The Accident

On 4/16/2010 at approximately 10 to 10:15pm, my Lenny was involved in a serious boating accident. There were 6 occupants of the boat, all were injured. Both Lenny and his best friend Jakie sustained life threatening injuries and were airlifted to trauma centers, Jakie to Las Vegas, Lenny to Phoenix.

I received a call at 1:45am informing me of the accident. I then spent the next 2 hours trying to find him and find out what happened. After calling two hospitals I found Jakie, and then called his mom and she took it from there. I still couldn't find Lenny, so I called the Lake Havasu Police and they got back to me in about a half an hour telling me he was in Phoenix and that the social worker would be calling me soon. Next came the longest 20 minutes of my life. Waiting to hear....

Lenny sustained the following injuries - Completely fractured face from the upper jaw to above the eyes, broken neck, broken ribs, collapsed lungs, and severely broken legs. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I spent the next several minutes rallying friends and getting to YiYi (that is what Lenny calls his sister). We all headed to Phoenix and below I will update you on his condition, how we are holding up, and have a way to communicate with you to keep you updated and be able to answer your questions and be able to get the support we so desperately need from all the wonderful people that love him.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Week Four - Tuesday

Today we had our first visit to "clinic". A transport van came and picked us up and took us back to the County hospital that Lenny was in to see his doctors and surgeons. They removed the stitches from his head that go ear to ear over the top of his head from his facial reconstruction. There were several areas that were still seperated, so they had to put in some new stitches. He also had stitches in his neck removed from the infection surgery he had a couple weeks ago. So, he was almost stitch free - but they had to put some back in his head.

Last night he actually had a 3 hour sleep section, which is the longest since we have been in the rehab. I was so happy when he woke up that it had been 3 hours.

Other then that today had no therapies because we were gone for so long to clinic. Tomorrow he has 2 hours of PT and 1 hour of OT and 1 hour of ST, so it will be a busy day for him and he will be tired.

After we got back from clinic I went back to the hotel and napped for a couple hours since YiYi is here it gives them some quality time they so needed since she was gone when most of his progress started and gives me the much needed sleep. I feel like I could sleep for 2 days straight LOL.

Lenny and I have talked about posting a picture, so we will probably be posting pictures tomorrow night so stay tuned!

Love Nancy & Lenny!


  1. Another day another milestone crossed. You are all doing amazing. I hope that these new stitches heal quickly and the numbness on Lenny's face begins to slowly fade. I can't imagine how strange that must feel. I must say I am so very thankful that it is numb instead of painful.

    Lenny be strong in your therapy tomorrow! I can only imagine how painful some of the things you are doing are. You have gotten so far in such a short time. Besides you are in Suns-land - you may want to kick it in high gear and get back to and that gnome aren't going to be very popular when the Lakers start kicking ass!

    Nancy I'm so glad to hear you are taking some time for you. Resting and catching up on sleep is so important. I thank God everyday that He put Lenny in a place where you can stay with him over night. I know when I had my last surgery they allowed Brett to stay. It took away so much fear for me knowing that just like at home he was right there with me. I'm sure after everything you both find such peace in just being together.

    Continue to take care of yourself Nancy, you are such a beautiful person. As always hugs to you all! I pray that you all sleep well tonight.

  2. amazing. u guys are soo strong. we are sooo happy to hear what great progress lenny is making. and nanc u need to SLEEP my dear. :) we love u guys...

  3. Lenny it was so good to hear your voice today!!!! WOW! it just gets better everyday... we miss you here,and cant wait till your back in cali. we love you,and you all are in our thoughts and prayers... melanie

  4. Marianne HerreraMay 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    I was so glad to hear you got some sleep. Everyday is a little more progress and that has to be making the two of you just so excited. The day I am waiting for is to hear he is walking around that day I will stand up and cheer so loud you both will here me in Phoenix. Lenny I am so excited about all the progress you are making each day, you have so much strength and have come so far. Nancy, I love your devotion to Lenny everyone is astounded by your strength and love for him just that should make him well.

    I thank God everyday that you are my daughter. I love you so!


  5. It is so wonderful to hear about the amazing progress Lenny is making each day. You are an amazing young woman Nancy and I am so proud of you. Please know that you Lenny, and Jakie are in my prayers everyday.
    Love- Patti Hartley