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Josh's recovery journey

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Raised by 644 people in 5 months
Created October 19, 2018


Josh Christensen was in a vehicle collision on Hwy101 north on Cuesta Grade Thursday evening.  The collision with a semi-truck resulted in his flipped Honda Pilot on the freeway. 

Josh was at Sierra Vista and was conscious when Lauren arrived. She was able to speak with him prior to intubation. He handled the initial severe pain like a champ, but they ended up intubating (ventilator) to relieve his difficulty breathing and to allow the chest & lungs to heal. He has many broken ribs and chest trauma. Thankfully the X-rays and CT scan revealed no injuries to internal organs or to his head. He does have a severe femur fracture near the hip socket, a bad break on his wrist, and one knee has a major wound - extent of damage there is unclear. 

Due to the major orthopedic surgery work that is necessary they decided to airlift him to Fresno where there's a special team of ortho surgeons. That helicopter flight was at about 5am Friday morning. He had his first successful surgery this morning and we will continue to provide updates. 

Looking at the Honda Pilot he was driving, it’s truly hard to imagine anyone could survive. The trauma doctor said his injuries while quite serious are manageable, and he should recover. But, it will be a long and potentially challenging road from recovery through physical therapy.

This is obviously a major life event for the family, and we’re all doing everything we can to support them. Lauren has been through so much in just a few hours. Immediate family is gathering in Fresno and we do not know how long Josh will be intubated, in ICU, or in Fresno, but for several days at a minimum. 

Family and friends have put this together to help relieve some of the financial stress this situation will put on Josh and Lauren's family and help in Josh's recovery. We know so many of you that love Josh, and we thank you in advance for anything you are able to give during this very challenging time for their family. In his words "cheers" - and love to all.
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Hey everyone! Exciting news for the Christensen family! Josh is HOME to Atascadero, and many of you have asked how you can support him and his sweet family during his time of healing. We have created this care community page, where you can go sign up to bring them meals and lend a helping hand when necessary. Please read the attached Google doc (on the website) for all the details about favorite foods etc. https://my.lotsahelpinghands.com/community/thechristensenfamily/home

Sincerely, Dani
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A Message From Josh:

I can't begin to express the emotions I'm feeling.

Physically I'm broken. Devastated knee, broken hip, shattered wrist, 9 broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. Rolling over even a 1/4 takes more energy than I can rationalize. I've recently been learning how to stand up on my left leg with the assistance of multiple therapists and a walker. Sitting at the edge of the bed is something I dread. And making it to the toilet...at this point making it to a toilet, being able to sit down on it and actually USE it...it doesn't seem impossible, but daunting doesn't explain how large a challenge it is, both physically and mentally. Breathing hurts most of the time and man...my ass is getting sore from just laying here so much.

All that said, I am quite honestly overwhelmed with hope and feelings of gratitude and love. Despite the severity of my accident (my vehicle rolled three times after a collision with a semi before coming to a rest upside down on the 101 where I was rescued by some incredible first responders), somehow my mind, my internal organs, and my spine were left relatively unscathed. How did this happen? How did I come through this with the ability to still think, reason, and understand what is happening? Quite simply, it's a miracle.

And due to this miracle I've been able to keep up with the almost mythical amount of support both my family and I have received over the past few weeks. Texts, messages on social media, letters, phone calls, not to mention am incredible number of donations through the go fund me account that my sister in law set up have been overwhelming to say the least.

I've had multiple instances of a nurse rushing into my room to check on me due to a severely elevated heart rate just to find me lying in bed, balling like a child as I read the messages of love and encouragement for Lauren, the kids, and I. Every time I try to pick up where I left off, emotions flood back and inevitably the dam breaks again as I'm overcome with tears. These tears are ones of humility, thankfulness, hope, encouragement.. But sprinkled in there are feelings of pain and the thought that I am not worthy of such incredible support and love.

i wouldn't be here if not for the toughest woman I know...@lochristensen1 is my best friend and has continued to show me what love looks like in action. Her strength, patience, and compassion humble me constantly, and I ask that y'all continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She has the hardest job in the world right now, and she continues to carry herself with love and grace.

I want to thank y'all again for your love and support...its impact cannot be measured. Thank you, thank you, thank you...All my love.
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Josh is doing well, his (hopefully) last surgery on his wrist was successful, although he was disappointed he didn’t get to keep his “Frankenstein-like” external hardware. The pain from this last surgery has been intense but we got word today that he will he moved to the in patient rehabilitation facility later this afternoon. He’s excited to start this next phase. We’ve heard great things about the Physical Therapists there and I’m confident that his amazing work ethic and fighting spirit will greatly benefit his recovery journey. Thank you to everyone for coming alongside us on this bumpy ride, we could not have done it without you. Our deepest love and appreciation Josh, Lauren, Cash, and Penny.
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Hi all you kind, loving, generous people!! Wanted to share an update on my hero. We have been in the telemetry floor since Friday evening. After a rough transition Josh has been doing so much better. His blood pressure and heart rate are still high so they are monitoring it closely, but we’ve found it mostly to be coordinated with his pain level. He’s been able to get much more rest since Saturday which is a relief (he’s napping now as I type this). He’s now breathing on his own(no more chest tubes!!) and all chest x rays so far have been positive! He has another wrist x eat this morning so we are waiting on word as to whether or not he will undergo another surgery there. We are so thankful for this new stage of stability, rest, and recovery. Everyone in this unit has been so kind and we are so appreciative. I am doing well considering, I’ve been able to get some rest and a few breaks here and there, and I’ve received so many thoughtful gifts from both friends and strangers alike, thank you everyone. I know we’ve said it before but I don’t think we an ever express enough how grateful we are for everyone’s love and support! Thank you all and please feel a hug from us.

Love to you all
Lauren
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