All the King's Horses: Part 2

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Taped down to the board with two neck braces. (This one makes me cry)

More photos below the fold.  In case you missed, the story here.

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Ambulance man, Malachi and me through the hatchback of my husband’s Scion.

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Oxygen and a needle. The above taken by Kevin Church the below by Dan Gribi.

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Helicopter landing.

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More emergemcy vehicles.

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Helicopter EMT describing to those carrying Malachi how to avoid the rotating propellers.

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EMT’s and my husband carry Malachi to helicopter.grin

Grin

Frequent Photo

Taken by me today at a friend’s birthday party…  Six days after his accident.

I promise to take photos of other subjects  soon

but he’s a miracle.

And the world is beautiful.

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  • You look strong in those photos Kym. Obviously all the horror in your system as you described in Little Boy Blue was eating at you, but you stayed strong for Malachi.

    The photos of him strapped in are heartbreaking, even when we know the ending.

    I love the last shot.

  • You look strong in those photos Kym. Obviously all the horror in your system as you described in Little Boy Blue was eating at you, but you stayed strong for Malachi.

    The photos of him strapped in are heartbreaking, even when we know the ending.

    I love the last shot.

  • Sorry, as you described in All the King’s Horses.

  • Sorry, as you described in All the King’s Horses.

  • He truly is a miracle. I used to work neuro, and know what the outcome could have been. You are blessed. I’m glad this post is just pictures of that day, I was afraid it was more problems. ((((hugs))) for all of you.

  • He truly is a miracle. I used to work neuro, and know what the outcome could have been. You are blessed. I’m glad this post is just pictures of that day, I was afraid it was more problems. ((((hugs))) for all of you.

  • He is such a beautiful little boy, Kym.

  • He is such a beautiful little boy, Kym.

  • What a magic grin. These photos really add to the story. They show a scary situation being handled competently by parents, neighbours and professionals. Malachi is lucky to have all of you around him. This is why I keep visiting your blog. Not just for the wonderful photography but for the sense of community which comes through in your evocative writing. And the love.

  • What a magic grin. These photos really add to the story. They show a scary situation being handled competently by parents, neighbours and professionals. Malachi is lucky to have all of you around him. This is why I keep visiting your blog. Not just for the wonderful photography but for the sense of community which comes through in your evocative writing. And the love.

  • That grin reminds me of Opie from the Andie Griffith show.
    Well we are all so relieved, now I can go back to my usual blogself….
    In that picture of the fellas carrying him away, did a certain husband cut his hair off?
    Probably just trying to look more like Ernie and me!

  • That grin reminds me of Opie from the Andie Griffith show.
    Well we are all so relieved, now I can go back to my usual blogself….
    In that picture of the fellas carrying him away, did a certain husband cut his hair off?
    Probably just trying to look more like Ernie and me!

  • So good to see that big grin back on his face! I see a little bruising around his eyes, but can’t see a crushed cheekbone.

  • So good to see that big grin back on his face! I see a little bruising around his eyes, but can’t see a crushed cheekbone.

  • Portraits of children may be the most difficult subject of all. “Grin” has been like a slide in my head all morning…. Great great pic. Gentle and penetrating. Knowing without the absence of questioning is how I’d begin to try and describe the expression, but words can’t come close to what you’ve captured.

  • Portraits of children may be the most difficult subject of all. “Grin” has been like a slide in my head all morning…. Great great pic. Gentle and penetrating. Knowing without the absence of questioning is how I’d begin to try and describe the expression, but words can’t come close to what you’ve captured.

  • Thank God he made kids so unbreakable.

  • Thank God he made kids so unbreakable.

  • I can’t believe all the photos people took of the ambulance ride and transfer to the helicopter. And a most beautiful photo and grin to finish it off. How long will it take for Malachi to fully recover? I’d be so afraid of reinjury.

  • I can’t believe all the photos people took of the ambulance ride and transfer to the helicopter. And a most beautiful photo and grin to finish it off. How long will it take for Malachi to fully recover? I’d be so afraid of reinjury.

  • Kathy at the bookstore

    Beautiful, heartbreaking photos, Kym.

    I hope your own heart is settling down a bit.

  • Kathy at the bookstore

    Beautiful, heartbreaking photos, Kym.

    I hope your own heart is settling down a bit.

  • The photos are pretty astounding I think. The top one I can’t look at without getting a lump in my throat. The one of the helicopter coming in is such an amazing juxtaposition of beauty and implied danger that it is a work of art. I love the final pic too. He is such a cutie rosy from the sun and, maybe a bit too much saturation;>

    My community is one of the most supportive I know. We may vehemently disagree on subjects but…there is a basic understanding of how to step in and help that I see all the time. I am so lucky to live here.

    There is some chance of re-injury no swings, slides or tree climbing for awhile. And we need to go back in for a checkup but overall, he’s looking great. We’re all settling down.

  • Hope he’ll remember to avoid those things. I’ve been trying to decide if the spot on his chin is leftover from the accident, or leftover from birthday cake!

  • Hope he’ll remember to avoid those things. I’ve been trying to decide if the spot on his chin is leftover from the accident, or leftover from birthday cake!

  • Leftovers….There is a little raw spot under his nose from the oxygen and a scrape high on his cheek but other than that he is just grubby as usual.

  • Leftovers….There is a little raw spot under his nose from the oxygen and a scrape high on his cheek but other than that he is just grubby as usual.

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  • *Sigh* It’s amazing how kids are resilient, but mother’s hearts are not. I am so happy that he is okay and smiling again!

  • *Sigh* It’s amazing how kids are resilient, but mother’s hearts are not. I am so happy that he is okay and smiling again!

  • It looks as if Malachi fell in style. I love the sparkly jacket he’s wearing in the top photo. I also love the beautiful area you live in.

    Kym, did the strains come out of your new towels?

    • Surprisingly YES! While I was waiting to be able to fly out after the helicopter, I threw what I thought were both towels in the washer but when I came home there was still one in the car—BLEECH (and yet somehow invoking tender thoughts). But when I washed it, all came clean.

  • It looks as if Malachi fell in style. I love the sparkly jacket he’s wearing in the top photo. I also love the beautiful area you live in.

    Kym, did the strains come out of your new towels?

    • Surprisingly YES! While I was waiting to be able to fly out after the helicopter, I threw what I thought were both towels in the washer but when I came home there was still one in the car—BLEECH (and yet somehow invoking tender thoughts). But when I washed it, all came clean.

  • Oh God Kym, I hadn’t been on your site for a week and just saw this now. Thank God he’s alright. I’m so sorry for what you all went through and so very, very grateful for how it ended up. Thinking of you!

  • Oh God Kym, I hadn’t been on your site for a week and just saw this now. Thank God he’s alright. I’m so sorry for what you all went through and so very, very grateful for how it ended up. Thinking of you!

  • Wow, Kym, my heart is with you and your beautiful family!

  • Wow, Kym, my heart is with you and your beautiful family!

  • Yay! a Malachi photo at the end! Now I’ve just gotta see the kid in person, I know you say he’s fine, but I think at some point I’ll have to see and touch him for myself! What an amazing day, I know I was buzzing for days, I bet you still are. By the way, Robin thank you so much for being right there step for step, I was glad to have your steadiness backing me up. And Matt for all the communication with everyone else trying to get there. There are so many things that could have gone wrong, but it seems like everything went as smoothly as we could have prayed for. I was sitting on the couch that morning wondering why on earth there wasn’t some fabulous mother’s day plan being dispatched at my house, but who am I to question the universe? Most of the time we don’t ever know why our plans or wishes don’t work out, but on that day I can see clearly that there was some higher power at work in my life to have my butt firmly planted on the couch when you called! What a gift! Hugs and Kisses, Lisa

  • Yay! a Malachi photo at the end! Now I’ve just gotta see the kid in person, I know you say he’s fine, but I think at some point I’ll have to see and touch him for myself! What an amazing day, I know I was buzzing for days, I bet you still are. By the way, Robin thank you so much for being right there step for step, I was glad to have your steadiness backing me up. And Matt for all the communication with everyone else trying to get there. There are so many things that could have gone wrong, but it seems like everything went as smoothly as we could have prayed for. I was sitting on the couch that morning wondering why on earth there wasn’t some fabulous mother’s day plan being dispatched at my house, but who am I to question the universe? Most of the time we don’t ever know why our plans or wishes don’t work out, but on that day I can see clearly that there was some higher power at work in my life to have my butt firmly planted on the couch when you called! What a gift! Hugs and Kisses, Lisa

  • My god, Lisa, I am so glad your butt flew up that road so fast. Malachi and the rest of us needed you so much! Huge hugs and kisses right back!

  • My god, Lisa, I am so glad your butt flew up that road so fast. Malachi and the rest of us needed you so much! Huge hugs and kisses right back!

  • I don’t think I can take any more things like this. Love is to big to break,I feel to small to stand.

  • I don’t think I can take any more things like this. Love is to big to break,I feel to small to stand.

  • Life seems so fragile to me now. And Malachi looks especially breakable.

    • My husband told me about your post, so I knew that everything turned out well, but today when I read the story from beginning to end I wanted to cry. I can’t imagine how you were so calm in the face of such a tragedy. Your description put me in the barn with you. I wanted to find my children and give them a big hug, so that I could feel their wholeness. I am so relieved and happy that Malachi is alright. Thank you for ending with a photo of your beautiful boy enjoying life. I really appreciate how kids can rebound from a horrible incident, so much faster than we adults can.

  • Life seems so fragile to me now. And Malachi looks especially breakable.

    • My husband told me about your post, so I knew that everything turned out well, but today when I read the story from beginning to end I wanted to cry. I can’t imagine how you were so calm in the face of such a tragedy. Your description put me in the barn with you. I wanted to find my children and give them a big hug, so that I could feel their wholeness. I am so relieved and happy that Malachi is alright. Thank you for ending with a photo of your beautiful boy enjoying life. I really appreciate how kids can rebound from a horrible incident, so much faster than we adults can.

  • You can’t keep a good kid down!

  • You can’t keep a good kid down!

  • Whew! I got all choked up reading your story, Kym. Malachi, we are so glad that you are still here with us!!! Keep grinnin’!!!

  • Whew! I got all choked up reading your story, Kym. Malachi, we are so glad that you are still here with us!!! Keep grinnin’!!!

  • Wow, your pictures are like scenes from a movie! And they lived happily ever after… 🙂

  • Wow, your pictures are like scenes from a movie! And they lived happily ever after… 🙂

  • my god kym…i just now saw your blog and was devasted by the story, st first, and totaly elated to see tthe wonderful ending. mighty malachai is a super kid no doubt.

    i ‘m so out of touch here in eureka. salmon creek has become such a wonderful community and family for support and aid and comfort in tragedy. i often regret leaving there.

    love and hugs…

  • my god kym…i just now saw your blog and was devasted by the story, st first, and totaly elated to see tthe wonderful ending. mighty malachai is a super kid no doubt.

    i ‘m so out of touch here in eureka. salmon creek has become such a wonderful community and family for support and aid and comfort in tragedy. i often regret leaving there.

    love and hugs…

  • Salmon Creek is the most amazing support network. People here are so kind and helpful. And not just about emergencies. People support a small school, a fire company with great EMT’s, and a road committee.

    But my online community is so great with their support too. Thank you!

  • Salmon Creek is the most amazing support network. People here are so kind and helpful. And not just about emergencies. People support a small school, a fire company with great EMT’s, and a road committee.

    But my online community is so great with their support too. Thank you!

  • Kym, I thought about you at the AAA yesterday. I was changing my membership from So. California to Northern California. I noticed that the top membership plan has a $25,000 emergency medical transportation coverage. That would have covered your helicopter transportation. Did you already have coverage for that expense?

  • Kym, I thought about you at the AAA yesterday. I was changing my membership from So. California to Northern California. I noticed that the top membership plan has a $25,000 emergency medical transportation coverage. That would have covered your helicopter transportation. Did you already have coverage for that expense?

  • Joe, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure yet. Kevin has great insurance that will probably cover most things. And we did have Calstar coverage ($25 per year I think for medivac service–everyone in the country should just get it–do it right now) but I may have let it lapse. I need to check into this.

  • Joe, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure yet. Kevin has great insurance that will probably cover most things. And we did have Calstar coverage ($25 per year I think for medivac service–everyone in the country should just get it–do it right now) but I may have let it lapse. I need to check into this.

  • appreciative mom

    Baby bones bounce! Scary story!! But we are glad (for you) that it all turned out OK. Hang tough.

  • appreciative mom

    Baby bones bounce! Scary story!! But we are glad (for you) that it all turned out OK. Hang tough.

  • I know that this is months and months later but I knew I’d better prepare myself for an emotional ride reading this. With everything going on right now, the devastation we feel from losing one of our own, I knew tonight was the night to be reminded that miracles do exist. I’ve seen that little grubby face, the mischevious smile since his accident, it didn’t matter. I was with you in the funky house, my heart broke when he died, my brain found the space to worry about new towels, everything. I cried and cried and cried. I even cried some more at the “grin” photo, that time with a smile on my face. My heart rejoices for your family that miracles happen, new-towel-sacrifices can be made. I love you. Thank you for being the incredible writer that you are, you just took all of us on a journey that I for one am grateful for. This is definately the best piece you have ever written, your heart is in every word.

    • Lisa,
      Thank you for bringing me back here tonight. I reread the post and fell in love with my family and my community one more time. I hope Avi’s family can find some solace in the wonderful place and people surrounding them.

  • I know that this is months and months later but I knew I’d better prepare myself for an emotional ride reading this. With everything going on right now, the devastation we feel from losing one of our own, I knew tonight was the night to be reminded that miracles do exist. I’ve seen that little grubby face, the mischevious smile since his accident, it didn’t matter. I was with you in the funky house, my heart broke when he died, my brain found the space to worry about new towels, everything. I cried and cried and cried. I even cried some more at the “grin” photo, that time with a smile on my face. My heart rejoices for your family that miracles happen, new-towel-sacrifices can be made. I love you. Thank you for being the incredible writer that you are, you just took all of us on a journey that I for one am grateful for. This is definately the best piece you have ever written, your heart is in every word.

    • Lisa,
      Thank you for bringing me back here tonight. I reread the post and fell in love with my family and my community one more time. I hope Avi’s family can find some solace in the wonderful place and people surrounding them.

  • Kym,

    Although I don’t know you and your family I sometimes feel like I do. I know that this accident happened sometime ago but I must say as a mother who has lost a son that my heart goes out to you and yours. I know those feelings of that kind of fear all to well and I am so glad that your oh so beautiful and precious child is ok and doing well.

    • Concerned, thank you. I can only imagine the pain of losing a son like you have but this accident gripped my heart and has never let go. I know that kind words from people like you weave me into life. I hope that you have a network of friends and family that are there weaving you back into life, too. Virtual hugs don’t replace real ones but I find they help so here’s a big one. HUG.

  • Kym,

    Although I don’t know you and your family I sometimes feel like I do. I know that this accident happened sometime ago but I must say as a mother who has lost a son that my heart goes out to you and yours. I know those feelings of that kind of fear all to well and I am so glad that your oh so beautiful and precious child is ok and doing well.

    • Concerned, thank you. I can only imagine the pain of losing a son like you have but this accident gripped my heart and has never let go. I know that kind words from people like you weave me into life. I hope that you have a network of friends and family that are there weaving you back into life, too. Virtual hugs don’t replace real ones but I find they help so here’s a big one. HUG.

  • You almost make me want to be an EMT. I think about it sometimes, but I don’t know if I would have the calm so necessary in the gravest situations. So I guess I will just continue to be grateful for those who do it, like your wonderful friends.

  • You almost make me want to be an EMT. I think about it sometimes, but I don’t know if I would have the calm so necessary in the gravest situations. So I guess I will just continue to be grateful for those who do it, like your wonderful friends.

  • Lisa, our community’s EMT is wonderful. She worked hard to get her license and I know we all feel better knowing she is here.

  • Lisa, our community’s EMT is wonderful. She worked hard to get her license and I know we all feel better knowing she is here.

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