Lorraine Earle

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Raised by 1,092 people in 6 months
Lorraine Earle went to Barbados for the thirty-somethingth time. The purpose of this selfless trip was to throw a sweet 16 birthday celebration for her Bajan god daughter. Joining Lorraine and her suitcase full of balloons, was her close friend Jeanette.

Sunday, October 20th at 6:20pm. During the last day of their relaxing trip—after taking sunset photos and dressing up for dinner—they were crossing the street on the crosswalk. A vehicle stopped for them, but another vehicle passed the stopped vehicle, striking Lorraine and Jeanette. Jeanette died on the scene. Lorraine is currently the most critical patient in the hospital over in Barbados.

Hanging on by a thread and some breathing tubes, is Lorraine and her tiny 95 lb body. Brain injuries, brain bleeding, collapsed lung, broken ribs, fractured C2 spine / neck, broken leg, broken wrist, broken ankle, blood loss, and much more. It was painful to see her state of being, her misshaped head, and her rolled back eyes in an induced coma, as we whispered our love in her ear. We only know her warm smile and ability to make things brighter.

Lorraine is selfless. She spends every day for others. She has worked with countless global and local charities, she's the CFO and heartbeat of the community of customers of her sons t-shirt brand, Johnny Cupcakes, she's on a bowling league, she's a seashell artist, she is a mother of two, a grandmother of 1, a sister of 3, and a dear friend of thousands.

The beneficiary for this campaign is Katie Lawless, Lorraine's dear friend. She will be handling this GoFundMe for Lorraine. Raised funds will go towards Lorraine's two med flights which are not covered by insurance, any other incurred expenses, and some financial breathing room during her long road to recovery.
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Hi everyone- We went to see Lorraine today and I had her do her own update:

HULL-O I just want to thank everyone for all the prayers and well wishes during my 3 month stay in the hospitals! I have been at home recuperating for a month now- learning to get stronger in every aspect of healing with OT/PT/Speech Therapy and a visiting nurse every day to gain strength with my walking and talking abilities!

Thank you to my sisters, Linsay, Nick, John and Katie and all my extended family and friends for always being there for me.

I can't wait to be able to go out on my deck to sit an get fresh air!

I am so thankful for the notes and love sent my way it makes my heart feel so full of joy!

Love, Lorraine
aka LOLO, Rainie
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This is an update from Johnny and Linsay:

Our mom is learning to walk again. She has been using a specific type of walker for guidance, as well as help from a physical therapist.

150 steps with walker.
Zero steps without walker.

She is a lefty, and was struck on her left side. The doctors and surgeons say she has at least a year of readjusting and healing before she sees results.

She has a lot of learning and rebuilding.

She will be having a nerve test done, as it appears there is much nerve damage on her left arm. Left hand and arm is currently in-operable. She usually hast to pick up her left hand or arm with her right hand to adjust.

Hole in throat pretty much closed and healing.
Trache was taken out last week.

Our mom has been eating soft and thin real food for a week, but is still learning how to swallow. Much love to Schooners and all of her friends and family who have brought in soups and soft food. Any non-hospital food ;)

She sees doubles of everything, so she has to close one eye often.

To our surprise, each day she sends out a couple of e-mails and text messages from her phone. This can take up to 3 hours to type one full-sized e-mail. She has to do this with her opposite hand and not the best vision.

Today she said, "I'm very thankful for my old friends, workers, old-workers, childhood friends, all of the islanders, customers, and strangers who have reached out or donated to my GoFundMe."

Lorraine will be potentially dispatched at the end of this month with visiting home care.

As she is used to putting everyone else first, she is learning and needing to focus on herself.

Our mom is with it mentally. Her sense of humor, memory, wit, love, eagerness to work, it's all there. For this, we are forever grateful.

While there is still a lot to untangle, we can't thank everyone enough as this has not been easy.
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UPDATE on our girl from Johnny:

Big day today. My mom Lorraine Earle made enough improvements to get moved from ICU to rehab from her accident ( https://tinyurl.com/LorraineStrong) Thanks for rooting for her. It’s been a scary 9 weeks that I hope nobody ever has to go through.
My family and I are very thankful for the overwhelming thoughts and support. I miss my mom and can’t wait until she’s 100%. Although we won’t have her back for the holidays and she can’t eat or walk yet, it is a Christmas miracle that she survived and remembers who we are.
Our hearts go out to her friend Jeannette’s family, and anyone who has lost someone close to them. Since they got struck when walking on a crosswalk, I’ve seen similar almost-accidents occur in front of my eyes daily.
Please do me two favors:
1.) Be mindful of crosswalks when you’re walking —and— when you’re the driver.
2.) Squeeze your loved ones and make more time for them. Life is unpredictable.
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An update on our girl from Johnny:

I miss you Mom. Around this time of year, we usually listen to Christmas music and fill online orders together with our matching holiday Johnny Cupcakes t-shirts.
You always made Greek cookies aka Koulourakia, a tradition carried on from Anna and Mary, my childhood Greek babysitters.
We’ll text photos of our vintage ornaments, some of which are on the verge of disintegrating.
You look good. You still have a beautiful smile and presence about you. And your sense of humor.
Although it’s not your voice, we understand you when you speak to us during the times when the doctors put that speaking valve into the trache/your breathing tube throat hole.
Your longterm memory is there, which is a huge relief.
Your short term memory, not so much.
Your physical therapist visited you for the 12th time, and you thought you only saw her once before. I’m hoping it’s the drugs and not something permanent to your brain.
With you being a lefty and barely being able to move your left fingers, wrist, hand, or arm, we hope this heals. We’ve been told it’s pinched nerves. Recently we have been told it is fractured.
What hurts me the most, is that you still don’t remember your accident and that your good friend passed away on the scene. We don’t want to tell you because we don’t want it to interrupt with your healing process. We also don’t want a stranger or visitor telling you without us there, so what do we do?
This was a freak accident that could have happened anywhere, even at home.
When we attended Jeannette’s services, everyone was and is praying for you. Her sons have visited you and plan on coming again. They are rooting for you. We all are.
I haven’t gone a day without seeing drivers whip past crosswalks while people are crossing. It’s terrifying.
If you can make it 24 hours without pulling on all of the devices hooked up to you, then you’ll be on the way to a different facility for therapy. There needs to be a bed that opens up and becomes available, too.
Your sisters will be visiting you today. Linsay and I will, too.
Love you, mom.
PS: There’s nothing to worry about at work. Everything is under control. Here’s hoping to you realizing that you can retire.
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