Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Lucky Number Seven

Seven years ago today my life was changed forever. Most of you that know me and visit my blog know what I'm talking about but for those of you that don't know, I'll try to fill you in.

On a Thursday morning, before a three day weekend because of the Memorial Day holiday in 2001 I got a phone call from a close friend asking me if I wanted to go to on a road trip for a few days. I had nothing else exciting planned so I gladly accepted the invitation. First, we drove to St. George to spend the night so we could meet up with a few other people in the morning. Since Mesquite is only about a 30 minute drive from St. George we decided to go hang out there for a little while. We ended up staying until early in the morning. A few hours after we got back to St. George we met our friends and drove to Lake Powell where we had an amazing time camping on the beach. There were hundreds of other people there which led to a few days with no real sleep.

On Sunday afternoon we drove home only to find out that some of my other friends had gone to Wendover to play poker. We got cleaned up and decided to head to Wendover to meet them. After hanging out for awhile and losing a little money at the tables we tried to find a hotel room because we were both pretty exhausted from the long weekend but since it was a holiday everywhere we checked was booked. We ended up trying to drive back to Salt Lake but it didn't turn out to be the best decision. About half way between Wendover and SLC I must have dozed off a little and I drove off the side of the road and I rolled my truck a number of times.

The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital with tubes in my mouth, nose and all over my body, not being able to talk and not being able to move. Although, this was all kind of a blur because the doctors had me so drugged up. I had partially collapsed and bruised lungs, staples in the top of my head helping to close up a huge gash and 9 broken/dislocated vertebrae in my neck and back. The worst of the injuries was to my C 6/7 vertebrae in my neck. The two vertebrae were dislocated pinching my spinal cord causing me to be paralyzed from the chest down and only left with partial feeling in and partial use of my arms.

My friend was also pretty beat up from the accident but she was little more fortunate and was able to walk away which I'm very thankful for.

After the accident, I remained in the U of U hospital rehab unit for a long three months where I lost about 50 pounds. I had to wear a horrible back/neck brace anytime I was out of bed which really sucked. While I was in the hospital I did meet some great people (therapists, nurses and other patients) and my family and friends were such a great support, they really helped me to deal with and get through the hardest time in my life.

Today, I'm still paralyzed from the chest down, I only have partial use of my arms and I cruise around in a wheelchair but I'm pretty thankful for where I'm at in my life (most of the time), things could always be worse. I have the most amazing and supportive family and they take pretty good care of me.

Love you guys!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Blog Comment Poll

Hey everyone, I have a question about what is supposed to be done when someone leaves a comment on one of your blog posts. I put a poll at the bottom of this page to help me figure this out so just scroll down and select the answer you think is best (sample below).

When someone writes a comment on your post, do you respond by...

  • commenting on your own post and hope they check the comments again.
  • writing a comment on their most recent post.
  • not responding at's just a comment page.
  • emailing or calling them.

Thanks yo!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mama's Day

I don't think words can express the love and appreciation that I have for my mom...but I think I'll try. My mom has always been an amazing woman, one of the most talented and creative people I know. She can make anything with a sewing machine from something simple like headbands to very extravagant Wedding dresses, she is a great cook and an even better mother and person. I think I have always known how spectacular she is but for most of my life I have taken her for granted. Over the last seven years I have really been blown away by her commitment and devotion to my family and me. Since my car accident in 2001 she has been there for me in some amazing capacities. Not only has she been my mother, she has been my nurse, my cook, my chauffeur and my friend. I could never repay her for all that she does for me.

Well mom, you are the best ever and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you. Happy Mothers Day, I'll try to keep dad from ruining it for you again. :-)