Craig Hansen's Medical Fund
On Friday, June 5th, Craig's wife Andie came home to find him having some difficulty. Knowing something was terribly wrong, she called 911 and very likely saved his life. He was rushed to the hospital, where it was discovered that he'd had a stroke with a brain bleed. He's been in ICU ever since, and though he's improving, he has a long way to go. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome, both for him and his family. See, in addition to being a nice guy, Craig also is the primary caregiver for his elderly father who requires round-the-clock care.
For the next little while, Craig's main focus (and Andie's, as well) is going to be his recovery. That's going to be intensive, and it's going to be a very difficult time for them. So we're starting this campaign with the hopes that we can contribute some help, take at least some of the worry off their plate, because they have way too much to deal with right now on top of having concerns about money.
We're setting the goal of $1,000 to start, and are hoping we can exceed that by far. Anything you can donate would be deeply appreciated.
He has been doing pretty well... I have found Craig doesn’t initiate therapies very often but some he will be more readily to suggest doing. Yesterday we pretty much got nothing done, not because he didn’t want to but we had a 3 hour appointment. Last night Craig had a low-grade fever and chills but today is doing well. I was the one who woke up not feeling the best, lately I been waking up with my airways burning and a bit of a sore throat which is gone.. Hello fall allergy season.
We are still waiting for Physical, Occupational, and speech therapies to start up again, we are waiting for the insurance company to approve his therapy. Craig has been doing lots of beading he likes doing these if he accomplishes something, like a gift for someone. He has made me a couple of bracelets. We have been walking almost every day except when it looked like it would rain or we’ve had other appointments which didn’t allow us to walk as much. I have been trying to extend the walking length every 4 or 5 days depending on how he feeling. His walking has improved a lot, he is dragging his left side a lot less but still sometimes needs reminders.
We found out yesterday that Craig brain is ignoring the right eye. I think this is strange because his body is affected on the left side. He has lost some vision in the middle of his face too. He has gained a depth perception problem, and the eye doctor felt all the squinting he is doing is because he is still seeing double so this might be why his right eye is getting ignored. The brain will try to fix double vision. Craig will need eye therapy. The doctor believes most of this stuff will improve but now Craig will need special glasses for reading, and computer work. I am not sure what this means for us long-term other than we will start with 6 therapy session, that may be extended if he makes improvements and can continue making them. I never realized eye therapy would be covered by medical type of insurance but this is a good thing. Our insurance doesn’t cover glasses so that was a pretty big expense. Since the doctor felt his everyday glass for distance was still good; we just got the reading glass. They cost 350$, thankfully I had money in my saving account to cover this expense due to the gofundme gifts. So we really do appreciate the help everyone has given us.
We have found out our rent being increased about 70 a month on base rent fee, and they have increased the pet rent, and carport rents at the same time. base rent Our rent will be well over 1100 a month which isn’t something that I want to have to afford. I am looking into somethings that count on other things, but we really need to find a place that is less expensive than this. Craig and I want to stay in the Portland Area if at all possible, many places that we have looked at don’t have opening or do not meet our needs. I am also looking into some program.
"Craig is improving daily. I expect a lot out of him and make him do most of the work for himself. We talked last night about moving and what he wanted and how it would be nice if we could finish out our lease at the current place if at all possible. But I am not sure that is possible. I turned in the reasonable accommodation to my apartment manager today and we will begin working on steps to break the lease if management here is unable to meet the requirements we need. We are still unsure if Craig will be needing a wheelchair.
Craig still needs verbal cuing to remember his left side. I am often asking him what or who is on your left? He gets frustrated sometimes because he thinks he has enough room between him and whatever the offending object is but really doesn't, and I am always worried he will hurt himself.
Craig will always be at a risk for falls, and will have balance issues. He is still using a wheelchair but is using a walker to go to the bathroom. Cognitively Craig is doing very well, he sometimes get confused as to what time of day it is, and when Dad and I have been there.
We have talked about his short-term memory and how that will improve with time. Long-term memory is still good. Yesterday, he and I joked about my mom and step dad who have aren't so discrete as far as showing affection in public. I told him that hugging was all he gets and a kiss on the forehead because I wouldn't be embarrassing like my mom. Somethings are meant not to be in public and that's pretty public because anyone can walk in. Craig and I have always been very reserved on physical affection, in public we hardly hold hands. Yeah I probably sound like an old prude!
Emotionally Craig seems a little down. He's really missing Blue, our Siamese cat. I think that giving him a visit with Blue might help better than Shadow, our dog. He perked up when I bought him outside for a little while this afternoon. There is a stray cat that is outside and Craig was hoping it would come and visit, I let Craig know she's probably too scared to come up to us.
I believe having more visitors would help him some, especially those friends he knows. He really appreciated having a couple of visitors last night from our congregation. He been sleeping a lot, part of this is because of where he had his stroke and it will be something he will need to fight probably for a long time. He been staying up more lately, and I've been getting after him for being in bed when I come and visit. If he is sleeping I allow him to sleep but they need him to be staying up for 8 hours or more for the intense rehab.
Cognitively Craig has improved too. He struggles with maintaining focus for long periods of times, but shoot who doesn't? Don't our brains do best with working out for 15 to 20 minutes at a time? He is able to recall words, today he had to come up with words that begin with X, seriously I can't even think of more than 2 words.
When I asked Craig how he feels he did he always wants mine or his therapist's feedback, he is someone who needs lots of positive and encouraging feedback. He is a people pleaser, which isn't always bad but sometimes it's not healthy to be like that. He is working on crossword puzzles and mazes. He also has a printing assignment that he hasn't been doing. I am not sure how to get him to understand all of these silly assignments to him will help him improve. I check over his stuff to let him know I am looking at it and care about his progress. We talked about crossword puzzles and I told him I liked using highlighters to do them with multiple colors. So i know what words I found and what I am looking for.
I try to get Craig to laugh but sometimes this doesn't work well. I am not someone who teases a lot, I've never been one to tease at all."
Thanks again to each and every one of you for the kindness, thoughts, prayers, and donations. It has been a godsend and a blessing in a very difficult time. Thank you!
Thank you for reaching out to us, as we appreciate our fellow authors and their families! I have shared this GoFundMe on my blog, at the following link: http://thelegendarygraduate.blogspot.com/2015/06/donate-to-my-fellow-author-for-his.html I wish you all the best. ~Joseph D. Smith, author who is autistic.
He did have the surgery and it was reported to be successful.
Another update for folks. Word is that he will need surgery to put a shunt in as he has not responded well to the drain being clamped. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers.