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Ira’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Ira. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook. We love those notes in the guestbook especially!!

If you'd like to make a donation to help Ira and his family, there is now a Rabobank account in the name of "Joey Hughes for Ira Hughes Medical Expense Account"

We started this journey with a trip to the ER in Arroyo Grande on May 1, after a few weeks of seemingly flu-like symptoms. After a CT scan and MRI revealed a brain tumor, Ira was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista ICU. On May 3, surgery removed as much of the tumor as was possible and a biopsy showed that it was malignant. During the next 2 weeks, it was necessary to surgically insert a drain into his skull twice to relieve pressure from fluid build-up, so he remained in ICU. On May 18, a permanent shunt was put in for the same purpose and he finally began to steadily improve without backsliding. Due to the tumor and location, Ira did lose strength in his left side, so it was recommended that he go to an acute rehab facility in Santa Barbara. On May 24, he finally left the ICU and we embarked on the next phase - Cottage Rehab Hospital. After 1 week in rehab, Ira unfortunately ended up in Cottage Hospital with blood clots and then had a second shunt installed. After 3 weeks, he was able to go back to rehab and come home 5 weeks later! This crazy roller coaster landed him back in the hospital a week later on August 1 for a shunt revision, then back in rehab (in Arroyo Grande this time) the next Saturday, August 6. He continues to amaze all of us with his resilience!

Ira came home from Rehab on August 23, but ended up back in the hospital on August 28 with pneumonia. He came home again on September 2 and has now tripled his at home record by being here for 3 weeks in a row!
How to reach Ira
Cards, letters and visits are always welcome! The mailing and visiting address now that he's home is:
Ira Hughes
203 Canyon Way
Arroyo Grande, CA  93420
Phone calls are welcome between the hours of 9 AM and 7 PM any day. Call (805) 489-9510.

Latest Journal Update

Breathing Easy Now

As many of you have may have noticed from others' entries on here Ira  passed away on Dec 15, 2011 peacefully at home with family by his side. While we are all saddened by this loss those of us who were with him until the end know that he is happier now.
As a family we cannot begin to express (without shedding a bunch of tears) how touched we have been over the past 7 months. We knew everyone loved Ira but so many of you made such incredible contributions of your own time, energy and love to our family.
Services will be held Friday December 23, 2011 at 11am at the Arroyo Grande Cemetery with a reception to follow.