Bring Bill Sheehan Home

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Greetings friends and family of Bill Sheehan, 
 I know it's been a while since our last update, but things in the brain injury department go very slowly, but oddly fast.  Today (April 1st) marks the year anniversary of Dad's accident. It's been a long, stressful, very terrifying year, but here we all are.  Thankfully.  
 I wanted to give you all a brief update on Wild Bill, and ask for more of your support. For as far as we've come, we have so much more to do.
As many of you know, Dad has been back in Western New York since August.  Prior to that, he did a brief visit in Denver at Craig Hospital, but due to lack of progress as well as insurance stupidness was discharged to a skilled nursing facility in Hamburg, NY where he still resides. Although the care is very good, and the facility top notch, it's still a nursing home.  Our goal from the start was to get Dad home, but we must do it safely. 
 Physically, dad is progressing, but the measurements are very small.  He now can eat on his own, but he is not speaking with his voice, only with whispers, and only when answering a question.  His biggest issue is initiation. For example, he may be hungry, but he can not initiate a converstation or even a motion to tell someone.  He smiles when someone he recognizes comes into the room, but he can not initiate the words "hello", unless you ask him to say hello. He does still have his witty sense of humor, and has great long term memory, but we are unsure of his short term memory abillity, since communication is spotty.  
 So overall, it's still a heartbreaking tragedy for our family, but we are still hopeful we will get some of the man we knew back. Although we've received so many generous donations, the funds we raised have been depleted.  Dad's care is about $500/day, and until last week has been coming entirely out of savings, retirement, and your donations. Medicare just got approved last Friday (yeah, a year later).  
 We now need your help to get him home. To do this, the house on Sickmon Ave needs some major renovations to make it handicap accessible.  Mainly, we need a bathroom on the first floor (which is a major undertaking), we'll need transportation for him (hopefully a wheelchair accessible van), and we may need a second fulltime nurses aide to help with the daily care. 
In short, we still need your help.  
Ways to help:
1. Donate some cash (I know, lame, but VERY helpful)
2. Donate your time.  Please, please go and see Dad.  Make him laugh. Read him a book, bring him pictures, or just hold his hand while he sleeps.  All of these things are very healing for him.
3.Consider donating your time for recreational therapy.  Arrange for a vehicle to pick him and you up and take him SOMEPLACE.  Hell, it could be Tim Hortons, and it would be a treat for him.  This just takes a bit of planning and a bit of cash for the shuttle service, but he loves this.  
4. Perhaps you or someone you know works in an industry where they can donate medical items, bathroom fixtures, handyman services, anything like that is welcomed.
5. Stop over at 46 sickmon av and help with some shoveling, gardening, or moving items. Marcy always has something she wants to do :)
6. Don't stop Billeaving.  He's in there, we just need to help him back home. 
Thank you all who have donated thus far.  It has been a very remarkable year.  We couldn't have come this far without your help.  Special thanks to Dad's sister Peg, who has uprooted her life from Salem, OR to help dad with his recovery.  Props to my mom and Peg, it's hard to be around this everyday.  Somedays the hope flows like river, other days it's a drip from the faucet.  Help us replish it, for we are forever grateful. 
 With much love and respect, 
Laura Sheehan Roberts
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Please don't drink and drive this Dyngus Day (or any day). I love you all too much to lose you to a bad decision. Dad, you're an amazingly strong man to have made it through that accident. I love you.
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Greetings friends and family of Bill Sheehan,
I know it's been a while since our last update, but things in the brain injury department go very slowly, but oddly fast. Today (April 1st) marks the year anniversary of Dad's accident. It's been a long, stressful, very terrifying year, but here we all are. Thankfully.
I wanted to give you all a brief update on Wild Bill, and ask for more of your support. For as far as we've come, we have so much more to do.
As many of you know, Dad has been back in Western New York since August. Prior to that, he did a brief visit in Denver at Craig Hospital, but due to lack of progress as well as insurance stupidness was discharged to a skilled nursing facility in Hamburg, NY where he still resides. Although the care is very good, and the facility top notch, it's still a nursing home. Our goal from the start was to get Dad home, but we must do it safely.
Physically, dad is progressing, but the measurements are very small. He now can eat on his own, but he is not speaking with his voice, only with whispers, and only when answering a question. His biggest issue is initiation. For example, he may be hungry, but he can not initiate a converstation or even a motion to tell someone. He smiles when someone he recognizes comes into the room, but he can not initiate the words "hello", unless you ask him to say hello. He does still have his witty sense of humor, and has great long term memory, but we are unsure of his short term memory abillity, since communication is spotty.
So overall, it's still a heartbreaking tragedy for our family, but we are still hopeful we will get some of the man we knew back. Although we've received so many generous donations, the funds we raised have been depleted. Dad's care is about $500/day, and until last week has been coming entirely out of savings, retirement, and your donations. Medicare just got approved last Friday (yeah, a year later).
We now need your help to get him home. To do this, the house on Sickmon Ave needs some major renovations to make it handicap accessible. Mainly, we need a bathroom on the first floor (which is a major undertaking), we'll need transportation for him (hopefully a wheelchair accessible van), and we may need a second fulltime nurses aide to help with the daily care.
In short, we still need your help.
Ways to help:
1. Donate some cash (I know, lame, but VERY helpful)
2. Donate your time. Please, please go and see Dad. Make him laugh. Read him a book, bring him pictures, or just hold his hand while he sleeps. All of these things are very healing for him.
3.Consider donating your time for recreational therapy. Arrange for a vehicle to pick him and you up and take him SOMEPLACE. Hell, it could be Tim Hortons, and it would be a treat for him. This just takes a bit of planning and a bit of cash for the shuttle service, but he loves this.
4. Perhaps you or someone you know works in an industry where they can donate medical items, bathroom fixtures, handyman services, anything like that is welcomed.
5. Stop over at 46 sickmon av and help with some shoveling, gardening, or moving items. Marcy always has something she wants to do :)
6. Don't stop Billeaving. He's in there, we just need to help him back home.
Thank you all who have donated thus far. It has been a very remarkable year. We couldn't have come this far without your help. Special thanks to Dad's sister Peg, who has uprooted her life from Salem, OR to help dad with his recovery. Props to my mom and Peg, it's hard to be around this everyday. Somedays the hope flows like a river, other days it's a drip from the faucet. Help us replish it, for we are forever grateful.
With much love and respect,
Laura Sheehan Roberts
Wild Bill Feb 2014
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Greetings friends and family,
Sorry it has been such a long time since my last update. We've been incredibly busy trying to organize the next phase of recovery for Wild Bill Sheehan.
So, we left off that dad was transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver, CO. He has made lots of progress here, but it has been much slower than the doctors and therapists anticipated and had hoped. His biggest issue is his arousal levels. We have a very hard time engaging him into activities and keep his attention. His team is doing everything they can to keep him stimulated and engaged, but unfortunately this all just "takes time." I cannot tell you how often we hear this, and how incredibly frustrating this sentence is. We were told that we can expect his recovery to take 2-3 years. Yes, YEARS.
Although his progress is abnormally slow, he has made progress. Such as:
"¢ Recognizes people when they enter the room
"¢ Whispers answers to simple questions, and I did hear his voice once!
"¢ Nods and shakes his head to indicate yes and no, thumbs up as well
"¢ CAN READ!!! Knows numbers, etc.
"¢ Knows that he's from New York, and pointed to it on a map. Identified where his siblings and kids live. Knows which states are west/east, etc.
"¢ Gets emotional around family and close friends (usually manifests as tears), including photos.
"¢ Has almost a "Normal" wheelchair. This is good for car transport (collapsible and fits in a trunk)
"¢ Can feed himself most of the time, pureed diet. Does forget to swallow sometimes though, so meal time is still hit and miss.
But, because he can still not do some key things, he will need longer term nursing care. Unfortunately, we have run out of all our insurance options, so we need to get him back to NY so that we can utilize some state services, such as Medicaid. We will need to private pay for extra therapy sessions, but first we have to 1. Get into a facility in Buffalo, and 2. Get Wild Bill back to Buffalo, all of which takes more money than we have.
Thank you to all who have donated and kept us in your thoughts and prayers. Please know that we could not have accomplished what we have without your help. Your donations have gotten dad into the best hospital, with one of the best doctors in the country. We are FAR from over with all of this. We appreciate all of you, and can't thank you enough for your continued support. Remember Billapalooza is on August 4, 2-8 pm: Sheehansunshinefestival.eventbrite.com

Much love,
Laura Sheehan Roberts

p.s. Check out my facebook site for video of Dad using the zero gravity machine for his first attempt at walking.
Go Dad GO!
Dad working on walking! Zero G machine.
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Hi all,
We have more good news!! Dad has emerged from his coma, and is currently at stage 5 of the Rancho Los Amigos Scale of Cognitive Functioning. This means that dad is confused, but non- agitated, however sometimes he still responds to commands inaccurately. His caregivers at Craig love him, and they affectionately call him "Roadhouse" (due to his resemblance to Sam Elliott in the movie Roadhouse). How funny.
Today was a good day as dad he recognized his sister Peggy when she came in. His OT asked him who it was, and replied "One Eye." He's still got his sense of humor and tears were shed all around! Still he does not use his voice and is extremely hard to arouse, but he is feeding himself more and smiling from time to time. This should be a big week for Dad, as his set schedule will start filling up with therapies, rather than the barrage of testing these last two weeks have been. A set schedule and minimal stimulation is key in his recovery, so we are anxious to get him moving in this direction. He is also off all his oxygen and breathing well on his own. Hopefully his neck collar will come off soon, which will likely make him more comfortable.
So, we are moving in the right direction. We still don't have walking and talking, but we have recognition, eating and drinking. We will take it! The rest will come, dad's just moving at his usual snail's pace.
Thanks for your continued support, and lots of love to you all.
Laura (Sheehan) Roberts
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