Austin’s Story EDIT (https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/austinb.sands/mystory/edit
)Saturday afternoon Austin was in an atv accident. He was ambulanced to Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO for a severe leg injury. God is good! He had no neck or brain injury and he was ALIVE! However, he had broken both the fibula and tibia bones right above the ankle and had a huge wound in his shin where skin and muscle were missing. We also found out he had broken one of his leg bones behind the wound (I can't remember which bone right now).
Our family of 4 were surrounded by our family. It was such a blessing to have others around helping Ryan and I help Austin. His grandma and grandpa directed the ambulance to our location, held towels over his leg and shaded his body from the hot sun, laid towels on the burning asphalt so that his skin didn't burn. And I'm sure so much more than I even know. His Uncle kept running back and forth from the farm to us getting us everything we needed- my purse, our cell phones, took Aubrey and his cousin back to the farm, away from the accident, and helped get veichles moved out of the way of the first responders. His Aunt took care of and answered literally thousands of Aubrey's questions. Such a blessing that Aubrey was able to stay with our family the entire first day and night of the accident.
Throughout the time we were waiting for the ambulance, Ryan and I were praying for Austin, encouraging him and proud of his ability to tell all of us how to treat for shock and wound care that he learned in Boy Scouts. Despite all of his pain he was still thinking clearly and using the amazing brain God has given him!!
God used him to bless so many people with his quick thankfulness to anyone and EVERYONE who helped him- from the first responders- highway patrolmen, to the firefighters, and finally the paramedics. He was so thankful for the pain medicine he was able to receive from the paramedics. He talked about trap shooting, asked questions about the ambulance equipment, and I was able to pray with him and share biblical Truth (verses) that dear friends were texting me the entire 50 minute drive to the hospital. (Ryan was tailgating the ambulance and wasn't letting it out of his sight as he followed us to the hospital.)
Once in the ER, Ryan was able to join us. The trauma team was amazing. They quickly assessed the situation and determined he needed to be sedated to try to straighten out his ankle. They put him to sleep, cleaned out his wound some, straighten his ankle a little and put a splint around it.
We were moved up to the pediatric floor where Ryan and I both were able to stay with him that night.
Your words of hope and encouragement are welcome and greatly appreciated.