Saturday, March 5, 2016
SOL16 #5 Life-Flight and an ATV accident
Living so far away from family is always hard, but some days are worse than others.
"Get up! You need to call someone at your mom's house. I think there are pictures on Facebook of your brother in an ATV accident. It says he was life-flighted to Ruby Memorial Hospital!"
I am not one to spring to my feet from a dead sleep. I get out of bed blink my eyes and say what? He impatiently repeats the statement. I reach for my phone and open Facebook, because if something has happened to my brother it will be the fastest way I get information. He was right. I opened Messenger and sent a Facebook Message to the cousin who lived near the crash sight. She responded quickly with updated information. They weren't sure if my brother was going to make it through the next day. He had a severe brain injury, broken collarbone, broken pelvis.
I called my mom's cell knowing she would be at the hospital, texted my sister and waited. My mom called me back, stoic as always, not hysterical in anyway. She confirmed everything my cousin had said. I told her, I could leave the Teacher's College Writing Professional Development and come home. Her response, "No, finish your course, there is nothing you can do here!" I was a bit taken back at her response and she said, "Time will tell, his stats are stable for now, he is strong, he will pull through!" My response, "Are you sure?" She said "God has a plan and in my heart I know you aren't supposed to come home." I don't argue. I hang up the phone give Bill the details and get ready for the professional development at work. I check in with my sister almost hourly, she bares such burdens because she still lives near where we grew up.