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.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5th 2010
He is preparing for surgery tomorrow. its going to be a big day. They are going to fix the radius and the ulna in the right arm with screws and plates. Then they are going to fix the left humerus fracture that will probably involve work on the clavicle. Its very swollen. i'm anxious to get this fixed, I feel that its causing a lot of his pain when he is turned on his left side. They are also going to put a pin in his sacrum. He will have to have another surgery to fix the rest of his pelvis. but that will be later on in the week. Hopefully, they will also be able to take a look at the wounds on the left leg. and the pin placement for traction.
Up until today, I've had my friends updating my notes on facebook. Since today was a quiet day, i was able to update all by myself. Its nice to have a quiet day.
I want to express my gratitude for everyone's thoughts, prayers, visits, and calls. our community and the ones that surround us are amazing.
I know everyone has been praying but extra prayers for the surgeons would be great. That they get enough sleep and are prepared for their day tomorrow.
Its just another race, Lance.