4/20/2009

My Dad and the Weekend That Was...

I've said this many times before: No news that comes between the hours of 11:30pm and 7:30am is ever good. And for our family, that statement was proved true yet again this weekend.

Early Saturday morning (7am to be exact) my mom knocked on my door and told me that my dad had been in a motorcycle accident.

He had been riding home at about 12:30am Saturday morning when a lady pulled out in front of him. His bike hit her car going about 55 MPH, which caused him to flip over the car.

So I got up, got a shower and headed to the hospital. Editor's Note: On my way to pick up my aunts and uncle, a police officer pulled me over because I failed to use my turn signal to merge into the right lane. But I'm not going to get into that now.

When I got to the hospital, I was relieved to see my dad looking a ton better than I had mentally pictured him. He was in bed and, understandably, in a ton of pain. His C3 vertebrae was fractured, which is causing a bulge on his C4 and C5. He has a pretty big laceration on his head (he wasn't wearing a helmet) that's got a ton of sutures and staples. Editor's Note: He says if he had been wearing a helmet, which is made of fiberglass, then his head would have bounced causing his neck to snap. That sounds crazy to me, but I know nothing about motorcycles and motorcycle related safety accessories. There's also bruising to his spinal cord, which they've done an MRI to see the extent of. (Although, they haven't read the MRI yet. No comment.) Due to the nerve damage, his arms are super sensitive to touch. His left ankle is also swollen, but I've seen a lot worse on my ankles. So I don't think it's broken. The doctors agree with me, so I feel pretty good about my ability to diagnose.

Add to all of this, there's an incredible amount of tension between my family and my dad's ex-girlfriend/friends over who gets to care for him. But I don't want to go into detail of that here, as I'm not sure it's appropriate.

Would you please pray for my dad and my family? I've dealt with a lot in ministry over the past ten years. But for some reason whenever stuff happens in my own family, it always feels above my reach.

I usually send out updates on his condition via my twitter, which you can follow in the right hand column of this blog or here.

Thanks for praying...

2 comments:

Julie Hibbard said...

Praying for Dad, the family and for you my friend...

Pastor Chris said...

Praying for your Dad, you and your family Josh. I know what its like when its family in the hospital. Keep us updated, and I will continue to pray for a full/quick recovery.