Bill's medical and living expenses

$2,315 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 30 months
I am Lynn Shively, Bill Viney's sister.  Bill is very ill and in critical care for an indefinite amount of time.  

He does not have insurance and will not be able to work for the forseeable future ( we do know that it will be quite some time)

The money will be used to keep his home and pay his incoming bills for the duration of being incapacitated.

The funds will be needed as soon as possible, and on an ongoing schedule until we know more about his recovery.

This means so much to me and the rest of Bill's family to not have to worry about moving his things while he is in the hospital. And to keep his rent, car and other expenses up to date.

I would be ever so grateful for any monetary help that could be provided to my sweet little brother.  He is one of the kindest and most generous persons you will ever meet.  He and all the family would be grateful to not have to worry about his finances for a little while.

Thank you so much for your consideration and generosity.
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So it's true - Miracles DO happen! Bill was transferred to a regular hospital room on Tuesday of this week. Then the next day on Wednesday 24th they sent him home!!!

He is doing well, he's still very weak and has to use a walker. But all the tubes are gone and he's eating and getting stronger. He still has a long recovery ahead of him, but at least is in the comfort of his own room at home.

They are trying to find some medical type equipment to use at home. In Santa Barbara we have Hospice Loan Closet for any and all devices to use for free for as long as you need them, (wheel chair, walker, bath seat, etc...) then return for someone else to use when no longer needed. I am hoping there is a silimar organization there close to them. If anyone is aware - please let them know.


Lynn
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I arrived this morning to Bill sitting up and having his swallow test. He is doing well, can start eating a bit now.
He is talking and getting stronger.
They have ordered physical therapy to start today.
He will likely be moved to a regular room tomorrow.
The pneumonia is doing better.
The swelling is down.
The Dr is very pleased with his recovery so far.
He had FOOD today - he was so excited!
However he is still too weak to get his hand to his mouth - though he really tried. I helped to feed him his first meal of yogurt, thickened milk and thickened iced tea. He was full after half a carton of yogurt.
I left him to take a nap while he waited for Tina's return.
Probably going to a regular hospital room tomorrow!

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Bill is awake, they have removed the tubes from his throat and now has an oxygen mask.
He is talking! (Although it is hard to hear and understand him - he is getting his message to us )
He keeps asking for his friend Jon.
We are ecstatic for this positive turn of events!
he understands that all of his siblings have been here for him.
He asked Tina where are her Angel Wings? ❤️❤️❤️

Saturday afternoon
Journal entry by Lynn Shively — 45 minutes ago

So Bill is doing ok - he can have ice chips for now. They will test his swallowing capabiity tomorrow - his throat is sore from the tubes. But I think he will do fine.

Yesterday they tested for the type of pnemonia he has (50%-50 chance to narrow it down) They were able to narrow it down and then prescribed the appropriate antibiotic that will take care of the infection. He needs to cough a lot and get the phlegm out,n especially since they reomved the suctioning tubes. His amonia levels have been extraordinarily high - in the 90's, normal would be around 25. Today the test came back that it has dropped to 64 - he's on the right track.

A nurse came in the room with me when Tina left for a few minutes. Bill noticed his name and was trying to call him over to us, so I got his attention. Bill read his name badge and then said (however weakly) "Frans - I want you to meet my sister, Lynn. Lynn this is Frans." WHAT?!?!?! Anyway, Frans and I laughed and said we met several days ago.

Bill Thought he had had a stroke and that was why he was there. He still needs to understand that he will not be coming home very soon and that his healing will take some time. He can also never have alcohol again - as his friends and family, I hope you will all support him in this and never even offer it to him.

The doctor that saved his life on the first day came in, and stood there in the doorway with a big smile on his face, shaking his head. He said it truly is a Miracle that he is alive and awake and talking. So far, Bill has beat the 90% odds against him. Hoping he will be transferred to a regular hospital room tomorrow or the next day.

I'll be back again tomorrow late morning - with hopefully even MORE GOOD NEWS!!!

That's all for now - Thanks everyone for your prayers, good wishes, thoughts and donations.

Lynn
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Journal entry by Lynn Shively — 35 minutes ago

Bill is not really awake, he does have some moments when he is aware of our presence.
He will turn his head towards who is talking to him. They have increased his pain meds and put him back on sedatives, because he is really struggling and straining - but now they are lowering the sedatives again gradually to see if he will wake a bit more.
His kidneys have improved and they have stopped dialysis and today they removed the tubes for that. It is nice to see one less tube coming out of him.
They did a CAT Scan to see if there had been any brain damage - Thankfully the scan was NORMAL - Yay!
Tina is there with him all the time and is so supportive and a wonderful advocate for Bill, I trust her instinct and judgement of his care. Although I'd like to give her more of a break than what she actually takes.
Bill has many doctors - most of them are easy talk to and get information from.
We have gone from hearing that his liver had completely failed, to it is still going to function for him for a while.
A transplant will be in the future, but it is a very long ways off. He has a lot to recover from - there is still a bit of bleeding, but it has slowed way down and they have not had to give him any more blood products for the last couple of days. Yay - more progress!
His heart is still stong - another positive.
They are giving him nutrition through a tube to help him get stronger.
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers!
Lynn
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Scott Little
30 months ago

This will certainly be a big help. Please find a way to make a continuing donation, no matter how small. We all know 10k doesn't go very far. Ha! As I was filling out the form at my bank for Bill Pay, I thought about how much Bill LOVES puns, so there's that.

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Created August 17, 2016
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Steve Knoll
29 months ago

Get well my friend!

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Prayers for a full recovery!

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30 months ago
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Get well brother

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Scott Little
30 months ago

This will certainly be a big help. Please find a way to make a continuing donation, no matter how small. We all know 10k doesn't go very far. Ha! As I was filling out the form at my bank for Bill Pay, I thought about how much Bill LOVES puns, so there's that.

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