Jardon's Snowflake Awake Fund
My name is April, last Wednesday on his way home from school, my nephew who is 16 got into a car accident. His name is Jardon, he lives in Reedsburg, WI, is a Junior in High School, and works at Lands End.
When the EMT's arrived on site, Jardon was found unresponsive and not breathing. They instantly gave Jardon a breathing tube. From there they made the decision that he would need med flight. When they found out that Med Flight would be 30 minutes out, the EMT's decided to bypass both Reedsburg and Baraboo and went directly to Sauk City. From Sauk City, Jardon was then med flighted to UW Madison Emergency Department. When he arrived in Madison, we then found out about his extent of injuries. Jardon was hit hard on the left (passenger side) of his vehicle. We were told that he had head trama (meaning they saw blood on the CT scan in his brain), and that his lungs had collapsed and were leaking air into his body cavity. This was at 8:30 PM Wednesday night.
At 10:30 PM on Wednesday, they moved Jardon from the Emergeny Department to the American Family Childrens Hospital Intensive Care Unit. At 11:00 PM, the nuerosurgeon came in to talk to my sister and brother in law. The nuerosurgeon team wanted to install a stint into Jardons skull in order to measure the pressure on the brain. They were told that this was the best way to determine how to move forward through out the days to come, they were asked to sign a waiver of liability due to the risk, they signed and prayed that everything would go well with the surgery.
At 12:30 AM Thursday morning, we got word that the surgery of the stint went well, and that the peak swelling of the brain would occur 48 - 72 hours after the car accident, meaning sometime between Friday at 4:00 PM - Saturday at 4:00 PM. At this point it was a waiting game to see how the brain would react. They continued to use the ventilator for his breathing, had inserted body tubes at his sides to collect the air that was escaping from his lungs into his body cavity, gave him different types of fluids to help with the brain swelling, and kept him on medicines to keep him heavily sedated throughout the process.
Finally, Saturday at 4:00 PM came. Although we were not in the clear by any means, Jardon was still stable, and we made it through the most critical time for the brain swelling.
Sunday was a good day. Since the accident Jardon's ventilator had been at the top breathing power of 10. On Sunday, they were able to bring it down to a 9. It was again another day of progress. The nurse explained it to the best of us by saying "Slow and Steady wins the race" We have to repeat that to ourselves everyday as we look at this amazing boy and all you want him to do is wake up and say hi.
Today, Jardon is still improving. At 10:00 PM tonight, they are going to try and lower the ventilator to 8, and see how he feels about it.
What happens tomorrow is up to Jardon, and his healing body. We have been told there are a series of events that will occur over the next couple weeks. Most likely, Jardon will continue on the venitilator for several more days. While he is on the ventilator, he will need to remain heavily sedated. They do not necessarily want him to wake up while he still has the ventilator, or he will try to pull it out. Once his lungs are strong enought to remove the ventilator, it will be removed. Once the ventilator is removed, they can then take him off of the current sedation medicine that he is on, and then need to start other medicine for sedation in order to deal with the withdrawls of the current medicine that he is one now. They estimate that even though he may be able to interact with us, he will still be fuzzy due to the withdrawl period. The withdrawl period may take several days, each person is different with this stage. Once we make it through the withdrawl period, then Jardon should be able to respond with us freely and with out any sedation. Due to the trama of the brain, we do not know what that will be.
The positive news is that the original CT Scan did not show alot of bleeding, Jardon is young, and extremely healthy. Every patient that has brain trama reacts differently, some need to be taught basic motor skills like how to swallow, other do not. Some need physical therapy, some do not. All we know is that at this point is that the process will be long in order for Jardon's body to heal properly. And we will be there the whole time.
I am writing this page for my sister and brother in law. In no way, shape, or form would they ever ask for money. My sister has remained at the hospital since Wednesday, she will continue to stay until Jardon is happy, healthy, and ready to come home. My brother in law had to go home today in order to go back to work. The bills do not stop because tragedy strikes. I am asking for your help to help cover my sisters wages, and to help with any medical bills that their insurance may not cover. I do not know the extent of what this is because I do not want my sister to worry about it. Her youngest is the hospital and that is enough.
I know at times, at Christmas, I have looked for ways to give back. I am asking that maybe this could be your way.
It will go to a family, a young man, who needs a Christmas Miracle.
I love you Jardon, I cannot wait to see those beautiful eyes open and for you to join us again.
All my love,
Jardon has been doing amazing. He ended up staying at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee 19 days. There he walked for the first time, made it up 24 stairs, and was able to go down to the cafeteria with his mom, dad, and sister. Like the update before, all the staff said that they have never seen anything like it. Jardon physically was doing amazing. The emotional and mental part is slower. He went through times of sadness, confusion, and at times he was just plan mad and did not understand the situation.
On the weekend of January 21st, the doctors and staff at Sacred Heart made the decision that Jardon was well enough to leave there since they specialize in coma rehabilitation, and instead come back to Madison. This was a great sign, that he could transfer back to a non coma rehab.
On Tuesday, Jardon came back to the American Family Childrens Hospital, one floor from where it all began. For the first time in 47 days I talked to my nephew. It was astonishing. He laughs alot, smiles alot, and his sense of humor is definitely back. He is so funny.
He does not remember the accident, and his short term memory is trying. But, he does have his past. He remembers alot of it, or the feelings associated with something in the past. The best way to describe it is like having a file cabinet with thousands of files. Someone took all the files out, and threw them everywhere. Now the files are coming back, but not in any particular order, very randomly. This is what will take the time to sort out.
The hospital doctors and staff are already discussing allowing Jardon to go home. The agreement to having Jardon come home, is that someone will need to be with him 24 hours a day, and some minor house modifications need to be made for safety reasons. His brain is still healing and his equilibrium messes with him a lot. He will also still have months of rehabilitation in Sauk or Baraboo. They are thinking he can go home in about 1 to 2 weeks if the house is ready.
Jardon will then start to work with the Reedsburg School District to start to get him back in the swing of things slowly. No one knows how much or how long this would take, but the lead doctor in Milwaukee said that he has a very good chance of being able to graduate next year with his class.
I cannot thank everyone or send out enough love to everyone who has helped through prayers, love, and monetary ways. All of it, every bit of it, has helped and will continue to help Jardon and his family through this.
Thank you, thank you, thank you,
The staff is calling him their Rockstar patient because he has been advancing so fast. They have never seen that happen.
On Tuesday, Jardon had surgery to move his feeding tube. In order to go to Milwaukee, the feeding tube had to be repositioned a specific way. The surgery went very well with no complications.
On Thursday, we were told that the insurance gave approval for Jardon to be moved to Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart simultaneously called and said that they had a room available for Jardon. So at 2:00 PM on Thursday Jardon journeyed to Sacred Heart in Milwaukee.
Sacred Heart has done amazing with the physical therapy since Jardon has arrived. They do it on and off through out the day, 6 days a week.
Since Jardon has been at Sacred Heart. Jardon has now started eating and drinking. He still has the feeding tube to supplement, but he is able to sip and has started to eat . He has started listening to music and watching television. When he is asked what he is doing, he is able to answer correctly.
The "wires" that had been harmed in his brain from the impact are starting to heal. He is able to swallow, he is able to talk. And today, at 11:38 AM I got the call that with assistance, ....................... Jardon walked.
I know that we have a long ways to go, but days like today, make it seem like talking to Jardon like we used to is possible.
We all need days like today.
I thank everyone for continuously sending their prayers, love, and hope.
My family is a firm believer in manifesting. If you would like to join us, my husband and I have been manifesting that Jardon is home and well on February 14th. Having thousands of people wish for the same thing together can't hurt anything.
All My Love, April
April- thank you for the updates! I'm sure everyone else appreciates them, too! Slow and steady, we'll take it! Thinking of you all during this holiday season. This is a painful reminder of what the holidays are all about. What matters most. Not the material things in life. Prayer for a Christmas miracle. Get better soon, Jardon!
What incredible and wonderful news to hear! So happy to hear he may be able to go home soon for care! Just the comforts of being in a familiar place is so helpful with healing! Such an incredible young man of strength! Prayers for continued healing, and a full recovery!
How wonderful to hear! Continued prayers
SO incredible to hear! We are grateful for the updates April, as we all have Jardon and all of you on our minds hearts, and in our prayers! Prayers continue! ((Hugs)) to Janice too! Stay strong mama!
Jardon, We are praying for you and hoping for a great recovery. We are watching your updates and were glad to see you starting to respond. Stay strong! The team from the Kari Tracey Agency. Kari Tracey Jenny Amacher Kadie Halder
Thanks April for the continued updates...We're thinking of you and your family Jardon!
Stay strong and positive Jardon. You're not in this alone.
Thank you so much for the continued updates April! Continued prayers for Jardon! Hugs and thoughts to all of you in this difficult time! Love, The Burroughs family
Jardon. You have proven what a strong man you are. With the prayers being said and your strength will get you through this. Sending healing thoughts and prayers
Loving thoughts and prayers!
Jardon, keep fighting and stay strong! We are all here cheering you on and praying for you! We love you!! Aunt Brandy
Hi my name is Vanessa from reedsburg area high school I'm one of jardons friend from chemistry and work and I was wondering if you were accepting visitors if I could come see him? Thankyou and I'm praying for him
Glad to hear about his updates as he continues to fight
Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you!! Keep up the fight Jardon!