Yesterday Janessa Posted. And wanted to thank you all for all you did in helping her and her family . Today marks a year of the day I will never forget. As much as I hate this date now, I'm completely blessed to be able to see it again. June 1st 2014 was the day my life changed forever. I don't even know what to write since there's way too much, but I'll start off by saying how blessed I truly am & how this took a 180 on my life. Everyone always says "cherish your life because you don't know when it will be gone" & whatever. I never put much thought into sayings like that because I never thought I'd be put in a situation I was in. Which was being nearly dead. I never thought I was invincible, but I never thought it would happen to me. A simple fun get away with my friends turned into the biggest disaster. I thank god every day I don't remember most of the accident, but waking up in a hospital after having fun with people I once called friends, was the biggest wake up call. The obstacles I had to overcome were the toughest, & it was so hard to be so positive. I went from having such a healthy, normal life... to not being able to walk, or see with one eye, had broken bones & a collapsed lung, to so much more. This day last year was hell for me, but secretly the biggest blessing in disguise. Disregarding all of the tough moments, I learned so much. I learned what it really means when someone says "cherish your life & the people in it." Anything can happen in the blink of an eye & I really hope everyone realizes that. You will probably never truly realize unless you're ever in a situation similar to mine, but honestly it's the scariest thing to think about. I signed out of high school the day before, ready to start my life, & I had absolutely no idea it was almost about to end. Have the courage to tell people how much they mean to you, because life happens, & it can happen to anyone. I also learned that I had the best support around me, & no matter what happens, blood related or not - family is family & you're there for one another. I learned that even in your toughest times, to be positive & grateful because someone out there always has it worse than you. & although you have every reason to look at such a negative situation negatively, be positive. Better things are yet to come, & it can only get better when you've hit rock bottom. The biggest thing that the car wreck taught me is that God is always with you, & every miracle that you see, is from him. If that wasn't true, I'd either be dead, or still in the hospital in vegetative state, like I was supposed to be. The power of prayer is amazing, let alone hundreds of people doing it. I had messages from random people from different states saying "praying from Missouri", or whatever. Word travels fast, but the fact that complete strangers to me cared that much proves there is good in this world. Even with a few complications that will probably be permanent due to someone's selfish decisions, I could never be more grateful than I am with the way God healed me & gave me a second chance at life. Thank you to everyone who prayed for me & was there for me every day during my toughest times. I could not be more grateful. & heres to facing the day that I was dreading for so long, because like it's said "what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger."❤
Janessa is doing great, thank God. She's getting her 3 hours of therapy a day. She has an eye appt. Tomorrow to see if they need to do surgery or anything. Please pray her nerves wake up around that eye (they have started to).
They would like to keep her for 2 more weeks, but Blue Cross is giving them a little push back, so they may release her next week. I'm praying for an additional week when she's a little stronger.
Update~Janessa looks great today she is so alert and on point
They started giving her some thick liquids and applesauce to see how she swallows. So far so good. Thank God!
It's funny, one of my last posts I mentioned that every time the Dr's give us a time frame on when she will regain use of something we look up to God, and say "we'll see about that"...well, that post was on saturday, right after they told us it will take at least a couple of months to get her to the point that she could eat again.
Sunday, the very next day when I came in, the nurse said "yeah, so remember what I said last night about it taking months before we could start feeding her?? Scratch that!! Overnight she started eating ice and had no trouble swallowing, or clearing her airways." I told her, "with all do respect, I don't really pay attention to what I'm told regarding her rate of progression, she has The Great Physician (God) that is orchestrating her healing so it's going to happen very differently than you all are used to seeing. Her response was, "clearly" (and then she laughed). She probably thinks I'm nuts, but it's very difficult for them not to see there is more to this "remarkable recovery" they all keep referring to.
She has been ready to move out of ICU for a couple of days, but they haven't been able to find her a bed. They said today for sure she will be moved out.
At this point she is only dependent upon the feeding tube (which is also on its way out ) other than that, she is doing everything else on her own. She even insists on using the bathroom, she won't toilet in the room. I love how determined and independent she is. She makes me so proud.
She is still very tired and sleeps alot. She wants to get a little stronger before she has visitors. As soon as she gives me the ok, I'll let everyone know.
Thank you to all my friends and family for all the prayers, support, meals, encouraging words and help with Jared. I don't know how we would get through this time w/out you all. I pray God will bless each one of you for every thing you have done for us so far. And, please please continue to pray!!! XoXo
UPDATE FROM :Kimberly Lepito
Hi everyone! I know I've been a little quiet and many of you have messaged me for an update.
She had a little bit of a rough day yesterday as I had mentioned. I think after the got her doing a little walking it shifted some of the "junk" in her lungs and she's still not strong enough to really cough it all out. As a result, her oxygen levels dropped and once they suctioned her out they came right back up. They mentioned possible reintubation which was very hard to hear. Before she went to bed, she had a low grade temp. Tough day!!!
Today, she is doing better, thank you God! They had her walking a little and they are already giving her some physical therapy. Her fever is gone. She is very tired, but answering all the questions she is asked correctly (in the God father voice lol) and she can even write what she wants to say.
Please keep praying that she will get the junk in her lungs out and continue to get stronger everyday.
Thank you all for the continued prayers and for reminding us, you're still praying!
Update from Kim ~so, I'm not real sure how the staff failed to mention this to us, but last night when they were in the process of taking Janessa's tube out of her mouth, she was whispering something. The nurse asked her "honey, how old are you?", and she said 18!!!!
Then tonight, she grabbed on to Dougs hand and tried to pull her body up so she could reach her tubes. She came really close and almost reached, so they had to tighten up her arm restraints.
I am so excited to have found this out tonight. God is so good!!
"Update~Janessa tried to open her eyes last night. She squeezed one of the nurses hand on command, and once she did that they asked her to give the thumbs up and she did that as well!!!
Today is a very emotional day, as her class is graduating tonight. We will record everything so Janessa will eventually be able to see it.
I can't thank all of our friends, family and even strangers for all you have done and continue to do for my daughter, myself and our family. It's times like this in life that define who we are as human beings. I'm asking God to bless each and every one of you who have stood with us in agreement for Janessa's complete healing and recovery, and above all thank you Lord!
Please continue to pray...I want to give you more good news soon!! XoXo"
"Update~Janessa had a good night. She is in hand restraints because she wasn't "behaving" herself. I've never been so happy to hear that!
They are now talking about transporting her back to Boston! All good signs!! Thank God!
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS...PLEASE DO NOT STOP!!!"