So much chaos!

Well, I have a lot to update! I will see if I can do this in some type of logical manner, but I wouldn’t count on it, and I’m certainly not going to go back and proofread! 🙂 So best of luck to all of you!

First, I did not get a whole lot of pictures from the Rock For Love event. So I’m putting it out one more time, if you have pictures send them to this address: lovetheowens@gmail.com. Whether I have 2 or 200 I will put them up next week.

Second, the Lawn Olympics was so exceptionally fun, and so incredibly successful! I want to thank everyone that helped tphoto(4)o put this event together. I know how much work goes into planning an event like this. We had live music, games, yummy food, and a huge array of silent auction prizes!  ImageThank you to those who donated, I might venture to say that you have made more than just me a happy camper. We sat in the sun, had a chance to catch up with old friends and teachers, and chased around the little toddlers. I even managed to get a sweet sunburn on my calves. I was wearing capris so now I have a nice thick block of sunburn between my middle calf and ankle. Well done Jessie. I’m so touched by all of you. You should know that events like this bring me so much strength and truly warm my heart.

You may also be wondering about the Pushing Boundaries fundraiser, Walk A Mile.  Well, I am pretty embarrassed to say, my pedometer broke! I was so incredibly bummed and thought about ways to cheat all week long! I mean, I  could totally estimate the amount of steps I took… but, my guilt has gotten to me so I’ll post the silly numbers that I came up with…Poop.

Saturday, July 13 – 22 steps

Sunday, July 14 – 625 steps

Monday, July 15 – 1587 steps

Tuesday, July 16 – 216 steps

Wednesday, July 17 – 120 steps

Thursday, July 18 – 57 steps

Friday, July 19 – 984 steps

I need you to know that these numbers are lies! It kills me! Especially the one on Thursday, July 18th. That day I had an Ortho appointment and I had a goal to walk into Harborview, walk to the x-rays, walk into the exam room, and then haul my butt out to the car! And I did it! Let me assure you, that it took me well over 57 steps! It takes me 57 steps to get from my bed to the bathroom! Clearly, I’m not bitter over this. There is always next year. 🙂 Thank you to those of you who did donate!

On a slightly more business note, two of the three of us got sour news from the Ortho. We went to check the progress of our femurs healing. Steven got the winning lotto ticket and is good to go! Unfortunately, Jaime and I are battling something they call nonunion; because the bones went through the skin and shattered into quite a lot of pieces there just wasn’t adequate blood flow to repair itself.photo(7)I asked the surgeon if they could just caulk the space between the bones. He was not particularly amused, but knew what I was talking about. The answer was no, we have to have surgery in the upcoming months. He related it to a paperclip bending back and forth. The metal rod in our femur is okay for the moment, but in the future it will snap if we don’t fix it. So they will go in, drill a larger hole, and put a bigger rod in. Hoping that the bone will heal around it. He says that we should be up and weight-bearing the next day, but I’m anticipating that Jaime and I might be a little crabby that day, or week after. 🙂

Next on the list of good things to talk about is my departure from Kindred! Peace out! After almost 4 months in a skilled nursing facility I have finally left. Let me remind you how I came in.photo(2)

This is how I left! I walked my butt out of there!

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I met many great people, and I’m so thankful for the wonderful things that they have done for me. I will be eternally grateful for the kindness that the staff has shown me. However, I am happy to leave and be on the next step in my journey. I will be at Harborview for the next couple of weeks doing my second stint of rehab. Here, I will continue to get some of the best care in the country and learn how to be more independent! I really am excited!

Being back here reminds me of just how far I have come. On a day-to-day basis I don’t see the improvements that I make. All I see is the frustration of not being able to button, or reach something, or get my pants up over my booty! But here I am reminded that when I first arrived seven months ago I could not move anything but my head. I couldn’t feel my legs, or my arms, and certainly was unable to do anything for myself. I remember telling the staff here that I was going to walk. I think they had a hard time believing me at first, at the time I could not see why they would doubt. Looking back, I now see that it was such a long shot for me to get this far! Spinal cord injuries, or paralysis is permanent. Think Christopher Reeves. There are no cures, or pills to take to fix this. Being back at Harborview reminds me that I have really come a very long way. One of the therapist here flattered me by saying I might be in the running for the top miracle patient.

The last thing I want to touch on is the celebration of life. I don’t think any of us can really anticipate the emotions that will course through us on that day. But, I do know that we all want it to be about mom and dad, and not about the accident! So I hope to see you on Sunday to celebrate the two most wonderful people I have ever met!

Keep on keeping on, and kicking ass!

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Book Sale Reminder

Reminder of the Book Sale Fundraiser for Jessie this Saturday, July 27th.

  • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sue & Don Beyer’s House
  • 20902 33rd Dr. SE, Bothell (Canyon Firs Development near Canyon Creek Elementary)

Books are FREE, they are asking for a cash donation to HelpHOPELive for Jessie’s fundraising campaign.

For more information contact: Sue Beyer, 425-481-9482, dlbeyer@comcast.net

Thank you everyone for the continued support of Jessie and the fundraising efforts being organized in her honor!

Celebration of Life – Sunday, August 4th

Our time together to honor the lives of Tim and Cheryl is quickly approaching.  Thank you so much to those of you who have let us know that you will be joining us on Sunday, August 4th from 1-5 pm at the Inglewood Country Club.  We would truly love for anyone and everyone who loved Tim and/or Cheryl to be there.  Please be sure to let your fellow friends/neighbors/co-workers of Tim and Cheryl know about this event.  It will undoubtedly be a very special day and we hope that you all can make it.  Please fill out the quick form on the “Celebration of Life” tab if you haven’t had a chance yet.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Lawn Olympics Fundraiser Update

Quick update on the Lawn Olympics fundraiser this Sunday, July 21st, 10 am – 3 pm at Cromwell Park in Shoreline.

Come ready to compete is some fun activities for both adults and youth (adult events:  3 point contest, frisbee throw contest, dizzy bat race, crab walk/bear crawl race and youth events:  race the bases, water balloon toss, fill the bucket race), eat some good food and bid on some amazing auction items.  Just to list a few items that will be available to bid on:

 -7 night stay in a Cabo San Lucas, MX resort
 -Golf Pro lessons at Jackson
 -Weekend stay at Camano Island beach house
 -Hair/Spa/Massage Packages
 -Casper Baby Pants Package
 -Wine & Cheese tasting for 10
 -Seattle Storm ticket package
 -Pediatric Dental Exam
 -Honest Tea Longboard
 -and many more baskets, gift cards, etc!!

We also have a DJ lined up to play music and an artist to draw caricatures of the kids.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended to help us with a head count for food.  Please click this link to register:  http://www.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/dsp_patient_event_registration.cfm/patient/EC3BB5C7-DCAD-81B7-1C7A32460EBAC363/event_setup_summary_id/224

Jessie’s birthday is this week, so please come celebrate Jessie’s birthday with us and help us raise money for Jessie’s uninsured medical expenses!!  The outpouring of love and support from the community, family and friends has been amazing, so thank you in advance!!

Book Sale Fundraiser – Saturday, July 27th, 10 am – 4 pm

Books are FREE but they will be asking for a cash donation to HelpHOPELive for Jessie.(click on the flier for details on location and how to donate books)

Walk A Mile In My Shoes

I need to share with you just how important my therapy at Pushing Boundaries has been to me. Many times I have wondered how I would spend my days without it. Frequently people with paralysis can’t work, and to state the obvious…going to the gym ends up being quite difficult. I remember laying in my bed at Harborview wondering what life was going to be like when I left. At that point I still couldn’t feed myself, take care of myself, or really even move. What was going to happen to me when I didn’t have the rigorous schedule of Harborview’s highly skilled therapists? Who was going to teach me how to live? Who would even be willing to work with me? The only way to get me from point A to point B was to physically pick me up and move me there. I remained confident in my ability to get better but I was fiercely aware of just how much people around me needed to help. I remember the very first day at therapy. I thought I was going in for a tour but five minutes in we started to work! They asked a lot of questions about what I could do and I told them that I had not been able to stand yet. Disregarding any nerves or any doubts that I had, that first day they stood me on my feet and showed me that I could not only do more than I thought, but showed me that getting a life back was possible. Pushing Boundaries has healed me physically, mentally, and has given me the strength to go on and keep pushing. They believe in me!

Next week they’re doing their annual fundraiser. There are an estimated 70,000 people in the Seattle area who live with some form of paralysis. Since 2005 Pushing Boundaries has been the Pacific Northwest’s premier intensive exercise based recovery center for people with paralysis. Clients commit many hours a week to strengthen their bodies to regain movement and increase independence. By participating in Walk a Mile in My Shoes for just one week, each mile you walk will directly support those who can’t but are working hard to keep their bodies strong and healthy. Your dedication and fundraising efforts will help ensure that they can provide the physical and emotional support needed for clients on their journey to recovery.

There are two ways that you can help.

1. You can sponsor me for every thousand steps I take in a day. The actual fundraiser asks for people to pledge per mile but since I usually walk less than half a mile a day, that seemed kind of impractical. Currently I take about 4000 steps a day. So if you pledge $5 for every thousand steps that would mean you would donate $20 for that day. I will be tracking my steps for 5 days. If you would like to do this, please fill out the form below to add your pledge per thousand steps. I have been wearing a little pedometer and each day I will post the amount of steps that I take.

2. You can make a one-time donation. Fill out the form below and select flat pledge.

3. Join our team! Register at this link and get people at your work, school, and neighborhood to pledge your walking!  It is important when you register to say that your team name is the “Wounded Walkers”! That is the team I am on, and we want to win! http://www.planetreg.com/E417132018169731

 After the event, I will tell you how many steps I walked and collect your contribution. Make checks payable to Pushing Boundaries. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Sponsors are encouraged to fulfill pledges by 7/31/13.

You can mail checks to:

Care of Pushing Boundaries

2020 Maltby Rd, PMB 298

Bothell, WA, 98021

Thank you so much and we will all get our walk on starting July 13th through the 19th!!

Tim and Cheryl’s Celebration of Life

On August 4th we will celebrate the lives of Tim and Cheryl at the Inglewood Country Club starting at 1:00.  There will be food, music, laughter, and some tears as we share memories and stories of these two very special people.  Family and friends were everything to Tim and Cheryl—we hope that you will join us.

If you haven’t already, please RSVP using the “Celebration of Life” tab, which will help in our planning.  There is also a link to directions to the ICC.

See you on the 4th.