Wake Jake

From JT Schonhoft

My brother Jake is in a coma due to a brain injury. His hospital bills will be outrageous and he deserves nothing but the best! Please help!

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UPDATE* Jake has come a long way in the process and is almost ready to be released from the hospital. Let's make one more push to reach our goal! Almost there!

----Original story----

My younger brother, Jake Schonhoft fell down some concrete steps and injured his head. He is currently in an induced coma at St. Elizabeth East in Lafayette, Indiana. We are trying to get him the best care possible with hopes he has no brain damage. At this point we are thinking about transferring him to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. They are world renowned for brain trauma. As you could imagine, a helicopter ride from Lafayette to Indianapolis is not free and neither are any of his hospital bills. 

As anyone who has known Jake for most of his life can attest to, this is not his first hospital trip. He has had so many things happen to him that we could write a book (after this incident we plan to). You also know he would do anything for anyone and has a heart of gold. Jake has all the ingredients to do big things in this world and I (we) shall do whatever it takes to support him.

Here is a link to my blog for more detailed information and updates: http://jasontylers.blogspot.com/2012/10/team-schones-recovery-my-little-brother.html?m=1

We Schonhofts have been hit with more health issues than most humans deserve. It's one thing to lose a loved one (our father in 2006) and it's another to be hit with a fat bill.

I would love nothing more than to have Jake wake up in perfect health with zero hospital bills. Or at least less than he would have without this campaign.

Let's give Jake something to great to wake up to!

(Please don't feel obligated to donate any money. The least you can do is send your thoughts and prayers his way)

-J.T. (Big brother)

-Amber (Big sister)

Most recent update:

Team Schones Recover Conditions Update (10.30.12 @1AM)

I'm currently sitting next to his bed unable to take my eyes off of him. I would do anything for him and it kills me to see him like this (again) but I know he will pull through. Just like he always does. He currently has 2 tubes hooked to his head. He has a ventric drain that drains the fluids and an ICP which measures intercranial pressure inside his head. This seems to be the most important part of everything he is hooked up to. It's very important to keep the pressure off his brain so that it can recover. The fluid has been draining successfully for the entire time he has been in the hospital (which has been about 48 hours). His urine is draining successfully and he's taking the food very well. The nurse expects him to have a bowel movement before long. Overall, his vital signs look OK so far. It will be a few days before we know how he's reacting. At this point in time, the nurses are doing everything they can to keep him stable. He is also hooked up to a machine with 3 drugs being fed to him. One is Propofol (keeps him sedated) then there's morphine (stops the pain), and Sodium Chloride (which I'm too tired to remember right now - ok so apparently his sodium was low) He's being fed through a tube - The nurse likes to joke that he's eating steak and eggs. The machines I've just listed are on the left side of his bed. On the other side are two machines with screens. One is a breathing machine that is controlling his breath and the other has readouts for Pleth, Resp, and EEG. Pleth is oxygen saturation. Resp. stands for respiration rate, and EEG measures brain waves. They're trying to keep his brain waves below 45. When it was up to 70 earlier today, they said he could possibly have heard us talking but not likely. (I'm going to do some research on brain waves now - just found a new pastime).OK, enough for now. I'm going to sleep. It's 2:34am and Jake has just been re positioned. His vitals are looking good. And so is the nurse helping him ;)

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