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David Fernandez; Recovery

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Raised by 76 people in 1 month
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 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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Quick update:
David is still at Southern California Hospital in Culver City. The hospital is trying to find a place for him to relocate to in Long Beach, but it depends on the facility's availability and whether or not his insurance will cover it. We'll post an update here as soon as we find out when he's moving and where he'll be. In the meantime, he's continuing with physical & occupational therapy a few times a day and the doctors are focused on trying to get him to eat more. You're welcome to swing by and visit him - seeing friends really lifts his spirits, especially since he doesn't have family there with him right now. Once we find out when he's moving, my mom will travel back to CA (from Houston) to help.

This Thanksgiving, we're all thankful that David is alive and continuing to get better each day. We're also so thankful for all of you - for your love and support throughout all of this. Thank you for everything.

With love,
Jackie
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David had some great visits with friends this weekend and they helped lift his spirits. Most of the time, he remembers and understands that he’ll be at the hospital in Culver City a few more days, and that we’ll find out next steps soon.

We’re very thankful for all of the support from his friends and the wonderful sitters (who stay in his room with him 24/7). He has become good friends with one sitter in particular, Juan Eddie, who says he’s David’s bodyguard. :) Eddie specifically asks to be placed with David since they’ve developed such a great friendship, and we love it because we know he takes such good care of David and he will text us with any updates.

It sounds like David still is barely eating and is very agitated when people tell him to eat more. His type of brain injury can cause a decrease in appetite and he already didn’t eat much to begin with. He’s lost almost 20 lbs since he was first taken to the hospital, so we’re hoping it will get better as he progresses.

Thank you to everyone who has visited, donated, and given your love and support to David. It makes such a huge difference and we are forever grateful.

With love,
Jackie
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Raised by 76 people in 1 month
Created October 24, 2018
Team Fernandez
on behalf of Jackie Padgett
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