My Story

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Hello Everyone!

My name is Bethany and I am Jason's wife. I am going to do my best to give updates on Jason so that questions can be answered and minds put at ease.

The accident happened On July 17th , Thursday. He was injured in a mowing incident when the motor exploded. The details on exactly how and what caused this are still uncertain but what I do know is that Jason was sitting on the mower when it exploded, therefore he was engulfed in flames. The thought of it , I know, are horrific. I am still in shock every minute in this surreal day to day zombie state that I seem to be in. Jason's burns are over 65% of his body and they are 2nd to 3rd degree burns. His progression so far, and please keep in mind this is only the third day, has been very positive. His doctor, I am told is the best and has really been very informative and he has had around the clock care here at Akron's Burn Unit. He is heavily sedated due to the extent of his injuries as well as he is on a ventilator. Obviously they will continue to keep him as relaxed as possible so that his body will allow itself to heal.

His progress really is an hour by hour process that can change at any minute but so far he has been responding really well to all care. He has been responsive at times and has made it very clear his family and I :) ,that he knows we are with him. His first surgery for skin graphs have been scheduled and it will be a long recovery. We are told that we will be here from 60 to 90 days. After those first initial months Jason will then move to another hospital where they will begin therapy. The information can change at anytime which is why I have created this website. Please understand that there may be days that I can get to the computer and there will be days that I will not. Obviously the main concern is Jason and it is very hard for me to step out of the the room but I will find time so just bare with me. I hope that this information helps.

Once again, I thank you for all your support and love and I can't explain how much we appreciate it.

Also, if my grammar is off I apologize, I am a bit tired.


Bethany Baird posted a new journal entry.

Hello my dear friends!!!Well I know I have been slacking in my updating department but I promise it is only because things have been so wonderful that I rarely find time ... Read more

Kathy Ashley signed Jason's Guestbook.

Just heard about Jason's passing.  So sorry to hear such sad news.  I loved watching him play here in Indianapolis.  Loved his warm up routine.  He played with a ... Read more

Ida Kaiser signed Jason's Guestbook.

Hi this is Ida and I have been thinking about Jason for awhile.  I hope everything is going well for him and his family.  Prayers are still being said and hope soon we ... Read more

Cathe Holden signed Jason's Guestbook.

Just popped in to see if there was a current update on Jason's recovery.  If you remember, I heard about you from a caller on K-LOVE radio shortly after your accident. I ... Read more

Becky Williamson signed Jason's Guestbook.

Bethany & Jason, I haven't been on here in a while but want you to know I continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  I actually feel those ... Read more

Darlene DeMeulenaere-Lee signed Jason's Guestbook.

I am so glad to hear that things are going so well.  Even though you haven't had a chance to write, I have kept Jason and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  It is ... Read more

Lisa Mook signed Jason's Guestbook.

It is so great to hear all is going well! All of you have climbed one of the highest mountains and are now enjoying the sunshine beyond the clouds! I'm very happy for you ... Read more

LaVerne Rushing signed Jason's Guestbook.

Thanks for the update.  So happy the healing is still progressing.  Your family is in my prayers daily and will continue to be. Read more

leeanne barker signed Jason's Guestbook.

I am absolutely amazed by Jason's recovery.  I knew from his time in Erie he was a fighter, but WOW.  And your courage and faith has inspired me, also, Bethany.  God bless. Read more

Harold Wilson signed Jason's Guestbook.

Jeff, Bethany and boys, I am very happy to read that things are going so well for you and that Jeff's progress is continuing.  I am still a 'Hounds fan even though ... Read more

Tim Continenza signed Jason's Guestbook.

Jason and Bethany, I am so happy for Jason and your family.  May the healing always continue.  I was so moved by your story when I read about it last year.   Thank you ... Read more

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