Ending the 2018 was rough for the Meek family. Instead of it being a happy holiday season , it was filled with hospital rooms, waiting room, surgeries, and near death experiences. Below is a brief summary of what Gary Meek has endured up to today.
Nov. 24th, 2018 admitted to St Jude hospital with back pain that ended up being a Sepsis infection that left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Nov 28th MRI showed the infection had attached to the rods and pins in his lower back. He had back surgery on Nov 29th and the pins and rods were removed and the infection was cleaned from that area, all the while fighting off pneumonia.
Dec 2nd the infection had also attached to both knee replacements and had to have surgery to clean both knees. While in recovery after the knee surgery, he had a heart attack and coded for 12 min. He was in ICU for 5 days after that.
Dec 12th blood pressure dropped and was bleeding somewhere. He was given 9 units of blood and after numerous scans they discovered he had a bleeding ulcer.
Dec 13th they cauterized the ulcer and he remained in the step down unit till Dec 19th.
Dec 22nd his hemoglobin dropped to 4 (should be 10). He was bleeding again with another ulcer. Had to cauterized it and remained in step down till Dec 25th.
Dec 26 he complained of no vision in his left eye. Examination found that he had a detached retina which has left him blind in that eye.
Jan 13th he was discharged from St Jude to skilled nursing home for rehab. He still can not sit up or stand on his own or move his lower body. He can not get out of bed without help.
Feb 1st had to go to St Joseph hospital for 5 days with a kidney infection.
March 17th found out that pneumonia had come come back.
March 26th Moved to Brookedale, skilled nursing facility in Yorba Linda.
May 3rd Medicare runs out and Meeks have to pay cash for Gary's care. Currently he is full time wheel chair bound and unable to move without assistance.
Costs for his care are unreal. Sit down for this. It's $550 per day for Room, Board and physical therapy ($16,500 per month) It's about $2000.00 per month to lease a wheelchair accessible vehicle that has a lift.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 to help offset all of the costs affiliated with his care. Sharon will have to start paying for Gary's care on May 3rd, 2019. The goal is to raise the money for their family by May 1st.
From the family: He has been fighting to survive everyday, busting his ass in therapy to regain the strength in his core and range of motion in his legs. He is still as sharp as ever always asking how his grand kids are doing in the multitude of activities they are involved in. Activities up until November 24th, 2018 he and my mom NEVER missed. We are praying that he will soon be able to get back to watching all the sporting events, musicals, and recitals. It has been and will continue to be a long and agonizing process.