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In Greece 11/7
Update posted by Aaron Sachowitz On Nov 07

I made it to Greece midday Friday and took a taxi to Nikos’ apartment. After cleaning up, I went to the hospital. I was only allowed to visit with Nikos for about 10 minutes—the ICU has a no visitors policy but they let me in because I had come all the way from the US. He looked gaunt and fragile hooked up to all the machines. I touched his bare shoulder while I was there so he’d have contact and talked to him so maybe he'd hear my voice and know I'd traveled there to be with him. I played a recording of my twin daughters singing him happy birthday in Spanish until the nurse told me I couldn’t use a cell phone inside the ward.

I also spoke with the doctor, who told me that Nikos’ condition continues to deteriorate. He has kidney failure, and his kidney function continues to decrease. His blood pressure fluctuates and without support would collapse. They take him off sedation every few days to see if he will start breathing on his own, but so far he has not, so he is still on a ventilator and sedated along with pain medication. They told me to be prepared that he may not make it through the weekend, and that while they have not given up hope, it is unlikely that he is going to recover. I feel sad, though I don’t think it has really hit me yet.

Greece started a COVID lockdown this morning (Saturday) so now I can only leave the apartment with permission from the government. I will try to arrange another visit to the hospital today or tomorrow, but since I didn’t think I will be allowed back in to visit, I will likely just end up sitting in the waiting room outside the ICU in case there is a change in status. The doctors said they would call me each afternoon around 2pm to give me a status report, so I will wait today for that and then see about going for another visit.

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Aaron, so glad you’re there with him. So glad he had a birthday song. Still hoping for a miracle.

Joan Kramer

Update posted by Nov 07

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Dear Aaron, The love and gratitude of so many of us in GLF is with you in the days ahead. Please please take good care of yourself, and keep the faith. We hold you in our hearts. jason

Jason Victor Serinus

Update posted by Nov 07

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Oh, dear Aaron. Our hearts are breaking here in San Francisco. Nikos is so special to us. This does not seem real. Please, if there is anything we can do from here to help you, let us know. And if you need to use any of the money that was donated for your own travel and self care, please, please do so without reservation. Nikos has always been so proud of you and though we have never met, I am so glad you are there with him. I’m writing through tears.

Jim Cruz-Youll

Update posted by Nov 07

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Warm hugs from across the pond. I am lighting a candle for you both and keeping you in my prayers. O:)

Jokie Wilson

Update posted by Nov 07

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I’m so sorry to hear this Aaron. Your father is very special to a lot of people. For me, helped me connect me to family I didn’t know I had here in the US and in Greece. I got to speak to him via FaceTime a couple of years ago but sad that I may not get to meet him in person. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and Nikos today and the days to come.

Harry Portellos

Update posted by Nov 07

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