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RHD. [Jun. 10th, 2005|07:50 pm]

Jeremy Fichman and his fiance Karen.

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(no subject) [Jun. 10th, 2005|07:31 pm]

Does anybody have any pictures of Jer for posting?
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Jeremy Fichman BT Memorial [Jun. 8th, 2005|10:38 am]
It will be held at Mason Park, in Chatsworth, CA at 7:30pm on Saturday, June 11th.

Dinner and Tequilla shots afterwards, if folks are up for it, at Los Toros on Devonshire (about 3 blocks away).

Mason Park
Los Toros

See you there.
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:( [Jun. 2nd, 2005|04:27 pm]
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Yesterday, June 1st, 2005, Jeremy Fichman passed away at the age of 30.

I'll miss you, jer.
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Good news continues [May. 26th, 2005|08:48 pm]
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

"Spoke with Fred (Jer’s dad)

They got a good report from the neurologist today. It looks like it definitely won’t be as bad as they initially thought.

The doctors are hopeful he’ll get movement back, even on the left side which is what was damaged by the stroke.

Today he had a tracheotomy and a feeding tube put in to help him breathe and eat. He was having trouble with the tubes down his throat from the ventilator, so the tracheotomy will help with that. Fred pointed out that although it doesn’t sound like it, those two procedures represent progress! His trouble breathing and getting nutrition was slowing down his recovery.

Overall, they think he’s going to be better than they initially thought. Today he’s very unconscious because of the surgeries. According to Fred he looks a lot better than yesterday. He does have pneumonia which they’re treating with antibiotics and he will definitely have a lot of rehab, but his responsiveness even under heavy sedation gives us all hope.

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More great news from Dan! [May. 25th, 2005|07:41 pm]
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]

"Just talked with Kevin

Jer opened his eyes for a little bit today. He focused a little bit and moved his head in the direction of his dad who was talking to him. He also said in the morning when he woke up this morning he yawned and stretched a bit.

Now for the really awesome part. They doctors asked him “Are you comfortable” and he shook his head no and then they asked if he was in pain and he nodded his head yes. While its not good that he’s in pain and uncomfortable, the fact that he understood their questions and responded is unbelievably awesome news! Kevin said there was no delay in his responses even though he is still heavily sedated. He’s also able to squeeze people’s hands when folks are saying ‘if you can hear me squeeze my hand”He’s still certainly not out of the woods and they know there will be damage, but the fact that he’s got enough conginitive function to answer yes and no gives us even more hope that he’s going to come through this.

They’re now focusing on finding good rehab facilities for him. I’ll keep everyone informed. Also, I’ve been told that Jer’s work is giving out his dad’s phone #. His dad has asked that no one call him and that people contact me for updates. I’m in touch with his dad or brother at least once a day and I can certainly relay messages to them if necessary. The family is very happy to know that so many people care about jer and are pulling for him. If there’s anyone else that should be added to the list here, just have them email me.

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Update from Dan [May. 24th, 2005|10:14 pm]

"Just talked with Jer’s dad. The news is significantly better! I would call it “Great news!”

According to his dad he looks the same as yesterday, slightly more movement, but definitely a better prognosis.

The Neurologist said he was more hopeful than he was yesterday. He does not think the damage is going to be as catastrophic as he thought it was yesterday. There is still swelling. There was no damage to the brain stem. His dad saw him swallowing. It now looks likely that he will survive and have some degree of functioning. They just don’t know how much.

Both right and left carotid arteries are clear. They’re completely unsure of where the blockage came from but the central cerebral and carotid clots have broken up. They haven’t found them though so they might have absorbed.

They will take him off the ventilator when the swelling goes down. That will probably happen in a week. He may be moved to a rehab center within a week or two out of the hospital. They would slowly ween him off the ventilator if he’s not able to breathe on his own right away. He will definitely suffer damage but its not clear how much. He will definitely have left sided weakness, but at least they’re talking about rehab now and not him being in a vegetative state. I guess the bottom line is that the prognosis has gone from not surviving or living in a vegetative state to “We don’t know, its not as bad as we thought.”

The doctor advised them to get high tops for him to keep his feet in a flexed position so he won’t have any issues with his ankles since he’s going to be in a hospital bed for at least a week or two more. Fred told me to imagine just laying still in bed for three days and how hard it would be to get up and move again. He has a point there. The fact that they’re even worrying about how he’s going to walk is a million times better than how they were talking yesterday.

I spoke with Kevin too. I told him about the plan to send giraffes and he thought that was awesome. So go ahead and send away! He can’t have calls or flowers, but apparently giraffes are ok! Fred again asked that no one call the ICU or him. It is very hard for him and Kevin to talk about what’s going on and he’d rather just do it once. I’ll continue giving updates as soon as I have them. Feel free to call me whenever.


I removed Dan's phone number from his e-mail here, but see the last update to see how to get in touch with Dan.
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From: "Dan Goodkin" [May. 24th, 2005|11:07 am]
[Current Mood |sadsad]

Just got back from Vegas.

Jer looked peaceful. He’s been under sedation since last Monday as his brain has been swelling due to the damage suffered by the stroke. You could mistake him for just being asleep if it weren’t for the ventilator and IVs. Seeing him did give me some hope. He occasionally moves his arms and feet although not in response to any outside stimuli. People try holding his hand and asking him to squeeze it but he hasn’t done so yet. Its unclear whether that’s due to the morphine or other sedatives or simply because he cannot. Apparently, when the sedation starts to wear off, he reaches for all the various tubes that are attached to him and tries to pull them out. That suggests that there is at least some brain functioning. From what I was told, the entire right side of his brain is a blur on the CT scan, indicating severe damage/no activity. At some point that started to spread to the left side as well. According to Kevin, the last two days there has been no change, which is a good thing since that means the damage is not spreading. However, his brain is still swelling and as you can imagine, with no place for it to expand to it may cause further damage. The plan as I understand it is to continue sedating him until the swelling stops. At that point they will take him out of sedation and see what function, if any, he has.

The doctors have prepared the family for the worst and their opinion is that he will either not make it or will have extremely minimal functioning. The words “persistent vegetative state”, which have become part of pop culture vocabulary, have been used to describe the likely result if he should make it through. However, no one has given up on him and everyone is holding to some hope that he will have some awareness and capability to live some sort of productive life. Throughout the time I was there, Karen, Kevin and Dialo his friend from law school, were constantly at his side, reading to him, stroking his head, talking to him. If sheer willpower and love can get Jer through this then he couldn’t have better people surrounding him.

The family has asked that I not distribute any phone numbers. I let them know that there are a lot of folks whose lives have been touched by Jeremy and that I had received a lot of emails and IM’s asking for more information. Fred very much appreciates everyone’s well wishes and support. For those of you who know Kevin, or knew him back in the day, he’s really become a great guy. He is absolutely devastated as of course are his parents and Jer’s fiancé Karen.

As far as going to visit, Jer’s father Fred doesn’t want anyone to come that he doesn’t know. His feeling is that Jer wouldn’t want people to see him like this. That said, if you know Kevin or Karen you can always run it by them and see if its ok. There honestly isn’t a lot to do or say there. I spent the time telling Jer stories with Kevin, Dialo and his parents. Being there was more for me and for them since its really not clear if Jer has any awareness at all. Apparently Jer is really into giraffes and there are tons of them around the room. If you wanted to send something, I’d suggest something giraffe related. He’s currently holding one in his hand whether he likes it or not. I told Karen that if I had known about the giraffe thing I would have been making fun of him for years!

http://www.southernhillshospital.com/ - he’s in ICU room 18.

I’ll continue to send out emails whenever anything changes.

Dan Goodkin

[NOTE from dan: If you'd like to be added to the email update list send your address to lowdrive(at)pipline dot com]

[NOTE from irena: Fuckin' Giraffes, man - He'll never live this down.]
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Some very sad news [May. 23rd, 2005|05:45 pm]

I was informed by Dan today that Jeremy (RHD) has had a stroke in Nevada, and is not expected to make it. There will be more details as soon as I know about them. I will post as much as I know as soon as I know it.

EDIT: Irena just posted this in my journal a few minutes ago (9:46 PM, 5/23)

"Dan flew out this afternoon to see Jer in the hospital.

Word is this:

There was some sort of hemoraging. This hemoraging, as of a day or two ago, has stopped. His brother is optomistic and is talking about rehab options for Jer. Things are looking up. Dan was told that at some point Jer woke up and started ripping out his IVs and monitors before he was resedated. Sounds like he's aware of something going on, and he don't like that shit.

His fiance and her family visit regularly. Dan says they're all wonderful.

I'll post whatever news I get when I get it."
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I'm all nostelgic. [May. 18th, 2005|07:47 pm]

I noticed noone has posted in here for a long arse time. Kind of bares a resemblance to BT now *pout*
I really miss BT and a lot of the people on it. It was those people who gave me the opportunity to travel over to America. Probably the highlight of my sad existence. But i'd really love to get in contact with a bunch of people again :)
I think we should arrange a BT night.. could be interesting.

i'm "gnarkillgirl" and "chewychewtoy" on AIM, so if anyone remembers me, say hi!

ps: I was Chewy :)
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