Helping Our Friend Shaun Ruetz

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Raised by 60 people in 10 months
Created October 16, 2018


Our good friend Shaun was rushed to the hospital last Wednesday after having suffered a ruptured aneurysm in his aorta. It's a miracle he survived long enough that the doctors were able to perform a 10-11 hour long surgery to save him. He's since received around the clock care and countless procedures to keep him alive. 

Shaun has put forward an inspiring fight for his life this week and we are grateful to still have him with us! The road ahead will continue to be challenging and the medical bills are more than anyone should be asked to bear. Please show your love and support for Shaun by praying for him daily and donating to his fund. All donations will go directly to Shaun when he is able to withdraw them himself. We love you Shaun! Get well soon buddy!
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It has been more than 2 months since we’ve provided an update on Shaun’s progress. First of all, Shaun sends each of you his sincere appreciation for your love, prayers, and generous contributions to his medical care. We want to bring all of you up to speed on Shaun’s journey over the past couple of months.

When Shaun was released from the Acute Rehabilitation facility at Mission hospital, he was still undergoing daily physical therapy and was unable to stand up on his own. Ideally he would like to have stayed at the hospital to continue receiving around the clock care; however, financial circumstances would not allow for it. Coming home early was a bit of a setback as Shaun was unable to receive medical benefits from a new insurance policy until January. For the past couple of months, Shaun has been mostly bedridden and receiving intermittent physical therapy to try and help rejuvenate the ability to move his legs. This has been an excruciatingly painful ordeal for Shaun. He has explained his left leg feeling as though it is being electrocuted every few minutes which causes his body to convulse in pain. By the end of each day, Shaun is completely exhausted. His legs are atrophied as a result of his inability to stand up and exercise. He is also currently dealing with foot drop as another result of the extensive nerve damage and loss of muscle in his legs. Our hearts and prayers go out to Shaun daily for the strength he will need to continue fighting and working toward making healing progress. There are also remaining complications with Shauns blood pressure as it drops substantially low when he attempts standing up. Needless to say, the road ahead will be long and painful and Shaun still needs all the help he can get. We all would like to send our warmest thanks again to Shaun’s girlfriend, Sarah, who has been taking the place of what was multiple nurses at the hospital. She remains at his side helping him cope and providing encouragement and care to him daily. Thanks to Sarah from all of us!
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Past couple of days he has been working on standing up but has still had some really low blood pressure. Some ankle braces were made that are helping straighten out his ankles and should be working on some pretty important stuff this week at home. He's going home today. In all honesty he doesn't feel quite ready medically but he does feel 100% ready to go home so there will be 24 hour care with him even though he feels like he can be on his own. His house with help from Jarret , Kyle and his dad is finally ADA to make it so that he could be comfortable at home and still do wheelchair transfers and have the comfort of a bed that moves with his needs. More to come on his progress. Visitors will be welcome 100%. He still like I said needs supervision when he is anywhere really. The way they want him transferring is with the sliding board and he doesn't even use that most of the time. He pretty much jumped the gap. . Totally excited for him and I know how happy he is to go home today so thank you for all your prayers and continued prayers are going to be definitely needed. Thank you so much for all of the support & it has been a wild ride & feels like it's kinda just begun. ❤️
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So today Shaun stood up! He stood up totally vertical with shoes on (with help up some awesome PT machine) he did it for about 10 minutes off and on. Was painful but he didn't show it. He couldn't feel his feet very much but he had no issue standing with all of his weight on both legs . He is doing lots of maneuvering around from wheelchair to other surfaces on his own(supposed to have a nurse or someone to help but he doesn't at times lol) the swelling in his legs are still an issue but they will get to the bottom of it. Kidneys & pancreas are still doing well. His BP has been on the higher side :/ they are keeping an eye on it. He is so motivated to get standing up & walking. Today was big though & it's super impressive to see in person. Lots of PT & doctors are all coming together will new labs & going to discuss his current condition & decide how much time he will be spending at ARU.
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So today was his evaluation day. They came in with a speech therapist at an occupational therapist that helped him with quite a few things. The speech therapist went over a lot of different things about memory. His brain is 100 for sign all there and he's having no problems recalling literally anything. As far as occupational therapy goes he's learning how to put pants on without function of legs. Transferring himself from the wheelchair to the shower and from the shower back to the wheelchair and then to the bed. It takes all of his energy out of him but he is doing it. The swelling on his leg is still very bad. It's preventing the therapist from working on standing up. Once the swelling subsides over the next couple of days they can start focusing on that. It's going to be a very long road for him but he has amazing support from all his friends and family and God. He is in The acute rehabilitation unit in tower 2- room 106. They are saying he'll be there for about 10 days!
and then gets to go home. He is very nervous about going home because he's going to have to use a wheelchair until he's walking and his house is not ADA but more to come about that.
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