Jim’s Story

Site created on March 12, 2019

Hello family and friends,

We are creating a Caring Bridge for Jim to keep everyone informed on his condition.  We will use this page to post all of the details we would like to share about his progression.  On Monday morning he was taken to the hospital due to a head trauma.  He underwent surgery to address internal bleeding as a result of the injury.  He is currently in the ICU, sedated and being monitored closely.  Our family appreciates all the kind words and thoughts being sent our way, but we would like to ask that you share those here.  This is a touch and go journey so please bear with us (Go Bears) as we get updates out intermittently.  We are taking this day by day.  We are so grateful to have such a strong support system.  Thank you for helping us through this challenging time.   

The Bartness Family

Newest Update

Journal entry by Karin Bartness

Good morning and sorry for the delay in updating this site.  We have had a busy week.  Jim has been working hard during his many therapy sessions each day and his progress is amazing.
On Saturday my fabulous friends put on a benefit for Jim and our family...  Wow, what a great turnout and well organized event.  I can't say "Thank you" enough to everyone that was involved in planning it and everyone that attended. Seriously!  Thank You!  There was great food, fun games, and unbelievable item to win.  My entire family truly appreciates the support you all have given us during Jim's recovery.  
We were thrilled to have him come home on a day pass for Easter Sunday.  It was a quiet day, but we got to sit outside with Jim and enjoy the beautiful weather.  

Yesterday was another filled day of therapies and doctors.  It was decided that he was able to continue his recovery from home starting yesterday!  Meaning-  he will be at home with 24/7 supervision and going to the NeuroScience Center for outpatient therapies.  He will continue to attend therapies regularly, but will be able to sleep in his own bed and sit on his own furniture!

He is not ready to see many people at this time.  We are encouraging his to allow 1 or 2 visitors every few days, but he has to be comfortable with it also.  We will keep you posted.

With love-
The B-Team

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