Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mission Status!

I met with my VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) counselor yesterday. I have a meeting with her every month. Well three weeks ago my neuropsychologist brought asked about my mission out of the blue. I said that I really want to go but I have to wait. She asked how long and I said 4-5 years. That is depressing I think. She stated that I am putting my whole life (meaning the love part) on hold until I have served a mission and that I would have gone if I did not have this accident. I agreed with her and it made me really sad and anxious. She then said that I could go. I asked about VR, what will happen with them? We (the family) thought that if I am "inactive" in this program, they would drop me. My neuropsyc said that maybe they will hold my funding. So yesterday was the meeting to ask Cady what would happen with my VR plan if I were to leave on a mission at the end of the school year this year? She was very understandable and considerate. She said that if my therapist and doctors say that I am ready to go then it is fine that I go. I probably will not get the funding to go to therapy anymore which is ok cuz I am almost done but my education funding will still be there for me. Just when I leave on my mission they will put my file in the inactive department until I get back. I can send in my papers Feb. 1, 2008!!! I am soo excited!! My life is coming back...and then I can get married. :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

A Bit of An Update

I havent put the pictures from the trek that I was a part of on the computer. When I do I will post and tell you all about the wonderful experience I had. I did have a great experience and I loved being a part of the trek. So I have been pretty busy with therapy. I started volunteering at St. Joseph's Hospital and I am loving it! Since I am working to become a nurse they got me a position where I can closely watch what nurse's do. I am learning a lot and I have seen some of the bad part of nursing and I am not scared. I am so excited to become a nurse. I do a bunch of work at the hospital. I file a bunch because the huck hates doing it so she leaves it for me to do and sometimes I get a huge pile of papers to file. Oh i go 4 days a week. A total of 18 hours a week. I clean machines and find them and make sure they are on the unit, I have transported patients before, I clean the soild utility rooms, I have interviewed patients to obtain their history which is pretty fun, I helped feed a patient once, I get supply's, answer the phone, call people, stock paper, and a bunch of other activities that I do. Its a load of fun tho. I get to see doctors and what they do and they are really funny. I start school on the 25th at Phoenix College. I am way excited because I am moving on with my life and I do not have to go to therapy as much. I am taking Biology 156, Chemistry 130 with the labs, and Weight Training. After these classes I have only one more class I will be needing, Biology 201, before I can apply for the nursing school at a community college. I have pretty much all of my co-req's done for nursing school except Biology 202 which I probably will get done when I am on the waiting list. Man I have made leaps and bounds since my accident. I am improving so much and I am getting better everyday and learning also. I do still have some difficulties but I am either getting better or figuring out how to compensate for those difficulties. I also have some more exciting news to tell but I am not sure if it will happen just yet so I will say it when I really know for sure.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2nd Trip: Utah/ Idaho

We went on a trip to Utah and Idaho for a week and a half. Let me tell ya, I have low tolerance for that long and I was aching to go back to therapy, kinda weird. I had the oppertunity to baptize my nephew. It was a really great experience and I was really happy for my nephew that he wanted to be baptized.
We drove up to Utah and it took forever but good thing i-pods were invented. We first went to my cousin Shawn's house and slept there and visited for the next morning. We then travled to my sister Stacey's house and slept there for one night then travled to Idaho to visit my Uncle and Aunt Mike and Cathleen. We went to there mutual activity which was speed dating and all of them wanted to know why I was not on my mission yet so I would tell them I fell 30 feet and landed on my head. Then they wanted to know the whole story. After like the fourth girl I was getting tired of telling it because it took up the whole time. So I had them promise me not to ask. Before my dad told us to find a date for tomorrow. I thought he was joking but it didnt matter. I asked this beautiful girl and my two younger brothers and my cousin, or well I had to ask for my cousin, asked girls. We played at the park and then watched a really cheesy movie but over all it was a great date.
Friday we went camping and I met this really awesome family! Their Uncle had a brain injury too so they knew like everything about me. There were two little girls and two boys who wrestled. The little girls were the cutest expecially the youngest. They taught me some really fun games and it was just fun hanging out with them. Then we went to the dance on Saturday in which I won the dance contest because I have some sweet dancin skills. One kid played the guitar and I asked them if I could play the piano and sing but they said no we have to hear it and then next time. I told them I lived in Arizona but they said no and its final. They were missin out.
Our last stop we visited my Uncle and Aunt Garth and Debbie. I love visiting them. I spent the night with my brother Adam at my cousin Mike's house and it was so fun. He has a precious family. He took us to his work, he builds cow farm stuff I dont know what you call them. We saw a dairy farm and he showed us around and it was really interesting and also smelly. Then we went to the river/lake and I went on the toob and the first time it was really dumb becuase they did not want me to get hurt. The second time was fun, we were jumping and falling out. Then I tried wakeboarding but it was the oppisite footing so I could not get up. The trip was great seeing my family but I really wanted to get back to therapy like I said before. I am excited for the trek. This is my last vacation I am going to take and then it is serious talk from here on out.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

1st Trip: Havasupai

On Wednsday the teacher's and priest of my ward went to Havasupai for the super activity. It has been my second time going to Havasupai. It was a blast! I could not do what I was able to do before but it was still awesome. I did not take very many pictures because I was afraid of getting my camera wet. I brought my digital camera that I paid for myself so I do not desire to buy a new one although I think it is time for it. Anywho, on Wednsday we left at 12:00 and got there at some time, I do not know I was not paying attention, but I think it was maybe 5:00. We hiked till it was dark and camped on the trail. I stayed with my dad the whole time, which was in the back...very far back, because my therapist told me to and I was only allowed to carry 20 pounds in my pack. It never happend, I think I carried like 30-35 pounds. Oh well though, I'm still alive. :) We slept under this over hang and all the kids (which were 11 others and I forgot to say but I was also one of the adult leaders but I was not really just on paper) took all of the space to sleep. So I found a rock that was the right length of my body and was semi flat. So I set up there and I had my helmet on just in case I rolled off while I slept. I stayed on the whole night and it was actually really comfortable.We finally got to the camping place and it was crowded. There was this good spot but then these other muchacho's decided to take up two camp sites and we had a brawl of words. We negotiated the problem down to spliting the campsite in half and two picnic tables. The first waterfall we swam at was Havasu Falls. Swam behind it and I dove off which probably was not good to do. First it was really tiring to get over there and then back. When I got back to shore I was really off balance for like a minute. I can not do the same stuff I was able to do before my accident. :( Jumped off some other places near Havasu and played around there for like an hour or two, it was fun. The water was cold but really refreshing. By our campsite we had two rope swings we played with a lot the whole time we were there. So we played with those for the rest of the day and trying to hook it up with girls. There was actually a bunch of mormons there, probably the majority was mormon. Then next day we went to Moony and it was scary going down to the waterfall, those who have been know what I am talking about. There was really nothing to do except Beaver is farther down but it was too far to walk for a waterfall. I tried swimming to the wall by the waterfall but my shoe was coming off and there was a lot of waves that made it hard to see and it was really tiring so I swam back to the rock island next to it. Then we went to Navajo and I jumped off twice and then my dad got mad that we were jumping off there because it was too dangerous, so we were not allowed to do it anymore. Some of us guys talked to a group of girls there but they were not interested in me or at least the girl my age.
We hiked out on Saturday and my dad and 8 other boys got mules to carry out there packs. I had to carry mine out but it was ok because it weighed nothing. The group of girls we talked to were so lucky because they knew the helicopter pilot so they all got flown out of there. The switch backs were the hardest but I made it. I actually went down back down once like a quarter of the way to give one of our leaders a bottle of water then a second time about half the way to help out my dad and three others. On the way home we were starving when we started out but the closest resturant (an hour and a half away) was too busy so we went another hour and a half or two to the next good place. We had to listen to the techno station (thats all we could get) to keep our minds off of food. Overall, I loved the trip. I want to go back because it was fun and I have a great tan. One of the leaders had a really funny shirt and actually I would love to have one like it. Hope you all of a laugh.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Wonderful Performance!!

Sorry this is late but I got it done. So the play was awesome!! It was soo fun and it was a memerable experience. I wish I had done it before my accident. Anyways, so I was only in the chorus and there were a ton of little kids there. When we were not on stage we were in the dance room playing around. There was this really cute girl (age 6) that I would always hang out with and tease. Then there was this other girl who I taught how to swing dance and I mean I was doing these pretty sweet moves and like ton of other little girls came over and wanted to learn. So I was teaching all the little girls all these moves and they were like lined up for a carnival ride. It was so fun and the girls loved it! I signed up to do volunteer work at St. Joseph's Hospital. I OT got me a great job that will help me view other nurses and maybe even do what they do and even at its worst. Im pretty excited about that, I start on Tuesday. I took my Psychology final yesterday, I hope I did an ok job. My teacher does not read my papers. I will submit a paper, I will later read it and find so many mistakes, and he gives me a 100% on all of my papers. I start school in August at Phoenix College taking Bio 156 and Chem 130, plus weight training. I am really excited about this, I have to take those classes then Bio 201 and then I can apply for nursing school! This Wednsday I am going to Havisuppi and going to have blast. Then the week after that I was given the opportunity to baptize my nephew so I am really excited about that. I will take pictures so I hope you guys are excited.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

In News Paper...again

I was in the news paper again yesterday Wednsday May 28, 2008. I will post a link but I dont know how long it stays posted so hopefully you guys got it in the newspaper. I am signing up to do voulenteer work over at St. Josephs and I saw one of my therapist when I stayed in the hospital. He was like my teacher for school stuff. I saw him when I was at an orientation and he wanted me to sign his newspaper so I did. It was really good seeing him, I miss my therapist. Today is when the first show of the play my stake is doing, Hello Dolly. I am sooooo tired cuz I would get home from dress rehearsal at like 11:00 and then wake up at 5:00 to go to CTN. But the show is going to be sooo good. Yesterday's dress rehearsal was really good and we did amazing. It would make me really happy if you guys went. The showings are today at 7, tomorrow at 7, and Saturday at 2 and 7. We are performing at the Deer Valley High School located at the Performing Arts Center, 51st Avenue and Union Hills and it is at NO COST. ITS FEE!!! Or you can go to our website... Hope to see you there. Here is the article in the newspaper link and I am posting a picture of me in the play

Monday, May 19, 2008

WOW Pictures!!! :) :}

This is a friend I met at EFY. We are at an ASU Football game which was awesome. This is post-injury.

This is in Canada and I think this is a sweet picture. It looks like we are models. We should be hired. Pre-injury
Pre-injury, I was a snob for Halloween. I am pretty good looking though.
Graduation. This is with my friend Annie Fudge. Post-injury
My best friend Elder Lazenby IV, Annie Fugi, and me with a big smile. At seminary graduation, post-injury.

I preformed "You Are Loved" by Josh Groban, or he sings it, at EFY. I thought I didnt do so well but others think I did good. Post-injury.
EFY with my friend Kayla. Pretty crazy eh? Tried to renact what actually happend. Post-injury.
Post-injury, I would dress up for school everyday. I always had a different outfit and this day was nerd day. Kids were so excited to see what I would wear next. I was going to PVCC.
Post-injury, I forgot to tell you I am engaged. It was love at first sight.
This is my SWEET screw I got in my mouth. When it wasnt coverd I would try and unscrew it but the dentist told me not to do that. I think they use like a star wrench to screw it in. Post-injury.
Ok so this is an awesome wrestling picture! For your information I recieved first place at this tournament and this is the championship match. This kid actually pinned me the first time I saw him in the second period. I met him in the championships and I totally killed him. I later found out he was on steriods. Also to make me look even better I was weighing 162 and he was 171. :) Maybe I am cocky. Pre-injury.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The 52nd wall post

I dont really know what to call this one except that I have 52 wall post on my(hopefully I can call it mine now) blog. So on Thursday I had an interview with The Arizona Rebublic so my fame will be published again on Wensday in the North Valley section I think. The picture guy was taking a butt load of pictures of me and my mouth started to refuse to smile so there better be a good picture of me. Also I am going to need your help Katie with publishing links and what not and I dont even know where to look to find the article online. So I found a really cool picture and I probably put some more on tomorrow cuz it is really late. This picture was of a bon fire that my friends and I did. We got the fire to be like 20 feet and it was AWESOME! We had to like stand 30 feet away cuz it was so hot. So I will put more on tomorrow. Remember that I will be in the paper on Wensday.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there who read this blog! Also Happy mother's Day for my sisters who are mothers. I admire all the mothers who bring little cute adorable babies into this world! I finished taking the computer driving test's. My next step is to get clearance from my doctor who I think gets clearance from my parents. I talk to my neuro psych tomorrow with my parents so this will most likely will be the subject. They want me to go to school this August full time and I want to attend GCC. I am planning on taking College Chem, Bio 156, and probably Super Swing oh and maybe weight training. By spring of 2009 I am going to finish taking my pre-req's for nursing school and apply for August of next year. My therapist say when I start going to school I will barely be going to therapy cuz once I start driving I wont need OT, I just graduated from PT last Thursday but I still have to do at home work outs. We do a lot of group stuff and I will be graduating from Cog Group which is where they teach us about our brain injury, the steps that we go through, and a neural anatomy moduel. As for Recreational Therapy, to tell you the truth, I think that I dont need it cuz I know how to be social, how to to recreational activities, and the stuff that they are allowed to have me do are dumb. Graduation for CTN was on Thursday and one of the graduates wanted me to sing a song that he wrote the lyrics to. I had to make up the music that day but I did a good job. Then I went to my bro's grad party at the Lazenby's house and I played him Jake, ping pong and he is chinese good. So Craig Lazenby are always playin. I love ping pong! I will put pictures on here I just never take them but I will.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

New Tooth!!

I got a new tooth on Monday so I am now done with going to the dentist! YAY. I am though going to miss my dentist and his assistant. They were good to me and we became really good friends. I got my tooth pulled out in like I think August or was it July...oh I dont know, anyways, so at first it felt like I had the grand canyon in my mouth and I just kept moving my tounge around and feeling it. It bugged me a lot. Then I got use to it and I also got use to eating only on my right side. Then I got this new tooth which I think is in the way and it annoys me and I dont even use it. Although it does feel really smooth, oh and it is really white. haha I think I wasted my parents a lot of money to have this one tooth. My choir teacher Mary asked me if I wanted to preform for the night of stars this year since I didnt have the ability to attend and I think I was still in Canada. I said "oh ya" (like the coolaide guy). I preformed on Tuesday which I should have posted on here, im sorry that I didnt. I didnt sing "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and I didnt do "Dont Give Up." I was tired of playing the Josh Groban song but I do like it and play it but I just kept preforming it so I needed a change. So a friend suggested I sing and play a song from "The Last Five Years" musical "If I Didnt Believe In You." I got the music a week before the preformance so I was practicing like crazy learning it cuz I have never heard of it. I played the piano and sang that song and I did all right. Then I sung the "Come What May" with Anna and we did a GREAT job. I messed up a few times but it alright, I hit those high notes so I was pretty proud of myself. On Friday I didnt go to therapy, instead I went to GCC to talk with the Dissabilities Resouce Center counselor to get speacial stuff I guess. I got a lot of information and I am excited to start school. I have almost all of my pre-req's done to apply for the nursing program I just have to take Bio 156 and then 201 and I can apply. So I can apply next August. I signed up to take Bio 156 and I want to take guitar so I might sign for that too. I also took the reading placement test which I took recently after my accident and didnt do so well, haha cuz I was really impulsive and it was boring so I just started clicking answers. They said I did lower than High School but I could take it one last time when I am ready. So I took it on Friday and I was patient and read through all of the answers and I got a 97 so I did dang good. I now dont have to take Critical Reading. My last year in nursing program is going to be easy cuz I already have all my co-req's. Then my bro's and my dad and also my two nephews went to fathers and sons camp out. That was fun, we played soccer and I got my work out. Ok well, oh also I am in my stake play "Hello Dolly" and we are preforming on May 29-31 at Deer Valley High School I think at 7. I will let you know if its a different time.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Well hello computer. I might as well have a conversation with you now since my fan club probably wont check on me anymore. I am sorry though for not really keeping you and also my fan club up to date on how I am doing. :/ I am busy with a lot of stuff but I could have written something I was just to selfish.....anywho I am going to therapy now. Yes your prayers were answered and I am now going to therapy 5 days a week, 9-10 hours a day. Well mostly 9 I just like to say 10 which only happend once and let me tell ya it was a long day. I was blessed to be accepted into Vocational Rehab which is a program that is funded by the government so they are funding for everything, therapy, school once I start going, and well just life. They are so wonderful and my counslor is and angel. She is so nice and understanding. I had to come up with a "realistic goal" for them to keep funding me so that means that it is going to be a while until I fufill my goal to become an orthopedic surgen. I decided with much prayer and fasting to do nursing. I a little scared and have fear but I will perservere! I started one online class through rio salado with the help of my therapy CTN. I still have a 100 % in the class and I have turned in a lot of papers. I feel bad though because my speech therapist mostly wrote all the ones before but now she is having me write them. I would help though but I have to give her all the credit. About driving....who knows. Its mostly is in the hands of my parents instead of my doctors which it is too. They can not give me clearance until my parents say it is ok or something like that. I am taking test on the computer. I took the first one and I was easy, it was for old people. I started on my second one, which I havent done in a while, and this one is really hard. There is soo much to driving! I have made a ton of friends who are all miracles. I need some ideas to do for recreational therapy cuz I pick some dumb ones and then they make me do them until I finish. Craig Lazenby and I are dang good bowlers. We are thinking about starting up a league team but we need two more people. We still are not sure because it has to work around Craigs scheduale and mine. Oh and Craig and I might start up a woodworking buissness so if you know of anyone who need someone to build them dressers and night stands or even cabinites, tell them about our buissness. Dont make them any promises though cuz I dont know if we are going to do it. I will have built a jewlery box so if you know of anyone who wants to buy it give me a call.