Friends of Ann Jorda


Lets help Ann through this difficult time and back on her feet!

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July 16, 2021

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Our darling Ann was helicoptered to hospital with sudden paralysis.  She has since been diagnosed with Guillian-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakness and tingling in your extremities are usually the first symptoms which can quickly spread, eventually paralyzing your whole body.  GBS can be fatal but there is reason for optimism as Ann is reacting positively to medicine.

She is unable to not only work but even move and is set to stay in hospital and in rehabilitation for months (we expect at least 6 months).  We are raising funds to keep her flat going (rent top-up, utilities) as well as hospital/physiotherapy bills.  She is likely to lose her job and may need a wee bit to tie her over until the next chapter in her life. 

Her pets have been temporarily rehomed, but a more permanent solution may have to be found.

We are counting on your support!

 

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on September 9, 2021 11:32 AM


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Sorry Everyone, I was suppose to tell you before but sometimes life takes over. Ann was released this morning from Tung Wah and came home with the help of a helper. She has the equipment she wanted (wheelchair, rollator and quad sticky-me-thinghy) and feel she has it under control. Trixie will be joining Ann this morning too according to the grapevine. We are pleased to say that of the funds raised (thank you again) we have just under 60,000 left which will go to Ann for her recovery which is predicted to take 4 months (fingers crossed if all goes well), including (2?) weekly session of physio. Money was spent on rent, utility bills, phone, internet, settle some old bills, painting of flat and sorting out aircons and general things which were kaput, 8% to the fund raiser site. We are closing the fundraising site on 17th of September - four months recovery and a month before there is a salary, gives Ann 12,000 a month so if people are feeling generous now is the moment. Thanks again everyone.


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on September 6, 2021 03:05 PM


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Message from Louise who visited Ann last Thursday:So yesterday was hopefully the last time Ann will have her once a week visitor - a decision will be made by her doctors on Tuesday when she can go home. Needless to say she is sooooo excited! Louise went yesterday bearing gifts of carrot cake and iced coffee which went down a treat. She’s both positive and terrified. A big life change to live on Lamma and be disabled. She will need a helper to get to and from her home/the village, support rails in the bathroom, a wheelchair and weights to continue muscle building. This woman who was looking death right in the eye 2 months ago sat up, bent down to tie her own shoe laces (she loves her new green trainers!) and with the help of a Zimmer frame walked off to the loo. Amazing


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on August 31, 2021 04:12 PM


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Apologies all, this update is from Sheila who saw Ann last week Tuesday: Ann was in great spirits and we had a good laugh. She’s doing well with physio and has now advanced to walking with a quadropod. Of course there’s a way to go but she’s definitely really looking forward to returning home sooner rather later.

moreover, Ann continues do do great and is talking about coming home in a couple a weeks! More details to follow as they become available.


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on August 18, 2021 12:42 PM


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Anna went to visit Ann today. Two weeks in a row. She said that Ann is definitely on the mend and is in very good spirits. She walked 1000 steps yesterday on the walking machine and doctors think she may be able to actually walk unaided by the end of the month. It must be all the delicacies our lovely Ann dreams up for her visitors to bring into the hospital! Week before last it was an iced cappuccino, last week a request for carrot cake - poor girl had to settle for banana cake - and this week was sweetened almond milk. Long may this most excellent progress continue.


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on August 11, 2021 09:04 AM


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From Anna (on Tuesday 10.08): Just seen Ann and she is doing really well. Able to sit up
on her own, lift her legs, and able to write a little. She still has pins and needles in feet and hands but is definitely much improved. She has physio a few hours every day and is in very good spirits!


Friends of Ann Jorda

on August 7, 2021 05:41 PM


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Another hospital visit and Ann lucked (out) and got Louise again! The girl is making great strides - pun intended. Last week she could wiggle one ankle and now she can pull both legs to her chest. She can put her hair in a ponytail and turn on her side. She can take 20 steps with a frame. She really is making fast progress and we are all delighted for her. Her flat is coming together and rented so the rent is almost covered for the time being. She is talking about leaving the hospital - how she will manage will be the next big step...


Friends of Ann Jorda

on August 4, 2021 08:58 AM


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So how is Ann? She took her first 2 steps yesterday and managed to stand for 20 minutes with the help of a machine. Doctor says she needs trainers - finding a pair she likes will be interesting for our fashion conscious girl! She must own 200 pairs of shoes and not a trainer in sight lol. She is now beginning to understand her situation- both for recovery and the finances that go with it.


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on July 29, 2021 01:48 PM


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Four weeks since Ann was helicoptered off the island. She was transferred to a a rehab hospital yesterday and Louise was allowed to visit - her first visitor! She read out-loud all the wonderful messages from everyone on this giving page who has donated. Ann was so very touched and blown away by people’s generosity and good wishes - be assured she felt the love! Thank you everyone. The girl has a long way to go - sitting up on her own without blood pressure crashing is a target but rest assured she is on enough meds to bring down a small elephant :-) Her flat is also coming along nicely. So far so good


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