:11pmToday my dad drove his truck! How cool is that! He hadn't driven any sort of vehicle since June 25th. Now, he is back behind the wheel and loving his new found independence. He drove his truck down Highway 59/60. I asked him if he felt comfortable and confident while driving and he replied, "Oh yeah!" He is happy today because of his driving adventure and also from putting on his farm clothes and working in the barn.
It is eerie returning to caring bridge after being away for so long, after going through so much. I don't want to take up much of your time but I just felt moved to share my dad's excitement of being able to drive again. He is still undeterred and we are still very proud of him.
My dad returns to Sanford
Written Oct 11, 2013 7:56pmOn October 10th, my dad returned to Sanford for a variety of appointments with doctors to see how he is doing. Do you remember the mid-line? well, the mid-line is back to the middle. All of our "pushing" paid off. The neurologist, Dr. Miller, said he is totally amazed that the mid-line is back to normal, considering what the early CT scans looked like right after the accident. He also said that my dad is making great progress overall and that he will continue to heal for up to two years after the accident. My dad will stop taking two medications. The urologist is a little concerned with my dad's kidney's. His kidney's are not functioning "perfectly" so they are going to give my dad a medication to prevent him from going to the bathroom so much because that is not good. He needs to drink a lot of water and stay away from sugary drinks like gatorade and orange juice. My dad had so much trouble with his insulin levels while in the hospital, they don't want to mess with sugar. My dad might have a slight hearing impairment in his right ear. He has an appointment with Ear, Nose and Throat at the end of October. Due to the nature of the accident, he is also going to get his vision checked towards the end of October as well.
When I got home from coaching my football team, my mom and dad were standing in my kitchen waiting for me. Like all of us, I walked through my door and into my house so many times this past summer not knowing if I would ever get my dad back. Seeing him sitting there, greeting me with a big smile, was great. It definitely helped me forget about the 30 point defeat I had just been slapped with.
"HEALS: A Story of Tragedy, Miracles, and Love"
Thank you for all the support for my dad's book. It's been cool to see how many people have shown interest in my dad's story.
If you are interested in getting a copy of the book, you can still order one via the link (click title above), but you will also be able to get one from us, which means you would not have to go through the online ordering process. We decided to do this to make it more convenient for those not confident in ordering online. If you would like to reserve one, let me know at email@example.com We will be having copies of the book available at American Lutheran Church in Worthington and a couple other locations still to be determined.
Have a good weekend. Be safe.
We want to share the whole story
Written Oct 7, 2013 7:50pmWe wanted our mom and dad to have the journal, not on the computer but a physical version, something they can pick up and look at without logging on. We felt that my dad and mom deserved to have something special to remember this incredible journey we all went through this past summer. Like with the t-shirts, we decided that others might be interested, so we are going to provide the opportunity to get the book to all. A big reason why we did the book and offered it to the public is it is another way we can say "thanks" for all the support we have had. Any opportunity to thank you all is an opportunity we do not want to pass up.
"HEALS: A Story of Tragedy, Miracles and Love"
The link to get the book is below. You can order it online through the site we published it with. This book is more than the journal, it is the whole story. The book starts with a "prologue" which quickly moves throughout Wayne's life, leading up to the day of the accident. The journal then follows. After the last journal entry, there is an "epilogue" that reflects on the entire journey a little more deeply. It also shares a lot more about the days after he returned home. Following the epilogue, there is a few more items, then the book wraps up with about 45 pictures/captions that will take you through the journey visually.
Purchase the book HERE