As some of you may already know my brother in law Steve suffered a stroke on March 11th. Fortunately my sister, Tracey who was in Seattle visiting her son, was talking to Steve on the phone and noticed that something was wrong with his speech. She quickly notified someone to get him to the hospital which probably saved his life. Steve's blood pressure when he arrived at the hospital was 230/190!
Steve was in the ICU unit for 7 days and after many tests, scans, and MRIs they concluded that the stroke affected both sides of the brain and was likely caused by AFIB. He is now in a rehab facility at Baptist East Hospital where he is working hard and progressing well. We are optimistic that he will recover and hopefully be able to return to work but that is going to take some time.
Steve's income is what pays their bills and his job has put him on short term disability until April 23rd at which point he'll have to apply for federal disability. His short term disability check is only half of what his normal check would be and they have already begun to struggle. On top of all this yesterday their truck broke down. They are now looking at an expensive repair and it is the only transportation Tracey has to get to the houses she cleans and to get back and forth to the hospital.
The medical bills have not yet come but we are expecting them to be substantial and frankly without help I don't see how they are going to be able to make it.
Anyone who knows Steve knows that he always has a smile on his face and is always the first person to help out anyone regardless of whether they are family, friends, or a stranger who is in need. I couldn't count how many people he has been there for. I am hoping that the favors he has so willingly granted others throughout his life will now be returned through donations and prayers. Every donation no matter how small will help so please if you are able donate something to help them out. Please keep them in your prayers and please share this fundraiser with everyone you know, you'll likely run across someone Steve has helped or baked his famous pineapple upside down cake for.
Thank you and God Bless!
- Katherine Lee
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