Our whole extended family has been in quiet turmoil since September 1st, when our nephew was struck by a car while crossing a street (in another province), sustaining life-threatening injuries. When they slid him into the back of the ambulance, Sandals was already in a coma.
The entire case has recently been thoroughly reviewed by a different neurologist, who concurs with the primary care team that there is absolutely no reasonable expectation that this once vibrant 23 year old man will ever wake up. Yesterday in conference, the doctors told the parents the sad truth that Sandals has entered a persistent vegetative state. There is a DNR in place.
The medical recommendation is that (when his body is sufficiently stable) this precious child should be transferred to Winnipeg where he can be closer to home. At that time, the doctors recommend that all assistance should be removed, including the feeding tube. After that, they estimate that the incredibly bright light that Sandals once shone upon this world... will slowly, painlessly, burn out for good within approximately 56 hours.
Sandals is a twin to Runners; their older brother, Nike, & the twins are best friends with our son, Boot. Runners & Boot have been sitting at Sandals' bedside for the last 2 days, silently communicating their love & their persistent hope for a miracle.
Nike, Mr Shoes & I, and all other family members who have been able, have traveled to SK to remind Sandals of our love for him, & to lend support to his parents in this time of terrible sadness.
Despite all our sorrows, the world goes on, as it always does. Plants continue to bloom in my gardens; though only the carrots, beets, peppers, & celery are still growing in the vegetable beds.
|"Adversity is the first path to truth." ~ Lord Byron|
|"Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." ~William Shakespeare|
"Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men."