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April
9
2019

April 7, 2019 - 3 days into Rehabilitation

Our dad has now just finished his third day of therapy. The daily progress has been amazing and he continues get stronger each day. It is looking like he will be released from the hospital tomorrow or the following day!

His physical therapy has been coming along great- his balance is stable and he even ran a mile on the treadmill today! He got to enjoy a cup of coffee and a bacon cheeseburger for dinner. Dont worry, the doctor reassured us that his heart is still very strong. Our dad mentions that he has never felt better and it makes us so happy to hear.

He is excited to come home and see everyone. Thank you all for the love, support and prayers that has helped him and our family through this difficult time. 

With Love and Gratitude,

The Blooms

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April
5
2019

April 5, 2019 - In Recovery

Hi Everybody,

Our dad has been moved out of the ICU and will eventually be moved to general care where he will rehabilitate for 3-5 days! 

He is doing much better- voice is getting stronger, he is up and moving (with aid of a walker) and he is feeling exponentially better day-by-day. It has truly been a miracle and we are so blessed to have our father back in great health. 

-The Blooms

April
4
2019

April 3, 2019 - Sigh of Relief!

This morning, our dad had the ventilating tube removed with zero issues. He is up and able to communicate but soft-spokenly due to irritation from the tube.

His mind seems as sharp as ever- having recalled recent memories and recognizing family and close friends. He appears to have full control over motor functions and just wants to come home. The progress over the last 24 hours has been astounding and has really surprised everybody, nurses & doctors included. 

Our dad continues to rest and recover and the doctors will further assess things tomorrow morning. Their hopes are to move him to the down-stepped care unit tomorrow, where they will do the assessments. After the assessments are complete, they will move him to general care while he rehabilitates the body and mind. 

It has been quite the story with our father but never has our family been more relieved to see his eyes open, emotions full and to have a conversation with our beloved father again.

He has heard many stories of all the visits, messages, texts, phone calls, emails and various acts of generosity and is excited to see you all again.

-The Blooms

April
3
2019

April 2, 2019 - Update: Waking Up

After a day of weening off his medications, our dad is beginning to wake up. His body has responded in a very strong manner to outside stimuli.

He is able to move his arms, legs, head and eyes. The nurse asked our father to squeeze our hand which he was able to do- with a pretty strong grip as well (but we wont tell him that).

He also was able to respond to basic questions with simple nodding of the head. As a result, the doctors have removed the eeg machine and believes there is no need to measure for basic functionality of his brain. Needless to say, the results have been very positive.

He is currently being restrained because he is fighting so much and just had to be sedated for the night because he sat up and attempted to remove his tubes. They are thinking about removing his ventilating tube tomorrow and will see how he does breathing on his own. 

Things continue to look positive and ahead of schedule. We will post an update first thing once they remove the ventilating tube. We cannot thank you enough for all the love and support which has helped our father and family immensely. 

-The Blooms

April
2
2019

April 1, 2019 - Quick Update

Hello everyone,

There is not much to report over the past 24 hours. Our father is completely off of the sedative and various medications without any issue to his vitals. His body is beginning to do some spontaneous breathing and showing positive signs. 

We are waiting to see how his body continues to respond while hoping he will wake up over the next 24-72 hours. At that time, the neurologist can get a better read on the activity level in his brain and assess from there. 

It has also been brought to our attention that this webpage is asking for contributions. Please do not feel obligated to contribute to CaringBridge, as we are not asking for any contributions nor do we have any affiliation. Your love and support has been pivotal in the continued strength of our family and we cannot thank you enough. 

-The Blooms

March
31
2019

March 30, 2019 - Evening Update

Hi Everybody,

Greg has reached normal body temperature and his vitals have responded in a very positive manner. The doctors have began to take off the paralytic medication and will begin to ween him off of his blood pressure medication as well. If all things go well, the doctors will then begin to test his body's capabilities of breathing and functioning on it's own. 

The neurologist have come back with very optimistic reviews and the family remains strong by Greg's side with your ongoing support and prayers. 

- The Blooms

March
30
2019

Quick Update

Over the next 24 hours, they will begin to bring Greg's body temperature back to normal levels and see how the vitals respond. 

The bleeding from the back of his head has stopped. They were able to run some tests and did not see any seizures occurring. 

EKGs have come back with positive results and showing that the heart is holding up well throughout this entire process. 

If all goes well over the next 24 hours, the next step will be to ease up on sedation and other medications while they try to wake him. 

We continue to appreciate all the love and support that has been provided throughout this difficult time. Please keep our father in your thoughts and prayers as he continues to fight this battle!

-The Blooms

March
30
2019

The First 24 Hours

Details of what have transpired so far-

  • Greg was playing tennis at monarch beach tennis club and collapsed as he was about to hit a blistering serve. As he was down and unresponsive, his good friend rushed to his side and noticed no heartbeart. He immediately performed chest compressions which brought his heart back momentarily as they waited for the medics to arrive. 
  • When the medics arrived at the club, they were able to bring him back with a defibrillator and immediately took our father to Mission Viejo Hospital. They performed CT scans to test for internal bleeding/hemorrhaging which would have complicated various steps needed for him to recover as soon as possible (he hit his head when he collapsed). The CT scans confirmed that there is no internal bleeding. 
  • They then took him in for an angiogram in which they discovered a 99% clogged artery which they were successful in insertion of a medical stint & balloon. 
  • To protect his mind and body and allow for recovery, they have placed our dad under a medically induced coma for 36-48 hours while they have his body undergoe hypothermia to shock his system in hope of sending more oxygen to the brain.
Hopefully this post provides clarity to everyone. This is the most up-to-date status on our father and we will continue to post as soon as we hear anything. As mentioned, we will have to wait and see how his body and mind react after he comes out from his sleep in a few days. 

-The Blooms