Raymond People in The News

The Farrells' Life Went From Stable to Challenged in One Day
By Cheryl Killam 12-13-14

Janette and Brian Farrell have lived in Raymond for eight years. They have a 21-year-old son who no longer lives at  home, and Brian enjoyed target shooting, hunting, and yard and garden work in his spare time.

But on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, everything changed.

Janette left for work at 4:30 a.m. that day to start her 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift at McDonald’s in Raymond. Brian got ready to leave at 6:30 a.m. for his job at StenTech in Manchester, where he made stencils for electronics.

When Janette returned home at 1:30 p.m., she found Brian lying on the floor and realized that he had never left for work. He had been on the floor unable to move for over seven hours. Doctors determined that Brian, age 46, had suffered an Ischemic stroke. 

Brian received hospital care and rehabilitation for six weeks after the stroke and was sent home in September. The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) visited him at home for the next six weeks, and now Janette drives Brian to Manchester for therapy sessions. He still needs at least two more months of outpatient therapy.

Brian receives daily occupational and physical therapy because his left arm is completely immobile and his left leg has minimal mobility. He has no problem speaking and swallowing and his right side is fine, but he suffers from impulsivity and has short-term memory loss.

The Farrells have monthly bills totaling between $500 to $600. Their families have contributed temporary financial assistance to help get them through the first few months, but Janette said that can’t go on indefinitely.

Currently the only income the Farrells receive is insurance mileage reimbursement of $65 to $100 a month to drive to and from Manchester for Brian's daily therapy sessions. They also receive Federal Food Stamps. They have applied for Federal SSI (Supplemental Security Income) but have not heard anything yet.

"I would like to return to work but I cannot leave Brian alone because he could fall while walking through the house,” Janette said. "I cannot afford to pay for in-house nursing care. He still needs 24-hour care for daily living activities and personal hygiene.

The Farrells are asking for financial help from friends and the community so that they can survive at home. No gift is too small and every amount is appreciated, Janette said.

To donate to help the Farrells, click on "Farrell Family Fund Raiser".

To read more about Brian's improvements visit Brian’s Buddy Page on Facebook.

A Farrell Family Fundraiser will take place at the "Cookies for Santa" event on Saturday, Dec. 20. inside BG Makeovers. Homemade treats such as cookies, fudge, and banana breads as well as last minute Christmas gifts will be available for sale, including a digital camera, watches, and costume jewelry and stocking stuffers from Avon.

All items will be priced between $1 and $3 for the baked goods and the stocking stuffers. All other items will be $5 to $40. There will also be a donation jar. 

Ischemic (is-skeem-ic) stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. The brain depends on its arteries to bring fresh blood from the heart and lungs. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, and takes away carbon dioxide and cellular waste. If an artery is blocked, the brain cells will eventually stop working. If the artery remains blocked for more than a few minutes, the brain cells may die. This is why immediate medical treatment is critical.

The right hemisphere of the brain controls the movement of the left side of the body, so stroke in the right hemisphere often causes paralysis in the left side of the body. 

To read more about Ischemic Stroke click on The Stroke Center .