Help bring Barb Tessman-Wiater home

$5,730 of $72,000 goal

Raised by 66 people in 17 months
Help us bring Barb Tessman-Wiater home to care for her.

 

On Tuesday November 15, 2016 Barb was found unresponsive at her home suffering from a medical event which caused her to experience hypoxia to her brain.  She remains in a sub-acute rehab facility to this day.  Lack of oxygen to her brain has left her with many challenges including the ability to walk, talk and  many of the day to day functions we take for granted.  Doctors cannot predict the final outcome of her recovery, because there are many uncertainties associated with brain injury.  We continue to provide love, support and the power of prayer in the hopes that she will have a full recovery. 

Barb will require care and supervision when she returns home.  This will not be provided for by insurance or until she can meet certain qualifications by the state of MA and is not guaranteed. She will be required to return home well before that process can be completed requiring the family to provide private care so that I may continue to work and support our household. Also required will be improvements to the home to provide for her condition.

Barb has raised money for others in the past through Go Fund me and also through other charitable means.  It is with a heavy heart that I ask you for support in her time of need.

Thank you for your support

God Bless you and Barb

Jack Wiater
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On my last update I told you about a wonderful person who stepped into our lives to help out with Barb's care.
Crystal and Barb developed a bond and a friendship over the last few months as Crystal was caring for her. I regret to inform you all that Crystal passed away today due to injuries from a car accident this morning. Crystal was a kind and caring soul and brought joy and comfort to Barb. I am at a loss for words that such a kind person and loving mother should be taken from all who loved her at such an early age, May Crystal rest in peace. Please pray for those she has left behind in the wake of this tragedy.
Crystal will always be in our hearts.
May God bless her and her family and may she be a Guardian Angel for those she left behind, because Lord knows we all need our guardian angels!
Rest in peace Crystal. We love you and will miss you dearly.
Barb and Jack
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It has been just over a year since Barb has come home. We have had tons of love and support along the way, However Barb is still not able to be without care when I am at work and the caregiver bills have piled up.
We now have the help of a kind loving young mother who is struggling to raise her young son and go to college. It has been a win/win to have brought her into our home and have her help with Barb's care, We could use help to keep her in a situation where we can get Barb the care she needs and help her to benefit her family.
So keep us in your thoughts and prayers and pass this on to anyone who may be able to help Barb and our young mother. I tried to post a recent video of Barb working out on an eliptical. She works hard and is frustrated as her progress is painfully slow, however she continues to have the desire to return to being functional and self sufficient. Things are frustrating in more ways than anyone can imagine, but we must carry on and make the best of the situation as it exists.
Thanks for your love and support and God Bless.
Barb and Jack
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On Sunday Barb tried out her walker for the first time since her Achilles Tendon lengthening surgery on her right foot. Even though it's only been 2-1/2 weeks she has been starting to get a better since of balance. I cleared the front porch to build her some parallel bars, so since it was clear, I asked her if she would like to try out her walker. Amazingly I helped her up and she took her walker and walked with a renewed sense of balance. It was a miracle to behold and was the most wonderful thing that has happened in the last 9 months. It's going to be a while before she is going to be cleared for outpatient physical therapy, but I know in my heart that Barb will walk again and that is an incredible feeling to know that there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel no matter how far that may be! peace and God bless and thanks for your prayers and continued support!
Jack and Barb
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So it’s been a long time since an update has been posted and I thought I’d share Barb’s progress with all who have been so Kind to help us through this long and painful process. About 2-1/2 months ago it was determined that Barb was not going to be able to walk any time soon with the state of her inability to bend her feet and get them down flat on the ground. She underwent surgery on her left leg and had Achilles tendon lengthening surgery. The tendon was actually lengthened about 3” and the bones put back in alignment. The surgery was successful but she wasn’t able to reap the full benefit because she had a less severe case with her right leg. She became able to pivot which was a big improvement, but because of the continued problem and pain in the right leg and foot she decided to move forward with Achilles tendon lengthening surgery on the right leg. That was done on July 28th so at this time we are back to square one as far as Barb being rendered immobile for the next couple of months.
This will require a caregiver to come in and as time goes on the expenses are mounting as we continue to try to provide the proper care and handling of Barb to insure a proper recovery. We are extremely optimistic that when Barb recovers from this surgery however, she will be able to start walking again as she has the mechanics, but has not been able to rise above the pain and limitations due to her condition. Barb is at this time about 60% recovered. (She was about 30% when she came home in mid- January) She has made amazing progress and says she would like to run the Boston Marathon and of course do the Walk for ALS which is something she has done in the past.
I would like to thank everyone for all the continued support, cards, and prayers as your help and well wishes are invaluable to our cause. We thank you all from the kindness of our hearts.
Jack and Barb
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Mira Tessman
16 months ago

It is an honor to be taking care of my sister this week AND it is very hard work. I bow to you Jack for all that you have done and continue to do to support Barb. You are amazing and it is your care, compassion, and encouragement that is helping her make so much progress.

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Raised by 66 people in 17 months
Created January 3, 2017
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$75
charles tessman
2 months ago

Hope this helps to get your new walker. Love you Barbara!

$100
Mira Tessman
2 months ago

Crystal's death is a great tragedy! I'm so sorry to hear this deeply sad news. Barbara, has lost someone she trusted and who contributed greatly to her healing. I am hoping that you raise enough funds for Barb's new "walking" wheel chair. Thank you for all of your continued sacrifice to help my sister live with a quality of life that gives her a reason to go on living.

PG
$100
Peter Gaetani
4 months ago

Keep the faith brother!

SB
$130
Scott & Danielle Bolliger
9 months ago

Stay Strong both of you!

EB
$25
Ed Boyce
10 months ago

Today Barbara can walk up the church steps. Soon, she'll be walking anywhere she wants. Keep the faith.

Mira Tessman
16 months ago

It is an honor to be taking care of my sister this week AND it is very hard work. I bow to you Jack for all that you have done and continue to do to support Barb. You are amazing and it is your care, compassion, and encouragement that is helping her make so much progress.

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