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Lucas Matterson
Sunday, 29 January 2006
After the Party

Lucas is home now, after a night of cake and icecream, movies and laughter, Lucas slept untli about five in the afternoon splayed out on his bed. I guess he was sleeping off the seditives they had been giveing him everyday. Or he was exhausted from the journey home.

But, I have to say, there was no better college party on campus that night. There was no alcohol, no drugs, only a few people with a cigarette by the window, and there was only brief nudity durring one of the movies.

I have a picture from the party, and I will put it up as soon as I can find it.

But I want to thank everyoone who prayed, and helped us through this. Please continue to pray, Lucas will need as much help as he can get durring these next few months.

Thanks Everybody,
Allison Harper

Posted by harpiebust at 2:39 PM EST
Saturday, 28 January 2006
Home Again
Mood:  happy
Lucas came home today, I know it has been a long time since I wrote, but it has been a long week.

He came home and we had a party for him in the computerlab in my building. AND he fell asleep twenty minutes in on the couch with a half eaten piece of cake.

Every one can tell he is different now, he seems to be more quiet and shy now than he used to be.

I'm sitting here, watching him while he sleeps in my bed. He is still the same Lucas, but he is so different now. He is changed, wiser I guess ...

And for lack of a better word, he is more independant now than he ever was.

He had a rough time getting to sleep.
He would wake up and search around, asif expecting to be some place else. Or, He would look around asif in a dream and make a helpless little noise.

I asked him if he need help and he didn't answer me I got up to help him and he snapped at me, saying that he didn't need help, that he wasn't a cripple.
Then he broke down a few minutes later and cried for about 20 minutes before he fell asleep holding my pillow to his chest.

I know this will be a long journey, his recovery will take so much longer than the healing time of wounds. He will never be the same old Lucas ... But sometimes, old isn't really the best.

Allison Harper

Posted by harpiebust at 4:46 AM EST
Sunday, 22 January 2006
This is Lucas

This is Lucas, he is 18 years old, about 5'5" at

the most, this picture was taken by me at aout 3:30

a.m. on Friday the 13th of January. It and the

story behind it are posted on the other blog.


Posted by harpiebust at 10:48 AM EST
Wednesday, 18 January 2006
Lucas's condition is improving. His surgery was a success and, despite the loss of his leg he should make a complete physical recovery.

The doctors told me just about an hour ago that Lucas had a massive concussion and there were contusions on both frontal lobes in his brain and a few on the back of his brain. The changes this will bring to his life have not yet been recognized.

He will recover from the concussion, but the contusions looked pretty bad. He has lost his normal speech pattern and adopted a stutter, that the doctors said could either disappear with time or stay for the rest of his life.

Among the other new attributes already noted to Lucas's personality are a sweet little grin that he has used a few times when feigning sleep, and when agitated he tends to make a fist at his chest and rub his thumb across the knuckle of his forefinger.Instead of becoming arrogant when embarrassed now he grows quite and shrinks away. (He expressed this when the nurses came in to change his dressings this morning...It made my heart hurt.)

AT 10:30 p.m. Lucas became aware of the fact his left leg was missing. This was a frightening and painful realization I could tell, because he looked up at me in utter disbelief and horror, made a little whimpering sound and collapsed onto my shoulder in sobs. It pains me to write this because unlike you who are reading this I can SEE the anguish in his eyes. My heart breaks every time he looks at me.

After he fell asleep the first night(last night) I sat up and cried for hours on end and I am doing the same tonight.

I never knew that this would happen to my friend. That his life would be so drastically altered so quickly. I never would have guessed that his future would be so uncertain.

It will be a long and difficult road, but at least now the hard part is over, we have taken the first steps, now all we have to do is wait and pray that everything will turn out the way we would like it to. With Lucas safe, healthy, well, and able to cope with this tragedy.

Tomorrow is another day, I just hope it brings us good news.

Allison Harper

Posted by harpiebust at 12:01 AM EST
Tuesday, 17 January 2006
More Information
I called Lucas's mom at about noon and asked her for news. She stayed calm and told me that they were having problems with his leg. Then she broke down and it took 20 more minutes of her sobbing in my ear for me to piece together the following information on his condition.

At 3 or 330 P.M. The doctors are, in an effort to save Lucas's life, going to amputate his leg. I am going to go to be with his mother at about 2. I can only imagine what they are going through right now.

And I shudder to think what Lucas must be feeling...

From what I can gather about the accident when the car went up under the truck the driver's seat was forced backward ontop of Lucas's legs...And because of what I know about how he sits in the back seat of a car this crushed his leg... But I am not a forensics expert, nor am I a doctor so all I know is that my friend will loose his leg at 3...

I have to go now or I am going to start to cry again and I'm afraid this time I won't be able to stop.

Allison Harper

Posted by harpiebust at 12:01 AM EST
Monday, 16 January 2006
Death of Five Fellows
At about 11:30 p.m. on January 16 2006 there was a carcrash about three miles from where I live. Involved in this crash were a Black F-150, a white Toyota, and a green Neon.

In the Truck were David and Kevin, in the white car was Greg, Matt, Eddy, and Nicholas. And in the green car were Seth, Jenny, Emily, Lucas, and Chad.

The accident occured because the lead automobile, the white car hit a deer, which caused the car to veer off the road and into the ditch. The truck slammed on the breaks and was rear ended by the green car and the green car was forced under the rear of the truck.

The passenger in the white car, Matt, was killed. The passenger, driver and one of the occupants of the green car were killed, and one other died when the car caught on fire. Seth, Chad, and Emily died in the accident and Jenny died when the car caught onfire. Lucas was airlifted to the hospital and I have no further word on his condition.

The driver and surviving passengers of the white car were taken to the hospital via ambulance and are being held for observation.

The driver and passenger of the truck were taken to the hospital and relaesed shortly after.

As soon as I can find pictures of my friends that died tonight I will post them.

I write this tonight knowing that alcohol was a factor in this accident.

It has got to stop.

If you have been drinking or have a friend who has been drinking do not let them drive, and do not let yourself drive.

Don't become a statistic. Hand the keys over and live.

I will post more as I find out more.

Please pray for Lucas. He needs all the help he can get.

With intense fear and sadness,
Allison Harper

Posted by harpiebust at 12:01 AM EST

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