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Journal entry by Tara Jensen

George finally made it back to Bryn Mawr last night, and he's been greeted by some wonderful staff members who remembered him from last time. George is glad to be back in a familiar setting on the road to recovery. He's looking forward to starting therapy and regaining some ability he lost in the accident. 

As the leaves are starting to change, we hope to spend some time with George outside on Bryn Mawr's beautiful campus, and we even hope to bring our dog Rider up for a visit soon (George has been missing him a lot)! 

Please keep up your prayers as he begins the tough road to recovery, and enjoy this photo of Connor and George putting up some thumbs and throwing peace signs :)

Journal entry by Tara Jensen

George got through surgery well yesterday, so the external fixative has now been replaced with an antibacterial rod in his leg. Due to the post-op pain, a temporary nerve block was put in just to help control the pain for the time being.

Today, George has been in good spirits, although he’s still dealing with aching pain from the surgery. He had a physical therapy session, for which he received good marks from the doctor. He was off of bed rest and sitting in a chair for the first time in a while. Looking forward, we’re waiting to see when he’ll be able to return to Bryn Mawr rehab.

 Just a reminder that the comments are a great place for you to ask questions and for us to answer you in a way where others wondering the same things can also get some answers! We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support and prayers as the journey continues - keep ‘em up!

Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

Here we go again!  George is having surgery again today to replace the rods and pins in his leg.  Hopefully, this will allow his leg to finally heal and will make it possible to return to Bryn Mawr soon.  George is really anxious to get back to rehab and get back on his feet.  
He is already making good progress!  I am watching him hold a phone and talk with a friend right now.  This is an  amazing improvement - he couldn't do that a week ago.  We are really excited to get him started back on the road to recovery.  This staph infection has been an annoying "speed bump", as his orthopedist calls it.  
George says thank you for all of the prayers and good wishes.  He really misses his work friends and says hello.  Hopefully, once he's back at rehab, he will be able to be in touch more.  I'll make sure I post an address where he can be reached as soon as he gets back to Bryn Mawr.
Thank so much for all of the prayers, visits, meals, rides for Connor etc.  We really appreciate all the help and love.

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Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

George had surgery last Saturday to remove the rods and screws in his leg and clean out his wound.  The surgeon decided not to replace the hardware in his leg right away.  Instead, he used antibiotic beads in the wound to help kill the infection, and he is receiving IV antibiotics as well.  The doctor used an external fixator to stabilize his leg (which hurts a lot).  
The plan is to reevaluate in ten to fourteen days to see if the infection has cleared enough to then insert the new antibiotic-coated rods. If so, hopefully, after the surgery, George can return to Bryn Mawr.   If not, it will be another two weeks of evaluation before the surgery.
As of right now, we are just sort of in limbo, waiting to get the leg issue cleared up.  George will receive some rehabilitation while at Christiana, but it can't compare to what he was doing at Bryn Mawr.
Please pray that he can get back there soon!

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.  
George’s Story

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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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