Posted on March 4, 2018
Joshua was recently able to meet the first responder, Officer Jack Salafrio, of the Gainesville Police Department, who was first in a long line of people who saved his life on that awful night. It was incredibly lifting to his spirit. He is continuing physical and occupational therapy at home now surrounded by family and friends.
At least one more elbow surgery, maybe two, will happen in the coming months because the joint is not healing as the doctors had hoped. Joshua is still wheelchair bound and it takes a great deal of effort still for him to accomplish activities of daily life. Showering, for example, takes over an hour from start to finish because he has to carefully slide in on a shower bench in a very tight quarters bathroom. Before that, it’s a struggle of ten minutes just to remove his shirt and shorts.
His mood is much better than many expect because he draws so much joy from watching his wife and daughter interact and play, seeing his chunky little son smiling constantly, talking to his mom (who also happens to be in a wheelchair from a wreck in December) on a daily basis, and he has just always had a “never give up” attitude about anything before him.
Joshua has been so incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support and kindness extended to not just himself but even more so his amazing wife who has had to be so strong through this ongoing ordeal. Thank you so much to everyone who continues to share love, prayers, kindness, joy, laughter, and positive vibrations with Joshua and his family.