Are you prepared?

A recent farm accident in our community struck close to home this last month. The sadness that fills me when I think of it and all involved is overwhelming. 

When I feel an emotional tie to something that happens, I know that I need to write about it. It’s hard to write, because I know that somebody close to the family involved could read what I write and I don’t want to bring them any more pain than they have already experienced. I also know that we tend to be a quiet, reserved agricultural community and sometimes that looks like us “hiding” our true feelings surrounding different topics or things that have occurred. 

Unfortunately, that response is most often not healthy and so I want to take a step of faith here and “talk through” some of my thoughts and feelings about this tragic farm accident. 

Now if you know what happened and the people involved, then no explanation is necessary. If you’re not aware of the details, that’s ok. They don’t really need to be hashed out either. 

Most people in our communities know that when you say “farm accident“ it often involves a life taken too soon or major physical ramifications for the person or people involved. This farm accident was no different.

The realization that my husband is often in similar shoes, doing just as risky an activity, just as far away from medical help, is a jolt to one’s heart and mind. 

I know what it’s like to lose a parent at a young age. There is no easy way to walk through this journey after such a life altering experience.

When such a journey is set before us, we can lean on our community, family, and friends, but ultimately the only One who can heal the trauma and the loss is our Heavenly Father. 

I am so grateful that God will walk through a journey like that with us. I know that He will, because He did that for me, when I was 13. 

When the Bible says that “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalms‬ ‭34:18‬) it isn’t just a nice sentiment. 

When the Bible says, “I (God) myself will be the shepherd of my sheep (His children), and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak...” (Ezekiel‬ ‭34:15-16‬a), we can rest assured that He will!

Those are promises that we can hold onto no matter how scary, how unjust, how devastating the situation.

When I think of my husband being in a similar situation I wonder what we can do to prevent an accident from happening and what could help in case it does happen.

Odin and I check in with each other frequently throughout the day. So if I haven’t heard from him and I should have, I can call a neighbor to look in or call one of our uncles who are around the farms. Thank God for cell phones and reception in rural places!

Having some medical knowledge and skill is another thing that I think is important. The more people who know what to do in an accident, until help arrives, the better off our rural communities will be.

I recently saw an opportunity to gain some more medical knowledge promoted in the Glasgow Courier. Maybe you’ve seen or heard about the class being offered and you’d like to join me in considering taking the course. Our hospital in Glasgow is offering both Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) classes. An EMR is a first responder and is part of a quick response. They can be notified by dispatch, due to their close proximity to a rural 911 caller and respond with life saving measures until EMTs and transport arrive. EMR classes are a shortened version of the EMT classes and are a commitment of 2 times per week for about 6 weeks. EMR classes can equip those of us who are very rural with some valuable skills to be of help until the EMTs arrive. You can get more information about these courses starting October 7th by calling Connie at 406-228-3648 or Rhei at 406-301-1201.

Ultimately, hold your family close, look out for your neighbors, and don’t neglect your relationship and walk with God! 

Love to you and yours, Elizabeth 💕

P.S. This article was originally written for our local HiLine Farm and Ranch paper. If you are interested in pursuing EMT or EMT courses, start by calling your local hospital and they can most likely point you in the correct direction!