Tony Brugliera Recovery Fund
This is my brother Tony. He is an Anchorage Firefighter/Paramedic. He is a loving husband and father. An amazing brother and a great son that his parents are very proud of. He is an amazing man! Incredibly selfless and a hard worker. I never hear him complain about anything and he is always quick to put a smile on your face. He has overcome great things in his life and has done even greater things that have helped others so much. He has always held his own weight and even more when he helped carry others through their tough situations. I love my brother very much and am inspired by his heart daily by his positivity and awesome sense of humor even when things aren't going well for him.
It's been 2 weeks since his accident in Spain. After the surgery on his collar bone and hip and a week stay in the hospital in Spain he was able to fly back home. Every day since his arrival back home to Alaska he has had one medical problem after another. May 22nd he was diagnosed with a pretty lengthy DVT in his left calf. May 23rd they found not one, but TWO pulmonary embolisms. May 24th he had to have an IVC Filter put in (as if he needed MORE metal in his body). The pulmonologist took one look at the size of the clots in his lungs and declared that he was "uncomfortable" at the thought of just letting things run their course. A vascular surgeon was called in to perform the surgery and came straight from his Memorial Day Weekend of fun to do it. Thank God for the surgeon.
Tony as always, is making the best of his uncomfortable and painful situation. He's having a tough time taking deep breaths and has had some very painful "attacks" trying to catch his breath. Until these blood clots dissolve he is in a lot of danger of further complications.
Although we paid a higher price for Tony to have his operations here, we know it was worth it;he received good care there-we were told it was a much better choice than the public hospital.
Tony,I loved your post about how you are so fit....yet just trying to get to the bathroom to take a shower or walking outside for a few minutes completely wiped you out......you said you cant believe how exhausted you feel!!! This really touched me.....you are exactly describing what it is like to have Marfan syndrome!! Husbands just don't "get it"...how could they possibly ??? I was really touched by your comment....I know you don't know me.....but I really can feel for your struggle....I've had so many ortho surgeries and I understand how frustrating it can be.........you will get better.....and you will come out with a different level of compassion for those who go through this over and over.....God Bless you . Man :)
I want to say thank you to all of Tony's friends that have sent him messages and their love, he is going through a tough time right now and being in a foreign country is hard on both him and Ang. Whatever support you can give him is greatly appreciated. I just want my son home.