From the Mormon Mommy Wars Blog come 4 posts on the author Heather's experience as a personal care attendant (PCA) for Rick Hoyt. Heather provides a frank and insightful recounting of her experiences with Rick. I have provided a few excerpts below, but the posts are worth reading in their entirety, along with the comments:
Some of the most powerful moments of my life have come from taking care of Rick. And, to be honest, some of the most horrible moments have come from taking care of him too, mostly because in some way or another, I failed him, and failed him terribly.
That's another thing Rick does. He pushes people beyond what they think their limits are, forcing them to find the parts of themselves that will give a little more, even when they think that surely they are empty.
I have seen the moment a thousand times replayed in my head and in my nightmares. Brakes unlocked, Rick rolled forward, pitched over the edge of the lift, where I had, per previous habit, not locked the tiny fence, and he landed face first onto the concrete sidewalk below, falling about 3 feet.
Rick's a Mormon. He was baptized in September 1997. A golden investigator if there ever was one... Rick also has a firm faith in his own mission, that God has put him here for a purpose. He is to be the voice for people with disabilities.
Thank you Heather, for sharing your experiences with Rick. If you would like to learn more about Rick and his family, visit the Team Hoyt Web site.