FOR APRIL 2010
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ending Sunday, April 25th, 2010
I had a pretty good week so far. I actually got to hang out
with my friends at Zen5 in PB. That's a really good Sushi
place. It was interesting to get together and just shoot the
breeze and have fun. Yes we behaved and did not get into any
trouble. Charles, Tiff, Chance, John and Arcelia were there
and we basically stuffed our faces with some of the best sushi
were no checkups this week with the Doctor but it was interesting
to hear what they had to do to me when I was in the hospital.
Actually it was pretty gruesome when you think about it. They
basically had to open my head and fix a clot. That explains
the scar (didn't think they'd have to go down that far on
the side of my head!) They also cut my jaw muscle so they
could get in there and that explains why my jaw was sore for
so long. Either way, I did learn from the girls on Friday
night that "Chicks dig scars!" haha, so I guess
I am OK there. ;)
have seen a few photos of when I was in the coma/sedated and
I don't remember any of that. It's all a blur to me. It's
not that I don't want to remember it, it's simply that I wasn't
awake to know about it so there's really not much to remember.
I do remember that Lisa, John, Melanie and Cristina being
there when I first came to. I am more upset about my hair
not growing back the right way, haha. Maybe I need to buy
something for that, I don't know.
of things, I'm struggling right now with a couple issues with
Disability (which I don't want to be on) and the Hospitals
(getting lots of bills at the moment). I'm sure we'll get
it all figured out and I will pay everyone back but at the
moment I'm dealing with my savings account because that is
where my income is coming from, lol. Good thing I had saved
up and not bought a house I could not afford! On the plus
side I am happy to head back to work on May 3rd. I just need
to get back into the groove and get back to normal things,
you know? I am not asking for anything special, just back
to being a normal, average guy.
was great on Saturday by the way. Got to chat with Brock and
some of my friends and of course Pastor Bob talked about his
interview (that I watched) in regards to homosexuality and
what God says about that. All I have to say is "Love
the sinner, hate the sin" -- know what I am saying?!
getting ready to head out soon to go visit John and Mel in
their very LARGE place in, I think, Murietta. Should be hot
that is for sure but we'll have some dinner and pig on. On
Monday I have to call my boss and check in and then all I
can really do is wait it out until Monday. They'll be MotoGP
on Sunday so I'll have that.
that is about it for me. Hope you got to watch the NFL draft
as well. Can you tell I don't have much to do at the moment?
LOL. Have a great week and talk to you soon!
ending Sunday, April 18th, 2010
checkup this week
this is about the most boring week I've ever had. I'm stuck
sitting at home because I am not allowed to work and the DMV
will not allow me to drive until the Doctor gives me an OK
to do so. That should happen on Tuesday because I am going
to be adamant with the Doctor that I am fine and ready/fit
to go to work and back to the gym.
head is healing up exceptionally well. I am surprised, frankly,
that it's moving this fast. They initially thought that I
would be out of work for 6-12 months but God has better plans
for me than that. I expect to be back to work by May 1st would
would make it about 9 weeks in total. That's a pretty good
indication that I had a higher power in control of the hands
of good man who healed me.
did take the truck to the OffRoad Warehouse and got the 3"
lift installed. I was going to buy tires/wheels but I'll wait
until my truck has worn the stock tires out. I really don't
plan on doing any 4 wheeling, just having enough clearance
to go up to Mammoth every winter to do snowboarding.
it's Saturday instead of Sunday, I am going to Church tonight
and then I am headed down to Orange County to hang out with
a friend. She's been so good to me and really watched over
me like my family did. Can't say how thankful that I am to
have people like that in my life. You know, people come and
people go but those who love and care about you never forsake
you for greener pastures. Can't say enough about how happy
I am to see her.
think that is about it. I have plans next week after the Doctor
visit to hang out with friends. I really just want to get
back into my normal work/gym/home schedule so I can return
to a normal life. All I know is that I am grateful for the
blessings that I have been receiving from God, friends and
family and there is nothing in this world that can match the
value that is in our lives.
a great rest of your weekend.
ending Sunday, April 11th, 2010
I have had a good week of getting back into my normal groove.
I have been to my office a couple times. On Monday to show
my face to everyone and let them know that I am fine and alive
and then on Friday to take my boss and team lead to lunch.
It's amazing how much my boss commented on that I wanted OUT
of the hospital. I hate them to be honest. I don't like the
thought of being dependent upon being cared for even though
their intentions are well meant.
the comments were really good. I hadn't seen most everyone
in about 5 weeks so it was good to reconnect and chat with
them all. I think I only heard one real negative comment that
someone had said "...he must have done something to cause
what happened..." but that was nowhere near the case.
What happened to me was just a combination of bad service
and leaving me outside the Hard Rock without so much as even
some help getting home. I don't blame them, they are a business
and I am not looking for a way to sue someone. I just don't
think that is what God expects from people He has a purpose
in their life. I don't live to harm others and most who know
me know that I am one of the easiest going guys on the planet.
really anxious to go back to work. I won't be able to see
my neurosurgeon until the 20th. I am trying to get his approval
to go back to work. I already know that I can do some light
gym work and that's what I am doing this Tuesday with Charles,
my trainer. He's such a good guy and he makes sure that my
workouts are the most productive that I can do. Plus, both
Chance and John are also trainers there and we're all friends.
make it to Church this week since Cristina came down to visit
and make sure I was doing ok. We went out to eat and watched
a movie. It was really good to see her. She is such a good
friend and always shows her concern for me so that's definitely
made me very appreciative of her. Just like all my friends
who joined Facebook to say hello and make sure that I was
OK. I'm still amazed every single day that I have so many
people who love and care about me that they even made it out
to the hospital. Even my best friend from High School flew
out just to take me to Florida. AMAZING.
that is about it for this week. I have a lot of personal effects
to take care of here, get a will (just in case) and go see
who can install the lift kit on my truck (only 3" don't
worry haha). Thank you all once again for all your love and
caring that you showed me when I was down and out. I don't
think this is something that anyone wanted or tried for but
we've all learned something. It won't happen again, I assure
you of that.
a fantastic weekend!
ending Sunday, April 4th, 2010
finally back home....
been in Florida for the past 2.5 weeks. That was some time
with my family that I desperately needed. Before I talk about
that, let me explain what happened to me in detail.
birthday was supposed to be a fun time with me and friends
and in essence, it was. The birthday party itself was pretty
fun and innocent. After the party we hung around the house,
watched a movie and waited for our limo to arrive. When the
limo got here, it stopped at a liquor store (no laughing)
to stock their bar.
between then and after arriving at the Hard Rock, I think
I was slipped something in a drink because I NEVER, EVER get
drunk. I am not a drinker to be honest and I never lose my
mind in the process of having fun with friends. Even if I
do have something to drink I am usually just a big, goofy,
fun guy. But that is not what happened.
says that I was goofing around with a bouncer because I was
kicked out of the Hard Rock for all things, accidentally spilling
a beer. D'oh! Either way, we were fooling around (goofing
off not fighting) and ended up going KER-SPLAT on the concrete
in front of the club. From then on, I don't remember anything.
know I was rushed to SD Medical Center (UCSD) and was in a
coma. During the time they were working on me my cranium started
to swell due to blood pressure and at that very point, my
heart stopped functioning. They had to relieve the pressure
and restart my heart. They did a darn great job because during
that time I talked to my mom and thought I was going to heaven
to be with her. I guess she told me that it was not my time
and I was not ready, so back I came.
stayed at UCSD for two weeks healing. I was unable to walk
correctly without being dizzy and was unable to complete full
sentences (the last word of every sentence). This carried
on for the next two weeks. One week at Sharpe Medical and
one week in Sebring.
I say anything else, I just want to say how darn thankful
for so many people who came to see me at BOTH hospitals and
praying online. I am talking about hundreds. My sister and
Cristina I know for a fact stayed with me most of the time
I was at UCSD. The list of names of people would take up most
of this blog for the week. For me to name them all would mean
that I would miss a few so I just want to stay THANK YOU ALL
FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Never, EVER have I been more thankful for
how many people showed they loved and cared about me.
I was able to leave Sharpe Medical, I had to score a decent
test on the Cognizant Behavioral Test (CBT) which I scored
a very high IQ result so they said I was OK to go home. But
that's not where I left. My friend from Sebring, Robert Cannon
and my brother Joe kept me busy at Sharpe and Robert even
flew me back to Sebring for two weeks.
at Sebring for the first week I was talking all the drugs
that Sharpe told me to take. The Neurologist told me after
examining me that all I needed was the heart medicine and
once he took me off that, I have been able to walk just fine.
The ear doctor removed some issues within my right ear and
now I can hear 100% on both ears so I am good to go there
stayed in Sebring for 2.5 weeks. I even did some small chores
in the house to keep me busy and even got to play a game of
golf, nothing that made me work hard at all. I love my friends
and family but my home is San Diego so I am glad to be back.
don't know that I will ever be able to repay the hundreds
of people that helped me, but I am thankful. My head is starting
to heal though I do have some very large scars on my head.
HP won't let me come back to work because I have to get clearance
from a primary doctor, but I want to come back to work as
soon as possible and get back to the gym. I have lost 23lbs
due to being in a coma and not being able to eat a lot of
time, I think I will get back to my normal process of work,
gym, friends, Church and all the normal things I do. I will
not be drinking or partying even though I did it for my birthday.
One time. Once in a year -- and never again. I am glad that
I lived, because I know that God and my friends and family
all have things for me to do and I plan on doing it.