August 24, 2010

When life gives you lemons…

Filed under: Jaclyn Wilson,Life — Jaclyn @ 5:24 pm

Comedian Ron White says “I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” That pretty much sums up the last two weeks.

After spending four days in Texas, I returned to the ranch. Sleeping in an ICU chair for three nights along with the emotional drain of seeing your best friend in a coma wears a person out. Could I sleep in the airport, plane or shuttle? Heck no, but as soon as I drove the Ford off of E470 onto the Interstate I was out like a light. One guardrail stripe later, I pulled over at the next hotel and slept for 18 hours.

The following day I judged ag engineering at the Box Butte County Fair. An hour into judging I received a call from Texas that surgery was going to be performed to remove the damaged part of the brain or she was not going to survive the day. Attempting to carry on discussions with kids while watching the phone screen out of the corner of your eye was trying, but after five hours the verdict was in that she had survived the surgery.

To finish up the week, I took part in a conference call for the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council, and presented a seminar on Interaction and Etiquette to the UNL Animal Science Ambassadors. We also sold the rest of the yearling steers which I followed to a Columbus lot, and caught up on haying.

With everything going on, I was handling the stress incredibly well, or so I thought, until the morning we went to gather the yearlings and I had pulled the four-wheeler up to the fuel barrel, then went and got the pickup and trailer to head down to the south place. Four hours later, Mom called my cell and asked if there was any particular reason that I had left the four-wheeler at the gas barrel … running.

August 10, 2010

Things worse than a birthday

Filed under: Jaclyn Wilson,Life — Jaclyn @ 5:23 pm

This might be the hardest article I’ve had to write yet. Less than a month ago I celebrated my 30th birthday in Texas. It was an amazing time with my two “sisters,” family and friends. I’m now back in Texas. One of my “sisters” got into a horse wreck and is currently in an paralytic coma with a fractured skull and massive head injuries.

We finished A.I.’ing, and are in the process of shipping out some yearlings. Cattle have gone to Columbus as hormone free, Dinklage as Certified Red Angus, and Dinklage as “under 20 months.”

Coming up … it’s really up in the air on my end. Hopefully things will improve here and I will be able to get back to ranch life. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep praying.

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