|Posted by Mike Wojcik on May 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM|
Kenny Chesney said it best when he said,”I turned on the evening news
Saw a old man being interviewed
Turning a hundred and two today
Asked him what's the secret to life
He looked up from his old pipe
Laughed and said "All I can say is."
Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your better half
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink”
May 12, 20014 it will be my 30th birthday. Sticking with the country theme. I was 18 when I decided I want to continue my wrestling career in college and get my teaching degree while at it. I left in 2002 “blinked” Came home in 2007 suffered a career ending neck injury as a member of the D1 West Virginia wrestling team. I got a degree to teach health and physical education k-12 and coach. During this time I lost some great girls from my life. “blinked” I worked construction and waited tables for 2 years. Then, I got hired to be a health and physical education teacher in my middle school and coach my high schools wrestling team. I went out with a group of friends to celebrate in 2008. I got into a accident. “Blinked”
The result of that accident for me was devastating and life altering. I received a broken color bone, many facial fractures and minor cuts and bruises, however that was the good news.
I suffered 2 ruptured arteries, one to my right arm and one to my brain. That was followed by 2 strokes, it was determined 3 quarters of the right side of my brain had been destroyed. I was air lifted to a community hospital where they worked on me a little, but were unable to handle the extent of my injuries. My lungs were collapsed and I wasn’t breathing. I was air lifted again to a trauma center where they performed life saving techniques on me; it was touch and go for several days. It was an hour ride each way for family and friends to visit, so I got transferred to a rehabilitation hospital closer to home. That became my new home for 8 months where I had to relearn everything. It was as if I was a 24 year old baby. I just laid there unable to do a thing for myself. All I could do was listen. I would hear friends and family talk to me when they visited. It drove me nuts I couldn’t simply respond to them and tell them im ok or get me the hell out of here.
I got out of the hospital I was 24. My mother was so relieved to be at my 25 birthday because when I was 18 I told her I would not see my 25th birthday. “I just knew””Blinked
Despite what it looks like on the outside with my positive attitude and smile. Every day is a struggle trying to make sense of this accident and fit in and find my place in this world while not having the luxury to verbally communicate, eat solid foods, drive, etc for the past 5 and a half years. It feels like I was 18 yesterday. In a few weeks ill b 30. Where does time go? Don’t blink
There will be a gathering at mjs in matawan “845 rt 34 north” for my 30th. All are invited to come