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.
Friday, March 4, 2011
No News......Good News ????
Lance is much better and has been improving for the past 72 hours - slowly. The improvement seems sustained and if progress continues, we will be home soon. The intestinal blockage resolved after much pain medicine to give him relief. It has taken several days for the digestive system to work again and entire episode caused more weight loss as there were several days without receiving nutrition in his stomach. The lungs have cleared significantly and we hope will continue as he becomes able to sit up again and resume therapy activities. The bizarre part of this cascade of medical events was the imbalance in his sodium and potassium levels which had huge impact on his overall appearance and body function. His entire body, but most noticeable in his face and neck, was swollen for several days. The anxious (and scary) part for us was the impact the illness had on his level of consciousness. It was like we rolled back several weeks in time. Lance was once again in the darkness (more like a coma) for several days and this was painful to accept and difficult to explain to you who contiinue to pray and trust God to be at work, healing Lance, restoring him with His miraculous power.
Lance is now interacting again. He is not back to level which he had attained one month ago but has made large strides Wednesday and Thursday. Today medical staff members were able to witness what we had been describing; it seemed hard for them to believe until they saw for themselves. Our journey continues; this has been the most significant setback Lance has had, but once again he amazes me with his resilience.
I remember telling Lance, "No news is NOT good news; no news is scary!", before he left for extended trips. The long ones were to Italy for a semester during his undergraduate years at UL and Turkey during his graduate work at UK. I could usually depend on him to call, with news updates, so that my worries and sleepless nights were minimized. As you read these verses from 2 Cor. 4:16-18, remember that the grace that Christ offered on the cross is available to all who will receive. The love God has for us is better than good; it is GREAT NEWS. Because of that love, He commanded light to shine out of darkness - when we allow the light (Jesus Christ) to enter our darkened hearts, you and I awaken to our created purpose and reflect the glory of God. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
"Here is Our King" is a David Crowder song that held one of Lance's favorite lines. The chorus goes like this: "He is our King, He is our love, He is our God who's come to bring us back to Him, He is the One, He is Jesus". Lance's fav lyric was hidden in the second verse...."And what was said to the rose to make it unfold....was said to me here in my chest....so be quiet now and rest." A rose, that can reflect God's glory, lies within each of us. We just need to allow a hush...........some quiet time with God and scripture.......so we can soak up His power and His light. The light, as it enters our heart, will unfold the rose that He created when He made you. The miracle that occurred when you were formed in your mother's womb will be followed by the miracle of your unfolding rose. Then the miracle of continual inward renewal, as promised in the scripture, can begin. Now that is eternal good news we can all celebrate regardless of our temporary circumstances.