Blindsided: Help Randy and Linda
Randy and Linda Smith, parents of 3 grown sons and long-time art conservators, were blindsided when Randy needed emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer and then suffered a stroke in the operating room. He remains in the critical care unit and has lost use of his right side. Unfortunately Randy's recovery will be long, and if his right arm doesn't recover the business is at tremendous risk--he and Linda each have a distinctive skill set and she is unequipped to perform his technical role. In the shorter term, Linda is unable to work while Randy is in the hospital, and many bills need paying--oil to heat their Vermont house, the mortgage, insurance, groceries, utilities, college and credit card debt, etc. And it’s that scary time of year for the self-employed—large tax bill looming! This couple has given of themselves in so many ways, showing kindness to so many (including contributions to several others in need on GoFundMe and similiar sites) and doing what they can to help their kids out. Every bit helps; thanks for any help you can give.+ Read More
Hi all. Good news and not-so-good news. To get the not so good news out of the way, Randy continues to have significant problems with the surgical drain and this affects his ability to eat. There have been periods where he has not been allowed to eat at all, even fluids. He continues to get tube feedings into his stomach. We are not sure what the future will hold on that front but would appreciate prayers. The better news is that he has moved out of the hospital to the rehabilitation center recently and is making great progress with physical and occupational therapies. Linda has been working hard to keep the business going, something she wasn’t expecting to need to know how to do! It has been a steep learning curve. They are both troopers and so appreciative of all the kindness and support.
Happy to report that Randy’s gastrointestinal absorption is improving. This is happening at a very slow pace, hence the extended hospital stay. But his surgical staples should come out soon and he is making some progress in PT every day. We continue to feel great gratitude for the sense of being immersed in prayers and kindness and hope that we can return the love and goodwill for others in need. THANK YOU!
We have been so blessed by so many! A big thank you as this Easter/Passover season, a time of renewal, approaches. Randy has had some difficult turns in the path--continuing significant issues with his gastrointestinal tract after surgery, which the doctors seem to be figuring out (it could even mean, eventually, another operation). In the short run it means just 8 oz of liquid daily, cautiously! He is getting tube feedings. On a much more positive note, he is progressing with PT and much more himself, really savoring simple pleasures like black tea! We are filled with gratitude for so much support, and for all steps in a positive direction. We really can't say thank you enough and hope we can repay these kindnesses with our own kindnesses in the future.
In for the long haul: recovery is hard, HARD work! Randy is working with PT daily to get better at walking, and later on there will be more workouts for his right arm. There have been some relatively minor new medical issues but they seem under control, hopefully. Linda makes the hour drive back-and-forth so she can take care of business and practical household matters as well as possible back at home, with stints of sleeping at the hospital. A beloved friend is treating her to a hotel room up there on her birthday. We hope Randy will be able to go to a rehab facility in Burlington within a week or so. Grateful for the abundant love, support, and practical help from so many! We already had a pretty good measure of faith in humankind and God, but this has sure boosted it even further!