Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Howdy all. Once again it has been a while since my last update, and I have a feeling that this one will be my last. Over the course of the past couple months I feel like Jon and Allison's story is no longer mine to tell -- it has become their own as they move on with their life.

I don't mean to get all sappy and wax nostaligc, but it is pretty amazing to look back on what has happened since the accident. Six months ago Jon was recovering from major surgery and Allison was fighting for her life. Today, Jon and Allison are on a well-deserved vacation to Banff, Canada, and the wheelchair ramp was just removed. Here's some of the other stuff that has been happening.

Jon got approval to go back to work, starting next week. He has physical limitations to what they are allowing him to do, but I know he can't wait. He helped plan and build a large deck in the backyard for himself as well. Thanks to the Zav's, Jon V, Kyle, Dad, and anyone else that helped. Jon was so happy to be working again that we had to pull him off the job at the end of the day once we were all done - he was ready to outwork all of us. The extra weeks he was in his boot after the most recent surgery were pretty miserable, but he's happy to be out again and walking unassisted. He continues to have therapy on both his elbow and his foot and who knows how much he'll be getting back with those in the end, but I think he tries to not let it bother him. He'll have probably at least one more surgery to remove a plate in his elbow later on.

Allison is back to the hospital once a week for her continuing education classes. She's also driving short distances to and from the hospital and the store. She's back running and competed in the Danish Festival 4mi race in her hometown in Greenville last weekend. She said she wasn't trying to compete, but still managed to get 5th out of her age group - I think her being able to finish at all is just amazing. She's working on her balance and vision right now and getting all of her brain function back to where it needs to be. I know she's chomping at the bit to get back to being a full working doctor and hopefully that transition continues forward smoothly.

Obviously things are looking good compared to six months ago, and even good compared to two months ago or two weeks ago. I want to thank once again all of the friends and family, and even those of you I don't know that were such a great support. The endless thoughts and prayers, the nurses, doctors, and professional staff we enountered -- the State Farm staff, therapists, neighbors, and everyone that was involved in any way. I know that Jon and Allison will probably have to deal with the physical and emotional stresses of this accident for the rest of their lives, but I know that they are happy to try to get some of their own life back together and couldn't have done it without the support they have been given.

Ok, that's enough!