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Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George is continuing to improve, but he is not out of the woods.  He is opening his eyes and he recognizes his family, but he is unable to communicate.  He has had surgery to repair his badly broken left leg and to close his abdomen after exploratory surgery.  This week, he will undergo another surgery to repair his broken left arm.  He is being weaned off of some of the medications, and he has been stepping down the support on the ventilator.  He is receiving excellent care here at Christiana, and we hope to keep seeing improvement each day.  
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Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George made a lot of progress this weekend!  While he is still on a ventilator, the amount of breathing support he is receiving is decreasing, and George is spending more time breathing on his own with minimal support.  The heaviest pain medication has been stopped, and George is receiving pain medication only as needed. He was able to be put into a chair to sit up for a couple of hours.   The most encouraging news is that George is spending a lot more time awake!  His eyes are open and he is able to follow verbal commands.  He can nod 'yes'or shake his head 'no' in response to questions.  I just have to remember not to ask open ended or multi-part questions.  I'm pretty sure George would roll his eyes at me if he could when I ask those kinds of questions.  George will undergo surgery to repair his broken left arm some time this week, and he will begin some simple PT/OT.  
So, this weekend brought progress in his healing.  There is still a long road ahead,  though.  Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.  Please keep them coming.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

Today marks one week since George's accident.  Well, at 9:15 tonight it will be one week.  In the past week George has undergone three surgeries.  He had exploratory surgery to rule out internal bleeding (there was none), surgery to repair his badly broken left leg, and surgery to repair his broken left arm. He has A LOT of metal in his body now.  Airport security is going to be a challenge.  Today, he was removed from the ventilator.  He is breathing well, but the next 24-36 hours will be crucial in determining whether he can remain off of the vent.  George is still not speaking much, but it wasn't expected that he would speak as soon as the vent was removed; he probably has a very sore throat. 
While George continues to make progress, I am constantly reminded that this process will take a lot of time and will include setbacks as well as triumphs.  He is not just going to snap out of it and return home as much as I wish that were so.   I appreciate all of the prayers and wishes for recovery and healing.  Please keep them coming.  
We will celebrate a couple of  special milestones coming up as Tara moves into her dorm at the University of Delaware on Saturday and Connor starts high school on Monday!  Please include prayers for a smooth transition to college for Tara and to high school for Connor in your prayers for our family.  
Thank you all for your continued support.

Journal entry by Linda McKay

First and foremost, George is doing better every day.  He's been talking a lot today and he's been moved out of the ICU to step down care.  He still has a long road ahead but he really appreciates all your thoughts and prayers.  Everyone has been so incredibly nice and thoughtful.  We really can't thank you enough for everything you've done so far, but we've been getting lots of requests from people who want to help, so there's way to set up a schedule on this site for people to bring meals if they're so inclined.  We set up the calendar if you'd like to do that.  It's just for 2 of us so we don't need something every night, but every 2nd or 3rd night would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks again for all your support.

On another positive note, Tara moved into her dorm at University of Delaware today!  Go Blue Hens!!  Special shout out to Damian and Carolyn for their help moving Tara in today.

George sends tremendous thanks for all your support!  Shout out to Paul and Carol for the Carson Wentz bear, Wentzski, who will be keeping him company while he recovers. 😊 

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

A lot of things have changed since the last entry.  George continues to receive step down care in the regular hospital, not the ICU.  Life in a hospital is hard, and, like every patient, George has been struggling to remain positive in an environment that makes it hard to sleep.His doctors are trying hard to find ways to make him comfortable so he can rest. On a positive note, he has been cleared to start eating a soft diet, and he has done so well that they were able to remove his feeding tube today!  Granted, he isn't exactly munching on Nachos and tossing back a couple of cold ones, but it is progress and another step toward rehab, which is the next goal.  Hopefully, within the next few days, George will be able to enter a rehabilitation hospital (Bryn Mawr) to continue his recovery.  He has a long way to go to regain his mobility, but he has come so far from where he was on the 15th when the outcome of the accident was so precarious.  George is able to talk pretty well now, and he asked that I thank everyone for all of the prayers and for the way people have jumped at the chance to help our family.  He is very grateful.  
I ask that you continue to pray and send George positive thoughts as he begins this journey to regain what he lost in the accident.   This is going to be a difficult fight for George, and the more support he has the better.  

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

Quite a bit has happened in the past few days.  On Friday, we got word that George would be moving to Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Pennsylvania.  The transport ambulance was a couple of hours late, so George did not arrive there until almost 9:00 PM Friday night.  On Saturday, he was evaluated for the therapy he will be receiving. He rested today, but therapy begins in earnest tomorrow.  George will have three full hours of therapy daily (except weekends).  So far, we are very impressed with Bryn Mawr.  The facility is beautiful and the staff are caring and attentive.  The whole vibe there is very positive.  
Since George will be occupied with therapy during the day, I will be heading back to work tomorrow!  I am looking forward to meeting my classes and getting into the swing of the school year.  It will be so good to see everyone at school.
Please pray that George does well with his therapy so he can regain his mobility and independence.  It's going to be tough, so please pray for endurance and strength.  As always, thank you so much for all of the kindness and support you have given us; it has made this difficult time bearable.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

Today was not the best day.  It started at 2 AM when the doctor from Bryn Mawr called me to let me know that George had a fever and that they were going  to transfer him to Paoli Hospital to treat him for an infection.  He was admitted early in the morning and they did cultures to identify the source of the infection, then treated him with IV antibiotics.  Fortunately, his fever has come down and he is resting comfortably.  We continue to wait for the test results (apparently they take a while).  
So, I'm continuing my (reluctant) tour of Delaware Valley medical facilities, and, so far, Paoli gets good marks.  His room is spacious and clean, there's a recliner(!) and a bed for guests (!!!), and the nurses are taking very good care of George.  They are wonderful - professional and very kind.
I have to take off a couple of points for my vending machine experience, though.  I tried to get a Diet Sprite
(caffeine free), but instead received two Mountain Dews (mega caffeine), and my dinner pretzels were a tad stale.  Aside from this little snafu, all has been well, though I will be grateful to put an end to the hospital circuit.  
So, if you could all add prayers that George is able to quickly kick this infection I would be grateful.  I can not say enough about how wonderful everyone has been during this tough time and how much we appreciate the prayers and good wishes.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George is still in Paoli Hospital being treated for a staph infection.  The good news is that he definitely does not have MRSA.  This allows the doctors to fine tune the antibiotics George is receiving to better fight the staph infection. While he is still a little tired, George is feeling much better.  The bad news is that the infection probably originated in his leg.  Because of that, he will have to be on IV antibiotics for at least a few weeks.  We will have to follow up with the surgeons from Christiana to determine what further course of action will be necessary. Hopefully, he will return to Bryn Mawr Rehab in a couple of days to resume his recovery.  George thanks everyone for their prayers and good wishes and ask that you keep remembering him in your prayers as he works to get better.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George had to have another surgery today to remove infected tissue from his leg.  The doctor said he was able to remove quite a bit of infection, so it was a good thing he did the surgery.  George will probably be on IV antibiotics for the next couple of months.  Hopefully, he will not need a follow-up surgery, but that remains to be seen.  
He is really missing home and the life he had prior to the accident. He doesn't even remember going out for a ride that night.  He just woke up with his life profoundly altered.   He has already endured so much, and the road back to mobility is long. Please pray that he is able to sustain his will to recover throughout the coming weeks and months.
As soon as he is back at Bryn Mawr Rehab I will post his mailing address.  I'm sure he would love to get some messages from everyone, and he isn't able to be on electronics yet.  It would be great for him to get some personal notes and cards. 
As always, thank you so much for everything: the prayers, well-wishes, meals, encouragement,gift cards,  rides for Connor etc.  I will never be able to express how much we appreciate everything.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George is now back at Christiana Hospital.  He is being treated by the orthopedists who did the original surgery on his left leg.  As of right now, the plan is for George to have an additional surgery to remove the hardware from his leg and replace it with new rods and screws that leach antibiotics.  Apparently, it's very difficult to control infection around the regular rods used in surgical procedures, so replacing them with the antibiotic rods will hopefully allow them to eliminate the infection.  He will still also be on IV antibiotics for a while.  
We don't have a definitive time for the surgery yet, but it should be today or tomorrow (more likely it will be tomorrow - Saturday).  The orthopedist describes what is going on as a "speed bump" in his recovery.  We hope that before too long, George will be able to head back to Bryn Mawr to continue his rehabilitation.  
Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery.

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

One year ago today our family was having a normal end-of-summer day.  George went to work, Connor started high school soccer tryouts, and Tara and I headed into school to decorate my classroom for the upcoming school year.  It was a completely normal day, until it suddenly wasn't.  The weather cooled off a little in the evening, so George decided to take a short motorcycle ride.  At a little after nine, our home phone rang.  I looked at the caller ID, expecting to see an unknown number or a spam call, but instead I saw that the call was from Christiana Hospital.  When I answered, a man with a quiet voice and a soft accent told me that George had been in an accident.  All he could tell me was that George had been responsive at the scene of the accident, and that I should come quickly to the hospital.  And so began the most difficult year we have faced as a family.

One year later, we are still adjusting to our new normal.  George has made incredible progress.  He is walking pretty well, and is hoping to get back to work very soon. He continues with physical and occupational therapy to try to make progress with the lingering effects of his injuries.   It will still be some time before we know how much function he will regain in his left arm, but he is seeing small but encouraging indications that his arm is experiencing some activation in the damaged areas.  We have high hopes that he will continue to make gains in his recovery.

There is no adequate way for us to thank all of the people who helped us to navigate this year.  My children demonstrated maturity beyond their years as they helped us cope as a family and stepped up to take on new roles and responsibilities.  Family members and close friends provided us invaluable support as they kept vigil with us in the hospital and continued to call and visit as days stretched into months.  Newark Charter's soccer family stepped up to provide us support that helped me to make sure we could eat and shop for our needs despite long days in the hospital, and they always made sure Connor had rides and was taken care of when I could not be there.  My Newark Charter colleagues stepped up to make sure my classes were taken care of ( special shout-out to Dan for honoring the pact), and they supported me every step of the way last year.   George's work family at Edgecraft showed incredible support and concern for George and our whole family.  Friends helped us with everything from hemming pants for Connor so he was ready to start high school, to mowing our lawn when I couldn't even think about how to make that happen, to moving Tara into her dorm as she started her Freshman year of college.  Facebook messages from old friends, texts of encouragement, phone calls,  meals dropped off when I had no time to cook, etc. all helped us to survive this year. 

Perhaps most of all, the prayers and well wishes from so many people helped us know that we were loved and that we had many people asking God to watch over us.  

We will never be able to say thank you enough times to convey our gratitude.  We have been humbled by the outpouring of support. 

One year ago today, I did not know whether George would live. While he  is still making progress in his recovery, it is amazing to see the gains he has made and the strength he has gained. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.
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Site created on August 18, 2018


George was out for a motorcycle ride on the night of Wednesday, August 15th, when he was hit by a Chevy Silverado truck at the intersection of Route 273 and Appleby road. He was wearing his helmet and Kevlar jacket, but the driver of the truck did not see him and hit him at full speed on his left side. A nearby officer was at the scene quickly and an ambulance followed soon after. He suffered significant injuries and underwent treatment at Christiana Care Hospital. He underwent rehab at  Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.  He returned home, and had another surgery on his leg in December.  He is awaiting several more surgeries on his arm .  



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