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Unformatted text preview: Benitez 1 Gracely Benitez Mr. Adair Comp 1 *Revision essay* 1/5/16 Lucy Although most people admire celebrities and famous people, virtually everyone admires somebody else, regardless of social standing. I’ve met wonderful people over the years, the most notable being my best friend Lucy Ayala. She is not world famous or a multimillionaire, but she is a very important person in my life. I have so much love for her because she is a remarkable woman who has overcome obstacles and tribulations time and time again. I treasure my best friend because of her personality and for all that she has done for me. I also idolize her for being such an optimistic person. I met Lucy in the seventh grade; we have been best friends ever since. She has beautiful, long brown hair with dark blonde highlights and large, round, almond brown eyes. Her long eyelashes sweep across her rosy cheeks when she slowly closes her eyes. Lucy has an oval face. She also has charming smile, which makes her face radiant. Her skin is glowy and sunkissed. Her lips are full and pillowy. Her voice is angelic. Her scent is a mix of vibrant florals with luscious fruits and a touch of airy warmth. She is quite tall and slim. She wears fashionable clothes that highlight her Benitez 2 perfect figure. All the features of her appearance contribute to her beauty. Lucy has many positive character traits, and, to me, they really show how beautiful she is. Lucy and I used to love going to the Saylorville Lake together. We enjoyed seeing the squabbling birds that flew overhead, harassing the lake goers in their endless hunger. The sounds of the waves were very soothing. We would spend hours drifting on a paddle boat. One time our paddle boat almost sunk while we were in it. It was the most frightening situation I have ever been in. I can’t swim, and Lucy barely knew how to. No people were around, and we were panicking. We paddled as fast as we could to the Saylorville Lake Boat Rentals. We finally got back and were so relieved. We then hurried and looked for my mom and left for home. Lucy is a very courageous person. It was Lucy’s sophomore year. She was worried about school work and hanging out with friends. On February 16th, 2014, that all changed. Lucy went sledding with Blake Lansing and Ashtyn Gilmore at Lucy’s grandpa’s land behind a cemetery in Dawson. While Blake and Ashtyn were sledding, Lucy was talking to her older sister Nicole. Nicole asked Lucy if she was wearing her snow boots, and Lucy replied, “Yeah.” Lucy then left and drove to her house to give Nicole her snow boots. “I got home, and Nicole wasn’t even home to get her boots, so I took someone else’s boots and left.” Lucy said. “When I got back to the hill where I left Blake and Benitez 3 Ashtyn sledding, they were both getting ready to leave, but I didn’t want to go just yet, because I didn't get to sled since I had to take Nicole her boots, so I was mad.” Lucy said. They ended up leaving, and, as they were driving back, Lucy saw Wolf Hill and told Blake and Ashtyn that she wanted to go since she didn’t get to sled that much. They stopped and went to Wolf Hill. They had a black long sled and a blue saucer. “I was done sledding. I was tired of walking up the hill. As soon as I got to the top of the hill, Blake grabbed me and put me on the sled with him,” said Lucy. She was on top of him facing the other way so she was backwards. “My leg was hanging off the sled. The whole time we were going down the hill”, I was yelling, “I’m going to break my leg, I'm gonna break my leg!” Lucy exclaimed. Lucy had no idea her life was going to change in an instant. “We fell off right in between these two trees in the middle of the hill. When we fell off, we just laid there on the snow and laughed because we thought it was funny, and all I can remember is looking up and just saying, “Thank God I didn't break my leg.” I was looking up. Suddenly, I started feeling pain, and I was having trouble breathing. I was trying to tell Blake, but he was laughing because he thought it was funny. He didn't know what was coming.” Lucy said. Lucy thought she was going to die because it took her a long time to finally get her breath back. “I sat up, and I just felt like the top of my body was cut off. It felt weird. I Benitez 4 touched my legs and then realized that I couldn’t feel my hand on my legs. I attempted to get up, but, as much as I tried, I couldn't. Ashtyn and Blake both asked Lucy if she wanted an ambulance, but she said no because Lucy kept blacking out and didn't think she would make it if they waited for the ambulance to arrive. Blake then carried Lucy to the car, and Ashtyn drove to the hospital. “Blake looked in my mouth while I was talking to Ashtyn, and he noticed that I had blood in my mouth and he got very frightened,” Lucy said. When they finally arrived to the hospital, it took them a while to see her. Since she is a minor, they needed parental approval. The nurses first tried contacting Lucy’s mom, but Lucy’s mom was not available. They then reached her dad, and her dad arrived. She began to weep. Her dad wept also and told her everything was going to be OK. The nurses then rushed Lucy into the examining room. Lucy tried to get herself to sit up, and the nurses grabbed her arms to help, but that didn't help. Right then the nurses realized that she couldn't control her legs. Her doctor came and told her he was going to call Mercy Hospital in Des Moines to see what to do. Not too long after, the doctor went back to her room and told her that she would be life flighted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Her older brother Tony wanted to be optimistic about the situation and told Lucy, “Hey, at least you get to ride on your first helicopter!” Benitez 5 “I can remember them putting me in a black zip up bag because it was freezing out, It felt like I was in a body bag,” Lucy said. The nurses put her in the helicopter, and it took about twenty minutes to get to Mercy Hospital. Lucy had a neck brace which allowed her to have very little movement. After all the MRI’s and XRAY’s, she remembers them putting her in a hallway , while they were getting a room ready for her to have surgery in. A nurse held a mask and told her to count to thirty and that she’d be out. Lucy only got to three. Lucy was in surgery for about eight hours. “I had a tube in my throat, and every time I tried swallowing, it caused me to feel a lot of pain,” she said. The nurse noticed Lucy had woken up and told her that she would tell her family that she was now awake. Lucy’s parents were torn apart seeing Lucy in the condition she was in. “I was in ICU for a week.” Lucy stated. I got to see Lucy a day after her surgery. It wasn’t easy at all for me to see her how she was. Lucy’s skin had a yellow looking tone, and it seemed very brittle. She had an oxygen mask and was awake. When I went to see her, I tried to remain strong, but I couldn’t handle seeing my best friend under the conditions she was in. I could feel the emotion welling up inside of me. Slowly, I lost rhythm with my breath as my face got tight and my vision blurred. Then I let go and let my pain wash away with my tears. I held Lucy’s hand tight, and she just smiled at me through her cloudy mask and nodded, wiping away my tears. In a scratchy, low voice, she said to me, “Don’t cry. I’m OK now,” and she repeated it over Benitez 6 and over. I set the flower I had gotten her on the small table next to her and told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. The nurse came in the room and told me that Lucy needed to get some sleep, so I said my goodbyes to her and told her that I would come back to see her again soon. Lucy stayed at Mercy Hospital for five days and was later transferred to her first rehab center in Lincoln, Nebraska, named Madonna. Lucy was at Madonna for three months. They taught her how to live being in a wheelchair, and they also had her doing physical therapy. Lucy was sent to Chicago a few days after our junior year of high school started. She went to therapy two times a day every other day and pool therapy the other days. “My goal for Chicago was to learn to walk again,” said Lucy. Her physical therapist's goal for Lucy was that she become independent and be able to walk again. “My therapists put me in some brace and got me to get on a treadmill. That’s when they learned that I could do more things. Before I went home, they asked me what was one thing I wanted to do and I told them I wanted to go on an anti­gravity machine.They were surprised when I was able to do it,” Lucy said. Lucy came home her second semester of junior year and started going to school full time. She went back to rehab in Chicago for the summer. She hopes to go back in the future to be able to walk again, but, for now, she sticks with doing exercises at home, and she practices walking with her braces. Benitez 7 My best friend is truly my role model. The doctors have given her no hope that she will ever regain the ability to walk again, but she remains strong and has hope to one day walk again. For all her strength and for everything life has put her through, I will forever admire her courage. We sometimes don’t appreciate the little things in our lives, such as walking, and she has taught me to appreciate everything in life. I certainly would not be the person I am today, inside or out, without the influence of my best friend upon my life. I can only aspire to imitate her stability, and her strength. ...
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