I thought it fitting to post something, even though it's been forever, since the two people that have me thinking today are bloggers. The contrast between the two is remarkable.
Out of our very own blogger's circle, one of my most beloved bloggers, checked out from life one week ago today. This tribute says it all, probably in better words than I can, for I never met Doc in real life. I am just a fellow blogger (or used to be), fascinated with his written tales, his video jokes, and his canoeing adventures. Through this media, I did feel like I knew Doc though, who was obviously a troubled soul but he had a big heart, and a personality that drew you in. I know he had a sickness. Yes, I know that sickness all too well.
I understand Doc why you did what you did. I really do. I am in general agreement that it is, oddly enough, relief to know that you are not in so much pain anymore. So long, Doc. I miss you already.
But, the casualties remain. Doc left behind two very smart and charming little girls, and his lovely wife, who I have met in person. If anyone is a ray of sunshine, Flannery is. The effects on the family will be felt for decades to come, and for that, I am sorry.
I learned of Doc’s passing on a day when my boss was released from the hospital. He has overcome and gone through a great deal, just to struggle to survive. He was on his bike in downtown Boulder and was hit by a car, by a driver not paying attention. Bruce was conscious the whole time, so he remembers getting run over. He has a tire track across the back of his bike jersey. No shit. How do you think that felt? He heard every rib on one side break as the tire went over him, and when he was free of the car, he saw many people standing around, all on their phones. He assumed they were calling 9-1-1… but there was one guy, one bystander, who ran to him and got down on the pavement with him. Bruce laid, gasping for air, with both lungs punctured and a spinal cord injury. The doctors told him later that if he was unconscious and not able to gasp for air, that might have been it for him. The voice of this bystander, who he would later meet and thank in the hospital, is the one that kept him calm, yet awake and breathing.
The release from the hospital is just one step on Bruce’s very long road to recovery, but he is happy to have that road. He has two young girls, and a wife, as well. He is thankful for every day now that he has with them. He is in a wheelchair and can not walk on his own, but he can hug his wife and girls, and that is all he thinks about. This is what I wrote about Bruce on my company blog after visiting him in the hospital with another co-worker:
Truth be told, I don't know Bruce all that well compared to a lot of his family and friends that are supporting him through this challenging time. I've only known him since I started working here this past September. Yet, I do feel that I know him. That's because, if you know Bruce at all, then you know that he is very friendly, open, honest, and most of all, one of the good guys. My mom would say he is the "salt of the earth" kind of people. That's why my heart ached when I learned about his biking accident. How could something so terrible happen to such a great guy? My mind still struggled to figure this out when Troy and I decided to go visit Bruce in the hospital this past Saturday.
I wasn't sure what to expect, although I've followed along with his progress from his tweets, blog posts, and reports from fellow co-workers. I was excited to see him, yet filled with questions about how his mood would be, and how sad that would make me. I don't possibly know how anyone can have a positive outlook after such an awful experience. Well, anyone except for Bruce that is. As soon as I rounded the corner of his hospital room, I could see his big grin, that sparkle in his eye, and hear his welcoming voice. It was an instant relief! There's Bruce! As he sat and talked with Troy and I, one thing became readily apparent - he is not going to let his accident stop him from being him. His mental positivity and physical hard work at recuperating is paying off, and it really shows. I was so impressed, that I was overwhelmed. I know the road to recovery is long and he is at the beginning of it, but one thing I know for sure, if anyone can recover 100%, it is Bruce.