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Journal entry by Bo Johnson

Well I’ve been thinkin about what to say hear for weeks now and every time I open this app to try and write something I get a bit choked up and decide the “I’ll do it some other day”. Well I’m gunna get through it today.

July 21st is a day that I don’t remember but I’ll never forget as it changed my and many others lives. You always see stories about these kinda things happening but you never think it’s gunna happen to you and your buddies until it does.

I finally got the guts to go back and read all the entries on this page that my sister and Hillary posted about my journey in the hospital and I was cryin just about the entire time. I wasn’t just cryin over what was in the post but also in the comments. I read every comment on every post from y’all that were following my journey and my goodness y’all are somethin amazing. You never know how many lives you have touched or effected or how poeple care about the well being of someone that they may have never met just because their friend knew that person. The out pour of love and support and prayer for me and my family is indescribable. With out y’all praying and sending love and good vibes and some help from modern medicine and my AMAZING doctors nurses and ambulance staff I would not be here today.

Speaking of being here today I AM!!!! WE DID IT!!!!! My lungs have completely healed as far as we know. The 2nd degree burns I sustained to my chest and stomach have healed amazingly. The third degree burns have been skin grafted as well as my lower arm where they ripped it open to fix the compartment syndrome and that healed better and faster than the doctor expected. I’m working very hard five times a week with a very tough and caring therapist to get range of motion back in my right arm. Right now my elbow has responded very well almost having full range back. My shoulder is following closely with my elbow we have some scaring we are dealing with on my right peck that effects the range of motion but we are working very hard to counter that. My wrist and fingers are being effected by some nerve damage that effects the muscles that control the motion in them. Currently I have no feeling in my thumb and it gets better as you go toward my pinky as that has full feeling. I can’t lift my wrist up but I can push it down. I can almost make a fist when my therapist stretches my fingers but my muscles and strong enough for me to do it on my own yet.

Before I go and start my morning routine I just want to let you all know how much you all mean to me and my family and friends to help us get through this hard time. WE COULD NOT DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!! We still have a lot of work to do on my arm but I’m here and safe and that is what matters most.

Thank you with all my heart
Bo Johnson.
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Journal entry by kim Curran

Hello everyone. I’m sorry we haven’t updated in a while. Just know that no news is good news. Bo continues to improve every day. He has occupational therapy Monday through Friday in Madison with the therapist he had from the beginning. She is the perfect combination of tuff and caring. He is now coming to Sycamore on most weekends then back to Madison on Mondays. He is beginning the long difficult process of weening off the narcotics that he has needed for so long. He has a great attitude about it as everything else in this journey. Unfortunately Hillary had to head back to Texas today. Her company has been wonderfully understanding in giving her this leave of absence for so long. She is one amazing, strong, loving young lady and I am happy to have her as Bo’s one and only. Please keep Bo in your prayers as he continues to work hard to get home to Hillary. And I will never be able to thank you all enough for your constant love and support for my sweet boy. ❤️❤️. Kim

Journal entry by Hillary Smith

Hey everyone Bos still doing well.
- Skin grafts are healing miraculously!!
- They are no longer counting his calories anymore because he’s been eating well.

Starting today Bos been having dressing changes on his arm and donor site (leg) twice a day. One after he bathes and the second one about 12 hours later. Kim and I are learning how to do these dressing changes so that when Bo gets discharged we will be professional burn nurses ☺️☺️☺️

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers!! 💕💕💕💕

-Hillary 

Journal entry by Holly (Johnson) Hasselbring

Since his surgery for his skin grafts on Friday, Bo has had grafts and donor site covered with bandages until this morning.  When they took off his dressings they said that his grafts were healing well, better and quicker than expected. In fact, his burn surgeon and the burn nurse practitioner commented that it was the best they'd ever seen! Because they are healing so well he doesn't have to wear any splints and he has no more movement restrictions!!! They also removed his NG tube last night and are talking about removing his PICC line.  These are all huge strides in the leaving the hospital process!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!! Bo shared pictures of his graft and donor sites today.....holy cow, he is one brave and strong guy! I will spare you the pictures, but they are pretty painful looking!!!

Keep praying for healing!!! 

Journal entry by Holly (Johnson) Hasselbring

Bo's out of surgery and we are waiting to see him.  The doctor told us that everything went well and they did all of the grafts that they needed to do.  Everything went well and moving forward he just needs to heal for about a week and then he can resume all of his therapies.  They hope to have him up and walking by later this afternoon or tomorrow at the latest.  

Keep praying for healing and good pain management! :) Thank you all for the prayers and good thoughts! 

~Holly

Journal entry by Hillary Smith

Tomorrow morning Bo will have his grafting surgery. This is his last surgery and if everything goes well he will be discharged in a couple weeks (:

As far as the pins in his thumb those don’t require surgery. They will eventually just be taken out. 

Once Bo is done with surgery he won’t be able to move that right arm for about a week.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Journal entry by Holly (Johnson) Hasselbring

Sorry that we haven't been updating a whole lot.  I don't want to say that nothing's been happening because Bo has been working super hard! He is walking a TON, he is doing OT and PT to get better mobility in his right arm.  This week he started being able to feel his forearm muscles fire when he's flexing his hand! This is awesome!! 

He is scheduled to have surgery on Friday to work on his burns that need skin grafts.  The doctors are planning on doing all of his grafts in one surgery if everything goes well.  

It has been a month today since Bo's accident happened and he is a walking miracle.  It's amazing how far he's come in just one (very long) month.  I have been super proud of him for a few years now, but nothing compared to now.  He is amazing and I'm so happy that he's my brother! 

Keep praying for continued healing and for his continued will to fight through this.  Skin grafts are no joke and he is in for a rough few weeks after his surgery, but I know he can do it! 

Thank you all for your prayers!!!!

~Holly

Journal entry by Hillary Smith

Bos been working real hard to get more function and range of motion in his right arm/hand. It’s going to take a lot of OT and patience but he’s got it! You can tell he’s pushing himself every single day to do better.

As far as walking the PT people are saying he will most likely NOT need PT once he’s done at the hospital just OT. They said his balance has improved a lot as well.

as far as upcoming events they mentioned doing surgery POSSIBLY sometime next week to graft his arm. But that’s still in the works. They said the better functioning his arm/hand are going into surgery the better!! So they still keep on evaluating his progress to determine when is best. 

Bo is currently playing with his NEW Apple Watch. We have a few visitors stopping by today as well 💕💕💕 

P.S. t-shirts are in!! I will be posting about pickup time tonight on Facebook !!

Journal entry by Hillary Smith

Bo had his swallow test yesterday and passed !! He officially has no diet restrictions YAY! He was so excited to have water.
 
Yesterday we had a few people stop by and visit Bo. 
 
Visitor 1: Bo’s Doctor that was here when he was first admitted. She came in to meet Bo for the first time. She was looking to find his parents to tell them she’s glad she was ‘proven wrong’ 😇
 
Visitors 2:  A couple of Bo’s first responders from the first hospital he was taken too. They found his caring bridge website and decided to come pay a visit. They literally walked in and I just squeezed them and cried and thanked them!!

 
As far as today Bo is just hanging out and resting and doing his PT, OT and wound care

Journal entry by Holly (Johnson) Hasselbring

Hello family and friends, 

Some of you may have heard that on Saturday night, Bo had an accident involving a firework. He was severely injured and was helicoptered to University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital.  He has injury to his lungs, arm, and some burns. He is in critical condition but since last night has been able to open his eyes and respond to us when we talk to him.  It is amazing to see that our Bo Bo is still in there.  I will update this page when there are updates.  There has been some altered stories going around so we hope that this page will make it easier for people to get correct information.  

We know that tons of you are praying for Bo and we ask that you continue....he needs all the prayers he can get! 

Thank you all so much!
Much Love, 
Kim, Monty, Hillary, Holly & Dave, Broc & Tiffany and families
Bo’s Story

Site created on July 23, 2018



Hello family and friends, 

Some of you may have heard that on Saturday night, Bo had an accident involving a firework. He was severely injured and was helicoptered to University of Wisconsin Madison Hospital.  He has injury to his lungs, arm, and some burns. He is in critical condition but since last night has been able to open his eyes and respond to us when we talk to him.  It is amazing to see that our Bo Bo is still in there.  I will update this page when there are updates.  There has been some altered stories going around so we hope that this page will make it easier for people to get correct information.  

We know that tons of you are praying for Bo and we ask that you continue....he needs all the prayers he can get! 

Thank you all so much!
Much Love, 
Kim, Monty, Hillary, Holly & Dave, Broc & Tiffany and families

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