Patrick Conrade's Medical Expenses
Our dear friend Patrick Conrade was admitted to the Heart Center on Monday, February 8th, experiencing weakness and fatigue, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. After multiple tests, it was determined that he has a rare heart aneurysm called Sinus of Valsalva.
Monday night he developed pain in his abdomen, his heart rate went into A-fib and he's been in Cardiac ICU since. It was also discovered that he has a pulmonary embolism which makes his condition that much more delicate. He still has some type of undetermined infection going on in his abdomen that they are trying to get to the bottom of. He is scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery on Monday, February 15th.
As most of you know, Patrick is a first-class Chef who left his previous restuarant to help create a new one called Sovengard, which is set to open this Spring. Unfortunately, his health care doesn't kick in until March 1st. Whether or not Medicare will take care of things is unknown at this point, but at minimum the family will need $1500, which is not including any extra expenses these kinds of situations incur. I'm setting a goal of $2500 to cover the absolute known expenses as well as any extras that the family will need. If Medicare does not cover things, I will adjust the amount as needed.
Speaking now from my heart: I first met the Conrades when Aidan was in Preschool with my son Sam at the NW Cooperative. It was one of those friendships that you know as soon as meet them that they're something special. I love this family so dearly. They've been through so very much this year, with major job transitions, periods of unemployment, and the very hardest: losing Liana's sister Jennifer after a long battle with cancer. The level of stress is sky-high, between trying to manage transitions and the grief of losing Jennifer. I'm hoping that we can make the financial side of things something they don't have to worry about. Please contribute what you can. As they say, "give until it feels good." Let's band together and support our dear friends.
Thank you so very much. Here is a link to Patrick's CarePage:
Love and prayers to the Conrade family.
P.S. Well, we all must really love us some Conrades. Thank you all for the tremendous response. I'm increasing the goal, simply because I know that in the end it's going to cost them more than the minimum quote (doesn't it always?). I'm so grateful that we can make this happen for them. xoxo
His surgeon has cleared him for all regular activity. Once his strength is fully recovered he will have a weight restriction for lifting. No more heavy lifting in his future but he surely doesn't feel bad about that!
His next step is Executive Chef of The Sovengard which is slated for a early July open date. We are all very excited for this next chapter. Being the wife of a chef comes with many challenges and perks. It can be a very stressful job (both as Chef and wife), dealing with the hectic hours and many responsibilities. The environment that he will be working in is being designed to nurture not only the love of food and hospitality but also one that supports a happy and healthy quality of life.
We want you to know that we could not have made it to this point without the love and support of all of our families and friends. We will be forever grateful that you have been here for us. And if you're in the area this summer, please come and support his new endeavor, The Sovengard!
Much love and light,
Patrick goes home today! Liana had her first night's sleep at home in 2 weeks!
Things look good, but our friends could still use our help. For those who don't know, Patrick had to have a pacemaker put in. Personally, it gives me comfort to know that something is keeping track of his ticker. However, this was an additional surgery, therefore additional stress and additional cost.
Please donate if you haven't already. And even if you have, consider making another donation to keep our friends afloat. I actually don't know how long Patrick will need to rest and recuperate at home before he's able to get back to work on the Sovengard, and Liana has lost weeks of work as well. When you're hourly like she and I are, it's not an easy thing to be able to lose that much in wages. What Medicaid will cover is still an unknown.
On behalf of the Conrades, thank you so much for all of your support!
In case you haven't heard yet, Patrick had SUCCESSFUL emergency open heart surgery today. So grateful. I don't know much beyond that, but I wanted to let people know that as soon as possible. The family still has a long road ahead. Please keep donating and showing your love. Thank you so much.
He's out of surgery and back in his room recovering. Thank you to all of you who have shown how much you love us. I never thought that we would ever be in this situation but I'm thankful for all the love and support from everyone. I am so overwhelmed by everything right now. Gracias por todo.
So many curveballs have been thrown our way. The latest happened Wednesday night when doctors decided it was best that Patrick get a pacemaker. I was worried, frustrated and scared again but he has been in the best hands. We're still unsure about the Medicaid situation. I'm hoping to get that figured out before we get out of the hospital. Obviously my main concern has been him and everything else can wait. Bills will always be there but I just can't think about my world without him in it.
I'm crying right now not because of sadness but from sheer relief. "Thank you" isn't enough. It's really not.
This is sure to be a Valentines Day that we will never forget but there's no place I'd rather be than beside this man. His surgery went better than they expected. He's already off the ventilator and breathing on his own. His kidneys are functioning well and he's complaining. Hallelujah! We haven't spent many VDays together (unless you count the ones when we were at work together) but I'll take today and count it as one of the best ever in 20 years. Remember, this is what love is about. Standing by the one you love, holding their hand through the worst imaginable and thanking God that he brought you together to experience the best and worst of what life brings. Forget the fancy dinners, gifts and wasted money. It's not worth it folks.