Jack Jablonski's Journal
The King and I
Written Sep 19, 2013 7:38pmWhat a week it has been. It was an especially exciting one for Jack who was bestowed with the huge honor of being crowned the 2013 Benilde-St. Margaret's Homecoming King!
Brought tears to my eyes. The BSM students and community have been more than generous to Jack and our family, yet it was a lovely surprise when he won. And congratulations to all of the nominees. They're all kings in my court.
Ditto to Kelly P who was crowned HC Queen and congrats to all of the contenders. P.S...it was such a treat to see the girls and guys dressed to the nines! I'm sure they made their parents proud.
Two more quick updates...
Today Jack tweeted that he "just got some feeling on the top of my right ring finger! #movingforward" Oh. Yes. You. Are!!!
After Jack tweeted the fab news, he told me there was more. During therapy he was seated on a mat several feet above the floor. His therapist told him to move his right leg backwards. On command, HE DID !!
Yay! Keep it up Jack. All good stuff.
Two wonderful milestones and a crown. What a great week.
Written Sep 13, 2013 12:18amAbout a year ago a friend of Jack's whined about how much his legs ached. Rightfully so after a tough skating session. However, Jack shot him a look, eyebrows raised, and in a teasing manner said, "look who you're talking to." End of conversation.
Oh how I wish Jack could say that his legs ached again. BEL13VE in Miracles. Wishes do come true.
After a few intense ABLE therapy sessions in the last few weeks, Jack complained of feeling fatigue in his legs. WHAT?? That's not possible. Or is it? Once again, the boy is defying the odds. Love that!!
Although we're 20 + months past his injury, remarkable things are still happening for Jack. Granted, they're not as frequent as they were for the first 18 months, but that's to be expected. We consider the post-plateau months successful ones. Reason for continued encouragement.
And we can't ignore the overwhelming, almost daily, comments from people - strangers and those we know - who remark about how strong Jack looks (which he is...he almost knocked me over with an arm swing!).
My dear friend Lisa was with him at Courage Kenny yesterday. Jack was placed in his new, unreal, or as the kids say, "sick," manual chair after his ABLE stepping session. Apparently he was able (no pun intended, but that's pretty much what the program does...it makes the client "able" to do the unexpected)...
Anyway, Jack was able to wheel himself around at a pace that exceeded what he was capable of doing just a month ago. To top it off, his upper body strength allowed him to transfer himself back to his power chair almost on his own. Sensational!
And, speaking of sensational, you should see Jack's senior pictures. We had an awesome photo session with the incredibly talented photographer, Chris Gernentz. You can check out a small sampling of Jack's pics on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/leslie.l.jablonski). If you're in the market for a brilliant photographer, Chris is your guy.
Final thoughts to share...Jack was nominated for Homecoming King at BSM. Such an honor for him. He's up against some fierce competition. We find out Monday who reigns for HC '13. Huge congrats to the nominees.
And, thanks to all who participated in the first annual "BEL13VE in Miracles" golf tourney. FORE! It was a huge success (kudos to Suzanne and Diana), and a lot of fun. Proceeds from the tournament, and from the upcoming BEL13VE in Miracles 5K Fun Run - Walk- Roll (thank you Mack!) this Sunday, September 15, will go towards spinal cord injury recovery. Amazing things are happening in the world of SCI research. A must for our Foundation to support.
Visit www.jabby13.com for info on our events. Help Jack help others with SCI's.
Written Aug 28, 2013 2:23amSo long...two ways to interpret these two words. One: it can mean it's been a long time since I've posted. Guilty of that. Two: it can mean goodbye. No worries, I'm not saying goodbye.
However, it was a weekend of goodbyes for Jack. Some of his best buddies are heading off to college and to hockey programs across the country. It's thrilling to see these guys move forward and closer to their dreams. The boys are excited, the moms (and maybe the dads) find it bittersweet to let them go.
With that said, Jack and I had a fabulous Friday afternoon on our mom and son outing. We soaked up the sun and set sail on a pontoon boat on Lake Minnetonka. The guys were amazing. They transported Jack onto the boat and sat him in a captain's chair. We were all smiles galore as we secretly watched Jack sit back and relax, shades on, face to the sun. The guys bonded in the front (bow?) of the boat as the moms were busy gabbing in the back (stern?).
It was truly a memorable afternoon and a special way for the boys to be together one last time before they all departed. I'm such a sap.I found myself getting choked up a few times. We'll miss these guys, and others who weren't on the ride. But at least not all of Jack's super close guys are leaving. We still have senior year boys. After that, I will be an official mess.
Did I just say senior year? I did, didn't I? Can't even fathom Jack leaving for college next year. What will we do? How will we do it? There are so many elements to consider when someone with a special condition needs to break out of their comfort zone and move to the next phase of life. Of rehab. Of whatever it is that makes sense to be next. So many decisions to make, in due time. We'll keep you in the loop as we take baby steps forward on Jack's Journey.
But, in the meantime, we wish his friends all the best, and we look forward to seeing them when they slip back into town durning their breaks.
And thank goodness for the guys that are still by Jack's side. Most, but not all, are gearing up for one last blast of a hockey season with BSM. Hard to believe. But let's not dwell on how fast time is flying by. Instead, let's enjoy the ride.
And let's hope for some less Miami-like weather. Grrrr. It's been so hot and humid here in the Twin Cities. Even Jack tweeted "not sure if you care, but today was the first day since my injury that I noticeably had sweat on my body. That wasn't supposed to happen ; )
Ok, so sweat is well, pretty gross. But imagine how thrilled we were to hear Jack say that he's perspiring. Because of his injury, that wasn't a thought. But, boy, were we wrong. Perhaps our heat and humidity have hit the extremes, but still, It's not supposed to make Jack overheat and drive his temp up to 104.
But, it did. Now what to do? Different docs gave different advice. We went with our gut and it worked. Upped the ante on Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Worked like a charm, although Jack was a little tired today (well, that would be yesterday by now), but I'm hoping a good night's sleep will pay off.
It's frightening when something as simple as the sun or heat set him sailing. We're lucky that we didn't end up in the ER. It was close call, but we were able to avoid it this time. Whew!
My dad (he was such a wise man!) always said, "Everything in moderation." Once again, he was right.
Words to live by.