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Keith Jackson's Recovery Fund

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Raised by 72 people in 2 months


On Saturday, December 9th,  Keith Jackson- was struck by a Hit and Run driver while he was riding his road bike with his daughter-in-law Rene and son, Christopher. He was hit from behind while climbing La Tuna Canyon in Sunland, California around 2:15pm by a black SUV.. He is currently in the ICU in a stable, respirated unconsciousness.




We are unsure what lies ahead. Keith's future is unknown.  Medical expenses, devices, recovery efforts...etc. We have created this fund to help the family and advocate safer roads for pedestrians and cyclists. 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE HIT AND RUN DRIVER, SO PLEASE SHARE THE WORD AND PASS ALONG ANY INFORMATION TO US.




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Big News (and a looong post!) … Keith has completed his 14 day stay at Rancho Los Amgios and has made it home! While Keith reminds us he is “not out of the woods yet,” we have high hopes that being in the comfort of his own home will only accelerate the recovery process.

It’s hard to put into words what it all is really like…. each day seems so long, but each week seems so short. I feel like I cannot write anything that even comes close to doing justice to the unrelenting effort, resilience, and the pure strength Keith has shown. He is such a rockstar and an inspiration to a lot of us.

Keith will continue to receive daily therapy- a combination of home/outpatient occupational, physical, speech. TBI’s are pretty complex, so with each week we uncover a new layer dictating what kind of- and how much - therapy Keith needs.

Overall, the doctors feel very strongly that Keith will make a full recovery within a matter of months. Watching his progress closely, maybe too closely ;), I absolutely agree. It’s pretty amazing to see what the human body can bounce back from, especially when the guy driving the ship is as hardworking as Keith.

Here’s a sloppy (sorry!) overview of his current state:

Keith’s walking continues to improve. He is walking with a walker and a watchful eye. His balance is also improving but very much fluctuates throughout the day based on his energy levels. His right hand is coming around, but still lacks some strength and range of motion… it’s a work in progress, but we are thrilled with the improvement thus far.

He has graduated from pureed foods to what they call “mechanical soft foods”. He is getting used to the act of chewing and all he sensory and neuro inputs that go into eating. Keith says eating/chewing feels a “little rusty” but just like with the transition to pureed foods, we know getting the hang of this new phase is only a matter of time and practice.

His speech is also coming around. His voice is becoming clearer; less slurring, better pronunciation. His voice sounds a little weak and sometimes groggy, but every once in a while his deeper voice shines through. He participates in conversations and even throws in some classic Keith jokes and one-liners. It is so fun to watch the Keith we know and love come back.

Mentally, Keith is clearer and sharper than ever. He says sometimes he feels “blurry” and very tired. We’ve been told he is still “waking up” and will be for some time. He is very aware of his surrounding, condition, and current day/time. In true Keith fashion, his mind often wanders… usually to a place of worry about his family, his arm, or if he is forever changed. We are working on addressing the emotional impact of an accident as traumatic as his. Time will heal, I tell him, but the outpouring of love and support from all of you helps tremendously.

Whoa, ok… if you made it to the end thanks for letting me ramble ;)

As many of you, we are so excited to have him home. We ask that you please reach out to one of us if you want to visit Keith. He appreciated everyone’s love but has asked for some time to adjust and get settled in.

Onto the next leg of this journey, folks! As always, thank you for the continued love and support.

Go KJ, Go! <3
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Keith's condition continues to improve daily. He is gaining strength and mobility and making strides in his speech. He is currently in what we have learned to be “Post Traumatic Amnesia” which affects his short term memory. He has crazy dreams and often gets stuck “in loops” of worry and anxiousness. Medically, Keith is very stable. He currently has a NG tube for feeding, but we are hoping to remove this soon.

He is quickly approaching “graduation” from the hospital, but the next step is proving to be quite difficult. Kaiser has Keith essentially on the ‘stroke victim’ path due to his brain injury, but ignoring his age and fitness. Insisting that his brain and body need more time to “heal” before being transferred to an acute rehab facility (very skilled, very specific rehab), Kaiser is arguing that the best place for the interim is at a skilled nursing facility (SNF). We absolutely disagree with this. We wholeheartedly believe, as a family, that sending Keith to a SNF will not only negatively impact his healing but also his desire, drive, and spirit.

We have found a more progressive and age appropriate facility that we view as acceptable before Kaiser acknowledges that Keith is ready for the acute rehab facility. Like we said, it is proving difficult to persuade Kaiser that this is an acceptable breach of their “protocol” as it is not in network. We are advocating hard for this innovative facility because, unlike the SNF’s, they are trained to handle TBI (typically Keith’s age- or younger) patients and provide the appropriate levels and intensity of therapy. We know that his window of time is critical for Keith to receive highly individualized therapy… something SNFs lack.

We will keep you updated on our progress as well Keith’s. Continue those prayers and positive thoughts, because they are truly working wonders.

Love,
The Jackson Family
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Thank you all for the overwhelming support. Keith's condition continues to improve and impress us all. He has continued to progress day by day. As it stands, he is off the ventilator and now breathing almost entirely on his own! After 2 days with no nutrition do to some complications with a deviated septum, he now has a NG Tube in him and is receiving a Prime Rib with a side of chocolate. ;) Keith has also been taking turns in a Cardiac chair to change up his position and actually peak out the window! When he is well rested Keith has been nodding yes and no to questions. He has a long road ahead. But he is literally making strides everyday! From here he will start various forms of therapy. Starting first with a "Swallowing Therapist." Most of his Cognitive function is unknown. Keep the optimism high and keep praying!

As far as the Criminal Investigation goes. The driver is still at large. People are looking and we have had several tips. I think we should broaden the search to a
Small Newer Black SUV (CRV, Murano, RAV4...)the car will have Front Right damage(Passenger side)
damage. Many of these Small SUV's all look the same in the blink of an eye!
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Keith was transferred to Kaiser Sunset last night. He is stable and seeing small strides. The family cannot believe the outpour of love and compassion from Keith's Friends, Family, and supporters! He is a loved guy!
If you are local and want to support Keith. Come out to his ride this weekend. It will be leaving from Griffith Park Zoo Parking lot at 8:30 on Sunday, December 17th.
Details can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/744094085777145/
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