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Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #119

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I have bad news. I did e-mail Steve on Wednesday night. Last night, I received a reply from his brother. Steve had a brain bleed in December and is in the hospital. His family is optimistic that Steve will recover (as he did the last two times), but right now, Steve is unable to communicate. I will keep you all updated as the information comes to me.

As some of you know, Steve has had chronic, refractory ITP for a very long time. His case is atypical. He was also taking blood thinners for another condition which left him more susceptible to bleeding. The best and only thing we can do right now is pray. Steve is truly one of the good guys on this earth and he brings much spunk and support to the Forum.

My heart sank when I read the news, and I know this will hit some of you hard too.

STEVE - WE ARE ALL PULLING FOR YOU, BUDDY!


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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #129

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Very sad and scary news. Prayers. :(
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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #138

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Sandi, are you able to move all the replies that are on the old forum to here, or should we re-post on this new site? Just curious.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #148

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I don't think I can move them. If I did, your replies would just be a copy and paste and it would look like I posted it.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #149

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Update! I received an e-mail from Steve's brother this morning. He forwarded an e-mail that Steve's wife sent to family and friends. Here it is:


Hello everyone. After a long wait, I have some good news to share. Steve woke up this morning. I was sitting in the chair next to his bed reading, and I looked over and he was staring at me. It was a shock, obviously -- no bells, no alarms, just open eyes for the first time in a long time. That's the good news (and it's great good news). The not so good news is that he can't speak. He responds to commands by blinking his eyes, so we know, as the doctor said "that he's in there." But he can't (or at least he hasn't) speak, and he can't move his hands, arms or legs when we ask him to do that. We don't know what damage has happened -- they will now start to do a lot of tests to try to determine that. They will do an MRI very soon to see how the brain surgery has healed and to see if there is any blood remaining. His platelet count continues to be poor, and we are talking to his ITP specialists about other options. Please pray that he won't have more bleeding in his brain. I am so frustrated with his ITP. I know what Steve would say -- "hey, ITP is easy, try cancer if you want to feel sorry for yourself." For now, I guess, he's awake, it appears that he survived the surgery, he's breathing on his own, and for all of that I am very happy. Now we hope and pray that he hasn't lost his memories.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #150

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Thank you for posting this Sandi. I am so thankful Steve is awake and I will continue to pray all is well!!

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #153

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I'm so glad to hear that Steve is awake and at least somewhat alert! I'll keep sending good thoughts and prayers to his family.

Thanks, Sandi!

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #161

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That is the first step in the battle won! Thank you God for answered prayers. Praying that you will continue making steps towards a full recovery Steve.

Love and prayers to you and your family

Vanessa :)

Thank you so much for passing on this good news Sandi.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #163

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Steve will be again in my prayers tonight & everyday. Until he can respond and tell us he's praying for us. <giggle>
Hang in there Steve.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #173

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I'm so glad he's woken up. Way to go Steve! Thanks to his family for letting us know how he's doing. Thanks for posting updates, Sandi.
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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #181

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Thats great news that he has woken up. Any news on an address for him?
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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #185

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:woohoo: Come on there big Steve!!!! Great news! Still a long way to go but im sure he will fight the good fight. We use a very small portion of our brains and even though some of it cant repair itself we can train other parts of our brains. Prayers to Steve & his family for the work still to do but they must have been extatic to walk into that room & see him sitting in the chair. Go gettem Tiger!
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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #193

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Best news yet!


E-mail from Steve's brother (update from Steve's wife)


Steve made good progress over the weekend. The MRI shows that most of the blood that had pooled in his brain has dissipated, and the surgical repair to the blood vessel seems to be working. There is a little blood still there, but the doctors think that it will dissipate on its own over time and does not require more surgery. Steve is awake and responsive to requests. He has spoken a few words, very slurred, but that is good news. He can move his left side, but it appears that his right leg, right arm, and right hand are paralyzed (which is consistent with having a brain bleed in the part of the brain where this one occurred). This could be temporary. In 2007, the last time we went through this, it took Steve many months of hard work in neuro rehab to regain the use of his right hand. Steve is a fighter, and I know he will do everything possible to get back to "normal." whatever that means for him now. Steve's platelet counts continue in the single digits, and we just have to find a way to treat this. Right now, he is getting a treatment called igG every other day. This is the only treatment that has ever worked for Steve (and, trust me, he has tried everything -- EVERYTHING -- over the years, even the weird stuff no one ever tries). Unfortunately, a treatment will keep Steve's counts up for only about 48 hours, so we have to keep giving him treatments. igG is not a long-term solution, because of its side effects, especially lung and kidney problems. I'm not sure how much longer his doctors and I will agree to stay with this treatment. There is apparently a brand new treatment that hasn't even been through a single FDA test yet. One of Steve's specialists in Cleveland is looking into whether we can get him on that treatment.

That's all for today. Keep your spirits up and keep praying for Steve.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #194

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So glad to hear about the progress. Steve, we are all pulling for you, and I hope you're able to update us yourself soon!!

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #200

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Good to hear he is awake, and my thoughts and prayers and best wishes continue to be with him and his family.
You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.


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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #211

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This is sooo happy/sad. I can't imagine the horror he must be feeling at not being able to move, or speak. Yet he has awaken. So sad right now.. :(

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #215

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That recent news has given me some relief. I feel more positive that he'll be back soon. Wow, what a tough situation.
I hope this next treatment will do it.

I'll keep thinking positive for you Steve, stay tough!

Michelle

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #221

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Thank you for the update - I've been hoping to hear something positive, and this at least is positive.

I'll continue to pray for Steve and his family.

- Leslie

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #228

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Thanks for the update, I'm so glad to hear he's coming along and I hope the improvement continues. Please keep us posted.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #237

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Got goosebumps reading the lastest update! I'm just so thankful Steve is fighting and my prayers continue!

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #244

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hI IM VERY NEW TO THIS SIGHT,JUST WANTED TO SAY I HOPE ALL WILL BE OK,

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #282

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good news he's making progress, i hope he's going to be ok

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #284

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Good to hear that he's making progress and I sure hope he continues to recover.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #316

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This is wonderful news. Hope he continues to get better. Debbie

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #404

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New update from Steve's brother:


Steve is doing well. He continues to make progress on the stroke issues. He can't speak, he has trouble swallowing, and he can't control his right side. They are starting the neuro rehab process to address those issues. They expect that to be a 4-6 month process, perhaps longer.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #406

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Good to hear he is still making good progress.
You've gotta' dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth.


Lauren

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #426

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He's got a long road ahead of him.

Thanks for the update Sandi!

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #457

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I hope that Steve's brother knows how much we appreciate his keeping us updated on top of his taking care of Steve. I hope he is reading Steve all our wishes and letting him know that we are all keeping him in our very best thoughts & prayers.

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #458

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ooops i double clicked sorry

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Re:Steve a/k/a Gort (moved from old Forum) 9 years 9 months ago #483

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Steve does know that we are aware of the situation. His brother told him that I have been e-mailing him and Steve blinked once (for yes). I miss him!

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