Patsy Whelan's Medical Fund

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Raised by 102 people in 18 months
I can't believe a month has gone by since I last posted an update on Patsy! It has been a rocky road for Patsy this past month; he had been doing so well, and then one month ago he was hit with a nasty adenovirus and pneumonia, and he has been fighting for his life. This virus took hold of him, and he has been sedated for most of the past month while the amazing Dr.s and Nurses at MGH do everything in their power to help him. Thankfully, he is responding to an experimental drug, and seems to be heading in the right direction...but it is baby steps daily, and it is a long road ahead. In the past few days the Dr.s have been easing up on the sedation, and he is becoming a little bit more alert for parts of the day, and a little bit more responsive. Please continue to send love, support and prayers, as Patsy and Patty need all of the help they can get at this difficult time. Patty continues to spend most of her waking hours by Patsy's side, and has recently begun reading to him, which he seems to enjoy. It is likely going to be months before he is moved from ICU. One nice way to offer love and support might be to send a poem, short story, or happy memory that Patty could read to Patsy to brighten his spirits. You could choose a favorite poem, or write your own poem or limerick, or short story, and mail it to Patty (at my address), and she plans to compile a book for Patsy -- "Patsy's Poems" -- which she can read to him over the coming months as he recovers. This will undoubtedly be a positive boost for Patsy to hear all of the kind words and love from his friends. Please keep praying and supporting Patsy and Patty in any way you can...Patsy is a fighter, and he needs our help in this fight for his life.
Please email me if you need my mailing address, and I will deliver all good wishes to Patty. Thank you for all the love!!!
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If ever the Whelan's needed prayer and a miracle, it is now. My heart is heavy watching all that they are going through. Patsy has been struggling with many hurdles these past weeks and months, and it is taking a toll on his body. He is still in ICU, and he needs every ounce of support that you can offer. Patty is also under great duress as she forges on in her role as primary caretaker and advocate for Pasty; she is worn to the nubbin with all that is on her shoulders. The Whelan's are the salt of the earth, and need all the love and support we can muster for them now. Please join me in helping them through this extraordinarily difficult time. If you are able to lend any financial support, now is the time to reach out. If you are able to offer love and support in other ways, now is the time to do so. Please....Patsy and Patty need our love and help....now.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Perhaps this short music video will inspire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DRLmrboGK4
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I can't believe a month has gone by since I last posted an update on Patsy! It has been a rocky road for Patsy this past month; he had been doing so well, and then one month ago he was hit with a nasty adenovirus and pneumonia, and he has been fighting for his life. This virus took hold of him, and he has been sedated for most of the past month while the amazing Dr.s and Nurses at MGH do everything in their power to help him. Thankfully, he is responding to an experimental drug, and seems to be heading in the right direction...but it is baby steps daily, and it is a long road ahead. In the past few days the Dr.s have been easing up on the sedation, and he is becoming a little bit more alert for parts of the day, and a little bit more responsive. Please continue to send love, support and prayers, as Patsy and Patty need all of the help they can get at this difficult time. Patty continues to spend most of her waking hours by Patsy's side, and has recently begun reading to him, which he seems to enjoy. It is likely going to be months before he is moved from ICU. One nice way to offer love and support might be to send a poem, short story, or happy memory that Patty could read to Patsy to brighten his spirits. You could choose a favorite poem, or write your own poem or limerick, or short story, and mail it to Patty (at my address), and she plans to compile a book for Patsy -- "Patsy's Poems" -- which she can read to him over the coming months as he recovers. This will undoubtedly be a positive boost for Patsy to hear all of the kind words and love from his friends. Please keep praying and supporting Patsy and Patty in any way you can...Patsy is a fighter, and he needs our help in this fight for his life.
Please email me if you need my mailing address, and I will deliver all good wishes to Patty. Thank you for all the love!!!
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Update on our dear friend, Patsy Whelan!
As most of you know, Patsy had a successful double lung transplant on February 15th. He continues to thrive as he recovers in hospital, but it is still a long road ahead for Patsy and Patty before he can get back home to Brewster. There are many challenges and hurdles to clear, some unanticipated, and the Whelan’s continue to be grateful for all of the love and support their friends and family have shown them. I have been visiting with Patty several times a week, and I am in awe of the strength and fortitude she has shown in this journey to bring Patsy back to good health. It is a 24/7 overwhelming commitment that they have both made in order to restore Patsy’s good health and allow him to get back to the quality of life he deserves – please consider joining me in offering continued support to them as they face these challenges. If you are able to donate anything to their fundraising efforts, please consider doing so, and also sharing this information with other friends of Patsy’s who may not be aware of this situation. Just to give you an idea of some of the unanticipated expenses they face, they need to replace their home heating system before Patsy can return, since they cannot use a wood stove any longer with his new lungs. They have to rip up carpets and install proper flooring. And they have to find appropriate, spotless, pet-free local accommodation close-by to the hospital for both of them for the initial weeks/months after Patsy’s discharge (as he will need to go to many medical appointments each week). Until discharge, Patty continues to have to pay for her own nearby accommodation in order to support Patsy with all that his recovery entails. As you can see, there are daunting financial expenses, not to mention the emotional exhaustion of going through this experience. Let’s help Patsy get back to the beach, and back to fiddle, and back to the love and laughter he exudes!! Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!! Feel free to send cards and well wishes to my home, and I will deliver to Patty and Patsy. (email me for address).
Many thanks for following our updates!
With love, Stephanie
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Wonderful news to share -- Patsy has new lungs!! He had the transplant surgery on February 15 (which also happens to be Ronan's birthday, Patsy's grandson!) Patsy is now 6 days post-op, and doing well!! Thank you for all of your support, prayers and well wishes! Patsy will remain in hospital for awhile, as it is still a long road ahead to adjust to his new life with new lungs...much care has to be taken to prevent infection, so No Visitors Please!! I will continue to share updates along the way, but wanted to share the good news with all of Patsy's dear friends. If you would like to send him a card, email me and I'll give you my address; it's tricky to send cards to the hospital as they keep moving Patsy to different floors. I see Patty a couple times each week, and I'm happy to deliver mail directly to her. Patty will remain in Boston near Patsy until he is ready to go home, but it could be weeks or months before they can return to Brewster. Thanks again for all the good wishes - Patty and Patsy are very grateful!
Stephanie
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John Hughes
17 months ago

May God bless you Patsy....And make you well!

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Raised by 102 people in 18 months
Created January 1, 2017
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18 days ago
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Laura and Jim Farrell
1 month ago

Hi Patsy - It's been a long time! We both send best wishes for a quick recovery. Your friends in music - Laura and Jim (Guinness)

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Jean Emerson
1 month ago

I am so sorry to learn about Patsy’s health issues. A long time friend that has lost touch. I hope this helps.

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Carol Stolberg
1 month ago

Wishing them success and comfort in their journey. Best wishes.

John Hughes
17 months ago

May God bless you Patsy....And make you well!

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