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November
15
2018

November 14th

Hi everyone, 

It has been a crazy past few days. Yesterday, November 13th Zach was released from the hospital! He spent a total of 17 days in the hospital. Although that seems like a long time, for having a traumatic brain injury Zach's stay in the hospital was fairly short. We were thrilled that the doctors and therapists said it would be safe for him to come home. Zach has been able to get much better rest at home. He has been resting and healing his brain. Today he went up to Hill-Murray with my parents to retrieve some items from his locker. While doing so there happened to be a pep-fest going on. Zach was able to say hi to all the students and thank them for their support. Although he is not back in school yet, the students seemed thrilled to see him! Zach will continue to have various appointments and outpatient therapy sessions until he is strong enough to slowly return to school. 

Zach is living proof that love, prayers and medicine works. He is a walking miracle and we cant thank God and all the other supporters for everything they have done. 

#ZZStrong72

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November
12
2018

November 12th

Zach has been doing so well! He is fully awake and aware of what is going on. He has been doing great at physical, occupational and speech therapy. Zach is able to walk and is just getting his strength and stamina back. He is back on a regular diet and is able to eat whatever he desires. Zach is getting a bit antsy to get out of the hospital but we have to reassure him to be patient. As of now we aren’t sure when he will be released. He still has to take and pass a few tests which will determine his cognitive abilities. There have been lots of visitors and he has loved their company. This has been a miracle recovery and we are all in awe of Zach’s strength during this time! Each and every day seeing his improvements amazes me. 

Zach asked me to thank everyone for their prayers and the donations. He also wanted to say the support has been amazing and is helping him get through this! 

November
10
2018

November 9th

Zach has made great progress in the past two days. Yesturday he was walking! How exciting is that? He looked great and even had a smile on his face while doing so. Today they have moved Zach out of the ICU and into a new room on a new floor. He continues to impress all of us with his determination. Sister Linda visited yesturday and asked Zach what he wanted to tell the students back at Hill-Murray, he said “Tell them I love them”. Zach, my family and I are so thankful for everyone and their well wishes. God is so good. 

November
8
2018

November 7th

Today was a great day. Zach was much more coherent and asking questions about what is going on. We read him a few cards that he has gotten and the newspaper article regarding the mass held at Hill-Murray. He was fascinated by the support he has gotten from a tremendous amount of people throughout this tough time. He enjoyed seeing a few visitors today, such as some family members and Father Kevin. It is SO amazing to hear Zach talk and see his smile again. My Dad said every time that he went into Zach's room, Zach would look at back at my Dad and smile. Hearing this melts my heart. 

When physical therapy came by, Zach was able to stand up with assistance and move to a chair in his room. He felt a little light headed when doing this task. This is normal because of the lack of activity he has had in the past week. Zach was able to eat again today. Even though it's a small amount of food, it still is great for his body to get back into a normal routine. Each day he is getting stronger and this is such an incredible thing to watch. He is such a fighter! As mentioned yesterday we still are only scratching the surface of his recovery. He still has a long road ahead of him, but he is pointed in the right direction! 

We are so thankful for everyones thoughts and prayers. We also would like to mention how amazing the staff have been at Regions hospital. The care they have been providing Zach with has been outstanding! 

November
7
2018

November 6th

Today Zach had another positive step forward in his recovery, he was able to mutter some words to us and the doctors. Today he was much more awake than we have seen. They were able to give him a few bites of food and some water. Zach will remain on oxygen throughout the day and night to make sure he is getting enough oxygen to his brain. Zach remains in a fragile state of recovery and is still very confused about what is going on and his accident. The doctors said that we have only scratched the surface with starting his recovery. Baby steps are important. We are grateful for each day he can tackle a new task. 

November
6
2018

November 5th

Today was a positive step forward for Zach. They weened him from the breathing tubes and successfully removed them. They moved him to a bipap mask and he has been able to breath with the mask all day. However, he will stay in the ICU until he is ready for further action. The doctors and nurses are being very cautious with Zach as he is in this fragile state. Zach is a fighter and we can see his physical and emotional strengths shining through. He was able to start talking a little today. They are trying to find a balance with medication for him to be comfortable and without pain while staying alert and not too sedated. He seemed fairly agitated this evening, so they are going to try and keep him comfortable for the night. Please continue to pray for my little brother. My family and I can't say it enough how thankful we are for the enormous amounts of support. God bless. 

November
4
2018

November 4th

Hi everyone, 

I am doing my best to update this site but there often aren't that many updates. Like I said a few days ago, no news is good news! Zach remains in stable conditions. He is still on pain medication which makes him pretty sleepy, but he is able to wake up and look around for short periods of time. The past two days they have been seeing if he can breath on his own. The breathing tubes are still in, but he has been breathing through the tubes with no assistance. Yesterday he was breathing on his own for 8 hours. This process allows his lungs to get stronger and gives him a better chance to have a successful extubation (removal of breathing tubes). While being in the hospital we found out that Zach has sleep apnea. For those of you don't know, sleep apnea is a medical condition that disrupts your breathing when you are sleeping. This is causing issues with the extubation process, because those with sleep apnea often don't get enough oxygen into their body. The doctors will work through these barriers. The goal today is for him to move into a chair. Tomorrow they hope to succesfully extubate him. 

The support has been wonderful. Sister Linda (the football teams spiritual mentor) came down to pray with my family and I today which always brings hope. Coach Bercich has been extremely supportive as well as other family and friends. As of now, we are trying to keep visitors out of Zach's room. We appreciate all your prayers and thoughts. 

God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to your life. Romans 8:28

November
2
2018

November 2nd

Zach is still on the ventilator. Doctors are being very cautious when reconsidering to remove the breathing tube. His pneumonia is clearing up which is great news. But, they will give him a few more days to rest his brain for the best chance for doctors to successfully remove the breathing tube without breathing issues. We just have to take it one day at a time. 

We are so touched by the overwhelming generosity and kindness of so many who have helped our family over the last week as we pray for Zach’s healing.  Please accept our deepest gratitude for your effort, no matter how small, in helping Zach get well.  Your assistance helps us in so many ways that you don’t even know.  Thank you to the Wright family for creating the gofundme page for Zach.  The response has been incredible, and we are so grateful.  A benefit account also has been set up at Premier Banks, and our family will receive 100% of the funds delivered directly to Premier Banks.  If you are considering this option, checks should be made payable to Dan or Tracy Zarembinski, and mailed or delivered to:

Premier Banks
Attn: Zarembinski Family Benefit Fund
2866 White Bear Ave.Maplewood, MN  55109

 

 Thanks again for holding us in your thoughts and prayers.  We feel them, and we know they are working.