Why do we have to experience trials? Wouldn't it be so much better if we could just go merrily along our way on this earthly journey? Is it really necessary? We are sitting here in the ICU pondering these questions right now. It was a beautiful weekend when Jonah, a good friend and brother was in an accident Sunday April 17, 2016. He was out riding his long board in Snow Canyon state park. Friends and family gathered together yesterday night to support Jonah and his family. People were shuffling in from the time he entered the emergency room until he was out of the operating room. While we waited, we gathered in prayer, we reminisced, and couldn't help but feel the strength of the spirit of the Lord comforting us. It's interesting how when things are really difficult, our Heavenly Father makes it easier for us to feel His love.
Our initial reaction is kind of funny. You have to know Jonah. He's always getting hurt! A broken bone here, stitches, staples in his head, catching on fire, almost drowning - yep, we aren't exaggerating. The other thing about Jonah, is that he always bounces back quickly. So, our first reaction was, "Don't worry, it's Jonah." But maybe that isn't quite the case this time.
Very quickly after he was brought in to the ER we were told he was being moved to the ICU. But before they did that his father insisted that he receive a priesthood blessing. Dutifully, all 50, then 60, then more of us filed in to the ICU to wait for news. By 8:30 they told us they had to take him in to the operating room The pressure in his skull was too high. It took about 3 1/2 hours for them to take Mom and Dad Tuttle back to see him.
Jonah and his family and friends are going through their own trial at this time.
There is quite a bit of suffering and it was quite sad initially when you would enter the room. After waiting a few hours we were updated that he was out of surgery and his parents were able to go back and see him. All of the many loved ones waited eagerly for news on his condition. His dad is a local religious leader and shared his love and uplifted those who were here. He shared his testimony of our Heavenly Father and how he knew that Jonah would make it through stronger than before.
Solemnly, they told us how he had severely hurt his head and had major swelling in his brain. They had to remove the top right portion of his skull to relieve pressure and found that his brain was bruised. They then removed that portion of his brain. Jonah also suffered major road rash on his back and shoulder, which the doctors are going to treat like third degree burns. They had to scrape and clear the skin to keep it clean and uninfected.
It was miraculous to see all of the people who came to see Jonah and his family here in the hospital. If you are religious, no matter what religion, pray for Jonah. If you are not religious, hope for Jonah. I know that with our combined support, prayers, and love we can see Jonah recover before our eyes.