Neva and I have been keeping in touch as Jay Salser is on the very slow road to recovery. I can say now with a bit more of a light heart; he’s going to be alright. So many emails have poured in from all over the world; the mighty JK isn’t done with us yet. At one point, I feared the worst had happened. We’ve been writing articles and collaborating about the ’67 Beetle since 2011. He’s a mentor, leader, friend, and all around amazing human being. He pours so much into connecting with each and every one of you.
Neva’s comment below about reading all of your kind words to JK in the hospital means a lot. It’s a testament to the power of the experience here that connects us all; no Small Wonder.
With Neva’s permission, I’m letting the ’67 Beetle community know the latest as of 8:03 PM on 3.1.19
JK at acute care rehab to learn new moves within the limits of his belly. He is keeping close track of vitals, since he told Janeva to stay home and rest today, and she MUST know the facts. Rehab says that the plan is for him to be there just a week. Doctors are all happy with his progress through his tangle of recovery problems. They all sing the same chant: EAT!! Eat for strength. Eat to heal. Eat to keep the gut full and functioning. Eat to manufacture blood. Eat to regain weight. Eat! So he eats and sleeps. It’s going to take a while.
We thank God for preserving him. We thank you for your prayers and encouragement. As I read them to him the next day after surgery, he muttered past the tubes, trying to tell me where each of you lived and what kind of VW you had. You are each special to him.
I thank God for Janeva, our daughter, who has been with JK with hawk-like attention to every detail, and just the right word of comfort and challenge for JK for each situation every day for the past two weeks. May God richly bless her and her husband, Jeff, for their care and sacrifices for us.– Neva Salser
Let’s point our timing lights in the direction of Garland, TX. Rest and recover, JK.