Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1 Year Later...

Note: This is a long post and may contain some rambling!! :)
Isn't it amazing how fast time flies!? I can not believe it has been a whole year since Mom got the phone call from Robert (Cody's boss) saying Cody had been electrocuted. I really don't know where to start here. There is so much that I want to say but alot of it is memories and you can go back and read the blog and see how far Cody has come. It is nothing short of a miracle. I guess first I should tell you who I am. I am Cody's oldest sister, Jennifer. I am the one who was updating the blog throughout Cody's Journey. We now know that journey was hand in hand with God. Mom, Alicia, made a few posts during Cody's stay. The blog was our way of keeping all of our friends and family updated on Cody. We know everyone wanted to be there but couldn't. It also became a way for us to express what we were going through, what we were seeing, and a way to document. This day and the next probably 6 were the worst ever that I have gone through. But looking back they are a huge blessing. Only a family with faith that knows how Cody is still here is able to look back on this situation and see the positive. I get so tired of hearing people say "Why me?" "Why did God do this?" Pray about it and watch what happens. You will soon find out "Why you"! We have never prayed so hard. Everytime I made a blog post it was almost instantly that we would feel your prayers. You are some of the most faithful readers! We as a family honestly believe that without your prayers this would be a whole different post. People in the hospital would joke and say that we had the red line to God! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You contributed to our miracle. This accident has made our eyes more open to God. I always thought I had a strong relationship with the Lord and that I had strong faith. Boy was I wrong! It is by far a whole lot stronger. Without Him there is no way Cody would have made it through this. We could see God working in Cody and it was one thing at a time and one step at a time. Which was very hard for us to grasp. We wanted it done NOW!!! It was so hard to sit back and let go and let God. So glad that we did though! Thursday, April 15 when the neurologist came and told us that Cody was in an Alpha Coma and had very slim chances of waking up was heart wrenching. I can remember the nurses let us all in his room, we held hands and prayed over Cody. The chaplain they sent in is a whole different story!!!! She was oriental and we could not understand a single word she said. We laughed about it afterwards. And looking back God sent her in specifically to give us something light on our heart and to give us a good laugh! I remember praying over Cody that Satan was knocking on the door and we were NOT going to let him in. We weren't giving up, only going to pray harder! I have posted some pictures that I took in the hospital. I have never posted some of these before and I have gone back and forth whether I was going to or not for about 2 weeks. I didn't want to because actually seeing him like this is hard. It brings back tons of emotions that are hard to deal with. And I didn't know how Mom would handle it! This morning as I was uploading pictures. I was still unsure. I had my phone in my hand to call her and talk to her about it when something (or should I say someone, and we all know who that was!!) told me to post them. When you see him like this it hurts. But the next thing that comes to my heart is joy. He is no longer like this. God saved him!
This picture was right after they got Cody up to 901. Which was the cardiac ICU. The ER nurse was wonderful. She was so caring and made sure we had a moment to spend with Cody before they sent him upstairs. They didn't think he was going to make it. She especially wanted Mom to come in and talk to him. They let mom and dad ride in the elevator with them to take Cody upstairs. This picture has Karla (on right) in it. She was Cody's day nurse until she left to get married! We absolutely loved her and so did Cody. She was also a God Send! Cody's night nurse Leida was also wonderful. Cody had the best care while in 901 and we developed close bonds with them. This picture, I believe, was taken Saturday, April 17. Cody opened his eyes for the first time Friday night April 16. He responded to Chad Smith talking to him. Saturday, Cody started to make huge steps! You can see that he is very out of it. He couldn't see. His breathing tube was just removed so he couldn't talk. He did give lots of hugs though! One of the best I've ever gotten. And he'd pucker his lips to give kisses. Mom and Nessa talking to Cody. He was very scared and beginning to get aggitated. In these pictures he was just moved from 901 to 9 West I think. It could have been East! It was on the same cardiac floor just not in ICU. This is Cody's first meal. Notice the blood around his nose. He pulled out his feeding tube! He still couldn't see very well and his motor skills were not good at all. So feeding himself was quite hard. Mom helped him here and a few more times and after that he tried himself and progressively got better. I remember he LOVED the chocolate pudding, not so much the peas! Here he is going for a walk. I wish I could have gotten a picture of his first time to walk. But we were all so excited I never once thought to get my camera out. He was so proud and excited though. I remember him walking up to us and giving the biggest hugs. He still couldn't talk very well. He'd whisper some things, but you couldn't understand alot of it. Notice how skinny his legs are! Cody's a tall skinny guy anyways and he lost between 40 and 50 pounds. You can see Ady's little head at bottom of picture. She was never far from him when we were with him in the hospital. She loves her Uncle Bubba! This picture is priceless. She wanted to get up there so bad and read him this book. It's 10 Little Monkey's. All she was reading to him was "bumped their head" and Cody would say "All right Ady, I get it!" He had absolutely NO patience!
And here he is leaving the rehab floor! He was not happy about being in the wheelchair!
Such a happy day!!This is Cody and Travis. Travis was the man who did CPR on Cody until the ambulance arrived. Which they say was 15-20 minutes.
Everything that I have brought up in these pictures was written on the blog when it happened. Please go back through and read and reassure your faith. You'll be glad you did.

These pictures are some that been taken since Cody's accident. This is what we would have missed out on had our faith not been so strong and God not been there.

I had to post this picture because this is the Cody we know and love. Summertimes are spent in the swimming pool and at the lake. We all love the summertime! Cody, Jessi, and Ryan being silly in Mike and I's pool. We love the time we spend together in the backyard grilling out, and swimming til we can't swim anymore!

This picture also cracks me up. Mike, Cody, and Ryan decided they were going to all grow their mustaches! We got together and went bowling. Jessi and Ryan had recently went on a cruise and brought Mike and Cody these shirts back. We show up at the bowling alley and they all have the same shirt on!
Cody and his adorable family. Nessa, his girlfriend, and Jax, their little boy. Jax is now 10 months!
Cody and Jax! Such a sweet picture.

Cody has had a consult with an ENT to have a procedure done on his vocal cords. His left cord is still paralyzed from the electricity. There is a procedure where they clip a tiny device to the cords and the vibration of the right cord will stimulate the left cord. They are waiting on paperwork to be able to schedule the procedure. If successful Cody will have his voice back.

Sorry this was so random, long, and sporadic! I just wrote what came to mind. Thank you so much for your prayers and please continue to pray for Cody and for those that are hurting and need God's love. God is so great!!!