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For what it's worth- Granny & Paw Paw Adam's Story

$220 of $1 goal

Raised by 7 people in 12 months
Created January 17, 2018
Brittney Fairchild

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I may be a little biased because they are my grandparents but I've never met such beautiful souls. Anytime anyone has needed something they've always been the ones to offer what little they had. They smile like nothing is wrong when you can see the hurt in their eyes but won't admit to it. I want to do more but I honestly don't know what to do at this point. They received some money from FEMA for their personal property and home which is a blessing but unfortunately it's just not enough. Their memories, their life, their home is gone. We found a cheap trailer house for them with the money they have, and have to pay for it, and also to move it. This also means getting the property leveled and built up in case the flood ever happens again. Then furniture and appliances, getting it handicap accessible for my Pawpaw Adamas well. I hate asking for help and I know where that comes from now. But they deserve to go home, and not have the worries they have. They have lived, worked hard and built up their life so they could retire and enjoy their family and now it's all been taken away and they don't have the time it took them to get to where they were anymore. Any little bit helps, and feel free to contact me if you know of anyone that can help make this happen. I would love to see them home by Valentines Day and show them the love they deserve!
*Back story*
My Pawpaw Adam will be 91 years old in May. He is a veteran. He has Alzheimer's/Dementia as well as fights COPD. My Granny is 71, and a recent breast cancer survivor and fights COPD too. But if you met them, you'd never know they were fighting so hard. Their home was flooded during Harvey and could not be saved. I've seen my Granny cry because my Pawpaw wants to go home and he doesn't understand why they can't. Some days he will knows very well what has happened and the next he goes into a mood that he can't seem to accept anything. They use to drive from our house and my moms over 2hrs away just so my Pawpaw could sit on the front porch of their Flooded home and play his accordion which we all love to watch and hear him. He even played it and sang for the president when he was 9 yrs old!! But then the day came where they had to demolish their home. The rubble became to much to bear and they couldn't go as much and there was no longer a porch to sit on. A story was posted about them by a wonderful man named Matt, which led to a travel trailer being donated by an amazing man named Charlie and also given a check to fix their well which was destroyed too. But then needed electricity in order to get that going, but the debris was full of mold and they had to move due to health issues. Their travel trailer hasn't been able to hold up very well and this nasty weather isn't helping. We've been trying to keep them comfortable and happy but now it's showing through. Everything is just so expensive and sometimes isn't enough. If you can help, we would appreciate your help in any way possible. Every little bit helps and every prayer is just as much as a blessing.

Thank you all for your time.
Brittney
http://www.khou.com/mobile/article/weather/harvey/hes-90-shes-71-and-hurricane-harvey-destroyed-everything-they-own/483705497
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Update 12
Posted by Brittney Fairchild
17 days ago
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Today was a good day, we spent the day with Paw Paw Adam and Granny Joyce. He didn’t remember most of our names but it’s been since Thanksgiving since we’ve been able to visit. He slept a lot but when he was awake he shared some laughs. We didn’t know what he was saying because his words were slurred but he seemed to enjoy what he was telling us. When he slept, he would talk in his sleep, sometimes we could understand him and he would be taking about getting shingles off the roof without ripping them. Then he would have conversations like he was telling someone what to do while making hand gestures all while asleep. My granny says she doesn’t sleep much because it’s constant. He sleeps in the hospital bed and she sleeps in the recliner by his side. We all piled in the living room this evening and he tried to identify us all again but called me Lydia, who is his sister. Posqualie to my brothers girlfriend. lol Then he kept asking about the kids. He loved the sloth we gave him and was really worried someone was going to steal it later on in the evening when he woke again. He’s still here in bits and pieces. I watched him try to drink and eat today but he said he was full after 7/8 spoonfuls of cream of chicken soup. He can no longer swallow anything big because it gets stuck in his narrowing airway. It’s days like this that I pray more. He doesn’t remember this trailer often, and asks to just go “Home”. My granny talked about a puppy dog he sees and pets and also a person who stands in the corner he sees that he tells what to do, as if they are working. Which happens a lot. He will yell orders and have gestures towards them. The other thing he sees is a little girl in the hallway. He asks who she is but never any more. All in all Paw Paw seems content, but when you ask him he just says he’s tired. ❤️ Please keep him and our family in your prayers.
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Update 11
Posted by Brittney Fairchild
19 days ago
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I shared this article on my Facebook page, but it really hits home. Some days are great, while others are really hard. Look at that smile, we don't get many pictures of him smiling this big, usually just a quick grin. Looks to be a genuine, carefree smile. Being Home is all he's ever asked for during the worst of times, and that's where he is. Home is where you make it, and oh man have they filled their home with old and new memories. My kids always find something that reminds us of Granny Joyce, usually Elvis or flowers, and Paw Paw Adam with his John Wayne and suckers. My 4 LOVE it when they get one too!

April Beard
January 1 at 7:19 PM
At the end of life....Neurologists say Dementia should be called "failure of the brain," because the other names are nebulous and do not show the severity of the disease to most people. As the patient's brain slowly dies, they change physically, lose the ability to speak, and the caregivers are often in shock, and exhausted!! Patients will end up bedridden, unable to move, and unable to eat or drink. But it is the different phases beforehand that are just as painful. The day they suddenly forget how to dress themselves, and become confused or combative when you try to fix the clothing they've put on backwards. When they repeatedly ask where their life-long mate is or where their children are while looking straight at them. When they are confused, angry, or frightened, it is because they are still partially aware of who they were, yet are that person no longer...
There will be people who will scroll by this message because dementia has not touched them. They do not know what it is to fight or to have a loved who leads a battle against dementia
For all the men and women I know, I ask you a small favor. If you know someone who has lived a battle against dementia, still struggling, or has lost the battle, please add this to your status for one hour as respect and remembrance... copy and paste it in support of the victims, families, and friends affected by Dementia and Alzheimer's as there is no cure.
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Update 10
Posted by Brittney Fairchild
22 days ago
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Christmas has come and gone and it’s a new beginning for 2019. Paw Paw Adam received a few cards and gifts in the mail, as well as from family and friends. We appreciate it. He loved it all! Thank you, and feel free to continue to write him! You don’t have to send anything, a simple hello is fine.
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Update 9
Posted by Brittney Fairchild
27 days ago
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Have you ever met someone that you knew would ALWAYS be there for you? Someone who you knew in the worst of times you could be your saving grace? I feel that way about my Granny Joyce. I watched her and my Paw Paw Adam go through Harvey in Pain. Their home that they thought they would live in until their last moments.....Gone. But out of pain, came many blessings. They received help from many organizations, friends, family, and complete strangers. My granny would cook, try to help, and offer things in return for their good deeds. My Paw Paw would try his hardest to make his way out and offer to pay them back one day. You don't find these type of kind hearted people anymore. During my granny's struggles, I had some of my own. She had a garage sale with everything she cleaned from Harvey and items she was collected and try to help me and my family. This go fund me isn't so much to raise money for the home anymore because the trailer they were able to buy is HOME now. Life can get you down but every inch of living space is full of things recovered, things replaced, but the Welcome Home feel has never gone away.

The update is for help preparing for the worst, starting over at the end is sad, Sometimes undeserving, and most of all heartbreaking to lose your best friend. We want to make my Paw Paw happy. That being said, we want to make the time we have left with him, more than he could ever ask. We don't know how long he has but he is comfortable. His last visit to the Dr, led to them letting my Granny know that he will now be Home bound Hospice. It's sad to see someone once full of so much life, depending on everyone else for help. Still trying their hardest to remember but just can't. :( If you want to help donate to the funeral home directly the information is below. I just don't want them to have to worry about things. They've always been so happy on the outside. They've worked so hard to have to start all over after Harvey. They make it off of what they have, and still try to GIVE! I'm Blessed to be apart of their story. My kids love going to their home. They always leave with their bellies full and worn out!

If you can write a letter, send a card, have your kiddos color a picture, send a picture of your family or even stop by. Please do so. Show him how much love and support there is. If you haven't done so, read their backstory below. Life is worth every ounce you can get out of it, and I know my Paw Paw Adam isn't ready just yet. He's the most interesting man I have ever met. For what it's worth...Time is all that is left, please give a little of yours if you have it.

Adam and Joyce Romero
190 Prosperie St.
Vidor, TX 77662

Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor, Inc.
P.O. Drawer B
1750 Highway 12
Vidor, TX 77670-0659

Phone number for Funeral home
409-769-2422
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