I am Colleen's oldest daughter, April, and my mom asked me to update you all on a situation our family is facing now. On Saturday my dad was on a pre-wedding motorcycle ride with my brother Andy and his wife-to-be Barb when he hit some gravel on the side of the road while making a turn. He went down and is FINE but was very badly hurt. He has several broken ribs and a broken collarbone. He was NOT wearning a helmet and is in VERY deep hot water with my mom about that one, to say the least. He received quite a gash on the back of his head that took several stitches to close, he has some road-rash on his sholder and elbow, and torn up his wrist pretty good. They did a CAT scan and it came back normal so he does not have any brain injuries. He was very, very lucky and must have had an angel looking out for him. He is still in the hospital and will likely be there for at least a few more days. He is battered and broken but will heal in time. THANK YOU GOD!!!
Needless to say my mom and dad are spending a few unexpected days in Denver. They have both kept their sense of humor but this has been very hard on them. My mom cherishes you all so much and relies on you for support. She asked me to ask you all to send prayers for a speedy recovery for my dad. But, if you don't mind, I would like to ask you to send prayers for both of them. They truely are an amazing couple. He stood by her during her bout with breast cancer and she refuses to leave his side now. She won't come home with me to sleep in a comfortable bed- she has been sleeping in a chair in his hospital room.
Those of you who have been reading her blogs for any length of time now will not be surprised by this at all:>). I am, however, going to steal her away tomorrow afternoon for a few hours so she can shower, do some laundry, take a nap, and have dinner with my family.
Today was a little frustrating for all of us because we did not get to see the doctor today and still have so many questions. Just a tip...don't get hurt on a holiday weekend...seems doctors are a little scarce on the weekend, especially on Sunday. We are hoping to get more answers tomorrow when more staff should be on hand and my dad can get evaluated by the doctors that need to see him. It is very hard on them not knowing what to expect, how long he will be in the hospital, etc.
They drove their truck to Denver but luckily Jeff and Rachael also drove out. Tomorrow Jeff and Rachael will each drive one of the vehicles back to Utah. Please also send a little prayer their way for a safe trip home. It is not easy to make that drive with no one else in the vehicle to keep you company (I know from experience :-)). Once my dad is released from the hospital and cleared by the doctors, my mom and dad will fly back to Utah.
To end this on a happier note, the wedding did go on and it was absolutely beautiful! We now have a new addition to our family and we couldn't be happier. A day that started with tears of fear and sadness ended with tears of joy and happiness. The highs and lows of every emotion imaginable in a single day. We are truly blessed.
I will leave it to my mom to tell you all about the wedding in her own, unique way that I know you all love. Rest assured we have a TON of pictures to share with you all as well. Thank you all for being there for her. You mean so much to her and I know she can't wait to get back to "blogland" with all her friends. I will keep you updated on the situation until she is able to return.