Beth made this. She spent days on the face.
Well! I went on my first driving lesson today! I only hit 4 people! And the 3 of them will heal up just fine! The other one…well…. we’ll forget about that.
IM OH SO EXCITED I FELT REALLY GOOD OUT THERE, I THINK I’LL BE A GOOD DRIVER. I THINK I WILL RESPECT THE RULES OF THE ROAD AND NOT HAVE ANY ACCIDENTS. I THINK I FINELY FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT AND AM NOT SCARED ANYMORE. MY DAD SAYS I NEED TO WORK ON STAYING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD. I DON’T KNOW WHY I KEEP DRIFTIN OVER BUT THAT SHOULD GET WORKED OUT SHORTLY.
Dad here: Yes, today was Beth’s 1st practice at driving. For the most part she did well. Once reason Beth never learned to drive is she could never get over the fear of 2000 pound weapon. It used to scare the heck out of her. Since her accident that fear appears to be gone. Beth drives like a brand new driver and does the typical mistakes new drivers make. For instance, she has to look down to use the turn signal and she wasn’t sure which way to push it when making turns. She also had some issues with the pedals, using the gas for the break and vice versa, although that only happened twice.
We did some panic stops and the 1st one took her a good 1.5 seconds before she responded, but each additional one she got quicker and quicker.
And for some reason, even when going straight, she drifts, rather quickly, over to the left side. Although near the end of the 30 minute session she did so less frequently.
Parking. Wellllllllll, that’s going to require lots of work, either that or the city’s going to have to increase the size of all the parking spots! 😉 We tried parking to the left and to the right, and she doesn’t have the feel for the car yet so normally she parked very close to the left line. We also tried backing into a parking space and she got it right in the middle!…..of two spaces. LOL! We had a good laugh at that.
So on the way home we talked about it and joked about it and had setup a joke to tell as we entered the door so Sandy could hear. (That’s the one she typed at the start of this blog)
We also decided to add a few pictures to make the joke complete. Enjoy.
my boredom will untie my mind
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We had a wonderful Christmas with ALL our kids here in Spokane so I thought I’d share a quick note.
Just a quick update to let you know Beth is doing better. She had a terrible day and night yesterday due to a reaction to her med’s. We’re not sure at this time what the issue was but it caused her to itch terribly. I could go into a LOT of details of what went on, but suffice to say she is doing MUCH better today and so are her parents and siblings. Whew! More later!
*** Update: 11:52 AM Woohoo! Doctor Martz just stopped by and told us she’s in recovery and that everything went perfect. She has 5 small titanium plates and about 20 screws in her head. (I asked to make sure all the screws were tight!) She has a drainage tube in that will remain in place for the next two days. Her wrist will be restrained so that she doesn’t bother the incission so that will be difficult for her. The doctor also removed a beebee that was in the back of her head just under the skin. (One of those stories I really don’t want to know about) She will be in recovery for the next hour or so then into ICU for the next couple of nights. Can’t wait to see her!
** Update: 10:52 AM: Just talked with the Anesthesiologist and they said that Dr. Martz has completed putting the skull in (they use screws and small plates, my Dad said to make sure she doesn’t have any “loose screws”..what a guy!) and it should be another 30 to 45 minutes.
Bethany is at the hospital today to have her skull placed back into her head. She is in great spirits (as usual) and made everyone laugh. The anesthesiologist in particular thought she was halarious.
One of the nurses that was putting in the IV into her arm was telling Beth how she wants to have a mullett done to her hair (We were talking about Beth wanting to wear her mohawk) and Beth said, “What? A mullett? That’s from the 80’s and that’s where they should stay!”. Broke everyone up.
I’m currenlty sitting in the hospital cafeterria but am heading back up to the waiting room. They started on Beth at 9:13 AM and so far everything is going along great. I will report back as I get news.
Thanks to all of you folks that are praying for Beth, we greatly appreicate it.
Here’s some pictures of her just before she went into surgery: