Live the Lion was created in an attempt to keep everyone up to date on Lance O'Cull and his road to recovery.

Lance was involved in a car accident near Morehead, Kentucky about 30 miles from where we grew up Thanksgiving weekend of 2010. He was airlifted from the scene of the accident to UK Medical Center in Lexington. The doctors told us that they could fix everything below the neck, but his brain was in God's hands. On December 22, after multiple surgeries, Lance was transferred to The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia for an intense rehabilitation program.

It was there that Lance began to gradually emerge from a coma. Lance was discharged to home, in Vanceburg on February 17th, to continue his therapy with family.

On March 10th, Lance's 25th birthday, he stood on his feet for the first time in 103 days, with lots of help. On May 11th, Lance was accepted into Cardinal Hill's brain injury unit. There he impressed and amazed our family and friends, as well as his therapists through the progress he made everyday.

Between September 2011 and April of 2012, Lance was back and forth between Cardinal Hill's inpatient program and Shepherd Center's inpatient and outpatient program. He has had a couple minor surgeries to enhance his healing and a baclofen pump inserted to help with the tone in his body.

For the past year, Lance is back in Lewis County splitting his time with both parents. He continues to travel to Ashland 3 times a week and Lexington once a week. He is learning to walk again and we couldn't be more thrilled.

It hasn't been easy, Lance has had some setbacks and tears still fall. But he is up and running this marathon. And we are all running right along beside him.

Most of the blog entries have been made by myself, Chelcee, the big sister, Brock, our baby brother, and Dr. Johnny, our dad. Our goal is for Lance to finish this blog as soon as he is able.

God has been with Lance and our entire family, giving us strength. We give Him the Glory. He is the God of Miracles.



~Chelcee




Sunday, December 5, 2010

Friday, December 3rd 2010

Lance's vitals remained stable throughout the night, so at 820 this morning, they took him off the vent again. He is breathing beautifully.

Lance's icp has been staying down, so after the results from the ct scan came back this morning, it was decided that they could take out the drain and the monitor that was measuring his intracranial pressure.
 With the bandage off, he had a huge bald spot. So, my dad's good friend, Mike Ginn came and we shaved off most of the rest of his hair. There is one spot I cant get because of moving him and the neck brace he has on. I'm sure he will be thrilled to know that I shaved his head. I can only imagine what he will say. Some of you know that he was participating in noShavember. So, he still has a beard and a moustache. I'll be working on that tomorrow.



*Also, Laddie and Wendi Mitchell's daughter Jayden had to have surgery today here at UK. PLease keep her, her worried parents and the rest of their family in your prayers. . 


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