Blackburn Family

For: Josh Blackburn
Organizer: Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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The Story

As most of you probably know by now, Josh Blackburn was in a car accident near Garibaldi on his was home from work Saturday January 4th 2014. He was life-flighted to Emanuel. Josh is a wonderful husband and father of 2. Josh works as a Paramedic and RN for Tillamook Regional Medical Center. Josh is always so compassionate toward his patients and positive to be around. We are asking for donations to help the Blackburn family with financial burdens that arise. A US bank account has also been set up.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
We've almost been home a month! Where has the time gone? Josh continues to make improvements every single day. We are so thankful to have each other and our family. I'm so very very thankful that our kids get to have their dad as they remember him. With his type of brain injury, he could have come home with a completely different personality.

For better, or worse, he's back to his old self. I came home from work a few days ago carrying a big box and kicked open the porch doo...r only to have him jump out and scare me. Needless to say, I threw the box and screamed, to which he said, "I'm baaaaaackkkkk!" There's never a dull moment around here!

He has far too much time on his hands lately! Slow Grows It plans are in full swing. I continue to be the 'dream crusher' of bringing him back to reality. Thankfully he should be ready to return to work sometime next month.

We cannot thank our friends, family, and coworkers for the tremendous support over the last few months. At times it's hard to wrap my mind around what we've gone through. Above all, we are thankful and blessed that God has given us a chance to keep on keepin' on.

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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    We've been home for three full days! I had to attend a computer training all week for our new computer system at Roby's so its been BUSY! Josh has been a trooper and has come to work with me, attended therapies, and has mostly followed the doctor's rules. (I did find him in the hay loft the first day so he won't be staying home alone anytime soon!)

    We are doing well. Life is back in to full-force with kids, work, and recovery. We are SO blessed by our friends who have provided meals which is one less step for me at the end of the day.

    We can literally feel the community support at each place we need to stop in town. We can feel that people are rooting for Josh and his recovery. It's slightly strange when people we don't personally know, stare, smile, and nod when we walk by...but we'll take it because we know they're rooting for us!

    Thanks again for all of the support. We truly appreciate it even if we can't find words to adequately express our gratefulness.
     

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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    We've been home for three full days! I had to attend a computer training all week for our new computer system at Roby's so its been BUSY! Josh has been a trooper and has come to work with me, attended therapies, and has mostly followed the doctor's rules. (I did find him in the hay loft the first day so he won't be staying home alone anytime soon!)

    We are doing well. Life is back in to full-force with kids, work, and recovery. We are SO blessed by our friends who have provided meals which is one less step for me at the end of the day.

    We can literally feel the community support at each place we need to stop in town. We can feel that people are rooting for Josh and his recovery. It's slightly strange when people we don't personally know, stare, smile, and nod when we walk by...but we'll take it because we know they're rooting for us!

    Thanks again for all of the support. We truly appreciate it even if we can't find words to adequately express our gratefulness.
     

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
We made it home around 5:00 today. First stop was Burden's to look at the car. We are ever so blessed that Josh is going to recover and that our kids weren't in that car. The Blackburn family no longer cares about the fuel bill!!

Josh was so happy to be home. He kept saying, "I love this house. It's a nice house." He forgot that he had remodeled the bathroom and was impressed with his own work.

He fell asleep in his own bed at 7:45. I'd say it was a successful day.

The outpouring of support from our community, family, and friends is literally overwhelming. Thank you doesn't do it justice.

Our small group decorated our house, stocked our fridge, and Kim & Wes brought us dinner. We are abundantly blessed.
— with Kim Seidel and Wes Seidel.

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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    Tomorrow is the day! Josh and I finally come home! We are excited and nervous at the same time. The good news is that if you or anyone else meets Josh on the street, you'll never even suspect he has a traumatic brain injury! It will mostly just be a story to tell. We're discovering it's more my story to tell than his, because he remembers very little of the last few weeks!

    We are excited to come home, but we still have a long way to go. I feel like the 'weight of the world' will be on me as we progress through this recovery! For a while Josh won't be able to be left alone at all which adds a whole different dynamic to our daily life.

    I also have 17 days worth of work piled up on my desk and of course need to bring the entourage if I want to work after hours to work in a quiet place. It will be a juggling act for me to figure out work, kids, home, Josh, therapies, farm, and recovery.

    We are optimistic that we will pull through this a better couple and a stronger family in the end. For me, tomorrow is when the hard part begins. The good news is that I feel we have a lot of support to get through this....its just not going to be the same for a while.
     

Posted on January 19, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
Today is another day of progress and thankfulness. I woke up this morning and had the overwhelming desire to see my kids. So I made a quick trip home for the first time in 14 days! It was great to give them hugs and kisses!

Josh spent the day in different therapies including heading out to a swimming pool and then he walked a block down from the hospital to have Starbucks as an Occupational Ther...apy session. He walked there and back on his own two feet!

The even better news was that he was able to remember where I was all day long and was able to recount his day to me. This is an improvement from the last few weeks! (He doesn't really remember anyone coming to visit him.)

I keep thinking about a conversation we had with Aaron Middleton in small group a few years ago. I can't remember the gist of the conversation but it came down to how we as humans deal with success. I remember Aaron saying, "Where's your focus? Is God receiving the glory for your accomplishments?" Those phrases have meant more to me in the last few weeks as we've had to rely on our faith and ask God to provide. We'll continue to ask, to praise, and receive - giving God the glory along the way. Sincerely, thank you for all of those who have prayed for us, they have made the difference in this journey.

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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    Today was glorious on so many levels! I'd say that today was lucky number 13!
    Our day started off sharing a coffee together from Starbucks. While Josh attended some therapies, I headed out to buy him new scrubs for his nursing job. (They switched to black and he wanted to make sure he had them when he went back to work. Way to be optimistic!)
    When I returned, Josh was in the middle of physical therapy and he was WALKING ON HIS OWN! They started with a cane, but he was too good for that so they just moved right on! His goal is to be walking unassisted out of this building.
    We met with the head psychiatrist today and he said that there's every reason to believe that Josh will make a full recovery in 3-6 months. What great news! Everyone keeps saying that 'awareness is key' and he's got a whole lotta that.
    Then I headed back out to Powell's on a special mission to buy a bunch of books on beekeeping which he thinks is his next addition to the farm. He's been reading ever since. (Remember my new-found resolution to be more supportive of "The Dream"?...Yeah....I almost forgot too!)
    While he rested, I pretended I was on vacation and had a 90 minute full-body massage. I justified my splurge by thinking about how much money I saved sleeping on the floor for NINE nights!
    Josh has decided that his new ploy to get his way regarding anything is to use the phrase, "You should just be happy I'm alive. Do what I say!" Like they say...."Awareness is Key".... I think this man's gonna make it. Even if he doesn't get his way.
     

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
Here's our first full-day schedule at RIO:
8:30-11:30 Various Therapies (OT/PT/Speech) 11:30-1:00 BREAK 1:00-3:00 Various Therapies
He's gonna sleep good tonight.
As for me. I've scheduled myself a 90 minute massage tomorrow and am going to walk up the road to get a Starbucks. Perhaps I need a pedicure too. It was nice to sleep on a 'bed' last night. Although nothing beats my Simmons Comforpedic. If you need a REALLY good night's sleep, go to Roby's Furniture and all the lovely people covering my job will help you out! (Hey. Free advertising where we can get it, right?!)
So I know you'll enjoy this story. Last night Josh was WIDE AWAKE at 1am. I decided to crawl in the little bed with him to rub is back. (Seriously that's ALL). When I went to get out of my bed, it set the bed alarm off! Then nurses came running. I suppose it could have been WAY more embarrassing than that, but lesson learned!

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
We are settled into RIO. Here is Josh's mailing address for anyone interested:
Josh Blackburn Room # 7-2 Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center 1015 NW 22nd Ave Portland, OR 97210
RIO is located in the main hospital building on the 6th floor. We'd ask for you to prearrange a visit with me prior to making the long drive. He will have a FULL schedule fo...r activities starting at 8:00am. We'll get a schedule each morning for the day's events.
Visiting hours are generally 4:30-8:30pm. We'll see how he does with the intense therapy. My assumption is that he'll be REALLY tired by the time 4:30 rolls around.
I never thought in my LIFE I would be so excited about being somewhere like this. I am able to have my own cot in his room and there are closets for all of our stuff. We have a room to ourselves and is plenty large enough to have company.
Dare I say it's sort of like we're on vacation? Hmm..maybe not, but I'm thankful to have him and am looking forward to our road to recovery. Under normal circumstances we wouldn't ever be able to spend this much time together.
Thank you for praying for us. We know it's made the difference. Not a day has gone by someone hasn't mentioned the surprising recovery. He's got the hospital talking. They even sent out an all-staff e-mail about him and the article on Fox News.

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Leona Hill and Liz Sherbaugh
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    We will be moving to RIO tomorrow morning at 10am. I am thankful for this news. We've been working all day on insurance paperwork. Josh is REALLY tired and has been resting the day away. I'm exhausted and looking forward to the move tomorrow.
    As long as the Census stays down at RIO they will be giving us a room together and I'll be allowed to stay. However, he's considered a mild case for them so if they get busier he would move to a semi-private room and I wouldn't be able to stay there. I hope this means that I'll actually get to sleep in a bed!
    I'll update with a room number, schedule, and mailing address for him tomorrow once we get settled. He will have a daily outline of different therapies with a strict eating and activity schedule. From what I can tell, they encourage family and friends to come by.
    Thanks for praying. We are so blessed.
     

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