Run the Course : the Recovery of Jason Wichman
Please pray for my family and my brother Jason Wichman. Jason has
been coming around since the 'tremors' he experienced over a week ago.
It was an isolated incident that subsided after the administration of
fluids (low hydration levels and electrolytes) and antibiotics (for a
mild UTI). Over the last week or so, they have done tons of testing on
him to see if there was any reason for the 'seizure' like episode.
Nothing has been indicative of a neurological cause. Thank the Lord, I
hope it was an isolated incident.
What they did find, was some increase of the CSF, Cerebrospinal Fluid, in his ventricles. There are 4 ventricles in the brain that basically are there to protect the other areas of the brain against trauma. And, not surprising, this is the same area in his brain where he sustained the most injury. They have labeled the condition Hydrocephalus. There is a lot of information on this site about Jason's condition. http://www.hydroassoc.org/
If the fluid is allowed to increase, it could actually put pressure on his brain and potentially cause damage. That isn't anything the family would want for him.
Tomorrow, Tuesday October 30th, Jason will undergo a surgery to install a shunt inside his brain that will help regulate the production of CSF in his ventricles. There are tons of concerns about him having this surgery. One of the major ones is the risk of infection and the week condition of his body. He still hasn't regained all of his strength from the surgery earlier this month for the removal of his colon. Then the UTI and that caused another stay in the ICU.
If he could, I know Jason would want to thank everyone individually with a handshake or a hug for all of the prayers and support that have been extended to him and his family. On his behalf, I send my continued thanks and prayers in return. Please pray for compassion and kindness, for healing and strength, for courage, for a successful surgery that helps Jason gain ground towards his complete healing in Christ and for the Peace of the Lord to infiltrate every area of this situation. So many people are in need of the Love of the Father.
Tomorrow is also my mom, Jacquie (Rife) Wilson's birthday. I know it will be a very trying day for her. She is the only support for Jason there, on the ground, and holidays and birthdays are always meant to be celebrated together.
And lastly, Wednesday there is another court hearing concerning my brother and family. I don't know exactly what to say here, other than I hope they all get it worked out and put it behind them so we can all get on and focus our attention on Jason and his healing.
Thank you everyone,
This website, "Run The Course: the Recovery of Jason Wichman," was started just over 8 months ago now. Under the duress of the situation, the direction of the site wasn't very clear. I just knew how important it was to have information available. Jason's family alone is over 500 strong! That's a lot of people to try to keep in the loop. Not to mention his friends and co-workers.
Now then, I feel like I have finally arrived at the goal. As Jason's sister, I believe it is my part to share his story. His whole story. There are so many people and families that have found themselves dealing with the shock and trauma of an accident. Hopefully, his story will help encourage others to continue to heal and move forward, day by day, minute by minute, regardless of their personal situation and struggles.
Here's all my best to all of you, and to a fresh breath and direction for the site.
Today, he is going to a facility called Care Meridian in Denver. I am not sure of how long he is to be there. Please pray for peace and comfort and favor for Jason and my mom, Jacquie, as they move and get acquainted with their new surroundings. Also, pray for provision for my mom so she can continue to stay with Jason and take care of him.
Please keep Jason in your prayers especially during this coming week July 15th - 21st. He has come to the end of his appointed time at the Craig Hospital. The time at Craig has been amazing and so supportive and helpful. They have really gone above and beyond to help our family for the next stages of recovery with Jason.
There are several locations that have been researched that would provide adequate support and have met all of the known criteria for Jason and meeting his current needs. Now then, the family just needs the wisdom to chose the right facility for this time for Jason. These decisions are not taken lightly.
Please be in prayer for all of us. Pray that the best decision for Jason is made for this time. Pray for peace and comfort and unity for the family.
Thank you everyone for all of your continued support.
The following is a 'copy & pasted' conversation update from Facebook concerning the new reports about Jason's eyesight.:
- Lisa Cox Della, in answer to your question, well, pretty much. Jason had an eye exam and the optometrist said that he will have normal vision when he wakes up. He may need to be fitted for reading glasses, but maybe not. They said his optic nerves were there, whole and functioning!! Praise God! We have been told otherwise this whole time by the medical staff, and finally, we are starting to see the results of God's answered prayers and miracles. The day of the vision test, they were talking about actually taping Jason's eyes open so that he could begin to receive information from the outside world in, you know. And about that time he opened both of his eyes, at the same time, FOR THE FIRST TIME!!!! Like, 'I don't need you to tape them open for me!' Ha! I love my brother so much! He is always progressing forward and doing what the doctors say he can't. God is so good, we are definitely witnessing his healing hands on Jason and through him. Oh, the miracles that we have yet to see....
It is still a critical time for Jason, though. I try to only comment on the positive things that are happening. But he still needs so much prayer. He is 'semi-conscious' which means he interacts with his environment and people, on an irregular basis. (He isn't awake yet.) He doesn't always do the same things to the same stimuli at the same time of day....like the medical staff wants him to. But he does respond and move and is beginning to vocalize sounds. Thank you so much for continuing to pray and stay in touch. Its been a long haul and its not over yet. I love you and God Bless You, Lisa