Thursday, December 24, 2009

First, I would like to wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays. I would also like to thank those of you who have donated items for the raffles, purchased raffle tickets or donated money directly to the transplant fund. Fred and I would like to express our appreciation to each of you.

Unfortunately, the current raffle only got a few responses which did not even cover the cost of the items, therefore, I decided to extended the raffle until after the 1st of the the year.

I would like to give you a little update on Fred. For over a week I have noticed that Fred didn't want to get on his feet so when I checked his feet and legs they were very swollen and red. On Monday, I took Fred to see the specialist and it seems that his kidney functions are failing faster then expected. This puts a whole new urgency to get a liver transplant. The confusion and periods of dementia are becoming more frequently due to the high ammonia levels going to his brain.

Due to the stress I have developed ulcers and a infection in my lower intestine which is being treated with 4 different antibiotics. But my faith that God will continue to help me through this situation is still strong. I also want to thank all of you have helped me get through these rough times. Let us pray that next year will be better.

Monday, November 30, 2009

UPDATE: Raffle Dates Extended

Due to the low number of raffle tickets purchased for any of the raffle items the drawing dates will be extended. Please look at the items listed in the previous post for items and extended drawing dates.

Fred and I would like to thank everyone who has donated an item for the raffle, purchased raffle tickets, made a monetary donation or kept us in their prayers.

We wish all of you a very Joyful and Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Update on Fred Nehls Condition and NEW Raffle Items

Hello All,
Thought I would give you a quick update on Fred and show you the additional new items donated for the raffle.

First, let me say that Fred continues to have his good days and his bad days. Keeping up his spirits is getting harder to do. The longer he waits for his transplant the more his spirits lower. I keep telling him I have enough strength, faith, and positive attitude for the both of us and will not allow him to give up.

Fred did have a nasty fall a couple of weeks ago and injured his ribs and was getting better but then he fell again last night and reinjured his ribs. I hope the doctor doesn't think I'm abusing him. We have had trouble finding anyone or place to give him an H1N1 vaccination so he continues to wait for the Lincoln Health Dept. to let us know when they have some vaccinations. He continues to have small amounts of blood on his pillowcases but the doctor says not to worry that this is common and placed him on iron and periodically gets infusions of platelets.

As for me...I have my strong days and days that I lean on my faith, family, and my good friends to get me through the rough patches. Don't know what I would do without my mother, sisters, brothers and my good friends: Belinda Harris, Sally Snyder, Jean Ahrens, Carol Spencer, Mary Geibel, Kathy Fisher, and her sister Donna, my nieces (who always call, write, or e-mail) Olivia, Misty, Lisa, and Glenda, and of course my sons, Scott and Jeff, who do so much to help us and make things easier for me to focus on Fred.

I'd also like to thank those wonderful Nebraska Librarians, Library Staff,System Administrators, Commissioners (past and present), and Media Specialist who have keep Fred and I in their thoughts and prayers and made donations or purchased raffle tickets.

When my faith begins to weaken someone always seems to come forward that makes me remember that God will not forget me. I have been blessed to meet some wonderful people...I call them my gifts from God. Thanks to all of you!!

As for the new items donated to the raffle, I would like to thank Donna Hunter and Kathy Fisher for the wonderful prints by Sandi Gore Evans and the great Santa stature that can be used inside or outside. I'd also like to thank Joel Sartore, a wonderful photographer who's taken photos for National Geographic and many photos that he puts into his books.

Nebraska Under aBig Red Sky by Joel Sartore

Tickets for this wonderful book with color photos by Joel Sartore can be purchased for $2.00 apiece or 6 for $10.00. Drawing will be held December 20.

Santa Statue

Raffle tickets for this beautiful statue of Santa can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be December 20.

Prints of Original Paintings by Sandi Gore Evans
Sandi Gore Evans' life was dedicated to making art that would reflect the simple joys and honest pleasures of our world. Inspired by her loving family, close friends and cozy Midwestern home, she used her brushes and pens to express a bit of the wonder that she always found in everyday life. Delighting in the beauty of simple things, Sandi's art offers a fresh outlook to life. Her characters are sure to bring out the smiles in everyone. Sandi passed away Sepember 20, 2002 from cancer.

Raffle tickets for these beautiful prints can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be December 20.

If you would rather give a donation instead of purchase raffle ticket you can send donations to:
Fred Nehls, Transplant Medical Expenses
1st National Bank of Omaha
134 S 13th St # 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Please make checks payable to: Fred Nehls Transplant Medical Expenses.

You can also use Paypal:


Raffle Tickets for Raffle Items

Raffle Ticket


Thank you!

Please send check for raffle tickets to:
Fred Nehls Transplant Fund
C/O Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502



Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Update on Fred Nehls Condition and NEW Raffle

Changes made on this blog.

Hi All,

Thought I would give you an update on Fred and let you know about the new raffle we are doing to assist in raising money needed to cover the things not paid by insurance. These are items that are a must have or a great gift for Christmas.

First, let me say that Fred is holding steady but continues to have little things happening that require doctor or hospital care. This week’s incident was waking up to see blood all over his pillow and side of the bed and found it coming out of his mouth while he slept. I woke him up and called the doctor who decided that Fred needed to be seen immediately at the hospital. After some x-rays and an ultrasound it was determined that a blood vessel in Fred’s esophagus had burst filling his stomach with blood. They said it was good thing I caught it since people can bleed out and die if not caught quick enough.

A quick surgery was done and then the next day they withdrew fluid and blood from his abdomen. He is up and moving, ready to eat solid food, and ready to go home. Thanks to everyone who continue to keep him in your prayers.

And as luck would have it all the stress finally caught up with me and triggered my Lupus to flare. I haven’t had a flare-up that strong in quite awhile so I had to go to the doctor for an injection of anti-inflammatory medication and will do my monthly infusion tomorrow.

Okay…now to the good stuff. I would like to thank Jean Ahrens and her daughter Thuvan for donating the lovely statue of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, I would also like to thank Carol Spencer for donating two lovely Lladró statues.

I will also have a donated book by Nebraska’s Joel Sartore, who does some wonderful wildlife photography. Joel has done several assignments for National Geographic and other well known magazines. Check-out Joel’s website to see his work by visiting Book will be delivered next week and then I will add the book cover to the blog.

This wonderful hardback copy of the book, A Christmas Carol,is illustrated by Mark Summers. Mark is well known for his part in Nickelodeon's Double Dare What Would You Do? Summers has also hosted ABC's Home Show, Lifetime's Our Home and Biggers and Summers, and most recently, PAX-TV's Great Day America.

Tickets for this hard cover book with color drawing illustrations by Mark Summers can be purchased for $2.00 apiece or 6 for $10.00. Drawing will be held December 20 .

This beautiful bronze statue was donated by Jean Ahrens and her daughter Thuvan. Thuvan and Jean own and operate Turtle Moon at the Monument Mall in Scottsbluff, NE. They carry imported clothing, gifts, and silver jewelry. If you’re in Scottsbluff stop by and see Thuvan and Jean.

This statue is 9.5" H X 9.5" W and sold by Topland Trading for $119.00.

Raffle tickets for this beautiful statue of Mary, Joseph and Jesus can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be December 20.

The next two items were donated by Carol Spencer of Broken Bow. Carol collects figurines by Lladró of Spain and graciously donated two figurines.

The first figurine is called Spring is Here. This figurine is 6 ¾" x 4". The statue was issued in 1984 and is still purchased by many collectors. This figurine retails in the Lladró catalog for $260. You can verify the price by going to the Lladró website

Spring is Here Figurine – value $260

Raffle tickets for this beautiful Lladró Spring is Here figurine can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00. Drawing will be held on December 20.
The second figurine is called Dressing the Baby and is 7 ¾" x 6 ¾". This statue was issued in 1992 and retired in 2005.This figurine retails for $274 on the Lladró website but sells for $474 at The Collectors Shop, a Limited Edition Art and Collectables shop.

Dressing the Baby Figurine – value $274 - $474.

Raffle tickets for this beautiful Lladró Dressing the Baby can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. Drawing will be held on December 10.

Check back next week to see what new items have been added.

Please send check to:

Fred Nehls Transplant Fund
C/O Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502

Raffle Ticket
Thank you!
Posted 10-21-09

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Raffle Winner's Announced

Thanks to everyone who purchased raffle tickets to assist the Fred Nehls Transplant Fund. Your help was greatly appreciated. I will be posting new items to be raffled in the next few weeks so be sure to keep visiting


Handmade Quilt: Olivia Guerra, North Platte, NE
Bed & Breakfast Package: Sheila Burdock, Lincoln, NE
$100 Pamper Chef Gift Certificate: Thuvan Tillman, Scottsbluff, NE

Friday, August 28, 2009

Update on Fred Nehls (8-28-09)

Thought I would post an update on Fred's medical condition. Yesterday, Fred went in for exploratory surgery and while they were looking they found two polyps which they removed and will have them tested, they also banded off a couple of veins in esophagus and fixed some blood vessels to route blood to his kindeys instead of through his liver.

Unfortunately, he has not been able to keep down any fluid or food so we had to take him back to the hospital today. The doctor said that it looks like his esophagus is really swollen. Not much they can do fo that except spray some stuff down his throat and wait for the swelling to go down. I'll update again when the results of the ployps are received.

Thanks to all of you who have kept us in your prayers, donated to the medical fund or purchased raffles.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Raffle Item

For those of you who love to cook and like to buy new kitchen items this new raffle item is for you. Bobby Mayo, a friend of my niece Misty, has graciously donated a $100 Pamper Chef gift certificate. If you've ever looked at the Pamper Chef merchandise book you know there are many things which would be helpful in your kitchen or would be great Christmas or birthday gifts. Raffle tickets for this gift certificate are $2 for one or 6 for $10. Remember to checkout the other great raffle items.

Please send check to:
Fred Nehls Transplant Fund
C/O Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502

Raffle Ticket
Thank you!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update on Fred's Condition

Many of you have asked how Fred is doing so I thought I would place periodic updates on this blog.

Last month, the doctors were able to figure out that the reason he is always sleeping is because he has developed narcolepsy. He is also having trouble breathing and the pulmonary specialist said he has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to the fact that his liver can't filter fluid or waste so it sits in his abdomen and causes his liver and spleen to enlarge and pushes the lungs up and backs into the blood vessels in the esophagus which causes difficulty breathing and swallowing. He continues to have short-term memory loss and confusion.

We continue to hope and pray that he will get a new liver sometime soon. We appreciate all the prayers, thoughts, and help you have given us. I especially want to give a very special thanks to three very special people and good friends, Jean Ahrens, Belinda Harris and Sally Snyder. Jean, Belinda and Sally are one of those special people that God places in your life to help you with your struggles and remind you that he has not forsaken you. Thanks for all that you do!

Please notice the message below: we have begun our fundraising to assist in Fred's medical bills. These two raffles are wonderful items and we hope to continue to do raffles with different items. We will also be doing special events like a pancake feed and chili feed. If you have any items you would like to donate for a raffle or if you have any ideas for future events, please let me know.

Remember to check out the raffles below.

Maria Medrano-Nehls (July 17, 2009)

A Message From Maria Medrano-Nehls

As some of you know – my husband Fred has been on a liver transplant list for over a year. We have been told that the surgery will cost approximately $450,000. This cost does not include the cost of assisting surgery staff or medication and other medical supplies needed upon release. My insurance and his Medicare will cover a lot of the cost but our out-of- pocket expense will still run over $10,000.

Also, part of our agreement with the UNMC Transplant Center is that the care taker (ME) must stay at the facility as long as the patient does because they teach you how to care for the transplant patient. This will allow you to be confident to care for your patient when you get home. This means that I MUST take off 6-8 weeks of work. I have completed the paper work for an unpaid Family Leave of Absence. Since I have no vacation or sick time left I will have NO income during this time. I was encourage to start some fundraising events to raise money to assist with the medical expenses as well as my health insurance which I must pay while on leave and to cover the expenses it will take to keep our home and vehicle running until I go back to work and get a paycheck.
In order to help me with expenses I have set up a special account at 1st National Bank of Omaha and a couple of people have offered to help me by offering various things to be raffled. Please share this information with family and friends.

Donations can be sent to:
Fred Nehls, Transplant Medical Expenses
1st National Bank of Omaha
134 S 13th St # 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Please make checks payable to: Fred Nehls Transplant Medical Expenses.

B&B Package - My sister-in-law owns a beautiful bed & breakfast in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. She has offered a package which includes a one-night stay at Annie’s Garden Guest House, a historical 1893 elegant B&B which offers a full home-cooked breakfast, gardens, patios, Wi-Fi, bicycles and private bathrooms. (, a $50 gift card to Ronneburg Restaurant ( and two (2) tickets to The Old Creamery Theatre Company ( tickets must be used by December 20, 2009.

If you’ve never visited the Amana Colonies ( you are missing out on one of the greatest places in Iowa. The beauty of the Amana Colonies is the history of one of America’s longest lived communal societies. The Colonies begin in 1714 in the villages of Germany and continues today on the Iowa prairie. The Amana Colonies have stayed true to their heritage and strive to keep their villages as they were in Germany. You will see historical brick streets, stone and clapboard homes with their beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and their antiqued lanterns. There are many things to see and do in the Amana Colonies so don’t miss out on this great package to visit this beautiful area.

Raffle tickets for this package are: $5.00 for one or 4 for $15.00.

Handmade Quilt – This beautiful handmade quilt was made and donated by Cindy Done. Cindy makes a quilt a week and has made more than 500 handmade quilts in the past nine years. This quilt is 63” x 51” which would work great for a twin bed, lap blanket, or wall hanging. Below are pictures of the quilt.

This picture shows you the whole pattern.

This is a close up of the design.clip_image001

Raffle tickets for the quilt are: $5.00 for one or 4 for $15.00.


Fred Nehls
Transplant Medical Expenses RAFFLE
$5.00 per ticket or 4 for $15
Raffle to be held September 15, 2009. Winners need not be present to win.

Name: _______________________________
Address: _____________________________
E-mail: _______________________________
Item: __________________________________
Thank You!

Please make checks payable to:
Maria Medrano-Nehls
1259 South 21st Street, Apt. 2
Lincoln, NE 68502