When we were first notified of Nate's accident, we all prepared ourselves for the worst as we made our way, as fast as we could, to the hospital. We were told (and I paraphrase) that should he survive, he would be in the hospital for months.[...]
Wow. Day 29.
It has been quite some time since our last post... It has felt like an eternity and a 'blink of time' all at once.[...]
Nate was moved into a 'step-down' unit today! This is a huge step for him and is helping boost his spirits!
His pain and swelling are still high, but being managed well with medication. His mental clairity as be regained from Monday's surgery and he is able to communicate with pen and paper. He sends his love and thanks to all of you! [...]
After 11.5 long hours of waiting (9.5 hours of surgery) we spoke with the lead surgeon that everything went very well. Nate did GREAT through the surgery. They were able to accomplish everything they set out to with a team of three surgeons. The next two weeks are going to be very challenging for Nate, but most importantly the next 48 hours will be very critical. This procedure is a milestone in Nate's healing. Thank you everyone for your prayers for Nate today![...]
The past few days have been nothing short of a roller coaster for Nate, as his body is healing and fighting day in and out. He is very mentally aware of everything that is going on, which can be quite terrifying at times. Please pray for peace for Nate in this terrible time, as his body heals.[...]
So many of you know Nate, maybe well, maybe only for a day, and maybe not at all. I have honestly never met anyone in my lifetime that truly loves life as much as he does. He thrives on living and loving everyone around him. You can't help but notice and jump right into the joy of 'it all' with him. He has touched so many people's lives around him. I always knew this, but never really grasped the depth of it all. For someone to be so joyous, so full of fun, laughter and happiness... Takes a giving up of self and an embracing of others needs over his own.[...]
Post-Op day one. Nate’s pain levels are down after a few adjustments from the surgical team late this morning. Pray that he continues to get stronger to prepare for his surgery next week.[...]
CAT Scan early am cleared Nate for surgery today. He did well through the procedure but was in a lot of pain post-op. He is in for a few rough days until that new pain subsides.[...]
Today was a day for Nate. Not a good day, not a bad day, but a day. We learn new things constantly, concerning Nathan's care and how we can best help him when we are by his side during the day.[...]
My mom was welcomed by Nate, with a hug this morning.