Monday, February 8, 2010

Update on Fred Nehls

It’s been awhile since I posted but have had a lot of things going on here. I hope your holidays were good and that you’re getting into the swing of the New Year. We spent Christmas snowed in from the blizzard but the boys were able to get to us so we were able to have Christmas together. We have had lots of snow this year.

I had hoped that this New Year would be a better one but unfortunately it
hasn’t. First, Fred developed a respiratory infection so I took him to the doctor and when we got home he slipped and fell and broke 3 ribs.

Then he went to sleep one night and the next day I could not get him to wake up. He was very lethargic and incoherent. When I tried to wake him he kept saying that he was making oatmeal. I called the doctor because I know that eventually Fred will fall into a coma before his organs shut down and the doctor prescribed medication to help get the ammonia level down to see if that would help. 24 hours later he was up but could barely move his legs.

The doctor determined that the ammonia has damaged a portion of his brain and his ability to walk has been affected. He can’t get himself up from the couch or bed. He can’t stand long without his knee’s buckling and he’s on the floor. Fred is becoming more frustrated and depressed. I have had to have him sign power of attorney to me because his short term memory is getting worse.

The doctor also said his liver and kidney functions have decreased. I have been in contact with the Medical Center and they have moved him up the list but we still have to wait for a liver that is a perfect match.

I cringe every time I have to take Fred to the doctor, hospital, or lab facility because I know that 20 % of the bill will be added to the thousands of dollars I already owe them but most of them have been kind and let me pay in payments that I can afford and others are not so kind.

I can tell you the stress is really starting to wear on me and some days I pray to the Lord for patience and guidance and other days I ‘m sure that he hates me and I’m being punished for something. My nerves are shot and I have lost feeling in the tips of my fingers from nerve damage which the doctors believe is caused from the Lupus. Yet, I keep going like the energizer bunny with a smile on my face and tears behind my eyes.

Thanks to all of you that have continued to support the raffle and donation of money and for all the hugs and messages letting me know that you continue to keep us in your prayers.

The two new items to raffle are books sent from Judy Schachner. One book is titled Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House with bonus CD included.

The other is Mr. Emerson’s Cook.

Raffles are $3.00 a piece or 4 for $10.00.

I still have other items offered in earlier raffles due to the slow sale of tickets. The following items are still available for raffle.

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

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

Raffle tickets for the beautiful prints can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00.

Tickets for the hard cover book of the Christmas Carol with color drawing illustrations by Mark Summers can be purchased for $2.00 apiece or 6 for $10.00

Raffle tickets for the beautiful statue of Mary, Joseph and Jesus can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. This statue is 9.5" H X 9.5" W and sold by Topland Trading for $119.00.

Raffle tickets for this beautiful Lladró Spring is Here figurine can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00. Spring is Here Figurine – value $260, You can verify the price by going to the Lladró website

Raffle tickets for this beautiful Lladró Dressing the Baby can be purchased for $5.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20. 00. 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.

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!


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