Sunday, September 14, 2008

Time Out

I try to keep my ZONE posts geared to fun stuff [movies, television, novels, comic books, art, etc.]. For this post, I'm going to make an exception and write briefly about something out of the norm.

On Friday evening, one of my students who plays on our high school football team suffered a terrible injury. His neck was broken while making a tackle. He was rushed to the hospital and surgery started late that evening and went into the early hours of the next day. His mother, little brother and a couple of close friends were joined by the head football coach, the head and assistant basketball coaches, our athletic trainer, our principal and me. As the minutes slowly ticked off and the surgery continued, his older brother [he's going to college out of town], a few more close friends and a former football coach arrived. At about 1:30AM, a doctor came out and said that surgery was going well, that all signs were good and they'd be operating for another hour or so. After surgery, the student was admitted to the hospital.

This morning all signs continue to be good. The student has full use of his arms and legs. He still has a ways to go to be fully healed, but the worst should be over.

The reason that I wanted to post about this is that sometimes we forget about what's really important in life. We also forget about how quickly events can change, sometimes forever. It shouldn't take a catastrophic accident to remind us of what's important... to let those we care about know it... to appreciate the blessings that we have.

Maybe it can be something as simple as a blog post.


Rafael Kayanan said...

Sometimes life has to remind us in the most unexpected and unwanted ways. Good to hear the young man is making a recovery.

Brian Ashmore said...

Good point at the end there, Craig. It's so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day that it's far too easy to not appreciate the people who mean the most to you. His parents must have gone through hell waiting for word on how their son was doing.

Craig Zablo said...

Thanks for the comments, guys. The student continues to improve, but still has no use of his hands. Yesterday he did move his toes and he can move his arms and legs. Prognosis is good, but there will be a long rehab.