Who knew when I posted on New Year’s Eve, December 31 about my OLW: choice that I would not post again until February 3? Life events happen everyday and most of the time I roll with the punches and continue my roles that I am blessed to have including: wife, mother, friend, teacher, literacy leader, Wonder Lead, and blogger. But on January 2 our world hit the pause button and life froze in time at least for our family. Our son was in a serious car accident and spent the next 19 days in ICU, hospitals and rehab. As I wrote a hundred different blog posts in my head and most of them I would never had published, but the process of visually writing really helped me during those dark difficult hours.
Back to my OLW choice, before his accident I thought choice meant that I had options when I had a decision to make. Choice is something that I had taken for granted. But starting January 2, my husband and I had no choice. We were told every 12 hours as the nursing and RT shift changed what our next 12 hours “might be like” and as parents those were the toughest 12 hours.
The good news is that Marcus is now home and through extensive rehab he will be able to walk and write again. Our next goal is to join our daughter in Charleston, SC for spring break in March for a nice long walk on the beach as a family. Life is beginning to feel real again and as I head back to school this Wednesday for ½ days choosing to teach my LA block time. I am excited to reconnect with my students and continue our conversations about reading, words and writing. Slowly I will begin to blog, follow my favorite (#5thchat & #wonderchat) twitter chats and start "wondering" again with my NCFL family.
There really is no way to say thank you to everyone who has prayed – now known as our “prayer warriors” from several different states. Thanks to those family and friends who allowed me to text confusing messages that often you ciphered through to make sense of them. To my Bailey family, which overwhelmed us with their generosity that if I had any tears left I would have cried, when we checked out of our hotel with a $0 balance. We have been blessed above and beyond, and our whole family feels extreme gratitude.