As you can gather from Michelle and Margot’s story, it has been a horrible emotional roller-coaster. I just wanted to point out some of the miracles and blessings we have had just to make it this far, and show you all how much your prayers and support has helped.
The first thing that I want to point out is that we have been blessed with the chance for them to even make it through this type of head on crash. An officer (brother of one of Glen’s friends) who is working on the crash recreation and investigation, came by told us some of the details that they had so far on the crash. He said that there might’ve been a little embellishment by the news, but the driver behind the black van did lose some control and veered across the median into Glen and family. He said the estimated speed of the black van was around 50-60 mph, and that it was a pretty big crash scene. Amazingly, out of all of the 9 people in both cars, 1 teenager was killed, 5 kids taken to the hospital, 3 in critical condition (our two, Cameron and Alana were the only ones not in critical condition and only had a scratch or two), and 3 people life flighted, 2 to Grady (Sandra and the other Driver), and Glen sent to Atlanta Medical Center.
Since I have been with Glen at AMC, seeing first hand some of the miracles at work is amazing. Glen was sent here because he was a bit more difficult to get out off the car, but that really was a blessing in disguise. It turns out that there are a lot of people here that Glen or our family has a connection to at some point in life and has kept a keen eye on everything that has been done to help him make it through this. Ranging from Glen’s childhood friend who knows trauma surgeons in this hospital; to a friend, that Glen met a few weeks ago from his basketball team, whose father is a Neurosurgeon in the hospital.
One of the best trauma surgeons just happened to be on-call when Glen came in, and even some of his injuries have helped him make it through some of the first few hours. He had a lot of injuries, but it turns out that one of them might’ve saved his life. As bad as it sounds, his fractured skull helped ease the pressure his brain normally would’ve caused. The next day, the timing of his ct scan showed a blood clot on the brain, that would’ve caused serious damage if it wasn’t done at that specific time.
Some of the resources at AMC Glen has been provided, are top-notch and he is basically being watched from the Executives down, thanks to Glen’s cousin Dwayne’s college friend, who happens to work side by side with the COO, CFO, and Chief HR Officer. One of the ICU nurses (I am calling her my hospital mom), went to school with my mother and is good friends with my Aunt and Uncle. One of my friend’s is a Orthopedic Nurse and made sure that one of the best surgeon’s in the hospital is over-looking every thing done with future bone surgeries.
Being in the ICU area for the past few days, I have seen many people in pain, sadness, heart-break and misery, but nothing helps ease that pain more than friends and family. Friends and family have come or will be coming from far and wide to give their support and prayers. We have been lucky enough to have such important people to lean on and make sure that we don’t break.
I just wanted to post this to let you all know from my point of view, just a few examples of how your prayers and support have had such a huge impact Glen survival. He is not out of the woods yet and we need to continue to keep this going. Those prayers a being answered and we all truly blessed to have you as a part of our lives in such a difficult time.
(This is my first blog, so be easy on my possible bad grammar)