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!