Sam’s Story

Site created on December 28, 2018

UPDATE ON SAM & JILL CASEY:

As most of you know on December 22, 2019 my Dad, Samuel B. Casey (aka Bubs), was struck by a motor vehicle from behind while riding his road bike on the country roads of Waxhaw, NC.  It has been nearly 9 months since his comeback began. In this accident Bubs sustained a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury & 4 broken ribs.
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For those of you just joining us, here is the basic timeline of the last 9 months:

- December 22, 2018: Accident (Sustains Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & 4 broken ribs) 

- December 22, 2018: Airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte (Put on ventilator, bolt placed in skull to monitor brain swelling)

- December 22, 2018 - January 7, 2019: Critical Care Intensive Care Unit (ICU) - CMC Main (Receives trachea tube, and PEG feed tube.  Bolt monitor removed from skull)

- December 29: Bubs opens his eyes, but remains in coma-like state

- January 7 - January 17: Step-down ICU at CMC Main

- January 14 - Trach removed.  Bubs breathing 100% on his own

- January 17 - February 21: Inpatient Carolina Rehab

- January 18 - Bubs begins to emerge from coma-like state and says his first words "WHAT?!!!!"

- February 11 - March 21: White Oak of Waxhaw Long Term Care, NC

- March 22: Bubs comes home to Monroe, NC

- March 30: PEG feeding tube removed

- June 10-14: Craig Hospital TBI Outpatient Evaluation - Englewood, CO

-June 14: Accepted into world-renowned Craig Hospital TBI Outpatient Program

-June 29-July 6: Linhart Family Reunion - Topsail, NC

- July 11 - Present: Craig Hospital TBI Outpatient Program

- August 17: Team Samaritan House BBQ 

- September 14: Pedal4Possible - Bike Ride to support Craig Hospital &/or Sam & Jill Casey's GoFundMe:

Register & Donate for TEAM BUBS BRIGADE (http://support.craighospital.org/site/TR/BikeRide/General?fr_id=1120&pg=entry

-TBD end of Sept/early Oct: Sam & Jill (aka GJ & Bubs) head home to Monroe, NC
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What a journey this has been so far.  It would have been infinitely harder without all your love, care, support and prayers.

Our community has held us up when we were down, fed us, prayed over us, donated time, talent and treasure.  You have seen us at our best and worst. As the people of Hope we must pedal forward. We must believe in what is possible.

Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a long, winding journey with no road map. 

Perspective: Sam IS A WALKING, TALKING MIRACLE.  Based on the 4 types of TBI he sustained in this accident, he should be dead or otherwise.  

But that was not HIStory for our Bubs. 

Many of you have commented how good Sam looks in videos and photos.   He does look good continues to improve physically. Severe TBI is deceptive.  Although, many physical strides have been made, we, many days, loose ground that we thought we had gained back.  The mental road back is a much harder and longer journey. 

Sam will never fully be the same.  What lies beneath in the darkness of the brain is really something that medical science is limited to fully understand.

Sam has made many miraculous steps forward, but also has many miles and days of backward, halting or restarting progress.  These darker, cloudy days/seasons find us in a difficult place with little knowledge of the way forward to the "new normal." 

We DO have a compass that points us to True North, deep Hope in the dark when we see no way through, and Belief that as Isaiah 43:18-19 is true: 

"Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing something new!
Now it springs up; Will you see it?
I am making Roadways in the wilderness
and Streams in the desert."

For those of you that know Our Bubs, he is an incredibly generous and inspirational person.   An amazing father, husband and grandfather. He has helped champion and care for so many people in need throughout his life.  More recently, he found a love for cycling as a way to connect with others riding for numerous charitable causes such as Project 658,  the Charlotte Eagles and completing Ride the Rockies for several years in a row, raising money for Team Samaritan House to help the homeless in Denver, CO.   We are asking for your help as my dad fights for his own life and recovery.      

Please pray for Sam and if you can support in anyway please donate here. https://www.gofundme.com/f/56628-help-sam-amp-jill-casey   
And feel free to share this page however and with whomever you feel would like to support or follow his situation.     We will do our best to keep you updated on his condition. On behalf of our entire family, thank you for prayers and generosity during this difficult time.

Due to the volume of people who are inquiring about my dads condition, we want to use this site as a place to provide updates and needs. Please pray for my dad and if you can support in anyway please donate here.   And feel free to share this page however and with whomever you feel would like to support or follow his situation.     We will do our best to keep you updated on his condition.  On behalf of our entire family thank you for prayers and generosity during this difficult time.  

Newest Update

Journal entry by Sam Casey

Since my last post to you, it has been a little over one month in our new home!  You read that right!  I realized not long after Sam’s accident that I needed to learn the best way to care well for Sam. So with the LORD’s prompting, strength, and help when January 2020 arrived, I began the reduction of our earthly goods.  I prayed, and He provided….every step of the way!  What an abundance of Blessings arrived through all of you! THE LORD BE PRAISED!!!  We thank JESUS for you!!! 


I would love to name each one of you 
that helped us get out of one house and into another, but would grieve if I overlooked any one.  GOD sold our home “The Enchanted Forest” within 7 days, and HE led us to put an offer on our present home on the same day.  We moved to a perfect next place that GOD made available for us just 2 miles from our sons’s family—a 55+ independent community of homes of wonderful people!  We call our home “The Cozy Cottage”.  

 

GOD’s timing is PERFECT!!!  Did we know what was coming?!!!  GOD is the Blessed Controller of ALL things and what He has taught me only could have occurred through this 16 month trial of learning to trust the LORD with everything.  

 

So where is Sam now?  We know that GOD can heal Sam completely at any time.  For now we are working with our new normal as we seek Him daily. Exercise mentally and physically daily is so important.  Sam is unable to be alone due to instability and uncertainty when standing.  

He walks
 a slow pace with a walking stick and his stride is inconsistent.  Sam’s long term memory is doing fairly well.  He has begun to rememberthings that have happened a week ago.  He exercises cognitively through brain games on the internet and continues to love reading.  We await to see if Sam can drive at a future time.   We’ve been thinking through places that Sam may be able to volunteer with the help of a friend once the lockdown has lifted.  


Sam loves good
, stimulating and cheerful conversation both by phone (call my cell) and in person (as soon as the virus has lifted). It’s surprising to hear him chime in when a legal discussion is taking place. Thanks be to GOD that Sam awakens each day excited to have a very long devotion time---really the first time we’ve done this together in our marriage! One verse that jumped out to us through a very reflective Lenten season together is:  

“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible.  This is why it is said:  ‘Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  Ephesians 5:13-21

 

And, for me, Jill, I’ve been trying to live at PEACE daily as Paul so humbly writes:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-23

If I’ve learned anything over and over and over this past 16 months is that in Christ when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10

 

We THANK YOU THE LORD for the immeasurable love from each of you!  Praise Him for the donations, the sacrifice and the care that you have given to us this past 16 months!  I have learned that it is His joy to shepherd us and be our constant provider, and we are totally dependent on Him for everything.  We seek His face and are sitting like two birds in the wilderness awaiting our time to fly.  With the wonderful help from all of you dear friends no further funding is needed.  What a PRAISE!  We received mercy and found grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16)!   THANK YOU, LORD!!!

I don’t know when I will post next, but we know the LORD has placed you so often in our hearts and pray for you.  Thank you for praying for usthrough every inch of Sam’s long recovery!

Shout for joy to the LORD all the earth.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100: 1, 5

 

He has Risen indeed!  HALLELUJAH!!!

 

Jill 

Attached are a few pictures of our family visiting—

-Kelly & Jack coming to unpack after flying all-night

-“Distancing Park”--our driveway

-Easter in our garage!  Our little tomb with the stone rolled away (garage door open)! 

-Sam on a stroll

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