Birthday : 02/28/67 – just turned 48
Chef by trade
Husband to Sharon – Father to Jessica (13)
On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Allen suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He is presently in the ICU at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Allen is in a medically induced coma. He has a drain in his head to allow the blood from his brain to drain. His prognosis is a long, long road to recovery.
As of today, he is in a stable condition. His recent CT scan showed no change, which is good according to his neurologist. The first few days are critical in nature, with regard, to the draining of the blood from his brain; but, some good news is that he is breathing on his own and has only been intubated for the purpose of allowing medicine and food into his body. The doctors also say that the echo-cardiogram was good in that there does not appear to be any major issues with his arteries. So these things are positive in the day to day move forward.
Negatively, we have been told that the draining of the blood and need to stay in the medically induced coma will easily last 4-6 weeks depending on Allen’s body response and from there, once the permanent “stroke” damage can be assessed, a very long hospital stay and rehab after that. Obviously, there will be no working for quite some period of time. And, even in the best case scenario 2-4 months before he will able to consider work of any fashion.
Allen worked as a chef, with chef's hours and chef's wages. Sharon, Allen's wife, works as a paralegal in a small firm in North Palm Beach. They have a 13 year old daughter named Jessica. The Seldows are active members of Cross Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Even with medical insurance, the out of pocket costs are going to be overwhelming and astronomical. Sharon will need to go back to work in order to just maintain the household costs – which in a home that relied on two incomes, is going to be very difficult.
So, we decided that we should create this page immediately so that the financial burden could be lifted a little bit. And, so that Allen and Sharon can focus on his recovery.