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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Neurologist Visit

Today I went to the neurologist to see the results of my MRI on my brain. Before she looked at the pictures of the MRI or the info on it, she asked me how I felt and if anything felt weird or unusual. I told her that things were starting to get pretty much back to normal and I didn't think anything felt out of place. She said that if I was feeling like that, then whatever the MRI shows it may not make a difference on how my brain is healing. The one thing that she specifically pointed out from the MRI is that my brain had some scar tissue from healing and the problem with scar tissue in the brain is that it can either in the near future or in the distant, cause me to either feel like I'm having deja vu, or it can even give me strokes. She didn't say that this will happen, but I am at higher risk of it happening. Other than the scar tissue my brain looked like it was healing very much, and just as the doctor in Colorado said, I must wear a helmet when I'm doing activities. Even though the doctors say this, I'm not gonna throw on a helmet anytime I decide to get a little active. I will wear a helmet doing the sports I do like, skating, biking, dirtbiking and other types. I already wear a helmet almost any time I go snowboarding and when I'm dirtbiking, I pretty much always wear a helmet. I realize now the severity of my injuries and I'll do whatever I can to keep them at a low rate now. I can't just give up sports, I love them to much! I will be more careful about how I progress and approach these sports though. God has given me such an amazing opportunity to forward my life even with life threatening injuries. I better take what he has given me and protect it.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Life Is Amazing!

Even with everything that I have been through and everything that I have had to do to get back to a normal life, things are shaping up for the better. Yesterday was probably one of the best days I have had in my whole life. It wasn't very eventful, nothing super exciting happened. Just a pretty casual day hanging out with the one person I wanted to be with. We went to Del Taco and ended up sitting there for like 2 hours just talking and watching her try to make a crayon pyramid (which is impossible). We then went on a hike that was up by Carlos' house and ended up having a rock throwing contest of who could hit the target the most times... She won. After that we went over to the movie theater and thought about watching Water For Elephants. It was 6 and it started at 7, so we got her a drink and then popped over to Chances house for a while. I showed everyone a video called MeatVideo. It's a pretty insane video about how animals are treated to get the meat we use. Go to meatvideo.com to watch it. That really hit everyone's heart. I asked "Who doesn't want to eat meat anymore?" Everyone raised their hand. I don't know if I will stop eating meat, but just seeing what goes on in that line of work is insane. After being at chances we went back to the theater and decided to watch Thor instead. It was a pretty good movie, other than it was kinda confusing and you can tell there will be a 2nd one. Movie got out at 9 and we decided to just go chill at a park for a while. We didn't even end up getting out of the car because it was creepy. We just talked and listened to music. I took her home, said my goodbye's and was on my way home. The whole ride home I couldn't think anything other than, I have to be the luckiest person alive. So this just goes to show that it doesn't matter what you are doing, where you are, but it's who you are with that can make or break your day. Thank you Karina for making my life so wonderful!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Something Good Is On The Way!

Sometimes you just get that feeling inside that makes you happy no matter what happens to you. That's me right now! Granted, I did have a pretty bad day today just because I wasn't in the best mood when I woke up. Even though I probably acted pretty grumpy and was probably pretty rude, inside I was smiling. I can't even explain how happy I have been the last couple of weeks. I just smile and smile and smile. Hopefully a lot of you have noticed this. Can anyone guess this feeling? No seriously, I want to know. Oh wait... I do know.  I've had my fair share of this feeling. Not just with friends and family, but objects and activities. It's called love. I know you've all heard this a million times, but the world could use a little more love. I see a lot of hate going on. I see it on the web, in school, between friends, and yes, even in church. I feel that more than people trying to actually hate a person, they are trying to look better than that person. I can't even count how many comments I've seen on Youtube videos that say things like, "This sucks, I am so much better!" or "This is so stupid!" and a whole lot of name calling going on. It's almost like you can't walk around without seeing it all around you. I have given out a lot of hate myself though, so I can't call myself better than anyone else. I guess it just took a little bit of growing up for me to realize that hate just makes everything worse. God never hated, and that's how I want to try and act. I know I can't be like God, but I can try. So my advice to everyone... All those people you hate, and talk bad about, and call names, show them a little love. I am trying to mend broken relationships, keep common ones good, and excel in my new relationships.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Oh How Our God Gives

Well happy Mothers Day everybody! Hope you all celebrated it well and told your moms how much you love them. I always use days like this to look back at my life and see all that God has given me. I live in an incredible place with so many opportunities and things given to me and I take that for granted a lot of the time. I have had incredible relationships with friends, family, mentors and more. I feel a bit spoiled by God and want to help others and let them see the life that I am given. I want to do many mission trips and many service trips throughout my life. Hopefully people will see the that the life I was given was not by my choice, but by Gods. Every time I think about how less fortunate countries must think of the United States, they think "Those Americans are just handed everything on a plate and they don't care about the world." Which in a lot of cases is actually true. I can think of tons of times where I have said that I felt bad for other people, but have done nothing to help them. God has definitely given me a new pair of eyes and I'm seeing the world in a whole different way. I used to think I never wanted to go to developing countries to help out because it would be gross and I wouldn't like it, now I can't think any way other than wanting to help all those people. The lives that they live are so basic that it's kind of a miracle for me to even think that I have shoes, a home, blankets... All the "American" basic needs. Thank you God for everything you do for me and everything that you have given me. I call you father, dad, papa... Lord.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Blogs Discontinuation

Yes yes, I realize that I haven't posted in a very long time! I have just been doing so much and getting so much done that I haven't had the thought or time to get on here and post a few words. Life is pretty much back to "normal". I don't know if you can call anyones life a normal life. After my fall I have really wanted to get as close to God as I can, because there is no knowing when you might have an accident and end up meeting him. I want to be as holy as I can, and I know I do and say a lot of bad things, but that is my sin kicking in and taking the best of me. I'm trying not to swear anymore or do any more bad things. I hear a lot of people talking about religion like it is a waste of time and you don't get to live the life you want. The way I see it, being the competitive and athletic person that  I am, it's just another challenge for me to try and concur and "win". I hope to be as close to God as I can humanly be because it is so important for me to hold close to God. He definitely saved me from terrible injuries and death after my fall so how can I not thank him by praising him and lifting his name up. Thank you God for everything you do for me and the amazing and wonderful life you have provided me with.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Back To School!

I'm finally back at school! Even though today wasn't very eventful and I didn't get much done, I was very glad to be back at school. Even though I'm glad to have an amazing home and a great Mom that cares about me and takes care of me, it is really good to get out of the house I have been in for so long. I have pretty much just chilled at home doing packets and watching tv. Hopefully the rest of the year goes awesome! I still get to tutor with Gwen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 and I'm pretty stoked that Gwen will help me so much! I hope learning isn't hurting my HURT brain.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yeah yeah yeah

Well... If you all haven't noticed, I haven't posted in like 3 days. I fell asleep one night, was at Niconas house the next, and then my Dads house asleep after a movie. So this is a little refresh on what's been going on. Wednesday I got up and pretty much did nothing other than packet work and then I went to Wednesday Night youth group. I used to hate Wednesdays because that was the day I had to wear a dress uniform at Ivy Hall. Even after not going there anymore I didn't like Wednesdays. I pretty much think they are the best days of the week now because of Wednesday Nights. I'm so glad to be there and see my friends and be a part of the group. It's so good to hear Nate speak and fill me with the spirit to keep me going until Sunday. After Wednesday Night I ended up going to Niconas house with Josh and Kainen and we all stayed the night. We sat up just talking and playing video games and stuff and I ended up falling asleep first at about 1:00. I woke up to see Nicona asleep with his head on the ground and his feet on the couch, that was pretty funny, but I fell asleep again in about 3 seconds. I stayed on the ground for about an hour until I was told to go to Niconas bed. I got there and fell asleep in minutes. They put a cut out of James Dean on me and I didn't even notice until I woke up at 11! It was a lot of fun being somewhere other than my house for once. That's the one place I've really been for the past 3 weeks. Thursday I was just chillin at Niconas until about 8 and then went to my Dads house. I got there and we got a little Del Taco and then just watched movies. He went to bed after the first and then I watched a documentary about the first man to climb everest in 1924. He died on his way down, but he made it to the summit. Friday I woke up and was told that we were going to go snowshoeing in the morning. We went up the canyon and hiked on normal trail for about a mile before finding the snow. We hiked about another mile with snowshoes and then headed down. I would have loved to hike farther but I was so tired from it being the first real exercise I've gotten in a long time. Then me and my Dad went to my Moms house to mow the lawn, edge it, and clean the garage. It ended up taking us like 6 hours with a few side projects. We put a new battery in our 4 wheeler and I had to go get it. It took about an hour just to get the battery. After we got back to my Dads house we just chilled and showered and ate some good dinner and we were gonna watch a movie but my dad fell asleep. So I watched My Dog Skip. I hadn't seen that movie in forever so it was good to watch it again. I finished it and just got ready for bed and so here I am deciding I should blog at 1 in the morning. Oh well, hope this is a good update to what's going on.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pretty Great Day

Today started of a little on the startling side. I woke up at about 7 because of my sleeping problems and kinda dosed in and out until like 9. My sister came downstairs and said that Gwen was here. I hurried and got up, put some pants on, deodorant, brushed my teeth and was upstairs as fast as I could be. Gwen was ready to do some packet work and left some books for me to choose one in my spare time, which I have a lot of right now! It's really good of Gwen to come to my house and help me out with school work. I know that I can do it on my own, but having her help and tell me what I need to do is very helpful and handy and just awesome! It's also nice to feel like I have a teacher again and I'm not just sitting at home doing nothing. After she left, I just did some packet work and went downstairs to drink some morning coffee and do my daily online things. I usually post reviews, videos, pictures, comments, questions and answers on Dogfunk.com because I am in the top 100 reviewers out of at least 50,000. It's almost like a job, even though I don't get paid for it. Check my Facebook, see what's going on, email a couple things, then watch some good snowboarding vids! A couple kids of my Moms friend came over and I watched them for about 20 minutes until my sister got home from lunch with my Dad. She is a lot better with kids than me and knows what to do with them. I usually just let them do what they want and read a magazine or something while I watch them. Not that fun for the kids. Ryan came over and asked me if I wanted to go to a BBQ for his young mens and when we got there we were supposed to do a little service for one of his neighbors. We went there and we were supposed to be pulling big weeds, taking care of trash, and fixing some crooked sidewalk. I couldn't do any of that because of my condition and ended up being the guy that got to burn the dry weeds. It was pretty cool. The BBQ tasted really good. We had some hot dogs and one had cheese in it and the other was a polish dog. I was pretty stoked to get good food. It was freezing outside and I didn't bring a jacket so I was pretty cold but the food was amazing! Me and Ryan ended up just hanging out the rest of the day until like 11:30. At 11 we ended up going and getting energy drinks because they sounded good. I got a great tasting Rockstar Grape flavor drink (which I recommend if anyone wants an energy drink). I put my new bindings on one of my snowboards and then just laid in bed. I feel like I've actually accomplished quite a bit today even though I didn't really do a lot. I guess most things feel exciting when your used to sitting around all day.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Things Make Life Great!

Today started off a little weird. I woke up at 7 because I had a doctors appointment at 9. I am not really used to waking up early yet because with recovery I am supposed to sleep as much as I can. I don't get a lot of sleep during the night because of my back. But I manage to sleep very well in the morning. I have been sleeping until either 9 or even 11. Getting back to school is gonna be a hassle! When me and my mom got to my doctors appointment the doctor ended up being late because her house got snowed in. We went to see a neurologist to figure out how my brain is doing after the accident. When she got there she had me do a couple of brain tests like watching her finger move and seeing how I walk and not letting her push my arms down. I did good at those, but we brought in MRI's from the hospital I was at and when she looked at them she noticed a lot of bleeding in my brain so she wanted more MRI's done to see how that was healing up. She also recommended that I get an MRI done on my ear to so we can see if it is bones that are stopping my hearing. She put that in the description so that the hospital we will get the MRI's done at will do my ear to. We just have to wait for them to call us and make an appointment. When we got home we ate some good lunch and just got to chill out and sit around for a little while. I got to check up on Facebook and stuff and relax. My mom called me upstairs and told me that I had a surprise on the porch. I went out and saw a pretty big box from UPS. I knew just what it was! My new bindings from Dogfunk.com! I took it inside and opened it all up. I saw them and was probably the happiest I have been in a while! I took out my new bindings and just stared at them and figured them out. They are by far, the best bindings I have ever had! And they should be for costing $226. Good thing Dogfunk.com is an awesome website and I ended up sending my old bindings I got from them back because of some damage and I got a full refund which was $230. These bindings are even better and newer and cost less then my old ones. Dogfunk.com is by far my favorite site ever! After me messing around with my bindings for about an hour, Ryan came over and asked if I wanted to go pick up his Mom from the hospital where she works with him. I did and got to hang out with my best bud, and also got a free slushee drink and some Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets! I got home from that and my Dad was at our house. He ended up making me a really good dinner and got to hang out with his kids for a bit. After he left, Ryan came over to my house again and we got to just hang out and watch tv and stuff. I showed him the new video me and our friends made and it was hilarious! Other than the doctor telling me that my brain had been bleeding and she wanted to check if it was getting better, I'd say it was a pretty terrific day!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I Heart Sundays

Ok... More than anything, it's just really good to start to get back into the groove of things. Being able to go to church again, hanging out with friends, driving, and feeling pretty much healed is amazing! Today I was able to go back to my youth group and be with my good friends. We ended up getting to go to Del Taco to do our lesson! Brock being the awesome friend he is bought Andrew, himself, and I three tacos each! I hadn't had breakfast this morning and the food felt great! After church Brock got to come home with us because we were going to be going to Andrews house for a BBQ. After a pretty good roast and potatoes meal with my family, we went over to Andrews at about 430. When we got there, everyone was just hanging out downstairs and I got to play Andrews drums and jam with him for a bit. It always feels good to play drums. After that, we ate some good grub and had a pretty brilliant idea. We ended up filming and editing a mock infomercial about having a robot to help you with everyday tasks. It was "The Brock!" Brock was the robot that would help Andrew do daily things. I just stood in the background in most of the shots pretending to be creepy. It was a hilarious night! Brock had to leave at about 9:30 and we ended up editing the vid until about 11. We didn't finish it, but we got a lot of stuff done. It's super funny and we'll have to post it to facebook and youtube. I am so grateful to have friends that will still hang out with me and have fun even though there isn't much to do. My life has been so blessed like that and I thank you all! I praise God everyday for keeping me alive.