Monday, May 13, 2013

So Lucky


Just when I was thinking that things were going really well and that this summer was going to be a time when we really got things done in the yard and around the house, it all changed in an instant. 

Last Sunday, my husband, Mark, was mowing the back of our property. He was going up a small hill when the lawn tractor popped out of gear and started flying backwards. As he tried to stop it, the 800-pound tractor rolled – and he rolled with it twice. He’s alive. Miraculously, he has no broken bones, but he has some severe internal injuries.  After three hours in the operating room and days in the hospital, he’s home now recuperating. In about six weeks, he will probably have another surgery.

We are so lucky that he survived and that he didn’t break his pelvis or neck and that he is a healthy guy who is healing relatively quickly. My daughter and our friends have been incredible, and the trauma team at the Emergency Room and the surgeon were so skilled and fast. In times like that, it really makes an immeasurable difference when medical attention moves as fast as humanly possible.  Several times a day, Mark and I repeat to each other how lucky we are.

Both of us have been blessed by good health and no injuries for  many decades. Last summer at about this time,  I broke my arm and had surgery for my dislocated elbow, and Mark had Lyme Disease that affected his heart. We were barely outdoors at all for months. I've been really looking forward to this beautiful weather, but how we will enjoy it is going to be different from what we planned. So  I guess that this year too will be a time of quiet and healing.

16 comments:

Annette Mickelson said...

Sending positive healing thoughts to Mark. I'm so happy he wasn't more severly injured (although it sounds plenty severe from your description of the surgeries involved).

Nor’dzin said...

I really appreciated the positive energy of your post despite the traumatic events you have been coping with. I hope your husband gets well soon and you are able to enjoy the summer.

Victoria Cummings said...

Thanks, Annette - Mark has had a great attitude about the accident from the moment it happened. He never doubts that he will be 100% recovered from this - and I'm sure that it is having a big effect on how well he is healing.
Nor'dzin - So good to hear from you! I hope all is well with you and your family. Thanks for the comment!

C-ingspots said...

So sorry to hear Mark was injured! Things can sure change fast, huh? I'd call that a blessing for sure, because the outcome could have been so much worse. Happy to hear that he's going to make a full recovery though. You know that old saying, "life is what happens while we're busy making plans"? Just goes to show that we really aren't in charge of our lives at all. Take care and enjoy the nice, warm weather. Guess you're supposed to relax and take life at a slower pace for a little while.

Strawberry Lane said...

Mark is a miracle! Sending all best wishes to him for a quick recovery. This summer will be different than you thought. The best is ... you'll be spending it together! Each day is a gift.

Victoria Cummings said...

You guys are right - after more than 20 years, we are certainly appreciating our time together more this week than ever before. thanks!

Oak in the Seed said...

I could hardly believe what I was reading tonight. I am sorry Mark had such a bad accident. Sometimes, I wonder if broken bones would be preferable to internal injuries but accidents happen and we have no control over the results.
Prayers for healing for Mark and continued healing for your arm, as well as for strength and faith and a few nickers from your girls.
How is Stella?

Lori Skoog said...

Ouch! Sorry your husband was so hurt in this accident. Sounds like he has a very positive attitude and that counts for a lot. Things like that sure do develop a real sense of appreciation. I wish you well...and soon.

juliette said...

Thinking good thoughts from here - love up your horsey girls to keep yourself strong.

Victoria Cummings said...

DJ, Lori and Juliette - Thanks for your kind thoughts!

detroit dog said...

I am so sorry that your husband was injured so severely and in such a freak accident. It is wonderful, though, that you have such a strong family to support him and each other.

Sounds like you will be enjoying the summer differently this year, but certainly enjoying it more together.

Best wishes.

Victoria Cummings said...

Thanks V - Our daughter has especially been great through all of this - She is a very strong young woman and we are so proud of her!

Grey Horse Matters said...

So glad to heart Mark is going to be alright. How awful for all of you to have this happen. I think it's great that he has such a positive outlook I'm sure it helps the healing process. You will be spending lots of time on the patio watching the girls this summer. But that's the good part right?

Victoria Cummings said...

Arlene - Thanks - We will be sitting out on the patio a lot so maybe you guys will come over and hang out with us!

Grey Horse Matters said...

I'll definitely give you a call next week. Won't be home until Tuesday. J. Is on vacation in Europe and I'm caring for the whole herd until then.

billie said...

I am so happy there were no worse injuries - and am totally impressed by your positive perspective. May healing energy surround your house and barn. Big hugs from all of us on November Hill!