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Help Jan Recover Fund

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Raised by 65 people in 3 months
On March 14, Jan Hatt was shot by her husband and then he took his life. 

News Report Links:

http://www.themorningsun.com/article/MS/20180314/NEWS/180319783

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/details-released-in-attempted-murder-suicide-in-isabella-county

The family is devastated and confused. Such a horrible tragedy. Jan has 8 entrances or exit wounds which has left her incapable to feel anything from her waist down or use her right hand. Her body is healing but this has given Jan a lot of challenges that she is going to have to face. She has insurance and she has applied for disability but the doctors are telling her that the costs of her rehabilitation and care are going to go way above any insurances.

Her family and friends are looking to help in any way they can. Any donation will help, no matter how little, and prayers are vital. The giving so far has been small but still appreciated. We have collected over $250 the first day. What I am asking is that you take this and share it to your friends and your Facebook friends. If we all work together we can help Jan.   And of course, your prayers are still appreciated. She has come a long way but has a long way to go.

Thank you!


Jan was sedated for about a week while her body healed. They did several surgeries during this time. One went into her right shoulder which fragmented.  She can't lift that arm right now but hopefully that is temporary.  She also had damage to her T14  (Thoracic Spine) so she is paralyzed from her waist down.  Her left calf so was shattered and she has a rod in her leg.  There were other injuries but these are the most serious.

This picture was taken about 2 weeks after.   She is with Sheri and a couple of other friends. 


4/21/2018 Jan's friend Sheri brought a friend that cut Jan's hair.  Jan says she is having a great day. She is feeling all dolled up and feeling perky.  


This is how Jan gets in and out of her wheel chair.  Jan is now getting in her chair every day. It is part of "getting around".   On a normal day she has about 5 hours of different physical therapies that she works on.   Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Regular Physical Therapy are among those she does daily. She also sees a physiatrist three times a week.  She continually amazes  me on how she is progressing.  Each day she shares something else she has been able to accomplish.
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She slithered out of the chair and the disaster of Alert One…

Jan's biggest fear is falling – out of her wheelchair or falling in the shower (although she has an aide to assist her every-other-day shower routine in her Mt. Pleasant apartment).

Jan experienced a slip/fall the day before she was released from Mary Free Bed and it took several hours for her to calm down afterward. She was transferring from chair to bed, and the slide board (the wooden device that allows the patient to slide across) slipped. Jan caught the side of the bed, the aide grabbed her and called for assistance. It was her first "fall," and she didn't even hit the floor. It took three people to get Jan into the hospital bed.

Now, fast forward to the apartment in Mt. Pleasant. This "handicapped" apartment was selected because it is close to her stepson, Ben's, home. Ben accepted the responsibility to do the "tuck in" at night.

You might be envisioning right now that there are chocolates on the pillow, the bed covers invitingly turned down, the lights low, music softly playing. That is far from reality. There are bodily fluids to manage, medical equipment to set up for nighttime, clothing adjustments, cell phone close.

We discussed what the scenario would be if she fell while alone in her apartment. With an aide coming every day around 7 am for two hours, she has coverage in the daytime. With Ben (or someone else) coming around 7 pm for the tuck in, she has coverage in the evening. So, if she fell (she is utterly unable to get herself off the floor – not enough strength in her upper body yet), she might lay there for a few hours but knows someone will be there eventually to come to her aid. She can maneuver her body to avoid damaging muscles and bones, which she did on Friday the 13th.

Jinxed

"Help! I've fallen, and I can't get up!" We all recite the commercial before we think of the name of the emergency alert company name, First Alert. They've done well with their branding.

The day Jan ordered what she thought was her First Alert device (Friday the 13th?), she believes she jinxed herself. That day, she was getting ready for bed and placed her cell phone (she usually keeps it on her person) on the nightstand, then proceeded to make the transfer from wheelchair to bed. The slide board slipped, and she slithered to the floor. Jan described it precisely as "slithered."

As she arranged herself on the floor, Jan was mentally willing Ben to come early. She couldn't reach her phone, and her mental telepathy wasn't working. About 30 minutes later, Ben arrived. Not wanting to shock him by being prone on the floor, she called out to him asking if he could lift about 150 pounds. Between the two of them, Jan got into bed that night.

Keystone Cops

First Alert is not the only alert company on the landscape. Their name is Alert One competitor's (less expensive). Jan thought she was ordering a First Alert device, but alas, it was purchased from Alert One.

Two nights in a row after placing the order, both Jan and Ben received calls from the alarm company responding to alerts from Jan's device – in the middle of the night. They also received text messages warning that the battery was low.

When Jan contacted First Alert, they had no record of purchase or service ordered. Upon further investigation, Jan realized she made the purchase from Alert One, and that the alarm had been set (by accident?!) when it was packaged for shipment. They tracked the device to someplace en route by mail to Mt. Pleasant. The pendant arrived active on July 17, in a beaten-up box.

While we had a good laugh after the fact, this is quite a serious situation. Just trying to make the best of it.

 
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Naming names…

Life goes on…with Jan and with us. We are all settling into a routine with life as we know it now. We have added Jan to our everyday routine. Jan has added and overcome insurmountable problems in her daily life.

This post is going to name names and place the spotlight on those people who have made Jan's life possible with the best of quality and care.

Three people with incredibly open hearts and arms who have helped Jan achieve milestones in her recovery should be recognized. This list is in no particular order because all have played key roles in the activities over the last four months.

Debbie Hatt O'Berry (Jan's sister-in-law) established and manages the GoFundMe account. She managed family and friend volunteers to move Jan's possessions to the Mt. Pleasant apartment. Accepting Mission Impossible to transport Jan from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in a rented handicapped van was nerve-racking and challenging. She enjoyed that mission so much and retook the responsibility to carry Jan on July 31 to two doctor appointments and one dentist appointment. Debbie has been emotional support especially arranging Jan's first visit to the farm after the tragedy. She continues to help Jan in countless ways, more than are listed here.

Sheri Christie has been a steadfast friend and a solutions provider. Jan says she knows everybody! Sheri even knows someone in the piano business that can advise Jan on the condition of the baby grand piano at the farmhouse. Sheri has orchestrated groups of church volunteers to help in many ways – from tuck-in visits to moving and packing to obtaining scrubs for Jan to wear during her recovery. She regularly visited when Jan was in the hospital and made such a difference in her mental outlook. Sheri continues to play a vital role in Jan's life.

Lyris Arauzo Barroso, the dedicated friend, neighbor, and prayer leader. During Lyris' visits to the hospital ICU, she sang to Jan when she was unconscious and held her hand. Lyris went to Mt. Pleasant to pick up medicines and deliver to Jan the day after she had surgery on her own hand. She picked up the mail at the farm daily and kept a watchful eye. Lyris fit packing boxes for Jan and organizing other volunteers to do the same at the farm into her schedule, too. Lyris also obtained scrubs for Jan's new wardrobe. She made time in her schedule to meet with me (the sister) when I was in Michigan and allowed me to feel her kindness.

 Jan's gratitude is boundless. She knows just how lucky she is to have this support group at her side.

Those people that we can't name are the anonymous donors who have funded the GoFundMe – Help Jan Recover account.

Every donation, whether anonymous or credited, is so much appreciated. Jan and Jan's tribe thank you for your prayers, thoughts, messages, and love. We are maintaining the update posts, so you know that you are not forgotten.

Blessings on you!

 
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Naming names…

Life goes on…with Jan and with us. We are all settling into a routine with life as we know it now. We have added Jan to our everyday routine. Jan has added and overcome insurmountable problems in her daily life.

This post is going to name names and place the spotlight on those people who have made Jan's life possible with the best of quality and care.

Three people with incredibly open hearts and arms who have helped Jan achieve milestones in her recovery should be recognized. This list is in no particular order because all have played key roles in the activities over the last four months.

Debbie Hatt O'Berry (Jan's sister-in-law) established and manages the GoFundMe account. She managed family and friend volunteers to move Jan's possessions to the Mt. Pleasant apartment. Accepting Mission Impossible to transport Jan from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in a rented handicapped van was nerve-racking and challenging. She enjoyed that mission so much and retook the responsibility to carry Jan on July 31 to two doctor appointments and one dentist appointment. Debbie has been emotional support especially arranging Jan's first visit to the farm after the tragedy. She continues to help Jan in countless ways, more than are listed here.

Sheri Christie has been a steadfast friend and a solutions provider. Jan says she knows everybody! Sheri even knows someone in the piano business that can advise Jan on the condition of the baby grand piano at the farmhouse. Sheri has orchestrated groups of church volunteers to help in many ways – from tuck-in visits to moving and packing to obtaining scrubs for Jan to wear during her recovery. She regularly visited when Jan was in the hospital and made such a difference in her mental outlook. Sheri continues to play a vital role in Jan's life.

Lyris Arauzo Barroso, the dedicated friend, neighbor, and prayer leader. During Lyris' visits to the hospital ICU, she sang to Jan when she was unconscious and held her hand. Lyris went to Mt. Pleasant to pick up medicines and deliver to Jan the day after she had surgery on her own hand. She picked up the mail at the farm daily and kept a watchful eye. Lyris fit packing boxes for Jan and organizing other volunteers to do the same at the farm into her schedule, too. Lyris also obtained scrubs for Jan's new wardrobe. She made time in her schedule to meet with me (the sister) when I was in Michigan and allowed me to feel her kindness.

 Jan's gratitude is boundless. She knows just how lucky she is to have this support group at her side.

Those people that we can't name are the anonymous donors who have funded the GoFundMe – Help Jan Recover account.

Every donation, whether anonymous or credited, is so much appreciated. Jan and Jan's tribe thank you for your prayers, thoughts, messages, and love. We are maintaining the update posts, so you know that you are not forgotten.

Blessings on you!

 
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Sundays trip to the farm.
Transfering from the wheel chair to car.
Jan in my car.
Jan at the farm, the first time since..
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