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It has been a while since we did an update on the Palmer family. Those of you on Facebook have seen the amazing things happening. However, some of you may not.
Today, I share the excitement of Mitch's ongoing recovery from his accident three years ago.
After over two years as a truck driver, Mitch is in love with his new career! The open road calls to him no matter how many wheels he commands!
However, as we knew in the past, Mitch was going to have to have another surgery, a hip replacement. Something that he was definitely not excited about, but would hopefully alleviate ongoing pain. All the work that was done three years ago (YES, it has been THREE years!) needed some time to settle and now it was time to give Humpty Dumpty a new hip! :-)
Well, we can call him Superman or Titanium Man or whatever other superheroes that come to mind because that is the attitude that he has carried through this entire ordeal. But I digress, back to the surgery.
Accustomed to the mobile life now, it was nothing for them to plan to spend two weeks in the parking lot of Stanford Hospital in their trailer beginning last weekend.
Mitch underwent a very successful hip replacement on Tuesday. A process that was described to be quite complicated, with the removal of all the original hardware and the installation of the new, went off better than anyone could have planned and in much less time and with much less complexity. Not only did the hardware not need to be removed, but the process was much easier. Those of you “in the know”, may know that a typical hip replacement takes less than an hour. In Mitch’s case it was expected to take five hours, Ugh! Although not less than an hour, it was still less invasive and completed in half the time…Yay!
Believe it or not, he is even already on his feet!
However, the road will be long, and he will be focused on his recovery for a couple of months. Vicki, always there for him, will be right at his side.
After some intense therapy, depending upon how things go, they will continue Mitch's recovery in the warmer climate of Las Vegas with family.
What a Miraculous and Blessed journey this has been. Through all the tribulation, the Palmer family has continued to rise triumphant and humble and as caring as always.
I hope that you send them all your love and support just as I do every chance I get.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Palmer Family. God bless you all!!
As always, thank you for your support. The Palmer family loves each and every one of you. God bless!
To my friends -
1 year ago today my life was changed. Riding my motorcycle in the Cal24 / NoPolio Rally I "bumped" into two wild boars on a lonely two-lane road in California. I suffered traumatic injuries from the crash including a fractured femur, a shattered hip from the femur punching through the hip socket and a shattered pelvis. I was transferred to Stanford Hospital where a specialist fixed me up. He performed two surgeries and added a bunch of titanium to hold my broken bones together, but he still needs to perform a full hip replacement.
Through this last year my eyes were opened to how blessed I am. You, my friends, are the most wonderful people in the world, and I am eternally grateful for each of you. I won't name people by name, but so many individuals stepped up to help Vicki and I that it can be considered nothing less than miraculous. Gifts as simple as a hair brush, as delicious as the food and as important as the fundraising efforts and financial donations, acts such as transportation to important destinations, assistance navigating the maze of insurance and efforts to recover personal belongings, are all simple examples of things you have done for us, things that we could not do alone. There is so much more too, and I thank you again for all of it. God has blessed us richly and fully and I ask that He does the same for you.
There is still an unknown distance to travel on this road to recovery. Yes, there is still pain every time I take a step, but there is joy in my heart that I am upright and walking. I wouldn't be here without you.
1 year ago today my life was changed. Because of you - for the better.
With summer approaching and many of you riding all over the country, it is past time for an update!
Mitch has decided to “outdo” all of us on the number of wheels in our garage front! He not only has two wheels, but is spending the majority of his time now driving 18! Yes, Mitch completed extensive training to become a truck driver! Now, he is traveling the roads that he loves so much (and some that he may not) while delivering things we rely on in our daily lives…like, hmmmm…potato chips! Yes, he once had to wait several hours while each bag was loaded one….at….a….time, floor to ceiling and wall to wall!
As to his rehabilitation, he is facing surgery on his hip in the near future. The work that was done to put “Humpty Dumpty” back together again, has slipped and causes issues for him. In true Palmer form, he keeps “trucking”, Ha! Ha! The exact timing of this surgery has not been set. One side effect, unfortunately, is that he is not able to ride for long periods comfortably. I wonder if any rallies (and his employer) would let him enter with his truck? Definitely food for thought, no?
On another note, I know that most of you if not all of you already know this, but Vicki is AMAZING! I have never seen a person undergo chemotherapy with so much energy and a smile for everyone! It is always the upside with Vicki! She is in Phase II of the process and is looking at close to another year before all treatment is completed. However, she remains cancer free and has even been able to travel to a couple of Krysta’s competitions!
Speaking of Krysta, she continues setting the diving world on its ear! She competed at the NCAA level, doing very well and has gone on to compete at the national level. She has also been invited to participate in the Olympic Trials…yes, I said Olympic! Hmmm….anyone want to go to Rio?
Devin continues to do amazing with the mobile tire business....anyone need tires? For some of you, it might be a little of a drive, but hey....add travel costs and he might consider it!
Thanks as always to everyone for your amazing support!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all (goes for supportive Dads too!)
This update is not only to share the bad, but we must embrace the good as well! On that note, although the family still faces struggles, great things are happening that need to be shared!
First, Mitch is getting around better every day and has actually been out looking for work. I think he has been "lounging" around long enough, don't you? Anyway, he is working very hard and physical therapy continues to go well! What amazing progress he has made since his accident over four months ago! Wow, yes time flies!
As we all know, Mitch has stepped up and been the great husband we all know he is and supported his wife, Vicki, through breast cancer. This has also not been an easy road, but of course the Palmer's have handled it in stride in their typical positive and faithful fashion! Vicki's mastectomy went well and there were no complications. However, they did discover that her estrogen receptor and HER2 receptor (yep, Greek to me too!) are cancer positive. This means that although she is cancer free, these receptors can lead to cancer forming in other areas. As a result, Vicki will be undergoing chemotherapy. She has had the procedure to install her "port" and will begin the grueling treatments February 9th. As always, she remains positive, with her tremendous family's support, and knows that God will see them through this.
In other news, the Palmer family has bred a world athlete! Krysta Palmer, is out to conquer the world and well on her way to doing this. Through all her family's tribulations, she is taking the diving world by storm! This season Krysta has won all eight events that she has competed in, broke a school record by a large margin and achieved Mountain West diver of the week four times (every week that she has competed)! What’s next you might ask? How about the Olympics for 2016 and 2020! She is well on her way! Below is a great article written about her by the Reno Gazette Journal. Go Krysta!
Meanwhile, Devin Palmer continues to hone his entrepreneurial skills by keeping the family tire business going while managing his own construction business. Both businesses are doing well under Devin's tutelage. I wish I was that focused at that age! Wow!
Thanks as always to everyone for your amazing support!!
Go TEAM PALMER!!!!!
Since this site went up I have learned that the Palmer family is fighting another medical crisis--this time for Vicki. For all of you who have helped before, please tell your friends and family about this wonderful family, and if possible donate again.
hope ya have a speedy recovery Mitch
So sorry to hear about Mitch. Will be praying for healing and God's provision through all this.