Justin Carney’s MySpace

Justin Carney’s MySpace

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one year surgery anniversay on jun 29, 2006.  don’t worry…she looks pretty banged up in this picture but actually, at this point in the hospital stay, regina was doing quite well.  she hadn’t woken up yet.  we hadn’t talked to her yet.  but she was doing well and we were happy about that.  this picture was taken on jul 4, 2006.

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a friend reminds (though we knew it in the back of our heads) that today is the one year anniversary of regina’s major heart surgery at washington hospital center in wash dc.  from the start, doctors did not desire to get our hopes up.  the surgery was going to be difficult, serious, long, and with only a percentage of chance of being successful.  recovery would be long and hard.  it was an all or nothing proposition.  if we had left things alone, regina’s poor condition would have continued to rapidly deteriorate to a, we were told, short end.  on the other hand, and with some hope and prayer, if we took the risk of major surgery, her deteriorating condition might be checked for a few more years and we would be putting off the inevitable for awhile longer.  it really wasn’t a hard decision.  it hurt and it was hard, but the decision was clear.  we assumed all risk and even as we hoped for the best, we also were prepared for the worst.  we were clear-headed and ready to take what came our way.  our faith was strong and we were all ok with where things were going.  surgery day began very early.  it was a sober and quiet time.  it was a long day with friends (whom i will never forget) who came to sit with me as we all stood watch for hours, hours.  it finally was finished…but it was actually the beginning, too.  i was told after the all-day surgery that regina was gone for a few minutes on the surgeon’s table.  she just couldn’t carry the load anymore by herself.  she was strong…but not quite strong enough.  she lapsed into twilight and the machines had to keep her alive until the surgeons could cajole her back.  and they did!  they helped her come back.  so began about a two week hospital stay and several months long rehab period and a new life…a birth, of sorts.  the short story, though, is that regina came out of it physically stronger, started teaching again last school year, and in several days we will be traveling back to romania for another season of teaching and serving. through the hands of surgeons and nurses, the patience and understanding of friends and associates, the decisions that had to be made, and the technologies, insurances, methods, and practices of our current state, god blessed regina with a few more days.  i am ok with that and appreciate god for thinking of us.  happy birthday, regina.  good to have you here.

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CRASH CLAIMS RECENT GRAD

CRASH CLAIMS RECENT GRAD

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turns out justin carney was one of regina’s kindergarten students many years ago.  we are going to go find a picture of him in kindergarten.  also, we are told that justin carney had recently graduated from north stafford high school.

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Stafford teen killed in crash – Justin Alan Carney

Stafford teen killed in crash – Justin Alan Carney

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i was coming home tonight about 10:30pm after a visit following wednesday evening devotional. .  just me.  came upon an overturned white convertible on a stafford county backroad.  stopped, turned on my high beams, emergency flashers.  no other car, animal, or obvious thing to have hit.  maybe just lost control for some reason.  i was the first to arrive.  three boys.  one was sitting on the side of the road with his head in his hands.  a second was running around yelling, “i killed f…g justin.”  the two did not have shirts on.  blood all over them.  i noticed their bloody chests and what must have been glass stuck to their chests glittering in my headlights.  the third, who looked to be a younger boy was laying on the road in a pile of glass, unnaturally twisted, head askew, under the car, silent, no shirt, very bloody, and not moving.  the boy yelling came up to me, grabbed me, and yelled, “help me.  i killed f…g justin.”  i told him to sit down on the side of the road.  i called 911.  the car engine in the overturned car was just winding down…the headlights went out.  front bumper in the ditch.  dark except for my headlights on the wreck.  911 asked where i was and i told them.  cell phone coverage poor so had to repeat several times.  they told me not to hang up. asked how many and who was hurt.  i told them two were moving around…the third looked in very serious condition due to the twisting of his limbs, the blood on his body, and the fact that he was not moving at all.  my headlights were right on justin.  it was horrible.  stood aghast.  911 kept talking about the type of car, what was its condition, etc.  guess to keep me on the line.  they couldn’t hear well so kept asking for repeats.  about seven minutes later, i heard sirens.  stafford county fire arrived first.  a female paramedic maybe about the same age as the older boys ran over.  someone else yelled, “helo?”  the first said, ”not sure…can’t tell.”  i watched for a few minutes.  got in my car.  turned around.  other stafford county sheriff cars were arriving with blue lights and sirens.  i drove away slowly.  very sad, lonely, and horrible.  a young man justin appears to have passed tonight…in just a flash of time, a second, a moment.  drove by the 7-11 on the way home.  busy busy busy.  life goes on.  i prayed. 

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You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? – Gal 5:7

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