Seth stayed comatose for three days; upon awakening, he was disoriented with serious cognitive and physical limitations, including impaired breathing and motor control. Over the next few days he slowly regained small amounts of memory, but had difficulty swallowing, grasping, and focusing his vision. He was basically unable to walk, speak, or eat. He remained unable to breathe without assistance. He suffered from pneumonia, as well, due to the aspiration. His coma and subsequent difficulties is an immediate result of a form of late onset Type I diabetes called 'brittle diabetes' wherein blood sugar levels are volatile and difficult to control. He has been in the ICU twice in the past six months as a result of this condition.
Seth stayed in Mission-St. Joe's undergoing testing and various forms of therapy for over a week before he was transferred to CarePartners Rehabilitation Hospital on October 5. He is still in the hospital, though he can now walk, talk, feed himself, and remember much—though not nearly all—of his life before the coma. Cognition and motor function—along with reading and writing—are returning slowly. He now remembers all of his family and friends, plus some important facts and circumstances from his past.
He and and wife Carley have four children—the last of whom, Jack, was born just a few weeks ago. Seth has been chef de cuisine at the popular East Asheville eatery Copper Crown for the last two years; before this he worked at Zambra, Seven Sows, Rezaz, and other fine restaurants. Seth will not, however, be able to work for an undetermined time. Not only does he have a family to support, but his medical bills are growing steadily. While he has health insurance, this will not cover the 24/7 care he will require for an indefinite period upon release from the hospital. The primary issue at this point is his diabetes, the stabilization of which has continued to puzzle his doctors. This is now the principal cause of his hospitalization. In the meantime, he will continue to receive physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and neurological monitoring both at CarePartners (who have been awesome!), and after he is released to his home. He has a long road, the end of which is not predictable.
The entire Walters clan as well as Seth's Copper Crown family thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support in this incredibly challenging time. Any donation you can make will go towards the financial support of Seth's family as well as his medical bills. Please share as you are able and keep Seth and his recovery in your thoughts and prayers.
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