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
Randy is HOME!! Visiting nurses and PT and still many medical tasks and expenses to attend to daily for some time to come. But HOME! We are all so grateful for your help. It has truly made a difference in actual day-to-day survival, In terms of helping to pay the bills. More importantly it has been a life altering lesson in kindness. We are forever grateful. Thank you.
Tentative: Randy MAY get to go home Friday. There are a lot of contingencies before that can happen. Visiting nurses will come. Still a long way to go, with tubes to care for at home and continuing rehabilitation. But we hope that Randy soon gets to enjoy once again sleeping in his own bed!
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!