skull surgery underway
Jo is currently in the operating room having his skull re-attached with 2 metal plates. The procedure takes 1-2 hours, which seems like an eternity to us. Believe it or not the procedure is so uncomplicated that it could be viewed as "out-patient elective surgery" although it is rarely done that way because patients are normally already in the hospital. Simply amazing.
Jo's blood pressure/ heart rate issues were found to be normal after a gammit of tests. In short his body doesn't need a high heart rate to give his body what it needs. While we will always monitor it closely it would be considered part of Jo's normal range. He has been resting very peacefully for several days and never once appeared to be in distress so it makes sense that nothing was wrong. While it was happening and we were staring at a screen with his docs it was very scary. We are very happy that nothing was problematic was found, it amounts to Jo being a very, very, very deep sleeper. Something mom and I haven't had in quite awhile, ironic.
Jo's stitches will be in at least a week, and mom and dad will continue their home care training. Thank you all for the prayers and positive vibes for Jo. We all need your strength to make it through, and we can't thank you enough.
Fair warning mom and dad are pretty much bear huggers at this stage. We have hugged waiters, nurses, doctors, barbers, volunteers, teachers, cops, and off course many many friends and family. We hold a little too long, squeeze a little too hard, but we just can't help ourselves we love you all. Since day one nothing has felt as comforting as a good long hug, usually mixed with tears. In the digital world we live in, you sometimes forget just how powerful a good hug can be, until you need one. So grab a loved one and squeeze them extra hard for us, especially your beautiful kids. Give them a hug from Jo and the Witzmans, and hang on a little longer than normal. Jo always tried to squirm away from dad's hugs, and hugged mom so hard it was scary. When I did catch him I still remember what an amazing feeling it was, we will feel it again someday soon. I can't think of a more noble cause than asking each of you to hug someone you love! Go get em'!
Jojobinks your journey continues and this is the last big step between you and having you at home. Stay strong, we are here for you and we will always be. The Lord is with you, guiding the surgeon's hands and we know you will be fine. We love you to the moon and back sweet angel, you've got this!
Here's a shot of a Jo family hug!!!
6/14/2017 04:20:31 pm
I read your blogs and always end up in tears. You and your family have changed my outlook on life. May your story someday become a book and movie and at the end of the movie Jo standing and walking and giving hugs. I pray every day for Jo and his amazing family🙏
Jim Witzman sr.
6/14/2017 04:21:43 pm
I'm sending a huge hug to our Lord and savior for all the love he has bestowed upon the Witzman family.!thank you God !
6/14/2017 05:53:12 pm
Here is a huge hug of health to Jo and an extra squeeze to the Witzman clan. Amazing journey of love. Thinking of you always.
6/14/2017 08:05:49 pm
I am thankful he is stable and that the last of the surgeries are over. Now just time and the Lords healing touch. You are an amazing family and this unfortunate event has touched so many lives creating changes that may never have taken place otherwise. So sad but so true, bittersweet I guess. You are all an example of the kind of person I want to be. Keeping the faith and sending my love💝
6/15/2017 04:29:44 am
Hugs right back at you all! Thank you for the reminder to put the electronics away and stop working and spend some good quality family time together. Love the pictures you post, the humble transparency, the honesty, the life lessons you give us through all of this and especially your faith. You and all those who love you are preaching a sermon through the words posted and the acts of kindness.
6/15/2017 01:44:34 pm
I have been reading these blogs everyday and end up in tears always! You guys are such a great family. I'm so sorry you are having to go thru all of this but I honestly believe it's all going to turn out well. Just an amazing testimony. Chloe and I want to come and steal Bella or perhaps both your girls one of these days and just go do something fun with them. Just know we are praying for you all! We are going to win this fight!! Love you guys!
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