Yesterday's blog post was all about joy and happiness. It made an assumption that things would go on as normal and we would blissfully and without concern plan a wedding.
Well, life can definitely throw curve balls.
Yesterday our dear Chadd was in a horrific head on collision as he headed down to our home for dinner with his girl. He was immediately tended to by a Good Samaritan nurse midwife who happened to be on scene. In today's world of not wanting to get involved we cannot thank her enough. Her name is Shelley and we hope to meet her soon. She talked to him, held pressure on his leg where a major artery was torn. He told her he is a Christian and so she prayed with him. Finally the first responders arrived....there was another 5 car accident just miles away and they had been working that accident. They assessed Chadd and decided that he needed a medivac from the scene. As God would have it the helicopter was already on it's way to the other accident site. It was detoured to pick up Chadd. We are quite sure that Shelley and that helicopter are the two main reasons Chadd survived this accident. He lost so much blood. Time was critical!
Chadd's family and ours mingled last evening in the surgical waiting room. We are getting to know each other. His mom and I were planning a lunch next week so that we could really talk about the wedding and get acquainted. Well, we'll be having lunches together....at the hospital.
For now they are keeping Chadd sedated and he is in Trauma ICU. They were able to save his leg...we were told that he might not get to keep it. They did needed repair on the torn artery....in that they tied it off. Too much damage to reconnect. They temporarily stabilized his broken left femur and will do surgery on it next week.
An amazing number of friends showed up to wait with us....and so many others shared on Facebook that they were praying and asked others to do the same. We are so touched!!
Chelsea and I are soon heading back in to the hospital. I slept for about three hours....hoping it is enough to carry me through this sure to be long day.