As our week starts to wind down, I feel that we might be able to start to relax a little bit.......
Jeffrey has had a roller coaster of a week, he is having good days & bad days. He has had lots of pain this week but we are finally getting it under control.
There is good news though, Jeffrey is making big improvements in his healing.
We have an appointment scheduled for Monday to visit his General Surgeon to discuss the removal of his feeding tube. I pray that we get a good report & can set up a time to have it taken out.
It has been such a blessing to see him get excited when friends & family have come by to visit. He has even been given a couple of car rides to get him out of the house for a little while.
Thank you for all of your constant prayers & support.
With a grateful heart, Thank you! Much love, Jen
Today was a Monday meltdown morning, dealing with medical insurance people can be frustrating. We did manage to get Jeffrey in to see the oral surgeon this afternoon. Jeffrey has been having horrible pain in his mouth, it appears he may have 1 broken tooth and possibly more. He has his mouth wired shut and therefore nothing can be done for several more weeks. Basically, he has to tuff if out until the wires are removed. That was not the answer he wanted to hear!!! He got his pain meds refilled this evening which helped put is mind at ease.
Next we will have to make an appointment with a general surgeon to discuss a date to have the feeding tube removed.
Jeffrey was in a sad/frustrated mood today until I handed him cards that were in the mailbox. I watched him perk up with each card that he read. You all have lifted his spirits over and over & for that I am grateful!!! Love, Jen
Day 15 update Hard time for our cowboy, he has been suffering from pain in his mouth all day. Jeffrey has been trying to be optimistic but this evening he is really uncomfortable.
Please be in prayer for him, we are hoping to see a oral surgeon tomorrow to get some answers. Jen
Update Day 14 This time 2 weeks ago Brad and I were boarding a plane in Baton Rouge headed to Palm Beach FL. We had found out 1 1/2 hour prior that Jeffrey was being life flighted to a trauma center in Fort Pierce FL. We were told that he had been in a bull riding accident and that he had suffered severe facial fractures and had uncontrolled bleeding.
As the mom of a Pro rodeo cowboy, I always knew that there was a possibility that I would one day receive a phone call like this one. All I could do was pray and beg the The Lord to Please not let us lose him.
The Lord heard my prayers and the prayers of many people all over the U.S. Today, I look back at the past 2 weeks and can't believe that Jeffrey has come so far so quickly.
He still has a very long road of healing ahead of him but he knows that we are all with him every step of the way.
Please continue to pray for Jeffrey as the next weeks and possibly months will be difficult but he now knows that with prayer anything is really possible!!!
With a very grateful heart, I Love you all, Jen
Day 13 has been a quiet one for Jeffrey. He seems tired from all of the activity since he returned home from the hospital on Wednesday. I have noticed that he is struggling with anxiety and pain today. I'm sure that this is normal for someone who has had some much happen in such a short amount of time.
On a lighter note, he has been touched by the cards and letters that he has been receiving from people all over the United States. Each kind note has really lifted his spirits. Again, I would like to Thank You for the prayers & well wishes, they are truly helping Jeffrey.
Much Love, Jen
Today Jeffrey had his 2nd doctors appointment in less than 30 hours of being back home. He has had his facial stitches and his nose cast removed. Jeffrey's sense of smell has returned & he has started breathing through his nose a little bit. He still has his feeding tube because his jaw is wired closed, we are hoping to have it removed soon. Each day he is making steps forward in his healing and it is very encouraging..
Please continue to pray for a complete healing in Jeffrey's body and spirit. Much Love, Jen
Update day 11 Jeffrey is finally home after 15 hours on the road. He slept almost the whole trip back to Louisiana. It was so exciting to hear him tell us that he was hungry this morning, even though he was grouchy.
Jeffrey still has a long road ahead but with all of the prayers & support that he has been receiving the road will be a lot less bumpy! Thank you for all your prayers, Jen
Day 8 update We were so excited to have Perrrijean & Trey drive down to be with Jeffrey. This lifted his spirits more than we could have imagined! He has now had his trache reduced which is one more step towards discharge from the hospital. It's amazing to see how Jeffrey is improving! He has begun to communicate with us by writing on his dry erase board more & more each day. Jeffrey's strength over the last couple of days has doubled, he is now asking to go outside & take wheel chair rides around the hospital.
He still has a ways to go, our next hurdle is the long 13 hour drive back home. Please keep him in your prayers as he gets ready to make his journey back to Louisiana.
Thank you for your love & prayers, Jen
Today is exactly a week after Jeffrey's rodeo accident and I can't help but feel emotional as this time last week our family' was shaken to the core. Jeffrey, Brad & I have all had a good cry today.
I had a little chat with Jeffrey earlier today & began to explain what all has taken place in the last week, I asked if he remembered much from the rodeo. He shook his head and mouthed to me that he remembers everything. I cried and then he cried too. I have reassured him repeatedly that he has many people praying for him and sending their well wishes his way.
As I type this update I am encouraged at how far he has come in one week. He walked freely today in the hall with Brad and the nurse got him all cleaned up which made him feel better. The doctor has decided to wait to reduce the size of his trache because he is still coughing a lot and needs a good bit of suction throughout the day.
Please continue to keep Jeffrey in your prayers, he feels them!
Much love from Fort Pierce, Florida
Today seems to be a better day for Jeffrey than yesterday. He had a good walk down the hallway and made it back to his room without needing his chair. He is getting in and out of his bed without a army of folks assisting him. He is also drinking from a cup with very little assistance.
The doctor is hoping to downsize his trache tube tomorrow so he will be able to breathe with out oxygen. We are learning to operate his feeding tube so we can supplement his nutrition for the next 6 weeks until his wiring in his jaw is removed.
His facial surgeon is hoping to have Jeffrey ready to discharge and head back to Louisiana at the beginning of next week.
We are praying for Jeffrey to continue his recovery as quickly as possible. Thank you for everyone's love and support!!!! Jen
This morning has been challenging for Jeffrey. He is still struggling with his trache tube and is very tired acting. He had a low grade fever last night but he did sleep better than we expected. He was able to walk the hall without his walker but needed a ride back to his room in a chair. On a positive note, he met with the speech pathologist. He learned how to swallow and drank a few tablespoons of Gatorade. I was personally excited to see the nurse wash, condition and brush his hair. No more dirty BIG bed head! Each day is a step forward, it's just not easy. I have told Jeffrey repeatedly that we ALL are here with him every step of the way. All of the prayers, kind words & love has been what is getting Jeffrey, Brad & I through this time in our lives. Jen
Jeffrey was able to do a little walking today in the hospital hall. He has been very tired and sore from more activity. He is struggling with his trach tube but over all is doing better each day.
I am currently working on a Facebook page for Jeffrey's recovery, as soon as it is available we will send out the link. Jeffrey has been moved from ICU to a hospital room. He is steady showing improvement, but each day has been a challenge. Please keep him in your prayers, Jen