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This Blog has been created by friends and family of Alex and Dane as they make their way down the road to recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as this road will likely be a long one. Feel free to check back often for status updates on both Alex and Dane, and be sure and leave your well-wishes when you visit. The boys will be shown this blog when they are awake.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday January 9, 2011

January 9th


October 9th










Alex Has Come A Long Way!!!

Alex had a great week. Starting with today, Alex wore "real" clothes for the first time.  Since the Strike he has only worn gauze, hospital gowns and gym shorts, but today he got dressed and went to church. Friday night was amazing - He slept ALL night long!! It was the first night since we brought Alex home that Dave and I haven't gotten up with Alex.  (I know why people have babies when they are young, getting up every 1-2 hours all night long is NOT fun).  Friday during the day he spent time with a State Employee that helps with Special Needs and a local School District person training him on Dragon.  Its a program that allows Alex to speak into the computer and it types for Alex.  They also showed Alex some other tools that he can use once he's able to go back to school.  I think it gave him hope - since he cant use his fingers, the thought of school was a little unnerving.  Thursday night Alex got to meet 2 of the Santa Clara Firefighters that were on the scene October 5th.  Why you ask? Where you ask?  Lets go back a little bit.  Alex had 2 friends over and we were eating a wonderful spaghetti meal one of our neighbors brought us.  I was finally putting our Christmas decorations up and we were waiting for Kiels Scout leaders to come over.  Kiel is working on his Eagle, and his Leaders were coming over to make sure he was still on track.  They knocked on the door and when I answered it, they said "it smells like gas out here".  Dave and I went outside and sure enough it did smell like gas and we could hear a "phssssssss" sound.  We had a leak at our gas meter.  I called Questar Gas and they sent a technician out who checked our gas levels in the house and announced "you need to evacuate your home right now, I've already called the Fire Dept, they are on their way."  REALLY??>!!!!  So we did as we were told, I luckily grabbed Alex's meds and our tooth brushes (not sure why I did that, but was glad the next day at noon when we still weren't back in our home). With all the rain we have had here, our home settled a bit and busted the pipe from our home to the meter.  Questar said we needed to have a Contractor come fix the problem, a larger hole needed to be cut in the house and the pipe replaced.  Dave went to our neighbors home, who just happens to be a Contractor and specializes in Heating & AC (what are the odds!!?!).  The 2 of them worked on that Friday and by 8pm we had a warm home again.  But back to the Fire Fighters..... 2 of them that helped us Thursday night were also one of the first ones on the scene at the High School.  They asked me if it was ok if they met Alex.  They both come into the home we slept at and shook Alex's hand and talked to him, it was so touching to see.  Alex wasn't very talkative because he was freaking out about the gas leak (he dosent feel safe anymore - lots of PTS going on). But has since said that it was "cool" to meet them.  Once again we are grateful for those that Serve.  We are just laughing about it now... What are the odds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????!!!!!!!!

4 comments:

  1. The real question is why your family consistently defies the odds? I have only heard of stories like this in the movies! You guys should write a book!

    On a serious note, I and my family have been following the story on this blog, (a friend told us about it) I am truly awe inspired. Thank You!

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  2. Check out how handsome that Lambson kid is in his Sunday best!! Hold that thought, Alex. I’ll get back to you in a minute.

    Kaleen, the photograph of you on October 9th is so powerful. First: Just look at the strength in your face. You have an expression that says, “Nope. This is NOT the way this is going to go down.” I would not tangle with you… ever. Second: Do you have any signs of age? Wrinkles of any sort? The rest of us out here; mothers, people facing stress and adversity show it in our face, but you don’t. (David – you are a fortunate man. Your wife is gorgeous!) Third: Is that a Boise State sweatshirt you’re wearing?

    Alex, now that I’ve had a moment with your mom, let’s talk about that October 9th photo for a minute. It looks like you and I have the same taste in intravenous cocktails! It also looks like they left the cherry off of yours just like they did mine. I don’t know about you but I know I could have mainlined a little maraschino syrup! That would have made being in a coma a little sweeter.

    The January 9th photo just speaks for itself! Both of you standing strong together and looking healthy and ready for the world. You guys are incredible! I’m just punting here, but I think all readers of this blog would agree with that emphatic statement. 2010 was a doozy, wasn’t it? I think you’re well within your rights to put that year to bed - never to be revisited! Good grief!

    I got to meet my firefighters, too! One of them sent me an email after I had been released from the hospital just to check on me. My family felt we owed them so much so we made them a big roast beef dinner and took it down to the station one night. Those that were married had their wives there and it was one of the coolest evenings I’ve ever had. We spent a few hours talking, laughing and crying with each other. My kids got to put on all of the gear and even slide down the fire pole a couple of times! Thankfully there were no calls that night to interrupt our evening. One of them, the one my call affected the most, even came to my 40th birthday party. Talk about cool.

    Just as those that serve us saved our lives, we in turn gave something to them – an education, which will help them in the future should they come upon a strike victim again. I love my firefighters, my paramedics, my ER doctors and nurses, and I’ll even share a little love for my rehab therapists –but just a little, tormentors! All of these people are amazing and will be “with” you forever. Know that you have touched them just as deeply.

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  3. Thank You for telling your story. I read and look at this daily and am amazed at your strength and perseverance. Keep the faith. Know you are truly amazing and are blessing peoples lives.

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  4. Please, Please, Please, Keep this up! I read it every day and it helps me make it through my day! I,as many in our community, feel connected to this in some way. None of us will ever be the same after this. Maybe this sharing can help us all. Thank You!

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Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Alex on Wednesday, Oct.6

Dane Thursday Oct 7th

Dane Thursday Oct 7th
Before Life Support was removed

Alex's Room

Alex's Room
Thanks for all the love