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I really truly needed some good news today.

My oldest grandson had a bike wreck at 3pm today, just in the driveway, he had his gear, and/or chain go out, and he was going pretty fast. Anyhow, bike and boy flipped, his sister said 4 times, and then he landed on the handlebars. They air lifted him to a better, bigger hospital. Apparently the handlebar damaged his liver and he has internal bleeding.

His parents had to drive, and have just arrived at the hospital, no news as of yet. We are all praying for a good outcome.

I looked at the tomato cups, and hey, my newest babies, from Roger, have little roots coming out!

Now, all I need is a phone call, that my grandson is out of danger and doing okay, he is 12. I have his younger siblings, 2 girls and a boy.

Handlebars broke 2 ribs also. So helmet and knee pads didn't help.
About 1 1/2 years ago a granddaughter broke her leg in a bike wreck. Again, helmet and pads would not have helped!

Makes you wish there was some way to bullet proof kids!
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Screw the plants I hope your grandkids are okay. :(

I totaly freak when any of my kids even gets more than a little cut.

Again hope everything comes out okay.

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:( Sending healing thoughts. :bouncey:

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Dang. I will pray for him. Hope all is ok. =(


Thank you so much for your kindness too...I received my tobacco seeds yesterday!

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I just needed a distraction from worry, know what I mean? I am also worried about his parents and the stress they are under at the moment.

We will get through this, just thanks for the prayers.

I am keeping busy to stay sane. They call every few hours with updates, but you know, healing just takes too long! :roll: But, it is better if his body can heal itself than if they have to drain, or operate.

If your kids have bikes, please add extra padding to the handlebar grips, to make them larger and spread the impact out more, should they land on them. All grandkids here will be getting very fat backs of the handgrips! Anything to spread out the impact would decrease the damage done. Austin will be okay, but folks let this be a wake up call to all of you to make bikes as safe as possible. We haven't had time to see what exactly went out on the bike, or if he simply missed the pedal or what.

Hey while typing this, Austin called me from the hospital, he sounds pretty good. Oh man, he is going to be so spoiled, he had to tell grandma about his helicopter ride. Even better news than the plants sprouting.
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He was able to call you himself! :D That's very good news, after such a scary accident.

The helmet did its job: you & his parents aren't worrying about head injury/brain injury. He may have hit his head (he'll probably find out tomorrow when/if he wakes up with a headache), but the helmet absorbed any potential damage to the brain. Most of our organs, and especially those on a 12-year-old, can repair pretty much 100%, but the brain has a hard time repairing.

Glad he was wearing a helmet; he will be, too, when he understands what he's *not* being checked for...

And I'm so glad for you that he called you himself! Yippee!!! :D

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YAY!! So sorry to hear about the accident, but by the time I tuned in here, there was also the good news about the apparently mostly happy outcome and that he is already well enough to call you himself and brag about his heli ride. So glad for you and your family; I can't imagine anything worse than to have a child be seriously injured.
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Yay for the kid, and hang in there Grandma!
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He spent almost 24 hours in a neck brace, but they determined it is only sore neck muscles. He had 3 doctors checking his neck, and the radiologist.

He is bruised from head to toe, but, he would have been okay just sore, if he had not landed on the handlebars. But, we still would have had to have his neck x-rayed because of the way he flipped.

I don't know when he gets out of ICU, but he gets to try food and movement tomorrow if all goes well.
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My prayers are with you & your family

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Some days just stink. As my dad said cheer up things could be worse; he was right, I cheered up and they got worse. Just a little joke to lift your mood.

On a real note I hope your grand kid does well and he gets better soon.

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Thanks folks.
Austin is getting out of ICU into a regular room today, and he is eagerly awaiting his breakfast, since they haven't let him eat.

Normally, the grandkids love to help in the garden, and have their own beds. They are happy with a freshly picked tomato, strawberry, or something as reward. Sometimes for special jobs they get money to help, mostly they help because they just like being in the garden.
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Glad to hear that Austin is doing better! :-()
Let him know there's a whole community of folks cheering for him. :()

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I hope Austin is still making good progress and is well on his way to coming back home. Kids are amazingly tough!

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They kept Austin in intensive care yesterday. But today, he is officially in a regular room. He now gets soft foods, and to get up and move around, in fact, he is required to start moving more, so they can see what happens. And they are starting to get him off of the morphine they have had him on.

And so inch by inch, he is getting there. If that had been an adult, it would have been weeks!

Cell phones are good things, sometimes. It has allowed these kids to talk to their mom, dad and brother alot more than otherwise. And they are now assured that Austin will be okay. Austin called last night asking about his baby pigeon and the other animals, so he is beginning to focus more on external things. And they got him a video game in his room... that really helped his boredom.

Thanks for prayers, he is gaining! We are hoping for home maybe even this weekend some time.
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That's great news. We will keep him in our prayers & hope for a speedy recovery. =)

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Stephen (my son, Austin's dad) talked to the surgeon today:

He has never seen such a severe tear, self close, he normally has to repair much smaller tears. But, Austin's hemoglobin count is now rising, not falling, nor holding steady.

He is walking, eating, and the swelling is going down. He is almost off of the morphine. So, tomorrow morning he will be released to come home. He will be under restrictions for 6 weeks, if all goes well, after that it will just be, be cautious about football, contact sports, bike riding, things that could be a major trauma to his innards. But, the surgeon is impressed.

I say it is being a country boy, riding his bike, unloading feed, helping with chores, that had his body in good health, and lots of healing prayers going up that has made his recovery possible in this short time. If he had been a couch potato and not active, then his body would have been more difficult to get healed.

He is being a bit snippy today with folks, I think it is the morphine withdrawal, but he could also be getting just a bit spoiled, he has cartoons on and is playing video games, and getting annoyed if the nurses interrupt him! Hey, that too is a good sign, when he was too ill to care, that was not a good sign.

So, tomorrow, everyone will be home again! Yeah! These 3 are next door and see the animals and toys and stuff daily, but still you can tell they are homesick, for their parents and brother, and just basic routine. I have tried to keep it close to normal with school and church, and sleepovers etc. But it just isn't the same.

Thanks for all the prayers! And for caring about a kid you don't even know!
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Such good news for all of you. *whew* Yes, when patients begin to become irritable, they're usually getting better. :)

You'll all have a nice Sunday before--ah--trying to get back into some semblance of a school routine on Monday.

Somehow :wink: I doubt that any of his "special assignments" will be to watch cartoons or play video games! :lol:

Glad to read about such a positive situation after such a scary accident. :fingers crossed: for everything to continue well!

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Austin and his parents are in the car, enroute home!

So, the ordeal is winding down, hopefully.

He is frustrated by parents overprotectiveness, they are assisting him, everytime he moves! But, they just want to be sure, that they don't lose him. Doctors gave him a 10 pound limit, his dad said nope no lifting for at least another week...

They should be home, roughly at about 3pm, central daylight time.

Thanks everyone, for holding my hand through all this.

I am glad they are enroute, the baby deer is missing his family, and now escaping constantly, so we are on shifts to keep him company!

I don't want to explain any missing animals, you know?
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Austin is in our thoughts and prayers for a fast and full recovery. You need to get him a bike with a motor on it now. He can go even faster. :D

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Thanks for all the prayers.
He is home, he is eating, sleeping and doing what he should.
But, he is feeling better, off of almost all meds.
The problem now is: He is feeling good enough to want to run and play, and maybe even get back on his bike.
His parents are not letting him! But, it is challenging to hold him down!
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Cynthia,

"Such good news for all of you. *whew* Yes, when patients begin to become irritable, they're usually getting better."

I'm always irritable. Does that mean I'm getting sick?

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maybe it means you are always getting better!

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