Many of you know that my brother, Charlie, was in a serious car accident on June 10th. Although it was never life-threatening, he did have serious injuries. Our biggest concern was his mental state. There was brain damage and the stories we heard from him were outlandish. Slowly, they became less frequent and not so out-there. However, for the first 10 days, a good day was almost always followed by a bad day. He doesn’t remember anything from the first 10 days. He was in a hospital in Milwaukee for 2 weeks, so every day either my sister, Jenny, went up there, I went up there, or we both went up there (a minimum of 2 hours each way). We felt it was important for a family member to be with him everyday and since our mother is in a nursing home, it fell on the 2 of us.
Jenny and her husband left on their annual summer camping trip on the 22nd. On the 25th he was released to go to an in-patient rehab facility (nursing home). On Saturday (6/30), I spent quite a bit of time with him and was amazed at the change I noticed. He was back! Jenny called me on Sunday because she had just talked to him on the phone and couldn’t believe the difference, too. Charlie’s back! Hip Hip Hooray!
Charlie was released from the rehab facility yesterday (7/3). He’s still having a therapist come in twice a week but he’s home with his dog, Dylan (Jenny and her family added Dylan to their pet menagerie for the past 2 weeks!). Life is more or less back to normal.
We are thankful to God everyday that Charlie’s injuries weren’t very bad, that he has recovered quickly, and that no one else was involved in the accident. Thanks to all of you who have been praying for him and keeping our family in your thoughts. This has been life-changing for all of us.