Welcome friends and family of Alex and Dane!

This Blog has been created by friends and family of Alex and Dane as they make their way down the road to recovery, after being struck by lightning 10/5/2010. 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.

We sincerely Thank You for your concern and friendship. Alex and Dane will always remember the support of friends and family like you.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Boys Are Back In Town

Alex and Dane have been able to hang out a few times this week.  They are so positive and funny.  Instead of sitting around thinking "this sucks dude"  they are joking about Dane getting a Head Shot and that they might have Wonder Twin Powers.  They joke about the things they can do like Dane jabbing Alex that He can walk, Alex jabbed right back saying "ya well I can eat!".  They are having fun.  Oakley Sunglass's heard about the boys (via Alex's step dad) and sent the boys a pair of sunglass's to protect their fragile eyes. They were sporting them in the hospital.  Looks like Alex's release date from the hospital is December 1st. (yep December)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday 10-28-10

Back in St. George - cant describe the felling I had when I pulled into my little town of Santa Clara Tuesday night, knowing that I didnt have to go back to Vegas, but also knowing that my son is still in the hospital.  It was bitter sweet.  Alex is glad to be back but wants to be Home!!!  He was a home body before this happened, he and his friends always hung out at our house (and it wasnt because we had the best food, it was because Alex wanted to be home).
Alex had a few visitors in Vegas some very special visitors that we will forever be grateful for.  We extended an offer for them to come visit in STG and hope they will.  We miss you already.  Some of our amazing STG friends drove to Vegas to visit and share their knowledge of things to come with Alex's recovery.  Thanks to all those that made the journey, lifted our spirits, brought us clothes and food.  I know SO many more wanted to visit but with him in PICU then the Burn Unit he needed to have restrictions.  Some of those restrictions have been lifted at IHC, but its still not an open door for visitors.  He's very busy here, hes in the Acute Rehabilitation center.  He has a schedule that starts at 7am and goes until 4pm.  If you want to visit, contact me and I'll see what I can do to get you in (after 4).  Alex is learning a lot of things such as; Sitting up in bed, putting his legs on the floor, standing up (with help), moving his feet to then sit down in a wheel chair, learning to roll over, learning to take steps,  move his fingers,  hold a cup, scratch his nose, rub his eyes etc...  Just since yesterday he has improved SO much.  The doctors and nurses in the Rehab unit know "their stuff", they are good and are dedicated to Alex and his recovery.  I'm so grateful for them and all that they are doing for Alex.  Hes in great hands.  Alex also got the 75 staples out of his chest today.  Wahoo - he is looking good and ahead of schedule with his burns. I will be able to return to work next week at Stevens-Henager College, it will be good to be back.  We are on a great schedule and before we know it Alex will be Home.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On the road again...(recovery)

We are so happy to have Alex and his parents back in St. George. The boys have a lot of healing to do but I am so grateful to have them both here and on the road to a full recovery!
Dane is still having some issues with weight loss and we are trying other medications for his stomach spasms and pain. It's hard to make him eat when it immediately causes him to feel like "there is glass in his stomach" (his description). He has been to two Doctors and the ER (and had many tests) since we've been back but still no definite answers, although I was encouraged to find out that our family Dr. had treated a lightning strike victim before...he said it will be a process.
Hopefully before long, these two will be doing some catch up homework just to stimulate their brilliant minds. At the very least, Dane wants to visit Alex as soon as he is up to it, I'm sure it will be very soon.
Much gratitude for continued prayers!!!

Theres No Place Like Home

We made it back to Utah thanks to the amazing transport Co  Nevada Medi-Car.  They safely delivered Alex from UMC to IHC.  Alex will  undergo some intense PT and evaluations for the next 2+ weeks.  Thanks for all the signs that were delivered, it made his welcome bright and cheery.  I will keep you updated with his status as I am updated.  Once we get the green light for visitors I'll let you know.  Thanks for all your prayers, we are so happy to have him back in Dixie.
Kaleen aka Alex's Mom

Ronald McDonald House

For those of you that were like me and dropped some money into the little RMH collection box's a few times a year, that saved soda pop tabs and then didnt think about the RMH again until their next drive,  Nows the time to think differently.
On 10-10-10 I was fortunate  enough to check into the Vegas RMH where I was welcomed with warm arms (and big red shoes).  This home is beautiful and was built by love for families that have children in the hospital.  These homes are located through out the US.  Find one close to you and go volunteer there.  You will receive as much joy by serving as those that are receiving.  Theres all kinds of opportunities to help.  I witnessed a family cooking dinner for the residents last Saturday.  I watched a family cook dinner, parents teaching their teenage children how to cook.  What a great way to spend a Saturday night, parents with their teens, laughing and cooking while serving families that are staying there due to sick children.  I visited with some other parents that were staying in the home, I heard their stories of their sick children and my heat ached for them.  Oh how grateful I am for this program and the relief it brings to families while they watch their children in so much pain and agony.  How grateful I have been for the warm bed to sleep in a few hours each night.  The beautiful home, huge kitchen and amazing laundry room.  Thank you RMH of Las Vegas for allowing me to stay there while Alex was/is in the hospital.  I plan on visiting the STG home and hope that YOU will visit a RMH near you.  If we each give one hour a month, think of all the hours we will donate to these families that find themselves in horrible situations.  It felt like home - thank you. I'm not there tonight - Alex is having some struggles - hes back on oxygen at UMC for the moment.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Peaches" "Billions of peaches, peaches for me, billions of peaches, peaches for free...." the Presidents of the
United States of America...That has been Alex's theme song as of late we will add it to his soundtrack.  His last menu order he just said "Bring me peaches".  He seems to be eating them at every meal along with his vanilla or chocolate Ensure supplemental drink.  He inhales that stuff.  Other flavors of the week include:
Sobe Stawberry Daquiri, strawberry lemonade from ClaimJumper, chocolate milk, and water so lets recap Alex's playlist/soundtrack so far

Lightning Song - Queens of the Stone Age
Big Bang(History of Everything) - Barenaked Ladies
Blow me Away - Breaking Benjamin(from Halo soundtrack)
Livin on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Tear Drop - Massive Attack (House theme)
Waking Up in Vegas - Katy Perry
His Last Walk - Bless the Fall
The Only Medicine - Scary Kids Scaring Kids
insert the Peaches song here
and apropos we can't forget
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

We will round things up with Motely Crue's or Carie Underwood version of Coming Home, or maybe In the End by Linkin Park.  The vote is out on this one.

He is sporting the Samurai up do tonight, and the hospital gown completes his battle dress ensemble.  He looks ready to fight his way out of the hospital bed.  He looks almost like his old self and is just as cranky.  I'm so glad to have my son back.  He is here and he is present.  

When we moved from the PICU to the Burn Unit after his surgery on Tues.  Alex waited patiently for transport to take him to his new room.  They came and loaded him up on a new bed, a gurney, then we loaded all of Alex's stuff from his room on to the bed.  Well there wasn't enough room.  We had so many bags of get well cards, posters, food, balloons, DVD's etc from you.  It was a pretty funny procession from one end of the hospital to the other with his bed and balloons, and Grandma trailing guarding us.  Alex told the guy pushing him that he was thankful for him pushing him and that he would from that point on refer to him as the "Transporter"  When Alex was finally situated in the new room Alex said "Thanks Transporter".

It is wonderful that Alex will close another chapter in his recovery by leaving the Burn Unit behind soon. and
returning to you in St. George.  I'm happy that he is in good enough shape to make the journey, sad that he will be farther away from me.  It was nice having him so close here in Las Vegas for three weeks.  He is back mentally.  I have been quizzing him relentlessly on Halopedia trivia.  He knows the answer to each and every question I can pose.

 We have been watching a lot of Big Bang Theory and House, and it is tough for him because it hurts him to laugh right now.  It gets easier for him each day though.  I am sure we will get ROFLMAO's and lulz from him soon.   ~Arden aka Alex's Dad

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Home Away From Home - Alex Saturday

Alex is getting his first bath right now.  He's had his hair washed and sponged off several times, but this time its  the real deal.  * (thought I would clarify what a "bath" means here for him....Its not a warm jacuzzi tub filled with bubbles surrounded by candles....He was moved onto a metal bed/table that was covered in plastic, wheeled down to another room and washed off "car wash style"  it was all done in love, nothing I would ever want to experience )   His burns, grafts and doner site are healing so well, they decided it was time to wash him.  Yesterday his Physical Therapist said you are looking really good especially with what happened to you, Alex said "you should see how well my friend is doing and he took a head shot"  (thats for all you Gamers out there).  I LOVE all the Comments  - Thanks SOOOO much for them,  I read each one to Alex.  They make me/us smile :)  He liked hearing about his Cross Country Team and their successes.  He can't wait to see you Coach.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Alex Thursday PM

Dr. Z (the head burn doc)  came in at 1:00 today and said Alex's grafts are taking nicely.  A nurse said they looked beautiful.  Dr Z said he hopes to have Alex out of here Monday.  Wahooooooooo~~~~!!!!!!

He never did win the battle with the heat - he was told that 68 was the lowest they could turn it due to bacteria and the burns.

But he won the battle of skin grafts.  He also got the bandages taken off his 3 fingers.  The human body is amazing.  He grew skin on 3 fingers, covering  up knuckles that were showing, in less than 3 weeks.  His bandages were removed from his lower legs.  He's progressing!!

Looks like he will be transported to Dixie Regional Neurological Center Monday.  I will meet with his case worker tomorrow to get all the details.  Even though he will be in the hospital a little longer at least we will have him back in St. George.  All those that are wanting to come visit, hold tight, looks like he will be back to Dixie next week.
P.S.  Daniels mom - I told Alex I saw you Monday night - he said "I miss Daniel".  We hope to see him during Thanksgiving break :)
Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Thursday - 10-21-10 Alex

I'm back in Vegas at UMC - Alex has a great room in The Burn Unit.  I like it because it has a bathroom in it - yea!!  I dont have to leave the room anymore :)  I miss the nurses at PICU but am already feeling welcomed here - I must say UMC employees only the best!
Alex got his feeding tube out at 8am - that was great to witness.  His biggest challenge this am is the heat.  He feels hot and is very uncomfortable.  Its 68 degrees in here, so its hardly hot and he has ice packs on various parts of his body.  His Nurse says they cant turn it down anymore so he is trying to convince the Administration to turn the temperature down to 65.   I'll keep you posted on the battle of the heat.
Doctors are coming in at 1:00 to check his skin grafts.  Hes running ahead of schedule.  Yea!!!
Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday Alex

I'm told that Alex is making huge strides.  He was moved from ICU to The Burn Unit yesterday.  Thats a good sign to be released from ICU.  Progress!!!  He's been able to eat the past two days so his feeding tube will be removed with in the nex 24 hours.  His spirits are good.  He should be back to STG soon.  I will be back in Vegas Thursady am until his release.  I've had a great time at home with my other children.  I can't wait until we are all back home in are amazing community.  Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Wednesday, Oct 20th - Dane

First of all, I want to echo the sentiments of gratitude that Kaleen posted yesterday regarding the Benefit Concert on Monday night at Tuacahn. Words really can't express how grateful we are to all the individuals involved in putting that show together for our boys. That was an amazing group of talented and generous people and we appreciate you all very much. I know some of the first responders, EMTs and hospital staff were there to be honored as well and we thank you for taking the time to come but mostly for your hand in saving Alex & Dane's lives. Every step that day and the days following are making all the difference in their ongoing recoveries, we will always be thankful!
To all of you that came to support the show, and made the baked goods, sold t-shirts, made and distributed fliers…Thank you so much, it has been very touching for Dane.
Dane is still having some problems with his digestive system. He was referred to a gastrointestinal Dr. yesterday and also had a CT scan of his abdomen and pelvis, we are still waiting for the results. He had to cancel his physical therapy sessions because of the pain, and he has lost another two pounds in just one day. The Dr said that it was possible that he might need a feeding tube to bypass his Pancreas; we are praying that it doesn't get to that point. It is hard to see him in so much pain (even on pain meds) because he has never been a complainer. As I said, it is ongoing. With all that has happened it is hard to believe it has only been two weeks since the strike...it's feels like an eternity!
Heartfelt thanks for your love, prayers & thoughts.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday 10-19-10 - Alex

I'm writing this from Home - Home Sweet Home - It will be even sweeter when I can bring Alex here.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Benefit Concert last night at Tuacahn.  WOW!!  What an amazing performance. There are so many talented people that donated their time and uplifted our souls last night.  Thanks to each of the performers, and thank you to Tuacahn for the use of your amazing theater. I was so torn to leave Alex but once I was shutlled backed, by some dear friends, sat down and looked around at my beautiful surroundings, I was able to enjoy the talent on stage.  Thank you for those that attended, preformed and took care of evey detail from lighs to sound. Thank you NHS for the snacks - I ate some great cookies!
It was so great to see Dane and his family.  I have SO missed them being with me at the hospital but SO glad they are home.  We will forever be part of each others lives.
Alex's dad, Step Dad and Grandpa are with Alex along with all the caring & gifted nurses at UMC.  I was told that last night was a little rough but better than they had expected.  The Neurologist came in last night and gave a positive report, Alex's brilliant brain is responding to the medicine and showing great improvment.  There is still  some slowing but the Dr was pleased with the results of his last EEG.
Prayers are continuing to be answered.  Thank you!!  Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alex surgery

Kaleen, Alex's mom, is getting ready to head to St. George to attend the benefit concert tonight at Tuacahn! She did not want to leave Vegas before getting to see Alex after his surgery today. She ask that I post this for her: Dr. says surgery WENT WELL!!! Good news indeed. She wants to thank everyone for their continued prayers!

Too much too soon for Dane?

Well we have been trying to get Dane & Alex on the phone with each other over the weekend but it seems like the timing is never quite right (sleeping, testing, Dr. visits etc.). They both want to talk and are very concerned about each other's well being, they have a very cool bond.
We are thinking of Alex today and sending our prayers and positive thoughts for his surgery. I have no doubt that he will come through just fine!
Dane had a little set back over the weekend. His Dr advised us to take him to the E.R. last night. He's having some severe abdominal pain, cramping and intestinal problems and was put back on clear liquids until he feels better. He has been very week and has lost almost 20 pounds....which as most of you know he didn't have that to lose!
He really wants to attend the concert tonight so we are going to see how he feels later today...hopefully it won't rain tonight. It should be a very special evening!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Alex went outside

Alex went out side for a few minutes today. Since it was overcast they thought it would be a good thing (there wasnt the fear of the sun hurting him) When we got outside we looked to the east and saw the most beautiful rainbow.  Last time he was outside there was a rainbow. Thats a good sign. He will go into surgery Monday October 18th at 1:00pm.  He will be in the great hands of skilled surgeons and have all the prayers you all have offered.  They might transfer him to the Burn Unit tomorrow after the surgery, if they do I will miss the Nurses and Techs here in the PICU.  They are SO wonderful, and have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to heal Alex and keep him comfortable.  Thank you!!
Kaleen - aka Alex's mom

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday Night - Alex

I've waited ALL day to post, wanting to post about Alex's EEG but since its now after 8pm and I haven't heard from the Neurologist I decided to go ahead and post that No News is Good News.
My days are so long here, yet they go so fast. Its one test/treatment after the next - today the test results were coming back good.  White blood cells are looking good so they scheduled him for surgery Monday at 1:00pm.  A doctor from the Burn Team explained the surgery to me today while we looked at his burns.  I havent seen his burns for 5 days, that is one thing that I have a really hard time with seeing the actual burn. Its very painful for him when they "scrub" the burns and then bandage him, its hard to watch.  I found out while the doc was going over his burns that they thought they were going to have to graft part of his right calf (I didnt know this since I havent been present).  Today when they unwrapped it the doc was surprised that it was almost healed.  I wasnt surprised because I know of all the prayers that are being offered.  I know that was a blessing.  He was spared the additional graft.  They will take skin from his upper left thigh to graft it on his neck, chest and on both sides of his belly button.  This surgery is very painful and he will have an additional wound to deal with when he wakes up.  Im so grateful that he wont have to deal with the wound on his thigh and the graft on his leg, that way he wont have both legs injured.  He wants to run so bad.  Hes worried about that.  Sunday a family friend is going to come talk to him about skin grafts. This friend had several grafts and is also a runner, 2 weeks ago he finished his 54th Marathon - Running is very possible after burns and grafts.  This will be good for Alex to hear.  The surgery will take a few hours to preform.  After the surgery he will be wrapped up and wont be able to move for 5 days.  He needs to remain still so the skin can graft.  On the 6th day they will unwrap the bandages and check the grafts.  If the skin takes (which it will) and if he dosnt get an infection (which he wont) he should get to break out of here about 3 days later.  So.....thank you for your prayers!  Please keep them coming! And lets start the count down!
I know this is pretty jumbled, its all so overwhelming.
I continue to read the blog comments to Alex he is so emotional and cant understand why everyone is doing all of this for him, he dosnt understand all the love that is being poured out to him.  He is SO touched.  I tell him its because of the way he has lived his life, its because he and Dane are amazing boys and survived lightning.  He said this afternoon "Im glad Dane lived, hes my best friend and we will always be together, we lived through lightning".
Kaleen - aka Alex's mom

Dane's Getting Stronger

As you can imagine, Dane has been very busy since returning to St. George. The "Welcome Home Celebration" was so awesome and it took a lot of people to put all of it together (thanks to Rockie and everyone involved) and we are soooo looking forward to part two of that celebration starring ALEX LAMBSON!!! Thank you so much for making Dane feel so loved, he is very humbled and appreciative of the support, thoughts and prayers on his behalf. .

He saw his family doctor on Thursday and he (the doctor) does not want Dane to go back to school on Tuesday...he thinks it is a little early yet, but don't worry, we won't be able to keep him down for long! On Thursday night, Dane got to ride in the KSL helicopter and deliver the game ball to the Snow Canyon vs. Pine View football game (unfortunately, SC lost in the last few minutes), but then he went to Panda Express with some friends for dinner!!!
He really needs to take it easy, but he is very strong and stubborn..(thank goodness)!

He also had his first Physical Therapy session and a hair cut on Friday to trim out all the singed hair.
Slowly but surely things WILL get back to normal for our Warriors. Thank you again everyone for your uplifting prayers, thoughts and friendship.
We love you all-

Friday night shift - Alex - Babysteps

From Alex's Dad on the night shift.  Just got filled in from his Mom about the events of the day, and Alex is doing better, he's off oxygen.
When I first got here he needed to go to the bathroom.  He has a toilet that sort of comes out of the wall, and when not in use a cover drop down over it and hides the toilet from view.  It looks like a regular seat.  I wonder how much he would love a setup like that in his room at home?  Then he would never have to leave his "bachelor pad/studio apartment" bedroom,  he could play Halo even 'when nature calls'.  I guess I better not give him any ideas.  Anyway I digressed... Nature was calling and the nurses and I were helping him over and I asked him to take a step with his right leg then with his left leg, babysteps, but he is making them, and with much more strength than he showed last night.  He is supporting his weight much more evenly. I keep expecting him to just jump out of bed and be all better, but I guess its just going to be one small baby step at a time.  Gradual improvement every day till he fully recovers.  

I spoke with with one of the directors at Tuacahn and they are going to donate their video team to film the concert Mon night so Alex can watch it.  I wanted to setup some sort of webcam operation so Alex could watch it and he could say hi to you, but it looks like Alex will be recovering Mon night from his surgery scheduled that day.  He wont be able to watch it Live.  He was pretty awake today so the hospital video guy came and recorded a message from him to you that will be played on Mon night so make sure and come out and see what he has to say!

Thanks to Tuacahn and Snow Canyon and all the other high schools involved in Mon night.  I wish I could be there it looks like a lot of fun, and thanks to everyone for your support in this event.

AMIQ (Alex Morphine Induced Quotes)

1. Alex: Where is Brother G.?
Dad: Why do you want Bro. G?
Alex:  I need to talk to him
Dad:  what do you want to talk to him about?
Alex:  I really need to talk to him about being struck by lightening I think he would like to know

2.  Alex:  Hey A
Dad: A isn't here do you want me to call her and you can tell her goodnight
Alex:  no she is coming over she has the notes we need to study we have a very important stats test.
Dad: ok do you want me to call?
Alex:  no just tell her when she gets her I will be in my study.

One of my Flashbacks:
I took Alex and his brother to a church conference Sat. night Oct 2nd the Sat before the accident.  Alex gets
out of the car carrying his Physics book.  I asked him, "Why are you carrying your physics book for, do you have homework to do?"  He said, " Not homework I'm reading it during the Church Conference".
I said "Why are you reading a Physics book?"  He said "Cause physics is cool and I want to read the rest of this book"  I told him " you can read a little later put the book back in the car and pay attention to what the speakers are saying at the conference see if any of them talk about physics"
lol  I was astonished that anyone, let alone my son would read a physics book for pleasure.

Friday, October 15, 2010

2nd EEG

As I post this the EEG test is being done.  It will take about an hour.  Lets hope his Neurologist reads the report tonight and it is good. I'll post when I know.  He is having a good day - he got up 3 times today (with the help of others)

Its now 10pm - no news is good news.  Haven't received a report back on his test yet.  Hopefully early Saturday morning.  Today was a great day for Alex.  He remembered everything that was said to him today.  He took a long nap after his physical therapy.  He had a new PT Tech today.  He was a younger guy with a strong build.  After he helped get Alex into his chair, Alex said "Did you serve in the Military"  PTT says "Yes, the Navy"  Alex says "Can I shake your hand?"  At which time they did shake hands.  Alex honors our Soldiers and it was wonderful to witness this act of gratitude.  After the PTT left, I asked Alex how he knew he had served in our Military, he said "I could just tell".

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What are the Odds?

What are the odds of having 3 Lightning Victims in the same room?  Well, yesterday they were really good!
Alex and Dane had a special visitor Wednesday 10-13, Professor Richard Blankenbecler, who was struck by lightning in 1958 while hiking the Grand Tetons.  The Professor is now living in Vegas, after retiring from Princeton and Stanford as a physics Professor. He wrote Leslie and I  a letter and said "I read with both horror and sadness about the lightning strike on your two sons"..."If you would like to meet and if you feel that such a meeting could serve a useful purpose, please contact me......" He goes onto say "I read that you sons enjoy discussing physics with each other.  Of course, that is my favorite subject also".  Both boys wanted to visit with him and we felt it would be good to stimulate their brains.  We so appreciate him taking time to talk to the boys about lightning and the effects of it.  I think it eased their minds to see someone else that had been struck and that went onto having a very full and purposeful life.
We SO appreciate ALL the people that have taken time to make comments on this blog, that have made cards, letters and phone calls inquiring about the boys.  The saying  "Its The Thought That Counts" is true!  Your thoughts DO count and we are grateful for them.
Kaleen - aka Alex's Mom

Alex Stood up

YEA!  Alex's feet touched the floor about 30 min ago.  He was able to start physical therapy today - he stood up with the help of two people and a walker.  It was a wonderful 30 seconds.  Progress!!!!

Thurs morning - night shift from Alex's Dad

Well I missed a lot of fun stuff today but as always the night is eventful as well.  Alex is doing so much better.  His face is healing nicely.  He should be able to resume his supermodel career very shortly.  I bet not many of you know that when he was 2 years old he did some fashion shoots for the old ZCMI department store in Salt Lake.  He was very stylish in his 1995 spring line 2yr old jumpers. He looked dapper in the full page black and white ad.  Maybe if you ask his Mom nicely his Mom will dig the photos out of whatever box she has them hidden in in the garage. Alex is resting so much better tonight.  He may be worn out from such an eventful day.  He was able to spend about 3o minutes in a special wheelchair they have in the PICU.  Alex's Mom read Alex letters as he was able to look outside.  After she read all the letters she read the first one again and Alex said "Mom you already read that one"  This was an encouraging sign that his short term memory seems to be improving dramatically.  I'm so glad that Dane is out and at home, but at the same time wish he and his parents were still here.  Although I didn't have much interaction with his parents during Dane's stay, it was comforting just to have them here.  Kind of like we were leaning on each other, propping each other up on either other side of our PICU wall.  Best of luck Dane.  I first met Dane the weekend before the BOLT.  I had taken Alex and his brothers to Golden Spoon then we came back to his house and went upstairs.  His friends came over and we were watching Big Bang Theory the Season 3 DVD's.  I thought is was interesting and funny Alex and his friends weren't really watching the show they were talking the whole time.  Dane, Alex and the other two friends were arguing about if they were in the show what characters they would be.  It was decided that since Alex and Dane argued so much and that Alex was so picky and logical that he was Sheldon, and Dane was Leonard.  The friend closest to me I think ended up being Horowitz, a non present friend was Guthar Pali, and the only girl in the group was of course Penny.  It took them about an episode and a half before they figured this all out.    

AMIQ (Alex's Morphine Induced Quotes)

1.  Mom:  Alex Mr. Hurt is here he was one of the first people that came and helped you.
Mr. Hurt:  Don't worry Alex I wasn't the one that was kissing you.  That was Mr. Hansen
Alex: Yea, Mr. Hansen always liked me

2.  this is after Alex has been complaining about being so thirsty and the nurse tells him he can have ice, and we start feeding him ice

Alex: more ice please
the nurse gives Alex more ice but Alex stops chewing and it looks like he is sleeping.  I asked the nurse is that okay if he doesn't chew it and she shakes her head no.
Nurse M: Alex you need to chew the ice it looks like you are asleep, wake up.
Alex: I'm just trying to enjoy it!!!

I love Alex so much thanks for all your love and prayers and support. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Quick Update - Alex - Wednesday

Alex drank water today!!  Wahoo!!!!  He was able to drink water through a straw then he moved onto apple juice and some ice cream.  He's doing great.  Not great enough for surgery tomorrow though.  Skin grafts will be done on Monday.  They also postponed his EEG until Friday.  So its more waiting......
He's remembering things from one hour to the next and moved his big toe on his left foot.  Good things are happening. When he took his first sip of water he said "this is the best water I've ever had".
Life is Good! Remember life's simply pleasures :)

Update from Dane's Dad. He's out!!!!!!!!!

I'm very excited to relay to everyone who is keeping up with this situation that Dane was released from the hospital this afternoon. We are staying in Vegas tonight and we will be returning to St George tomorrow. We left the hospital without reporting it to the media in order to have a little privacy. Dane is doing well, he's just very weak and a bit shaky. He needs to recoup for a while. Dane is mostly worried about Alex and didn't want to leave without him.


Its Wednesday morning as I type this.  Yesterday (Tuesday 10-12) was a very eventful day for all of us. Alex became more aware of his surroundings and agreed to stay here at the hospital.  He said that if they would heal him he would stay.  A nurse said  "why thank you Alex for agreeing to stay" Alex says "ya, I'll stay but only for 2 days - tops!".  Nurse says "OK, but I get to tell you when the 2 days start". When asked why hes here he says "because of lighting", Where are you "Vegas".  He said "Mom cant we just go to my hometown?"   UMC Hospital has been wonderful, the 24 hour constant care they are giving is amazing.  The nurses are tireless and caring, attending to Alexs every need and trying to accomadate his desire for water.  Still no water for the boy, he can have ice chips though.  He used his debate skills with the nurses saying that ice is frozen water so why cant he just have water.  His gauge reflex isnt back yet, so no water for a while.  His pneumonia is getting a little better, he had episodes of feeling like someone was sitting on his chest (usually he thought it was his brother Kiel sitting on him - lol).  So hes back on an oxygen mask.  He got his catheter out mid afternoon and was able to feel the sensation of needing to go to the bathroom  - thats a huge improvement.  Dane was out cruising the halls and stopped in to see Alex a few times.  Alex was able to be sat up in a chair and moved into the hall - Dane came out and they were able to talk - when Alex saw Dane walk towards him, he said "I want to walk on my two feet too".  Im sure that will come in a few days.  His burns are getting better - his face is almost healed.  As long as he continues to improve he will have skin graft surgery Thursday.
The most amazing thing that happened is that Dane got to leave the hospital.  Dane didn't want to leave Alex but he needs to get back and start on his physical therapy.  Dane stayed the night in Vegas and will come visit Alex in a few hours.  It was bitter sweet to see the two boys say goodbye - I'm so amazed at Dane and his progress and his pure compassion towards Alex and his recovery.  These boys are amazing!!  Speaking of Amazing - the Administration from Snow Canyon High School visited the boys today; Warren Brooks, Paul Hurt, Conley Gali & Jamie Kreyling (Officer Brown and Mr Hansen were not able to come).  They came bearing gifts from notes to Spirit clothes and signs.  The boys enjoyed visiting with each of  them.  As parents we felt so blessed to hug these men that saved our boys lives.  We have so many people to thank.  The Admin also presented each family with a check from Snow Canyon, Hurricane and Ceder City High Schools.  Last Friday, each of these schools had a "Miracle Minute" and collected funds to help the boys (parents) with their medical bills.  Leslie and I were shocked (and still are) when we looked at our checks and each saw $4,832.06 written in.  THANK YOU to each and everyone of you that contributed.  Times are tough out there and to see this kind of generosity is so humbling,  There is still so much good on earth and Im so blessed to be part of this kindness, generosity and pure selflessness.  Thank you southern Utah!

Benefit Concert - MONDAY

The benefit concert for Dane and Alex will be on Monday October 18 at 7 pm at the Tuacahn Amphitheatre. Tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased on the Tuacahn website at: www.tuacahn.org All seats are reserved so buy yours today! 

This is a great way to raise funds for both boys to help with their medical expenses. Students from all five area high schools and Dixie College will perform, plus some of the cast from Tuacahn's Tarzan. 

Those who helped save the boys will be honored, including those who gave CPR, the medical first responders, the hospital ER staff and the life flight people. A great cause for two great kids!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

No place like home....

Good Morning Everyone, I haven't posted for a while because I have been logging on with a hospital computer in a Pediatric Unit (you can imagine the parental control issues) and also it is very slow. So Kaleen was kind enough to let me use her computer :)
Dane has been improving everyday and is to the point that the Physical Therapists have him up and walking a couple of times a day, he is eating solid foods, has been watching DVDs (House) and has been on the computer to check his Facebook page (he was surprised by all the friend requests...) He is very thankful for all of the support and prayers and is very much looking forward to going home!!! At the same time, he does not want to leave without Alex. He is very concerned about him and feels bad that Alex isn't able to be more comfortable yet.
We are looking forward to thanking, in person, all of the people involved in the initial rescue. You made sure our boys would be able to come home to us. We can't even express our gratitude. And all of you following their progress, Friends, Family, Community, you have kept us strong through all of this.
God Bless!

Tuesday 10-12-10 4:30am

Thanks for all your comments!!!! Each one is read - They are SO encouraging - SO appreciated .  Dane got to visit with Alex a few times yesterday and while he was in Alex's room we talked about the love and support everyone is showing them. They are aware of your love and prayers.  Please know that your prayers are being answered, but on Gods time line.  They are getting better!!! But it will take time.  There are so many students and friends that want to visit and we are grateful for your desire to do so.  However, Alex isn't up to visitors right now.  He needs to remain calm until his next EEG which should be Wednesday. Dane is in a different situation so he might be up for visitors, contact his parents through the hospital.  In order to visit you have to make it past Security through locked doors, so don't try to sneak in - lol.  Alex asked the nurses yesterday what the fastest way out of here was, so once hes "up" I'm sure he will text you and give you direction on how to sneak in and out the fastest way.
Thanks again - Kaleen, AKA Alex's mom

Monday October 11th - Alex

Mon night blog from the night shift with Alex.  This is Alex's Dad.  I guess it was rougher during the day and I missed a lot of the more challenging episodes that happened while Alex was more awake.  Alex is resting reasonably comfortable now, the nurses and I are enjoying a brief respite from his constant haranguing and struggle for freedom.  Just a couple of thoughts, and events I want to share while I have a chance to write. Before I left last night, early Mon. morning, I asked Alex what day it was, and he said "I don't know".  I told him that it was Oct. 11th and that it was his Mom's bday, and that he should wish his Mom Happy Bday.  He broke out into song and sang to his Mom.  Happy Bday to you, Happy Bday to you, Happy Bday DEAR MOTHHHHHHEEERRRRRRRR,  (and then with a booming crescendo at the top of his oxegen mask dampered voice) Happy Bday from MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!   His Mom and I laughed so hard.  Granted it was a morphine influenced performance, but it was so rich in Alex's smart a#$%$# personality.  We wait so impatiently to have him back with us fully in the present, and ironically beg Alex to be patient with us in his confinement and restraint.  I have told him so many times tonight just relax and be patient and you will be better and you will be able to go home soon.  Nurse M. has been so gracious tonight with Alex as a he fights his bonds and wants to climb out of bed.  He has such a proclivity for freedom that it is inconceivable of him of any kind of existence where he is restrained in any way.

Alex Morphine Induced Quotes (AMIQ)

1.  Alex: Whose pants am I wearing?
Dad: Those are your pants they are your bandages
Alex:  I don't remember putting them on this morning, they look like J.'s pants.

2.  Alex:  I'm so thirsty, I could drink 40 gallons of water.
M.(respritory nurse) will you get me some water.
M: sorry Alex I can't give you water right now
Alex: M. I will pay you $1 a gallon if you get me some water right now

3.  Alex: Dad I'm really craving and endless chocolate milkshake right now.
Dad: What kind of milkshake?  do you like In n Out, Burger King, or McD's the best?
Alex: I like Icee the best, Icee has the best chocolate milk shake ever.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday Test Results- Alex

Ok - ready, set, go - heres an update on Alex from his mom -
Alex can move his entire body and uses his size to try to get out of the bed.  Hes in the Pediatric unit and was in a childs bed, but due to his size and strength, they put him into an adult bed.  He came up with some creative moves to bust loose of the bed.  So we know he can move.  However, he isnt having controlled movement with fingers and toes on the left side.  Right side is fine.  We were hoping that the lack of movement in his left hand was because of the burns on his fingers.  But to be safe an EEG (Electroencephalogram     http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/electroencephalogram-eeg-21508)  was ordered for Sunday am.
Saturday night was very restless - lots of mumbling, tossing and turning (well wanting to turn, he cant, his arms are tied to the bed).
Sunday am bright and early rounds started.  First the Burn Care team came in - there was about 6 of them checking his chart.  As they left the EEG Tech came in and started prepping him for that test.  Alex has so much cream on his face for the burns that it was difficult to get the wires attached, it took over an hour to prep him.  As soon as he left the Burn Team came back to clean (scrub) his wounds.  His face is looking great - I dont think there will be any scaring at all on his face - he will still be Mr. Handsome.  His neck is going to require a skin graft.  His chest and legs look ok, but around his belly button (where his belt buckle was) is also going to also need skin grafting.  The docs think it will be done sometime this week, using skin from his thigh.  Then the Neurologist came in to give us a report of his EEG.(all this was done prior to 2pm).   Neurologist says, the test shows Moderate brain damage to his right central parietal.  Now since Im not a doctor and not thinking too clear I cant really explain it in medical terms.  But basically, Alex might have some balance issues on his left side and some memory/defused slowing in speech and thought.  They put him on an IV of  Keppra (which is used for seizures).  He isnt having seizures but this medicine should help his brain activity .  He will get Keppra for 3 days then another EEG will be done.  I think he will be fine, I think he is just slow moving due to the accident, due to all the drugs they are giving him and just all the stress.  So we will stick with my diagnosis not the doctors for the next 3 days. :)
I do have to say that the things Alex is saying help support my diagnosis because he is saying some pretty incredible and funny things.  I will start posting some of them, but you all better not tease him about it in a few months when he gets back to school - lol
He wanted some water yesterday (he cant have any because he dosent have a gauge reflex yet)  So he kept asking the nurse for water, she keeps telling him no so  He says "I was perfectly fine playing video games drinking gallons of water until this happened, you wont give me any water and that is unexceptionable"

Saturday Alex

Sat afternoon -  this is Alex's Dad.  Your prayers worked.  Alex is resting a lot better last night and today.  They removed the oxegen mask and now he just has the oxegen tude with the two nostril plugs in his nose.  That seems to be much more comfortable for his face.  I think the mask was rubbing on his burn.  Todays challenge for the doctor has been for Alex's heartrate to come down and he is trying to find the right combination to make that happen.  The other challenge and a huge milestone is to get a meaningful response from Alex's left side.  We want him to squeeze our finger or wiggle his toes just to let us know everything is ok on that side.  So please pray for that.  Ladies Alex needs a new head band.  If you can make a special manly one we will have him pick out a new one each day.  It will help us keep track of time and will be fun for Alex to decide how he wants to look each day.  Before Halo we were huge Star Wars fans and I keep telling him we have him in a Bacta tank and that he just needs to relax and let the bacta heal him.  He seems to like that and he calms down.  Thanks for everything your thoughts prayers, phone calls, gift baskets, pictures, and Alex's new top hat and monicle.  Special and heart felt gratitude to the first responders you saved my sons life.  The burn unit said we never really treat lightening victims cause they usually don't make it, because no one was around or they waited to long, or by the time they get to us they are already brain dead.  I'm amazed you were able to act so quickly and so effectively.  It was incredible that this accident happened in first place, and even more incredible the miracles that have happened since.  Thanks.   (This was typed Saturday 10-9-10)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Update from Dane's Dad

Hey everyone. Sorry I haven't been too good at communicating. I'm usually so outgoing and chatty this must be very shocking (LMAO, ahhh, I crack myself up sometimes). Seriously though, I want to thank everyone who's called and texted, I really appreciate all the prayers and thoughts. Rockie for dropping everything and treating Dane like he was her own son, Archie and everyone at Outback, Cole, Chris F, Jess O & H, Rebecca, Jordan, Sariah, and on and on. I know I'm gonna forget someone and feel bad, but i really appreciate it. The outpouring of support has been amazing. Especially among the High School students from ALL the St George and surrounding areas. I've been hearing the stories of the things they've put together, their rooms are overflowing with stuff students and other members of the community have brought down here. Unfortunately they haven't been able to see much of it yet. Dane is still pretty out of it, but he's off all life support now and doing everything on his own. Actually even got to eat a little bit today. He can't stay awake for more than 10 or 15 mins at a time, but he's coherent and knows what’s up. I think at this point he's mostly worried abt Alex. Back to the thank you's though, I REALLY want to thank the people at Snow Canyon HS, students and faculty who witnessed the accident and responded. Whoever it was who administered CPR to the boys ABSOLUTELY SAVED THIER LIVES!!!!! They would not have survived without the effective CPR, PERIOD!!! Dane arrived at the hospital after 20 or 30 mins in full arrest, he had no heart function at all. The only thing that kept blood moving through his body was the CPR. You guys are heroes in my book. I apologize, this is one long run on sentence and I'm sure some of it is out there. LoL, I'm not livin on a lot of sleep. Thanks again to everyone. A lot of miraculous things had to happen for them to be able to live through this and they did. Crazy huh? The odds have to be astronomical. Keep the prayers coming!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Alex Saturday 10-9-10

Not sure where to begin.  It was a rough 24 hours for Alex Thur-Fri night.  He finally fell asleep Friday night just after 9pm - hes been sleeping ever since.  YEA!!  He needs his rest.  He hated having the huge oxygen mask on and kept asking me to take it off, well his wish was granted Friday night.  He wore a smaller mask until Saturday - now he only has an oxygen tube under his nose.  Hes much happier about that.  His hands are still restrained because they dont want him to rub his burns and also escape from the bed.  He hasnt talked much but when he does he still asks for my help to "get out of here" but he dosnt try as much to escape.    Dane was wheeled into Alex's room this afternoon.  It was amazing to see them together!!!!!! Dane talked to Alex - Alex tried to talk back but isnt able to speak much.  He tried SO hard to open his eyes to see Dane, but didnt quit make it.  But he knew Dane was there.  When Dane left, Alex tried to get out of bed, I think he thought Dane was leaving so he too should be able to go. Then he spoke - he said "I need to start walking"  I asked where he was going to walk to and he said "Home".
A feeding tube was placed in him this evening - we asked them if they could blend a Crunch Wrap Supreme for him.  No luck! More tests will be run tomorrow morning.  The care here at UMC has been wonderful.  Alex has a great Doctor and amazing Nurses that tend to him.  I love reading all your posts to Alex.  He can hear me and others talking to him.  Thanks for the love and support - most importantly thanks for the Prayers.  They are being heard and answered. (if this dosnt make sense its because Ive slept less than 12 hours since Tuesday)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Evening- Alex

Today has been rough on Alex- Why? Because he wants nothing more than to get out of the hospital bed and get home! He has tried every which way to get out. He told his mom he needs to get to cross country to run the golf course- he wants Coach Bentley to wait for him. He has ask to go to his grandma's house. "Right now", he said. He simply is ready to go home. All of his vitals are good. He is breathing very well. He is in a lot of pain due to the external burns, but is so strong that regadless of pain, wants to go. Our request is that you pray for him to SLEEP. He is so restless, yet needs the sleep (as does mom) :) Thank you all again for this incredible support!

Friday, Oct 8th Update on Dane

Dane had a rough night last night as Chris (his Dad) & Rockie posted earlier, but he has had a great day today. The cardiolist came by and did an echo on his heart and said it looked "perfecto"! That was great news and brought tears to my eyes again because that was one of our initial concerns. He has been able to have clear liquids, popsicles & jello & he has been up out of the bed twice to use the bathroom....(yes the cath is out too)!
I can't believe the strength and determination these guys have. They really are > lightning!!!
THANKS EVERYONE for prayers, well wishes & support and thanks to all of the first responders (you know who you are) who undoubtedly started off this miraculous chain of events!

October 9, 2010

Update on Dane - Dane had an MRI completed yesterday which was normal.  His sedation was slowly weaned off until he was fully awake.  Once awake enough, he was attempting to write messages, mouth words...basically wanting to know when they would take the tube out of his mouth.  The tube was removed and he was completely coherent, laughing and joking. We told him that he and Alex had been hit by lightening....he just chuckled.  His night was a little more eventful with some confusion and debate (on Dane's part) about what he needed or didn't need.  At one point he did say that he wants this challenge to be over.  We are pretty sure he's playing too many video games.  His other questions during the night...."what were my presenting symptoms?"   In the typical Dane fashion he is trying to analyze what is going on!  We, as his family, are extremely appreciative of all that has been done for the boys.  Without the love and support of all of you, this journey would be much more difficult.  Don't be surprised if Dane returns to school VERY quickly.  He is doing fabulous, and other than a few small burns on his feet, and a very cool streak of missing hair (possibly in the shape of a lightening bolt) he is the same Dane we all know and love.  Posted by Chris and Rockie

Early Friday

Hi - this is Alex's mom.  Its Friday 4:30am Vegas time.  First I want to THANK everyone for ALL the support that has been shown to these 2 amazing boys. THANK you to the "First Response" people, without your quick efforts our Alex and Dane wouldn't be here.  YOU saved their lives!!  When I get back to STG I want to personally thank each of you that preformed CPR.  Thank you STG City Rescue Team, IHC and UMV.  These employees have gone far beyond their "job" responsibilities to help our boys.  Thanks to ALL the students for the out pouring of love and support.  So many thanks to give!!!!! Students and the Community - Your prayers are being answered.

Yesterday Alex and Dane were both taken off Life Support. Prior to Dane being taken off  he was writing messages back and forth to his parents.  Alex can talk now that the tubes are out of his mouth, he keeps saying he wants to go home. A conversation yesterday between him and his nurse...Nurse: "Whats your name?"  Alex: "Alex"  Nurse: "How old are you?"  Alex: "Seventeen"  Nurse: "What are your brothers names?"  Alex: "Kiel, Jordan, Parker"  Nurse: "Do you know where you are?"   Alex: "Stuck in this bed"!!!!!!!!!!!   He's got a lot of fight in him.  He and Dane will both be fine.
Keep praying.  Miracles DO happen!!!  Thanks again for the support!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Update on Dane - Thursday PM

Dane's MRI was positive as well!!!  His breathing tube has been removed.  He will have a lot of rehab to do, but his parents are feeling very optimistic and blessed.  It has been a pretty good day for both boys, all things considered.  Thanks for all the support!

Snow Canyon students show support.

Thursday, October 7- Afternoon news

Has been a GREAT day for Alex. His MRI that was done this morning had positive, good results. He got his burns cleaned and then was ready to be removed from life support. The update is: he is breathing ON HIS OWN!! He is a little agitated and strong- its the Alex we all know & love.

Thursday, October 7- Morning Update

Both boys had a good night- Alex had his eyes open all night. He is responding to his mom's questions by blinking and nodding his head. Dane was doing the same thing. He gave his sister a 'thumbs up' and was squeezing her hand. Both boys are still on life support but are scheduled for an MRI within the next hour to assess brain activity. If brain activity looks good, they will be able to remove life support. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We will continue to post regular updates.

Article and pictures in The Salt Lake Tribune


Click on this link to see the article.

ksl.com - Quick responders credited for saving boys struck by lightning

ksl.com - Quick responders credited for saving boys struck by lightning

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

ksl.com - Family members hopeful for teens hit by lightning

ksl.com - Family members hopeful for teens hit by lightning

Alex makes huge strides tonight!

Alex woke up on his own tonight!  He had been medically paralyzed, and the doctors were planning on waking him up tomorrow.  But he decided he had slept long enough!  He opened his eyes, responded to questions by nodding his head, and felt his mom squeeze his arm.  From where he was yesterday, this is huge!  We will update more as things develop.

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