Friday, May 21, 2010

Traumatic Week.......

This week turned out so different than I had planned. Oh my! I'm glad I didn't know about it ahead of time.

My son, Neil, went on a mission trip to Haiti last week sponsored by his college, Hannibal LaGrange College. Their team of 15 had a great week and had accomplished so much, but on Sunday afternoon on their way back from church, as 30+ people stood in the back of a open bed truck with only railings around the sides, the brakes went out as they were going down the mountain. In an effort to avoid going over a cliff at 60 mph, the driver (who was the Haitian missionary that they'd worked with all week) drove the truck up the side of the mountain overturning it, but saving everyone's lives. Most were thrown about 60 feet according to witnesses. All sustained injuries, but miraculously, no one was killed nor was anyone in critical condition. It was obvious that the hand of God was on them all.

Neil called me Monday morning and told me just a few details. He and some of the team were flying home that day as originally scheduled. (A few of the team members had serious enough injuries that they were taken by helicopter to Miami to be hospitalized.) He and nine other team members arrived at the St. Louis airport at 12:15 AM early Tuesday morning. His college had arranged for all of them to go immediately to a local hospital ER to get checked out. All but one of them were treated and released.

Neil sustained a concussion, badly broken nose, fracture of right orbital bone (cheek bone), fractured transverse process of the lumbar vertebra, many stitches and staples to the face and head, and tons of cuts, scrapes, road rash, and bruises. He received care in Haiti from a US medical team where they stitched him and reset his nose. In St. Louis, they did a CT scan of most of his body and then cleaned all his wounds and bandaged him up. He came home Tuesday morning with lots of healing to do.

We are grateful to God that He preformed the miracle of sparing Neil and his team members lives1 There are still a couple of them in the hospital, so please pray for complete healing for all.

So most of my time this week has been devoted to Neil.....either in giving him care or processing what has happened. He is doing better each day. He's pretty sad about having to have surgery next Thursday to re-set his nose......feeling like it will be a set back in his recovery. Today I reminded him that at least when they fix his nose, he will not have all the other injuries to contend with.....everything else should be mostly healed by then.

Here's a fairly tame pic of Neil arriving at the airport on Tuesday morning. Trust me, he looked a lot worse than this. Poor guy said he couldn't even cry because it would hurt his face too much. He is a TOUGH one, he is! And I'm extremely proud of him.


If you'd like to read a bit more about the accident, check out his college's website article.

Even though I didn't do much but take care of Neil this week, I still had a couple of cookie orders to fulfill. I hoped it would distract me and maybe even be a stress reliever, but instead, for probably the first time, it was a bit of a chore. With all the interruptions and additional things to do, getting the cookies done proved to be a huge challenge. But I did it! And the recipients were very happy. :)

I thought you might like to see the new labels I've started making to add to my boxes or bags. I bought a punch that will allow me to add any color to the background with the logo on top. :)


And here's my random set of cookies for this week.
















This next week proves to be super busy. Neil has doctor's appointments and his surgery. My two youngest, Keith and Allison are graduating next Saturday. We are having out of town company (who have volunteered to stay in a hotel.....of which I'm grateful), and then an graduation open house next Sunday. I have to not think about it all.....because it overwhelms me so much.

I've reserved the week for only doing cookies for Keith & Allison and their graduation.....so no orders to fill this week. Boy I'm glad I set that boundary a few weeks ago! Hopefully I can enjoy the memories and have a great time celebrating this special time of K & A's lives.....but also the completion of 18 years of homeschooling my kids!

46 comments:

Domestic Sugar said...

My Prayers are with you,and your son. Thank the Lord that they were all right.

Haniela said...

What a horrible accident and what a miracle at the same time. They all survived.
I hope your son will recover fast.
All the best.

Kris said...

I am so sorry to hear of your son's accident. Thankfully, as you said, there were not deaths. I hope he heals well. You are a good Mama!! Next week, after graduation and surgeries, you should just relax.

Jennifer said...

Praise the Lord that everyone survived that horrible accident - surely God's hand was on each and every one of them. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your son, and your family. Hopefully he will have a quick recovery!

Rachel said...

It must have been really hard for you, your family and the other kids families as well. It is a blessing that they are all alive.
I hope he recovers fast.
My prayers are with you and your family.

Pink Little Cake said...

I am very sorry to hear of this terrible accident where your son was involved.Thank God they all survived. My prayers are with you and your family.
I am also very impress to know that you homeschool your kids for 18 years.
Blessings.

Dream It Up Cookies said...

Thank God everyone was ok!

My son is 3, he broke his arm a couple weeks ago and it was so scary, I can only imagine what you guys are going through.

Praying for a speedy recovery.

The Maid said...

Congratulations! What a major accomplishment.

I am happy for you...that you will have time to celebrate this feat...and that Neil is okay.

Prayers will continue!

Sincerely,
Becky

Bea said...

My prayers are with you, Pam! I'm happy to hear that God's hand was with them... Hope his surgery goes well and that everyone recovers soon... Congrats on your 18 year homeschooling, and glad (for once)that you don't have COOKIE orders this week... big hug from Cancun :)

Glory said...

Yikes, what a scary week! Although your sons face looks pretty bad now, it sounds like it's still a pretty huge praise report over what could have been!! Praise the Lord!

Sílvia de Carvalho said...

From Portugal.
My Prayers are with you and your son.
I hope he will recover fast.
All the best

Amy said...

Wow, sorry to hear about the accident but glad to see everyone survived. I'm praying for your family and the other families involved. Take it one day at a time.

Red30 said...

WOW!! God is GREAT!! I am sorry to hear about what happened to your son and the others, but so glad to know no one was killed or seriously hurt, God was truly with them on this Mission!!

Praying for your son and all the others speedy recovery!!

Jessica said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your son's horrible accent, Pam! But, I'm relieved to hear that he's doing ok. I'll be hoping for a fast recovery!!

Yael said...

Accidents like that put eveything into a different perspective. So glad to hear everyone is basically alright. Wow, homeschooling for 18 years- that is some accomplishment! More power to you- and congratulations!
One more note- even under pressure- your cookies look amazing!

Pam said...

You all are so kind. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers, kind words, and encouragement.

Neil is doing better each day. If not for the surgery on Thursday.....I'd say he'd be fully recovered in just a few more days. But I know that the nose surgery recovery will be easier (in some ways) than the multiple injuries he is recovering from right now.

It is wonderful to know that God has brought all of you into my life through a blog. I appreciate you!

Sweet Creations said...

Pam I am so happy Neil is ok, Praise God!!!
The cookies look lovely and you can't even tell that there was so much going on other then cookies.

Loren @ The Baking Sheet said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

Anonymous said...

It's sad to hear about your son but i think its a great thing that things were not worse - YOU ARE RIGHT - HE AND HIS TEAM WERE IN GODS HANDS! - I will say a prayer for him during his surgery - and for you - for u deserve it!

ladyteej said...

I will continue to pray for your son. your family and all those on the mission trip. God is good!

Karly said...

I got chills just reading about the accident. God is so good! He was with them all that day. I'll be praying for you and your family during this time and a speedy recovery for Neil. Praise the Lord for His protection!

The Sugar Queen said...

I'm a new reader of your blog, and after reading this post, I just wanted to praise God with you that He was with all those who were on that truck! It is amazing that no one was killed!

I can't even imagine how your stomach must have dropped when you heard about it! I'll be praying for your son's recovery, as well as everyone else who was injured. Sorry you are having such a full week - so much to do, but taken one day at a time, God will help you through it.

Just an aside, as I've said, I'm a new reader to your blog and I don't remember if I've commented before, but your cookies are absolutely beautiful!

The Lord bless ~

thecookielady said...

Praying for a full recovery !!

Dora said...

My thoughts are with you and your family Pam. Take care.

La Bella Vie said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry all this has happened, but you are so right, the hand of God was with these wonderful people that day as well as that driver for saving the lives of everyone.
I was given you website to have cookies made for a 60th wedding anniversary as party favors on July 17h.
If you are able to do them, that's great but if not, I do comepletely understand.
Blessings to you and your son, I will be praying for you all.
Terry @ La Bella Vie
or 57quilter@bctonline.com

Anne said...

Pam,
I'm so sorry to hear about this. I read it to my husband because I always share your posts with him. We are praying for your family, especially your son. I hope brighter days are in the near future. Praise God his injuries weren't worse. I hope the rest of his crew are back on their feet soon. I know we are all the way in PA, but if there is anything we can do, please let me know! Thinking and praying for you - Anne

Lyndsey said...

Pam, we will be lifting your son up in prayer and asking God's protection to be around him during his upcoming surgery. May the Lord guide the doctor's hands and may your son recover quickly. Please let us know how the surgery goes.

The Painted Cookie said...

Oh Pam...thank God he had angels with your son's group!! That many people and all survivors! I hope your son heals fast and well.

Hugs
Susan

The Cupcake Tarts said...

Wow, when I read stories like this it certainly puts life into perspective, life can change at the blink of an eye! Keep strong for the surgery and enjoy the graduation!
PS: Great cookies all things considering!!

Pam said...

I am in awe to find all those who care so much to say prayers for my son and our family....and show love and concern when we don't really even know each other. What amazing thing that is! I thank God that He had you comment on this blog to encourage us and know that there are a multitude of people praying. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

The Duchess of Wessex said...

I can't even imagine! I am SO SO sorry this happened to your son and his fellow mission team. I know the worry... My son is currently a US Army Ranger deployed... The worry and prayer is constant! Sending you and your family my Very best!

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

Thank god he is home safe, and everyone survived. My prayers are with him for a speedy recovery.

BILBAO-Magic Sugar said...

espero que tu hijo se recupere pronto y te agradezco de todo corazon que nos muestres tus trabajos tan preciosos en el blog. soy fiel seguidora tuya y que dios te acompañe siempre.un beso ...maria de www.bilbaotartas.blogspot.com

Paula said...

Just reading your post today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as your prepare for your son's surgery tomorrow. Thank God the bus driver had the presence of mind to do what he did thereby saving all those lives. Hoping that your son and all involved completely recover from their injuries. You are truly a committed woman. Your customers would have understood had you canceled your orders yet you chose to fill as promised. You are to be commended for your dedication to your business. Hope the school grad was wonderful. I'm sure you are still running on adrenaline and hope that you are soon able to take some time for rest and reflection soon. Take good care.

Linda L said...

I am so sorry to hear about your son's ordeal! That has always been one of my biggest fears when sending my girls out on mission trips- and they haven't left the States! God is good, and will continue to be with you all in the upcoming recovery.
Congrats to your grads!! I hope you all can relax and enjoy your family's celebration! Let everyone else do all the work!

linda said...

thoughts are with you & your family...& all those injured...
you have a great deal to be thankful for...

Andrew's Mom said...

Sending prayers and love.

linda said...

thoughts are with you & your family...& all those injured...
you have a great deal to be thankful for...

Linda L said...

I am so sorry to hear about your son's ordeal! That has always been one of my biggest fears when sending my girls out on mission trips- and they haven't left the States! God is good, and will continue to be with you all in the upcoming recovery.
Congrats to your grads!! I hope you all can relax and enjoy your family's celebration! Let everyone else do all the work!

The Maid said...

Congratulations! What a major accomplishment.

I am happy for you...that you will have time to celebrate this feat...and that Neil is okay.

Prayers will continue!

Sincerely,
Becky

Jennifer said...

Praise the Lord that everyone survived that horrible accident - surely God's hand was on each and every one of them. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your son, and your family. Hopefully he will have a quick recovery!

Loren @ The Baking Sheet said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your son! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!

The Cupcake Tarts said...

Wow, when I read stories like this it certainly puts life into perspective, life can change at the blink of an eye! Keep strong for the surgery and enjoy the graduation!
PS: Great cookies all things considering!!

Linda said...

God was surely looking after them!

Connie Tindell said...

Wow! What a great testimony of God's goodness!

cookiecrazielady said...

Amen, Connie. I totally agree. :) ♥

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