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Steve Wakefield Recovery

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Raised by 59 people in 2 months
Created November 7, 2018
My name is Amy Nelson. I met Steve Wakefield while waiting for a flight at Houston International in the spring of 2016. Steve and I made a special connection sparked by a common interest in classic and muscle cars. Steve grew up working at his father's body shop and my father loved racing and performance tuning Mustang GTs. With his background in technology, Steve calls himself a digital man, and he is the perfect foil to my analog personality, given my background as a classical musician. We dated long distance for several months, and it wasn't long before we decided to move in together in late 2016.

Steve's background is in mechanical engineering. He received his degree from Cornell University, and has the special distinction of studying under professor Carl Sagan for a semester or two. He used this wonderful experience, for a young man from Illinois, to shape his future in technology. After College and other experiences, Steve settled down with his high school sweetheart and had two great kids.

On October 29th, Steve experienced a lacunar stroke, also known as a lacunar infarct. He was hospitalized later that evening, and has been recieving excellent care at a local hospital in Orange County. Steve is currently in a specialized rehabilitation program where he is relearning how to speak correctly and regaining strength and mobility in his left side. Steve's goal is to be able to get up and move, as well as regain the ability to type so he can return to work. 

Anyone who knows Steve is familiar with his contagious optimism. He is determined to recover, however his doctors have expressed that the rehabilitation process typically takes anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Steve will not be able to drive. If you know him personally, you know this kills him inside. Our current residence is not conducive to his current condition. His doctors anticipate a need for full time care in conjunction with regular visitation with rehabilitation specialists. 

The recovery of strength and mobility on his left side is complicated by the fact that he was in need of hip replacement surgery prior to his stroke. Not only was he in excruciating pain before the accident, but with the struggle of resurfacing his daily functions, his trek to full recovery will be challenging to say the least.

If Steve has ever touched your life with his light, helped you win a difficult deal, gave you some help along the way, told you an amazing story of his wonderful past, enjoyed a cheers after a great conference, please find it in your heart to donate to his long term recovery.
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Update 8
Posted by Amy Nelson
1 month ago
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Hello friends of a Steve Wakefield. It’s been a while since the last update. Unfortunately, Steve was exhibiting stroke symptoms on Tuesday morning. He was taken back to the hospital where they discovered he actually had another stroke. It was in a different part of the brain where speech and swallow is affected. Please keep the positive thoughts coming for Steve. Although he is thoroughly depressed about this setback, he is grateful that we caught the 2nd stroke in time.

Up to December 12th, Steve’s recovery was doing great. He was enjoying being in his home, eating with the family and sleeping in his own bed. He had just completed a successful in home therapy session and was really happy. He went to bed happy. Unfortunately the next morning was concerning. I will remind you of the acronym. FAST. F for face drooping, A for arm weakness, S for speech that is jumbled, slurred or lost. And T for time. STROKE is an emergency. Every minute counts.

I was able to make the 911 call based on Steve’s slurred speech, dizziness he was experiencing, as well as, his loss of strength. If you suspect a stroke, don’t try to drive to the ER. The ambulance is the best approach because they can administer care on the way to hospital and there’s a direct entrance to ER without wait time associated with walk- ins. Also, Steve’s high blood pressure was the culprit. If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, take it seriously.

If you would like more information please contact me, Amy, through the message center.

Let’s keep pulling for Steve. He can still see himself recovering. He wants to be able to talk clearly again. I will post an additional update, once he can receive phone calls.

Best,

Amy
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Update 7
Posted by Amy Nelson
1 month ago
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from Steve.... “A quick update for my friends... I was able to come home the day before Thanksgiving, which gave me a lot to be thankful for. It was great to wake up on thanksgiving morning in my own bed. We had a modest but nice thanksgiving dinner with family. I still have weeks to months of therapy to fully recover but I am making good progress. I really appreciate all the support you have shown me since my hospitalization. The funds are going to modify the rental with the necessary hand rails and equipment I will need as well as cover the costs of therapists. Please keep in touch. Send me a text and we can schedule a phone call in between therapies.
Warm Regards,
Steve”
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Update 6
Posted by Amy Nelson
2 months ago
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Today... Steve is a very tired man. I’ve spent the past few hours at his bed side. He took a couple phone calls, but he is just tired. So, I sit by his side and watch him sleep. It is so humbling. This entire experience has made both of us feel humble. Our promise to each other is to simplify our lifestyle and take a positive step each day. Keep the positive thoughts flowing for Steve. We appreciate all the support and comments of encouragement.

Love unconditionally... especially on an uncertain path.
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Update 5
Posted by Amy Nelson
2 months ago
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If you have talked to Steve about me, he may have mentioned that I am a musician. One of my current jobs is at a graduate degree program where I play the piano & sing at various religious services. Recently I confided in Brother James about Steve & my concerns for his recovery. Brother James has been praying for both Steve & myself. The latest time I saw Brother James, he told me that Steven means Crown. “Crown of Life.” Steve has the Crown of a new beginning to pursue his life with a new vision.

Steve had an intense therapy session today where he visited his home and learned how to ascend the stairs safely with assistance, and to perform other tasks as well. His reward was getting a cup of real “Steve’s blend” coffee & the opportunity to put his Marine Corps flag out front. It was equally touching to the family members as well as his physical therapist who is married to a Marine.

Steve thoughts centered on knowing that “the real Steve still exists inside and recovery is within reach.

Thanks for the support. Steve and I are working together slowly to respond to everyone
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