Sunday, August 6, 2017

It has been 4 years since I last posted. Things have been going well. I have worked or been back to work 9 years since I lost my leg in a freeway rollover accident. The thing which is coming up for me is a road trip back to Oregon where I grew up. I will be going to three main areas- Portland, Salem and North Bend Oregon on the Southern Oregon coast. I lived in Oregon over 31 years and in Utah now 24. I'm going to see old friends, workmates, and cousins I haven't seen for 25 years; also, my favorite old haunts where I grew up. The last thing that I will do there is go to the Salem area on August 21st when the full eclipse of the sun happens. I saw the one in 1979 February 14th. I was in a bus heading to work, my first day working for Pacific Northwest Bell or the phone company. It was an overcast day, cloudy and rainy. What I remember is that it got really dark, like a bad storm would come through and then slowly got light again so that wasn't much of an eclipse. The next one in the US is in 25 years. That makes this one pretty special. Where I live in Utah, we only have a 91% Eclipse; but the one in Salem OR and the Idaho Falls area of Idaho will be 100% complete total eclipse. I'm looking forward to my trip and to see all these people from the past. I'll write again soon, maybe throw in some pictures


Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Spokane an Anchorage Alaska trips.

The Airport at midnight

Lake and 10:30 pm

From Flat top

Spokane- A river runs thru it

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My First AIRPLANE FLIGHT after loosing my leg, Feb 2011

I had not flown since Sept 2007 when I went to Oregon for my 35th High School reunion. It was on the Southern Oregon coast.

Because I had been assigned the Temples in Oregon, Washington, Alasaka and Utah, I needed to travel to Tri-Cities Washington. Here are some pictures of the experience of being loaded into a plane using an Aisle seat (a hand truck with a seat on it.)

Shore Acres, Oregon

Bay bridge over Coos Bay at the North End of North Bend, Oregon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Rest of 2010

Cove Fort, UT

I took 9 trips this year, 8 to Temples and 1 to Cove Fort Visitors Center where I got to go past the very section of I-15 freeway where we rolled in 2008. The Temples I went to and did PM vists to were Monticello, Vernal, Draper, Oquirrh Mt., Jordon River, Mt. Timp., Bountiful and Logan.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My First Solo Road Trip to Monticello Utah

It has been two years since I survived the Freeway rollover. I finally went out again and drove to SE Utah to the Monticello Utah Temple, to do Upgrade Work and train the new Presidency. They had 36" of snow when I got there. It was quite exciting and very difficult to maneuver around this small town in my wheelchair.
Sunset in Arches National Park

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Watson Family 2008-2009 Christmas letter

The last two years have been varied and challenging, and we have had to make many changes in our lives. In 2008, I lived in our home for just eight days before leaving for a temple installation in St. George Utah. On the trip back to Salt Lake, about half way home, our driver fell asleep on the freeway and rolled our van. I was taken by ambulance to Fillmore, Utah and then flown by Life Flight to the new IMC hospital in Murray, Utah where I spent nine days in a coma.

When they woke me up, I was informed that they were going to amputate my leg. I said "No you’re not," to which they replied "You can keep your leg and be laid in the grave with it in two days, or lose your leg and save your life." Due to some divine intervention, I allowed them to take my left leg above the knee which saved my life. I spent a total of five months in 2 hospitals, and finally got to be reunited with my family. I could not return to our 2 story home, so we moved to an apartment in downtown Salt Lake where we lived for seven months. In late July, I started physical therapy and the process of getting back to work. I started working 10 hours a week, and going to physical therapy three times a week to see if I’d be able to walk again. After 10 months of physical therapy, it became very obvious that walking would probably not be an option for me. I had severe nerve damage in my right leg, which means that not all the muscles fire. I do not have sensation in most my foot and ½ my leg, which makes it very hard to walk and I don’t have the strength. I now get around in a wheelchair.

When I was getting ready to leave the rehab hospital, we realized our two story home of 16 years would not work anymore. In June 2008, we started the process of getting it ready for sell. By late July we listed it. Unfortunately, it was a terrible real estate market. After 7 months and greatly lowering our price, we sold our home. We had found a really nice one story home in Lehi, Utah. It is quiet and peaceful and I can get around with wide doorways and halls. I commute on the Express Bus to Salt Lake about 30 miles away.

Our youngest daughter Mary has just a finished her 2 year degree from BYU-Idaho and will be with us for a little while. Shawn our oldest boy is living here with us and is a great help to me. Barbara still struggles with her migraines’ but is getting out and doing things around the home. She loves to go to Thanksgiving Point Gardens which we live next to. Our daughter Nicole moved back to Utah recently, and we love to see her, Taylor and our granddaughter Rosie. Our son Jacob lives in Sandy and is going to school full time in Mechanical Engineering.

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas, which to me this is correct thing to say this holiday season, and a happy New Year in 2010.

Monday, October 19, 2009

My sisters and I got together at my Mom's when my older sister flew in from Portland.

My sisters and I got together at my Mom's when my older sister flew in from Portland. This reunion was short lived. My mother was coming down to let us in. Unfortunately, the floor outside the elevator was just mopped, and had no warning signs of the wet floor. She slipped, severely hurting her back. It's been two weeks now with non stop pain. Please pray for my mom Joyce.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

September is here, Kids going back to school, Mosquito's aren't as thick.

We are enjoying our new life in Lehi UT. Daughter is returning to school. Back to work full time now for 4 months. Basement rooms finished and moving in. Glad the Mosquito's aren't as thick. I don't post much because I guess I'm getting back to life. Below are picture of my new neighborhood and backyard WHERE I CAN EXPLORE. I went on a 5 mile roll up to the windmills. It took me 1 1/2 hours. Longest solo trip yet. I came back home in the dark.