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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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March 16, 2018

3/15/18 10:37pm
My Mom is enjoying her extended stay at MGH (see photo album)! While the case managers duke out what level of care she needs at Spaulding, my Mom continues to get stronger each day at MGH.

She can walk the loop of her floor without taking a break. Her lungs sound great and her oxygen is consistently at 97 and 98 and today my Mom said it was even at 100!

Something new for her to learn about is diabetes. She has been needing insulin. This is something expected because of the high prednisone that she is on now.

Speaking of prednisone, my Mom finally has her appetite back. She said she can feel her face starting to fill in. She will be my Dad’s “fofinha” before we know it!

Hopefully my Mom will get transferred soon so that she can accept visitors. Right now we still need to gown up to see her and there are very sick people on the transplant floor.

Thank you all for your continued well wishes. My Mom is so loved. We are super lucky! ❤️

March 13, 2018

3/11/18 10:43pm
Today was a good day! Not only did my Mom walk the hallways (see photo album) but they also disconnected her from all the constant monitoring of heartbeat, blood pressure, and oxygen levels. Instead they periodically come in and take her stats. She is ready for discharge. Just waiting on the insurance. Hopefully tomorrow before the snowstorm arrives. Life is good. ❤️

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March 15, 2018

We love you, Lena! Sending lots of prayers, strength, and love (and puppy licks!) your way. Ashley, Justin, & Lola

Ashley Martins

March 14, 2018

You got this! Feel better. still praying Billie

Thomas Forcier

March 14, 2018

Glad to hear things are going well so far! We are wishing you a quick recovery so you can come back home so we can see you soon! Bejinhos Domingos e Connie Seguro

Maria Seguro

March 14, 2018

Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and wishing you a speedy recovery. The Doran Family, Michael, Tina, Alyssa & Briana

Tina Doran