Jim Wilson recovering but still in pain
Broken bones and damaged organs are still causing pain and complications for Jim Wilson, but three months after the Truckee resident was critically injured in a motorcycle accident his condition has vastly improved.
“His organs have improved significantly, but he’s still having some trouble with his eyes. He is still in a very compromised position, so to say he is out of the woods isn’t anywhere close,” said friend and co-worker Stephen Hollabaugh, who spoke with Wilson on Tuesday. “But he sounds strong; he sounds great.”
Wilson, who is the electrical superintendent of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, was riding his motorcycle near Konocti Bay Sept. 12 when the driver of a 1994 Plymouth van crossed into Wilson’s lane and hit him.
The van’s driver, Jorge Guzman, 26, was cited on suspicion of driving without a license and was released shortly after.
Wilson, 47, was originally being treated at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for extensive injuries to his internal organs, pelvis and extremities, but was moved late last month to the Critical Care Unit at San Francisco General Hospital, so that a specialized team of doctors could move forward with tissue transplant surgeries, according to Barbara Cahill, executive secretary for the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, who spoke with Wilson Wednesday.
“He is very mentally there, and his vision is coming back. His liver is working well, and his kidneys are working,” Cahill said. “He doesn’t remember the accident. He can’t believe that all these months have gone by, but he feels that God’s hand has been on him. He’s like this miracle man.”
Wilson will likely be moved to Renown Health center, formerly Washoe Medical Center, in mid-January so he can recover closer to home and so his wife, Lindy, can return to work as a secretary at Truckee Elementary.
Lindy Wilson was living in the family’s fifth-wheel trailer in a Santa Rosa campground following the accident so that she could be closer to the hospital, and is now living in the trailer outside of San Francisco, Hollabaugh said.
“Every other day is dramatic, and it is very taxing both mentally and physically.
Lindy has responded amazingly and is doing her best to hold it together,” Hollabaugh said. “We should all be as proud of her as we are of Jim for fighting through this.”
For more information and to follow Jim’s progress, check out http://www.jimwilsoninfo.com
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