Today began a new chapter in Jo's recovery, a very exciting time for Jo and everyone witnessing his miracle. Today he was admitted to Seattle Children's Rehab unit! Just a month ago Jo wasn't ready for the intensive therapy of inpatient recovery, and just like he's done time and time again, Jo has beat the odds and is ready to accelerate his healing!
Right away all the therapists and doctors were impressed by Jo's abilities after reading his medical file. Off course his smile captured their hearts instantly and although he was obviously nervous about heading back into the hospital I think he knows this time is different. It was so exciting to hear his care team talk about goals, what is ahead, and how WE would get there together. In just a few moments of time it was obvious that the unit functions as one team, with one goal, bring Jo back. Let him show us what he is capable of. Push him, test him, question every treatment, make sure it is appropriate, make sure it is best for Jo, if it isn't change it! It has been a long time since any care team has made us feel so validated in Jo's recovery and we couldn't be happier. It wont be easy, but we have faith.
Jo's days are now filled with intense physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, neurological reviews, and constant progress updates. The intent is to maximize every hour of everyday to reconnect damaged pathways in Jo's brain, and watch miracles happen. It is hard to think of a time we have been filled with more hope.
Off course this time will put some stresses back on our family as we navigate being there for Jo and caring for Jimmy and his special needs. We are guessing 2 round trips a days at a minimum 100 miles a day. Far too many take out meals and way too much money spent on gas. One unique element to his rehab plan is the involvement of family and friends. Many times we can help motivate Jo, encourage him to push harder, lighten the intensity, and generally make him feel more at ease as he puts in hard work everyday. Thanks to generous donations from so many of you all of our vehicles are ready for this, now it's just the day to day cost of living, driving, and soon to come medical bills that lie ahead! Thank You!
To put it bluntly the commute will be brutal. At best it's a 45 minute drive, poorly timed it can take 90 minutes. It's all a small price to pay for this amazing care but it will be challenging. We can't thank our friends and family for the support they showed us as Jo initially fought for his life, so many sacrificed so much on our behalf. The next chapter begins and each of you have made it possible.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Jo is so strong! He is continues to be a testament to God's love and amazing healing powers. Jo can have visitors while at Children's and loves seeing his friends, please let us know if you liked to come see the miracle in person!
Thanks so much for the love, sacrifice, and generosity you have given to our family so freely, we are so blessed. Jo is making his way back to all of us, we just need faith and patience.
Jojobinks you are more and more amazing everyday. Your resolve and strength leaves us speechless at times. Your smile still lights up a room, and nothing, absolutely nothing, compares to how it makes us feel to see it. You are resting and healing with God by your side, he's made you perfect in every way, and you are a testament to what love and faith in God can bring. Do not be scared, we are here with you, you're in great hands, rest peacefully and heal but work hard! Show us your amazing strength! We love you to the moon and back sweet angel, YOU'VE GOT THIS!!!