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Greg Mastin Medical Fund

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Raised by 67 people in 10 months

Greg is currently at University of Cincinnati cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit after spending 4 days in the neuroogical Intensive Care Unit. He suffered a stroke on Wednesday, January 24th. Luckily he was at Mercy Fairfield Hospital getting ready for an echocardiogram when this happened and was able to receive immediate emergency care. He was transferred to UC so the stroke team could manage him.

While at University Hospital, it has been determined that Greg has many small blood clots in his brain, two large blood clots in his lungs, many blood clots in both of his legs, and a hole in his heart. We are trying to determine what has caused his body to start machine-gunning clots throughout both his arterial and vascular system, which is extremely rare. This normally only happens if someone has a hole in the cardiopulmonary system that allows clots to transfer between the vascular system and arterial system. But where are the clots coming from? The medical team is unsure as of now.

Greg had surgery on his left leg on Thursday, January 25, to save his left foot which had circulation cut off due to clots. They pulled 7 clots out of his leg, one was almost one foot long.

Greg has had A-fib for 20 years which places people at higher risk for blood clots and stroke. Until June of this year, he will not have regular insurance benefits through work and currently does not have any sort of short or long term disability through his temporary health insurance plan to help him financially while he is unable to work. He is therefore missing income daily and will continue to have no money coming in until he has fully recovered, a timeframe which is currently unknown. 

We are unsure what further medical needs are in Greg's future as there are still many unknowns with his current condition.

Greg is the love of my life and I am his. I have not left his side since this started. We were just getting started on the rest of our lives together and want to be able to continue on this journey. If you feel inclined to donate to Greg's fund to assist him with paying medical bills and lost income while he is hospitalized and during his recovery, it would be so greatly appreciated. Thank you all for loving and caring about us!

With all our love and gratitude,
Greg and Kristin
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He's headed home!!! Plenty of follow-up visits to manage his blood thinners, figure out a plan to fix the hole in his heart, and decide what to do long-term about his afib. But he's GOING HOME!!! Thanks everyone for all you've done...whether it be checking on him, visiting him, bringing him food, praying for him, keeping him in your positive thoughts, donating...it all helped keep his spirits up to get him to this point and we appreciate you all SO much!!!
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Greg Mastin Medical Fund has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to Nancy, Dave and Glenna.
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Well, Greg got discharged last night and we were ecstatic. But before I could post an update, we have ended up back at the hospital. As of the writing of this update, we're on hour 16 in the ER.

SO...prior to discharge yesterday, it was decided Greg would go home on blood thinners, a heart rate control medication (which also lowers blood pressure even though Greg doesn't have high blood pressure...more on that later), a cholesterol medication (he doesn't have high cholesterol either, this is preventative) and a daily baby aspirin. Decision was blood thinners for a month, then address fixing the hole in his heart.

Not so fast. This morning Greg got up to use the restroom. Did fine standing up and walking to the bathroom with me following to make sure he was steady. Not so much coming back out. He made it as far as the bathroom door. I started toward him to help him back to bed and next thing I know he's saying "Whoa...whoa...whoa..." and he's going down. I controlled his fall as best I could (he's 6'6", I'm 5'8...you do the math) but he still went down pretty hard. Bumped his head on the wall which is a problem when you've been on blood thinners for a week and had a stroke...easy to bleed in the brain.

I had my therapy bag with me so I took his blood pressure. It was 110/70 while he was on the floor, but as soon as I had him try sitting up, it dropped to 60/40 (dangerously low...blood pressure meds messing with him?) and was very hard to hear in the stethoscope. So I called 911 and here we are.

Thankfully no NEW bleeding in his brain according to head CT shorty after arriving in ER, but the stroke site had signs of "fresh blood". Six hours later, a repeat head CT showed the bleeding was stable. So he's here for observation to make sure there are no neuro changes and the bleeding STAYS stable. And we need to get this blood pressure thing figured out

He just wants to be home for the Super Bowl and I'd love to NOT be sitting on this plastic chair all night. Because there are no rooms at the inn so we're stuck in the ER.

GOOD NEWS: His expressive aphasia has all but disappeared, and aside from loss of strength and the aforementioned issues, he's back to being the old Greg...an awesome, sweet, funny, smart, amazing man who I just want to get home so I can make him Syline dip and let him watch the Eagles murder the Patriots. :)
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Greg was transferred to the cardiac step-down unit last night. He had an MRI done on his heart yesterday afternoon and the results came back showing that the hole in his heart is likely large enough to require surgery. We are currently awaiting the cardiac team to discuss the best plan of action with some other team members prior to making a final decision regarding if and when to perform the surgery.

What they found during the MRI is a hole large enough between the two chambers of the heart to allow communication between the vascular system and arterial system. This is likely how clots were able to move from his veins through his lungs and then back to his heart and arteries which led to the stroke and the clots in the arteries of both legs.

He also has somewhat decreased blood volume output in his heart, where normal is 50% and Greg is at 43%. This is something he will have to monitor her for the rest of his life to ensure it does not worsen. The great news is they found nothing else structurally wrong with his heart. They just need to get his afib under control.

They have run every blood test they can think of to determine if Greg has any type of clotting disirder which would explain why he has such a massive number of clots throughout both his vascular and arterial systems but none of the tests provided any information. They all came back negative. So now the team is asking him to follow up with his primary care physician to screen for various cancers such as lung, colon, and prostate. They don't necessarily suspect he has cancer but they need to rule that out as various types of cancer can cause clotting problems.

I will keep everyone updated on what's happening with him as often as I can. He is up and walking with assistance from either the physical therapy team in the hospital or me and I also have him performing leg strengthening exercises throughout the day. He fatigues easily, but that's to be expected after all he has been through. He's also receiving speech therapy services to help improve the expressive aphasia he is still experiencing following the stroke. The aphasia is mild but definitely frustrating for him. It's basically where he understands everything we say to him and he's able to communicate well for the most part, but he has trouble getting some words or sentences from his brain to his lips. Hopefully with speech therapy this will improve rapidly and he will be able to return to work more quickly. He is a project manager and needs to be able to communicate via phone and email throughout the day so getting this expressive language issue sorted out is going to help him tremendously. We are very glad that is the only lingering symptom of the stroke. I am doing everything I can to play word games with him, make him write things down on paper, and engage him in conversation.

If anyone would like to call him and have a short conversation, it would help with his speech therapy. The best way to do that would be to call my cell phone at 614-338-9839. Texting first would be great because then I could get him ready for the call. I think phone calls would lift his spirits and definitely help force him to speak and improve his expressive language.

As always, thank you all so much for your love and kindness and support in whatever way you have provided it, whether it be through the GoFundMe site, texting well wishes, posting well wishes on Facebook, or personally contacting us. It has been overwhelming for both Greg and me to realize how many people care about both of us and we love you all.
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