RGS Funeral Expenses& Medical Cost

$9,576 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 17 months
On Wednesday, January 4th 2017 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, Rick was leaving his optometrist's office when he fell down some stairs hitting his head. He was soon found unconscious and rushed to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot resulting from a bleed in his brain. He is somewhat stable but has not regained consciousness.This GoFundMe is to raise funds to cover long term care costs since there is no existing coverage plan.
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At 1:15pm January 28, 2017, I made the hardest decision a wife should never have to make. Together, our family decided to withdraw all life support measures which had been keeping Rick alive, and breathing comfortably. With our sons, daughters, and immediate family members by his side, his breathing tube and feeding tube were removed. The staff started a morphine drip to keep Rick as comfortable as possible and slowly increased it until he was breathing smoothly. Finally, there was nothing to do but to wait for him to pass.
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Today we had a meeting with the Rick's: doctors, case managers, and social worker to discuss his current and ongoing level of care. The Rabbi stopped by for a visit. Some close friends from Cinequest and Blue Star Mom's visited and provided much needed support.
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Today is day #6 since dad has been in the hospital.

149 hours later and he still has not regained consciousness The longer he’s asleep, the smaller the chance he will wake up and make a recovery. Today we got the MRI results back, and the doctors are not hopeful of him waking up. The MRI shows a lot of damage in his temporal lobe and surrounding areas. He suffered two major strokes due to the fall. There's sheering in-between the two hemispheres and numerous blood clots still in his brain. Doctors says its a Diffuse axonal injury in the Corpus Collosum. They removed a major blood clot in the temporal lobe area but left all others as attempting to remove it, it would be removed with perfectly viable brain matter. His initial stroke pinched off blood vessels. Dad’s inter cranium pressure has increased and the doctors recommended a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) and a tracheostomy to help prevent infection. Currently there is a feeding tube and the endotracheal tube currently down his throat which puts him at risk of pneumonia the longer it's in. Besides this, the doctor reinserted a pressure probe to monitor the pressure. His blood pressure and inner cranial pressure levels are good but he is spiking a fever again. A new antibiotic has been administered to try to prevent him from getting pneumonia. A meeting of the neuro and general medical teams are scheduled to discuss further course of action. Updates will continue to be posted as we learn more.
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January 8, 2017
Rick's cranium pressure probe remains inside to continue monitoring his ICP (inner cranial brain pressure) level. Ideally, it should be under 20. During the night, his ICP went above 20, he was spiking a fever and was not responding to pain stimuli for the neuro exam. Today, all that has improved but he still remains unconscious. This morning, the medical team consulted with us and wants us to consider a tracheostomy long term to reduce the strain on his throat from the respirator tubes. The longer he remains unconscious could also indicate that there is more damage to the brain but that remains to be determined. There is risk of pneumonia that could prove fatal in his current state. We wait for positive improvement and hope that he regains consciousness soon. Please continue praying for him.
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$9,576 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 76 people in 17 months
Created January 7, 2017
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$100
Anonymous
16 months ago
$100
Anonymous
16 months ago
MK
$100
Margaret Kane
16 months ago

RIP Rick. You will be missed.

KS
$25
kathryn SOLER
16 months ago

I am at a loss for words. My heart aches for you all of you who lost Rick. You will be in my prayers.

OW
$100
Oleta Willhite
16 months ago

Praying God will uphold you all thru all of this.

MH
$72
Michael & Judith Hurley
16 months ago

Sending you love at this difficult time.

$5
Sandy Lee
16 months ago

I'm sorry for your loss Mary. I hope this helps a little bit at least.

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