Please help Keep Richard Breathing!!!
Richard has been dealing with progressive lung disease. he needs a double lung transplant to survive his worsening Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asbestosis and Emphysema. We are asking for family, friends and co-workers to please join us in fundraising for the non-profit HelpHopeLive.org in honor of Richard, to assist with expenses that he will incur before and after surgery. He will be in Mass General Hospital in Boston for 3-4 weeks following the transplant if there are no complications and after he is discharged, he will also be required to stay in proximity of the hospital for a month or more to attend clinic visits post-surgery.
March 12, 2022
It has been awhile since the last update and I apologize for that it's just there has been a lot going on. I have it a few bumps in the road but thank god the Lungs are still doing good. I wound up having another Blood clot this time in my left leg so now I am on blood thinners for the rest of my life because I am at high risk for blood clots. I wound up getting C-Diff how i got it who knows but with medicine that cleared up. They had to do a few Bronchoscope's because i am still getting short of breath and found out I have been aspirating so they ran some more tests along with chest CT and did they did an ultrasound on my back looking at the lungs and found fluid in my Left Lung so they drained about a litre of fluid out and thank God there was not and bacteria it was clear but I am still short of breath. So I was referred to the gastroenterologist and they are doing some testing so far it is showing I have acid reflux which is a contributing factor to the aspiration. I am also still having issues with my legs and feet I am wearing an AFO Brace on my right leg for nerve damage and foot drop also I have pain with my left foot so I was referred to a neurologist who had an EMG test done and confirmed I do have Nerve damage in both legs and also have Chronic right -sided lumbosacral radiculopathy involving L5 and S1 nerve roots. But I am so grateful to the transplant team and the doctors and Nurses that are taking care of me they are so thorough and it's amazing what they can do MGH is the best Hospital around. I also want to Thank everyone for all your prayers and donations Please keep the Prayers and donations coming they are both appreciated and needed I still have an up hill battle but I am confident I will get there.
September 15, 2021
Richard is doing much better; after over 2.5 months @ Mass General intensive care unit; he's currently @ the Spaulding Rehabilitation hospital in Cambridge, MA learning how to walk again.....he has been working very hard and hoping to go home soon. He's going to still need to use the walker until he gets his strength after losing 25 pounds. Thanks for your prayers and contributions, it's greatly appreciated!!
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August 21, 2021
So glad to hear that Richard is finally out of the ICU. We’ve been sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. We are hoping that complications are less and progress will be steady as he moves forward
John and Kareen Miller
July 1, 2021
Sending you lots and lots of luck and a speedy recovery. Can't wait to see you back!!
June 28, 2021
Get well soon Rich