Wow! It’s been busy lately!
We had a wonderful holiday. So many things to update on.
First off, I want to say thank you to all our family and friends! We continue to be blessed. We had visits over the holidays from: Kyla and Jack from ATL. Stephanie, Michael and Madeleine from Lake Charles along with Allison. Owen and Johnny. Shawn, Natalie & Davis from BTR. Kelly, Rob, Bobby & Mitchell from ATL. Maryam (THANK YOU for decorating our tree!), Tania, Carrie Lee and Henry, Ja-Ne and Gary. We got to continue our annual tradition of a night at Christmas in the Oaks. We had a big group of 17 and ended the night at Morning Call. It was so fun. I’m probably forgetting some and I apologize. Since we moved from Grannie’s it’s been very hectic.
New Years was awesome. We had a full house of family and shot fireworks. I think everyone had fun. However, we didn’t get to make it to the westbank like usual for the Davis celebration. Missed all of them this year.
I have to mention also that a local family adopted us this year for Christmas. Jack and Angela are one of a group of families that help others in need every year. Their group provided us with our Christmas tree, Christmas dinner and gifts for the girls. I can’t begin to express my gratitude to them. I am humbled beyond words. Lisa and I hope that one day we can do the same for someone else.
We also have been adopted by many of our new OLL friends. Maria, Lisa, Wanda, Kelly, Stephanie and the rest of the crew have been wonderful. Lisa and I are so blessed to have them all take care of us. Thank you for the Basket!
Lisa got her new wheelchair! Medicare and the wheelchair company came through! Lisa got it a few days after Christmas. It is very nice! Has a power seat with a good air cushion, tilt and lift. Since we got it before the New Year, our out-of-pocket was $1100 (much better than the $5400 if it hadn’t come before the 1st). Your continued donations helped us pay for that! Thank you. I also ordered Lisa a tub lift chair. We should receive it this week. Our rental house has a Jacuzzi tub that Lisa loves. Massages her feet, legs and back. Her feet have swollen in recent weeks due to her mobility issues and the tub really revitalizes her. Problem is that the tub is very deep, so it’s been difficult getting her in and out. The lift chair should help immensely.
Also, Shawn and Justin came over from Baton Rouge yesterday and built us a great, stable large wheelchair ramp at the front door. Much better than the one I had built for Grannie’s house. I will put pictures up on Lisa’s facebook page. It’s awesome and SAFE!
The benefit at the Howling Wolf is getting close! We can still use some more auction items. If any of you can help with anything, please call us. We will need some volunteer help also the day of the event.
I started a new website to sell tickets for the event. It’s http://www.loveforlisa23.com. Please spread the word. Tickets are $35 each. Due to the fact that the event is at a bar, only adults 21 and over are allowed. However, I will double check to see if 18-20 is OK. I’ll update on that soon.
We are also going to print tickets out to sell. If anyone wants a bundle of tickets to sell to your family & friends, let me know.
The goal is to raise money to help buy a wheelchair van. Need approximately $25k for a good used one with under 75k miles. Having a van that Lisa can ride directly into, and be strapped down safely, would be a HUGE help. For now, I can transfer Lisa, but it’s very difficult for other family and friends due to Lisa’s muscle atrophy. I can transport the new chair (390 lbs.) on the back of my truck, but I have to physically lift Lisa completely off the ground to get her in the passenger seat. Not possible for her friends or a caregiver. Our minivan (175,000 miles) is not set up to transport a wheelchair and too old to warrant a costly conversion. I tried a hitch carrier, but all loaded, the weight is too much and it drags the ground. For now, Lisa can be transferred carefully to the passenger seat, and we use a traditional manual chair that folds up for transport. This works, but takes away a lot of freedom for Lisa, and anyone else with her.
Again, thank you to all our friends and family! Your support is incredible and humbling. It is allowing us to maintain as “normal” a life as possible. Hopefully, we will be approved for the Medicaid caregiver program soon. We’ve sent in paperwork 3 times. The move has been stressful for me and having so many of you come and help unpack and organize has helped relieve some of my stress and anxiety. As you all know, less stress on me means less stress on Lisa, the LOVE of my life. The financial support we continue to receive is amazing. I cannot express to each of you how grateful I am. It bothers me that I can’t, but I don’t think it’s possible to tell each one of you how much it has helped. I wish no one ever had to deal with a situation like we’re in. I know many do, and I know many have nowhere near the support we have. I will never be able to repay you all for your generosity. I wish I could. I wish we didn’t need your help. But we do…and I’m just going to have to get over it and make sure that for the rest of my life, I help as many people as I can, in ways I am able to. This also means making sure my children know how important it is to help others. Thank you. I can’t say it enough.