Journal entry by Theresa Jensen

Sorry it's been a while since the last update. George is still at Bryn Mawr, and he is making good progress although he wishes it were moving faster.  He has graduated to a regular wheelchair, and he can move it himself.  George is continuing to work on regaining strength and mobility.  He has lost a lot of weight and muscle mass.  

George continues to struggle with his left arm and leg.  He has some nerve problems in his arm, possibly due to his spinal cord injury.  He can move his shoulder, hand and tricep, but his bicep is not getting any signal that will allow it to move.  We are hoping this is a problem that will resolve with time, but for right now it is very frustrating.  George continues to work on regaining movement in PT.

We found out this week that the pain and lack of range of motion in his left knee was due to ossification (bone growing where it shouldn't be) in his knee.  This is bad news for a number of reasons.  First, he can't straighten the joint all the way. Next, he can't keep his knee rigid enough to bear weight. This makes walking very difficult.  Finally, this also means that George will have to have another surgery within the next few months.  His orthopedic surgeon wants to wait until he heals more before he can have the surgery, so we don't know exactly when that will happen.

On the whole, things continue to get better, though.  George managed to get a good shave and a haircut, which makes him feel much more like himself.  He can use his phone and tablet to take and make calls, text, and email, which helps him to be more connected.  While Bryn Mawr keeps him pretty busy during the day, it can get boring in the hospital, so being in touch has helped to combat that.  George has his ups and downs emotionally, which is expected, but hearing from friends and family definitely helps.

Thank you so much to those who have sent cards and packages to George.  He really appreciates them, and he says thank you.  If you want to send anything, here is the address:

George Jensen
117 Spruce
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
414 Paoli Pike
Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355

As always, thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to help George, Tara, Connor and me.  Whether you have offered a meal, a ride, a gift card, a kind word, or prayers, we appreciate it. This has been, without a doubt, the most difficult thing we have ever faced as a family on so many levels.  All of our lives changed in an instant, and it has been a tough adjustment, but all of the people who have offered us support and love are helping us get through it. 

We had a really nice visit with George the other day.  We brought in Chinese food, and we got to eat together and spend time as a family.  We needed that.  Here are a couple of pictures from the day.  Note that George is feeling good enough to be goofy ;)
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