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    Default Keep TDS in your prayers!

    I just got this email and this is heart breaking. For those of you who know him, he is a great guy.

    This is from his dad and I hope this is okay that I reprint it but I figure a few of you would want to know:

    Dear Friends,

    Please forgive the informal nature of this email, but we can't keep up with the telephone calls, so we thought we would send a note periodically.

    The past 30 hours has life changing. Sunday morning about 2:30 am we were awakened by a Ponca City Police Officer, Vince Iraggi, reporting to us that Jason had been injured in an accident on I-35, and had been life flighted to the OU Medical Center. We called the center and confirmed that Jason was stable but had severe injuries. By 3:00 am we were on the way to the city.

    When we arrived, we were told that Jason had been moved to the Trauma Center for surgery. He underwent about 6-7 hours of surgery and evaluation with one team repairing a ruptured bladder, and another trying to save a lower left leg. We are told that the bladder repair was successful and they expect no problems. The orthopedic surgeons are more guarded about Jason's left foot and ankle. Hiking and canoeing over 6,000 miles since his early onset mid-life crisis began in 2005, who would have thought he might have to deal with these kind of injuries. With what he has endured, we have faith he can heal from these injuries.

    The latest report is that Jason has broken legs/ankles on both legs with the left being the most extreme. He has a fractured pelvis, brusied mid section, ruptured, but now repaired bladder, some internal trunk brusing, a broken jaw and only minor head injuries. He will have additional cat scans, etc today to confirm no swelling of the brain, etc.

    We are thankful for Jason's life and the fact that there were no other serious injuries. Although we do not know the details of the accident, the earliest reports leave questions. We may never know what really happened, unless Jason can recall. For now, it doesn't reall matter.

    There will be several surgeries and continued intensive care during the next few days/weeks. We will try to report on the progress.

    For now, Jason's life and care is in the hands of the medical staff and our God. We appreciate your expressions of support and concern. Please keep Jason in your prayers.

    We will try to update you periodically by email.

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    Wow, very sad. Hope it all turns out well. Sounds like hes a fighter. Should hope to see him out and about when all is healed up.

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    TDS? Jason?

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    Totally Different Subject, I believe. I think he was at the Caratunk WB get-together in 04' and hiked the PCT in 06'
    Anything's within walking distance if you've got the time.
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    Jason (Totally Different Subject) rode with me from Tennessee to Maine in September '04 when I went to pick up my daughter Grass. Mala (eye patch and all) and his dog went along for the ride too. Jason thru'd in '05 and picked up the trail name of TDS.

    Jason was a great, entertaining road trip companion all the way to Maine and back. I was just exchanging political messages with him last week on facebook.

    I wish him well and pray that he and his family are comforted.

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    Steve Longley, ATTroll, unknown, and Jason/TDS on the shore of the Kennebeck River at the '04 WhiteBlaze hiker feed in Caratunk, ME

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    dont know who you are but, in my prayers he is

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    Sorry to hear this. Prayers for speedy recovery.







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    Hey All, got this message earlier this evening from TDS' dad...

    Thanks for the info Ryan. We appreciate all that Jason's friends are doing to support him. Please report to your friends that Jason is not in a Coma, but rather intentially sedated as doctors complete surgeries that he needs.
    What? Me worry??

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    I don't know him but I understand he's a fan of the "Tragically Hip".

    I hope this is a favourite of his and it helps us think of him...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHrxVyiDA4k

    It's a favourite of mine.

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    Prayers for his recovery, both physically and emotionally. Going from being a fit hiker to an invalid would have to be very tough.

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    Default Say it ain't so!

    TDS ...

    You fight this and get well .. we have miles to hike and places to see! .. my best thoughts and wishes to you!!

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    TDS is one of the strongest people I have ever met and I am so thankful to call him a friend.

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    Heck of a nice guy with a great sense of humor !
    Get well soon Brother!
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    I hiked a good bit with him on the PCT in '06.
    It's hard to type when the hands are shaking and the eyes are tearing up.

    Thinking good thoughts.
    What? Me worry??

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    TDS...Jason is definitely a hiker with strength (and of course, HUMOR). I imagine that an event like this can only make a man like him stronger. I am certainly holding him in my thoughts and sending him positive healing energy...I know he will make and thrive. Besides...life just wouldn't be the same with out his hilarious antics. I am happy to call him my friend.

    Here's to you, TDS....feel the love from the community at large!

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    Our prayers are with you, TDS!
    You are never too old.

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    Here are the last two emails from his father...This sucks a lot. - Hungus

    1) 10/29 Jason rested most of Tuesday and through this morning. There were some respiratory issues that seemed to clear, and some bleeding as a result of the crushed pelvis. His crew..the doctors, nurses, and all the support specialists are an amazing machine to watch, as they deal with each new challenge.
    Late this morning Suzy was advised that he was stable enough to go ahead with the next round of surgery. He went to surgery around 1pm for the repair of the pelvis and the broken jaw. Doctors will also take a look at his left lower leg, which underwent extensive repair Monday morning. We don't expect to see him for several hours.

    Your concern is appreciated. We regret we can't keep up with all of the email and calls, but we will update you as often as we can.

    2)
    10/30 Jason had surgery to repair his broken pelvis yesterday afternoon. Dr. Zach Roberts, MD, a classmate of Mark Paden, MD and one who is friends with and knows many of Jason's friends performed the surgery. Dr. Roberts explained that the surgery pulled his fractured parts back together with screws. Didn't realize this, but apparently the pelvis holds everything together and is a critical part of the anatomy. He was unable to repair a couple fractures in the front of the pelvis.
    Originally, doctors had planned to do a tracheostomy and repair a jaw fracture. We were told the team decided not to do the jaw work or the tracheostomy, and to give Jason some time to rest and stabilize. He had a good night and looks better this morning.

    We were called this morning at 6:30 am and informed that he was doing well enough to go back to surgery to reassess his left ankle/foot and perhaps to repair fractures in the right leg/ankle as well. We are hopeful doctors can save the left leg/foot, but the damage was significant.

    When someone is injured a severely as Jason, they are maintained and monitored by some really amazing technology. The skill level of the trauma nurses that monitor and adjust this stuff must be off the charts. We have never seen anything like this level of attention and care.

    Still to go, fix the legs, fix the jaw and gradually try to wake Jason up. Dr. Roberts said he will not be able to walk on the pelvis repair for several months, but we have faith he can handle this difficult time.

    Thanks for your concern and prayers. We regret we cannot keep up with the calls and emails. Will try to keep you informed.

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    Prayers And healing energy to you TDS.

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    Hungus thanks you for keeping all of us up to date. TDS is great guy and will always be in my prayers. TDS- Get better soon my friend.
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