Friday, May 23, 2008

Lovein Life

This was taken last summer on a day I will never forget! I took this picture as Kailey my little dare devil was riding her bike. She played this little game where she would ride as fast as she could aiming right for Jacob and I, and turn her bike at the last second to avoid hitting us. About 15 minutes after I took this picture the perfectly fun afternoon turned into a nightmare. As she zoomed way up the road past me she tried to scare Madisen on her bike doing the same thing. Only Madisen just beginning to learn to ride with training wheels, got scared and tried to move out of the way. It just so happened to be the same way Kailey turned, causing them to collide. They are both laying on the ground screaming as I ran up the hill with Jacob to get them. They are screaming, blood is everywhere and my heart felt like it would absolutely beat right out of my chest. Frantic trying to find out where all the blood was coming from, I noticed Kailey's permanent front tooth hanging down. I can not even explain the fear that rushed over my body. As I walked all three home, blood is just gushing from her mouth. Somehow I managed to remain calm, get a towel and call Jason for help. Inside I was crumbling and scared What are we going to do? There's no way they can fix this! I knew I needed to be strong for her, no matter what I felt. So, I told her it was okay don't worry we'll fix it, and anything to calm her down. All the while trying to convince myself and not cry. Minutes after Jason arrived we rushed her to the ER, and we were told there was nothing they could do, we needed to just go home and take her to a dentist the next day. As a mother I'm sure you know this answer was unacceptable. My baby was NOT just going home, blood is still gushing, she can't even close her mouth and she's in pain. (I don't think so!!) At 5:30 pm and having No family dentist all other options were just out. Desperately making phone calls I happened to reach a known Dr. in the area, whose phone line was still on. As I begged and pleaded crying for help, the Dr. without hesitation said bring her on. One hour after closing the office, he welcomed Kailey as though he had expected us all day. Taking his time all awhile comforting us, he stayed 2 hours after closing fixing her tooth. We would have never gotten through the night had it not been for him and his willingness to help. After talking to him all evening, we figured out he was a close friend to some of my family. (We live "where everybody knows your name..da da dat ta!") Even before knowing this, he treated us with great compassion. (with No insurance he even gave us a huge break on the charges) In the end after many visits, Kailey's tooth was back to normal and we were left with two mangled up bikes, and a fear of riding!
Now this photo will hold more than just that memory. This past Saturday night that Dr., on his way home from visiting some of our family members, wrecked his motorcycle and died. At age 35 he left a five yr old son and wife. The scary thing is this happened out on a old country road directly across from my moms house. (too close for comfort!)The place he wrecked in was just unfathomable. Things can happen so sudden, and in a moments notice your life can change forever. One of the last things he said was, "I'm just out lovein life..!", makes me wonder can I say the same? Sometimes, I get caught up in the day to day routine, and forget what's important. No one knows what the future holds or when it's their time to go. So, hold those loved ones tight and make sure they know every moment that you love them. You never know when the last time you see them might be. Lastly take the time to enjoy life and know the little things you do might leave a lasting impression on someones life forever.
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17 comments:

  1. Wow that is really moving. Awesome job of bringing home how fragile life can be.

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  2. Oh Johnina, it is so seldom that we have a chance to hear wonderful stories about dentists. I am so sorry about your community's loss. His legacy lives on within Kailey's smile.

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  3. Things like that just go to show you how small of a world we really live in and what is and isn't important.

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  4. I have goosebumps right now, that ending surprised me. Gosh, just awful!!

    Thanks for stopping by. As always, I appreciate knowing someone is.

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  5. I did not see the end of that story coming. I'm so sorry to hear about yours and the community's loss.

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  6. Johnina,

    That is awful! I feel so bad for the dr.'s family. 35 was way too young to die. I will keep his family in my prayers. I'm so glad he was able to save the tooth.

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  7. I totally have goosebumps too. I was just reflecting how fragile life is the other day when we "missed" three accidents, a mudslide and a tornado-all in one day. (I have a posting on my blog about it.) Life is so fraglie and too often we focus on the things that are meaningless. Thank you for this post!

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  8. WOW was so not expecting that! How sad! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Thank You for the post. (((((((his family)))))))

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  10. Wow, didn't see that coming! Cannot type for tears. Special prayers for his family and yours.

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  11. WOW - sad!! But nice ending for you with the teeth!

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  12. Tears. I hope many will be inspired to follow his legacy of lovin' life.

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  13. Everyday we are reminded how fragile life is. I wish it wasn't... Working on slowing down...

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  14. I'm with you on the whole getting caught up in the day to day. I have a story of my own in my blog about my family's experience. Even after tragedy strikes, you try to refocus but get dragged back into the day to day. All I can say is keep your chin up and start each day new.

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  15. What a wonderful man, I'm so sorry to hear about the accident.

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  16. What a story. Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm so sorry for that family's loss -- it sounds like he touched a lot of lives.

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Girls could you PLEASE give our guest some space. Take your brother and go play. Sorry,it's hectic here, what were you saying?"...

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