27 fraternity brothers looking for a service project. That's the phone call I got earlier this week and today was the day they got their service project.
We met at Sam's Club parking lot so we could have a mini orientation and do as much carpooling as possible. None of the guys had ever done anything like this so we talked alot about respect for the homeowners and the situations they find themselves in. We talked about safety and listening to what the homeowner (and me) direct them in doing.
They were all dressed for the weather, rather cool yet sunny, and before long one of their vehicles had sweatshirts piled on the hood as they learned that working causes one to work up a sweat, especially when one works as hard as they were.
A whole bunch of the guys headed inside. These tackled the removal of flooring, ceiling insulation remnants and firring strips and then learned how to demo walls. They learned quickly to shovel the trash out the window and the guys outside took wheelbarrow loads to the dumpster. Teamwork!
I had to bid a very quick farewell and thank you to the frat boys and headed to the hospital. They had just got him in the room and oh my -- the blood was everywhere! Ever since his heart attack in 2004 he takes a baby aspirin daily and today we learned they are working -- the blood flowed so much that even trying to get him cleaned up proved to be next to impossible!
We did get into a room where we discovered that he nearly cut the end of his finger off. He had been using a box cutter style knife and had just put in a new blade! While cutting the shims off the door frame -- in a split second -- the knife slipped and bam!!!!
They xrayed to make sure the bone was okay and it was. But they had to rebuild the end of his finger before they could stitch it up. It took over 45 minutes to put in 7 stitches and he was "done" with this day -- in a big way! We will need to watch it very closely over the next few days to make sure the rebuilding "takes" and everything heals as it should. The stitches have to stay in atleast 10 days! And he needs to go back and finish the door installation tomorrow! Guess who will be going to help!!!! And no box cutter style knives will be allowed!
Please pray for miraculous healing and that the pain will subside alot during the night!
Tomorrow is the weekly work day at Michael's where the heating and air conditioning system will be going in and the ceiling insulation will hopefully be completed. And guess what -- no box cutter knives will be allowed!!!
Until next time . . . many thanks to all the Sigma Alpha Epsilon men who came out to love on "neighbors" they didn't know! You changed lives today -- and I bet yours is one of them.
Blessings to all. Susan and Monty