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Friday Night Crash Closes Westbound Beltline (URGENT prayer request)
Channel3000 ^ | CST December 8, 2006 | unspecified

Posted on 12/09/2006 8:48:18 AM PST by knittnmom

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The first person to stop at the accident was a physician, and the second an employee at a medical clinic. Life Flight (aka medflight) had Ian to the hospital in 3 minutes.

The Lord sure provided for Ian! It's interesting that when his mother told him to show the doctor the number 10, that he did it in sign language. That seems very positive for showing good brain function.

51 posted on 12/09/2006 4:45:53 PM PST by SuziQ
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Dear Lord show Mercy and Comfort.


52 posted on 12/09/2006 4:47:00 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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Prayers.


53 posted on 12/09/2006 4:54:52 PM PST by GnuHere
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Whooo HOOOOOO!!!! THIS has been quite the week for answered prayer!

Keep praying everyone! Let's flood the Throne of God with our prayers for this sweet child...


54 posted on 12/09/2006 5:25:01 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Get right with God....eternity is a long time.....)
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The family is in my prayers this evening.


55 posted on 12/09/2006 6:15:06 PM PST by GreenHornet
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...and Amen, Pegita. Your prayers always touch my heart.


56 posted on 12/09/2006 6:52:13 PM PST by Basselope
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I logged in late tonight and just got this prayer request post. I am so thankful for the good news. WOO HOO.

Thanks be onto the Lord. He does hear our prayers. As Brad's Gramma said, this has been a good week for prayers, hasn't it.

Now go and sleep well in His love.


57 posted on 12/09/2006 8:38:49 PM PST by giznort
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BTTT


58 posted on 12/10/2006 3:04:54 AM PST by E.G.C.
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May God hold this family close to Him now and guide those who care for them. May He give them peace and strength and comfort. May He restore them to health in His service, in Jesus' name.

Carolyn

59 posted on 12/10/2006 3:25:01 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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Prayers up for Ian and his family.


60 posted on 12/10/2006 4:05:05 AM PST by RottiBiz
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Prayers up for all involved.


61 posted on 12/10/2006 4:07:36 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: barker; Basselope; BlessedBeGod; Brad's Gramma; CDHart; dandelion; Diana in Wisconsin; ...
Thank you all for your prayers! It's a wonderful when God's people come together in prayer! I received an update from Tom late last night: "Hello everyone-- First, HJ and I would like to thank all of you for your prayers. We've felt them holding all of us up during this difficult time. We also want to thank all of you who stayed up all night with us both at the hospital and at home praying with us and for us--we can see the results in what's happening with Ian. Today has been a mixture of good news and OK news. The good news is that Ian's surgery went very well last night and the doctors feel like they have repaired the skull fracture and controlled the swelling. He had a fairly eventful day today, with docs probing, poking and scanning to check the extent of his facial fractures and any complications that might come from those. One major problem arose, concerning his right eye. There appear to be some issues with how well his pupil reacts to light--a contrast CT ruled out one possible cause, but we still need to keep watch. Most everything else appears hopeful, and though it has only been 24 hours since the accident, we are remaining optimistic and praying as hard as we can. Right now, he's still being sedated and is breathing with the help of a respirator. They tried to take the tube out today, but he just wasn't strong enough to go all the way through with it. We'll try again tomorrow. You should know that he seems to be able to hear, process and respond to information--this is a good thing. We're praying for a lot of progress on this front tomorrow. God has provided us with a great group of physicians, nurses and technicians who are working hard to give Ian the best care that can be provided. The speed of response to the accident was nothing less than phenomenal--Ian was on his way to the hospital within minutes of the accident. God also sent help in the person of a physician who was the first person on the scene who helped Tom and Ian--and took HJ's car to the hospital. The other person who stopped is a trained first responder from Dean Health who helped take care of Reagan, contacted HJ and made sure HJ and Reagan got to the hospital. We know the lady from Dean (who told us she stayed up all night praying for us), but we don't know the name of the physician who stopped to help us--we pray that we get a chance to thank her for her care. Miraculously, Reagan's injuries appear to be relatively minor. She's got a few bumps and scratches, a knot on her head and she's very sore, but she was able to go home on Friday night. She was incredibly brave at the scene of the accident and did her best to help Ian maintain an open airway while we waited for help. We are so proud of her. Please pray that she is able to work throught the very scary memories and that God will give her comfort and peace. As for me (Tom), I sustained a pretty severe head laceration. It bled a lot, so it looked scarier than it was. I was released from the hospital today. Aside from a pretty big bump on the head, a laceration that will leave a nasty scar (hey, they add character!), and a headache, I seem to be reasonably OK. There are assorted other bumps and bruises, but I don't think any of them are anything major. We'll see how sore I am tomorrow. So, there's the update. We continue to ask for your prayers for Ian and our family. We thank you for your prayers and support over the last couple of days--we know God's power is unlimited and we know he is watching over Ian. Thankfully, Tom and Heatherjane"
62 posted on 12/10/2006 4:34:30 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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Prayers continue....


63 posted on 12/10/2006 4:39:02 AM PST by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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Prayer with Thanksgiving bump!


64 posted on 12/10/2006 4:39:05 AM PST by .30Carbine
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BTTT


65 posted on 12/10/2006 4:40:20 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Heavenly Father, we come to you to say thank you for what You have done to help this family. First by a providing doctor and first responder at the accident to make sure that everyone in this family had the care they needed to get them to the hospital. We thank you for the physicians at the hospital who have taken such good care of them all and for Ian's doctors who have the wisdom that is needed for his injury to treat him properly. We thank you for providing prayer warriors at their church and at FR who have been able to lift this family in prayers to You, the Ultimate Healer, and we thank you for the strength you have given Regan and this family to witness this accident and remain strong and brave through everything so far. Lord, we continue to ask You to be with Ian and his doctors, continue to heal him. We ask that You be with Regan and comfort her and help her to only remember what happened when being asked by police about the accident. We ask that you comfort the parents who are watching their children fight so hard to get back home and be a happy family again. Lord, we know that You have heard our prayers, we ask that You continue to hear and answer them, grant this family complete restoration. In Your Son's name, amen.
66 posted on 12/10/2006 6:07:38 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Our gingerbread house may not look the greatest, but my kids and I had the greatest time making it!)
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Prayers for this family.


67 posted on 12/10/2006 6:08:43 AM PST by sweetiepiezer (A CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE VRWC!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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Prayers going out!


68 posted on 12/10/2006 6:36:03 AM PST by Arpege92 (If you don't stand behind our troops...please feel free to stand in front of them!)
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Will continue to pray for Ian and family...

sleuth


69 posted on 12/10/2006 7:05:05 AM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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Prayer BUMP


70 posted on 12/10/2006 7:18:17 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To Tom,Heatherjane and Regan,

We send our continued hopes for Ian's speedy recovery. The little guy has been through so much and so have you all. We will keep you in our thoughts.
Time is the best healer of all.

Our kindest regards,
stanz and Noelle


71 posted on 12/10/2006 7:45:01 AM PST by stanz (Those who don't believe in evolution should go jump off the flat edge of the Earth.)
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prayers sent


72 posted on 12/10/2006 7:48:50 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. Now, what's the question?)
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Just got a call - Tom is back in the hospital with bleeding. I am on my way and will give updates when I get home.

Thank you for your prayers.


73 posted on 12/10/2006 9:44:33 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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Prayers sent.


74 posted on 12/10/2006 9:46:03 AM PST by pax_et_bonum (I will always love you, Flyer.)
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Oh dear, more prayers up for Tom.

sleuth


75 posted on 12/10/2006 9:51:34 AM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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BTTT


76 posted on 12/10/2006 10:09:14 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Continued prayers.


77 posted on 12/10/2006 10:09:42 AM PST by lysie (I pledge allegiance to this flag And if that bothers you, well that's too bad)
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Lord please heal this family and make them strong again. Amen.


78 posted on 12/10/2006 10:12:10 AM PST by Citizen Soldier
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More prayers.


79 posted on 12/10/2006 10:20:59 AM PST by OldFriend (FALLEN HERO JEFFREY TOCZYLOWSKI, REST IN PEACE)
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Continued prayers for Tom.


80 posted on 12/10/2006 10:43:44 AM PST by kattracks
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Prayer ping!


81 posted on 12/10/2006 10:46:51 AM PST by paulat
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Prayer Bump.


82 posted on 12/10/2006 11:10:42 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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Oh, no. Just saw this. More prayers being sent up from TX. Poor Tom, let it be something minor. TIA


83 posted on 12/10/2006 11:33:56 AM PST by Rte66
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Thanks for the update. The Lord is so good! The body of Christ at work, Praise the Lord.

Blessings,

RM


84 posted on 12/10/2006 1:18:02 PM PST by rotundusmaximus (1Kings19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baa)
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Prayers going up for Tom,

RM


85 posted on 12/10/2006 1:51:58 PM PST by rotundusmaximus (1Kings19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baa)
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Prayers for all concerned during this scary turn of events.


86 posted on 12/10/2006 3:35:26 PM PST by Basselope
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More prayers --

Carolyn

87 posted on 12/11/2006 4:52:33 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: .30Carbine; barker; Basselope; BlessedBeGod; Brad's Gramma; CDHart; dandelion; ...
Thank you all for your prayers! It is a joy to read them.

I spent most of yesterday after church at the hospital with the family. Doctors and HJ (HeatherJane) thought Tom might have internal bleeding, because he was dizzy, and when he stood up, all of his color drained out. By the grace of God, it was not. Seems the accident knocked out of alignment something in the inner ear that affects balance. (Three little stones.) He will probably be discharged today. For now, he's in a room one floor up from his little boy.

The swelling has gone down a great deal for Ian - his little face is so swollen that, if HJ hadn't told me this was Ian, I would not have known. I sat with him Sunday so HJ could check on Tom, and get a little rest. It seemed to me I could see a big difference between early afternoon, and when I left at 9:30 last night in the swelling in his face. The doctors have also said there is no spinal cord damage! He moves his legs and arms, and sometimes swallows. He's doing about half of his breathing on his own, and about half is ventilator-assisted. He still gets pain medication, and it makes a big difference. His parents had just left the room late yesterday when it wore off and he needed more. With the meds, he rests fairly quietly. When it wears off, he's very restless and his little face shows the pain. I sang to him while I sat with him, and his mom thought he was enjoying it.

Regan, the daughter who was in the accident but relatively uninjured, is quite the cool-headed child. She couldn't get out of her seat at first, so she used one hand to put pressure on her father's head wound, and the other to keep Ian's airway open. After the accident, she's experiencing aches, pains, and a lot of trauma. She has trouble sleeping, because she keeps reliving the crash.

Three of our pastors were at the hospital for much of yesterday, as were other women from the church. Our pastor's wife had spent all of Friday night with the family, and most of Saturday. One of our children's leaders works at the pharmacy at the hospital, and has spent a lot of time with the family, as well. They're surrounded by good people, and the nurses, doctors, and staff are the best that can be had. If something like this had to happen, at least it happened close to some of the finest medical care in the country.

One of the nurse's said she was really impressed with how the family's church members came around and supported them. The other woman who was with me at the time looked a little perplexed as she said, "Well, that's what church families do." The nurse assured us that was not her experience, so we invited her to join us.

The man who hit them is a young man, only 25, and is very distraught. Our church is also praying for him. He's been to visit our pastor and our pastor spent a lot of time counseling him.

God bless you all, and thank you for your continued prayers.
88 posted on 12/11/2006 5:48:03 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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BTTT


89 posted on 12/11/2006 6:10:17 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Thank you for the continued updates and Bless you for helping the family. How old is Regan? That was amazing presence of mind to help her dad and brother Ian with immediate first aid; I only hope that I would be up to the task under similar circumstances. Continued prayers for little Ian and the family.


90 posted on 12/11/2006 7:29:16 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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She is ten. She and her sisters had first aid training recently, but she credits Jesus with helping her remain calm during the accident.


91 posted on 12/11/2006 8:25:24 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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Prayer Bump! (Thanks for the update.)


92 posted on 12/11/2006 10:47:26 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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Oh how awful! Heartfelt prayers for this sweet family!


93 posted on 12/11/2006 10:50:03 AM PST by derllak
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You're welcome. I'll be leaving early to go to the hospital this afternoon, and will try to get home early enough for another update tonight.


94 posted on 12/11/2006 11:52:52 AM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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God be with Tom, you and family, may His Grace be upon all.


95 posted on 12/11/2006 12:15:29 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless America and All who protect and preserve this Great Nation.)
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Thank you for the updates....I prayed for them this morning on my talk/walk with God.


96 posted on 12/11/2006 1:32:07 PM PST by Kimmers
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Burning a Candle for Ian and Tom

Light An FR Prayer Room Candle

97 posted on 12/11/2006 4:00:55 PM PST by Rte66
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Today's update is very good news!

First, Tom was discharged from the hospital with instructions to take Dramamine for the dizziness, and OTC pain medication for the pain. Now he can spend time with HJ and Ian!

Edna was visiting today, because she felt God had put it on her heart to annoint Ian, and to pray privately with HJ. When they were alone, she did. She annointed Ian, and she and HJ prayed over him, praying that he would arise!

Since yesterday, the swelling in his face has gone down drastically. It's still swollen, but he's starting to look more like Ian.

About two hours after that, while Pastor Bill, Rose, Dave E., Tom, HJ, Riyal and I were there, the doctor came in to say the results of the CT Scan were back, and they could take off Ian's cervical collar - no ligament damage to his neck! So, they took that off, and he started moving around a lot more - he stuck out his tongue, trying to get rid of the ventilator tube in his throat.

Then the doctor removed the bandages from his head, and took out the ICP (Intra Cranial Pressure) monitor, since his pressure had been well under the range they were hoping for. He became very active, and opened his eyes while HJ could see him! Tom had just called his mother on the phone to give her the good news about the cervical collar, and HJ excitedly called to him to come see. Ian kept moving, opening his mouth and trying to dislodge the tubes, and even tried to reach up and grab the tube. His little hands are tied down because of the other IVs, so he couldn't reach, but he tried with all his might!

After his nurse (Heather) gently cleaned up where the bandage and cervical collar had been, he settled down and rested for most of the rest of the time I was there tonight.

The doctor had the respiratory therapist come in, and start a test to see if Ian can have the tubes taken out. He said that, once the tubes are out and he's no longer sedated, we'll see much more rapid changes. The test is to leave him hooked up to the ventilator, and set it so it is "boosting" his breathing, but he has to initiate the breath. (If I understood things correctly.) Then, if he takes enough breaths per minute for an hour, he could have the tubes out.

I left before the test was completed, as Erin, Regan, and a friend of Regan's were there, and I thought it might be better if they had some family time. However, he was not yet able to breathe on his own well enough to remove the ventilator tubes. He was breathing 10-14 times per minute, and needs to breathe about 18 times per minute.

Thank you all for your continued prayers!


98 posted on 12/11/2006 7:12:10 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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Praise God and continued prayers going up.


99 posted on 12/11/2006 7:16:00 PM PST by Dmitry Vukicevich (Vegetarian: Indian Lingo for lousy hunter)
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This such good news...from the way he was when he first got to the hospital..it sounds like he is a real fighter.

Keep up the good work, Ian...we are all asking God to give you some help...but, you stay fighting for your Mom and Dad.

Prayers up for the whole family...

Thank you for the update...


sleuth


100 posted on 12/11/2006 7:19:23 PM PST by Txsleuth (Bolton/Cheney (that would be Lynne) 08)
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