Today, on September 11th, we remember “where we were.”

Seven years ago today, I was sitting by the phone waiting to hear the words that my husband would be okay.  He was deployed to Saudi Arabia when the towers fell.

Tonight, seven years later, I sat by his hospital bed and waited to hear the words that he would be okay…

I’m still waiting.

Today on his way home from work Ryan was in a motorcycle accident.  He rode the bike this morning because it was SUPPOSED to be a beautiful day.  He left work early when it started to drizzle so he could be home before the worst of the storm hit. 

He didn’t make it. 

A few miles from home he hit hard rain and slowed WAY down to avoid an accident.  The SP’s at the scene told me that the person who called it in said he wasn’t going more than 30mph.  He wasn’t speeding, he wasn’t driving recklessly, he was being so careful.  Thank God, because if he hadn’t been I don’t even want to think what might have happened.

He hit a patch of mud on a curve and the bike slid out from under him.  It then caught the road and tipped back up throwing him from the bike before flipping end over end twice and then rolling over and over for almost 40 feet before slamming into a guard rail about 30 feet above a gorge on the side of the road.  He can’t remember if he was on the bike for the first roll or not.

He has some pretty bad contusions on his legs.  The crash bars slammed hard into his right shin causing a softball sized lump and tore the muscle in his calf but no breaks or fractures.  And he somehow badly sprained his left ankle, he’s banged up but… 

He walked away.   

In fact he didn’t even get road rash… he didn’t shed one drop of blood.  His helmet and padded jacket saved him from serious damage and probably saved his life.

But the scariest damage was revealed after they loaded him up and took him to the hospital.  His neck Xrays came back abnormal.  They admitted him and administered a CAT SCAN and MRI.  The consensus is this.  He has what looks like a “hangman’s fracture” which is a fracture that displaces your 2nd vertebrae.  They won’t be absolutely certain until a specialist can look at everything in the morning. 

Here in Germany they don’t speculate or over-explain anything.  I have no idea what this means or where we go from here.  They also do not allow the family to stay in the hospital.  So I’m home… waiting.

In the mean time he has been hospitalized.  They are keeping him in a neck brace and strapped down until they can determine the extent of the damage. 

I will be readmitted at 8am and we’ll go from there.  I’ll let you know what is going on once we have some news.

Please pray for healing, for peace of mind for him (he is understandably nervous) for clarity for the doctors and (selfish as it may sound) that things go smoothly for me as I try desperately to translate and understand what is going on since he’s in a German hospital.

Allow me one moment to remind you that THIS is why we have safety gear.  My heart skips a beat every time my mind flirts with the thoughts of how much worse this could have been. 

Thank you God for his life.





29 thoughts on “PRAYERS NEEDED

  1. Hugs for you both (but not too hard for him) and you will both be in my thoughts. From the research I did online looks like its a highly treatable fracture. I’m sure everything will be fine. I know this really isn’t the time, but will this affect your trip back stateside? I know you were really looking forward to it. Keep us updated, I will be thinking of you both. Love-Snow

  2. oh dear…i’m praying Courtney. I pray that things will work out. that they will be able to diagnose the problem and be able to help Ryan get back to his best and for peace for you about your dear hubby, and for understanding of what they are saying to you.

  3. many many prayers.  from a family of motorcylcists, i understand the risks that may occur and the necessary reason we choose to wear protective gear, though our state does not mandate it.  take care!

  4. OH MY GOODNESS, Courtney!  I sat here with tears in my eyes and my hand over my mouth as I read this.  I am SO GLAD he is alive!  Oh goodness.  My heart goes out to both of you…Ryan while he is strapped there waiting and you having to wait at home.  How awful not getting to be with him.  I am most definitely praying for both of you right now and will continue until I hear more.

  5. @osu_arturo – Yes several times.  They are all very worried about him and even sent one of the officers in his office who speaks fluent German to sit with me and interpret.  They have gone above and beyond to help us and I couldn’t be more grateful! 

  6. @NightCometh – No the hospitals here have been closed and we are sent onto the economy for medical care here.  From everything I hear it’s great care and they do everything in their power to make it easy for us but understandably there are differences that make it hard!  Change is never good in an emergency!

  7. Courtney I am so sorry!!!  I just prayed before I started to comment.  I praise God that he was not killed.  I praise God that he shed no blood.  I will continue to pray for a quick recovery.   I know a little about vertebrae fractures due to my sisters ordeal.  Hopefully it is minor and will heal quickly.  Obviously the neck brace and strapping him down are precautions until the specialist can look at the tests.  However, since he WALKED away … I am quite hopeful this fracture is not serious.  If it was very serious… he would not have walked away.  I will continue to keep you and Ryan in my prayers.  I am thankful the officers are helping out as much as they can. 

  8. I pray all turns out ok for him and that God will put your heart at ease. It must be very difficult being in another country when something like this happens. Praying for you both. Hope to hear good news soon.

  9. Oh my. . . my heart stopped. “NOT my precious Courtney and Ryan!” was my thought. Praise God he is alive though it’s scary not knowing what’s going on. I feel SO aweful you can’t be with him. I will pray God let’s you go there in your sleep. Chuck and I will be praying here at home. I LOVE YOU.

  10. I am so glad he is okay!!  Prayers go out to you both.  PLEASE … if you need me, I am here.  This is what I do all day! (My unit at the hospital is the Spine Unit so we see spinal breaks, neck breaks/fractures and brain surgeries.)  I am here for you!

  11. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I am praying SO HARD for you & Ryan. I hope hope hope that his neck is OK & that he won’t need any surgery or anything. WOW. And you poor thing are sitting at home alone! 😦 *hugs* I wish I could be there to keep you company. *BIGHUGS*

  12. My heart dropped out of my chest reading this – both of you are in my prayers. I can’t imagine how anxious either of you are right now waiting to hear the results. I hope they come back with good news.

  13. I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.  I know waiting in the hospital is a very hard thing to do.  You want answers now.  But they will take good care of him and make him all better.  Just have faith and trust in the hospital staff.  And we are all here for you.

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