Monday, March 7, 2011

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Some of you only have a minimal idea of what my poor grandmother went through/is going through via my tweets & facebook. Well to clue you all in, here's a little bit of the situation..

**Warning: this is extremely graphic, disturbing, and possibly tear inducing.

My mother got a call. She was told that my grandma's neighbors were in their garage and saw my uncle Jared (who lives with her) walk outside of the house covered in blood. He got into his truck and proceeded to drive up and down the street multiple times. He parked, got out, and went up to the neighbors and told them, "my mom tried to beat me." The wife was sent into my grandma's house, while the husband stayed outside talking to Jared, who appeared to be high on drugs.

When the wife went in, she found my grandma hardly awake, covered in blood, and beaten until she was unrecognizable. She was rushed to the hospital by paramedics, and Jared was luckily detained immediately.

They found that my grandma had 2 breaks in the front of her face (from being beat with a chain wrapped around his fist) which caused her eye to be unsupported in it's socket, a chip in the back of her skull, 3 broken vertebrae, 4 broken ribs, a nearly chewed off finger, and her sternum was completely crushed (from being thrown around the room & from being pinned down and laid on). She is extremely luckily to not be paralyzed. I knew this was extremely bad, but it was really brought into perspective when my father sent me a photo. I would never share it with you because no one should have to see someone in that condition if they can help it.

She has since had her finger repaired (although we're still hoping the infection gets better so that they don't have to amputate at the knuckle), the cut on her face stitched, and the eye socket break repaired. The other surgeries will be done over the period of the next month, while waiting for the sternum to heal on its own.

Jared will be tried for Attempted First Degree Murder, and his bail was posted at $1million. Let's just hope that he ends up in jail for the rest of my grandmother's life, if not his own. Drugs are a slippery slope, and before you know it.. you could be on trial for murder. So if you or someone you know has even a mild drug problem.. get them help, immediately.

Aside from the injuries, she is dealing with a fair amount of post traumatic stress. Fearing that others in the hospital are Jared trying to attack her. Luckily this is less of a problem because she is now able to open her eyes and see who is around her. She is doing well after her first surgery, and the swelling has gone down significantly. So thank you very much for your prayers. She is doing well, but still has a very long road to recovery ahead of her.

The reason why I tell you all of this and share such personal and detailed information is because in soliciting your prayers, I feel it is helpful to know what it is you are praying for.

So please, continue to pray for my GG.
Thank you, all my family's love.

14 comments:

Emily Marchant said...

dear sweet arica, i am so sorry! i can't imagine what your family or sweet grandma are going through. that is a terrible thing that happened to her, and i pray she makes a full recovery! keep your chin up, and let me know if i can do anything for you!

Lindsay Teter said...

oh air. it makes me so sick. i cannot believe this. your gg and family are in my prayers. i am soo so sorry. i love you.

Kelsey said...

holy smokes arica i can't even begin to tell you how sorry i am. i can't even imagine what you're all going through but you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers and please let me know if i can do anything for ya at any time.

Erin said...

oye, prayers your way. that makes me sick!

but I do know one thing. If you're gg is as resilient as you are (which i'm sure that's where you get it from, I mean, who survives that!) she will recover from this 100%! Go GG!

Tisha said...

So sorry to hear your grandma. She will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sarah said...

wow, that was a hard to read. no human being should ever endure such brutality and it's heartbreaking to hear that this happened to your grandmother. I am so sorry for her and your family.
your GG is in our prayers.

flexMD said...

Oh Air. I can't even imagine the hurt your whole family is going through. Prayers are coming your way for GG and you. Give your mom a big hug for me.
I know prayers work. Keep your head up. Let me know if you need anything. xxxxxoooo

Erin and Dave said...

Our prayers are with you. I cannot even imagine something so horrific happening to my Grandma :(

Francesca said...

Wow. I don't even know what to say. Except prayers. She is in definite need of heaven's help! (As is your uncle.)

[olive ewe] said...

so sorry to hear that arica. a couple of my uncles have had drug problems as well, and it's the worst thing for a family to have to bear. my prayers are with you and your family!

simpledaisy said...

Oh my goodness....
that is so very very sad! I will keep her in my thoughts!
Take care:)

sarah said...

oh my gosh i am so sorry. that honestly breaks my heart. i am sorry for you and for your family and the pain you all must be feeling. i'm sorry for your gg that she had to go through that and that now she has to try to recover from all the injuries. and i'm sorry for your uncle jared who i obviously don't understand or sympathize with but must have been out of his mind. wow. i will pray for all of you. i am just so sorry for that tragedy.

sarah said...

yeah that last one is from me. i was signed in with my other account.

simple things said...

oh Arica! That is one of the most awful things I have ever heard. It's heartbeaking. I am so sorry that your GG had to go through that. May she have a speedy and full recovery (physically and emotionally). And may your uncle find peace - he obviously has some serious troubles to do that to his own mother.