"AVM stands for Arteriovenous Malformation. An AVM is a tangle of abnormal and poorly formed blood vessels (arteries and veins). They have a higher rate of bleeding than normal vessels. AVMs can occur anywhere in the body. Brain AVMs are of special concern because of the damage they cause when they bleed. They are very rare and occur in less than 1% of the general population. AVMs that occur in the coverings of the brain are called dural avms." Like I said, he gets to go home today. He will see his neurosurgeon next week. He cannot return to work now with the double vision and pending surgery. He will be having brain surgery, and be off of work 3-6 months to recover. We will know more next week when he sees the neurosurgeon. Greg is so blessed with his wonderful first family, his truck crane family, and many friends. Keep thinking good thoughts, praying , and sending your love. Greg is still in good spirits, and sexy ( I think he'd want me to say that ). We feel very fortunate! We also are grateful that this was discovered. For now, it's one step at a time. We will get through this. Thank you all for all the love and support! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Greg is still dealing with headaches and double vision. He saw the neurologist and is doing eye patch therapy for that. This is a separate issue from AVM. The good news is that Greg's AVM surgery is scheduled for February 20th. We are so happy to have a date! We have a challenging few months ahead of us, both financially, and more importantly, physically for Greg. Greg has always been the sole provider for our family, and he has always worked hard. He wants to be back to work as soon as possible. I know him well enough to know that he will do just that. We appreciate, and will continue to appreciate the generosity of the people who have donated to this gofundme campaign. We are so grateful!
UPDATE: We met with the neurosurgeon today. He has been caring for Greg since the ER. It looks like Gregory Clyde Dunbar will undergo brain surgery next week. The actual day is not confirmed yet, it might be Monday, Feb. 13th, or Thursday, the 16th. I will update when we know for sure. He is also seeing the neurologist tomorrow for further investigation into his double vision, and headaches. Thank you all for continuing to think of Greg. Good thoughts, prayers, and encouraging words are all still welcome! ❤️❤️❤️
We are grateful and overwhelmed. Thank you to all of our family and friends for the love and support. It means everything to us! I read every single word and I share it with Greg. He does read on Facebook, and he's able to text and take calls. So, please feel free to reach out of you care to. Mostly, Greg is resting and awaiting his appt with the neurosurgeon to schedule his surgery date. We will both feel better when we are at that point. He still has a continuous headache, sometimes it's tolerable, other times, it's bad and he just tries to sleep. He also still has double vision. So, he while he sees okay close up, he has to wear an eye patch to watch TV. He doesn't feel great, yet, he still manages to have a sense of humor and has a great attitude. Tomorrow happens to be his 53rd birthday, let's flood him with birthday wishes! Thank you again for loving Greg so much and for helping our family. I hope one day we can return the favor. ❤️
We have been home from the hospital for 4 days. Greg still has pain, that's expected. He sleeps a lot. He has several months of recovery ahead. This was so unexpected, it's almost surreal. We are so grateful for the help from our family and friends. Today, I felt a bit overwhelmed. I'm trying to not get caught up in the anxiety of what's ahead. I'm trying to be optimistic.
Greg continues to have a headache. Some days, he just has to sleep. I'm hoping that maybe the AVM surgery takes care of the headaches, that would be wonderful. The eye patch therapy for the double vision seems to be helping. I'm hoping that it will be further improved prior to the brain surgery. That might make his recovery easier, or at the very least, not worse. Greg has a lot on his plate right now, and I'm really proud of him for continuing to look forward with hope. We have a rough few months ahead. My hope is that we are able to keep our home, and stay afloat. We are fortunate that at some point, Greg will get disability. However, this will not cover our monthly bills, we are hoping to just be able to get through those couple of months. Greg has always worked and taken care of our family, regardless. I know him well enough to know the minute he is cleared to go back to work, he will be back to work. It's a difficult position to be in, needing help. Thank you to everyone who has donated, offered support, and reached out. We are humbled and so grateful! Although the prognosis is very good for Greg, we know that he's not out of the woods, yet. Thank you for the continued love, support, and prayers. Greg is loved by his family, friends and co-workers. He's a good husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he's well-respected in his field and valued as an employee. He's fortunate to have so many people that really care about him. Thank you to each and everyone of you that has supported us in any way!