Roland had been volunteering in town hanging a basketball hoop when the ladder slipped and he suffered a serious fall. Life flight was en route to take him to Worcester.
It took time to evaluate the injuries as the family gathered by his side. Two broken wrists, a shattered jaw, a broken nose, and several cracks in his skull.
Multiple surgeries followed over the next few days to set the wrists and stabilize the jaw. Then home after a week, to recover.
The prognosis was for 6-8 weeks with a cast on one arm, external braces and bars on the other, and wires on the jaw. Time would tell how much movement in the hands would be recovered.
Complications with blood clots put Roland back in the hospital for further monitoring. Home again a week later, with daily check ups.
Susan, Roland's wife, was on around-the-clock nursing duty since the time if the accident. Doctors followed his progress closely to ensure a good recovery.
Three months later, Roland has begun therapy with some use of his hands and is looking at further surgery to help his jaw. The road is long, and we have come far.
But there is still farther to go.
Beyond the physical recovery and the emotional toll on the family there had been added financial stress.
Roland was unemployed at the time of the accident, despite two years of diligent job searching.
Medical insurance was approved but not active yet. Bills were coming in before Roland was even settled at home.
BUT...family and friends stepped up, and the Roland Barrette Care Fund was established to help with mounting costs. The love and help has been coming in.
And our road has been made a little smoother. THANK YOU to all who have given their time, help, and prayers.
As we face the rest of this road, you are making it easier.
Many sincere thanks from the Barrette Family