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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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. 


  1. We are praying for Alex! Just found out that my dear friend, Sharon Linneer, is Alex's grandma! We had a son in 1998 who was involved in a near-fatal car accident. He was given 4% chance to survive, had a severe brain injury and many, many other injuries. Today, he is 29 yrs. old, the father of three beautiful boys and happily married. There are many things we did for him, for his brain injury, if you want some input! Please call us, we're in the phone book and Sharon knows how to get a hold of us. Love and warmest regards, Tara & Byron Chappell

  2. Dave and Family we want you to know you are in our prayers as we have followed the story of your son and his friend.
    May God Bless you and Alex
    We send our love
    Elder and Sister Peacock
    (seminary building)

  3. That was such a fun night...I don't think we actually ever watch a show without talking. I hope you will come watch the big bang theory with us again. If you would like we can think of a character for you. Tell Alex I say hello! Good luck and keep getting better!
    Amanda Davis AKA Penny

  4. Hi, My name is Stephanie Burke the Marketing Corrdinator for Red Robin. We heard about this tragic accident and would like to help and support Dane and Alex on their road to recovery. We would like to do a Fundraiser for them at Red Robin on Monday Oct 25th. I don't know who to contact so if you could let me know I would really love to help. You can reach me at 520-423-7647 or at 435-634-1114. Thank you and they are in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Don't miss the fundraiser for the boys at Tuacahn on Monday October 18 at 7 pm. All five of the area high schools and Dixie College will be performing. The emergency response teams will be recognized and honored. Tickets are just $10 each. Call Tuacahn 652-3300 or purchase online at tuacahn.org

  6. Hi Arden,
    That does sound like a fun night! I see where Alex gets his sense of humor. We really miss you guys too, I have an empty feeling not being there for you as you were for us. I hope we will always keep in touch even though you live in Vegas! We should have a reuinion once a year on Oct 5th. A HUGE celebration of the lives of our "Warriors"!
    God bless you and your family!


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