While in Albuquerque, Jessica underwent surgery to fuse her spine with six screws. Jessica’s grandma and mom drove overnight from Austin to Albuquerque to be by Jessica’s side when she woke up from surgery.
Hours after she had her spinal fusion surgery, Jessica was able to get up to use the restroom with the help of one of her nurses, which is an encouraging sign for her recovery.
“I was so surprised I could, especially after hearing I had a 5% chance of walking again after my accident and I walked the DAY after my surgery,” Jessica explained.
“I am so proud of myself for that. Following that moment, I had visits from PT and OT nurses and was discharged a few hours later.”
Currently, Jessica is back in Austin recovering at home with her family. Her family is dedicated to helping her heal, and she’s now trying to help them cover the costs of her medical bills.
“If anyone reading this knows me, you know how badly I want to help and how much my heart hurts that I can’t do more,” Jessica said.
“Of course, I wish it never happened, but I can’t turn back time. The only thing I can do now is stay positive (thanks Nic for hammering that motto into me every day) and work on getting back to where I was before.”
“This has been the hardest week of my life, mentally, emotionally, and physically, but I am so thankful to even be moving after what happened – I try to remind myself of that as much as I can.”
If you would like to help Jessica with her medical bills, you can do that here.