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The Jonathon Carlson Recovery Fund

$17,195 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 175 people in 1 month
Created December 10, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jillian Carlson
On Saturday Nov. 17, just before leaving home to volunteer at a dog rescue event, Jon started having chest pains which he first believed was indigestion. When it didn’t ease, his wife Jillian took him to the local ER, where it was determined that he suffered an aortic dissection, a tear in his aorta. Since this is life threatening and every second mattered, he was air-lifted to Hartford where he underwent emergency surgery for eight hours to repair the damage. Due to the extreme procedures that needed to be done during the surgery, Jon suffered multiple strokes in both his brain and his spine.  On Sunday Nov.18th, he suffered a grand mal seizure. When he didn’t wake up following surgery, doctors determined that his quality of life was questionable and the family was devastated. Slowly, over the next several days, he started to show signs of improvement and is now awake. 

At this time, Jon remains in the ICU where he continues to fight to be able to do things on his  own again. He is currently on breathing assistance and has no feeling below his chest. He is working with occupational, physical, and speech therapy a few times a week. He has a long road ahead of him and the short term goal is to get him out of the ICU, into rehab, and back to his family.

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Jillian has been struggling to be with Jon as much as possible, as well as care for their three young children and run the household. There will be MANY expenses which the family will incur, and we want to raise funds to help the Carlson Family with their medical and household expenses while Jon is unable to work. Your support for Jon, Jillian, and their children is greatly appreciated.
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Update 5
Posted by Marla Krechevsky Chaet
5 days ago
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Fron Chris, Jon's Mom:

UPDATE ON JON: Mike and I took our grandson Reise to see his Dad today at the rehab facility. Jon is doing so well! He was sitting in his chair and watching a movie on his iPad when we got there. We brought an old photo album and had such a nice time looking at old pictures, remembering fun times and laughing. He’s talking much better because the trach was taken out a few days ago, and he’s very happy about that. He’s been doing physical and occupational therapy every day and in his words, he’s “doing great!” We are all just thrilled with his progress! Thank you again for all the positive thoughts and prayers!

Please share and donate! Thank you!
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Update 4
Posted by Marla Krechevsky Chaet
15 days ago
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From Jon's mother Chris: "After 6 weeks and 5 days in Intensive Care, Jon was finally transferred to a wonderful rehab facility. His first full day was busy with fittings and assessments and today he had his first, but short, therapy session. He was super happy he got to do some therapy and told Jillian, “I rocked it!” Jon has come so far since that terrible day the doctors told us there was very little hope that he would recover. We are confident that he will continue to “rock it” and move forward. Thank you again to everyone for your positive thoughts and prayers. They are definitely working! "

Jon has definitely come a long way, but he still has a very long road ahead of him. One of the strokes he had during his heart surgery affected his spine in the area that controls his lower extremities. He has regained some use of his left arm, but does not have any control from the waist down. The hope is that physical therapy will change that.

Please consider donating to assist Jillian with paying the medical bills which are already huge.

Thank you.
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Update 3
Posted by Marla Krechevsky Chaet
22 days ago
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Yesterday marked 6 weeks that Jon has been in ICU. He’s doing very well and is breathing on his own during the day and is put back on the ventilator at night so he can rest. He really feels that he can be off completely but respiratory is being very cautious. He’s eating on his own, but not the hospital food, he’s definitely not a fan. Jillian has been bringing him homemade food daily and today I brought him homemade mac and cheese and ham. We’re so happy with his progress every day. I asked him if he’s ready to go to rehab, he’s been apprehensive until now, but today he said yes, he’s ready. Hopefully, it will be next week. It’s time to move forward!
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Update 2
Posted by Marla Krechevsky Chaet
1 month ago
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From Mike Carlson (Jon's father): I’ve been waiting to give an update on my son, Jon, because he was supposed to be transferred to a long term rehab facility the beginning of this week. Unfortunately, his insurance doesn’t agree with his doctors and is denying long term rehabilitation. So, he is still in ICU, waiting to see if the appeal that has been filed works. I’m very happy to say that Jon is doing well. He is still on the trach, but his breathing continues to improve. He is able to sit on the side of his bed for 30 minutes and speech therapy has started to have him drink thickened liquids and eat some foods. He’s doing well with that. We are impressed with his progress and just hope that he will be able to go to rehab soon. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Jon’s GoFundMe Account and to those who have sent checks to the family. It is so appreciated as his medical bills will be astronomical. ❤️
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$17,195 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 175 people in 1 month
Created December 10, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jillian Carlson
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