Today was a very, very good day. Today we were blessed. The day started out with a phone call from a wonderful, generous man who is a Chairman at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation (http://www.christopherreeve.org). He personally wanted to reach out to us and offer his resources to us as we walk through the process of advocating for the best care for Jessie and her spinal cord injury. Not only was he knowledgeable, helpful, generous and resourceful, but he was also compassionate, genuine and so very kind. He told us that he wants to walk on this journey with us, share his expertise, and lighten our load a little. I really believe that this man is one of the best resources on the planet for spinal cord injuries, and HE reached out to US! In my book this defines the word “godsend.” I truly believe that he was sent by God. We are so grateful for his help and we look forward to learning a ton from him in the future.
Today Jessie got to have her hair done! A sweet friend offered to come to the hospital and dye her hair for her, and this was something that Jess was really looking forward to. She also wanted you all to know that she was really happy that she got to take a shower for the first time today 🙂 Tomorrow her beloved dog Toby is coming by for a visit. Jess has been asking for Toby since the third day after the accident, so she will be thrilled to get some puppy loves tomorrow!
Today Jaime and Steven spent their first full day together in their new room at the nursing facility. Steven got his glasses today, so he can finally see! His sister also came down from B.C. for a visit, and he has more family heading down here to spend time with him this weekend. Jaime got a follow-up text from Mike Smith! He told her that he enjoyed their conversation yesterday and that he rode a winner today and did it in honor of her. Wow.
We continue to be amazed by how many people (and people with big names!) across the country are reaching out to us, telling us that they have heard of this family and want to help. We had a few of those types of phone calls today. I also opened the mail to find several gift cards from thoughtful friends who want to provide yummy food for Jessie, Jaime and Steven. Blessings upon blessings. It really was a good day and we are so grateful.
The doctors have told us that recovery is like navigating the Seattle streets. There will be as many potholes as there are stretches of smooth road. Today was a “smooth road” kind of day, and we will take it! So much to be thankful for tonight…