Jaime had a full day of appointments at Harborview yesterday, with good news all around! She was having some vision problems after the accident, but her eyes were checked yesterday and her vision is perfectly normal and there are no longer any concerns! She also had a slight aortic tear in her heart from the accident, but that was rechecked and it has completely healed. We are so grateful for this great news! Jaime would tell you that the most exciting part of her day had nothing to do with doctor appointments. While she was at Harborview she used a restroom for the first time since the accident and she got to wash her hands in a “real” sink! 🙂 When she returned to the nursing facility, with the help of a friend, she took a shower for the first time since the accident (she has only been allowed to have bed baths for the past two months). She said that it felt amazing to feel the water on her and to be able to wash her hair and have a little bit of independence back. These victories may not seem that significant, but they are HUGE for Jaime! She continues to practice walking with the help of the parallel bars and her physical therapist. We are blown away by how amazingly well she is doing, and by how hard she is working to get better. She is such a champ!
Steven also had a big day yesterday! His support team tried something new with the padding and angle of his wheelchair to see if they could get him more comfortable and therefore increase the amount of time that he spends in it…and it worked! He spent the entire morning (over 3 hours!) roaming around the hospital, and he even crossed the street and visited the apartment complex where he and Jaime live. He caught up with their apartment manager for a while and he was very happy to get out of the hospital and enjoy some fresh air on a nice Seattle day. Now that he is able to spend more time in his wheelchair, this will become more of a priority and he plans on spending a significant amount of time in it everyday. Both Steven and Jaime have had some major improvements in their range of motion since the knee procedure they had done at Harborview a couple of weeks ago. They still have a long road ahead of them, but they are definitely making steady progress and they are handling everything with a ton of grace. They are deeply appreciative of the many ways that their friends, family, co-workers and the community have rallied around them. We couldn’t be more proud of them!
I mentioned in my last post that Jessie has a big week ahead of her and the main thing I was referring to is that Jessie will be leaving Harborview on Thursday. She will be transferred to the same skilled nursing facility that Jaime and Steven are recovering at. I will share more details about the next steps in Jessie’s recovery after she gets settled and her new routines are more established. She is definitely feeling nervous about leaving the wonderful nurses, doctors and therapists that she loves and trusts at Harborview, but she is also looking forward to being back with her sister and brother-in-law again. She had one last outing with her rec therapist today and she got to go swimming! She said that she stood on her own, walked for a few steps (very clumsily), did some kicks and loved the feeling of being free to move again.
Thank you for sending your love to all four of these precious, beautiful friends of ours. They are all fighting the biggest battles of their lives and they need all of the encouragement, love, and support that they can get. They all read through the comments on the blog, their Facebook pages, and the cards that you send them, every single day. Thank you for your faithfulness to this family!