Sunday, April 4

The Past 48 Hours

We feel so loved to have so many people care and ask about Dan and his accident. We could feel your prayers. I have written below the whole story. Let it be a testament to God's protection and mercy that He has blessed us with. He is so so good.

"Let's move the tv armoire downstairs."

Dan is on the bottom.

I hear a crash.

The tv stand slips out of his hands.
It smashes him into the wall.
He somehow gets out.

His ear is bleeding.
His neck hurts.

We drive to the clinic 30 miles away.

"You should never have moved with a neck injury."

Neck brace.
Glens Falls Hospital.

Laying in the ER for two hours.
CT scan taken.


"Dan, hold my hand while I tell you this news.
Your neck is broken in 3 places.
It is highly unstable."

I fall to the ground.

I keep squeezing Dan's hand.
He keeps wiggling his toes.

One hour later, the special ambulance team arrives.

They study the CT scan to prepare to move Dan.

Dan is strapped in.
Everyone is scared.

No one can believe Dan rode 30 miles in a car without protection.
They must not have known he was held by the Protector.

Dad prays over Dan.

One hour ambulance ride.
I follow with mom and dad in the car.

We walk in the ER.
50 people are around Dan.
We aren't allowed in.

"Can he move his fingers and toes?"
I am crying.

"We can't tell you anything for 15-20 minutes."

Waiting. Praying. Shaking.

We finally see him.

"Dan is fortunate- one move and he could have been paralyzed. People try to move their necks and fall to the ground."

Talk of emergency surgery or a halo.
The guy next to Dan is having a heart attack.
We see the three large cracks on Dan's vertebra on the computer.

So scared.

Moved to the spine ward.

It's a waiting game.


The nurse sits down with me alone and goes through all the options.
Surgery- potential of paralysis from the jaw down.
Months of recovery.

I am shaking.

God allows that moment to be
when my best friend arrives.

She sits with me.
We talk about different scenarios.
What would happen.
What we would do.

Pray. Pray. Pray.

MRI is finished.

We wait.

Doctor tells us he feels there will be no surgery.
No halo.
How can this be?
We are happy but a little in disbelief.
We are nervous.
We have to wait for the head surgeon
to hear the final word.

Dan can't sleep.
Neither can I.

He starts shaking

Nurse takes forever to give him something.

Praying the shaking doesn't hurt him
The Glens Falls nurse told us any movement could damage him.

The Lord protects him.

We feel the love.
We feel all the prayers.

Doctor concurs with the night doctor.
Says "You will not go paralyzed. Just don't get into a car accident or something".

We have long drives ahead.
I'm scared.
My faith holds me.


So many questions.
Waiting for answers.

We keep hearing how lucky Dan is.
No, God protected him.

Some scary moments.
Moving Dan so many times.
Trying on new braces.
Figuring out medicines with Dan's allergy to morphine.

God protects Dan.

We hear more and more.
"He's going to be okay.
Just be careful as he heals."

I think, "We were careful when we were moving furniture."
Clearly, "just be careful" scares me.

We survive on faith alone.

"Dan's doing better than we could have hoped."

We keep hearing
"He's so lucky."

Luck had nothing to do with it.

We travel home.
"God protect us."
God does.

We thank Him.

He is so gracious to us.
I keep holding Dan's hand.
He says he feels like God gave him a second chance at life.

I feel the same way.
God doesn't owe us anything.
Everything is a gift.

We have a long road ahead.
We are scared.

God will protect Dan's neck.
God will fill us with peace.
He is doing it right now.

What would we do without our faith in Jesus Christ?
If John 3:16 wasn't true?
If we didn't have the resurrection to celebrate today?

I couldn't have made it through this weekend
without my faith.
without all the prayers.
Dan feels the same way.

So that is the story.
In a nutshell.
I feel like the past weekend was a whole year long.
But the events also feel like a whirlwind.

The next six months will feel so long.
But in the end, Dan will be like new.
There should be no mobility loss.

I don't know how to end this note.
Except to say thank you for your prayers.
Thank you for caring.
Thank you for your comments.
We are forever thankful for our family in Christ.


  1. Thank you for re-living that for us. We were so in the dark at home, just wondering, praying, tensing at every text that popped into our inboxes..

    I am so thankful that God is trustworthy, that He is holy, that His will is completely in accord with His perfect love.

    I am so thankful that our bodies on earth are just a temporary vapor.. so fragile, so complex.

    and I am thankful for your faith, and for the faith of Dan. I am thankful that you are humble, broken, willing..

    I love you both. I love God and continually am lifting you to Him through the Spirit even if I don't know what to say.. Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.