Friday, July 22, 2011

Shark Bite Hotel

We are finally settled in our temporary home in Houston. We have an orthopedic visit next Tuesday and a appointment with the plastic surgeon next Friday, hopefully we will get the OK to travel to POC or Fort Worth for 2 weeks before our next doctor visits.  We almost had an uneventful day yesterday. I (mom) changed Nicholas' dressing on his foot. I started taking off the layers of gauze (cleaning in stages) starting with the pin care, gently swabbing around each pin. Under the gauze is a strip of xeroform that I was about to remove when my poor mother FAINTED. As she laid across Nicholas I was trying to get her to wake up and Nicholas was telling me to call 911. I was on my way to the phone when she awoke claiming to be OK. Her explanation for passing out was, she was thinking about the shark and Nicholas' foot in its mouth. All is good now and we are laughing about it. My very best friend, Callie (who is a labor and delivery nurse), is here now and she will help me with dressing changes and Memaw will hide her face under the covers with Nicholas. He still has not looked at his foot, it is a lot for him to take in and it looks very scary. He has seen the picture of the reconstruction. We have been working on his physical therapy exercises to keep him from getting stiff since he is in the bed most of the time.  He was up 6 times yesterday. We are happy that Memaw, Natalie, and Callie are here with us to keep us company. We are missing Dad and looking forward to him returning for our doctor visit next Friday and hopefully help us move to our next destination. Thank you for all of your prayers.

Alisha Vossler


  1. Hi Alisha,
    My name is Lindsay and I'm the Social Media Manager for Landry's, Inc., owner of the Aquarium in Downtown Houston. The staff here is so touched by Nicholas' bravery in such a bizarre and unfortunate situation. We know you guys are cooped up in the hospital a lot, but we would like to extend an invitation for your family to visit us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium. We know Nicholas like fish very much, so we hope we can give you guys a fun day. If you're interested at all, please send me an email at Best wishes to all you guys, and get well soon, Nicholas!


  2. Hey Nick! Hope you are feeling better! Miss having you around to give me a hard time at church! get yourself better...sooon. If you or your family need anything just let us know!

    Matt Loesel

  3. Dear Nicolas,

    I just saw the footage on MSNBC. Loved the idea of starting a blog about it. I know it is a very shocking experience, sth that you will never forget, but I hope you put it behind you and start walking again. I really do. You seem like a smart guy and I wish you a quick recovery.

    All the best,

    By the way I am Kara, I am an Iranian and study in Canada.

  4. Hello Nicholas I was one of the paramedics in the ambulance with you that day. I just wanted to wish you the best of luck in your recovery and I'm glad to see your doing well.

    R. Boyd NREMT-Paramedic

  5. Hey Nicholas!
    I have been following you scince I saw the footage of you on the news. I really hope you recover fully. Thank you for the blog, mit is very helpful to know what is going on, it is a great idea!!!:D
    All the best,