Coach Dean Needs Our Help...
This website was created in order to support Dean with medical expenses and anything else he may need as a result of the accident. Any donation amount is extremely appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Initially, the 1st week in the ICU and then in my regular hospital room was great. My nurses were fabulous and the pain meds that they injected into my IV were even better. Then the next week I was sent home with pain med pharmacy prescriptions, and that was a joke. I've often said "that (Oxycontin) wasn't even a fair fight" and I spent most of the 2nd week in soo much pain, I just anxiously watched the clock waiting for my next dose. Linda and Lindsay stayed home from work all that week to help me because I couldn't do much without their assistance. Then on the 3rd week, the pain finally subsided enough to allow the pain meds to actually do anything, and I spent most of that week (morning, noon & night) sleeping after being so exhausted from the previous week of not being able to find comfort. The 4th week started seeing improvements with me finally being able to start getting around (with my walker) without supervision (and that meant getting up the stairs to take a shower more than once or twice a week and also getting down to my basement office to do some much needed computer work). Finally on the 5th week, my fractured left pelvic was able to support my body weight and that meant that I was able to stand with my right foot actually coming off the floor (although very briefly initially) so I was able to partially walk by holding onto nearby furniture. That meant that I could go up & down stairs (one-at-a-time while holding the handrail), and it also meant more freedom to the shower or my office (although I still wasn't able to sleep in my own bed yet because I couldn't lay flat on my back with the fractured ribs until the 6th week). The 6th week saw me walking, and amazingly without my walker. Slowly at first and with a very pronounced limp, but then a little better each day until now (at 8 weeks) I walk almost normally without demonstrating a limp anymore (I just can't walk very far, or very fast yet). The 5th and 6th weeks also had me first getting in and out of a vehicle passenger seat, and then in and out of a driver seat when I rented a car to get around. Keep in mind that I wasn't able to do any work during this time, so I attended a week long investigative class that I needed to take in Nashville.
Now on this (the 8th week), I just purchased a (USED) replacement vehicle yesterday so that I might now be able to get back to work and earn a living again. Without being able to work at all for 8 weeks, I would have probably had my business shut down by now without all of your generosity and compassion (the bills kept coming in) and the mortgage would've been in jeopardy, not to mention the electricity, gas, water, etc. THANK YOU ALL, WITHOUT YOU I WOULD HAVE LOST MY MIND WITH WORRY. Below is a link to the replacement vehicle that I plan on telling my clients about, so I can start working again. One last note though, coming back from my week long class in Nashville is when the stacks of medical bills started piling up, some of them got addressed, some others will be with me for years to come (BUT NOT TO WORRY, I AM HAPPY TO BE ALIVE). I LOVE YOU ALL, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE. Dean
Today at 2pm the doctors decided that he is strong enough to come home! So we packed his things (quickly, before the doctors changed their minds) and brought him home! I know some people were going to visit this weekend, and some were even stopping in as we were packing up. I did want to apologize, as we had no idea anyone was coming today, otherwise we would have told you not to spend your Saturday traveling to see him!
We know he is even better today, than he was yesterday, because he started to express his opinion on everything! From us packing his stuff, to driving, to picking up his prescriptions and the height of the bed when he got home!
While Linda was driving him home, Lindsay and Matt were busy getting the house ready for him. They went grocery shopping for his favorite snacks and bought food for easy to make meals. They picked up a walker and his prescriptions, and they re-arranged the living room to better suit his current needs! They moved the couches and tables, brought down the queen bed from the guest room, and raised it up high enough so that he wouldn't have to work too hard the next few days trying to stand and sit. They found the temper pedic pillows for the base of the chairs and also found the TV tray that we originally bought for Kristina when she had her back surgery! So he is all set up in the family room with a giant queen bed, a big screen TV, cable, and his favorite lazy boy chair and also a TV tray!
So tonight, he is home! He is still in rough shape, and would prefer no one visit till at least next weekend, he wants to learn how to get around with his shiny new walker, he would like to take a shower and relax, and he is still feeling a bit under the weather. The 3 hour car ride home was tough for him.
Cards and notes are of course still welcome, and my sister and I would be happy to give you an address for that, if you get the urge to drop him a note!
The $20,000 goal has been reached, but we will leave the gofundme page up for a few more days, because we did send a few of the emails out late on Friday night, and some people may not have gotten the chance to read their emails/the updates since then.
You all are absolutely incredible! There truly are no words. You have blown us away with your kindness. The good thoughts, prayers, phone calls, text messages, and cards have been such a comfort to him (and the family) during this time. We are blessed beyond our wildest dreams to have such amazing and loving friends, and extended family to help us during this time, like each and every single one of you.
Again, from the bottom our our hearts, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Kristina & Lindsay Gluth
Since his pain is not controllable with oral meds yet, and they are worried that he still cannot stand up and sit down without assistance, they wont release him quite yet. The nurse and doctor would really prefer he is able to stand and sit on his own with only the help of a walker, and they would like his pain to be under control with oral medications before he can leave. The doctor also talked to him about not being in the same position for long periods of time, not doing any stairs, and no driving or working for 6-8 weeks. I know a lot of people are aware he is a one man show and self-employed, what some people do not know is that he does not have health insurance. That was why we started this page, we knew this would be a long road to recovery without a paycheck coming in.
With all of that being said and at this time an unknown release date, my sister and i will be raising this "gofundme" goal to $20,000 to help cover some of the 6-8 week absence of work. We cannot tell you, how absolutely amazing each and every one of you are, for donating to help him, sending him get well cards, emails and text messages of encouragement, thoughts and prayers. We know he has touched a lot of your lives in one way or another, and to be here for him now, some of you months, and some of you even years later is absolutely making us speechless, and bringing us to tears. We know the donations will help put his mind at ease on the financial end and he can focus on getting healthy and on his feet again.
If you would prefer to send a card or your own note, please contact us, we will give you an address to send that to, and we will be sure to get them to him.
All of our love,
Lindsay & Kristina Gluth
We also decided as a family to increase the goal amount. You all have blown us away with your generosity. Thank you again, for everyone's support, it sincerely means the world to us.
Dean you sure gave us a scare! I believe an angel was with you on that night, maybe it was Bill. I'm so sorry you're having so much pain, I wish I could take away all the suffering. Keep fighting through it....I love you to pieces. ❤
Dean, Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you are on the mend. Wishing you a speedy and full recovery!
I am so grateful that you have a strong and tough personalty. This pulled you through all that pain and I couldn't be happier to know that you are getting your life back to normal again. I love you and look forward to more fun times together in our futures. Your one and only, most amazing sister......LOL! ;)
Hi Dean, Boy you scared us, so glad that you are home now and recuperating. Keep your chin up it can only get better. Been praying for you and hope you start to feel better soon. Kim Bucklin
Dean, I am here for you being within that 10 hour window of living earlier this year I know you can heal. Sometimes if you through your pain and discomfort up to the Lord you would be surprised at the results. If you need anything within 50 miles of South Bend I am here for you. Take care and give the wife a hug who suffers with you. Casey