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Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Today we got to see several small steps in the right direction for Trevor.  He has now breathed on his own for a time today. At night they put him back on CPAP to monitor and be a back up, but he still initiates everything himself. We have seen him respond to different stimuli more and more each day.  Shana brought me a cheeseburger for lunch today and I put that up to his nose and he sure liked the smell of that. It was refreshing to see him flare his nostrils and wiggle his lips and jaw. We received a short video of the cows being brought home from pasture, and I put the sound of the cows and calves on our speaker. I just played it continuously for a few minutes and he moved his head around as it is a sound that I’m sure reminds him of home. Now we just need to figure out how to get some cow pies up here.
What seems like the smallest things to us tuckers him out fast, which is hard to see, because he used to always be on the move and go hard at whatever he was doing. 
We have had some real good visits and conversations with others again the last couple of days to help us get through these tough times and the waiting.  And again, all of the gestures of support and continued prayers keep lifting us, and so many others in need, up. 

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

It was good to see Trevor after a couple of days back home to tidy up some things. It’s hard to realize how much we take things for granted until those things are momentarily taken away. 
Trevor still isn’t really awake and aware yet, but we did get to see his eyes when we arrived and saw some movements that seemed more purposeful.  His breathing has been going well. He even is going to have to have some whiskers get taken care of again soon. It was extremely hard being away the last two nights, and I was anxious to see if he’s continued to make progress, even if it seems slow to us.
We continue to be blown away by all of the support given to Trevor by both friends and strangers.  We keep seeing volleyball players from all over wearing red number 10 ribbons in their hair or warm up shirts with Trevor’s name on them and continue to hear of fundraising efforts and prayers of healing and strength being posted. We really are humbled by so many people rallying behind Trevor.  

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Another day has gone by, and we still continue to be amazed by the show of support by people we’ve known forever, and from people we have not even met before. Everyday, we have heard more personal stories and have been touched by strangers.  Thank you for continuing to think and pray for us. 
We still celebrate the little tiny things yet. Trevor moved rooms today. He shows signs of becoming agitated at certain things and calms down to certain voices too. But we just need to keep reminding ourselves that this is an extremely slow and long race, and it’s not going to be a sprint.  

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

We continue to be amazed and appreciate all of the people showing support for Trevor through his journey. We are humbled by the way people who never even met Trevor before want to reach out and support him. The messages of support and keeping the faith is what really helps us get through these days while we wait.
Trevor still has not woke up yet. We get signs he hears us. He has started some physical and occupational therapy, and when we stretched both arms up over his head we would get a few big yawns. He gets set up in his chair for a few hours and is on minimal support for breathing for the daytime.  
Shana and I went to the Braves football game tonight. Trevor had it on in his room. The team has really stepped up their game, and that is so awesome to see.  The team and coaches have shown some amazing mental toughness and the guys are playing their hearts out, like Trevor does. I am sure he is proud. 

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

We had a powerful day.   We could feel the prayers coming in from all over at 10:00.  I had the goose bumps for nearly an hour, and you could feel something was going on. You could feel the energy in the room. 
I wish this was something where you could slap a cast on it and head out the door. We need to remind ourselves that this is going to be a marathon and go really slow and take a lot of time.
Trevor is no longer getting the sedation medicine. It could take quite a while to get it all out of his system. And there are just so many unknowns. We are getting some good responses I think. But I know how hard it is for me to wake up after taking NyQuil one time the night before. I can’t imagine how hard it must be after being on a constant drip of sleep medicine for as long as Trevor has been. 
We keep hearing of schools wearing Trevor shirts, kids from rival towns praying together, fundraisers, and decorating things for Trevor.  This support means the world to Trevor and us as we sit here and wait and listen to the noises in the hospital room. Thank you for keeping us all going.  

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Today we took a few small steps in the right direction. The medical team started slowly taking down sedation and checked his breathing, which he did with minimal assistance for awhile.  His lungs are doing really well.  We are starting to get more hand squeezes and see more signs of some agitation when they mess with his face some. But he is still under a fair amount of sedation and they want to keep him calm and comfortable too. So this will be a long and slow process. 
We keep seeing the amazing support of other schools and communities across the whole region and we are so thankful for you all to take the time and the effort to show your love.  It is really humbling to see people from other places come together for Trevor’s cause.  
A group prayer has been organized at 10:00 Central Time tomorrow morning for Trevor’s continued healing. Thank you for all of the support!

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Exhaustion started catching up with us last night and we didn’t get an update posted, but it was really a repeat of the day before.  
Today Trevor is still under sedation, but we hope we can take some baby steps in the right direction soon. This whole ordeal has been an emotional roller coaster with so many unknowns yet at this time. It is seeing and feeling the prayers and support from everyone that keeps us all going. Words cannot express how thankful we are for your continued thoughts and prayers.  
Today we talked to and heard from others who have been through terribly challenging situations. Hearing their stories and sharing their faith with us made for a very moving day. 
All of the prayers, messages, cards, visits, meals, posters, shirts, field messages, stickers, fundraising, and just general love and consideration is so much appreciated.  Thank you all very much!  Tomorrow we hope to slowly wean back on the sedation, but that can be a very slow and tedious process too.  

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

I only have a quick update for today.  Just more of the same. No new tests, just so many unknowns. Sodium just isn’t getting down yet, so we are on Trevor’s time, which only he knows that time.  Kind of like when he and his cousin and I went duck hunting a couple of weekends ago.  The ducks kind of quit coming in and I was getting ready to get out of the 3 foot deep water and head home.  He insisted on staying another two hours until sun set.  So we decided to stay.  About 20 minutes later he was starving and we had to go right then.  So you just never know. 

 Thank you for the continued prayers of healing and all of the overwhelming support.  

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Again, today we waited. As mentioned before, this process is a meticulous balancing act. Sodium levels still too high to wean off the sedation. The med team does not seem to be worried that it is taking longer for that to happen.  Everyone’s body is different for that as well. And they want to let the body take its own time and not force anything. Everything else seems to be maintaining like they want. He does have a feeding tube, but we are sure he isn’t getting as many calories as he was before when he’d probably eat 6-7,000 per day.  It is crazy how much he can eat.  
With Trevor being real steady with things, we went to the team’s football game tonight. Trevor will be so proud of his team tonight. Players stepped up like we knew they could. It was really good to see how they have become an even tighter team, and everyone picked up their game a notch or two or more even.  
We are blown away by the support and fundraising that has been going on across the whole state and region. It’s hard to put to words how grateful we are and Trevor will be for all of the support.  We have seen so many pictures and videos of people doing cheers and wearing shirts or ribbons or hats with Trevor on it.  We are truly blessed to have so many people getting behind our Number 10!

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Today was a lot more waiting as the medical team keeps things in balance for Trevor. The first thing that needs to happen is the sodium level needs to hit a certain target. His body is slowly going towards the target number but not quite there yet, so more waiting and it is necessary to not rush things.  They actually had to increase the sedation a tiny amount to keep him more relaxed until the sodium gets down.  All the other numbers stay right where they are supposed to.  
We continue to be amazed at the support from all over the country.  It means so much all of the things other schools are doing to support Trevor. It makes us all feel good to live where people can all rally together for a good cause. Thank you so much.  
Tomorrow will be a day to be brave. For players taking the field for games, for parents sending their kids out to play the game, for Trevor as he works towards coming out of sedation, and for us to patiently wait for the timing of everything to come.  
Thank you again for the tremendous amount of support and prayers being sent this way.  

Journal entry by Stacie Johnson

Trevor suffered a head injury during a football game in Warner Friday, Oct 18. He was taken by ambulance to Aberdeen where he was evaluated. A CT scan showed bleeding in his brain, and he was airlifted to Avera Mckennan in Sioux Falls for surgery to drain the blood and relieve pressure. The CT scan did not indicate neck or spine injury.
Currently, he is in a medically induced coma to keep him still so his brain can heal and the swelling can go down. They will not do another CT scan until he is past the acute phase and swelling is gone. 
His medical team say he is stable, holding his own, and not losing any ground. His pupils are reactive to light, he has a gag reflex and shifts away from the nurses when they squeeze his fingertips. They were able to turn his vent setting down to minimal, which indicates he is doing a great job breathing on his own. These are all good signs. He is receiving several medications to reduce swelling and pain, and  to prevent infection and fever.
For now, the doctors can't tell us much more until they start trying to wake him up. We know Trevor is strong and determined, and he will fight his way back with everything he has, because he never gives less than 200%. 
Thank you to everyone sending prayers, please keep praying. 
Trevor’s Story

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