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Jason’s 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.

Latest Journal Update

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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 to slow down.
I pray that in the time that has passed that your time as well has collected wonderful memories and brought you many blessings.
I have faith that many of you who may have crossed a broken road or traveled an unknown path has chosen to hold your head high, your faith strong and has surpassed all expectations with the Lord in your presence.

Though the journey my family has endured is one that not many have traveled I am glad that I have been able to share our experience's with so many. I pray that in the dark of our night many saw light in their day. Every thing in life brings so much knowledge and if you just allow yourself to accept that things WILL happen that you cannot change and things WILL NOT always go your way....well, there is alot to be seen on those days. It is these days that many will come to be with you, many will pray beside you and where one or more is gathered...well, you know the rest :)

Okay...so I am babbling on but I am just touched that when I get on this website and though I have not been on here to update many of you have stayed faithful to us by sending your support! Amazing! Can you imagine! If we, as people in this Earth never forget people we care about...can you imagine how our Father feels. WOW! I am just so proud and honored to be a part of such great faith and love!

Ok, so now about Jason :D He is doing wonderful! Always by the grace of our Lord! He, as I was promise from the beginning...is being restored! He just completed his last surgery to his left arm and it has gone very well. We are walking through the light at the end of the tunnel my friends! His last surgery was completed April 24th on his left arm. They released it by placing grafted skin on the front and back of his underarm. His right leg was used as the donor site and this time around they used a new dressing for the donor. Well just to let you know...the donor site is already healed and they are already doing therapy on his arm!! God is good! This healing process went by so fast I can't believe it!
Now this is not to say that he is done with all surgery. The doctor did let us know that in the future the skin may tighten and cause some discomfort and it will be Jason's decision at that point! But the huge thing about that statement is that our future is now in our hands :)
So our life is finally moving forward! Well it never stopped moving forward but now there is so much more to look forward to! I am so amazed by my husbands strength! He continues to amaze me everyday! And I mean everyday! The simplest of things are now greatly appreciated. I never appreciated waking up to him every morning. I do now more than ever.  I will never stop.
Thank you to so many of you who have stayed by our side!

May we always join in faith and prayer every night. I hope one day we cross paths and hug and laugh and enjoy new friendships!

With all good said, goodbye for now...

LOVE,
The Baird Family!