Help my sis Diana, vocalist/songwriter recover!
My beautiful sister, Diana Rosalind Trimble, (stage name Diana Rosa), creative force of nature, accomplished intellect and wit, is a world class vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, poet, published author, and stage performer. Her scholarly achievements have been recognised; she was the recipient of the 2003 William James Award, was the keynote speaker at an International conference on Globalization and Spirituality in Kannur, India (2006), she was the second cover of famed cult alternative culture magazine MONDO 2000 who dubbed her 'Grammar Queen', starred in the Individuals of Style Gap ad photographed by Annie Leibovitz, was featured in a sports shoe commercial shot by David Bailey and has worked with various theatre companies, music collectives & luminaries in the music industry, such as Bobby McFerrin and Robin Guthrie (see website below for more details) - while on the writing side, regularly oontributes investigative journalism for Emerald Magazine. She has composed hundreds of original songs, poems and limericks, plays instruments, has a style all her own with a radiant smile and livens up any humorous exchange or philosophical debate.
From early on Diana showed all the signs of genius and is also kind, generous of heart and a loyal friend who inspires creative expression in others. Sensitive and empathic with a desire to do good in this world, music is at the heart of her life; naturally gifted, she never stops developing and working on her craft. Over the years, she has also guided and inspired many in their music and creative expression. All her life, she has been a powerful, energetic person full of projects with a wide circle of friends.
On or around, 24th January, 2019, Diana was suddenly taken ill and rushed by ambulance to hospital in California, where she was in intensive care for 4 days. She had pneumonia, a urinary tract infection, rabdo, inflammed colon and sepsis. Once these infections were eradicated it became clear that she had some kind of gastrointestinal condition or disease underlying the health crisis and that it had been there for some time unbenownst to her.
Numerous scans and diagnostics later, Diana is out of the worst part, free of infection. The inflammation and water retention is reducing slowly, yet still a way to go before she is healed and there is still yet to be a conclusive diagnosis. The doctors think it is either Crohns or an IBS condition.
As the current hospital does not have a gastro-intestinal department, she is to be transferred to a higher level hospital where she can receive the specialised care she needs. We are waiting for a hospital bed in one of the 3 hospitals that have been approached. As one of her two advocates I am doing my part long distance so am trying to get over to her side asap.
The process of introducing solid food back into her body is a critical matter that needs to be addressed soon and a meeting with the team (via internet video phone) is happening this week to get this and other matters sorted, including the transfer.
Diana is doing her best to remain strong in spirit and mind. She is in a stable state physically, yet diagnosis and appropriate treatment is imperative, therefore it is important that her care be taken over by experts in the field of gastroenterology (rather than generalist doctors) soon. Holistic and natural remedies and approaches will also need to soon be integrated with the Western medicine. She is now (upon my insistance to the doctors) on probiotics for starters.
UPDATE 3rd MARCH 2019 - An MRI accomplished last week produced the diagnosis of Crohns disease and Diana has been put on very strong steroid medicine to really bring the inflammation down. Once it is at the place it should be, a full-on holistic course of remedy is planned along with some Western medicine, TBD. As no beds became available at any of the higher care facilities, another GI joined the team and did the MRI and the collective of doctors think it is not necessary to transfer her after all and will continue to care for her at the current hospital with the course of action prescribed by the new GI.
UPDATE 6th MARCH 2019
I spoke to Diana today and yesterday and she sounds so much better. She wants me to express her deep thanks to you all for the support you have given to her financially and morally. It has helped immensely on several levels. To know that people care and are there for her is so wonderful and uplifting!
Her voice has energy and she can talk for a longer period of time without feeling exhausted. If you know Diana, you will know that she usually has a lot of energy when it comes to conversation, so it is a sign of how her health has been impacted that she's been hardly able to speak for more than a few minutes at a time the last 6 weeks. The steroids are working well to bring down the inflammation and bloating. Her legs that were so swollen are now almost back to normal and there is a noticeable reduction in the intestinal distension. She has lost a lot of weight including water weight over the last 6 weeks, having not eaten and relying upon a liquid diet for most of the hospital stay. Diana sends you all a big group hug! As so do I! Thank you all, each and every one, so much!
UPDATE 10th March 2019
Diana was discharged from hospital to physical therapy facility the night before last but this morning was rushed to ER at the hospital in Santa Rosa where she is now as I write. She had eaten a grapefruit this morning and it caused agonizing pains. They have stabilized the pain and are now doing bloods. How she could have been allowed to eat grapefruit, a fruit well-known to have many drug interactions, including prednisone is beyond me! I feel extremely frustrated at the lack of attention on their part. I asked where the grapefruit had come from and she said she bought it yesterday when she went for her first food shopping trip with her friend and co-advocate. She said she was going from a list of "safe" foods for people with Crohns. I informed her that it is also risky for gastro but regardless it's very risky to ingest while on meds. I could have told her this but she was resistent to my advice on foods and said she knew what to do. I thought everyone knew about grapefruits and meds, but apparently not! Fingers crossed everything will be okay. Stay tuned. Thank you for caring!
UPDATE 11th March 2019
Glad to report that all is okay now, after the scare yesterday. Diana went to ER with terrible pains and the caue was discovered to be a combination of her having eaten a grapefruit (grapefruits are contraindicated with her meds) and the fact that the nurses had failed to give her daily doses of potassium which is absolutely essential, since she is also receiving a diuretic . This causes loss of electrolytes and potassium, both of which must be supplemented. Of course, it was Diana who realised that there was something she's not been receiving that she was supposed to - in reveiwing the meds list that had been provided upon discharge from the hospital to the physical therapy facillity she discovered that they had forgotten to include potassium. Tests showed she was extremely low in it (having not had any for two days!) and consequences could have been even more serious if left longer. The grapefruit didn't help either, for it slows down the absorption of drugs and intensifies their effects, which can lead to toxicity. The good news that the situation was caught in the nick of time and she feels much better now. Phew! Diana says she will never again go near another grapefruit even though it tasted so good!!
UPDATE 13th March 2019
With some of the funds you have contributed, Diana has relocated to a motel not far from the physical therapy clinic. The facility where the hospital put her after discharge proved to be too stressful an environment and she had a hard time sleeping well. She was able to have a good night's sleep last night for the first time in weeks. Due to having been bedridden for so many weeks, one of her feet has sustained some nerve damage, but it can be healed. She needs to receive physical therapy and do special exercises in order to retrain the nerves and muscles in order to be able to walk properly again.
Thank you for making it possible for Diana to have a safe and peaceful place to be during this critical phase.
Please share the campaign link as you can to those you think might be interested. All our best to you!
UPDATE 15th March 2019
Diana had to go to ER again two days ago (in the morning) because of sharp twisting pains again. She still hasn't had any physical therapy as she has been promised for her foot. Her condition has stabilised and she is eating solid foods that are safe for Crohns (squash, salmon, melon) and she has been discharged to leave today. At least from this situation, a GI appointment is being scheduled! Diana has nowhere to live in Santa Rosa, so with the help of your contributions, she will be renting a motel where she will be able to have peace and quiet at last. She didn't get to stay more than one night at the last one due to the flareup. Thank you everyone!
UPDATE 17th March 2019 - Sunday, St Patrick's Day
Today Diana is moving from the motel to an air b 'n b accommodation that is about 20 min from town and the phys therapy clinic. We are calling it "the dog and parrot" abode, since the host has both dogs and parrots. (There is also a cat :-) It is just for a few days, after this, she will go to another air b n b where she wil be until the end of the month.
Being bed ridden so long did a number on her feet, but it is a temporary condition. It is crucial that they start on the therapy asap however. Diana has lost 2 stone as of the hospitalisation but is not underweight. The Crohns disease had caused a lot of bloating and mysterious weight gain. She is now slim and needs to make sure to eat enough. A new road map of what is compatible with her gut is being discovered. One of the things that is most toxic to the colon is stress. The neuro-intestinal connection is a profound one....that "gut feeling" we get about things is a hardwired reality as well as an intuitive one. There is a kind of second sense the gut has, that it just "knows"....it never lies.
The cause of Crohns disease is not definitive. there are a number of theories, but all emphasize the importance of "stress management", of avoiding negative stressors and of developing and nurturing gentler, more healthy reactions and responses to triggers. Knowing ones triggers is essential too and making strategies to handle them better or in some cases eliminate those triggers if they serve no purpose.
It's an all-encompassing map of recovery that is going to involve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It's a chance to heal in all ways as never quite done before. This new adventure is beginning and knowing Diana she will give herself completely to her vision quest, that of multi-dimensional healing and discovery! .
A wholesome green juice toast to this!
- HOLISTIC HEALTH PATH
Diana has medical insurance, which is not the most comprehensive or privaledged insurance. There is much that it does not afford, such as holistic remedies and she is also going to need healthy organic foods to bring her back to health, something the hospital simply does not provide. She may be in hospital for some weeks more and after this is also going to need funds for physical, emotional and mental therapy and counseling if she is to regain her health and normal functioning. This experience has been deeply traumatic and it will take months to recover from in all areas . Additionally, it will take some time to rebuild her freelance business in writing, research and private investigation, while the physical work of house decorating won't be possible at all for a while. Natural and holistic therapies and approaches will be essential. Her insurance does not cover all of this nor her support, thus why I am reaching out.
Diana's car has been lost to the impound but she is okay with it afterall, seeing it as a positive "Carma" something to release with past energies and bring in the new. When she is well and strong enough to drive again, she has decided to use part of the money raised to get a second-hand car to get around from A to B. Instead of using $1K to get the old clonker out of impound as previously proposed here, she will use roughly the same amount of money raised to get something else and get it checked out by a mechanic first this time.
A donation towards Diana's health and survival needs to recover and as she recovers in body, mind, emotions can be made through this page. Every bit helps and donators are invited to download tracks from: http://unownedartist.bandcamp.com/
I am also in dialogue with some music industry people about future projects for Diana. As some of you may know, her voice and originality of music is somewhat legendary in an underground way, with the likes of Bobby Mc Ferin, Robin Guthrie working with her and being lead vocalist in two exceptional and renowned music and experimental theatre companies, touring Europe and the States.
The donation funds will be released from Gofundme into my account in the UK where I live, then transferred to Diana's UK bank account (we are both with Barclays) from which she can withdraw in the USA using her debit card.
It is not easy to reach out and share this very upsetting situation on a social network. As a family, we are very private about our difficulties and try to work things out on our own, but this is more than we can manage and afford on our own. I've never done anything like this before and my sister can't and would not reach out for herself. She is fiercely independent and doesn't like to ask for help. This is part of why she got into such a state of being unwell. She was overstretching herself, doing too much and not taking good enough care of herself. Being so vulnerable and dependant upon doctors and nurses these past few weeks, confined to a bed, barely able to walk, has been incredibly hard for someone so active, vibrant and productive. Many realizations come with this experience including that of self care and allowing herself to be supported and helped. Diana only gave me permission to do this a couple days ago....
As we all know, anyone can fall into ill health for a multitude of reasons and getting healthy again can be quite a lengthy and expensive process. I have seen others use this social funding and succeed in their goals, so I hope it will work in my goal to support my sister regaining her health. Right now, she is hanging on in a sort of limbo state, until there is room in one of the higher care hospitals that has been approached to take over her care.
I believe that with a collective effort of people caring and donating what they can, that her recovery can and will be ensured for the best outcome! I hope with all my heart, that those of you who know and love Diana will respond to this call for support. For those of you who haven't met my sister, I hope you can empathise. Let's see her enjoyng her life again, sharing her many gifts with the world and shining in her unforgettable way of being!
THANK YOU! for taking the time to read and to care. This site will frequently be updated with information as to what your donations have helped fund.
All those who donate, feel free to go to Diana Trimble/Diana Rosa's catalogue of recorded music from the mid 80's to now Unowned Artist
For a taste of what Diana was working on in New Orleans before this happened, check out: Happy Birds of Blueness
Suzanne Bella Rosa Land - aka Suzanne Trimble
The cause of Crohns disease is not definitive. there are a number of theories, but all do emphasize the importance of "stress management", of avoiding negative stressors and of developing and nurturing gentler, more healthy reactions and responses to triggers. Knowing ones triggers is essential too and making strategies to handle them better or in some cases eliminate those triggers if they serve no purpose.
It's an all-encompassing map of recovery that is going to involve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It's a chance to heal in all ways as never quite done before. This new adventure is beginning and knowing Diana she will not only immerse herself into centering and cultivating this healing quest, there will be a reflexive effect as healing and revelation flows into and informs every part of her life and art.
Let's raise a wholesome green juice glass to this!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Diana is in the ER again as the acute pains returned, like the pains she had a few days ago when she had to go to ER. She has been there since yesterday and still no doctor has really looked at her to decipher what she has. She has been given pain med and isn't allowed to eat again and has been made to stop the prednisone.
It is very upsetting and also hard for Diana, someone with an extremely active mind, to have to lie on a bed for hours on end with nothing to do. She's not much of a TV watcher and being in this state is not conducive to feeling like writing. A GI doctor is supposed to see her. She also needs to start having physical therapy. My heart is with Diana, I feel how upsetting it all is and pray that everything becomes very clear and understood soon and is solvable. I really wish I could be there physically at her side. Let's all send light to Diana and the team around her. All is in the direction of healing!
Thank you for making it possible for Diana to have a safe and peaceful place to be during this critical phase.
Please share the campaign link as you can to those you think might be interested.
All our best to you!