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Vildosola family needs your help

$2,120 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 7 months
Created September 21, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Jerry Vildosola
On September 12th, one of our great friends and an inspiring family member hurt himself in an unfortunate skateboarding accident. Jerry was so excited about his new electric skateboard until he was almost hit by a car in a parking lot. To prevent being hit, Jerry jumped off the skateboard and tore both his bilateral patellar tendons, received tears in the upper patellar tendons and has damage to the tissue on both knees.

Since the accident, Jerry has been on bed rest as he is unable to move his knees and has minimal lower body movement. He is currently staying at a nursing facility while he awaits his upcoming surgery. After the surgery, it is expected he will stay at an acute care hospital for 2-3 weeks before even being considered to go home. Jerry will be unable to stand for minimum of 3 months and is expected to start walking by 9-12 months with a near full recovery expected at 12-15 months. He is expected to receive physical and occupational therapy up to 15hrs+ a week.

Jerry is first and foremost a father of 4. Although two children are his step children, Jerry treats them as they're his own and is always there for the kids. He always puts an emphasis on doing family activities for the Vildosola clan, so the children have a strong essence of great family values they can carry on.

Jerry is an Operations Manager for a company he loves and is deeply committed to his employees and customers. Nicknamed "JearBear" it is a perfect reflection of his big Teddy Bear heart.

While being a dedicated employee on call 24/7 and raising 4 kids he is also a college student. About 3 years ago he decided to pursue a goal he has always had and receive a college level associate degree. He recently received his certificate of achievement for completing all networking and IT fundamentals. He has one more class to go to obtain the associate degree. Although severely stressed, Jerry stayed committed showing his family that perseverance and obtaining goals no matter how hard, are always achievable.

Jerry must file for short term disability cutting his pay in nearly half and he is the primary financial provider for his family of 6. He is not able to assist his fiancé in daily activities like feeding the kids and taking/picking them up from school. His fiancé is now working extra hours at her job in addition to taking care of the kids and Jerry. The family needs help with bills and copays and modifications to the house such as shower bars, toilet bars, bathtub seats, and ensuring house is wheel chair accessible, which are all required for Jerry to live comfortably home.

Jerry has such a big heart and is always giving, whether it's bringing food and gifts in to the office or cooking for his coworkers and friends which he loves. He gets enjoyment from making people smile. In this time of need we are asking that you donate if you are able and help relieve the financial stress of the Vildosola family as Jerry gets ready to go through the healing process. ​33158652_1537562918813598_r.jpeg
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Day 36 update:

It’s been 23 days since the surgery. Legs are still fully locked out in full extension. I’m able to sit up at about a 75 degree for about an hour to two before I have to lay back down. I guess it doesn’t help that I already had such short hamstrings before this all happened.
I’m 2 1/2 weeks into physical therapy. They’ve been authorized to start doing passive range of motion, meaning I must lay down and they do the work to introduce bend into my leg. Last weeks focus was to get me to a 30 degree bend on both legs which wasn’t so bad. We are working on 15 degree increments every week with this week increasing to 45. Boy was it painful. They placed a roller under my knees and had my legs dangling off for 15 minutes nearing crying pain. Every minute of it was agonizing. The physical therapist said next week I will want to punch them as we try to go to 60. I’m trying to prep myself for it but I know it’s going to suck. The plan is to get me to 105 degrees passively before they start allowing me to actively bend (me doing the bending) which will start all over from 30 and incrementing 15 every week. At week 11-14 (I’m on week 4) they’re going to start me walking with bend in my hinged braces. For now, we are still just allowing the tendons to heal.
These braces are absolutely uncomfortable and I can’t wait to get out of them. At this point it looks like 3 more months before they’re off.
I’m going to try and return to work in maybe a month if I can tolerate prolonged sitting by then. I’m trying to stay positive but it’s easier said than done. Bills are starting to come in from the hospital and ambulances. So far I’m at 4K debt with about about 600 paid in copays. There is more to come just waiting for those bills to arrive in the mail.
I want to thank you all again for those that donated to my gofundme, came to visit, and helped with making dinner. I haven’t spent any of that money and am sitting on it as I want it to go straight to my bills so it won’t be as much as a burden.
For now, I’ll keep powering through this in hopes I will be able to walk again normally and being back to my normal life. It’s still a long journey with 24 weeks of physical therapy left. I was told 7 months is when the I can return to lifting/hiking and strengthening the legs.
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Staples have been removed. Knees completely locked out still for 4 more weeks before we I introduce bend. Surgeon told me to just rest and let this heal. Pain is still pretty bad and doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Still powering through this.
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Day 26 update. I got released from rehab on Friday oct 5th. It was great to get home but also frustrating at the same time. The hospital and facilities are designed for walkers and wheelchairs where as a normal home is not. I am limited to the walker at home but have learned to get around. Today was my first day of outpatient physical therapy. i am expected to do 4-6 visits a week of occupational and physical therapy combined. I also just learned that it is a $40 copay every visit. This is gonna get expensive very quickly being on disability income.
It still hurts to sit up for prolonged periods of times. I’m at about an hour of sitting up in a chair before pain starts coming in. So the majority of my day is still in bed. I can get in a car but it is very painful after a few minutes of sitting. I am jam packed with dr appointments this week. Staples will be removed from my knees on Wednesday.
I was able to give myself my own shower yesterday using a tub transfer bench. Took about 1 hour but I did it without any help! So all in all, things are progressing, but still waiting on this all to heal which I can’t speed up.
Left knee
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23 days since my bilateral patellar tendon ruptures. I been through so much. Both mentally and physically. And honestly it was emotionally challenging dealing with this entire thing. From feeling absolute worthless crying for hours and hours when I was alone as I’m consumed with frustration and absolute physical pain from the severe trauma. It’s a pretty low time when you are so helpless that you can’t even cover your own feet with a blanket when you’re cold. But things have improved. Especially since the initial pain of the surgery went away and I was more dialed down with medication and physical therapy started.
I started my first real physical therapy day on this past Saturday. I thought in my head I was going to treat everything like a gym set, sure it’s gonna hurt, but I’ll get to rest after a set of an activity. Between my motivation to go home and be with jess and our kids, having extreme upper body strength, and having a super high pain tolerance, I was able to stand up. On my first real day of therapy. Was initially supposed to be a couple of months but did it in one day of therapy. I wasn’t done, I wasn’t happy, so I took a step using a guided rail on each side. Then another step, and another. I walked the entire 20 feet of rails. They asked, want to give a walker a try? Not thinking I could do much more, I did it. 75ft of walking with a walker down the halls of the hospital. Although my legs are completely immobilized in hinged braces, it’s not normal walking. It’s learning to walk with my hips and completely straight legs. But I powered through it.
I inspired myself and pushed myself and am setting my own goals. They made me rest on Sunday and on Monday’s therapy (which I do daily for 3hrs) I started with some more walking on my 2nd day of therapy and my PT asked if I wanted to try walking up a 3” platform, I said “heck yes” without any hesitation. Excited to be challenged with a new objective I went straight for it. Learning how to move, while limiting mobility, managing my stability, minimizing pain, using hip abductions and calves to raise myself up with a walker. But I did it, and stepped down the platform. That gave me even more motivation to push through all challenges. I’m not gonna go into details of everything else because there is so much to describe in any tiny activity I do. I will say, 4th full day of therapy completed today and so far I climbed up and down a full flight of stairs from the 4th floor down to the 3rd floor of this hospital. I’ve been able to get in and out of the practice car they have in the hospital parking lot, I can sit down and stand up utilizing all the skills I learned here in therapy and of course it’s all due to my already strong upper body, motivation for home, and toughing it out with the pain.
This does not mean it’s anywhere near being over. I need rest, and therapy for a few more months most likely. I need the tendons and skin to heal. In about 7 days the staples will be removed which is when I’ll be able to see the physical damage of the surgery on my knees. I’ll be refitted for my knee braces and will start outpatient physical therapy 3hrs a day three days a week. That’s where the knee bending and learning to walk normal again will come in as well as tougher pain to get through to return to my old normal life.
I’m in a much more positive mindset now that things are ramping up and I’m no longer stuck to laying down with my lower half practically paralyzed.
Again, thank you for all your support and those who have donated on my gofundme and or spent time with me while I’m going through this very rare journey.
Bonus picture of my first day of standing and walking.
First day of walking
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Raised by 36 people in 7 months
Created September 21, 2018
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on behalf of Jerry Vildosola
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