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Creative Director: Arya Vilay

Photographer: David Roemer

Stylist: Priscilla Polley

Hair: Amy Farid

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Model: Eli Cruz

Model: Barbara Di Creddo

Photo Producer: Lexy Monaco

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Creative Director: Susan Gallo

Photographer: David Roemer

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Hair: Keith Carpenter

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Model: Alissa Salles

Photo Producer: Lexy Monaco 

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Creative Director: Arya Vilay

Photographer: David Roemer

Stylist: Priscilla Polley

Hair: Amy Farid

Makeup: Hector Simancas

Model: Eli Cruz

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Photo Producer: Lexy Monaco

My Father's Recovery

Baclofen Pump

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The past few weeks have been hard on my dad pain wise. He is in A LOT of pain on the weak side of his body. Physical Therapy is at a standstill with him because he won’t improve at this level of pain. He is starting to vocalize more in physical therapy by yelling out in pain, cursing, expressing his frustration etc.

Trying to stretch out his right leg is impossible (he has an enormous amount of tone). It is always in a bent position when it is not in his custom brace to keep it straighter.

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The good news is, yesterday he got went through a Baclofen pump trial at the hospital. They injected baclofen (a muscle relaxer) through his spine to help the tone / pain in his legs. It worked!! When the physical therapist was moving his leg after it was sooooo much easier. He wasn’t in pain at all. Prior to this, even if you would just touch his leg, he would give you a nasty look because it was so painful.

The next step is the surgery. They are keeping him at the hospital and he will get the baclofen pump surgery on Thursday. The pump is usually placed in the abdominal wall underneath the skin. Medications will go directly into the space between the spinal cord and the protective sheath surrounding the spinal cord.

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Once this is done, it should take a few days or weeks to notice a difference. The hope is physical therapy will be A LOT easier for him pain wise and he can start to move better on his own.

Please send positive thoughts this pump will work! <3

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My Father's Recovery

“I Give You All My Love”

I am so excited! Today when I was talking to my dad on the phone he said VERY clearly “I give you all my love” and then he started to cry. It is heart breaking to see him get upset. At the same time it is amazing how clear he said it and how much he meant it.

He still is having trouble talking and getting out what he wants to say.  The therapists are noticing him trying to speak more frequently though.

One of the aids said to him “Carmine! Your family is always here, they are so concerned and want you to get better!” Clear as day my dad responded “I love them all so much.” It’s moments like these that give us all so much hope for his recovery.

The past few weeks is the most improvement I have ever seen in my dad. He has been feeding himself, brushing his teeth, and brushing his hair! (for the first time in 8 months!) ALSO, his diet has been upgraded! No more puree food, he can have almost all real food.

In physical therapy he is now able to sit up on his own for 30 seconds with no help which is incredible for him. The biggest struggle we are facing (physically) is how much tone he has in his legs. His body is so tight from laying and not moving. Within the next two weeks he has evaluations for a baclofen pump + botox to release tension in his body. We all hope this will help so he can get stronger and more independent.

I hope this improvement continues and there are no more setbacks along the way <3

 

 

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Time is everything

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Finally my dad has been back at rehab since July 13th! This has been our first full weeks of some consistency with him in what feels like forever. The past two weeks he has been very alert.. not sleepy at all during therapy.

Once he was sent to the hospital he has been strictly on a tubing feed diet – he couldn’t have anything by the mouth unless during his sessions in speech therapy. For the most part speech is happy with how he is doing when he is in session. He is eating an a normal pace and it feels nice to have some real food in him even if its just yogurt, oatmeal, or juice for now. They have upgraded him again to a pure diet but he often refuses to eat the food – so we are working on ways to get him to eat still.

The physical therapist is also noticing some right side movement which makes her hopeful for him in the future. Additionally, he is ‘pushing’ less to one side and staying more center which is amazing. The physical therapist is super happy with how he is sitting up ALMOST on his own. The concern is how tight everything is on him, how much tone there is in his muscle, and how much weight he has lost. For his tightness / tone we are working on getting him appointments for a baclofen pump as well as botox.

Below is a photo of him trying to sit up when he was first brought to this rehab, compared to now!

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The one thing we have noticed is how much more emotional he has been these past weeks. Throughout all of this, he has cried here and there, but not often. The past weeks he cries a few times a day that we see and it breaks our hearts. We always reassure him  everything is going in the right direction and recovery will take time.

I hope within the next few months he will see himself improve and start to feel a bit positive about all of this.

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Right side movement

As of today my dad is STILL in the hospital. It is so frustrating seeing him deal with all of these set backs when he could be getting therapy and improving.

The past few days his white blood cell count has been going down, which means his infections are going away, thank god! Additionally, yesterday he was given a blood transfusion to make up for some blood loss. Our fingers are crossed that he will go back to rehab today if all if his numbers stay in the range they should be.

The majority of time he has been in the hospital he has been sleeping and not alert. BUT when I saw him on Sunday it was the best I have seen him in weeks! He smiled as soon as he saw me. I laid right by his side the whole day. He was singing with me, playing with my hair, trying to talk, and so on. It is so exciting when he is alert… it shows how much he is in there.

My mom leaned over and told him “you’re the love of my life” and he bursted out crying! It is so hard to see him get emotional when he can’t clearly speak for himself and tell us what’s going on, but it was such a special moment.

Another thing we are noticing is movement in his right arm, hand, and fingers!!! IT IS SO EXCITING! One doctor said he would never get it back. A neurosurgeon said he wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to get that back… but my dad seems to be proving them wrong. This makes me extremely happy because of my dad’s love for music. My whole life, every morning, I would see him playing the guitar. It gives me peace knowing he will be able to do that again.

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Prayers and Positive Energy

Ohhh this past week has been another crazy one. My dad has had 3 hospital visits in the past 7 or so days… We know one thing is for sure, his body wants to fight. His strength is admirable and we are all so proud of him.

He has been to the hospital for a seizure and two potential GI bleeds. The seizure caused no further damage to the brain based on cat scans and EEG’s which we were so so happy about. Now he has to be on seizure medication, another one to add to the list.

Sunday he was admitted to the hospital for a bleed… they thought it was coming from a wound he has.

Now, yesterday, he was readmitted to the hospital for a bigger bleed… a possible GI bleed.

Based on further tests and examinations today we have narrowed down the possibilities  of what it could be + the location. We are trying to fix this problem once and for all. He will have a small procedure tomorrow that will give us the answers.

My dad NEEDS a break from this so he can get back to where he was in therapy. Please send prayers or positive energy with his name in mind. 💛

Link below to donate to his GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/carmines-stroke-recovery

 

My Father's Recovery

Back At Rehab!

The past three weeks have been sooo crazy! While my dad was back at the hospital he overcame a bad UTI, pneumonia, and a small heart attack! After a lot of tests and keeping a close eye on him, he went back to rehab on Friday! YAY!

We had a bunch of scares while he was at the hospital but everything worked out. At one point the doctors thought his Aorta could be bleeding which made the whole family SO scared. It turned out to be the same bleed when all of this initially happened in December…  so no new bleeds, everything is still stable.

His last week at the hospital he started to talk A LOT. Probably the most I have ever heard him speak since all of this. A good amount of words he would say were coming out clear.. He even started giving high-fives which he has never done before!

Now that he is back at rehab he is not talking as much, but were hoping he is just re-adjusting and will start talking more again as the week goes on. He was moved to a different room at rehab but his favorite aid still has him, she was sooo excited to see him back!

The biggest struggle, still, is figuring out which medications are best for him and at what dose. I really hope this month we can nail down all of his medicine and we will start to see more improvement from him. <3

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