Funds for Mom & Dad

$4,745 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 60 people in 3 months
Who am I....
For those of you that don't know me, I am Dave's daughter and oldest child. For those of you that do know me, you know how much of a daddy's girl I am. For 32 years, he has been the most reliable, responsible, and strongest man I know.   He would not leave me hanging in a time like this and I surely will not leave him. Now I want to help him and my mom in any way I can during the most difficult time in all of our lives

Over the last 2 weeks my family and I have been with him at UPMC as he as gone through 7 surgeries/anesthesia in 9 days (2 of those were emergencies). To say this has been a roller coaster is an understatement. As soon as we think we are on the road to recovery we are hit with another jab in our bellies. 

What is going on..... 

On March 6th, dad was admitted to UPMC for surgical treatment on an infected graft in his abdominal cavity. The original grafts were about 15 years old and had given him no problems up until last year. The surgery itself was extremely complex and the chances of him making it out of surgery alone were not as great as we would've liked but there was no alternative. They were replacing a graft that had already been replaced. Here we are about 2 weeks later and dad is still putting up a fight. 

Over these 2 weeks these are some of the hurdles that he has overcome:
- perforated small intestine (repaired)
-part of large intestine removed 
-required 23 units of blood in the first 24 hours out after surgery
- BP has required lots of medication to control it
-he had a stroke 
-a knicked bladder
-abdominal compartment syndrome from being closed to early (led to emergency surgery last night). 

The list goes on but these are some of the things he has endured and is continuing to push on. 

Currently, dad is still on the ventilator but has become more responsive (although right now this seems to change daily). Today has been a good day so far but I am honestly terrified of what the next hour can bring based on all that has happened in the last 10-14 days. 

What are these funds for? 
I would like to start out by saying this money will not be used in any way by my brother and I. It will be going directly to my mom and dad. 

Due to dads illnesses in the past year he is running short on PTO time. Currently, he has PTO  to take until April 18th. Once this time runs out,they will be  living on 1 military pension that I am not sure will cover all of their bills and making living very difficult. This is also not accounting for hotels for my mom. I am applying for FMLA for him but that time off will not be paid.

Dad had plans to retire in about 2 years but ultimately this is going to push him into retirement sooner that he would've liked. These funds will help them survive until his retirement funds can be accessed and he is back up on his feet. 

He will also be needed an extended rehab program in a facility. Hoping to relocate them to Augusta, GA.
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Thanks for all the support and love everyone. Every thought, prayer and kind word help. Also every dollar thats come in through this fundraiser is gonna go a long way in helping our mom and dad in the near future once he gets through this.
Update: Pops is still in the surgical ICU. He is off of the ventilator and breathing on his own through the tracheotomy. His BP is fluctuating. Right now were kind of in the no news is great news mentality while his small intestine and body heals more leading up to when they try to give him nutrition again which his body really needs right now. Obviously for that to work his small intestine needs to be able move the food without any setbacks (what put us a bunch of steps back recently). Also dad has been in here for over a month now and the ICU delirium has really set in. Hes beginning to lose touch with reality but were trying our best to help his mind stay active and comfort him in his confusion. Thanks again everyone and I hope you all have a great weekend.
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Thank you for all the donations! Dad has had some significant improvements the last few days. His nurse said this morning he actually tried to ask for me ❤️ He breathed on his own all day yesterday and can hopefully continue that today!

Due to the trach he cannot speak yet. We have another hurdle to get over today. I’ll talk more about that when a few more tests are ran.

I will continue to post updates.
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We are more than halfway to our goal!!!! Thanks for all the donations. My family is going to be thrilled when they find out.
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We are almost at 1000 dollars in 24 hours!!!!!!! Thank you for the support. My dad is going to be thrilled when he comes out of this. This means the world to my family and I. We have never been on the receiving end of something like this and it is pretty humbling. Keep it coming. I am counting down the minutes until I can tell dad.

Keep praying for us. Today has been a good day and dad has been stable. Hopefully we continue on a positive trajectory. We have a very long road ahead.
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