Anyone who knows my dad knows that he sees this is as just a challenge and an obstacle to overcome. Talking to him now, you hear all the excitement and enthusiasm to get better than you hear a word of how this is difficult. He's just one of the most determined and positive people in the face of hardship I've ever met. Mentally, he's already healthy. Physically, he needs some work before he's at 100%. Financially, he has a longer road to recovery.
Anything you can do to help our family in this time of need, whether a single dollar or sharing this with someone you know, is deeply appreciated.
On Thursday, August 2nd, Duane was eating an apple. He felt like it went down the wrong pipe and his coworker noticed his face looked drooped and his speech was garbled. She called 911 and by the time the ambulance got him to the hospital, his speech had worsened and they admitted him as a stroke patient. After an MRI, it was revealed that Duane had already had a minor stroke in the past. He spent a day in the emergency room and three days in intensive care before being released.
Duane has made great progress already, but will need intense physical, occupational, and speech therapy before he is fully recovered. The best case scenario is for him to receive home health care, which will provide the quickest path to recovery.
WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY GO TOWARDS
All donations will be extremely helpful paying for the four-day intensive care visit and future physical, occupational, and speech therapy bills. Therapy is going to continue for the foreseeable future. Due to this, my parents are expecting an astronomical bill.
A NOTE ABOUT DUANE
I'm John, Duane's son. A couple things about my dad that I want to share. When my mom first called me and told me what happened to my dad, I got the instinctual pit of fear, worry, and anxiety in my gut that many of us feel when we hear bad news. This was immediately followed by the thought "how can I make a joke out of this?" I felt guilty about that. Until I called my dad. He answered the phone in the emergency room and I heard him cracking jokes to his nurse about the situation. Then, when my younger siblings visited him, my mom told me they were making jokes to cheer him up, too. My dad has overcome a lot in his life. Regardless of the hand he was dealt, he always meets it head on and perseveres until the end. He has shown me how to handle difficult times with a sense of humor. This is something for which I am forever indebted to him. Our family is incredibly close, and I give large credit to this ability to make each other laugh.
As a child, you think of your parents as invincible superheroes. While we learn that isn't quite true, and that can be difficult, we also get to have new feelings towards our parents that we didn't have as children. I am overwhelmingly proud of how my dad has handled this situation and I look forward to hiking up a mountain with him again when he is healthy.
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