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Sasil Medical Relief

$8,330 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 74 people in 7 months
Created December 15, 2018
Hello loving friends & family, 

Thank you for taking your time to reach out with your thoughts and prayers. 

As you may know, early on December 15, 2018 Clay Sasil suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm. He was quickly admitted and flown to Kapiolani Queen’s Medical on the island of Oahu. Gabrielle remains by his side as she consults with the staff at Queen’s to determine what her next steps should be, what Clay’s recovery will look like as well as balancing what is best for the welfare of her young daughters (Persias [7] and Eden [2]). 

As so many of our wonderful friends and family have reached out wondering how they can help this family in their time of crisis, I have established this campaign in hopes that we can raise funds to relieve the financial burdens our beloved Sasil’s are feeling right now. Christmas is just a week or so away so please do not hesitate to give what you can. 

Any questions can be directed to Moani at 

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Aloha Fam!

Life since arriving home has been a whirlwind of appointments and therapy. I apologize for the radio silence the past 8 weeks. Things have been going great! Lots of highs and lows, lots of new growth in our family and marriage. I don't think Clay and I have ever spent this much time together. As you can imagine, it has resulted in some issues coming up. Thank God for marriage counseling! We have never been stronger, closer, or more in love than we are now.
Clay is doing great! He continues to baffle his doctors and therapists with his rapid recovery. He was cleared to drive last month, graduated from physical and speech therapy, and started back to work this past Monday! He will be starting slow and working into full time over the next few months as his energy levels aren't what they used to be. He was sooooo happy to be going back to work! I don't think I've ever seen him that excited before. He was giddy! He loves his job and was so ready to regain some type of normalcy.
This ordeal has been very hard on our family, but so many positives have come from it, I know God's hand was there with us through it all. We want to thank every single one of you that prayed, called, texted, donated. Your prayers and support gave me the strength to get through this, your donations have allowed us to focus on Clay's recovery and the healing of our family and for those things we truly cannot express our gratitude enough. Thank you thank you thank you. May God bless you all as much as you have blessed us.

Sincerely, The Sasils
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Thursday January 10th, 2019

We are so excited to be going home tomorrow!! It's hard to believe that this all started only four weeks ago. It feels like months.
Clay is still doing well. We had a check up with our neuro surgeon Dr. Liem at Queens today. Everything looks great and they removed the last of the staples in Clay's head, neck, and stomach. This was Clay's first time officially meeting Dr. Liem since he was sedated and intubated when we arrived on the 15th. Hearing the doc talk about how serious this was and how lucky he is to be alive seemed to be a bit of a reality check for Clay. Of course, he knows that he is lucky and that this could have killed him, but I think hearing it from the expert that actually saw the damage really hit him hard. Most people don't survive a massive hemorrhage like his, and even less people make a full recovery. We have so much to be grateful for!
I am so excited to be going home, to sleep in our own bed, eat a home cooked meal, snuggle with our girls. But part of me is also a little scared. We won't be in our safe hospital room bubble with a nurse right there anytime I have a question. Imagining going back to real life, plus having to face the massive changes that we need to make is daunting. But we've come this far and we will keep pushing!
Friends and family, we love you all so much. Your support and prayers have sustained me, and helped Clay heal. We cannot express our gratitude enough.

Xoxo, Gabby & Clay
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Happy New Year friends! Clay and I celebrated by getting discharged from Queens and sent to Rehab Hospital of the Pacific! And! We have an official date of when we are going home! January 11th can't come soon enough.
Rehab is going great. Clay is pretty much fine physically minus the injuries and pains he had before the aneurysm. It's mostly the cognitive stuff that he needs to work on. We have three hours of speech, physical, and occupational therapy everyday. He is off all of the pain meds expect for the occasional small dose of oxycontin when his brain starts to hurt, but other than that he is only taking some blood pressure meds. Everyday he wakes up more himself and less confused. It's kind of a problem, because if you know Clay then you know that he is a jokester and likes to clown around. Lately he's been giving us the wrong answers on purpose just to mess with us. "Hun! Be serious! They're gonna think you're all messed up in the head!" He just laughs and laughs.
His memory in the longterm is actually remarkable, he remembers more than I do! It's the short term stuff he struggles with. He asks frequently about our girls, where they are, who's watching them, etc. But he has done great with the new 2019 year change, he's beginning to remember some nurses names, etc. which is all a huge improvement this week.
Homesickness has made an appearance for both of us. At least five times a night he says "baby, let's go home. I don't want to be here anymore". He's doing so well in rehab that I have to fight the temptation to do just that...pack up our stuff and get on a plane. But I know his recovery is still fragile and rushing it would be a mistake. So onward we go. Plus, we need clearance from the neurosurgeon before we can air travel anyway. Blaaaah.
We said good bye to our girls on Sunday. They flew home with Grandma. It was a tough goodbye and everyday that we aren't with them gets harder on all of us. Persais, our 7 year old is especially effected by the separation. Thank God for FaceTime and finally having an exact day to give her so she can countdown to when we will be home. Hopefully that will help her cope and keep our teary eyed phone calls to a minimum.
We rang in 2019 like the old people we are, being woken by a barrage of midnight fireworks. We enjoyed the show from our hospital room window for about 45 seconds before starting to complain that it was too loud and too long. Lol!
Happy 2019 fam! We love you all and can't wait to see you back on Kauai after the 11th!

Xoxo, Gabby & Clay
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