10pm Update…

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!

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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!

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14 thoughts on “10pm Update…

  1. Such wonderful news about these three beautiful young adults. Prayers continue from our house to all of them! With much love and care, Sharon Pakkala

  2. Love you Jessie. Completely understand how hard your transition might be, but I’m also betting the new place hasn’t ever seen anyone like YOU! Wish I could take it all away but somehow I think you are making the rest of us see what courage and tenacity are all about….no one knows how God will use us for good, but he is using you my girl….big time…looking forward to the time I get to see you, wrap my arms around you and celebrate. I make a fabulous chocolate chip cookie that I’m betting you’d enjoy…in the meantime, you will be in my thoughts….non stop….

  3. Wow great news all around! It is so amazing the progress you all have made, I hope you are proud of yourselves. Keep up the hard work as it is paying off.
    Love and prayers coming your way
    Patty

  4. These are HUGE steps, for each of you, and none easy! So glad to get good news for each of you. Sounds like you will all be in the same area when Jeremy comes back. Jeremy is in our thoughts too. We know that this has not been an easy two months for him either. Love and hugs. ♥♥♥♥

  5. You GO, guys. It’s exciting to read about your progress and breakthroughs. You also serve as a refreshing example of a quintessential family. Love and hugs for all.
    Lonnie Lusardo

  6. We are so proud of each and everyone for what they are accomplishing – it is truely amazing and the support team – family, friends, caregivers – everyone – lots of hugs – you are in our thoughts everyday! Jerry was telling someone recently about the 3 M’s – Millie, Molly and Megan and giving them ‘cookies’ every night when he came home.

  7. My name is Carrie and I am a friend of Deannas. My son was blessed enough to have Deanna as a teacher in middle school. I have followed this blog since it was started and I just wanted to say how impressed I am with all of you! Your determination, grace and strength are amazing! You are role models for all who follow you…..you are perfect examples of courage and the power of family, friends, and prayer. Jessie, you are still teaching…..teaching your students to never give up, to keep working your hardest no matter what! Keep up the great work!

  8. That is such fabulous news all around!!! It will be wonderful for Jessie, Jaime, and Stephen to all be together in the same place. Being able to see each other more regularly will help with all of their recoveries. I certainly hope Jessie gets to go swimming more often. All of you continue to inspire all of us. You all just keep on kicking it!! You are our heroes!!!!

  9. Hi Jessie, Jamie and Stephen. I have come to “know” you through this blog. My name is Elizabeth Stohr and I went to high school with Kelly Madigan. Actually, thanks to Kelly, I fell in love with my husband to whom I have been married to for almost 13 years. I wanted to write and say how inspirational you all are! I continue to read and am so uplifted by your progress, optimism, hope and love. You are incredible. As much as I continue to hope for the best for all of you, I also learn from your strength. Keep on doing what you’re doing because from what I can see, you are headed toward continual successes!

  10. Jamie!! What a fabulous job you are doing. I can only imagine how hard it is to do the things u have been accomplishing. And a shower, I bet that was amazing!!! Keep working so hard – I’m very proud of you and I have never met u.

    Steven- how awesome to be able to get out and around after being in bed so long. As spring is coming the fresh air will be so wonderful. Keep working hard!!

    Jess- so awesome to see I swimming! ‘Just keep swimming, just keep swimming’. I bet it feels amazing!!

    Such a journey you all are on. Celebrate the victories!! Rejoice in how far u have already come and keep your eyes on where u are going.

    Still praying a ton for you!! Believe the Lord for healing and many more miracles to come!!

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