Doing Better Than Anyone Expected

Everyone keeps gathering around me. They all look at me. Smiling. They tell me how good I’m doing. I hear words like “remarkable”, “miracle”, “amazing”. I know what the last one means so I’m guessing the other two are good too.

My doctor, Dr. H just keeps talking about how surprised he is. He smiles really big and his voice gets a little louder. He said he was certain I was going to have paralysis… that he put it in his official notes, that he can’t believe his eyes when he asks me to squeeze his hand or move my legs. Since I don’t know what paralysis is, nor why someone is so excited that I move my legs, I generally ignore him.

I overheard some nurses talking about how long it takes for other kids to re-learn eating or re-learn how to just move their leg up or down. I think they’re talking about other kids like me who get a similar owie fixed in their heads. My Mom and Dad also seem proud of me. I’ve heard them laughing and playfully bantering, so whatever I did, it must be okay.

The nurses are great here. They’re taking amazing care of me and helping Mom and Dad with stuff too. I’m in my second room. The first room was called the PICU (pediatric ICU). I was only there for a day when they moved me to my second room… the one I’m in now. I do hear nurses saying that it was expected I would be in the first room for much, much longer. I like this one better. BUT, I’m supposed to move to one final room later today. Same floor, but I guess they’re particular about who is in certain rooms. Seems silly to me.

I have said a few words, but was talking more yesterday than I am today. I’ve only found my voice for 4 words today. It just takes too much energy and I’m so very tired!

I’ve had a visit with some of my family and close friends, and some of Dad’s friends made their way in to see me. I’ve gotten a couple of fun presents and was happy to be able to get on the iPad again. All of the activity and visits wear me out though ; even sitting up is extremely difficult and makes me sick before it finally wears me out… so I’m hoping to get some rest.

Thank you to everyone for your prayers. I’m certain that ALL of your prayers have helped me make such good and fast improvements and I hope you’ll keep praying for me. I still have a very long road ahead …

25 Responses to Doing Better Than Anyone Expected

  1. Marie says:

    I am SO very proud of you! Even though finding those 4 words wore you out, I know it made your mommy and daddy SO happy to hear each and every one!

  2. Brooke says:

    Way to go Jackson! Stay strong and keep getting better!

  3. Kristen says:

    We are so excited to hear about how well you are doing, Jackson! Tonight when we were saying our prayers, Allegra interrupted me and said, in a whisper, “Mom, don’t forget about Jackson.” We will keep praying that all of these miracles continue. You are amazing, Buddy!

  4. Y'vonne says:

    Hi Jackson,

    I’m a friend of your mommys in California. I have a 9 year old son also and Aidan and I have been praying and following your amazing spirit. Keep up the good work buddy.

  5. Jenny says:

    Praising God for making you so strong, Jackson! So thankful to hear you are doing so well. I am glad you have such nice nurses to take care of you. That makes such a big difference to help you get better fast! 🙂

    • Gina The Mom says:

      Yes! And the nurse last night let me sleep the longest! Though she pulled out an IV at 4am… I didn’t really like that part!

  6. Shannon (& Patrick) says:

    I am so excited that you get to use your ipad again, I’m playing on mine right now and looking at your picture.
    My mom and dad and sisters say that you are doing awesome!
    I knew that you would!
    Lets go bowling again when you feel better! BFF Patrick

    • Gina The Mom says:

      PATRICK! I can’t wait to go bowling again. Maybe I can say hi to you and send you a video soon…

  7. Liz S says:

    Thank you so much for the updates. Each day we thank God for his remarkable progress and pray for a continued speedy recovery. Keep up the good work, Jackson!

  8. Sarah says:

    Way to go Jackson!! You will be back to your trains before you know it!!

    • Gina The Mom says:

      I hope so. I asked Mom and Dad to get my train videos for me from home. They said they didn’t bring them because they didn’t think I’d be awake this early. I kinda like keeping them on their toes!

  9. YAHOO! Jackson looks great! Speedy recovery and healing thoughts from here in MA!

  10. Summer Smith says:

    Glad to hear he is doing so well. HUGS!

  11. So, so happy!! And by the way, you are one handsome kiddo Jackson. 🙂

  12. Love you, love you, LOVE YOU! Logan is very irritated that we won’t take him to come visit you. He keeps insisting that we need to go to the doctor to “See jackson okay!!” I wish we could. Praying for you all the time. xoxoxo!

  13. Jason and Justin Simental says:

    We are really glad to hear you are doing good Jackson!! All of us in our family are praying for you! Feel better soon.. :0)

  14. Mrs. Leensvaart says:

    I pray for you each day. I am so proud of you! You are such an amazing kid and I can’t wait to see you.
    Lots of love,
    Mrs. Leensvaart

  15. Wendy Gomez says:

    Its so heartwarming to hear all this good news Jackson! We are all so proud of you and we are thanking God for your remarkable recovery and the work of all your doctors and caregivers. Continued prayers going out to you and to your mom and dad. We love hearing all of the upbeat news from moment to moment. Warm hugs and kisses from all of us in Cali! Wendy, Tony, Amanda, Megan, and Aaron!

  16. Megan Gomez says:

    I love you Jackson! be strong beautiful boy<3

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