We start this story with tremendous gratitude for the outpouring of love we not only are hearing but feeling. We want to thank everyone for taking time to not only read this post and all those to come and when doing so continuing to keep Jim and our family in your thoughts and prayers.
On Sunday, November 11th our family was given a challenge to overcome together with your help. While in Maui Jim went into the ocean to rinse the sand off of himself before leaving for the day. Jake and Roger were out with him in the water and realized very soon Jim was unresponsive in the water, and was able to bring him back to shore safely. After Jakes expertise and knowledge along with the local medical teams were able to airlift him to Honolulu. He was able to undergo surgery on Monday, November 12th to address his C5-C6 spinal fracture. As of today Tuesday, November 13th, Jim is responding to verbal commands but does not have any feeling in his lower extremities. Our family will continue to be by his side, preparing for the long road to recovery ahead.
We ask from you to respect our families privacy during this difficult time. Updates will be provided through this website. Our family is currently in Hawaii for Andrea’s wedding and Blake and Andrea have decided to postpone their wedding until Jim can be a part of their special day.
Thank you in advance for all of your belief through thoughts and prayers that will lead Jim and our family to a full recovery!
As the journey continues because as a family we were set on this journey together for a reason and we are about to hit another big step in this journey. On Friday we will be flying home and for my mom and dad, they have not been home since November 9th. Every step is fun and exciting but also brings new emotion. I find myself asking will this ever become easier and the answer is yes it will but every step is going to be challenging and bring new challenges also. We have to remember that challenging means progress, we know these steps are all towards the vision and very exciting. We are definitely ready to be home and start our new journey on the road to recovery at home.
As we start our new adventure at home we don't know what it will look like but we are clear we will all still be fighting this process as a family. Outpatient at Craig was very beneficial and definitely pushed him to try new things, try challenging things and build new strengths. The apartment is packed and the house is ready for us to come home.
Pretty short update today, the biggest thing I wanted to update everyone on is our new journey will begin on Friday!! Thank you everyone again for the support and reaching out to help us all through this process.
"When you can't control what is happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening, that's where your power is."