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Lyman Burk needs our help

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Raised by 41 people in 5 months
Created April 3, 2018
On March 28, 2018, Lyman Burk suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke in his home on Vashon island.  He was alone and paralyzed on the floor for four days before he was found, dehydrated and unconscious.  Only Lyman‘s will to live, and a miracle,  kept him alive. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he is periodically awake and aware,  but remains on life-support.  He has complete right side paralysis, and is unable to speak but recognizes his family and friends.  Every day he is gradually making very slow progress, but there is hope. 

Lyman has catastrophic medical insurance  for catastrophic illness or accident, so he is being well cared for in the neuro ICU. 

However,  his insurance only covers 30 days of in-patient rehabilitation.  He is facing extensive long-term rehabilitation and the outcome for whether he will be able to ever live independently is uncertain.  The quality of the rehab will certainly be a factor in his recovery.

Lyman is one  of the most interesting, articulate, and brilliant people on the planet. The dozens of people crowding to see him in the ICU is testimony to his effect on people.  Please send love and prayers that his brain heals enough for him to move on to rehabilitation. The world needs his light and we certainly haven't had enough of  his incredible presence.

Lyman is one of the most giving and generous people we all know. He has never turned away someone in need and has always supported the underdog. We need to help Lyman in his time of need.  If you can do so, please donate to defray the cost of the rehabilitation and medical care he will need.
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David driving Lyman <3
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From Kathleen:

Thank you, everyone for you love and support. We very much appreciate it and it has made this new normal a little less difficult. Lyman is learning to talk a little, figuring out life in a wheelchair (and working to walk a bit!), and we are all managing his need for 24/7 care. Of course, he would prefer more alone time but that is not yet safe for him.

He has speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy several times a week and is making progress.

I'm teaching him to use his phone so if you receive a call from Lyman it's not a prank even if not one is talking! It takes him time to form words so be please be patient if he calls you :). He loves cards and letters so feel free to write and we will read them to him!

Thanks again everyone <3

Kathleen, Garnet, David and of course, Lyman
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From Kathleen:

Hi Friends...Lyman has finally settled in after 3+ weeks home. The first 10 days were very difficult as he had an infection that had him at the doctor or with the visiting nurse almost every day. He is settling into a routine and we are all figuring out how best to care for him and still care for ourselves. Here are a few photos. Lyman is learning to fold his laundry, start a fire, and play piano with one arm, and is receiving daily PT, OT and/or speech therapy. His brain is still in recovery mode and he sleeps a lot, but definitely finds joy every day, despite his challenges.
Eating cake with David
Getting a new hair-do from Garnet
With "Skate" Paridon :)
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(From Kathleen)

Dear Friends:

We cannot thank you enough for the continued support, food, goodies, help and ongoing concern. We are on a steep learning curve for Lyman's care and recovery. His days are mixed, as expected, but he has many joys, including the hummingbirds that are flocking to the feeders we have set up, and of course, his children who remain by his side 24/7.

We are discovering who the post-stroke Lyman is, and appreciate that so many folks want to visit. Very slowly he is able to indicate that he is ready for a few quick visits here and there. We encourage everyone to read about aphasia and apraxia so that you can better communicate with Lyman when he is ready for a visit <3

Thank you!

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Raised by 41 people in 5 months
Created April 3, 2018
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