Pamela Wilson's Support Fund

For: Pamela Wilson
St Thomas, Virgin Islands, U.s.
Organizer: Pamela Wilson Garry Bryan Laura Barry
$4,848
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 44 donors
48% Complete
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The Story

May 11th, Pamela Wilson was on vacation with her partner Garry Bryan in Lake Tahoe. She was not well for several days and felt much worse after an in room massage and asked Garry get her to a hospital. The paramedics arrived, it was unclear as to what had happened, they thought a diabetic coma. She was transported to a local hospital and after a major cardiac event she was air evaced by CALSTAR to the Cardiac ICU in Reno.  There they discovered she had a mild stroke and remained on life support, including dialysis for several weeks. She was intubated and sedated for 10 days and eventually had a tracheotomy until she could breath on her own. She became lucid, weaned off the machines, moved to a regular room. Later, she was moved to skilled care to gain some normalcy. She is alert but still weak and unable to walk. The therapists are amazed at her resiliency, yet she has a very long way to go. Like so many people Pamela did not have health insurance, because she lives outside of the 50 states. She hasn't worked for several months and not sure when she can fully work. There is rent, car fees, animals, banking, phone, internet and normal living expenses that need covering, and may need continuing care when she returns home. She is hoping to have a home to return to. Pamela is a warm and caring person who never meet a stranger, volunteers at the Humane Society and gives back wherever she can in her community. She is a legend in the cruising brokerage business. It is our hope that she will be able to return to that life soon. We are setting up this page in hopes that her friends and even those who do not know her will be touched by her story and find it in their hearts to give whatever they can. Every little bit will help. 

Pamela and all those that love her thank you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 12, 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

UPDATE 5.12.17 Need to post to YOUTUBE first to show Pamela walking and she has come so far since she got home in November. Physical Therapy is kicking her ass but she is kicking back. Hope to have it up later today. 

Posted on April 12, 2017

Posted on April 12, 2017

UPDATE 4.12.17 It has been awhile since the last update and a lot has progressed, despite dealing with Social Services on island. Pamela has been more mobile and strengthened enough to get up out of chairs easier, so we returned the borrowed wheelchair! She has also have gotten Social Security, SNAP, Medicaid and minor financial aid taken care of. There is even a referral for physical therapy completed along with a renewal of her Oxycontin for the pain that is sure to follow. I still have a hard time getting her to get out in the sun, but she was never really a sun worshiper, so Vitamin D is still in the supplements. Last doctor visit showed she is actually putting on weight as well, turning it into muscle is the next big step. Progress in measured in small increments, the ability to open an ENSURE bottle thrills her. Her ability to binge watch almost anything is a bit of a bother to me but we discovered I can hang a velvet curtain between the bedroom and my hallway office so I can listen to music without interfering with her "shows". Thanks for all the support, I will try and get her to personally thank all of you who have helped us with the funding.

Posted on February 18, 2017

Posted on February 18, 2017

UPDATE:  2-18-17  We are successfully navigating the maze of Social Security and Human Services. Things are getting done! 

I am healing  Now we have Medicaid I hope to start physical therapy soon to continue getting stronger.  I can ramble around the house now.  Hope to tackle the outdoors this week.

Thanks for all your support.  Garry and I are blessed.

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