Loughlin Family

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Raised by 137 people in 37 months
First of all I want to say above all else we are in need of prayers please pray for our family! 

On April 23rd Andy woke up feeling good, wanting to take Kaitlyn and I shopping and out to lunch. Our baby is heading to college in August and all he wanted was to spend as much time together even if it meant he had to go to the mall. Anybody that knows Andy knows he is just a great guy with a great sense of humor. 

We were having lunch, everything was normal, at the end of our meal he began feeling dizzy and wanted to head home. In the car he said he was experiencing a little vertigo, he just wanted to lay down. We made it home and got him upstairs to the couch and then he complained of tingling in his hands and face, I immediately called 911 and he was transported to the hospital. 

That was the moment our lives changed forever. Andy suffered a brain stem stroke, the doctors said it was a tiny stroke but in the worst part of the brain. Andy is now paralyzed from the neck down.  The doctors call it Locked-In Syndrome which means his mind is okay, he hears us and sees us, but he is completely paralyzed. He communicates by blinking his eyes.  Our goal is to get Andy the best care possible so he can come home. 

On Tuesday they will be moving him into a subacute facility and he will remain there for 100 days or until he no longer is making progess. I always thought our insurance would cover all our medical needs and we currently have two medical insurances policie, but I quickly found out that is not the case. 

For the first week I was in total shock, I couldn't think about anything but Andy and what he must be going through and at the same time the hospital social worker talking about how I plan to pay for his care.  I am so thankful we were surrounded by family because for me life stopped.

The second week the family had gone home, Kaitlyn went back to school, and reality set in; this is going to be our new life!

I have lost a large part of my income, the medical bills are adding up and it is so important that Andy gets the best possible care over the next year because after the first year in most cases patients show very little progress.  Kaitlyn is graduating in June with a 4.2 GPA and will be attending Cal Lutheran University next fall.      I don't know what God's plan is for us but I know he has one.  My goal is to be able to provide for my family and if you can help our family it will be greatly appreciated but if you can't we understand and as I said in the beginning, above all else we are in need of prayers so please keep us in your prayers.

God Bless,
Andy, Annette & Kaitlyn
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This weekend Andy's best friend is having a Fundraiser in Bay Shore Long Island where Andy grew up. I wish we didn't have to reach out for help but if I want to keep him at home WE NEED HELP! When we left the rehab hospital the doctors, nurses and therapists said there was no way he could come home I would never be able to care for all his needs. Well he has been home one year on October 25th and it is not easy but I have been able to care for him. The truth is I can go to work, come home and care for Andy it is not easy but I can do it. The hard part is when I go to bed at night and lay awake worrying about how long I have until the money runs out and I have to explain to him he will have to go into a nursing home. I pray that day never comes but the cost of his care is CRAZY!!!! This weekend we are trying to raise as much as possible I call it the KEEP ANDY HOME FUND the money will be used to pay for his caregiver, speech, occupational and physical therapy, medical supplies, prescriptions. Any dollar amount will make a difference! Andy knows and appreciates what everybody is doing for him I read him all the posts. We are so blessed to have so many people praying for him we know we would not have gotten this far without all those prayers. So if you can afford to make a donation please know it will be put towards keeping Andy home with his family and if you can't afford to make a donation we understand please just keep our family in your prayers!
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One year I can't believe it! Sometimes it feels like yesterday when I think about it all those emotions come back and other times it feels like forever and I'm not sure how long I can keep up this pace. Then there are nights like last night Andy woke up at 3:30am and says Annette I get up to see what he needs and he says "turn on the TV.". So I turn on a movie for him with Ben Stiller and at 4am woke up again to him laughing so hard! Years ago I would have been a little angry but I just laid there thanking God for giving us one more year. I am so grateful for this time! I wish I could say Andy is doing great and he is talking and walking but the truth is his speech is minimal and he is paralized from the neck down. He can get my attention by saying my name and if that doesn't work he'll say "help" his one syllable words are a little louder it is still hard to move a lot of air across his vocal cord but I'm becoming an expert on reading lips. This update is really hard for me because I was really hoping for so much more. I know he has come a long way last year we were told he had Locked In Syndrome, he was on a ventilator had a tracheotomy and a feeding tube. His blood pressure was out of control, he had diabetes, the brain stem controls body temperature so he would run fevers for no reason. What a nightmare everyday brought a new challenge. Now the vent is gone and his tracheotomy is gone ,his blood pressure is under control, his blood sugar is under control, he has no fevers medically I think he is in pretty good condition. The best thing is although his speech is limited and he is paralized from the neck down he is not locked in he is communicating and laughing he laughs a lot! It always amazes me how through this whole thing he has NEVER lost his sense of humor. Our biggest accomplishment of all and the one goal I had from the beginning is he is home! It is not easy and it comes with a huge expense approximately $5000 per month just for his caregiver but it is worth it! People ask how are you doing it? Well the one way is through all of the generous donations from all of you without that I couldn't have gotten him home. Then I have cashed in all the 401 K accounts, I am working full-time and have taken on a new endeavor (if you would like to hear about that please follow me on Facebook) it will hopefully provide a second income. Andy is thriving because he is at home and I am going to do everything in my power to keep him here! God has provided and I have Faith he will continue to provide for our family. Just a side note Kaitlyn is finishing up her first year at Cal Lutheran , working in the administrators office, elected to Senate and made Deans list we are SO PROUD! I am grateful Andy is here to see it! GOD IS GOOD!!!! Thank you all for the prayers I could not have gotten through this without your support !
Andy today!
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First I want to apologize I have not updated everyone sooner but I honestly I have very little time. At night when Andy sleeps I have to sleep because I am up and down all night and not just once or twice one night it was nineteen times. The brain stem controls your breathing and because he is paralized from the neck down between the lack of movement and his compromised breathing he has a lot of secretions and coughs A LOT so it requires A LOT of suctioning. We have visited the ER twice once because his oxygen level was low and Dr was concerned he might have pneumonia and Saturday we had to go back because his feeding tube fell out. One thing I can tell you there is never a dull moment. I wish I had good news regarding movement but he really hasn't made much progress our focus is more on speech and eating right now but even that is moving slow.
This Thanksgiving it was really hard and a little harder to find things to be thankful for but when I started thinking about it the day actually turned out really nice and here are a few reasons why:
Our goal from the beginning was to get Andy home and we made it and for that I am so thankful.
I have found an AMAZING caregiver he is here everyday from 8am until 8pm and I know I could not do this without him so for that I am so thankful.
I think about where we started and how far we have come, and we are not alone on this journey God is with us and for that I am thankful.
I have three beautiful children and AMAZING grandsons and for them I am thankful.
However even after all those wonderful things I've mentioned the one thing this year that really stands out is on April 23rd when my family went through the hardest thing we've ever experienced all of you called, sent cards, made donations and held a benefit in Andy's name. Without the donations I could not provide the care that is necessary. Some even took time from your busy lives to fly here and help us get through it. I am so THANKFUL for each and every one that has helped my family and have prayed for Andy. Andy is so THANKFUL!!!! I don't know what the future holds but this year because of all of you we had A LOT to be thankful for! God bless!!!!
Andy, Annette & Kaitlyn
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First thing I want to say is THANK YOU to everybody that has prayed for us, sent cards, made donations we are so grateful!!!! Andy is currently at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital in Santa Barbara and working very hard! All of the nurses, therapists and doctors are so amazed with everything he has been through he continues to laugh and make everybody else laugh, which is so important because he has a LONG road ahead of him. He is currently able to communicate but it is usually a very low whisper unless he is saying OW that he has conquered even when it doesn't hurt! I tease him and remind him of the boy that cries wolf but he still thinks it's funny. The speech therapist thinks he will be able to get rid of the trech which will help him to speak and once that is gone they will do swallow tests to see if they can start him on foods. If they can get him off the trech and eating that alone would be such a HUGE accomplishment!!!! Then we will just have to focus on movement and unfortunately that is going to take time a lot of time. I am currently packing and will be moving on Oct 1st. I will miss our beach but it looks like Andy will be home in mid October and we need to be on the ground floor. I found a beautiful handicapped accessable apartment right across the street from an outdoor shopping center with movie theaters, restaurants, Starbucks and Target all the necessities :). I'm hoping by being so close to everything Andy will be able to get out of the house and enjoy his life again it's hard to believe but he has been in a hospital for almost six months. It was funny the other day the case manager was questioning how I will care for him when he gets home. I told her well I think I'll actually have a lot of free time, right now I work 40 hrs, spend 20 hrs training to care for him, I'm packing, moving, interviewing caregivers, coming home from work and spending time with my husband will be a piece of cake! Actually I know it's not going to be easy but he will be home and that has always been our goal AND honestly we could not have gotten to this point without ALL OF YOU!!!! Your donations will help pay for his rehab, his caregivers, and all the necessary equipment to care for him while he is at home and there really are no words to tell you what that means to our family. THANK YOU & GOD BLESS!!!!
Hopefully the next update will be pictures of Andy at home!
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Bob Edelman
34 months ago
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Continue to hope and pray for Andy's recovery. I think about him and his family and wonder how they have the strength to meet this head on. These updates are wonderful and every little improvement in Andy's progress is heart warming.

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Bob Edelman
35 months ago
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No one could possibly imagine the courage it takes but God is on your side. Little signs everyday are proof of that.

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Sandra Diaz
36 months ago
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Thank you for the update.. It's good to hear of some improvements. You and your family are in my prayers. God is good and he will continue to strengthen you and your love ones. Take care

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Julie Bennett Snider
36 months ago
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Annette, Any updates on Andy? I'm not onFB very much anymore.

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Bob Edelman
37 months ago
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Praying for Andy and you guys. Please try to stay strong.

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Mary Laghezza Clarke
16 months ago

Prayers for strength, support & healing. Andy is blessed to have you & Nick whose obvious love & dedication ...to many...is inspiring. BS '79 is a special group ❤️

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Rob Edelman
26 months ago

Once again thank you for the update Annette. You are a strong person and have a loving family. We will continue to send prayers Andy's way and am so glad the lockedin syndrome has improved. Andy, know that I am thinking of you and wishing you any of life's pleasures God chooses to grant you. You are a strong person as well and your laugh is contagious. I can hear it from here...

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Nick Pappanicholas
26 months ago

Hi friends of Andy, Annette and Kaitlyn.... so.... today, April 23rd, is 1 year since Andy had his stroke. So, starting at 3:25pm this afternoon.... I will match any donation for a 24 hour period.... please share the link, get the word out ! Thank you all in advance! Any amount will do!

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Mandie DeVore
31 months ago

A blessing in itself you dig deep in your faith and was able to find the hidden truths of these words to share when all seems lost and turmoil still. Your faith is too strong and God sees you and knows your strength and struggle. I am Thankful for you and your family. The true definition of family at all levels. The vows for Better or worse, in sickness and in health have stuck and remained true. You are amazing children of God and he will take care of you. Keep the faith and continued prayers from Vegas for you all ♥ HUGZ n Howlz

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Amy Fornabaio
13 months ago
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Mary Laghezza Clarke
16 months ago

Prayers for strength, support, and healing. Andy is blessed to have you & Nick too! Your obvious love & dedication...to many... is inspiring. BS'79 is a special group of people.

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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Nick Pappanicholas
16 months ago
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JB
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Jane Bennett
18 months ago
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Merry Christmas, praying for God’s cloak of peace in your every day life! I’m a friend of Rob and Shirley.

AG
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Anthony Graziano
20 months ago
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OG
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Olivia Gleser
20 months ago
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We miss you Andy and Annette! Keep up the great work you two! You're both so strong and inspiring. Come visit us back at Cottage Rehabilitation here in Santa Barbara. Hugs, Olivia OT

JB
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Jane Bennett
20 months ago
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Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act...Psalm 37:7

AV
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Angela Visca
20 months ago
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Sorry I could not be at the fundraiser. I am a friend of Nick's and I know how much Andy and your family means to him!

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J S
20 months ago
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Bob Edelman
34 months ago
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Continue to hope and pray for Andy's recovery. I think about him and his family and wonder how they have the strength to meet this head on. These updates are wonderful and every little improvement in Andy's progress is heart warming.

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Bob Edelman
35 months ago
1
1

No one could possibly imagine the courage it takes but God is on your side. Little signs everyday are proof of that.

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Sandra Diaz
36 months ago
1
1

Thank you for the update.. It's good to hear of some improvements. You and your family are in my prayers. God is good and he will continue to strengthen you and your love ones. Take care

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Julie Bennett Snider
36 months ago
1
1

Annette, Any updates on Andy? I'm not onFB very much anymore.

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Bob Edelman
37 months ago
1
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Praying for Andy and you guys. Please try to stay strong.

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Mary Laghezza Clarke
16 months ago

Prayers for strength, support & healing. Andy is blessed to have you & Nick whose obvious love & dedication ...to many...is inspiring. BS '79 is a special group ❤️

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Rob Edelman
26 months ago

Once again thank you for the update Annette. You are a strong person and have a loving family. We will continue to send prayers Andy's way and am so glad the lockedin syndrome has improved. Andy, know that I am thinking of you and wishing you any of life's pleasures God chooses to grant you. You are a strong person as well and your laugh is contagious. I can hear it from here...

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Nick Pappanicholas
26 months ago

Hi friends of Andy, Annette and Kaitlyn.... so.... today, April 23rd, is 1 year since Andy had his stroke. So, starting at 3:25pm this afternoon.... I will match any donation for a 24 hour period.... please share the link, get the word out ! Thank you all in advance! Any amount will do!

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Mandie DeVore
31 months ago

A blessing in itself you dig deep in your faith and was able to find the hidden truths of these words to share when all seems lost and turmoil still. Your faith is too strong and God sees you and knows your strength and struggle. I am Thankful for you and your family. The true definition of family at all levels. The vows for Better or worse, in sickness and in health have stuck and remained true. You are amazing children of God and he will take care of you. Keep the faith and continued prayers from Vegas for you all ♥ HUGZ n Howlz

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