First of all, today is Jeremy’s 22nd birthday. Happy Birthday to Jer! It is truly a miracle that Jeremy walked away from the accident mostly uninjured, and we are so thankful that he is here to celebrate 22 years of life! Jessie put together an extra special birthday video for Jer, and she wants me to share it with all of you. Take a look below…
This video brings me tears every time I watch it. We are absolutely thrilled at the progress Jessie has made lately. It was only one week ago yesterday that Jessie was able to use her biceps for the first time. ONE WEEK! Last Saturday she was barely able to flex her muscle, and could use it to slightly move her lower arm, not even lifting it off of her lap. Today, just eight days later, she can reach her face! There is so much hope! Jessie’s improvement in her ability to use her arms has been a huge source of encouragement and joy for her this week. Unfortunately, she also got some disappointing news at the end of the week. As you know, Jessie’s left femur was badly broken in the accident. This week it was determined that she also injured her right knee pretty badly. Her MCL, ACL, and meniscus are all torn, her patella is cracked, and she has swelling in her femur. Doctors are in the process of determining how to best treat these newly discovered injuries at this point in her rehabilitation process. We’ll keep you updated.
Jaime and Steven enjoyed a visit with Steven’s dad and his sister Ashley on Thursday. Steven also bought NHL GameCenter which allows him to stream hockey games to the television in their room. This makes him very happy. Below you’ll see a picture of Steven with a signed jersey that he received from Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks.
Steven will return to Harborview twice this week; first to downsize his casts and then to get a CTA scan on his neck. Jaime also returns to Harborview this week to (hopefully!) get her arm cast off.
Jessie, Jaime and Steven all have wonderful friends who come and give them “spa days” in the hospital. Below you will see a picture of Jaime getting her hair washed by her dear friend 🙂
One more important piece of information regarding fundraising that I need to share with you this afternoon. We are so grateful for all of the people who have expressed a desire to help fundraise for this family. It is extremely important that Jessie, specifically, is able to stay eligible for the funding that is paying for much of her care. If you would like to help with fundraising or have an idea for a fundraiser, it is essential that you contact our family representative who will provide you with the information needed in order to make this happen. Please send an email to email@example.com if you would like to participate in any form of fundraising. Thank you so much for your desire to help.
If you know Jer, please wish him a Happy Birthday today!