The good-byes at Shepherd were tearful; it is so great to see the wonderful, compassionate people that serve humanity as health care workers. Lance's family also witnessed many nurses, aids, and physicians that truly loved Lance and also wanted to help all of us in a time of distress. The therapists and nurses all stopped by his room this week with instructions for home. Consistent in their visits was the premise and desire that he would return soon.....to engage in rehabilitation. Dr. Fadia speaks positively, with what seems to be a guarded optimism. We have greatly appreciated this facility and their employees; we realize that this is not the only rehab opportunity that he would have after emergence, but it is truly a special place. One last event which was so special was a prayer by nurse Delores. She put her hands on Lance and us and spoke to God as only one, who knows and speaks often with Him,can.
EMT's Shane and Juliet manned the ambulance as Lance's kind care continued and only two stops were made on the trip. Gena administered doses of medicine at each of these to insure comfortable and relaxed travel for him. We encountered only one significant slowdown - road construction about an hour north of Atlanta - after that it was high speed ahead. The full moon was shining brightly as we moved through the valley from Tollesboro to Vanceburg. As we drove between the rock cut at the peak of the Ronald Reagan connector, you could see the flickering lights in town with the river as the backdrop as well as the lights of the Black Oak community. As we turned on River Drive our hearts were warmed as neighbors stood in driveways to wave their hands and signs, as we passed by yards with welcome signs for Lance, and as we turned into the driveway to see banners on the garage.
Once inside, Lance was quickly moved from the confining cot on which he had been placed at 10:15 AM, eight and a half hours earlier. Chelcee has worked diligently, with the help of others, to get all prepared at the house for his arrival. Today medical supplies and equipment were delivered throughout the day. Also in attendance, to help settle Lance in, were his mom Jill and his grandparents(John & Marlene and Betty). Ben helped me unload vehicle and organize all this stuff which Lance needs and the other things that must be on hand when preparing for all situations that a patient can encounter. Basically, the room/area has turned into a mini-hospital.
There were many thoughts swirling as we followed Central EMS Unit # 36 for 455 miles. There was the idea of bringing a fallen hero home - I could not help but think of the families that have experienced that pain, even more tragic than our circumstance. There are many, but a few come to mind: Billie Gwen (Ziegler) Barbour, Mike and Kathy Newdigate, and recently Jim and Michelle Cochran. There is the notion that we are bringing Lance home as a long term care patient; I continue trusting, praying, believing that God is not finished in this yet. We want God to be glorified in what happens in Lance's life and are thanking Him in advance for what He is going to do.
As we try to get rest tonight, Lance is very restless - not unexpected after all the change. We thank you for all the prayers you have offered during his journey; tonight we are safely home. As he heals, as he rests, as we wait.............home sure feels good.
my good friend Tara, was able to get pictures of most of the signs... Thanks Tara. Much Love Everyone, its been a long day, I'm SO glad my brother is home. He may not be sitting cross legged in my floor rambling on about philosophy, but he's here and in God's time, everything will fall into place. ~chelcee