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Sarah Witmer's Recovery

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For those of you who do not know Sarah was in a serious car accident the night of Oct. 2nd.  She was driving back from Alaska where she worked all summer at a job she loved.  Who wouldn’t?  She was surrounded by amazing people she worked with, Alaskan landscapes and wildlife. She was North of Cheyenne, WY, when she hit black ice.  She lost control of her car, skidded along a guardrail, which kept her from going down into a ravine, and at the end of the guardrail her car rolled 3 x’s.  The state trooper said he had never seen a car roll 3times -leave it to Sarah. By the grace of God, Toyota and all the good karma coming back around to her, Sarah survived.  We are still in disbelief that we are not planning her funeral or that Sarah is not facing life as a quad or paraplegic.   

Her beloved Forerunner gave its life for hers.  The bulk of the damage was to the driver’s door area. There were 2 vehicles behind her and 911 was quickly summoned. Fire and rescue needed the Jaws of Life to remove her from the Forerunner, and it was determined that even though the hospital was close she needed Flight For Life to transport her to the hospital.  Sarah's first helicopter ride and she does not remember it...which is good thing!  

When her brother, dad and I arrived at the hospital we did not even recognize her as her facial edema was so severe.  Her injuries include fractures of her right cheekbone, her left 1st rib, cervical vertebras #6 and 7.  Her right eye swelling needed a surgical procedure to keep the pressure from increasing and causing damage to her vision.  Within 18 hrs. of admission, she underwent a fusion of her cervical vertebrae # 6,7 and thoracic 1.  The surgery went perfectly! She needed breathing and feeding tubes and then balancing her medications to provide sedation and pain relief.

The waiting game began.  6 days after the accident her facial edema had resolved enough where she was beginning to look like Sarah.  On Oct. 12th it was determined that both the breathing and feeding tubes could come out.  Friday the 13th is now Sarah’s lucky day as she was discharged from ICU.  She went to the unit where her best friend is the charge nurse and so Sarah got the best room on the unit.  When asked how she was doing, she replied “big pimping as I got the suite”.  When she arrived she was on bedrest and nothing by mouth.  2 days later she walked 80 feet with the help of 2 Physical therapists and eating a modified soft diet.  Her progress is nothing short of amazing.

Many know that she has been travelling for the last 18 months and it is a "mom thing" to want her to have medical insurance just in case.  Well the just in case happened, I'm so glad that it was 50 miles from home. Sarah has a basic policy, and her medical care costs will be anything but basic! Many of her friends hail from all the corners of the world and want to know how they can help? First, please know that keeping her in your hearts, thoughts and prayers are the number one priority!  But some have suggested the go fund me account.  The money raised will go towards non-covered medical expenses and if there is any money remaining knowing Sarah she will put it to doing good for others.  For those of you who donate thank you in advance!
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Third time is a charm I hope! I have written this for the third time and have not had it post successfully yet. Hard to believe that it has been a little more than 4 months since Sarah starred death in the face and laughed.. Tho the later took her awhile to do. I and others continue to be amazed at how far she has come. Sarah does not always focus on what she has accomplished but rather on what is not back to where it was before the accident. She now is only going to PT, OT and cognitive therapies once a week. She will have a driving evaluation once she gets her new glasses. She is not very excited about this as she had Lasik done before travelling to South America. Her distance vision has changed and they are going to add prisms to her lenses to help with the nausea she experiences in the car. It is getting better when she is a passenger. When she tried driving in our neighborhood she had lots of problems with nausea. No matter how great mom and dad's B&B is, it is still just that. She has adventured to Junction, Waverly, Denver and soon to CA. The later will be in March and back in Sept. for Sam's wedding. Please know that she can be ready to go at a moment's notice for an over nighter or day time adventure. She will be in Alaska for another summer of working and adventuring at the end of April. We are forever grateful for insurance and her gofundme account. Her hospital bill is at $315,000.00 and her rehab bill is at $22,000.00.
This does not include the doctor's bills or the flight for life. We wrote thank you notes to the nurses, docs and the flight crew. I told the flight crew how upset she was when she found out she rode in a helicopter and did not remember it. They wrote back to us and said that they would remedy that!! Still no word on what we owe. Please know how much it means to all of us that you are keeping her in your thoughts and prayers
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Hello, This past Saturday, Dec. 2nd, marked the 2 month anniversary of Sarah's car accident. When I think of the progress she has made, the phrase "You've come along way, baby" comes to mind. This is especially true if you consider that she really did not start really making progress until mid. October. She continues to go to OT and cognition and we just found a Beth, a PT, who will be working with her on PT. Her speciality is cranial injuries. She is also working another woman that specializes in CranioSacral and brain performance therapies. Sarah continues to work hard at her therapy sessions and when at home. She continues to walk, but takes 1 of the dogs and usually takes 2-2 miles walks/day with no trekking poles. To all of you who have been so generous-thank you for your financial help in supporting Sarah's future. I truly believe in Karma and know your help will come around and back to you. May all us enjoy a truly joyful Holiday season and new year.
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I am thinking it was time to send an update! Sarah has been home since Nov. 1st which I still feel is so hard to believe. She continues to do outpatient OT and cognitive therapies and she cont. to soar. Her OT, Don, is being challenged to think of things for her to do. The last time there he set up a mini obstacle course and the only part she had trouble with was the balance beam. At this point, it does not look like she will have to re-take her driver's license test, yippee! She continues to work on her math skills and higher level reasoning. I am proud to say that where she is now is the place where many people have as their goal. Sarah walks every day with me when I walk the dogs. She walks about 1.25 mi. Sarah's goals are to be where she was, if not better, than before the accident. All of us remain healthy. I start back to work on 11/26 and my supervisor has been great through all of this. Her cash and Gofundme donation amt. are up to $11,000.00. Once again we want to say thanks for your financial and emotional support all of you have continued to show us through this journey Sarah has taken us through. Her medical bills are starting to show up but do not know yet how much of her medical costs will be covered.

How goes it with the 2 of you, the kids and grand daughters? Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving planned. It will be the 4 of us, as Andrea is with her parents in Tahiti and good friends. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for!!!
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Time for an update. Sarah has been home since 11/1. We decided that no schedule would be best for the 1st 2 days and just allow her a break from having a rigid schedule. Today is the day where we get down to business and dig into the homework that they have given Sarah. That includes neighborhood walks -working on increasing strength and endurance. Walking in the neighborhood will challenge her as the road is anything but smooth and perfect. She has lots of OT and cognition stuff also to do. She has an eval. for both of those next week, then will start outpatient therapy 2x's/week. Medicaid covers only 12 visits so the Go Fund Me will help cover additional visits. Sarah got a new phone and her number remains the same. Again thanks for keeping her close in your thoughts and prayer and thoughts. Please call either me or Sarah if you would like to visit.
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