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, December 29, 2011

The things I think of at 4:18am

Dane and Alex were hanging out last night in Alex's Man Cave - I heard them around 2am, again around 3:30, the talking got so loud  that at 4:18am I hauled my tired self out of bed to remind them that others were trying to sleep.  I have to admit though that as I walked back to my room I smiled.  I smiled and then thought about the 2 of them and the things that have happened over the past 14 months.
Over the holidays, while visiting with family, we reflected back to last year and what was happening with Alex; Thanksgiving he was still in the hospital, we got to "check him out" for 3 hours, he was in a wheel chair and had to use a cuff to eat;   Today I can report that he completed his first semester at Dixie State College, he walks, runs and drives.  He's almost 100% self reliant.  His hands/fingers still aren't to full use but he has figured out a way to do almost everything.  He's making new friends and enjoy life.  Its good to see the old Alex returning.  Its still tough as a mom to watch him struggle with things, every morning when I hand him his pills (yes he still has to take a lot of pills for pain, seizures etc..) it breaks my heart to see his hands and scar from his skin graft.  Yet it makes me so proud to know that I can go off to work and that he will get himself ready and off to school on his own.  He's a fighter and I'm so glad!
Even though I'm tired today, I wouldn't trade it.  I'm so grateful to have Alex and Dane still with us, glad they are still friends and enjoy talking about physics (yes it was a horribly intellectual conversation they were having) at 4am.
Kaleen aka Alex's mom

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

December 5th - 14 months later

I have a reminder set in my phone every 5th of the month at 3:03pm - it says Day of Strike.  I have it there to remind me how blessed I am that my son and Dane lived through their horrible accident on October 5, 2010 at Snow Canyon High School.

Yesterday I was at Lins Grocery store (where Dane works), my phone buzzed, I looked at it and saw my reminder; 3:03pm Day of Strike, then looked up and saw Dane walking towards me.  Still so amazed at both boys and how well they have recovered.  As I pulled out of Lins onto Sunset Blvd just past the Mountain America Credit Union all 5 lanes were blocked off with police cars, a fire truck and ambulance.  School had just let out I thought "I hope a Snow Canyon Student didnt get hit by a car".  Well, I found out today that a 17 yr old Boy was riding his bike home from school and he wrecked and hit his head on a Lava rock.  They Life Flighted him to UMC in Vegas where he later died.  My heart goes out to the family of this boy.  

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