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.
On August 7th, 18 year old Sam Jordan was in a terrible dirt biking accident. He was air cared to University Hospital to the ICU where they found he had broken his upper back, his wrist, a few ribs, and collapsed a lung. He had surgery on the 8th where they inserted rods into his back. He is currently in stable condition but has a long way to go for recovery. Sam's loving parents are Ami and Bryan. He has two younger sisters, Sera and Stefani. We are asking for your love and prayers for him and his family. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise money for medical bills now and to come and to try to ease the burden of costs for his family. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
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August 27, 2014
First let me start of by saying thank you; thank you for the donations and prayers. As you know, 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. However, during the process of ruling out a fractured skull we had come to find out that Sam’s left collarbone is broken, he has multiple broken ribs, his right lung was collapsed, his sternum is broken, his right wrist is 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. We are remaining hopeful that Sam will in fact walk again.
Sam’s biggest hurdle at the moment are his lungs. 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 has been an up and down battle for Sam. The Dr.’s at UC are helping Sam every way they know how. Sam has been on a ventilator since the first day, but in addition to that, they have also added breathing treatments, Nitric Oxide, and Sam is now on a roto bed. With today’s technology and knowledge, the survival rate of ARDS has increased. Although Sam has a long way before he recovers from ARDS the Dr.’s are still remaining positive. We have been told that Sam will have his ups and downs but as long as his ups and downs continue going up then Sam is still on the right track.
Given the severity of Sam’s injuries Sam has been under heavy sedation to help keep him calm and comfortable. They try to wake him up at least once a day to see if he is still following commands. We have seen both good and bad results, the bad I think stem from the sedation and pain meds. But we have seen Sam track our voices and squeeze our hands. Although I would love to see Sam’s beautiful eyes open it is better for him to remain sedated so he does not become agitated and try and pull out his vent tube. In addition, with Sam being sedated, it will allow his body to not fight the ventilator and he can continue to heal.
Please continue to pray for Sam and his long recovery. He is a big strong boy/man and I know he will come through this it will just take time.