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Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Somehow we made it through another weekend.  Time seems to just blur together.  We continue to be amazed by the continued prayers and thoughts of so many people from all over. The kindness and generosity shown towards Trevor and us really is appreciated. 
We are looking forward to the move to Lincoln soon. The procedure Trevor had done the other day seems to be doing its job and healing well so far. 
Today was by far Trevor’s most physically active day, and we like the steps going forward. He was able to do some arm and leg exercises on his own today. The really toned and bulky muscles from a month ago have now kind of disappeared. However, the simple movements he performed today took such great strength and was more of an accomplishment then his last weight lifting session a month ago now. 
I can go back and look at pictures from when Trevor was young to just recent ones, and he always seems to be flexing his muscles for pictures. Even though his biceps have lost some size, he still managed to flex his muscles when a new friend, along with his dog, finished saying a prayer with his hand on him today. We had some other friends over to pray for Trevor later this evening, and he gave a big stretch and yawn when they finished as well. We really appreciate seeing the reactions to the love and kindness shown to him. 
We hope things can all come together for the transfer tomorrow so we can take that next step real soon. Thank you to everyone for reaching out. The support shown really does keep us going in the right direction. 
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Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Just a quick update on Trevor’s procedure this morning.  All seemed to go well.  They wheeled him back in the room at exactly 10:10 (I am not making this up) and he is resting comfortably and it seems to be working correctly. Now we will let him rest for awhile. 

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

We went to the championship game today in Brookings to cheer on Trevor’s team.  The Braves ended up a little short on the scoreboard, but everyone there and watching on TV witnessed some great sportsmanship by both teams. It was hard to keep my emotions in check numerous times today, but seeing both teams come together as one after the game and kneel and pray at midfield really shows how much all of these young men have grown in the face of adversity for both teams. We can all be proud of the players and staff of each team.  
At 6:30 tomorrow morning, Trevor wil undergo a surgical procedure to help manage the fluids in his head. Please keep Trevor and the medical team in your prayers at this time. 
Trevor has continued to make baby steps in the right direction.  We hope things continue to move forward and we plan on transferring Trevor to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska next week. 

Journal entry by Kurt Zuehlke

Today, November 10th, can be marked up as a great day for Trevor. Once Trevor’s care team got him into his chair this afternoon, we started just moving his fingers and then his hands and then his wrists and then his arms, like he was doing curls.  What seems like such a simple maneuver to us has been something Trevor hasn’t been able to do on his own for a long time, until today. Today, the 10th, Trevor started raising his hands and forearms up when we asked. Then we concentrated on his legs, and he was able to squeeze his knees together and then move them apart. He would raise his toes. And once we thought he was getting tuckered out, he just kept going and going, switching between arms and legs, showing that spirit of determination that Trevor typically shows. However, these seemingly simple tasks really tired him out and he is now resting soundly as I write this. 
We will take this as a good day. It felt good to be overcome with joy after 23 days into this ordeal. It was another baby step in the right direction of his long recovery. 
Again, we continue to be amazed at the outpouring of support and love shown towards Trevor from games and friends and strangers and especially the many prayers being sent his way.  Thank you!

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 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. 
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