Monday, January 3, 2011

Monday Afternoon, January 3rd, 2011 !!!

It is official! Unless something unforeseen happens, Josh is moving to Bryn Mawr Rehab early tomorrow morning! This is fantastic news and everyone reading his blog should take a moment to rejoice along with us!

A tour of Bryn Mawr Rehab's Brain Injury Unit proved it to be a light-filled, bustling ward with several young people currently being treated there. Josh will have a roommate, receive three hours or more of daily therapy right from the start, and will get to work both individually and in groups with therapy dogs, which we know he will love. The therapists there will focus on occupational therapy (getting dressed, brushing your teeth, etc.), speech therapy to get his voice reactivated, and physical therapy to get him upright and moving his arms, hands, legs, and feet. All of this will continually stimulate and re-awaken his consciousness, and hopefully start to bring him back to himself.

The rest of our family is happily moving home tonight, though the folks at Staybridge Hotels could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The return to home, work, and school reassures us all that life will continue, though it is radically different then one could have ever imagined.

The focus for all of our hopes and prayers can be to let Josh know that it is safe to wake up now. That we are waiting to see in him the slow miracle that the specialist at Bryn Mawr Rehab are known for. Please keep him in your thoughts this evening as he spends one more peaceful night here in the ICU.

Much love to all,

The Bonjos


  1. I am reading this at school, aloud, to whoever is standing nearby and overhearing. We are all so happy to hear this good news! Thank you for updating so quickly! Know that you all remain uppermost on all our minds.

  2. So thankful for this good news! I check the site every day about this time in hopes for little bits of progress. This seems huge. Happy Homecoming Mike, Darling and Rose. I know that there will be a big hole, but at least you are comfortable with where he will be and his care. That's so much.
    Love, Sandy

  3. That is wonderful news! It sounds like Bryn Mawr Rehab is a wonderful place! Animals are amazing therapy, I am so happy to hear that he will be interacting with them! I have heard from so many people how animals can bring out so many things in people, let's hope it brings Josh out in the world so that he can interact with them! Congrats on this news. I, like many others, check this blog often, and I am so thankful that you find the time out of your busy lives to keep us all updated.
    Wishing for a peaceful night so that Josh can get rested up to start his rehabilitation tomorrow!
    Shelli Banko

  4. Great new Bonjo Family :) So happy o hear about Bryn Mawr, it is the greatest rehab place there is. So many friends have been there with great success. We will keep watching this blog for updates. Love to all, Judy&Kimmy

  5. such fantastic, wonderful news! yes---we will keep josh in our thoughts this last night in the ICU but also going forward. full recovery is the vision.

    susan & noah

  6. Chapter 2.........The Miracle at BrynMawr. Come on Josh, it's time to work now! So happy for you all to get home. Don't worry..he'll be BUSY. Thinking of you all today and everyday.

    cousin, Dyan

  7. What an amazing step of progress! Bryn Mawr will work him hard, but they are the best. Being out in the "world" again will give you a chance to restore and strengthen yourselves, too.
    We're all looking forward to when Josh can have some silly visitors! You are all in our prayers every day.
    Susan, John and Toshi

  8. I'm glad every time I read the blog, Josh is progressing to recovery.
    I can't wait till he is fully up and running haha
    I will continue to hope for the best.