By Michele Lardant
Hi everyone. I just wanted to thank all of the amazing people that have donated to Wildri’s fund. Your generosity and kindness has been incredible and it is difficult to put into words just how humbled and blown away that Wildri and I are.
Wildri really wants to thank all of you individually but the GoFund app doesn’t allow direct replies. She wants all of you to know that she loves you and can’t thank you enough.
I would like to share an update with all you wonderful people
During April, Wildri suffered a minor seizure while at work. At first she did not know what was happening to her as she couldn’t remember words or even write anything.
Luckily, the seizure wasn’t too bad and she managed to call me and we sorted out some medication and she was fine after about a day or two.
It was so scary but Wildri seemed to take it in her stride, as she usually does!
Unfortunately, the minor seizure was just the beginning.
A few weeks later Wildri, while getting ready for work early in the morning, suffered a major seizure.
I received a text message that looked like it was just a pocket dial message because it was complete gibberish. I did wonder if something bad had happened but I just thought it was a mistake. I wish I had listened to my gut.
After her first seizure Wildri had recognised the warning signs but she was not prepared for the awful three hours that lay ahead of her.
When the seizure struck Wildri couldn’t speak or write a text. Think of what a stroke might be like and you get an idea of how scary it is!
She couldn’t shout for help or even write a Whatsapp message never mind trying to call someone. I can’t even begin to imagine how helpless she must have felt.
Wildri barely remembers what happened during those three hours except for a few moments of clarity. She finally managed to gather some strength and called a friend for help.
My wonderful friend ended up in the ICU for a week. Wildri is a Virgo so you could imagine how frustrated she felt!
It turned out, after many scans and tests, the seizures were being caused by two more pea-sized tumours in the right side of her brain.
On doctor’s orders, Wildri is on bed rest for the rest of the month while she has been put on medication to reduce the swelling on her brain. Being in bed means that Wildri cannot work.
The new tumours mean that Wildri and her top-notch oncologist are planning further treatment and yet more radiation.
This means even more trips to Richards Bay until at least the end of the year. Wildri’s medical aid is now almost depleted and she has to pay 20% of each bill.
The GoFund donations have exceeded our wildest expectations but Wildri cannot take out bits of money at a time. When you withdraw the money, you have to take it all and then the account is closed.
Wildri is a very proud person who really does not want to rely on other people. But I am hoping that we can have one more push to build up her funds so that Wildri can concentrate on getting better and not having to worry about bills.