it's been quite a long time since i have made a new blog post. but i decided i needed to make one today. to share something that our family went through a year ago to this day... especially for those of you that are having a hard time lately.
a year ago today we woke up to a call from the hospital in elko which is where we live. my mom, sisters, my kids and i so to speak. they were calling us to say that my 16 year old sister had been in a car accident. we didn't even know she wasn't home. we thought she had been in bed sleeping. my mom had just came home from a graveyard shift at work. they didn't tell us to what extent or how bad of shape she was in. so when we showed up, the image we seen was enough to knock anyone on their feet. to take our breath away.
she wasn't allowed to move her neck, and you could hardly tell that it was even my sister in the bed. her injuries were so bad that they had to fly her to the st lukes hospital in salt lake.
at this point no one was in a great state. and our vehicle that we had at the time wouldn't make the drive. so we had to wait to rent a car to make the trip.
the longest car trip of my life. we cried almost the whole way.
when we arrived only three people were allowed in her room at a time. she was in icu in the beginning. there, the doctors informed us that her back was broken. a few of her vertebraes had been completely shattered in the accident, her optical bone (which is in your face, near the eye) was broken, and she had two brain bleeds. we were told she had a high chance of becoming a parapalegic, that she may never even walk again. to a 16 year old junior, the thought of living in a wheelchair the rest of your life is earth shattering.
her face was black and blue from the bruises. and one of her eyes was completely swoĺlen shut. she was in and out of it for the first three days due to the pain and meds she was being given. she had no idea what was even going on because of how doped up she was.
over the next course of almost a month, she went under multiple surgeries. for her eye, which she had to undergo plastic surgery, and for her back, where she had to have rods and screws placed in due to the vertebraes that had been shattered.
after about three weeks she had physical therapy. and from what seemed to be a blessing and prayers being answered she was able to walk again. but she wasn't allowes to return to school for the remainder of the year.
in this accident there were 6 people in a small car. where there should only be 4. three were in the back seat. and two were in the front, my sister being one of them. the 6th person was in the trunk of the car. each person had been drinking, coming back from a lake that is about half an hour to an hour out from where we live. i wont go into specific detail. but the driver is still not in jail. when he very well should be. he was 21. drinking with underage kids... driving while intoxicated. and, to my sisters and the other kids words, he deliberately caused the accident all because he was mad....
my sister was in the worst shape of them all. and we were told that she was lucky to be alive. that pretty much the only reason she was, was because of the level of alcahol that was in her system..
the photo i provided is of my sister brooke. the left is of her in the salt lake hospital after a few days... and the right is brooke today. a 17 year old senior in highschool. getting ready to graduate in a month... healthy, and walking. next month she will be having surgery again to have the screws taken out.
needless to say, we are all blessed that she is still here with us today. we are still fighting for the driver to be imprisoned. but no one knows where he is. last time we heard anything, he was engaged and about to become a father. living carefree. and FREE!!!
So to those that are having a difficult time in their lives, wanting to give up and give in. just remember, life is truely a gift. live it like there is no tomorrow. because my sister almost didn't have a tomorrow. she almost never got to graduate. she almost never got to keep pursuing her dream as a carpenter. almost never got to look at colleges and decide which one she wanted to acheive her dreams at.
love those that are in your life with all that you have. pursue your dreams. conquer the world. be who you are. and remember, to please, please never ever drink and drive. it is a dangerous and life threatening risk. a choice you may never be able to come back from.