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On January 2, 2017 at 0500 Jason, my husband, was on his way to work riding his fairly new Harley Davidson when he tried avoiding the previous nights wet surface and puddles and lost control of his bike. I woke up that morning much earlier than usual considering it was my day off and I knew something felt off. I looked to my silenced phone at missed calls and voicemails from an unknown number and no "I've made it to work, I love you" messages from Jason. After listening to the voicemails, I had never been so terrified in my life. Jason was taken into Sharp Memorial Hospital Trauma ER and I knew no more details than he was in an accident, badly injured, and asked for his wife immediately. On my way to the hospital a thousand thoughts went through my head and I was hoping the worse of his injuries would be a broken leg. After a few hours of anxiously waiting I was able to see Jason in his room in ICU..I slowly started walking in to the room and immediately I broke down sobbing. I could barely recognize my own husband. Between all the machines he was hooked up to, the facial fractures and facial lacerations it was hard to bare. The doctor later explained that Jason also fractured his spine at level T3-T4 which had impacted his spinal cord which resulted in paralysis (he cannot feel and does not have mobility below the level of his injury which is from his upper chest down to his toes). The following ten days at Sharp hospital were the longest days of our lives but he progressed so quickly within those days that they were ready to send him to the VA in La Jolla for rehab.
Fast forward to March 3, 2017, the day of Jason's release from the VA. Jason spent every day and every week in the VA learning and developing new adaptive skills to live his life to the fullest with this injury. That consisted of learning new ways to dress himself, eat, bathe, use the restroom, exercise and navigate efficiently in a wheelchair. The misconception many people have about his injury is that when they hear he is in rehab that they think he is being taught to use his lower extremities again..as wonderful and easy as that may seem that's currently not the case. He is being taught to utilize the upper body and arms he does have to function in day to day life. Even though this is just the beginning he has been unbelievably motivated, positive and strong through this entire journey. I couldn't be more proud of him and proud to be his wife. I can't wait to see him progress, as I have full faith that he will walk again!