10/28, yesterday Sam received his first haircut since the accident thanks to my Grandma's beautician Sam. Sam took time out of her own personal schedule to come to the hospital to trim Sam up. More good news, we found out today that Sam is able to eat and drink anything his little heart desires – no more nectar diet!!
10/24, Sam had a very good day today. Sam was in his wheel chair for about 5 hours and during that time Great Grandma and Desirae were able to Sam outside to get some fresh air! The psychologist came in tonight and evaluated Sam and she said he answered all of his questions just as a normal person would do, this a HUGE improvement from his first evaluation!
Today is 10/23, Sam has been moved to another area of Drake. This is a good move it means he no longer needs ventilator care since he has been off the vent over two weeks now. Sam is talking up a storm, eating on his own, and wanting to go home.
Please continue to send Sam prayers.
We hope to see you at Peecox Bar and Grill on November 2 between 12-6.
Today is 10/18, Sam is showing improvements. He went to his trauma follow yesterday and they want him to come back in two weeks to see how far he has progressed; if he is where they would like him his trach may come out. Although that is not set in stone because Sam's cough needs to be stronger so he does not aspirate, please pray he continues to get better so it can happen for him.
My family and I have been trying to keep Sam's spirit up, but I think the hospital is really beginning to take a toll on Sam. Please keep sending warm wishes, positive thoughts, and prayers.
We hope to see everyone on November 2, between 12pm-6pm at Peecox Bar & Grill for Sam's Recovery Benefit.
Thank you everyone for everything, I will try to update soon.
Today is 10/5 - Friday 10/3 was a good follow up with the spinal surgeon. Sam no longer needs to wear his neck brace or his manerva brace. In addition to that they also reduced/changed is trach. He now has the capability to try and talk, which he has been trying more of today. Sam has had a really good day. He is eating more (still not too much) and loving the milk. Pray for more days like today.
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Sunday November 2, 2014
Noon til 6:00 pm
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On August 7th, 18 year old Sam Jordan was in a near fatal dirt bike accident. He was air cared to UC Hospital to the SICU where they found he had a severe spinal cord injury, along with a broken wrist, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, a collapsed lung, and brain shearing. He had surgery on the 8th where they inserted rods into his back. Although his spinal cord was not severed, he did severely bruise his spinal cord. The doctors are unsure as to whether or not Sam will ever walk again. They stated it could take several months, up to a year or two before they will know the damage and whether or not Sam will get sensation back in his legs. We are remaining hopeful that Sam will in fact walk again. Sam’s biggest hurdle at the moment is his lungs. Sam suffered from severe lung trauma. On top of the collapsed lung, Sam has what is known as ARDS. This stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. He is currently on a ventilator, but making progress.
On September 22nd, Sam was moved to Daniel Drake Rehabilitation Center in Cincinnati, OH, where he will continue his recovery. He is expected to be there for the next 6 months.
We are asking for your love and prayers for Sam and his family. The goal of this benefit is to raise money for medical bills, and any necessary modifications needed at home. His medical bills are now well over $500,000.
BC Rich Custom Painted Electric Guitar
Bengals Tickets * 32” LCD HD TV
Gift Cards * Gift Baskets *
And Much More…
For more info, contact:
859-486-3447 * 513-641-9962 * 859-496-9299
Sam had his first follow up today with Orthopedic, he did not like it very long day.
Has a follow up tomorrow morning with the spinal surgeon, cross your fingers and pray the neck brace can come off.
There is talk that they might be able to reduce trach, pray for that too.
Sam has officially been moved to the Daniel Drake Center as of Sept. 22. I hope that Sam will get the same wonderful help at Drake as he did at UC. There are not enough ways to say thank you to all of the nurses, doctors, and resiportary therapists. They are amazing! Thank you UC and God bless!
This is where the hard work for Sam begins; please pray that Sam continues on the healing path that he is on now.
On September 11, Sam's birthday, Sam went in to receive his tracheostomy. Everything thing went smoothly. There is some adjustment in order to get used to a different type of breathing tube, but Sam is handling it well.
Monday Sept. 15, the Occupational Therapists had Sam sitting on the edge of his bed; he did great! On Tuesday, Sam was on the side of his bed and gave a wonderful reaction to Desirae; I was told that when he heard she was there he puckered up for a kiss and gave her a hug. In addition to that wonderful news, they had Sam breath on his own for roughly an hour. I was told he did awesome, he was worn out, but he did great.
They are now talking since he is on the right track that a move to Drake will be in Sam's near future. Sam still has a long road to go. He will have to be weaned off the ventilator all together and then the hard work will begin. Sam will be going to intense rehabilitation; Sam will need all the support and prayers he can get!
Thank you for always thinking of us!
Sam has been improving slowly over the last week. We are hoping by the end of this week Sam will be able to receive his Tracheostomy which "is a surgically created hole through the front of your neck and into your windpipe (trachea)." The doctors and nurses are optimistic that once this happens his recovery will start moving along quickly.
Sam has been giving responses to the commands that the nurses are asking of him, such as, a thumps up, two fingers, he occasionally nods to questions, and he is also tracking our voices.
Sam still has a very long road ahead of him and all of your donations are greatly appreciated, in addition to the medical bills that will be coming in we will also have to alter our house before Sam comes home, so thank you for being so kind and generous! And please continue to pray for Sam.
Sam is stable. Sam's healing is and will be a Rollercoaster. We are truly blessed to have everyone praying for us, thank you.
Our son, Sam, was in a horrific dirt bike accident on August 7, 2014. When we arrived at the hospital, we were unsure of his actual condition. The first thing we were told was that Sam had suffered a fractured skull, which in turn would mean a severe brain injury. Thankfully, the x-rays ruled out a fractured skull, although he has suffered from an injury called shearing. “The jarring of the brain against the sides of the skull can cause shearing (tearing) of the internal lining, tissues, and blood vessels leading to internal bleeding, bruising, or swelling of the brain.”
During the process of ruling out a fractured skull, we had come to find out that Sam’s left collarbone was broken, he had multiple broken ribs, his right lung was collapsed, his sternum was broken, his right wrist was fractured, and he has suffered a severe spinal cord injury.
On August 8, 2014 within the 24-hour period, UC’s Neurological Spinal Team was able to operate on Sam’s spine. Sam’s T2-T3/4 vertebrate suffered severe fractures. Therefore, they had to add rods and bridges to Sam’s T1-T5 vertebrate. In addition to the fractures, Sam also twisted his spine, which lead to the pinching of his spinal cord. This means that although the spinal cord was not severed (which would mean definite paralysis) he did severely bruise his spinal cord. The doctors are unsure as to whether or not Sam will ever walk again. They stated it could takes several months up to a year or two before they will know the damage and whether or not Sam will get sensation back in his legs. Therefore, until the good Lord blesses us Sam is now considered a Paraplegic. We are remaining hopeful that Sam will in fact walk again.
Sam suffered from severe lung trauma. On top of the collapsed lung, Sam now has what they call ARDS. This stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Sam’s ARDS began to develop 3-4 days after his accident. This was an up and down battle for Sam. Sam has been on a ventilator since the first day, but in addition to that, they also added breathing treatments, Nitric Oxide, and Sam was on a rotoprone bed. With today’s technology and knowledge, the survival rate of ARDS has increased. On Sam’s 19th birthday, Sam went under for a tracheostomy, and although Sam is now off the ventilator, the trachea is still in due to his ARDS, which will be present in his lungs for roughly a year or so.
On September 22, Sam was moved to the Daniel Drake Rehabilitation Center. He is in the LTAC unit, Long Term Acute Care; this is where Sam will remain until he is healthy and strong enough to go to Health South. Health South is a rehabilitation facility within Drake; they will help Sam with his traumatic brain injury and his spinal cord injury. During the rehabilitation process, the TBI team will help Sam to relearn many things, such as, reading and writing. In addition to the things we take for granted, Sam will also have to relearn many personal things. The Spinal Cord Team, at the same time will be helping Sam to build his strength up so he can move himself from say his chair to a bed.
This process is going to be a long road for Sam and we as his family are trying to make it as comfortable and easy as we can when Sam comes home. My husband and I are very proud people, which is why writing this letter is so difficult. I am hoping that your organization would be willing to help a family in need. We are hoping to acquire enough supplies to modify our home enough for Sam’s needs. We have had a lot of support from family and friends; however, modifying our home is financially turning out to be a bigger challenge than we were ever prepared for.
Ami and Bryan Jordan
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