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Helena Needs Your Help

My mother, Helena, was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease in 2011. The disease has gradually attacked her lungs to the point where she suffered respiratory failure on Valentine’s Day 2018. We almost lost her that night. When she regained consciousness the first thing she said was Happy Valentine’s Day to the EMT.

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September 17, 2018

9/15/18 11:21pm
It’s incredible to see how much my Mom has improved over the past few days. Here I am helping her get back to playing Candy Crush (see photo album). This is actually excellent physical therapy for her! Texting is still challenging but she’ll get there! She didn’t have dialysis today but has urinated twice since her last treatment. Still unsure if her kidneys will fully recover but this is the first step. She is speaking much more and telling us funny dreams and hallucinations that she has had over this past month. She is starting to eat but only tolerates a couple bites. Everything tastes bad except for the icecream. Shocker! She has been cleared to leave ICU but we are still waiting for a bed on the transplant floor. Thank you for all your prayers. Please keep them coming. She can’t wait to come home. Love you all.

September 17, 2018

9/12/18 10:15pm
Today was a great day! I got to wash my Mom’s hair and then took my time blow drying it to keep her warm while she received dialysis. Her blood pressure remained stable for the entire 4 hours. We calculated the numbers. Over the past 5 days they have taken 28 pounds of fluid off my Mom! She is breathing room air and her oxygen after dialysis was steady at 97 or 98. The doctors confirmed that as soon as a room becomes available on the transplant floor she will be moved out of ICU! She is still very deconditioned but today was holding her head up much better. Physical therapy will work with her tomorrow. Her kidneys are still on vacation. I’m hoping they check out of their hotel soon and get back to work! I can’t wait until she can use her arms and hands so she can use her phone. Candy Crush, FaceBook, and FaceTime will make her feel so much better! Please keep praying for her. Love you all.

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July 11, 2018

I hope you all had a wonderful day together at the benefit. Sorry I missed it, I’m sure is was a great turn out.

Alison Fernandes

July 11, 2018

Wishing you a happy and healthy future!

Ana Maria Pires-Serisser

July 11, 2018

Dear Lena, Sorry we could not make it to the club for the fundraiser. However, we wanted to show our support and let you know we are thinking of you. We remember the fun times we shared at the Ze's Party. Sincerely, Joe (New York) and Teresa

Jose and Teresa Alves

July 17, 2018

Thinking of you and your family!

Beth Teixeira