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Garrett Roe fund

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On Thursday, August 9, my fiancé, Garrett Roe, suffered a stroke at the age of 32. He is alive thanks to the wonderful staff at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, however words can not describe how devastated we are.

Garrett is an A320 First Officer for JetBlue and is based in Long Beach, CA. He was born and raised in the state of Washington. Garrett has always had a passion for airplanes and he started flying at the age of 18.  When not in the air he enjoys boating, mechanics, working out, and spending time with friends.  His positive energy and generousity are an inspiration to all who know him.  

On August 9th, Garrett woke up with complaints of a headache. He got up, made coffee and went in to the bathroom to get ready for work. Seconds later, I glanced over and saw him on his stomach using the door frame to pull himself out of the bathroom. The look on his face was a look I will never forget. I ran over to him and his eyes were open but moving side to side, and he was drooling and clenching his jaw. His body was overly tense and he kept trying to stand but could not. When the medics arrived, they made the decision to airlift him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The helicopter landed at Harborview and within 10 minutes of landing Garrett had had a brain scan where they located the clot, and was undergoing surgery where it was successfully removed.  

Garrett ended up suffering from an ischemic stroke caused by a carotid artery dissection. This means that he had a tear in the 2 inner layers of his carotid artery...the blood pooled and formed a clot. The clot then traveled to the brain and caused him to have a stroke. Approximately one-third of the left hemisphere of his brain developed damage. This has caused paralysis of the entire right side of his body and the inability to talk and communicate.

This is the start of a very long road for Garrett. He will need immense therapy and rehab to get his body working again coupled with a large amount of support from family and friends to keep his spirits high.

His mother Tanya, and I appreciate all of the love and support we have already received! This is going to take an army but with strength, love and prayer we are confident that we will get Garrett back to the way he was!

I will be updating along the way as we go through this journey together.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Aulbree
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Hi everyone! We are 1 week in to inpatient rehab. Garrett has made amazing progress during these past 7 days! I would like to give a quick update on how his therapy is going.

Physical Therapy: Garrett is able to walk around the entire hospital with no assistance including the stairs! Because of his amazing mobility, he only has PT once a day. He is able to keep up and pass exercises that test his balance, coordination and strength.

Occupational Therapy: Garrett’s right arm is slowly waking up! He’s hooked up to electrical stimulation on the affected arm for 3-4 hours a day which seems to be helping immensely. The therapists are starting to see muscle contractions in his shoulder area which is huge! He will regain motion in his shoulder first, then, with time, function of his arm and eventually his hand will return.

Speech Therapy: Garrett is starting to add more words to his vocabulary! The words don’t always make sense and they aren’t usually used in the right context, but this is very common for stroke victims and just part of the healing process. His words are becoming much clearer and he is starting to realize and correct himself when the wrong words come out.

Garrett has had such a great attitude through all of this. He constantly has people, including his doctors and therapists, laughing with his “grass is always greener” demeanor.

We have a discharge date of Wednesday the 29th! We are so excited! The doctors feel that there is no reason for Garrett to be in a “hospital” setting anymore. They think we will see the most progress during Outpatient Rehab (which will be closer to home)!

With that being said, Tanya and I have decided to close Garrett’s GoFundMe Page on Wednesday. If you are interested in following his recovery process, I have set up a CaringBridge website to post updates on his progress.

Garrett has been shown his GoFundMe website and all he keeps saying is “Oh my God!” He is shocked, humbled and appreciative of the love he has received. You can see in his eyes the emotional impact that your caring thoughts, encouraging messages, and generous donations have had on him.

As we jump in to this next chapter, we feel a sense of relief knowing that we are through the “scary” medical phase and realizing that we have this huge army backing and supporting us; cheering us all on. The three of us will forever be grateful beyond words for everyone’s love and support. We can not say it enough, THANK YOU!

Aulbree, Tanya & Garrett

*Regarding the photo: This was taken yesterday. We were able to go on an outing with the Recreational Therapist. Garrett chose a walk on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The three of us had a great time being reminded and enjoying what’s important in life...family. (And coffee of course)*

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/garrettroe
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We are 1 week and 2 days in to this. Wow. What a whirlwind of emotions. Garrett is making progress every single day and we are so proud of his tenacity, motivation and drive. We would like to thank every single person who has reached out, offered a helping hand, donated, shared his story, etc. Your support has been overwhelmingly thoughtful, caring, and generous - beyond words!

Garrett understands what happened and why he is in the hospital. To be clear, he does not have any underlying genetic disorder that causes clots, nothing is wrong with his heart, etc; this was simply a freak accident caused (most likely) by over exercising/heavy lifting. The straining from such movements caused his carotid artery to tear which led to the stroke.

Garrett can do so much on his own and is impressing us every minute. All tubes/IVs have been taken out; he can eat anything he wants, and walk with little to no assistance. He is rapidly learning to execute tasks such as his daily hygiene routine without any help.

We are officially off the Neuro Unit and have checked in to Inpatient Rehabilitation. The doctors think he will be there for 2-3 weeks. His therapy and rehab will consist of PT, OT, and Speech.

His schedule is as follows:
Monday-Saturday
7a-8a: Breakfast
8a-Noon: Rehab
12p-1p: Lunch
1p-4p: Rehab
4p-5p: Dinner
5p-Bedtime: Extra therapy if wanted/ Visiting hours (please check with me or Tanya first...we want to make sure he is getting enough rest)

Sundays are “off” days and we are designating those days as our visiting days for Garrett.

Speech and communication are still a struggle. He is slowly regaining sensation in his right arm which is excellent.

Garrett’s personality shines through with every step he takes and every move he makes and it is so inspiring to see.

Thank you all for taking the time to read and keep up with his story. Tanya and I will forever be grateful for the outpouring of love we have received during this tremendously difficult time.
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UPDATE! Hi everyone! First of all, THANK YOU for all of your love, support and generosity!!! Tanya and I are amazed at how well loved Garrett is!! We are out of the ICU and in the Neuro Unit in what feels like a penthouse suite with views of Centurylink Field, the Puget Sound and downtown Seattle! :)

He no longer needs ultrasounds of the brain which is awesome!! He is able to stand with assistance and sit in a chair for a few hours. His right leg is able to move on command and he is regaining sensation in his right arm! He has had a bunch of family, friends and JetBlue co-workers in and out everyday! What an amazing sight it is to see his face and specifically his eyes light up when he sees a person that he knows. He LOVES hearing all of the latest and greatest about life and work.

He hears everything that is going on and I would say he understands close to 85% of what is being said. Communication and speech is our largest struggle at the moment. We are making tiny strides every day. Baby steps.

He has passed the swallow test, and has been approved for a normal diet! We will get the feeding tube out today and start eating food!!! In a few days we will move upstairs to the inpatient rehab facility where he will endure intense therapy and rehabilitation for 2-3 weeks. After that, we will move to an outpatient facility most likely closer to home.

We will keep you all updated along the way. Thank you again SO much for sharing his story. We WILL get through this!!
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