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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6 thoughts on “Update-time!

  1. I’ve been thinking of all if you and just last night was wondering if somehow I dropped off the blog list. (: thank you so very much for the update. All of the kids are still in continued prayers of thankfulness for the Lords continued blessings in each of their lives. Mother’s Day will be one of many baby steps to get through during this year. The kids are so very very blessed to have each other to love and care for. Hugs.

    Geri

  2. Thank you for the update. So glad that everyone is making good progress and re-gaining some independence.

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Patty

  3. Christy – thank you so much for everything that you have done to keep people informed of the status and progress of the Owen family. And, thank you for your eloquent words about our community. We definitely live in a great environment, and it’s great because of people like you and Tim and Cheryl. I have read about the idea of social capital. Social capital is the collective value of our connections and the trust and reciprocating actions that occur because of them. It is spread through service, accountability to each other, by creating civic pride, and setting good examples. They say that social capital is recyclable because drawing on it doesn’t deplete it, but rather creates more goodwill and more social capital growth throughout the community. You and Tim and Cheryl helped create the attitude and environment in our community and have helped provide the rest of us with an increased desire to contribute to the good of the people of our town….. and for that I am very grateful.

    Thank you,

    Kent Schaefer

  4. Thank you Kent, for those wise words. and Christy, for keeping us connected. I’ve been watching daily for the next update. I know you are all working hard and living very full lives, and I appreciate your including us in your thoughts.

  5. Thank you so much for the update and photos! What an inspiration you all are! My heartfelt prayers continue to be with each and every one of you! You are all living testimonies to the wonderful power of prayer, love of community, friends, family and friends you have not met yet! May our God continue to strengthen and bless each and every one of you!
    Always in HIS Grip!
    ~dori

  6. Thank you for keeping this going – we all want to know that progress isd being made and if there are ways we can help.

    Holly

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