Jess had a big meeting today with the entire team of doctors and therapists that is serving her right now. They met to discuss what types of things they are working on with her and what their goals for her rehabilitation are. Jessie clearly told them all that she prefers for them not to use words like “we hope” or “you might” when talking about her recovery. She wants them to speak with confidence, and to tell her that they believe in her. Such amazing strength and presence of mind! The status of her spinal cord injury has not changed (she still has limited movement in her arms and legs), but she is working hard, is making tiny bits of progress each day, and to say that she is determined is a total understatement. She is a fighter!
Jaime had her final surgery (on her knee) today, and we were told that it was very successful. The next step in her recovery is for her to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility so that she can be cared for while her legs heal. This will likely happen early next week. The plan now is that she will probably stay there for 6-8 weeks, until she is able to bare weight on at least one leg, which is a requirement in order for her to do rehab back at Harborview. She will then be transferred back to Harborview, to complete her own intense rehabilitation program similar to what Jessie is doing right now.
Steven’s swallow test was postponed until tomorrow. His status is mostly unchanged, and he remains in the ICU.
Jeremy is going to visit his family at Harborview tomorrow. He is heading back to school this coming weekend. The decision to go back to school was completely his, and he was very clear that this is what he wants to do and also that it is what his parents would want him to do. We are so proud of him.
You all need to know that Aunt Terry is AMAZING! She has been a total rock for these kids and is handling all of this with such grace and strength. Steven’s family has been equally as amazing…never leaving his side, but also visiting Jessie and Jaime and cheering for them as much as possible. There is a wonderful team of close friends and family who is sharing the load when it comes to caring for all four of the kids and managing the complexities of this situation. And, of course, the support we are receiving from all of you is what keeps us going. Thank you for continuing to read this blog, and continuing to think about and pray for this family. It truly “takes a village” and we have the BEST village we could imagine.