When Clarence and Olga Boudreau left Prince George to return to their home in Penny on December 27, 2011, they couldn’t have known how radically a head-on motor vehicle collision would change their lives. This book is a compilation of communications that reveals how miracles arise when individual resolve is matched with love and support from family and friends. It’s a true story of late-life transformation and the power of love in the healing process.
The first miracle of that cataclysmic day was that both victims lived long enough to get to the hospital, where a throng of family and friends had already begun to gather. The second blessing was that they lived through the day, though it was impossible to tell if they would survive or for how long. The Boudreau’s didn’t know then that they would practically live at the hospital for the following few months.
Shortly after the accident, it became obvious that the Boudreau family had a communications nightmare on their hands. With Clarence and Olga on life support in the Intensive Care Unit, the waiting room was crammed with family and friends. Amid the symphony of ringtones was an explosion of people texting and talking on their cell phones, spreading the word to all the concerned folks who couldn’t be there. It was like a WIFI version of the moccasin telegraph, on steroids.
Adding fuel to the communications beehive was the rumour mill. From the start it was difficult to get accurate information without going directly to the nurses and doctors. Even the stories that started out in reality were quickly blown into a state of fantasy as they were told, texted and re-tweeted person to person to person. While the accuracy suffered, the family’s relationship with the nurses was becoming strained as more and more people attempted to get information.
With family and friends stepping up to take on different tasks, eldest son and author Dan Boudreau began sending out regular email updates to keep all interested parties informed. Dan sent the first message on December 29, 2011 to a handful of concerned people who then circulated the message to their friends. Within a very short time the mail list grew to more than 130 contacts.
For Clarence and Olga the auto accident triggered a chain of events that culminated in them leaving their life-long home in Penny and moving into Prince George to set up residence closer to family and the amenities. Though it hasn’t been an easy transition for them, the gut-wrenching business of leaving Penny has been trumped by the miracle of both parents surviving the ordeal. Although they may never return to pre-accident condition, both have recuperated to the point that they can continue their journey while enjoying a reasonable quality of life.
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Published February 19, 2013
by Dan Boudreau.
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