Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting AND thanks for returning to Caring Bridge for Jacob. I recently had to create a Caring Bridge site for a family member's husband and thought "you know it really would be great if we could utilize Caring Bridge again for Jacob." Jacob as many of you know was in an automobile accident in 2010 when he was just 12 years old. The accident left him in a state of being quadriplegic and with Traumatic Brain Injury. Although during those first few months we were told things like Jacob isn't going to make it, or Jacob will survive but will be in a completely vegetative state. Neither were more far from the truth. Jacob is now living with me, his mom Sabrina Cripe, in Lafayette, Indiana, and attends Jefferson High School where he is a second year senior. (Due to his disabilities he is allowed to stay in school until he turns 22). He is funny, loving, thoughtful, and a rascal at times too. However, because of the way the semi trailer ripped his legs apart, causing his pelvic bone to rip into two halves, his spinal cord has not developed and grown evenly, it doesn't even line up with the center of his pelvic bone. Anyway, it has caused him to develop idiopathic scoliosis which I found to be the following:Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children
Scoliosis (skoh-lee-oh-sis) is an abnormal, side-to-side curve of the spine. Scoliosis should not be confused with poor posture. The word idiopathic (id-ee-uh-path-ik) means that there is no known reason for the curve in the spine. The condition is not rare. It is most common in girls between the ages of 10 to 18 − many of whom have such mild forms that they are not aware of it or treated for it. There are three types of idiopathic scoliosis:
- Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (https://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/s/scoliosis-adolescent/
) (usually seen between 10 and 16 years of age)
Because of this condition Jacob needs to go to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital where they can surgically correct the serious curvature of his spine. So, we figured we would start another Caring Bridge as he begins to go down a new path on another journey. We hope that you will stay in touch and follow us (just click follow at his home page) and share your inspiration, stories, jokes, ideas, information, messages, cards, well wishes, prayers, poems, etc. with Jacob. It does get lonely being a quadriplegic and I would love for him to have a place to come to where he can see that others care for him and want to be a part of his life. He is a very special young man and I'm blessed to be his mother and his caregiver.