Nicole Kolpack’s Inspiring Journey Video :o)


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Wednesday August 18th

The last few weeks have been a bit overwhelming for Nicole’s parents, in great ways and hard ways as well. All emotionally, Nicole is better each day than the day before. So that’s all good. This Sunday is the All So Famous Fundraiser in Tuolumne County that our Best Friends and Family have busted their butts for, so Nicole can have the very best when we bring her home. It is so wonderful, we have seen all the one’s that love us and our daughter, step up to the plate. It is always known that’s what we all do with the one’s we love. What isn’t known…the strangers that step up too. I was on a bus in San Francisco, holding some of the fliers for the fundraiser, didn’t realize they were “Word side out”, a lady asked if I was putting on a fundraiser while she was walking by getting off the bus, I said “No, but my family and friends are” as I said it, she stuffed a $20. bill in my pocket so fast that I didn’t even get to thank her..she was off the bus. Some friends had our son at the frosty in Jamestown, when he came home he handed me a $20. bill and said a lady gave it to him after he said “There’s my sisters poster again!!” she told him she wasn’t going to make it to the fundraiser but to “Please give this to your mom.” At my office the other day, there was a plain, white envelope that said “To The Kolpack’s” I opened it…there were five one dollar bills in it. $5. A stranger gave us $5., if that doesn’t touch you, nothing ever will. For 27 years i’ve busted my butt with my husband and our business so that “Someday” my husband could kick back a little. He’s older than me and the fact that he’d had a couple of hard knocks in his life and lost a son to a car accident all before I met him made me wanna do nice things for his life. The few weeks before Nicole’s accident, was that “Someday” It didn’t last long, but we did get to feel it and I was very proud that I’d helped get him to that point. None of us know what our future will bring, what I was always afraid of was someone dying, this situation was something that never even crossed my mind, I think i’ve learned now what it means when people say “If you have your health, you have everything.” Nicole and Glenn both made me so proud this week. Glenn has several business licenses, several state business licenses, a drivers license that covers him operating vehicles, motorcycles, and big rigs. He operates any type of heavy equipment or machinery you stick in front of his face. He’s a private pilot, and takes many un-required classes to challenge himself in the field every year, he has to pass several physicals and flying tests for that every so often as well. He called me this week from SF and I’ve never heard his voice so enthusiastic…!!!! He was beaming when he explained to me that the physical therapist had trained him and he now has his own “license” to take Nicole for a walk all by himself. Yep, they’re on the loose! She still needs minimal physical assistance to walk…but I know with him at her side, it won’t be long. On Sunday, Nicole and I were at a “faith” and positive thinking group. There were probably about 15 patents and about 7 or so others, family members, counselors, preacher, therapists, etc. I let her and her therapist go in for the first little while on their own, then as I was walking down the hall I saw through the opened door before I went in…I stopped in my tracks because my daughter was speaking in front of the entire group moving her arms around and looking at each of the people, strangers in the group. I was too far away to hear what she was saying, and I don’t know how all of it came out because when she has a lot to say, usually a lot of it will tend to roll and blend together, but Nicole was putting her point across. I saw courage in that strong little girl that most of us adults don’t have. I waited, I didn’t want to interfere or mess up her train of thought, a few minutes after she was done, I went in and sat down next to her wheel chair quietly…and felt her hand reach down to grab mine…Then, together, we both listened to others. We met a lady from the Sacramento area that was just admitted to the rehab center, we 3 introduced ourselves to her and her husband, the lady was telling us that she had been jogging and was hit by a car, she had so many broken bones that she was in a coma for 10 days, and she couldn’t walk. Nicole pointed at her and said “I’ll teach you.” The lady said “Well thank you.” and smiled at Nicole. Nicole looked at her with a very stearn face and pointed to her again and said “No…I’ll teach you… I’ll teach you.” The lady said “I’d like that, as soon as i’m ready, i’d like that” Nicole smiled and said “Ok!” Look forward to seeing all our friends, family, and newfound stranger-friends at the fundraiser! Us Kolpacks will never be able to thank you all enough…Bye

Day 99

DAY 99 – It’s Bonnie, I am in Sonora today. My mom was with Nicole last night and today, while she was there, she had Nicole email me, ( type in the email ). It looked sorta like this: dkkkkkktognmaslgjdjkdkk !! Then my mom narrated in words I could read. She’s also called us and put Nicole on the phone. How cool is that to answer your phone and it be your daughter sayin “Hi Mom” If any of you out there think thats to much of a regular thing that goes on in your day…I sure would appreciate you making it a cool thing in your day instead. A special thing that lights up your day and night. Really special. Let’s see this week Nicole is: Walking more smoothly with her therapist assistance. I tested her myself when I was standing with her at the sink the other day. I let real loose of her to see how much she can stand on her own. It was really pretty strong and way more stable than I realized. Of course I didn’t let go of her, but none the less I was surprised at how sturdy it was. Her voice is “Filling in” better everyday. It sounds like her, but everyday it sounds like her more. Like maybe her voice sorta started out like when we wake up in the morning, then it smooths into our regular voice. That’s kinda how her voice has been, just more filled in everyday. I got some pretty good questions from you all. I think these two are something I should share with all of you: Has she ever had seisures? Nope. Never. Can she see out of the eye that was swollen after the accident? She says she can. She reads ok. There is a super eye specialist that saw her the first week she went to SF and said her muscles and tendons were all in tact in the eye and he’d see her again in 6 weeks or so. I believe that will be here in a week or so. I’ll report what he says about the eye exam to you. Our family had a terrible scare: My sisters 17yr old son fell from a skate board, hit his head, had bleeding in his head, spent 3 days in the hospital waiting for that HORRIFIYING first 72 hours to see if or how much the brain swelling was. Glenn and I were up most of the first night. It brought back terrible, upsetting stuff we went through with Nicole, and it was too much to think our family may have to go through this again. It’s very heartbraking to think someone you love, like your sister is headed down one of the worst roads, and you know the way. There is good news, (better than it could’ve been). He was released with a bad concusion, will have bad headaches for 6 weeks and is banned from contact sports for the year. Gosh, to me and Glenn that was such good news. It’s been neat being able to sit around and talk and laugh and eat with Nicole. Can hardly wait till we can bring her home. Keep the prayers comin for her full and complete recovery. Thanks, :) Getting a lot of feedback and response to her fundraiser Aug 22. Glenn and I will be there. for the details. Love Ya, Glenn and Bon

Day 92

DAY 92 – Our daughter is coming along. She can do the basic things that we can do….just will have to fine tune them in the next hand full of months there at rehab before we can bring her home. Bring her home, that’s a thought that is really nice to have on our minds. For A LONG TIME, we were not given that idea. Now we are. How much fine tuning she’ll be able to do, we’ll all have to wait and see. But it looks so much better than we all anticipated. They’re goal is to have her doing these things on her own when they release her to go home: eating, dressing, walking, talking, making some food, all with little or no assisstance. Will she need help? Yes. Will she do it all as fast and fine tuned as us? Eh.. If it happens it’ll be a long time. She will have to continue therapy at home for a few years forsure. But they do say these are the goals they’ve set based on their experience. OK, well take that. The thoughts and mind organization, and carring out well planned things…That’s all a slower, more wait and see later down the road thing. They’ve always said too that her age is on her side. But again, check out what we do have…yeah…cool stuff. We’ve been putting together some pictures for you readers, soon will have it ready for you. In the mean time, enjoy this picture of Nicole and myself! She uses her voice now, yes it is pretty, just like always. The best I can describe her state of mind is this: She’s about 80% there. Most of the time her choice of words are on. Sometimes she’ll come out with something that isn’t on. Then toward her more tired times, the last few words of the sentence will roll out all together. To watch all this take place…it’s neat, scary, great, amazing, shocking, cool, and terrible….all at the same time. Me and Glenn are sure glad to have you all here with us for it. Thanks. Please pray for her full and complete recovery and for her emotions to be ok during all of this. Love, Kolpacks

update Tuesday July 27th

We are very please with the rehab crew taking care and teaching our daughter so well. We are working on something special for Nicole’s readers. So in the mean time, I will take the time to ask YOU. Do you have any questions about Nicole’s journey that you’d like to ask? If I don’t know the answer, i’ll try to get it. Take the next few days, think about it and get back to me. Love Kolpack’s