Posted on September 4, 2016
Posted on September 4, 2016Our Son Jacob Davis Medical Update:
Posted on September 4, 2016
Posted on September 4, 2016Thank you to all our Family & Friend's for your immense support through the last 8 months.
Thank you for the overwhelming love & support from Jake's surgeon : Dr. Bray , our friend's family & even those we haven't met. So many amazing messages of love & encouragement were sent, incredible amount's of prayer's were lifted up, just an unbelievable amount of love & attention given to Jake .
Also, the Surf Community went over & above as a whole! What a wonderful group of friend's !! Thank you all!! We Love You!
You really pulled through for Jake with flying colors!!
Bible Study Groups praying- Thank you , thank you with all my whole heart!
The only reason we didn't update this post is sooner is because I didn't want to ask for more financial support. Especially with the outpouring of support received to date.
I have decided to update you all because of friend requests . Our loving friend's are asking for an update.
So here goes: It is now 5 1/2 mths past Jake's surgery.
March -Thoracic Spinal AVM Surgery
Jake lay on an ice machine day & night. He had to take high level pain med. to try & survive the ongoing post op. severe pain. 2-3 mths.
May- Jake received stem cell injections in his low back discs & knee (6 weeks post op)
- This was for 2 degenerated discs with tears which caused Jake to live in level 10 pain all day every day.
This started while surfing June 2015-& live's in this pain today.
Stem cell injection's were given to heal & rebuild the discs. It will take one year .
So we are talking about 2 levels of injury-
One to the low back- June 2015 needing stem cells ( harvested from his bone marrow & blood , inserted into 2 discs.
The 2nd injury Dec. 2015- Head injury which presented with a spinal AVM. It may have been congenital & brought to the surface from the trauma of hitting his head.
The AVM was life threatening. The neurological symptoms have been removed from the surgery.
The low back required stem cell injections- Even after all the AVM symptoms were removed from surgery, he was left with excruciating unbearable low back pain!
This was accomplished at the same surgery center that Dr. Bray heroically performed his AVM surgery.
From the time he received the injection's , for the next 2 month's Jake felt like dying. We did not expect this. Especially after all he had endured prior to & post AVM surgery. We were looking forward to Jake only improving. Little did we know, he would have to endure this also.
The Good News-
Jake had an insane inflammatory response to the stem cells ( which the disc tissue needs to rebuild )
The Bad News -
Jake would spend May - 2 Mths . later laying on an ice machine for 2 month. Not able to leave the house at all. Except to be driven to the ER by an ambulance & another time by car. He received more CT scans, more MRIs to rule out bone infection ( thankfully was ruled out)
Injections of high level pain med ,that would wear off every 10 mins. He had to just go home dying in pain & lay there once again on ice .
Dr. Bray decided to have Jake strip himself off all pain meds for good health .
Jake lay on ice for a solid week , allowing this med . to release from his body & was raw in pain.
He was so strong .
We found a rehab sports specialist who came recommended. Jake spent the next 2 weeks forced into intense movement & rigorous ballistic exercise. Right after Months of lying on his back in this terrible state of pain. Now forced into all these excercise's.
The bad news: 2 weeks into it Jake felt wounded & overworked.
The good news: The movement gave Jake the desire to get in the ocean & start swimming around.
Ever since that time to present: Jake swim's 1- 2 times a day in the ocean.
I am so very thankful Jake has the ocean for his therapy every day . He then heads to North Beach Nutrition in San Clemente & has a huge nutritional shake 1-2 times per day.
North Beach Nutrition is Jake's sponsor . There has never been a time when Jake needed this nutrition & love more than now! Ed is the owner . He not only generously gives Jake the fuel he needs to heal each day free of charge . But he is also a wonderful friend & mentor. His North Beach Nutrition Bar provides nutrition & friendship all day to Jake on his road to recovery ! Thank you Ed ! We couldn't do it without you!
Today: Jake continues to enjoy the ocean, he is still in low back pain, has started physical therapy with an awesome gal Belinda- 2 time's weekly. She is respected by the Pro Surfing Community & understands Jake's nerve pain & has experience with Avms .
Jake will be starting with a neurological Dr. this week. We look forward to Jake's continual progress!
jake's out of network expenses total : $30,000!
If you feel led to donate to his fund we more than appreciate it!
Sincerely , Glen & Christie Davis
May God's Love & Abundant Blessings Be With You All !!!
Posted on April 3, 2016
Posted on April 3, 2016It's been over a week now and Jake is slowly improving. He's been bed bound mostly but up and walking a little. We are overwhelmed with gratitude because of the incredible support from our family, friends and even strangers. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for sharing and caring. Will keep you updated as Jake's recovery progresses.