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Darrell Pottratz Medical Fund

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Raised by 7 people in 11 months
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You can send my dad cards but no flowers to the following address:

Darrell Pottratz
Unit 8B
80 Jessie Hill Jr. Drive South East
Atlanta, GA 30303
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On Tuesday June 27, 2017, My father Darrell Pottratz suffered a stroke while at a job site in Atlanta, GA. Two blood clots from his heart went to the back part of his brain restricting blood flow. 

Within minutes he was rushed to Grady Hospital to have surgery performed to remove them. However, because the blood clots were in the back of his brain there were unable to extract them successfully. As a result they used a blood thinning medicine to try and get rid of them.  

We know that the stroke was caused by Atrial Fibrillation.  Which is the irregular beating of the heart. When his heart beat reguarly it is believed that sent two clots to his brain.

As it stands now Darrell is awake and alet. Becuase of the stroke however, he is unable to talk or move his right side.  He has had two CT scans of his head. He is currently on Oxygen for low oxygen count and is on blood pressure medicine as his blood pressure is high.

Me and my sister are making our way from Colorado to Georgia as I am writing this campaign. The doctors are confident that he will make a full recovery however it will be a very long road. 

At this point we are not sure where he stand's finacially as we aren't to the hospital yet. We also are unaware of treatment as we haven't arrived yet. 

What I do know we will need:
- Money to pay for dad's medical bills
- Help with his normal bills and obligations
- Money to travel between Colorado and Atlanta until he get's transfered out here as there is no family in Georgia.


We will update more as we go and this list isn't all inclusive. Anything helps. It doesn't matter if it's just a comment on here or money.

We are reaching out to the community as we aren't sure what else to do. We would need the funds over a period of time but sooner rather than later.  

In our eyes this is urgent. We have no family on the east coast which means that our father is recovering alone because he can't be moved yet. Until that happens me and my sister have to fly from Denver to Atlanta to see him. We don't want to leave him out there alone.

Thank you for reading this and taking the time to either comment or donate. We appreciate it and will post constant updates.
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Hey everyone update time! So dad is getting g better. He is talking more and seems to be able to get more out more effectively than before which is awesome!
So the next order of business is when is he coming home? Well he is slated to come home the weekend of September 23rd. So a week from to this Sunday. From there he will be going to mesa Manor here in grad junction. Once he is settled in we will let you know and at that point we can start up visitations.
Thank you all for your continued support we love you all!!!!!
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Hey everyone!
Little update. He was discharged from the hospital to a rehab center for 30 days until he is well enough to travel!
He is making great progress and starting to try and form words! Yay!
We love you all thanks for the continued support.
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Hey every one! Little update for you guys regarding dad!
First he is off the ventilator! Heck yes! In fact they are taking out his trach later today August 1, 2017.
With that being said they have stepped him down from ICU to just a care unit which is right next door. It's 8A now. If you wish to get the number just reach out to myself or Amanda and will give it to you.
He will be started again on soft food today which is great news!
He is alert and awake responding to commands with his feet and hands and eyes. No talking yet but that's ok! One step at a time.
We are working with his case manager at the hospital to get him moved back to Colorado. More than likely he will be in Grand Junction but this isn't 100% certain yet and we will keep you all updated.
Thank you all for the support and help we appreciate it!!!!!!

Again we love you all!
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Update 7/18

So sorry for the lack of updates things haven been super crazy as of late.

So dad now has a trach which is a tube in his neck instead of down his throat which should help him with comfort levels. They have also put a more permanent feed tube into his stomach which allows them to feed him a bit more substantially.
They were also going to do a cardiovers which is meant to shock his heart into normal rhythm and help fix the irregular heart beat that he has. However, they found clots in his heart and decided not to do it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing and they are going to keep him on blood thinners for a while and take a look at it again further down the road. Thank you everyone for keeping patient and praying for dad. I know that we all are!
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