Thanks to all who left comments yesterday, I can't respond to each individually but I assure you I read each one more than once. It is touching to know so many people I have never met personally care enough to show love and support and prayers. It is still hard to get my head around all this, I have experienced combat stress and I know the feeling. I know how my system becomes numb and functions on training and adrenalin, this is where I am at the moment.I also want you to know I read many of your blogs yesterday, it was good to read other things and take my mind elsewhere, I feel like I am among friends here. I will give a little more insight here so hopefully someone who thinks there is good in everyone sees that is not the case, there is evil people out there.
Monday around noon we received a call form my step-daughter who just returned home from work, there was problems in the neighborhood, police everywhere. My mother-in-law had been assaulted in her home. I immediately headed home (it was a 10 hr drive) All during the drive I was getting updates from police, friends, my sons etc. Around midnight I wheeled into the hospital parking lot and headed for the trauma unit. When I saw her my heart was sick, she relayed the story, a young black man had knocked on her door with a story of missing the bus to school and needing money. She told me she always treated people like she would want to be treated, anyway she gave him a few dollars after thanking her he left. A little while later he returned and asked to use a phone to call his mom. My MIL let him use her cordless phone on the porch. At this point he hit her, knocked her down and drug her inside. This was not a light beating, she was repeatedly punched, kicked, strangled, she said she remembers him wrapping something around her throat while she was face down and choking her while his boot was in the back of her head. She told me all this went on for quite a while and she remembers crying out for Jesus to help her over and over. At some point during the beating he covered her face trying to smother her and she said she thought if she could just lay still and be quite he would think she was dead........it worked, laying there she passed out from the beating and blood loss and after about what we believe was about a half hour she came to, drug herself to the neighbors house who then called police. It was amazing how she got up and made it next door with a fractured hip and skull and bleeding from ears, mouth and head wounds, prior to this she walked with a cane.
She is still in the hospital as I write but doing better and hopefully will be released to a rehab facility later today.