Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Tom comes home & how you can help a young family in need February 20, 2013

There’s something about home. The creak of the porch floor as you walk to the front door, the glow of the yellow kitchen walls in the evening light, the whiz of the furnace. It’s so familiar. Comforting.

As Tom sat in the living room for the first time in six weeks, taking it all in again, he said he could feel his stress and tension begin to ease.

It’s good to be home.  — Nina Hedin’s February 15 Caring Bridge entry

Nina and Tom Hedin with Jack and June. Photo courtesy of Nina Hedin.

Nina and Tom Hedin with Jack and June, before Tom’s accident. Photo courtesy of Nina Hedin.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE the relief Nina Hedin, a young mother and blogger (The Adventures of Artsy Nina) from Glencoe experienced in the arrival home last week of her husband, Tom, after he was seriously injured in a January 5 snowmobile accident.

It’s been a challenging journey for Tom and Nina and their children, 4-year-old Jack and 8-month-old June.

Certainly, there have been the physical and emotional challenges involved in Tom’s recovery from a long list of injuries: brain hemorrhage and complications, fractured orbital socket, facial lacerations, fractured T6 vertebrae, broken and dislocated right wrist, broken left elbow and fractured upper arm, broken left knee cap with severed tendon and puncture wound, and a right knee ligament injury.

But the family has faced the added stresses of physical separation while Tom was hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center and later rehabbing, first in Glencoe, and then at Courage Center in Golden Valley.

Factor in lost wages and mounting medical bills and the family’s stress level has to be incredibly high. I cannot imagine. Nina, though, has managed to maintain a mostly positive attitude, at least publicly, on Tom’s Caring Bridge website.

I am especially proud of how the community of bloggers shared her family’s story and how folks have rallied—praying, providing words of encouragement and contributing to the GiveForward “Help for Tom Hedin” fund to help fund his recovery. Thus far 67 donors have contributed nearly $5,000 toward the $40,000 goal. You can contribute by clicking here.

Additionally, at least one blogger, Beth Ann Chiles of Iowa, has pledged to donate 50 cents for every comment made on her “It’s Just Life” blog posts to the Hedin family for two months. During January, she and husband, Chris, gave $176 to the Hedins through her “Comments for a Cause” program.

Wouldn't you like to win these goodies from Beth Ann?

Wouldn’t you like to win these goodies from Beth Ann?

To encourage even more comments during February, Beth Ann is giving away a package of goodies like tea, handmade greeting cards and coasters, a Monkey Farts lotion bar (yes, you read that right) and more. You will need to click here to read the entire list. To qualify for the prize package, you must specifically comment on Beth Ann’s “Giveaway with an Ulterior Motive” post.

But, don’t stop there, comment on any of her February posts and Beth Ann will donate 50 cents per comment toward GiveForward “Help for Tom Hedin.” How easy is that to donate and help a family in need?

Now, as long as I am writing about recovery, I want you to check back tomorrow for a review of Garrett Ebling’s book, Collapsed, A Survivor’s Climb from the Wreckage of the 35W Bridge. I promise, you will learn a thing or 20 about survival, courage, challenges, love, the power of prayer and more.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Tom comes home & how you can help a young family in need”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Audrey. You wrote such a wonderful post about what Tom and Nina have gone through and continue to go through!!! I am very excited to be able to do what I am doing on my blog to help them and with great folks like you it makes it even easier!!! Thanks and stay warm up there!!! I am thinking the storm is a’coming.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You are welcome, Beth Ann. I so love how our community of bloggers worked together to share Tom and Nina’s story. Your monthly “Comments for a Cause” project is such a good idea. Readers, every month Beth Ann chooses a new “cause” to which she donates 50 cents for each comment made on her blog posts for that particular month. By reading her posts, you help someone in need and you will read some great blog content.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Reblogged this on Treadlemusic and commented:
    The “blog world” is a virtual world but when a need is verbalized the caring assistance that results is very real! Further info about Tom and Nina’s situation can be found at the Caringbridge link contained in Audrey’s post. Prayer is powerful and needed and, if you are in a position to help with their expenses, there is a link to connect you so that you may contribute to the financial goal outlined. Blessings to all my dear “bloggy” friends, Doreen

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Such a lovely follow-up….thank you. Have re-blogged this to spread the word. So thankful for the progress Tom is making!

  4. This is my “restore faith in people” moment of today. I’m so impressed with the compassion shown here by everyone mentioned. Audrey, the world needs more of you (and Beth Ann)! And it’s nice to hear that Tom is home with his family now.

  5. So glad he’s home! The road isn’t at an end, but it’s looking a lot rosier! (Is that a word?!)

  6. Thanks for the update – glad to hear Tom is home. Have to check out that lotion – have a monkey thing going between our families and always looking for monkey stuff – ha!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      There you go. The monkey lotion is a good enough reason to visit, and comment, on Beth Ann’s blog post to enter the giveaway.

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