Jaime and Steven!

Jaime and Steven have now been at home together for a couple of weeks and are doing quite well, although they both still have a long way to go.  They each wrote their own update, so you can hear from them in their own words! 
 
Jaime’s Update…
 
5+ months post-accident our days are pretty quiet.  I’m looking forward to starting back up at school next week for the summer semester & have already begun registering for fall!  It’s very nice to have Steven at home so that we can begin settling back into our routine.  We are both doing our outpatient rehab at Northwest which is very close to our apartment & much easier to get to.  It’s a very nice facility complete with an area called “Easy Street” which simulates real world situations (sidewalks, bank, grocery store, movie theater, kitchen etc).
 
I had surgery two weeks ago to remove a bone growth on my right femur that has caused issues off & on since the accident.  My mobility was set back a bit but I’m now getting back to where I was & then some as I no longer have a poky piece of bone thwarting my progress.  The sutures came out last Thursday (yay no more taping up half my leg in order to shower) & I have another pretty scar to add to the right leg’s collection.
 
We had a very nice visit from the Canadian contingent over Memorial Day weekend, & I was able to attend a close friend’s bridal shower.  Steven & I had a wonderful home-cooked meal with close family friends as well.  & I am finally back to driving.  It’s very nice to have that freedom of mobility back.  We’re all mending, & though we’re not back to “new normal” yet we’re on the right track.
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Steven’s Update…
 
I have been doing very well, well for what can be expected at least. I am finally at home (came home 16 days ago) and home is much more comfortable except for sleep. I’ve been lucky enough to have been visited by my family and some Canadian friends!
 
My condition is pretty good – I’m walking now with 2 crutches and that is going well. Only problem with that is I’ve walking on the side of my foot and I have trouble getting it flat so it hurts like hell. For longer trips, I’ve been sticking to wheelchair until my stretches/workouts strengthen the foot to flat.  This problem has, sadly, led to me skinning my foot on my carpet and getting the start of blood poisoning.  I am taking antibiotics for it but it it definitely hurts like hell.  The good news to come from it is that I am supposed to be off my feet as much as possible at the moment so I am catching up on all my console games and Netflix 🙂 I went in for a checkup on all of my injuries and they seem to be all still healing which is a HUGE thing. It’s very common that traumatic injuries will stop healing and then they’d have to open up wherever it is, remove the bar holding me together and put a thicker one in – don’t want to know the recovery time / pain on that! I’ve been in quite a bit of pain but I’ve been able to cut my painmeds down to 3 times a day, slowly down from 6. 
 

For going back to work, it’s very tricky – as much as I like to underplay my job, a fair bit of complicated work and multitasking is just commonplace. I was hoping that I’d go back by the end of June since my short-term disability ends there but the more I think about it, it’d probably be best for me not to at that time. I’m hoping to make it in time for July but I’m going to play it by ear.

 

Once again, thank you everyone for your support during this time. It’s definitely a long process but your support has made it easier and faster 🙂

 
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Rock for Love Fundraiser Update

Update and reminder about the first of two upcoming fundraisers for Jessie.  The Rock for Love Benefit Concert is fast approaching on Friday, June 14th at the Northshore Senior Center.  Details on the event can be found here.  Buy tickets here.

A note from the event organizers:

If you are planning to attend the ROCK FOR LOVE Benefit Concert, please, PLEASE buy your tickets NOW!  Ticket sales have been slower than we’d like to see.  We know there are individuals who have said they’ll be there as volunteers or guests that haven’t purchased their tickets. We have had an amazingly generous man donate all the food for the evening.  We need to be able to give him an accurate count of attendees.  We also want to discourage buying tickets at the door, as we will not be equipped to take credit cards.  Also, t-shirts will not be sold at the concert.  Below is an example of the t-shirt logo – except that the Rock for Love is in lime green, same color as Jessie’s name.

I know everyone wants to see this work for Jessie.  The outpouring of love and help for this event has been amazing.  Life gets busy and things get put on the back burner [We know that!].  But please help us by purchasing your tickets ASAP.  Please help to spread the word.
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We really appreciate your continued support.
In the spirit of Jessie— ‘Keep on keeping on!’
KS & KM

Kim Sheets P: 206.930.7203 | Kim Millikin P: 206.683.7573
Co-Chairs, ‘Rock for Love’ Jessie Owen Benefit Concert, June 14, 2013

5 Months of Keeping on

We are now five months post accident and life’s trajectory seems to be audaciously nudging us into what will be our “new normal.” We remain to be so touched by what our community continues to do for us. It speaks volumes as to the imprint Mom and Dad left on this world.

Personally, I wanted to share some of the progress I have made at Pushing Boundaries thus far.  Pushing Boundaries focuses on reeducating damaged nervous systems through exercise. I have been going there four times a week for just under three months now. On more than one occasion I have let a bad word slip in exasperation, made a solid attempt to face plant, muttered an “I hate you” under my breath, and possibly tried to cheat at an exercise or two; but I think you will see I am the better for it.

Shout out to Marty Frank for singing in the second song. You can download his newest album on iTunes.

THANKS to Marty, Aaron, John, Betsy, Tricia, and Suzette. Good start but we have a long way to go, so get ready!

Reminder!

Tonight–

Channel 4 KOMO, 11:00 news

Story about my siblings and I.

I do believe that they said they would do a shorter morning version of the story too. . So if you are interested get your DVR’s ready!

This weekend is a toughie for us, but we had fun activities planned. Jeremy is home and we went to Teatro ZinZanni last night, and we went to play with Toby today. I’m not sure I have the words or the feelings to describe the ache but we are together and are bonded in our hearts. We all know that a mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human to do the impossible.

A few years back. My mom got the kids together and told us that she had breast cancer. She said that she had a mammogram and that it was a small lump and they caught it early. We were horrified and scared. She told us that we could tell whomever we want – but we were only allowed to tell the happy version: that it was small, that they caught it early, that it wasn’t a big deal, and that she was fine! She didn’t want a fuss, and she would not allow any of us to feel sorry for her, or that she was some sad story. So what I’m getting at is that this Mother’s Day, we need to tell the happy story. That my mother loved her three children more than her heart would allow, that she is brave and strong, that her children have grown up perfect in their own way, and that her babies think she is the most amazing person… She is so much more… But I just can’t yet… Too hard…

There is a happy story and my mom would need to know that that is the one being told.

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I want to sincerely wish all the mothers out there a wonderful Mother’s Day. You are a gift and are appreciated by more than just your children.

Upcoming Fundraisers for Jessie

Save the date for two upcoming fundraising events for Jessie this summer.  These will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out to see Jessie and help support her fundraising campaign to pay for uninsured rehabilitation expenses.  All proceeds from these events will go to Jessie’s HelpHOPELive Campaign Fund.

Rock for Love Event

Friday, June 14th

Northshore Senior Center

10201 East Riverside Dr., Bothell

Family Show: 5:30 pm

Adult Show (21+): 8:15 pm

Performance by Bored of Education featuring Frank Love Teachers with Carolus performing at the second show. Raffle, food for purchase and cash beer/wine bar (at the adult show).

Details on the cost of the event and registration (online ticket sales) can be found here.

Lawn Olympics Event

Sunday, July 21st

Cromwell Park, Shoreline

Adult & youth events, BBQ and silent auction.  More details to come on this event. If you have items to donate for the silent auction, please contact Katie Beth at katiebeth6@gmail.com.

Update-time!

Hello friends!  I know that posts have been few and far between lately, but we have not forgotten that our faithful friends and family still want to know what’s going on 🙂  Life for Jessie, Jaime, Jeremy, and Steven right now is all about recovery and starting to move forward with a new form of “normal.” Here is a quick summary on each of them…

Jessie is still at the skilled nursing facility.  She now has a set schedule of four days a week of therapy at Pushing Boundaries and she loves how much her therapists there are pushing her.  She’s doing very well and continues to make progress.  It has been pure joy to watch her gain some of her independence back as she regains use of and movement in her extremities.  She is a hard worker, and (as you all know!) is completely determined, and her dedication to her recovery is paying off in big ways!  She promises to do another blog post again soon! 

Jaime absolutely loves being at home!  She has been able to visit Steven almost everyday since she left the nursing facility and has just begun outpatient rehab to continue her therapy now that she is at home. Unfortunately she has had a minor setback and will have to return to Harborview for a quick surgery next week to get a bone growth removed from her right femur.  You might remember that she was having some issues with her right femur a couple of months ago and the doctors were hopeful that the bone growth they found would heal on it’s own, but it’s hindering her progress now, so it’s time to take it out.  If all goes as planned she should be able to do this as a day procedure and be back on her feet in no time. 

Steven left the nursing facility last week and is now doing inpatient rehab at Harborview (the same unit Jessie was in while she was there).  He is completing intensive rehab with the goal of returning home (HOME!) within the next couple of weeks.  He’s primarily working on improving his balance while standing, as well as strengthening his core.  For the most part he is able to take care of himself independently (dressing, bathing, eating, etc…) and just started doing stairs and using crutches yesterday!  He is working his tail off, has a great attitude, and is very motivated to “graduate” out of rehab and return home to his wife! 

Jeremy is in the middle of spring quarter at Eastern and is coming home to be with his family for Mother’s Day weekend.  He has secured an amazing summer internship in Seattle (we’re so proud of him!) and is looking forward to being back at home and taking care of Toby for the summer.  Everyone is excited to have him back in Bothell for a few months!

On another note – Jessie and Jaime were interviewed by KOMO 4’s investigative reporter, Tracy Vedder, earlier this week and the story she is putting together is scheduled to air on the evening of Sunday, May 12th (Mother’s Day).  We’ll let you know if plans change, but otherwise please plan on tuning in! 

We’re now over four months past the accident and I have had some time lately to think about the road we have been on since December 21st.  Every time I think about the enormity of everything that has occurred over the past four months, I am once again blown away by how truly magnificent this community has been to all of us.  I still think about the homemade meals you cooked for us, that allowed us to relax for a moment when we were at home and not at the hospital.  I think about the generous gift cards and sweet notes that were sent from both close friends and complete strangers.  I think about  the amazing, selfless people who were there with Jessie, Jaime, Jeremy and Steven on that day on the top of Stevens Pass.  I think about the prayers…the thousands and thousands of prayers that have been said, and are still being said, for this family.  I think about the doctors, nurses and therapists who have poured their hearts and souls into making Jessie, Jaime and Steven well again.  I think about the sacrifices that have been made to take care of these precious people.  It is all pretty mind-blowing.  We have seen so much beauty in the midst of tragedy.  Thank you.  Thank you a million times for providing the safety net of support that Jessie, Jaime, Jeremy and Steven – and all of us – have needed in order to walk the path before us.  YOU are our greatest blessings!  Thank you! 

 

Jessie and Jaime being interviewed by Tracy Vedder…

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Steven working hard on the NuStep machine, which helps strengthen his legs…

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Jaime and Steven competing in a friendly (therapeutic) game of Wii bowling…

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By the way, Jaime won 🙂 …

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