Pretty in Pink Powerwheels

Today was a day filled with so many good things that I don’t think there is room for any more. My morning started off with a fresh latte from a good friend and then I proceeded to have my hair and make-up touched up by another good friend. I’m adorable 🙂

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Last week I had scheduled a Seattle Times interview with a photographer, for today. So at 10:30am the reporter arrived and we began. I started with my occupational therapy and doing something on a device called an arm skate, which is exactly what it sounds like, a skate for my arm. It moves smoothly and without resistance. I should mention, that I did four brand new things today! New things don’t exactly happen all the time, so having four in one day, is absolutely better than any Christmas I could ever ask for! The first of these things happened here in OT. I straightened my right elbow all the way, on my own! It doesn’t sound like much, but I assure you it was very exciting.

Following OT, I began physical therapy where I was presented my new POPSTAR PINK WHEELCHAIR! I love it, it is beautiful and ghastly expensive, think off the lot BMW. Currently only the bottom part is pink, but I have plans to modify and make it look like Barbie designed it herself. photo (6)You should know that although I adore having a very expensive ride, I do consider this my temporary set of wheels, until I literally get on my feet. Josh, my PT, was wheeling me over to my mat when I caught a glimpse of something over my shoulder, when I yelled, “Stop! Turn me around! That’s my sister, that’s my sister!” as I desperately tried to throw my body out of my chair to see her. Jaime had an appointment at Harborview today and wanted to surprise me by watching my therapies. Needless to say, I was thrilled! As I began my physical therapy, I had about three cameras shooting photographs of me…granted two of them were cell phone cameras, but I felt like I was being chased by the paparazzi. I’ve been told I make REALLY great faces in pictures, so you can all look forward to those. The second new thing that happened was that I rolled to my left. I have been able to roll to my right, but I nailed the left on my first try today.

After PT, we went back to my room to do the interview part and it was nice because Jaime got to be a part of it as well. I’m looking forward to the article. After the interview, the third new thing happened: I pushed a button! It was on my wheelchair and very close to me and it was hard, but I did it! I managed to take my little pinky, position it right on the button and lean forward enough to turn the wheelchair off.  Mind blowing, I know. 🙂

The last great thing that happened today, was that I managed to get food into my own mouth. My friend put a popcorn bag in my lap, and being a very neglectful person, she was not feeding me. So I hiked the bag up in my arms, and stuck my head in the furthest I could get it, much like a feed bag. Dignity is not something that is important when caramel corn is involved. See the picture (1)

I want to include some things about Jaime and Steven as well tonight. SUPER BIG NEWS: Jaime is cleared to start weight bearing on her left leg. She does need to be careful of the fracture in her left wrist and when she starts walking, she’ll need to platform support. This means that she will need to use her elbow, not her forearm in a walker. Tomorrow she will try standing at the side of her bed! I could not be more proud of my little, baby sister. Watching her walk! J Not very many big sisters get to see this happen twice in a lifetime. Her right leg is still 6 weeks from weight bearing, but is cleared to toe tap as she needs to balance. Her right knee has been cleared so that she no longer needs to wear that awful, atrocious, full-length, LED brace. Unfortunately, that has been transferred to me. J She has earned it though, 24 hours a day, for 9 weeks. And let me assure you, it is HOT and annoying. I’m also happy to inform you, that she was equally pleased to see me today. She spent some time examining and prying my fingers open to inspect me, just like a little monkey. She misses me!photo (5)

Steven had a bachelor day with his wife out of the house. No big news, but he’s happy to report that his doctors are satisfied with his progress on the CPM machine. He goes in to Harborview tomorrow to get his cast looked at and he is crossing his fingers that it comes off.

As I wrap this up, I’m happy to report that I have a fifth brand new thing that I’ve done today! I managed to scroll through a text message on my iPhone, with my hand. Small victories.

Keep on keeping on and kicking ass.

34 thoughts on “Pretty in Pink Powerwheels

  1. Way to go! You must be the talk of the hospital with all of your “firsts” in one day. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. Praying for you and your siblings.

  2. We are so proud of you Jessie! Proud of your determination and spirit! You have made amazing progress and we know you will continue to defy all odds. We are in awe of all you have accomplished and you inspire us to try even harder in our own endeavors and be even better human beings. You go girl! We are all rooting for you! Love and Aloha

  3. Jessie,

    You continue to amaze me with your strength, courage and continual progress. Of course, it should surprise no one that when faced with extreme adversity you would fight back stronger then ever. You are an amazing woman who continues to inspire me, not only with your perseverance, but with your strength of character. You go girl!

    You and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Jessie, I so very proud of you, and I know your Mom and Dad would be as well!! You had an amazing day, and I thank God that you are making the progress that we have all prayed for and continue to pray until you have conquered the walking and using your arms and hands like you want to do. Love from the Pakkalas in Kingsgate, Kirkland

  5. My favorite post of all! Thrilled to hear of your progress. I love your spirit and I have no doubt you will have continued success. Rock on girl!

  6. As one of the firefighters that responded to your accident, I can’t begin to tell you how uplifting it is to read about your progress!!!! Keep it up.

    • Mike,
      You have my undying gratitude, I appreciate everything you have done for my family. You saved my life and I would love to get in contact with you again someday. You can contact me through the blog e-mail at
      In love and gratitude,

  7. Jessie, you are such an inspiration. I so look forward to the updates ~ it makes my day! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work ~ your are absolutely amazing! Liz Schmidt (Hillary’s mama)

  8. You f******* rock Jessie Owen!!! I have always thought you were an incredibly positive person and everything you’re doing now affirms that ten fold. This post exudes your humor and I love it. Keep kicking ass Owenator!

  9. Great unbelievable work, Jess!! You not only defy odds at every corner, you do it looking absolutely GORGEOUS. 🙂 Love you, The Beyers

  10. Jessie – You and your family inspire me. Some days, I am tired and I ask myself – WWJD – “What would Jessie do?” I think about your challenges and have ENERGY for the day. Thank you!!
    Your “old” family friends are amazed by you — your mom and dad are obviously sending you energy. I like your advice – “keep on keeping on and kicking ass” – You go pink girl. .

  11. Jess your post was a delight to read, thanks for sharing your red letter day (or pink maybe?) with us. Who knew caramel corn could be such a motivator 🙂 It is so exciting to see you and your family’s hard work paying off!

  12. Jessie! You are so amazing! This was soooo great to read today. You had me and my friend cracking up! Lovin’ the new ride too but can’t wait to sew you trade it in for your strong legs! Prayers and love always! Court

  13. You are adorable, truly – and your hair and makeup are nice too! I check for an update first thing every morning, so read your post at 6:30 a.m. today, had a laugh, and got the tingles. I imagine when you chose to be a 6th grade teacher there was some thought about hoping to inspire your young charges – now you’re inspiring all of us. Thank you. Thank you so much.

  14. Jaime–I don’t know you personally. My oldest daughter Kelsey went to school with Heather Bellin and my 3rd daughter went to school with Jeremy and I live close to the Bellin’s old house in Halo Hills. Kristy taught my 4th daughter at Canyon Creek elem so we’ve known the Bellin family for a long time. I’ve been reading the blog every day. I have to say you really are quite amazing to watch. You are really an inspiration. You’ve really challenged yourself to walk again and you have a great disposition about it. I don’t think there are many pictures of you that you’re not smiling. The strength of your entire family is more than amazing. I feel everything that happens happens for a reason from God. Perhaps you’ll be an OT teacher who helps people who have had a very traumatic injury recover or maybe you’ll speak at conferences about this traumatic injury sometime in your life. Or maybe you will go back to your school and teach grade school. Whatever you do after recovery,I feel you will accomplish it with courage, positive attitude and shear will within yourself. You are really quite inspirational. I love it when I read you accomplished something new. You are amazing. We’ve never met in person, but I feel compelled to see you recover. I hope one day to meet you. For now I’m standing on the sidelines and I’m cheering you on with everything I have. Keep on going! I wish you a full recovery. I’ll be reading.

  15. LOVE all your progress little girl! I can only think of GRACE when I hear you, see you, think of all you are offering the world. I will never look at hot pink again without thinking of you-it’s perfect; vibrant, bright, present, sure of itself….exactly right and won’t be denied…even better.
    I keep you in my prayers every day, along with Jaime and Steven. Keep the updates coming, they inspire me more than you will ever know….can’t wait until we have you back in your classroom where you belong. In the meantime, keep on keepin’ on….you are a miracle!

  16. Jessie! Those are AMAZING accomplishments!! Watching you in your videos and hearing about the new things you are doing every day just make me even more sure of your success!! You are such a FIGHTER!! I am SO PROUD of you!! You, Jamie, Steven and Jeremy are just such an inspiration and I feel blessed to be able to be a witness to your collective COURAGE, STRENGTH, and the LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT you are constantly giving each other! I just know your Mom and Dad are with you and watching you every STEP of the way!! We will keep the prayers, energy and positive thoughts aimed your way!!
    Love, Zane, Jody, Jordan and Tessa!!
    p.s. You ARE adorable!! : )

  17. Jaime and Steven,

    I have never met you, but I used to work with your Aunt Terry…during the time she was helping you plan your wedding (I even borrowed your wedding photographer). I saw your Valentine’s story on the news and I am just so grateful the two of you have one another during your recovery. It was also great to see Jaime’s surprise visit to Jessie!

    I pray for a strong recovery for all of you.

  18. Amazing, amazing, AMAZING!!! You are a rock star and it is so awesome to see all of your hard work in motion. It is so wonderful to hear the updates on yourself as well as Jamie and Steve. You three are so extraordinary and it is a such a blessing to be able to witness your recoveries.
    Happy and healing thoughts to you all!

  19. Go Jessie!!!! I am home in VA with my parents for mid-winter break, but i just had to check in and see how you (and your family!) are doing- ummmmm BLOWN AWAY!!! i was here at Christmas when we at northshore got the email about your family- you all have not left my thoughts since- people ask me if i ‘know’ you and i say, i think we were in some trainings together 🙂 but i love being part of your prayer and NSSD support team- i love love love that the NS principals provided such a great gift for you!! keep on keeping on, kicking ass for sure!!! p.s. I teach 4th grade but I get to go to camp (!!!) so I will get to spend time with your co-workers and FL students- awesome. p.p.s. it would be so fun to go to camp with you in the future!! 🙂

  20. Jessie, Jessie, Jessie. This makes me smile every time I read it (I have read it several times now). You are as beautiful inside, as out.

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