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Saturday, November 11, 2006

He's being life flighted...

I will tell you as I sit here...Calmer now...Relieved...Thankful...that those words are some of the worst words you can ever hear. Today was the opening of hunting season. Jon was so excited to finally be at a place where he could take a weeks vacation and go out to the woods to hunt. He left yesterday. My father and his father were there. He was supposed to call me on Sunday when everyone else left except him. It was about four thirty when the phone rang and it was my father. My first words were "what's wrong". He tells me not to panic. But Jon was climbing into a tree stand...it broke or something and he fell. They're taking him to Shands. Shands is the shock trauma hospital for our area. My father told me that he was okay and that they were just taking him for precautionary reasons, possible c-spine injury. I told him I was on my way. I didn't ask any other questions and high tailed it to Shands. I got to Shands and called his mother to tell her that he wasn't there yet. She told me that he was being life flighted. Now I wasn't really panicked at that point...worried..yes..but not panicked. But after hearing those words "he's being life flighted.." I will tell you every possible c-spine horror story ran through my little nurses brain. I stood outside of the emergency room as the helicopter flew in and landed. My stomach dropped as I saw them wheel him into the emergency room. He was awake and moving as far as I could see from where I was. But you never want to see your loved one being flown into the hospital. We all waited until they allowed us back. They did very shortly and there was my honey in his little neck brace, lying flat, but okay. We just had to wait for him to clear c-scan. He was in a lot of pain and his shoulder was hurt. I've never seen fear in his eyes. I did tonight. I never want to see fear in his eyes again. It's scary. My big strong man as much as he didn't want to admit it was hurt. But thankfully he did clear c-scan. He fell 12-15 feet onto his shoulder and neck. He briefly lost conciousness. He was feeling very weird. He was scared. That scared me. It could've been worse. Thank you God that it wasn't. He fell onto a palmetto bush and ground. He's pretty hurt. His shoulder although not dislocated is hurting him pretty good right now. They think he "separated" a ligament in his shoulder. They say it sometimes heals by itself, but he will have to followed up with orthopedics. I am so very grateful that he isn't hurt worse. He was carrying his rifle as he was climbing into the stand. It was loaded with a bullet in the chamber. But thankfully the safety was still on. Thankfully as he fell, the safety did not get bumped and thankfully the gun didn't discharge. I am thankful for so many things tonight. I am thankful that his injuries are not worse. I am thankful for all the little "coincidences" that kept him safe. He wasn't alone. His father was walking away from him when he heard him fall...the safety was on...he didn't fall directly on his head..I know he was being looked out for tonight. Thank you God!!

18 comments:

TaiwanMommy said...

...and I'm thankful you still have your precious husband. What a scare. Thank God, indeed. Daily. And tell your darling Jon I said to stay out of trees!!!

Big hugs to you,
Val

malou said...

Oh, my god, that is one scary close call for JOn. His Guardian angel was looking out for him.

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

OMG....that was awful so to read that it made me cry so I cannot imagine what you went through. So very glad Jon is going to be OK. Now tell him he is not allowed near a flipping tree EVER again! Take care of each other.

Kelly said...

That is really really scary! I hope that his shoulder heals quickly because I can only imagine how sore it is. I am so thankful for both of you that he was not hurt worse.

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

I forgot to say, give our wishes to Jon for a speedy recovery.
Dawn, Jacob and Lily.

Sandra said...

Dang that must have been scary. Thank God that Jon is okay. I cant imagine your fear, luckily all is well. Keep him away from trees lol Get well soon wishes to Jon

Jennifer "Jenny" said...

Anne, SO glad your husband is okay!

island girl said...

we are all thankful that jon is ok...and i agree...so many things could have gone wrong..but he was being looked after! so glad he's doing better...now tell him to buck up and be a man!! hehe!

love you guys!

David and Janalee said...

How scary! So glad he is is going to be fine. Thinking of you.
Janalee

Anonymous said...

How very scary. So glad he is okay. Hope he gets over all the bumps and bruises soon.

Jan

NikkiNix said...

Wowww! God was definiately with him. I am sooo sorry your dear sweet big stong man is hurt. So sorry.

Perhaps when your little one falls off their new two-wheeler without training wheels, Daddy will tell his child, "I know son, I know it hurts. It's okay to cry, and it's okay to get back on your bike. God will always be there for you when you fall."

Thank you so much for your kind words the other day, I really really apreciate you!!

mIcHeLlE-o said...

Ann, I'm soooo glad to hear that Jon is OK. Jen told me about this the night it happened and I prayed as hard as I could for you. So many thoughts went through my head for you and the feelings that you were going through. All I am left to say is thank God that Jon is OK and that God was looking out for him. He is a smart hunter as he had the saftey on. Still keeping the both of you in my thoughts and please do let Jen know if you need ANYTHING and we'll make it happen. Big hugs and I hope that Jon is feeling much better soon.

jeneflower said...

How horrifying! I am so glad that he is O.K.! What a scary event. I bet you are appreciating him around so much more right now. Wow. I bet you are so relieved. I hope he fully recovers soon!

Anonymous said...

What a scare for both of you. I am so glad your husband wasn't hurt worse than he was.

Dad said...

And the rest of the story was that from the fall site it was a bumpy 30+ minute dirt road ride to a paved road were an ambulance could take him to a spot the helo could land.

Connie said...

OMG Ann! I am so glad he is going to be okay. I can't imagine how jittered you must be from that experience. It's awful to want to take the hurt away and know you can't do it completely. I'm thinking of you and your dear hubs! It puts the important things all into very clear perspective.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Ann, I'm so sorry. What an awful scare for you. I'm so thankful he's ok.

Precious Wonders and Little Monkeys said...

Heavens to Betsy girl! Oh my just thank goodness he's okay now!