From Brenna —
I’m just wanting to check in with everyone who supported us so amazingly the past two years! I wanted Elijah to write a bit but he takes his Biology final today. Think about that- May 8, 2015 ICU fighting for life to May 8, 2017 taking a Biology final – by God’s grace and mercy.
We remember today all that God has done through the prayers and actions of His saints. We remember Elijah as he was and celebrate who he is. In January 2017 it was particularly impressive for me to walk with Elijah to his first college class. As we walked past the LCCC theater where I waited for Elijah and Autumn the night of the accident and ultimately received the news, I felt a full mixture of emotions that I was not prepared for. I had been by that theater since the accident but not *with* Elijah. Here we were 20 months later and Elijah could walk by his own power on crushed feet with legs supported by titanium femurs to take Biology. Only God.
Since we left the hospital in Sept 2015, I have had the opportunity to visit with a few orthopedic surgeons and neurologists. They say that not only is fat embolism rare but that double femur fractures are rare and often not survivable. Recently, too, I have seen MRI pictures with far far far less damage than Elijah’s causing the patient much more trouble in real life than Elijah faces. These are all miracles.
Elijah’s belief is that he is a better person for having endured the past two years. He told me that he has learned to submit to God and to be patient. “I believe that God will heal me to exactly where He wants me to be.” and “I’m not afraid (of future health conditions that the Drs. predict) because I know that God is in control.”
Elijah has thoroughly enjoyed this semester and it has been a good step for him to begin creating a new life. One particular blessing has been meeting friends who didn’t know him before the accident. Why? They don’t have the comparison with the “old” Elijah and therefore accept him just as he is. He is ready to move past the accident and not be defined by it or his old self. He has told me. “Yes I did love speech and debate and making videos but that was a different life and I’m not going to sit around and grieve over it.” Is Elijah the same? No he isn’t. It is sometimes poignant to see him take so much more effort to find a word or formulate an argument. Do we miss the old Elijah? Yes we do. But at the same time how can we not stand in awe of who Elijah is and what God has done through him? We love this Elijah too.
Today is the two year anniversary of the day we changed our address to live in a hospital for 5 months. Last year on May 7, 2016 we had many kind people come to celebrate Elijah and Autumn in their recovery. A family who had their own brain injury story and a lawyer from Denver who followed the whole story, and the trauma surgeons who helped E and A just to name a few. In the past two years, we have had strangers and acquaintances become friends and friends become alienated – tragedy is it’s own kind of crucible of friendship. This is about one such stranger who reached out to help: (I only ever shared this on my own facebook page)
(written last year May 8, 2016) “We were leaving Cheyenne after the one year prayer celebration that some very kind friends arranged for Autumn and Elijah. Haley Anne told us about a post written by a good Samaritan, Alyson, who helped at the accident. May 8, 2016 I was driving I 25 south in the rain to take Autumn and her brothers home and it was overwhelmingly reminiscent of the year before. Elijah, who never cries, was a bit choked up when he read the prayer she prayed. Read her words for yourself here… ”
Hi everyone! I thought I would write an update for myself on this day that marks 2 years since the accident.
First off I am doing fantastic! 🙂 I am currently finishing up 2 online collage classes (finals this week) and I have been coaching for my high school debate program this last year. As far as physical healing goes: I am slowly improving. My left eye is still giving me double vision, but I am seeing an incredible doctor that believes surgery should be the last option. And every week my eye shows a little more movement.
Because of my optimistic personality it’s easy to think I don’t have any struggles, but this is far from the truth. Thinking about all the set backs that I have from this accident, can sometimes really put me down. But you know what keeps me going? Knowing that God has a plan and purpose for my trials. We tend to pray for things to go as we think is best and get sad or angry at God when it doesn’t happen that way. But we can’t see the big picture. I may never know exactly why I was in the accident but I do know that the Lord has a greater, master plan in store. Because I can’t see the big picture I have faith in my God and he gives me the strength to press through the trials.
He is the reason I’m optimistic. His love keeps a smile on my face.
From Cinnamon –
Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! So sorry I haven’t posted anything in a very long time! Scott is doing well and slowly getting healthy. He ended up with a Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot) in his leg a couple of weeks ago as a side effect of some of the meds he’s on. He is now on anticoagulant therapy for that, so, as a result he’s growing a beard lol! His clinic visits have tapered off to just once a week, and his transplant team is very pleased with his progress and his labs from the new liver. From what we’ve been told, the toddler is doing well also. We haven’t met yet, but possibly sometime in the future as they want to meet Scott and thank him. I’ve been working anywhere from part time to full time right now because Scott hasn’t been working, hence, my difficulty to get an update posted here ;). Hunter has been a big help in taking over part of the business and working alongside our regular employee while Scott is out. We also had Scott’s dad here in May and my mom here in June to help out through his recovery. Autumn finished her first online college class this May and she earned an “A”, so she was very excited to see that she could do the work that was required. She’s not taking any classes this summer, but is registered for another two online classes this fall. We just went to the campus in Denver and set up her acccommodations that will help her with test taking, note-taking, etc. She will be starting a new vision therapy in the coming week. She still has very limited vision in the left eye…she can almost read the largest letter on the eye chart :/. Her double vision continues, so the main hope is that that can be corrected. Her processing, judgment, decision-making skills are still developing and some days are better than others. She works on critical thinking exercises daily to help regenerate those neural pathways that were damaged in the accident. It is definitely a slow journey back to healing. She just had a day the other day where she was discouraged about all the work that it will take to get back to her previous level of functioning. Those days don’t come often, but when they do they are so difficult! It’s also challenging to have two people in the family go through back to back “events”, so I’m definitely ready for a little breather in the months to come ;)! Thank you again for all that you have done for us! Because of the donations you gave to Autumn, I will be able to pay for other vision therapies that will not be covered by insurance. Her benefits were exhausted long ago, so it has been a huge blessing to still be able to pay for specialized care for her. Please know that your gifts are being used faithfully towards her recovery and that we cannot express how grateful we are to all you have done for us! We love you all!