Jack Jablonski's Journal
Hockey Day Minnesota
Written Jan 21, 2012 10:18amOnce again, the Jablonskis are in absolute awe of the support we've received from our family, friends, community, and beyond.Today is "Hockey Day Minnesota" sponsored by the Minnesota Wild, FOX Sports North and Wells Fargo. In an effort to help raise funds and awareness for Jack, they've dedicated the day to our son, which is yet another awe-inspiring, don't-even-know-what-to-say event for us. The outpouring of support for Jack is beyond our comprehension and we're struggling to find the words to convey our deepest thanks to everyone who has reached out to us.Simply put, we extend our sincerest thanks to the FOX Sports North team that created the beautiful segment about Jack; to the Wild for their incredible fundraising efforts; to Wells Fargo for their support; and a huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone for your continued good wishes, contributions, thoughts and prayers for Jack.Included in this post is a photo of Jack being interviewed for the FOX segment. We are so proud of our son for his courage and kindness. Yesterday's Star Tribune featured a wonderful story written by Pam Louwagie who captured a day in the new life of Jack while including quotes from him that make us proud beyond words.We're blessed to have two wonderful sons that have managed to put smiles on our faces even in the darkest moments of our lives. We love you Jack and Max. Always.
Rise and Shine
Written Jan 17, 2012 6:21pmImagine what it must be like to stare at the ceiling for days (11 to be exact), and not see the world in any other way. Seems crazy, doesn't it? But that's how Jack was seeing his world since he hit the ice on December 30th.Imagine how excited he was when he first sat up a week ago today. There's a special chair (the pink chair) in which Jack can sit for short periods of time and take in the world from a vertical position. We were able to wheel him around the hospital floor and give him a tour of where he'd been since he arrived after his injury. It was fascinating to hear how he thought things looked versus what he saw once he sat up.Needless to say, we're thrilled that Jack is able to sit up several times a day. In the meantime, he's thoroughly enjoying the prism glasses that a woman from Ohio sent to him. They're very cool because they allow him to see things from a normal point of view even though he's lying down.Jack is getting stronger by the day, and that brings him closer to moving on to rehab. We're excited for him to begin the next chapter of his life, which we anticipate to be some time in the next week.We're forever grateful for all of your support. The cards, gifts, prayers, and good wishes have meant the world to us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.xoxo
Miracle Off Ice
Written Jan 10, 2012 8:51pm
"I don't believe in miracles, I rely on them." Anonymous.
This was Jack's eighth grade yearbook quote. We thought it was a nice saying, but had no idea how significant it would be so soon in his young life.
As you may have heard, Jack moved his arms below the triceps, which was not supposed to happen as a result of his injury. The movements occurred as a result of commands, not as a reaction. Even Jack's neurosurgeon witnessed the movement and said, "You made my day, keep proving us wrong" to Jack.
We're encouraged by Jack's determination to make the impossible happen, and we know that the overwhelming support we've received from all of you has played an incredible role in lifting his spirits.
Please continue to keep Jack in your thoughts and prayers. We're doing our best to keep Jack stable and build up his strength. Until then, we have to limit his visitors, but we'll let you know when he's up to seeing all of your smiling faces.
More updates to come.