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David Fernandez; Recovery

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Raised by 78 people in 3 months
Created October 24, 2018
Team Fernandez
on behalf of Jackie Padgett
David was in a biking accident in Huntington Beach on Saturday morning, October 20th. They aren’t exactly sure what happened but he fell off his bike and hit his head and fractured his head. He is in ICU at the Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach. He was unconscious when the paramedics got to him, but was somewhat responsive when they got him to he hospital.

We think he may have had a heat stroke or started to feel bad, got off his bike and then fainted, hit his head and had a seizure.  He was brought to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and underwent a four hour surgery where they removed two parts of his skull to relieve the pressure from the brain swell. 

Here is the latest on David: They took off his head bandages and removed the draining tube that was in the back of his head and stapled his head. It was a little painful but he was great and said he’s not in pain now. The speech therapist came by to make sure he could swallow. He was able to swallow the thicker liquids (watered down jello), applesauce and eat a cracker. He could even feed himself! He was hungry and said that the food was good. Unfortunately, they are still worried about liquid getting into his lungs because he has a weak swallow, so at this point (10/24), he isn't able to eat or drink. We're hoping he'll pass the swallow test tomorrow since he hasn't had a solid meal since 10/19.

His long term memory is good, but short term is impacted. Thankfully, it seems to be getting progressively better day by day. He has two major cuts in skull that are stapled, and he keeps trying to touch them, so we have to remind him not to mess with them. At this point, they still have a sitter in the room who can watch him 24 hours a day and remind him not to mess with his tubes or touch his wounds.  

In the words of one of his friends, Phyllis - "To know Dave is to love Dave." All who know Dave know that not even a traumatic event such as this one will keep him down for long....however he does has bit of a road of recovery ahead of him which is why his niece Jackie and I decided to start this page as a way for you to lend assistance if you are able.

Needless to say all the proceeds will go to Dave (less the 2.9% set up charge and the $0.30 per donation charge).
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David was transferred out of So. Cal. Hospital in Culver City this afternoon. He is now at: Fountain View Subacute and Nursing, 5310 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90029. We were trying to get him transferred to a place in Long Beach, but there wasn’t a place available and insurance forced us to move him today. If you’d like to visit, please call him or the facility (323) 461- 9961 and ask about visiting hours. His sister Laura has was with him from Christmas until today and said he is in good spirits, but is understandably frustrated and eager to be out of the hospital. Visitors help keep him happy. We will keep you posted on any new updates.
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David is still at Southern California Hospital in Culver City. Unfortunately, there were issues with his insurance, when he was switched from his workplace insurance to Cobra, that have caused delays. The good news is, it sounds like everything is finally getting resolved, and hopefully he will be transferred to a new rehab facility in Long Beach soon. It likely won’t be until after Christmas, but his sister is flying to CA Christmas Day and will be with him for a few days.

David is getting frustrated/annoyed with being in the same place (for almost 2 months now!) and having visitors really helps take his mind off of it. If you’re able to visit before Christmas, he would really enjoy it. He has therapy a few times a day during the week, but on Saturday it’s only once/day and he doesn’t have anything scheduled on Sundays. If you’re available, feel free to visit him. He also has his phone now, so feel free to call/text and let him know you’re thinking of him.

We’ll post here once he is finally released back to Long Beach. Thank you all for your continued love and support.
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David had more great visits with friends last week and this weekend. He’s still at the hospital in Culver City, but on Friday, the hospital let us know his insurance recommended a place in Long Beach that specializes in cognitive memory and has occupational therapy. The caseworker is making sure they have room availability, and if they do, he will likely be moved there sometime this week. As soon as we know where he’ll be, we’ll update this page.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this GoFundMe page, visited David at the hospital and provided your love and support. He’s getting better every day!

With love,
Jackie
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David had more great visits with friends over the weekend and continued his therapy. He even got to celebrate his hospital sitter and new friend Juan Eddie’s birthday! He’s in good spirits, but eager to get back to Long Beach. He talks a lot about work and volunteer projects, but his short term memory is still spotty. Sometimes he thinks he’s still working in Miami where he lived over a decade ago. The doctor at his current hospital (Southern CA Hospital in Culver City) is still trying to find an acute rehab or skilled nursing facility in Long Beach that will be covered by his insurance, and we’re hoping for some good news this week.

Thank you for the prayers and support!
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Raised by 78 people in 3 months
Created October 24, 2018
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