Wayne Klumper's Journal
A Christmas Miracle because of Him, you.
Written Dec 25, 2013 10:45pm
We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. It was impossible to go through Christmas day today and not reflect on the past 6 months and think about what happened and what could have happened. Today as we were together at the farm, we talked about people who visited, all the nice things people did for us, the injuries, the doctors, the journey, the recovery, and the future. We talked about how thankful we are that our dad is with us this Christmas and how Thankful we are for all of your support and prayers. The term "Christmas Miracle" is often used loosely, at least I know I do. In the past, a "Christmas Miracle" was getting to sleep past 6 a.m. before our kids woke us up. Or finding enough wrapping paper in the closet on Christmas Eve, frantically trying to get the last few presents ready. Or getting to one of the many family Christmasas on time. But this year, our "Christmas Miracle" is without a doubt having our dad here with us. The presents around the tree were fun to open and fun to give, but the fact that our dad was with us today, smiling, watching us open gifts and opening some himself, that was our Christmas Miracle. That's all we needed. That's all we wanted. Our Christmas Miracle came true because of the power of God and the love from all of you. So as another Christmas comes and goes, once again, Thank you so much for everything. I hope you had a day filled with meaning and love.
What did my dad do when he woke up this Christmas morning? He went outside and scooped snow. Something he has done countless times before. And it was a great thing. A great thing indeed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.