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 while Jake is healing so that he can hit the slopes again next Winter. Thank you for visiting. And, to catch you up ... here is what happened.
While visiting Will Hardenbergh (and friends) in Bozeman Montana to celebrate Will's birthday they received 2-3 feet of new snow. They skied all weekend and on the last day went to Big Sky. Second run of the afternoon and Jake took a bad fall. A rock/boulder got the best of him and broke his femur in 3 places. He was taken by ski patrol down the mountain via sled, by ambulance to Big Sky medical center, by second ambulance to Bozeman Hospital where surgery was performed that night, February 27. Six screws and 1 titanium rod later, his leg was repaired nicely. However -- the pain was (and is) much to tolerate and the healing process could take every bit of 6 months to return to his normal water / snow loving self.
He was a "guest" at the Bozeman hospital until Saturday March 4 when he was discharged and heading for home with Jeanne & Will. Two flights, many transfers and numerous kind Delta employees and we made it by 2 pm, almost a 10 hour journey. Still getting settled into "home" and recovery mode today Sunday, March 5.
We cannot say enough amazingly good things about the Bozeman hospital staff and accommodations. They were amazing with Jake and also Jeanne who joined him Tuesday morning. Will & Wick Hardenbergh, Amanda and Sebastian were all the best support he could have in friends while in Montana, and most especially on the mountain when he went down.
From here on out it is day by day ... we are blessed with so many family and friends that we thought this would be the best way to keep you updated with out missing anyone and trying to keep some type of family routine here for all of us. Please share any thing you would like and that you think Jake would enjoy. As we all know laughter is the best medicine for the mind and body. And, it also keeps us all in a good mood.
We continue to say, as we always have ... it is all about perspective. You can always find someone who is in a better situation than you are, and you can always find someone in a far worse situation ... so you need to keep it in perspective!! We are so thankful he wasn't injured worse -- he is young and healthy, it was only his leg, his leg will heal and he will get back to 100% sooner than later. In the current moments though it does suck and is painful. So .. please keep us laughing and thank you so very much for your continued love and support!