Jerod’s Story

Donations are being accepted for: the Benefit for Jerod Nieder at Douglas County Bank in Lawrence, KS, Tribute Donations made here are for the sole use of this website by CaringBridge and do not directly benefit Jerod.

We would like to thank everyone that came to the benefit for Jerod, sent encouraging messages, purchased t-shirts and bracelets or contributed to his fund. It was a huge success and the support from so many family and friends is extremely encouraging. 

He has a long road ahead and appreciates your help. Thank you!

Mexico is not an unknown territory to the Nieder family. We have been going for years. Our trip on Sunday, December 18th was unlike any other. We unpacked and headed straight for the beach. Jerod was the first to dive in. Unknown to Jerod and the rest of our group, there was a cluster of boulders just beneath the surface of the water. The blow that was caused by the collision left Jerod face down in the water with a broken neck. He was unable to move but remained conscious. In the seconds between the impact and rescue; Jerod was aware that he needed to hold his breath. His brother, Cale, took notice of his situation and pulled him out of the water and all Jerod was able to say was “in trouble.” After he was pulled clear of the water, in-line stabilization was continued.EMT’s arrived and took Jerod to the hospital. The first of many complications began when the ambulance pulled up to the first hospital. They would not open the ambulance doors until a credit card was given. Care was given as soon as the credit card was handed over. After the CT scan we were notified that his C4, C5, and C7 vertebrae were damaged. The doctors concluded that his C5 was shattered and pushed into his spinal column.The doctors told us that Jerod needed surgery to remove the pressure from his spinal cord and that it was a time sensitive situation. It was a difficult decision but we decided to have the surgery performed in Cancun. The surgery lasted 6 hours and went until 6 a.m. on Monday morning. After the surgery, Jerod stayed in the ICU in Cancun. The ICU in Cancun was worse than ever expected. He was not well taken care of and visiting hours were strict and slim.The nurses neglected him and the overall experience was a nightmare until Tuesday night when Jerod was finally taken to Denver via an air ambulance. He only spent a day and a half in Cancun but it felt like an eternity He is now being treated at Craig Hospital.

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2013 was the 2nd of many rebuilding years and beat the hell out of 2012, hopefully each year can improve this much. Getting my hip surgeries, done my way, was a huge victory and has allowed me to continue moving forward in all aspects of my recovery. I'm as healthy now as I've been since I broke my neck, which is great, but still leaves a ton of room for improvement. I've been working diligently at my rehab since a few days after my accident and I finally feel like I have a little bit of momentum heading the right way as opposed to continually fighting to keep my head above water. I don't want to jinx it, I know the other shoe is about to drop and I'll be back fighting another hurdle any second now but god damn it feels good not to feel like a pile of shit. I wouldn't say I feel great by any stretch of the imagination but not feeling awful is fucking amazing. For the past couple of months I've been doing weekly IV nutrient therapy at KU med and that has a lot to do with my success of late. Since receiving these treatments of a modified "Myers cocktail" I've seen improvements in my appetite, sleep, strength, and overall well being. The infusions are $125/visit not counting getting to and from KCMO, for how I feel it's more than worth it but there has to be a easier way to get $10 worth of vitamins and minerals into my system every week. I'm going to the infusion center at LMH soon which will cut out the drive but I want to find out how to order the cocktail myself and have a nurse administer it in my home. For Christmas my family got to be together for the first time since 2010 and that's the best gift any of us could have got. We had a super gay sleepover in my parents basement with matching Christmas pajamas curtesy of Taeler and it was the best Christmas I can remember. Ive been blessed with the greatest family and for whatever reason they love the shit out of me, feelings are mutual. I've been working on spending more time self propelling and hope to get those ewheels eventually. The Bioness hand units are paying off, we're getting some active movement in hand therapy!!! It's not functional and tough to duplicate outside of the therapy setting but it is both hands and it is very exciting! I've been staying at it on the FES bike and just posted my best session ever. The fes bike tracks all my workouts and graphs my progress on reports that are sent to me after each session, it's really interesting to have hundreds of these reports to go over and to actually "see" my progress. I feel very lucky to be able to try and get better everyday and want to thank everyone for their support, I love you all. Hope everyone had a great year and holiday season