Martinez Family In Crisis
Jul 27, 2016 11:58AM ● Published by Alison Clary
Angela and Matt Trantham
We strive to bring stories that enlighten and entertain our readers. We also like to print stories that help those in need. The Trantham family in Martinez is going through a crisis involving an unbelievable coincidence. Matt Trantham, a 53 year-old general contractor, husband, father, coach, and friend to all, underwent a stroke in January. Just as his wife, Angela, and their two young sons began to recover from this turn of events, Angela suffered a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage in April and then a seizure in May. She is coming out of the woods, but Matt has a long and arduous road ahead.
Angela posts regularly on a website that provides a forum for disseminating information widely. She reports her husband’s complex medical issues straightforwardly and clearly understands the challenges ahead, but her expressions remain tender, loyal, and optimistic. Despite her own health issues, she always focuses on her “warrior husband.”
In posts going back to when this all started in January, Angela said Matt called her from work saying he was dizzy and his lips were going numb. “I could hear the fear and panic in his voice and raced to the site, where emergency personnel were loading him into an ambulance.” Matt had trouble breathing and had to be intubated. He was in critical condition and Angela braced for the worst when they told her they didn’t think he was going to make it. A brain hemorrhage was blocking the circulation of spinal fluid and they had to drill a hole in his brain to drain fluid and relieve the pressure. Matt has since gone through agonizing months of rehabilitation from the bleeding stroke.
After leaving John Muir Medical Center, Matt went to the Centre For Neuro Skills (CNS) in Emeryville for intensive rehabilitation. His medical team now consists of various neurological specialists, nurses, a case manager, and a never-ending rotation of speech, educational, occupational, and physical therapists. In June, Angela posted, “The damage from Matt's stroke is significant; it has affected his eye sight, his cognitive skills, his speech, his swallowing and physical abilities. I asked the doctor if we will ever hear Matt’s 'real' voice again. The doctor said no, this is Matt's new voice… We are nearing the end of Matt's time at CNS, as insurance is pulling the plug on his in-patient status there.”
A close family friend says, “Angela and Matt are two of the most selfless, hard-working, and good-hearted people we know, and they would never ask for help. They face weeks, months, and years of physical, emotional and extreme financial hardship as Matt is self- employed and Angela was working hard to start her own pie making business, Simply Heaven Mini Pies. They are a close family and are adjusting to their new normal. The boys, Hunter, 15, and Austin, 12, love their Dad something fierce. What they wouldn't give to be able to play catch with him again.”
If you are interested in reading Angela’s journals about the family’s journey through this long-term recovery process. go to www.caringbridge.org and enter “Matt Trantham.” If you would like to help them fight the good fight, you can donate using any of these methods:
You can also send a check payable to Angela Trantham, c/o TEAMMATT Account, Bank of The West, 1969 Diamond Blvd, Concord, CA 94520.