Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I Can't Stop Looking

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I highly recommend kicking off every diet with a savage case of intestinal flu. Seven pounds in two days, SCORE! (Don't tell me it's water weight, I can't hear you, LA LA LA LA LA!)

I haven't been able to blog for the past few days. I'm mostly over the flu - it's not that. I just can't stop thinking about Stephanie and Christian Nielson's plane crash.

I don't even know her. I've only read her blog a couple of times. But I'm horrified by the accident all the same. I keep going back to her blog, looking at the pictures, trying to make it make sense that someone who was posting about decorating her house and going to a baseball game one minute could be recovering from a plane crash the next.

Maybe it's because experiencing a plane crash is one of my worst fears and I'm projecting. Maybe it's because it's confirmation that life is incredibly fragile. Maybe I'm becoming one of those horrible rubberneckers. Maybe it's just normal human compassion. I don't know. I just know that I look at her blog and it doesn't seem possible that the vivid girl in the pictures could possibly be lying in a hospital bed in a burn unit in Arizona.

Stephanie has burns over 80% of her body, and her husband is burned on a third of his. They have four very young children. A fund has been set-up to help pay their medical expenses, and if you are so inclined, you can donate by clicking on the Donate to NieNie button shown below.

I'll be back on Monday with a regular post.



30 comments:

  1. How sad! Life certainly is fragile. We must appreciate what and who we have at all times for we never know when we may be sepparated!

    I am glad you posted this so others can know. I just happened upon your blog but glad I did.

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  2. I'm a lurker...though I frequent your blog often because I find you incredibly funny. I found your blog through my friend Carol Monson's blog. Anyway, I just wanted to say how small the LDS community is. Stephanie and I went to high school together and the sadness this accident has brought me and many of our friends that are still connected is unbearable to say the least. It was a huge shocker to find a link to this on your blog but I think it is wonderful because even more prayers can be offered on her behalf. Thanks! :)

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  3. I've been going back to her blog and staring at her picture too. Thank you for this post; I do think it's the human compassion thing most of all. Great idea to link to donate.

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  4. I had never read her blog until the last few days. But I think you're right about life being fragile. I too have been thinking about how unpredictable life is.
    These things become quite a reality check for me - mainly about how I live my own life and what I need to do better.

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  5. It always amazes me how quickly life can change. Eventhough I've said that and experienced that over and over, it always amazes me. My husband's best friend died when his plane crashed into Utah Lake two years ago (along with his business partner and pilot). You hear on TV shows and movies "But I just talked to him YESTERDAY!" as if that can make the Universe say "Oh, well in THAT case, I'll reverse it all. Sorry. My Bad." But for the loved ones surrounding the one in an accident, and hopefully for Stephanie and her husabnd, life will move on - for the better, hopefully. It may not be what we had planned for or even anticipated, but it does move forward. I've never met her, either, but have been following her story and pray for her and her family.

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  6. I know, Sue, I'm feeling the same shock and OCDness about this accident. It has shocked me to the core, seriously. Especially since her life (as portrayed on her blog)was such a dreamy, perfect world. I knew I could never be the mother, runner, nutritionist, decorator, crafter, blogger and cute wife that she is, but I was glad to know that someone could actually be all that! And now she's in the most serious and painful of conditions. Makes me sick.

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  7. I feel the same way. I keep thinking they are going to send me an email saying, "Yeah, we checked our site meter, and you are a certified stalker now, here's the restraining order."

    I think it is the fragility of life that is surprising, you are right. I just know she is going to make it through this with a gusto that will continue to inspire everyone, just as she and her blog have done already for so many.

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  8. I know what you mean. I have had the opportunity of meeting her a couple of times. (Not that we're friends or anything, but I know her sister cjane.) I can tell you this, she is the real thing. She is every bit as good as she seems in her blog and then some. I know (or can only imagine) this is the most horrible thing that could ever happen but knowing their family and from what I can tell about her, she is strong and will do whatever to be with her children. She will continue to be an inspiration to many. But I know what you mean about not being able to stop thinking about them. I can't sleep at night. It is heartbreaking. I just keep trying to think positively and praying for them.

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  9. I feel the same way. I've never met Stephanie but have been reading her blog for months. She's been on my mind ever since I read about it. I think it is a wake up call to how fragile life can be and how quickly it can change. It's made me hug my children more, tell them I love them, and cherish every moment I have. She's been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be.

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  10. That is horrible. and Scary.
    makes me think and realize how precious time is!!!

    by the way...
    Your blog is really --cute, funny, sassy, spunky....etc.

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  11. Agree with all. Prayers and thoughts for Stephanie, friends, and family every time I think of it.

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  12. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Having the flu is never ever fun.

    I'm so saddened to hear about that couple. I can't imagine. And those poor babies of theirs who have to be worried about BOTH parents right now. What a sad sad ordeal. I pray they pull through and recover quickly

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  13. He went to my HS and I knew his brother. We were actaully in the same stake growing up. It seems so unreal that this happened. My heart goes out to them and their family.

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  14. Oh wow...those sobering moments that just shake us to our core...takes a bit of time to absorb, doesn't it?

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  15. Burns are so awful. A good friend of mine was seriously burned in a kitchen grease fire a year ago and has had surgery after surgery to do grafts, repairs to scar tissue, etc.,and has been in constant pain. And her burns only involved her right forearm and hand. What a tragedy for this family. They will have a long, long fight ahead. My prayers are with them.

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  16. I don't even know what to say. This absolutely, devastatingly heartbraking. You can never think, "It won't happen to me," because it always happens to someone.

    I just went a fire safety seminar/free dinner thing and they were saying that burns were the absolute WORST thing to recover from. And 80% of her body? That's terrifying.

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  17. Horrible, but thanks for blogging about it. Its so nice that other people keep them in their hearts and prayers!

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  18. I'm sorry you've been sick, Sue; but maybe the seven pounds were worth it.

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  19. I feel the same as you...I dont even know them and I feel terrible and realize how short and fragile life is. Keeping them in my prayers for sure!

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  20. what a tragic story...hope and pray they will be OK. That is scary.

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  21. I've keep thinking about them too. I'm also surprised at how interconnected we all are. How many people know them, or their families. (I know two of his sisters, but didn't put it together until this week). I just keep thinking, that no matter how bad it is, at least when they wake, they will not find themselves without their spouse. Also, how grateful they will be that their children were not with them.

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  22. this is so sad. I've been thinking about them since the other day when you first mentioned it.

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  23. I can't stop thinking about it either and check Cjane's blog all the time for updates. I loved reading Nie's blog. It just breaks me heart for their cute family.

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  24. I feel the same way about Stephanie and her husband as you do. I found out about this from you, I'd never read her blog or her sister's blog, but something's compelled me to check on them daily now. This is just so sad.

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  25. Shuddering...

    How sad. I hope they have as good of a recovery as possible...

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  26. Anonymous3:35 PM

    So if I didn't live in Idaho (and if I knew you) I would totally come over to your house and try to get your flu! :)

    On a more serious note, the plane crash is awful. I've been on Stephanie's blog reading back through her old posts. It's completely obvious how in love and in sync her and Christian are. I've shed many tears for these strangers and I hope my insignificant prayers are heard.

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  27. Things like this make me think we are just like bugs that get squished at any given moment as they go along their merry way. SO, seize the day. Burns are excruciating. I will so pray for her and her family.

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  28. I can't stop looking and thinking, and wondering, and praying either! I found this interview NieNie did with Cookie magazine.

    http://tinyurl.com/5oqsqy

    It has pictures of her house. She is so talented! I want to be more like her. I'm really good at copying others ideas (because I can't seem to think of any on my own) so we are having a "back to school" dinner tonight and our theme will be "Be Prepared" also. Not just so that anyone could take over my household if I were sick (in it's current state, that would be seriously scary), but also physically, spiritually, etc.

    By the way . . . I think you are GREAT!! I want to move to your town and be your friend. I'm sure I'd have to take a number (like at the Deli counter) and wait my turn. I'm all the way across the country, so for now I'll just pretend we're at lunch together and cracking-up laughing the whole time. We can't even eat our food because we are laughing so hard. That would be fun. :)

    Hope you are feeling better.

    Love,
    your freaky mormon stalker mommy- of-four in NC

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  29. Oh, that poor family. That's heartbreaking.
    I'll keep them in my prayers.

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  30. Darn it, I hate the way all you other bloggers keep making me look shallow. I just blogged about the trauma of my knitting needles breaking mid-vacation. I am such a loser.

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