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A Matter Of Life And Death. ...: Part One. (My Story.)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, October 09, 2011

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A police officer battles for life. This is his story, the first part told by his wife.

Image of Emergency Room sign (c) 2011, by Karla Dorman.

This is one of those times where I wish that Ken didn't have to go to work.  I mean, he puts his life on the line each and every time and I worry constantly about his safety and well-being.

Well, last night, during a disturbance at a local tavern, Ken got shot, not once but twice.  He is currenlty in the hospital, fighting for life, in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  He got shot in the belly and in the back.  He is, as of now, unconscious (plus the doctors and nurses have him intentionally knocked out, so he doesn't pull out the tubes or monitors).  He is in critical condition.  

He was in surgery until 11 this morning, according to the doctor in charge.  Right now he is holding his own, but he is in very critcial condition.  It is too soon to tell if there has been permanent damage to his intestines or his back; they will know more when Ken wakes up, probably in a few days.

Until then, all I or the family (or his co-workers) can do is wait and hope.

And pray.

I don't know what I would do if I were to lose Ken.  Ken and I have been married for the past ten years.  Ever since I have known him, he has been a cop, a reputable member of "Nashville's Finest".  This is certianly not the first time he has come to be in danger, but until last night, he managed to keep from getting injured (or worse), which had bene a huge answer to prayer.  Then a guy trying to elude Ken (and his partner) retaliated by shooting Ken in the back and stomach and forcing other members of the squad to quickly take action before anyone else got hurt.

It has been a very long night and an even longer morning.  I am more than ready for this nightmare to end, but knowing it won't until Ken wakes up ... IF he even wakes up.  I just wish there was more that I can do to help my husband while he is here.  It is a helpless feeling and right now we both can use all the prayers we can possibly get!

I will write in here again soon, probably within the next few days, with an update on Ken's condition.  Hopefully I will know more and hopefully Ken didn't sustain too much in the way of permanent damage to his stomach or his spinal cord.

~To be continued.~ 

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Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 11/3/2011
Powerful start here, thank you for sharing, well told as always
In Christs Love
Reviewed by daphne hart 10/12/2011
Hold on to Gods unchanging hands. He will carry you through. My hope and prayer is that Ken will make it through ok.Nothing is impossible with our God. He is awsome. May He watches over both of you. Blessings
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 10/11/2011
Police and firemen are the real heros that live within our lives. Though I have a feeling this will not turn out well for Ken and his family, I will look forward to your next submission.
Your friend in Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle 10/10/2011
Well written Karen. Can't wait to see what happens.

With Love,

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/10/2011
he puts his life on the line each and every time

So very true, for so many of our valiant heroes like police officers, firemen, and soldiers - each and every day.
Reviewed by J Howard 10/9/2011
there are too many risks involved in many types of employment, with police officers at the top of the heap!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/9/2011
Great write, Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/9/2011
Excellent story, Karen. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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