Although we’re coming up on the year anniversary of Jareds hit and run accident on Aug. 24, he continues to make incredible steps in his recovery. After spending a month at UVA Medical Center and nine months at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA, we were finally able to bring him home June 6. It was an extremely difficult transition. It felt like a nightmare as his behavior became even more aggressive and combative making it difficult to do even simple tasks. He managed to pull his feeding tube out over eight times and had three emergency room visits in two months.
Since then his behavior has drastically improved and he has been able to be weaned off some of his medications. He still has moments of uncontrolled emotions and gets combative with bathing and feeding tube issues.
He has been getting PT,ST, OT, nursing care and behavioral analysis almost daily. His speech remains slurred and he mumbles quite a bit but it has gotten better. He now writes things on a whiteboard or can text us what he wants. He can do simple math problems, keep track of time, navigate the remote and his phone, help dress and undress himself, hold his own drinking cup, and is able to tell us what his needs and wants are...Sometimes very clearly. His walking has improved and no longer needs a wheelchair which we are so thankful for. He struggles at night and only sleeps on average about 4 1/2 to 6 hours with several interruptions. He remains on tube feedings and is eating several bites of soft food every day. We really covet your prayers in this area because his tube is a major source of stress and frustration and he is constantly preoccupied with it and pulls on it or disconnects it. One of his favorite things to do is take rides in the car—usually wanting to drive by his old place of work at the river or the ball field or he wants to go through chick-fil-a for water without ice!
Since Jared still requires 24 hour supervision, Ed and I have been alternating staying up with him every other night and we are exhausted. Our kids have been amazing support to us and have shown Jared so much unconditional love. They truly blow me away!
We appreciate the support and love everyone has shown us. You’ve made this journey more bearable. Thank you. With God’s help we are still expecting and hopeful for a full recovery.