Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Serious Crisis


This is my 24 year old son Mark. He was the front seat passenger to a very serious car accident last night. He is in serious condition and will be in the ICU for the nest two days. He had extensive damage done to his abdominal area involving his liver, small and large intestines and colon. He lost an extreme amount of blood as a result of the internal bleeding. Mark will be in the Hospital for at least 7 days. No Christmas this year,,,for this family. it will be touch and go for the next few days.
As a mother....i am shaking like a leaf, am in shock and live the nightmare of seeing him lying in the street screaming over and over again. FRIENDS... I'm scared! I have cried and cried and I'm still crying. He's my baby boy and we have a very special relationship. I'm devastated :(
Please please pray for him. he is a good boy and this is going to be a long haul for us all.
And specifically, I need the strength to be strong for him....if I could just stop this bloody crying.
I will give you an update as soon as I can...Thank you thank you Thank you!!!
xoxoxoxoxo Darlene
Update: Mark has developed a fever and they have given him amnesia medicine to cause him to be less stressed. He knows that there is a tube in his throat and he seems to be fighting it. There was a part of his large intestine that was quite bruised, but not torn. Doctors are hoping that this does not become infected and therefore, needing a second surgery. I'm so friken sad/scared/tired...I feel like a zombie. Thank you all for praying,
Update #2: I just got home from the all day vigil at the hospital. My husband will stay through the night. I need to be raw and say the facts...Mark has a broken back with no spinal cord injury. Part of his small intestine has been removed. His colon is nicked in a couple of places. A portion of his large intestine is severely bruised and the doctor wants to wait to see if it is capable of healing on it's own, if not, a second surgery will be scheduled. An extensive x-ray in a couple of days will determine if any back surgery will be needed. His liver also was sown and repaired. His ankle is swollen and bruised (that is to be determined). He tore his chest muscles apart in a line down the front and from his belly button around to his back. His skin was the only thing keeping his intestines attached to his body. His abdomen area looks like a road map of stitches. His skin is black and very swollen. He is on a ventilator and will be for 2 days. They are purposely paralyzing his body so that his internal organs do not move as they function. He is on high doses of morphine and still jerks and slams his eyes open in fear, confusion and pain. I sang Christmas carols to him for hours. It slowed his heart rate, this was good.
Me?~ Away from Mark, all I can do is cry, no, weep the tears of a mother, tears that hurt as they leave my eyes. I have the shirt he wore that night, that they cut from his body, wrapped up and I walk around with it because it smells like him. When I try to utter a prayer...all that comes out is "OH, my God, my Lord...my baby!" He is suffering and the road ahead is a long one. The Police said, he is lucky to be alive. I believe his work here on this Earth is not done, but I would gladly take the pain that this lesson requires. I feel so lost, a nightmare that won't end. I am sick at heart and the only moments of solace is you. I will read these over and over and over and over..........

129 Comments:

Blogger Becca said...

I am sending hundreds of prayers for Mark and for you and your familiy. You are all in my heart.

4:19 AM  
Blogger ruby said...

i am praying for Mark & your family.
i am so sorry and am sending much love.

5:16 AM  
Blogger gerry rosser said...

My thoughts are with you and you son and your whole family.

5:42 AM  
Blogger poet said...

sending hugs and prayers for you and your family and for Mark, Darlene....
big bear hugs from my part of the world to your..........love, poet

6:06 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Oh Darlene! This is soo terrible. Were you in the car too? You mention seeing him on the ground.

It must be so painful to see your baby injured, and so scary too.

My only advice would be-let the tears fall, just focus on loving him when you are with him and let it crowd out any and all fear the best you can. Most likely he will sense you are in pain but mostly that you love him.

I will be thinking and praying for him and your family constantly these next few days. Please let us know when you can how he is doing.
Love to you and yours.
XOXOXO

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Sophie said...

Again, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope it will bring you strenght. With love, Sophie

6:15 AM  
Blogger maggiegracecreates said...

I just read and started praying for you all. I am so sorry.

7:02 AM  
Blogger deirdre said...

Oh, honey, try to breathe. And take good care of yourself too. I know how silly that sounds and how hard it is to think right now. My thoughts will be with you through this.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Star said...

Bearing you up as a family and Mark specifically.

7:44 AM  
Blogger bronxbt said...

if i knew how to pray, i would. i offer, instead, a steady flow of positive thoughts, LDH's (long distance hugs) and advice when/if needed.

After all, NOT and never to compare, but in 1987 my legs were crushed, ribs ruined, internal damage, brain damage, broken skull, cheek and more epidermal damage than you can shake a stick at. I'm here, sweetie... i survived.... and i'm fine.

he will be too.

love you

B

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

i've been thinking of you and your family since i read about your situation this morning. i cried some tears of confusion and frustration for you....why? why? i can't imagine what you're going through...i'm sending hugs and good healin' vibes your way. and there's a candle burnin' here in my east coast home for your boy.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

I am visiting from your sister's blog and I want you to know that you and your son and whole family are in my prayers today and every day. Please take care of yourself...

7:50 AM  
Blogger zorana said...

I am so sorry. Sending tons of good energy to your family. You will be constantly in my mind.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Alexandra G said...

I want to add my thoughts and prayers to everyone else's. From how you and Boho write of your family he is going to be swathed in love and support. I am leaving for work but I am going to light a candle tonight and every night until he gets out of the hospital that is just for him. One moment at a time, he will recover. I'll be thinking of you often Darlene in these next days and weeks. xo

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Teresa Sheeley said...

I love you, I am with you in spirit, I am crying with you, and wish I could hold your hand. My prayers will be constant. I am so sorry my dear one.

Teresa

7:55 AM  
Anonymous acumamakiki said...

As a mama I can't imagine what you must be feeling and my heart goes out to you and your family. I've been sending healing thoughts and saying prayers all morning long for your son. I'm extremely sorry and am praying for you.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Lunarmusings said...

my prayers are with you and your family... I am so sorry that he has to go through this... that you all have to go through this. Much love to you...

8:32 AM  
Blogger Georgia said...

Darlene!!!

I am praying for him and for you right now. What a horrible thing! I am so sorry that this has happened to your family. I am here for you if you need anything. How scary for you as a momma.

I will keep you all in my prayers, and will check in for updates when things calm down for you guys.

Love to you!!!!!!

XOXOXO
Georgia

8:40 AM  
Blogger daisies said...

oh hon ... i am praying and wishing you all the love and care in my heart that Mark will have all the strength he needs. Sending you and the rest of your family thoughts and prayers as well.

i am so very sorry.

8:49 AM  
Blogger luzie said...

I heard about Mark's terrible accident on boho's blog.. lots of thoughts, prayers and healing vibes are sent your way!

8:50 AM  
Blogger Sauntering Soul said...

I've been lurking for quite some time here and just read about your son's accident on boho's blog. My hope for you is that you are able to take some comfort in knowing you have a lot of people praying for you and your family. God will hold you and your family in his hands and get you through this difficult time.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Bright Phoenix said...

I will say a prayer for you all. Hang in there, Darlene. He's going to need your strength to get through this.

We're all pulling for you.

9:14 AM  
Blogger mama al said...

sending you the warmest of thoughts and payers during this most difficult of situations....

we will light a candle to night and send healing vibes your way.


mama A

9:15 AM  
Blogger LiteraryGirl said...

Prayers, prayers, and tears. Soooo, sooo sorry.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Brown eyed girl said...

OH MY GOSH! I just can't believe it...I ask "why" to our God all too much anyway, this, this we will never never understand! But thru my tears I'm praying for you all. One piece of advice for the crying...yes, you need to, but you also have to stop for your own health to be strong...When my daughter almost died the doctors put me on a relaxer...can't remember the name right now, but if you call your doc, they'll prescribe it right away to calm you down to eat and to rest so you don't drop out when you need to be there. I love you....if there's anything I can do...I'm here!!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE,
Michelle

9:51 AM  
Blogger dd said...

Oh Darlene....!!! I'm shocked to read this today. I can't imagine as a mother how you are feeling. The whole family is included in my prayers...

10:24 AM  
Anonymous jill said...

my prayers are with mark, your family and mark's doctors. i'll be thinking of you all today.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Lisa(oceandreamer) said...

Oh Darlene, I am so very sorry this has happened. I am sending love and hope and healing wishes in a VERY strong stream to Mark and to you. I send strength to you as well dear friend - a circle of arms to still your shaking body and a hand to catch your tears.
XOXO

11:25 AM  
Blogger amanda kathryn said...

Prayers are going out to Mark, you and your family.

11:29 AM  
Blogger angela said...

love and prayers for your son, and you and your family.

11:51 AM  
Blogger vican100 said...

God Bless you and your son...I am sending tons of prayers and love your way!!!! My heart aches for you...Love, Vicci

12:02 PM  
Anonymous tinker said...

Darlene, I learned of this through Lisa OceanDreamer's blog and I just wanted to let you know even more people who you haven't yet met are sending many prayers for healing and light to your son and your family. Also sending many (((hugs))) to you for strength.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Kai said...

Blessings, prayers, love and tears for your dear Child Darlene.. I felt helpless just typing my sincere thoughts to you.. As a mum of two, I can only imagine what you must feel..
WE all sit in vigil of your child and pray for his recovery and long life..
PEace and blessings, Kai

12:09 PM  
Blogger Susannah said...

Darlene, i am sending all my love and healing thoughts to mark, and to you too. He is strong, just like his mama, he will be home soon and then you can look after him. a thousand hugs to you love, take care of you while you take care of him xxx

12:42 PM  
Blogger Dotee said...

Sweet, sweet Darlene.

I am so, so sorry this has happened. And cannot comprehend what you are going through right now.

Will keep Mark (and all of your family) in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

You are so incredibly loved Darlene. Wish I could reach out through the screen and show you that.

Much, much love

Dotee xodo

12:50 PM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

Oh Darlene, angel, you are surely still in a state of shock. I am in tears to think that this has happened, of all people, to Mark -to you. I will be holding Mark and you and the rest of your dear family close to my heart over these gruelling, stressful days. He'll pull through, you'll see. Sending you all the strength and love and healing goodness I've got.
Love,
Vanessa

12:56 PM  
Blogger DebR said...

Oh Darlene, sweetheart...I'm late making blog visits today and am just now finding out about this, but I will absolutely start NOW adding my prayers and good thoughts to those of your other friends. Sending lots of love your way~~~~~~~~~~~

1:16 PM  
Blogger Goddess of Leonie said...

~~ linking hands with all who have joined this praying healing circle... sending love up into the air, and into the universe, to surround you and mark and your family ~~~

in love and light,
Leonie

1:32 PM  
Blogger ~Bek~ said...

Oh Dar... I am so sorry this has happened to Mark. And to you and Jay and Angela... to your family.

I JUST KNOW Mark will get through this stronger than ever.

Of course you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

I am hugging you so tightly.
So much.
Love
Bx

1:32 PM  
Blogger miss*R said...

I will keep him in my prayers, thoughts and will send him angelic healing. I will also light a candle on my altar right now.
stay strong & rest as you can - blessings to you both xo

1:41 PM  
Blogger altermyworld said...

many healing vibes coming your sons way. Please know there are a lot of people thinking and keeping your family close.
Ang

1:46 PM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

my husband and i are praying for you and your family darlene. i am lighting a special healing candle for your son right now and will keep it burning all day today.
peace and love,
liz

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family!
Deb
(posted from home)

2:49 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

You are all in my prayers Darlene. Hang in there mom!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Turquoise CRO said...

OOOOOOOOoooOOOOOO! Darlene sweetie!
I finally got on the pc a little bit and come here and am soooo sorry to hear this! YOU know MARK and your whole family will be in my prayers!!! That's one thing I am good at darling!!! Much love and many, many prayers, try and get some rest for yourself too! xoxoxoxoxooxoxxo, Cinda

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sending my prayers for your son and your family. I will light a candle for his recovery.

Chalaundrai

3:50 PM  
Blogger EllyJane said...

we are all with you. stay strong. stay positive. keep that hope burning and we will all be think of you all.

4:01 PM  
Blogger britt said...

my heart goes out to you. my prayers are with your sweet boy.

4:40 PM  
Blogger giggles said...

Love and healing to your precious baby! So many mothers feel a deep compassion for the pain you are enduring at this time! I am praying for your son’s recovery. Cry now while you can, later you’ll need strength for his recovery. I imagine many women weeping along side you right now, I know I am…..Having a twenty year old and knowing how dear they all are, I can’t fathom the devastation you must feel. Nothing matters when a mother’s child is in trouble, nothing! I came here through Lisa’s blog; I will be back to check on you and your son! Hoping all these incredible prayers of love will be with your family during such a horrendous time. Hugs to you, and love from one mom to another!

Peace with love
Sending healing energy!
Sherrie

4:43 PM  
Blogger alison said...

my prayers to mark and your family. sending lots of love and light.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

My friend Lisa Oceandreamer snet me to you. I hope Mark's condition improves soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Angels are on their way to comfort you.

Kate

5:16 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Darlene I came here from Lisa (oceandreamer)..
I am so sorry to hear of your son's accident.
As a mother I can only imagine your anguish.. please know you are both in my prayers.

5:17 PM  
Blogger pheonixfirerising19 said...

Mark, you and your family our in my prayers and thoughts.

5:19 PM  
Blogger kelly rae said...

oh darlene. i am thinking of you. as an ICU social worker, i know he must be in good hands with very skilled nurses and doctors. i'm not a mother, so i can only imagine the torture you must be in right now. i am sending prayers of strenth for you all.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Cindie said...

I will pray for healing for your son and comfort for you and your family. I have two sons so I know ow a mother's heart aches when her children are hurting.

6:45 PM  
Blogger deni said...

Your son is in my prayers.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Lunarmusings said...

I have a lit candle for Mark and all of you. Sending warm light, healing, and strong arms to hold you all during this time. As Leonie said... linking hands in the circle...

7:02 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

Came via The Whole Self. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I'm so sorry and I send you all my hope...

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Glo said...

I am so sorry to hear about the accident. Your son will be in my prayers tonight. Stay strong for him. God bless

7:20 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

sending love and best wishes. i am so sorry that your family has to go through such a painful experience. fingers crossed for some good news soon.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very sorry to hear about your darling son. Sending prayers and healing vibes for your son.
Angelica

7:49 PM  
Blogger Pink Granite said...

I'll be holding Mark and you in my thoughts. Amazing, miraculous healings do take place. Keep singing to Mark. Keep telling him he can heal. Do take good care of yourself as well. -Lee

7:54 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

so very, very sorry to hear about your son. i know how this feels, and my thoughts and hope are with you and your family. you are amazingly strong, as is he. hang in there. xx

7:56 PM  
Blogger Alexandra G said...

You have truly been in my thoughts all day long Darlene. What a blessing it is that when your son can open his eyes and walk again for good he will have such an extraordinary woman by his side for his own mother. One day, one moment at a time, I know you all will get through this chapter. And then there will be many chapters again where you will share on this blog wonderful family holidays and ordinary moments as well, and the worst of this will become memory. Just know that many are thinking of you at this difficult time. Sending you much love, hugs, and prayers.

7:56 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Darlene, at the end of this horrible day for you, I'm thinking of you and Mark, sending you strength. He is young, strong, and healthy, and the power of his body to heal itself is miraculous. There is so much love, faith, and positive energy flowing his way from all over the world, I have absolute confidence that it will have the desired effect and he will be well and whole once again.

I have a 26 year old son, and I know that even though they are big and strong on the outside, they are still our babies in our hearts. I can only imagine how your heart must be aching. I'm praying for strength for you, too, to keep you healthy during this incredibly stressful time.

God bless all of you...

8:08 PM  
Blogger ~Bek~ said...

I am crying for you and for Mark.
For this awful situation.
For a mother in pain.... oh Dar I wish that this was not happening.

I wish I were near to you so I could help you in more substantial ways...

I still believe exactly what I wrote before... Mark will get through this stronger than ever.

You are right... his job here is not yet done.

And if anyone can help a person {especially a child} get through a trama like this... its *you* Dar.

For sure.
I am sending so much love, prayers and cosmic hugs to you and yours.... constantly throughout the day and night.

Bx

8:17 PM  
Blogger Dotee said...

Dearest Darlene

I am sitting at work , on the other side of the world in Australia, with tears running down my face thinking of you. And the heart break you are feeling right now.

Such a awful and terrifying situation for you.

I am sending you all my love and will light a candle for Mark everyday from now on. Until he is out of danger. He is obviously a very strong man to have survived this accident. And has so many people praying for him all round the world. I am sure this will help.

Take good care of yourself too Darlene. It must be very hard to take time to rest but rest you must so you have the strength you need.

Dotee xoxo

8:32 PM  
Blogger StephieAnne said...

Literary Girl is a good friend of mine and she directed us to your blog. You, your family and especially your son are in our prayers. I'm thankful for the updates as hard as they are to write - bless you!

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Teresa Sheeley said...

Sending my prayers for you this evening as well. Please try and get a little rest, I know that is easier said than done, but your baby needs you to be strong for him, and you are being.

You amaze me with your courage and strength. Hold on tight, we all have a hold of you here too.

Much Love!
xxxooo
Teresa

8:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I don't know you but I read your sisters Boho's blog daily. Please know that Mark and your family are in my prayers.

8:34 PM  
Blogger LADY LUXIE said...

all my prayers for strength for you for your son for your whole family...

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Coming here from Denise's... I'm so very, very sorry about this. A serious car accident affected a family member of someone close to me recently...and I know (from personal experience earlier in life) how it can feel to watch it happen to someone in one's family. I hope this won't sound strange, but I'm so thankful that his spinal cord is okay. I have had two people close to me experience remarkable recoveries this year...and I received tremendous love and support from bloggers on their behalf. So I truly, truly believe in the healing power of collective thought and prayer. I will hold Mark in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you.

8:48 PM  
Blogger LiteraryGirl said...

Me again...getting the update. I'm praying and weeping with you. Prayers are being uttered constantly. Thank you for taking the time to update those of us who want to walk this journey somehow with you from afar. Praying...God knows exactly what you need without saying a word...we will fill in the words for you.

9:02 PM  
Anonymous bee said...

darlene!

it is late - i just got here - i just found out. i'm so sorry - for your whole family. I AM PRAYING. RIGHT NOW. FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE TO to make him safe for you.

i love you. you know how much - oceans of it. oceans and oceans. i'm sending it all, i'm sending my arms to hold you, to help you stand up and be strong...sweetie, if you need me, write. i'll touch base as soon as i can, but...let me know if there is anything - anything AT ALL i can do.

i love you.

9:03 PM  
Blogger deirdre said...

Darlene, I'm just checking in again and have read your updates. You were on my mind all day, now I see why. My heart is holding you and your family.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Schmoopy said...

ulmdtxuDarlene,

I have never met you but want you to know that my thoughts are with you, and Mark, at this time. I am hugging both of you and sending you everything I can.

9:40 PM  
Blogger JanePoe said...

My sweet Dar, I just sent this in email ... but in case you read this first ... here it goes again:

Dearest Darlene,

It is 9:30pm and I just now read your post. From one mother to another my heart goes out to you. Please know Darlene that I am enveloping you in all the love and spiritual support I can ... I am so devastated that you and Mark and the rest of your family are going through this horrible situation.

I'm praying for Mark.
I'm praying for his sweet mother.
I'm praying for his sister, dad and other family.

There are not enough words to express my sadness for what has occurred.

With all my love and infinite prayers,
Deborah

9:42 PM  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

D- seconding what I already sent...Cean and I will be praying for Mark and all of you and you will remain in our thoughts and hearts. I am so sorry that I only just found this tonight. You are a strong soul and you have a strong and loving family who will hold your hand and take good care of you while do the same for Mark.

So much love to you,
Jen

9:48 PM  
Blogger Footpad said...

Well, I'm certainly not going to top JP's sentiments (or eloquence), so let me echo them in my own way. Both of our hearts and prayers go with you, Mark, and your family as you travel this path.

As a father, I can only imagine the anguish and pain you feel, but I hope you and your family can take comfort in the knowledge that your friends send their love, their empathy, and their highest hopes for full recovery.

May the hard travel be short and the pain brief.

With love,

-- f

9:51 PM  
Blogger Shaz said...

I am praying for Mark and so is the whole church. I believe he will come through this as will you, D I am so sorry but will do my best from here to you all over there.
Love and Prayers untill you kiss his sweet lips and listen to his whispered words of Love once more.
Shaz xxx

10:09 PM  
Blogger Brown eyed girl said...

ME again....I've been checking back all day to see what's happening, thank you for taking the time to update this community. I have had a heavy heart all day for you guys. Praying and thinking and hoping for all things....fear, confusion, pain, to vanish... strength, courage, healing, ministry to touch you, Mark, Angela, your husband...and for you, I want your health to hold, I know it will, our babies drive us, when they need us we're there sick or not God will sustain you. Love you through my tears!!!!
Michelle

10:12 PM  
Blogger Romina Bacci said...

I've no words, no words to express how I feel so sorry... I'm holding you tonight, healing angels to Mark. Love to you...
*praying*

10:56 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

I have come to your blog from Lisa oceandreamer's blog,it is hard to find the words to express how much I feel for you as a mother, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Yolanda said...

Darlene,
You all will be in my thoughs and prayers. I know how hard it is and especially this time of year. If I can help in any way even if only to answer questions you might have from my prespective as nurse feel free to email me.
I have been a nurse for 22 years and I know the power of prayer works and I know he knows that you are all there and love him.
Try and stay strong .

11:22 PM  
Blogger Shona Cole said...

I am joining in the prayers for your son and for you.

11:56 PM  
Blogger gena said...

I found you through Lisa, I am praying for your boy,and for your family, Bless all of you,
Gena xx

12:42 AM  
Blogger mrsnesbitt said...

Oh Darlene I read about your son on Oceandreamer(Lisa's) blog.
I just wanted you to know we are all thinking about you all and are paraying for Mark.

May God give you the strength you need to support him through this time.

Denisexx

12:58 AM  
Blogger a m y said...

Have been praying for you and yours all day...and will continue. Lots of love and peace...let those tears fall, and be kind to yourself.

Also, I'm close by...do you need anything? Even if it's just some company, tea, a hug...or more practical things like errands run or ANYTHING, let me know.

Love to you, dear one.

12:58 AM  
Blogger swirlyange said...

I'm so sorry darlene......i've been praying for you family and sending you all healing energy.
Much love,
ange xo

1:20 AM  
Blogger Susannah said...

thank you for the second update, darling. keep coming here - we are here for you, we will hold you up and help Mark to heal. there are powerful women (and men) here in your circle... we will make the miraculous happen. he is in the best hands, and will be home with you soon, i know it ... love to you... xo

1:43 AM  
Blogger rising to the challenge said...

Darlene,
We are with you every step of the way. Cry when you need to and please, please take care of yourself and try not to overtire your body. This is easier said than done, I know.
Strength for you and love and long-distance companionship.
Vanessa

2:26 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Positive thoughts from me to you adn all your family,

Big Hugs,
Toni

2:46 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

love you

still thinking of you

candle still burnin' here.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Circirbocegi said...

Next Christmas he will be with you...with his sweet mommy. Believe this.

3:27 AM  
Blogger poet said...

posted on my page to send hugs and prayers from my fisthfuls to yours. holding onto hope for you, your family and Mark. lots of love and hugs, poet

3:39 AM  
Blogger kristen said...

Thank you for the updates, I can't imagine how hard it is to be away from your baby.
Mark sounds like an incredibly strong individual, to pull himself from an accident like that, to survive those injuries. Prayers and healing thoughts are beaming from here in the east to the west.

3:46 AM  
Blogger luzie said...

Darlene, my heart was breaking as I read your updates. What a terrifying thing to happen days before Christmas.. but Mark's alive, and I'm convinced that with all the prayers and thoughts coming his way he'll bounce back to health.. even if it'll take long, even if it'll be a bumpy road.

I put his name in the prayer basket of my church. He'll be well thought of by many, many people this weekend.

Love
luzie

3:55 AM  
Blogger judie said...

I linked here from LisaOceandreamer. I pray for your son and for you. I know your anguish, and your fear. I have been there...with a daughter...so I know your heartache. Sending healing vibes.

3:59 AM  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

Darlene,
I thought of you and your family all day yesterday. I will continue to direct my energy and love your way. You are a strong and beautiful woman--I hold you and your son, all of your family, in my heart and mind...
--Delia--

4:09 AM  
Blogger Bright Phoenix said...

Oh honey, I am so sorry you're having to go through this. Though I am not a mother, I can imagine there is no greater pain than watching one of your children suffer. You WILL get through this. You're all going to come through this and be stronger for it. Believe that and it will carry you through.

4:30 AM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Darlene, I came back to see your update on Mark.xx
There are so many of us out here praying for him.
If we could each take a turn, to Walk in Your Shoes,to take away the pain from you both,I would do it in a heartbeat.
May God watch over Mark, may he guide the doctors in their work, and may he comfort you and your family
xx

4:53 AM  
Anonymous erika said...

hearing the hurt and devastation in your post almost brought me to tears. i am so sorry about your baby boy and i am praying that he will be healthy, whole, and in your arms as soon as possible.

God will give him strength along with your family.

you are definitely in my prayers and thoughts.

5:10 AM  
Blogger brittany said...

Dar, I just wish I could help in some way. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Know that your family is being watched over. There are prayers and angels circling all of you, especially your Mark. I can't believe his strength.

love you, friend.

5:33 AM  
Blogger britt said...

blessings blessings blessings from one loving mom to another - you have my motherly love watching over you and your son. we are dearly praying praying for his quick recovery. xoxoxo

5:46 AM  
Anonymous swampgrrl said...

i wandered over from ceanandjen's blog and am so worried for you and your family.

i am beaming over my most powerful healing vibes for your son, and pray for his recovery.

5:57 AM  
Blogger angela said...

Praying for you all especially Mark.
Big hugs,
Angela

6:01 AM  
Blogger Art_Addiction said...

*All* of you are in my prayers - this isn't an easy time and it's inspring to see your strength shining through as much as it has! ::hugs you tight::

6:16 AM  
Blogger Libbys Blog said...

You don't know me but I am thinking of you and your family and praying for Mark.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Uber Mer said...

I've read about Mark through Boho's site, I just want to send you prayers, hugs, and thoughts. I wish you and your family peace.

much love, Mer

6:36 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Kind thoughts are coming from New Orleans.

Wishing you strength and wishing him a speedy recovery,
Denise

6:54 AM  
Blogger red sun said...

my heart is aching for you! i cried along with you when i read your posts. i'm praying whole-heartedly for you, for your son, for your family.

keep singing to him, keep soothing him with your love. i'll be here to hold you, send you strength. you can do this Darlene! you are love.

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}

7:00 AM  
Blogger Regina Clare Jane said...

I just read the last update- I will continue to keep you and your family and Mark in my prayers. He is strong and young and God is watching over you right now- I know it. Continue to cry and weep- you need to do that. Do whatever you need to do to allow God to do what he needs to do through Mark...
blessings to you and everyone...

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

I have lit a candle for you here in Norway and will wrap you all in my prayers.
God bless you.

7:22 AM  
Anonymous Kim in IN said...

I am sending prayers of healing,prayers of peace,prayers of knowing that your precious son is in the hands of the great physician!
Love,
Kim~a mama in Indiana

7:35 AM  
Blogger Jenny Rough said...

Darlene,

So sorry to read this. Sending you my love and genuine prayers.

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Sombra said...

My dear friend, I know that your faith is strong. And God is the greatest doctor. He is there with you, looking after him. And he hears everyone's prayers, Darlene. God is very loving, and very powerful. He will see your boy through this. I am praying for the healing of your son.

Footsteps in the Sand

One night a man had a dream.
He dreamed he was walking along
the beach with the Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from his life.
For each scene, he noticed
two sets of footprints in the sand,
one beloning to him and the other to the Lord.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.

"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most
you would leave me."

The Lord replied "My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you.
During your times of trial and suffereing, when you see only one set of footprints in the sand,
it was then that I carried you."

7:54 AM  
Blogger rubyslippers said...

you are all in my prayers! i wish for Mark healing energy and the strength to come through this. love, nicole

7:55 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

It is every mother's nightmare. I am so sorry that you are going through this. My prayers are with you and Mark.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Laini said...

Darlene, my thoughts keeping coming back to you and your family. I hope and pray Mark pulls through with no lasting effects from his injuries. You are such an amazing, loving family, and he looks like such a beautiful, vital young man. Take care of your own health, as much as you can, too.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Ali la Loca said...

Dear Darlene,

From across the world my heart is with you and your family.

I pray for strength for you and your son.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

darlene,
i am sending you all of the love and strength i have in my heart...for you, for your son, for your family.

mark is so lucky to have his mama by his side. i am thinking about you, praying for mark, and sending you energy to get through this.

8:44 AM  
Blogger alforge said...

I've been reading since you started blogging, but I think this is my first comment. From a very distant place, my prayers and good energy to your son and your whole family...

8:54 AM  
Blogger Fern said...

I linked to you through Boho's Blog you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Blue the Spa Girl said...

Darlene, you have visited my blog before. When I read on Lisa (oceandreamer)about your son, I sent prayers right away. However it wasn't until reading this that I realized how serious it is...as a mother I identify with you in terms of what you must be feeling...I cannot imagine the pain. When are children are born, we cannot imagine life without them, or before them, what did we do? They are our everything.
Your son is in my thoughts and prayers, as are you. I hope and wish and pray that Mark gets well, and that he pulls through this.
Sending you love and sending you strength to survive this.
xoxoxoxo

9:24 AM  
Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Darlene - bless you and your son, and your entire family. I'm praying for Jesus' healing touch on you all and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, there in the hospital and in your time alone as you grapple with this. Keep crying out to God - you have special authority in prayer as Mark's Mother - and keep us posted about how we can hold you both up in prayer. The Bible is full of healing miracles - please don't be shy in asking for one for your wonderful son!!!
Much love,
Trish

9:36 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

Oh sweet friend. I am weeping with you, sitting here reading this! I will pray all day for you guys. All day. And I will put in a prayer request at church, too. Many beleiving stangers will send up words of fath and hope for you! Power here. Power!

And I pray now that God holds you RIGHT NOW. That you have a feeling of peace in your soul, knowing that you are not alone. And he will heal.

oxoxox (((you and baby boy)))

:)

10:22 AM  
Blogger Rowan said...

My thoughts are with you as you cope with the results of this dreadful accident.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Dear Darlene
I join the many prayers of love and healing for your son and family.
My hands join those gathered here and hold you.
Dear Lord God please heal and restore Mark, bring him a peace from his pain and clarity of mind. Give courage and grace to his parents and those who care for him. Lord God have mercy!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

You and Mark are in my thoughts. I hope that gives you strength. Love is strength and solace too.

4:20 PM  

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