Ladies — I feel that God is wanting me to share with all of you something that happened in our family last week. Last Wednesday night my husband, Greg, & I attended our Mid-Week Prayer Service, as did my two daughters & their families. After the service, Greg & I decided to go over to one of our daughter’s homes for just a few minutes. Her 3 year old daughter, Jansen Grace, had begged & begged for a trampoline & her daddy had given in & bought one a few weeks ago. When Greg & I got there, Jansen & her two big brothers told us to come watch them do their tricks on the trampoline. Being the good grandparents we are, we obliged, & clapped & cheered them on as they were jumping & having fun.
After a little while, my daughter, Lauren, her husband, Ryan, & Greg & I turned away from the trampoline & were discussing something else. All of the sudden we heard a loud “thump”, followed by Caden, the oldest son, screaming “Jansen, Nooooo!”. We turned around to see Jansen lying lifeless on the ground, her head lying on the deck beside the trampoline. Caden was already down beside her, picking her limp body up.
We all rushed over where they were, & my husband immediately laid Jansen back down flat. Her parents were hysterical, both brothers screaming & sobbing & I was dumbfounded, watching my husband beside our precious granddaughter, who showed no signs of life. She was knocked out for about 3-4 minutes & at first didn’t seem to be breathing. Greg gave her a few rescue breaths & she started breathing.
I grabbed the two boys & took them inside, grabbed my phone & made 4 phone calls — the first to 911, then to our Pastor, then to my other daughter, Marissa, then to Tracy, our Prayer Warrior leader at church. Then, I grabbed my grandsons, trying to calm them. We stood in the hallway of their home, hugged up, praying. I kept telling the boys, “God’s Got This”, “He is in control”, “We have to trust Him”. I said these things over & over again.
To tell you the truth, Ladies, I’m not sure I even believed what I was saying. Everything we had just seen outside told me that Jansen was gone, that she wasn’t going to be all right. But I am SO thankful that God understands our murmurings & HEARS our prayers!! After a few minutes, I heard Jansen cry & I told the boys “She’s going to be ok, she’s crying!” Then, we waited for the ambulance. Seemed like it took forever to get there, but it was only about 7-8 minutes. My daughter, Marissa, got there right after the ambulance & took over taking care of the boys. I headed outside to check on Jansen. She was still unconscious, coming to every now & then, crying & throwing up. They put a c-collar on her & loaded her up in the ambulance.
We live in a small, rural county. The closest ER is 45 minutes away in Columbia. Nashville is an hour and a half away. The Paramedic called for a helicopter to come & transport Jansen to Vanderbilt, but none were available because storms were predicted. By the time the ambulance got to Columbia, however, a helicopter from Huntsville, Alabama had flown in to meet them. They transferred my grandbaby to the helicopter, where they intubated her to keep her airway clear, & we watched as they flew away (a very helpless feeling!). We all got into my car & drove to Nashville, arriving at Vanderbilt around 10:30. They had taken Jansen to get x-rays & a CT scan, so we waited. We knew that we had people praying for Jansen, literally all over the world! Say what you want about FaceBook, but there were hundreds of people praying for us almost immediately after the accident! Prayer Chains from many different churches were started for this little girl, most of whom had never met Jansen.
As we waited, we all realized how much we are NOT in control, especially in situations like this! I reflected on what I told the boys right after it happened — God’s Got This!. On Saturday after the accident, the devotion in my Journey magazine was titled “God’s Got This”. The scripture used was Philippians 4:6 — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” I continued with verse 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” My family & I felt this peace deeply last week & haven’t stopped praising God yet!!
Around midnight. we were able to go & see Jansen in the Pediatric ICU. She was lying there, so pale, on a ventilator. The doctors came in & said she had a temporal skull fracture, but no brain bleeds, so no surgery was needed. Praise God! They took her off of the vent, & around 2:00 a.m., she sat up in the bed & told her Mom, “I’m all better now!” Wow! What a difference just 6 hours can make!
Jansen came home on Friday afternoon & now our biggest concern is making her slow down & stop climbing on everything! Her Nanna (me!) just can’t quit hugging & loving on her & reminding her about how much Jesus loves her! God is good!!
Thank you for reading this lengthy blog. I just want to brag on my Jesus!!
Have a blessed week!