Oct 13, 2008

Truly Thankful


This Thanksgiving means more to me than any other. Last Tuesday my husband was in a very serious accident at work and had his head pinned between a JLG lift cage and a steel purlin. The machinery's arm got stuck and would not stop booming out leaving my husband with no room to move or escape. His hard hat saved his head from being crushed but after the outer edges of the hard hat took some pressure his jaw broke in two places - at his chin and top right of his jaw. He also had quite a few stitches behind his ear where the hard hat and safety glasses subsequently dug in. How, we don't know (miracle I say) but the unit stopped booming out and he was able to wedge his head out.

We spent the first day at the hospital in our small hometown but he needed surgery and only Ottawa hospitals could do that. (one hour away) The next day we went to Ottawa but had to wait 14 hours for a bed to be available. Surgery was not do-able as the hospital surgery rooms were very busy and dental surgery doesn't take precedence. Hubby had to sleep sitting up as his jaw was so loose. The next morning he had to fast again to see if you he would be lucky enough to get into surgery after 4 p.m. We got the wonderful news that they would take him in at 7 p.m. barring no other extreme accidents would come into the hospital.

The surgery was successful and his jaw must be wired shut for 6 weeks. For any of you who personally know my husband you know just how much he loves food. This will be a very difficult time for him. Everything he eats must be drank through a straw. If you have any wonderful tasty soup recipes please send them along if you get a chance. I can blenderize anything.

So, this Thanksgiving means more to me than any other ever has. My husband is alive and I thank the Lord so deeply for that. Also, both of my dear parents had out patient surgeries on Friday as well - and they both came out with clean bills of health too. Thankful, indeed.



Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends.


34 comments:

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Joy, You have no idea how long I've been waiting to see this post...Thank you SO much for the update. I so wish I were there to help out with things -- housework, ironing, cooking, errand-running...
You're an amazing family and I know that when you say you are blessed and thankful, I know you mean it. Praise the Lord for the miraculous end to what could have been much worse. Hugs to everyone for me!
-Ruth

Jackie said...

Thinking good thoughts for you and your family. Hopefully the next six weeks will go by quickly. I'll look for some soup recipes for you. Hugs!

Aunt Mimi's Creations! said...

Our prayers are with you and your family! I hope six weeks flies by fast for you and your hubby.

LiLi M. said...

I can imagine how thanksgivingsday has a true meaning to you at this moment. You are lucky people! I try to mail you a couple of recipes, hope that I translate it well and that you can get the ingredients. Sending good thoughts and vibes to you all!

Roxrocks said...

Oh Joy, Thank God he is okay!!! What a terrifying experience. Here's hoping to a quick recovery and continued health.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I am so sorry this happened, but thankful that he will be alright. I do know the six weeks with his mouth wired shut will be trying as my husband also broke his jaw years ago. He could only drink pure liquid as anything with a bit of texture was too hard for him to swallow. There are so many things that make us all thankful. Miracles do happen.

Heather said...

Oh my.. Joy, I am so sorry but so relieved to hear that he will be ok. I am sorry you both had to do all the waiting. How rough. I am sending warm wishes for a speedy and smooth recovery.

Shabby Miss Jenn said...

I was almost in tears reading this...I am so glad God spared your husband. What a miracle too on getting him in for surgery when they did. I am so sorry but again so thankful that he's okay! Will say prayers that he will heal quickly. I am sure you will take amazing care of him too. I don't cook but I know there are some awesome soups out there in the stores you could blend up for him. Hugs sweetie!!!!!!

Sugar Bear said...

Oh my gosh Joy. I'm so sorry to hear of this but thank God he is okay. Prayers and hugs coming your way.
Karla

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Prayers from Ohio coming your way ~ a miracle indeed!!
Alice

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

So glad to hear that this story has a happy ending! Sent up a prayer of thanks!! I hope the rest of the healing goes well, and your family can get some rest!!

Denise said...

Oh my gosh.....I am so thankful he is okay and that it stopped. I will say a prayer for his patience this next 6 weeks. A blessed Thanksgiving to all of you!

BailiwickDesigns said...

Thank heaven for hard hats! And for the Lord watching over your husband. I hope he has a speedy recovery! ::Jill

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Joy, so sorry to hear about the accident, but glad he is on the mend. Life is fragile & we just never know what will happen. I can imagine how thankful you must feel!

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Joy,
I was just thinking of one of your recent blog posts talking about how we bloggers "swoop in" for each other when there is a need of some kind. We're all here for you, even if we can't be there physically. :)
-Ruth

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness Joy....sending prayers your way!!! Wish I lived closer so I could help you out!!
Big hugs!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh my god. My heart is racing just reading this. I'm so glad the hard hat was hard enough. I just can't imagine what he was thinking as the machine was pounding away at him. And what you thought when you heard the news!!

Give him a hug for me.

The World According to Libby said...

We've never met or spoken, but I see you're a friend of my sister, Ruth. I wanted to wish your husband well and let you both know that my prayers and thoughts are going out to you. Please keep us updated on how things are going.
I'm so sorry to hear this news.
Hang in there to both of you.
Love, Libby

Lee W. said...

wow- I'm glad to hear your hubby lucked out! He must be shaken from the whole thing! I really can't imagine what the phone call must've been like. I hope the next few weeks let him rest and heal well. Good luck! If you need anything, post it, and your blogger friends will get some care packages off!

bec4 said...

Joy, I am so glad hubby is okay! How scary it must have been. I will pray for a speedy recovery for him and that the liquid diet does not get to him!

Debe said...

What a blessing that your husband is ok!! And grateful for your parent's good news also. I wish you all continued blessings as you make your way through these next weeks. God be with you all!

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh Joy,I am so glad that your husband is safe. It is a miracle.

kayellen said...

Oh my goodness Joy!

I was just popping over to wish you a Happy thanksgiving....

So sorry to hear about your husbands accident!
I will be praying for you all:)

Many reasons to be thankful!!!

Blessing to you and your family,
KayEllen

Casa Mia * My House * said...

I was popping by to say Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you....Warm wishes for a speedy and smooth recovery

Korie said...

Joy,
I popped over today for a little inspiration and was stunned by your post. Thank goodness your husband is all right. What a terrifying ordeal!
I'll be thinking about you & your family and I'll ask my gourmet chef hubby for some yummy soup recipes...

Leah C said...

I can't imagine what a frightening experience that must have been! Keeping you, your hubby, & family in our thoughts and prayers. And wishing your husband a speedy recovery.

Joyce Mineer said...

Joy, I was wondering where you'd been lately... So sorry to hear the news about your husband but grateful for you and your family that he is out of harm's way and on his way to a full recovery. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. And I'll scour my recipe box for pulverize-able treats! Be patient with one another during these coming weeks and know that you're being thought of!

Simply Me Art said...

Oh Joy, Im so Sorry for you both. Your poor husband, I can't Imagine how very Painful that must be. Thank goodness he will be alright. I hope he has a very quick recovery. Bless you all. Jamie

Perfect Panache said...

SO glad he is ok Joy. I just can't imagine what you felt emotionally when you first found out - I just can't imagine. All of your online gals who read your bog (and have for a long time!!) love you dearly and I will be adding him to my prayers - It's just a miracle like Ruth said that it stopped before it got much worse.... and isn't God a God of miracles? You'll get through this and he WILL be ok. I will be thinking of you :)

Tricia said...

Oh my! Now I know why your blog was quiet for a while. What a scary thing to go through, I'm glad he's ok.

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A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh Joy ~ I'm just now checking in and read this. . . . please know that you're all in my thoughts & prayers . . . . much love being sent your way . . . xoxoxo P

Bethie - Chic Junque said...

Oh my gosh, I've been out of town...how horrible, Joy! I'm glad to hear things are better, and I'm sure it was a miracle! I will be thinking of you and keep you in my prayers!

Patsy Terrell said...

Joy... I had to be on a liquid diet for a few weeks once and discovered that Campbells chunky soup run through the blender tastes pretty good. It looks disgusting, but it tastes more like you expect. It's at least one more thing you can put in your rotation!