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Title: Shebar
Post by: Cesare Rinato on April 26, 2017, 12:18:35 PM
Many of you may already know, but Shebar collapsed whilst driving a friend to the airport on Monday evening. He managed to bring the car safely to a halt and called an ambulance. She was taken initially to Chieti hospital but later that evening transferred to Pescara Neurological unit. She has since undergone several tests and an emergency operation and they have identified multiple aneurysms. Shebar remains in a critical condition in a medically induced coma. Obviously visiting is not possible, although members of her family are arriving from the U.K. this evening.  I am sure you will all want to join me in wishing her well and in hoping she makes a full recovery
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Post by: Relaxed on April 26, 2017, 01:38:12 PM
Oh that is really bad news. I do hope she recovers well from this horrible episode.
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Post by: Cheryl on April 26, 2017, 01:48:57 PM
How very sad. I hope you have a speedy recovery.
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Post by: Cassius on April 26, 2017, 04:14:05 PM
Thanks for letting us know.  Do please pass on best wishes.
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Post by: nil satis on April 26, 2017, 04:41:42 PM
How very sad, fingers crossed she will get well very soon x
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Post by: levissima on April 26, 2017, 05:30:46 PM
Oh my goodness! Please pass on my very best wishes and I hope she makes a speedy and full recovery. She's a feisty lady, I hope it carries her through this.

Please keep us updated and let me know if there's anything I can do.

Get well soon Shebar
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Post by: Grimsby Ranger on April 26, 2017, 07:40:50 PM
Bloody hell, please pass on my 'all the best Shebar' hope she makes a full and speedy recovery. As Levi says please keep us posted and if help's needed anywhere please let me know.
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Post by: Vignaverde on April 26, 2017, 08:51:10 PM
So sorry to hear this news, all the very best shebar.
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Post by: Olive Oyl on April 26, 2017, 10:18:59 PM
Sending good wishes for a speedy recovery.
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Post by: Riso on April 27, 2017, 07:57:24 AM
so sorry to hear this sad news I hope that you make a full recovery. thinking of you and your family. shocking news...
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Post by: the wrong side of the valley on April 27, 2017, 08:14:10 AM
We would like to send Shebar our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
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Post by: Lola on April 27, 2017, 08:36:01 AM
As Levi said, she is a feisty lady, a battler. She will come thru'. The forum would be a duller place without her input. Most of us don't always agree with her comments but at this point in time, we are all 'on her side'. Get well soon and get back here, we need you.
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Post by: old timer on April 27, 2017, 10:04:19 AM
Very sorry to hear about Sheba.  I hope she gets better and back on the forum.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on April 27, 2017, 05:39:30 PM
Update on Shebar

Shebar's situation hasn't changed a great deal, although the doctors seem more positive than they did on Monday evening. At a meeting with her brothers, who arrived yesterday from the U.K. the doctors reported they had stopped the bleeding from one aneurysm and were tracking two more. they had also been able to relieve the pressure surgically. She remains in a critical situation in the Intensive Care Unit in a medically induced coma.

Thank you for the many good wishes and the offers of help. The real reason for this post is to ask if anybody would be willing to look after her dog, Leika. In the short term, Shebar's  brothers are staying at her house and are looking after the dog but we may need a longer term solution. This is clearly very difficult to predict because when Shebar returns home is is she likely to want her old and dear companion by her side. If anybody can offer any help, over what could be a matter of months, please let me know

Once again thanks for your messages of support. I am sure Shebar will find them very touching when she recovers. ( even if she may never admit it, out loud )
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Post by: Brush Strokes on April 27, 2017, 07:31:45 PM
Was very shocked to hear about Shebar. Everything crossed for a full recovery.

Thanks for the update too.
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Post by: levissima on April 27, 2017, 09:10:19 PM
Thanks for the update, seems like she's getting good treatment.

Some details about Leika could be useful i.e. Male/ female ( assume female from the name but you never know), size, small, medium, large. Used to other dogs etc. In my old house I'd have been able to take Leika but now I'm renting it's not so easy but others npmay be able to offer a temporary home.

Hope we can get something sorted and Shebar is soon on the road to recovery.
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Post by: La Vigna on April 27, 2017, 09:15:03 PM
Wishing her the very best.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on April 28, 2017, 10:39:11 AM
Several people have asked for more information about Leika. ( one of the many things I am unsure about is how she spells her name.) However, we think she is a Labrador and setter cross. She is brown and about the size of a Labrador. She has one eye but that doesn't seem to bother her or cause her any problems. She is 11 years old and as befits a lady of her advanced years she is very easy going. She certainly seems to get along with other dogs without any problems  She has become used to sleeping indoors because Shebar preferred her not to be out at night barking at feral dogs or cinghale

Someone commented on the care Shebar is getting, and i just wanted to say that it has been brilliant. The doctors at Chieti updated us within half-an-hour which I thought compared well will most A & E departments in the U.K. There was a brief delay whilst they sorted out her transfer to the I.C.U in Pescara, bearing in mind this was after midnight. Since then the doctors have been extremely helpful. They have set up a rota for talking to the families of patients in the I.C.U. and provide really clear and detailed briefings about every procedure they are carrying out and the extent of the damage that Shebar has suffered.

If you are worried about being taken ill in Italy I can just say everybody involved has been impressed. Shebar really is receiving very modern and professional treatment
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Post by: Orbito on April 28, 2017, 11:09:04 AM
Wishing Shebar all the very best - and it's so wonderful to hear that she is receiving such top notch treatment and care.

Re her dog - I plump for Laika - she is a real sweetheart, very friendly and loves a good head rub and cuddle.
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Post by: Venatore on April 28, 2017, 06:43:40 PM
Best wishes to Shebat. We have never met but her contributions to this forum are always interesting.
V.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on April 28, 2017, 07:00:46 PM
Correction. I meant to say Laika is a Alsatian setter cross hence the brown and black colouring
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Post by: gamechancer on April 28, 2017, 07:04:12 PM
how is she with cats?
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on May 01, 2017, 01:05:38 PM
 Just a brief update, since there isn't really any new information about Shebar. The doctors are planning to reduce the dosage of sedatives she is receiving which should enable her to recover from the the coma by the end of the week. At that point they will be better able to assess the longer term effects. The friend she was driving to the airport has now returned home safely and her family are staying at her house.

I wanted to let you know that the issue with Laika has been resolved. A lady that lives nearby has agreed with Shebar's brothers to come in once or twice a day to ensure Laika has food and water and that she has the opportunity for sufficient exercise. This seems the best possible solution in the short term since Laika can remain in familiar surrounding

Thanks for all your messages of help and support. I am sure Shebar will be touched by your response

Regards

Ed     
Several people have asked for more information about Leika. ( one of the many things I am unsure about is how she spells her name.) However, we think she is a Labrador and setter cross. She is brown and about the size of a Labrador. She has one eye but that doesn't seem to bother her or cause her any problems. She is 11 years old and as befits a lady of her advanced years she is very easy going. She certainly seems to get along with other dogs without any problems  She has become used to sleeping indoors because Shebar preferred her not to be out at night barking at feral dogs or cinghale

Someone commented on the care Shebar is getting, and i just wanted to say that it has been brilliant. The doctors at Chieti updated us within half-an-hour which I thought compared well will most A & E departments in the U.K. There was a brief delay whilst they sorted out her transfer to the I.C.U in Pescara, bearing in mind this was after midnight. Since then the doctors have been extremely helpful. They have set up a rota for talking to the families of patients in the I.C.U. and provide really clear and detailed briefings about every procedure they are carrying out and the extent of the damage that Shebar has suffered.

If you are worried about being taken ill in Italy I can just say everybody involved has been impressed. Shebar really is receiving very modern and professional treatment
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Post by: levissima on May 01, 2017, 10:42:20 PM
Thanks for keeping us informed. Everything crossed for Shebar.
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Post by: Brush Strokes on May 02, 2017, 05:16:24 PM
Thanks for the update Cesare R.

Good to hear something has been sorted with regard to Laika.

Please do update us as and when, thanks.
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Post by: levissima on May 11, 2017, 01:56:46 PM
Any more news? Hoping she's making a good recovery.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on May 11, 2017, 06:07:03 PM
Hi guys

Several people have asked for information about Shebar's progress so here is a quick update. She remains in a deep natural coma. This is now not medically induced since her Doctors are no longer giving her any sedatives. Last week they conducted a tracheotomy to assist her breathing and she is now breathing normally without the aid of a respirator. The I.C.U. at Pescara conducted a further scan on her at the weekend which indicated there was no need for further neurological intervention and as a result she was transferred to Lanciano hospital which is much closer to her home and her friends. However, this is only an interim step whilst they seek a longer term place in a rehabilitation centre, probably at Chieti or Vasto. They were planning to transfer her yesterday but her temperature was elevated and they were concerned she had a slight infection which they wanted to eradicate  before moving her.  The good news is that people who visited her today felt that her pallor had improved and that her skin felt more normal to the touch. She is also now opening her eyes. However, the doctors remain unable to provide any definite prognosis. They are simply unable to predict when she will recover from her coma and what the long term effects of this incident might be.

Two of Shebar's brothers spent nearly two weeks here visiting Shelagh and ensuring that all issues in her day-to-day and financial affairs were addressed. They also arranged care for Liaka.  A neighbour will visit the house once or twice a day to ensure Laika is fed, watered and gets sufficient exercise. Currently one of Shebar's oldest friends is staying here and is visiting her in hospital regularly.


Thanks again for all your good wishes. I am sure she will be deeply touched to hear of your support when she awakens

Regards

Ed
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Post by: levissima on May 11, 2017, 07:33:33 PM
Thank you, sounds positive, everything crossed.
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Post by: Brush Strokes on May 11, 2017, 07:38:01 PM
Good news so far and all sounding a little more positive than previously. Thanks for the update.
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Post by: Vignaverde on May 12, 2017, 12:20:50 PM
That all sounds positive. I imagine the road is long for Shebar but as long as positive news keeps coming we can hope she makes a full recovery.
Sending love and best wishes and I look forward to the day you are well enough to have a go at me on this forum  :)
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on July 20, 2017, 10:44:19 PM
Hi everybody

I haven't posted any recent information about Shebar because the initial prognosis seemed pretty bleak, and for a while it wasn't even clear which hospital or home she could remain in. However, there does seem to be some improvement in both her condition and situation. She has been moved to a Casa di Cura and the doctors there have assured us that she will stay there as long as they believe they are able to help her.  She is still gravely ill but no longer appears to be in a deep coma, When awake she is definitely able to focus her eyes on whoever is talking to her and she appears to respond to what is being said ( especially at the mention of her dog, Leika.) She also appears to be trying to respond both verbally and by squeezing the hands of visitors. This is a considerable improvement from her condition when first admitted to hospital. 

Leika also appears to have happily settled down with a neighbour and her dogs.
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Post by: Riso on July 21, 2017, 08:09:26 AM
nice to hear some good news..
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Post by: Sancho the Phoenix on July 21, 2017, 08:09:44 AM
Good news. Thank you. If she seems to understand, please give her our love and say we're missing her.
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Post by: Rustychain on July 21, 2017, 08:16:11 AM
I've only just picked up on this story now; what an utterly desperate situation, although there does appear to be some improvement.

Best wishes to all involved; let's hope the improvements continue.

Dear me.
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Post by: Vignaverde on July 21, 2017, 08:43:33 AM
All sounds positive thank God.
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Post by: levissima on July 21, 2017, 10:17:22 AM
Thank you so much for the update.

I was frightened to open this thread this morning because I knew the original prognosis wasn't good. I'm so pleased she's making a recovery and hope she continues to improve. As someone else said please tell her we're rooting for her. I'm sure that knowing her dog is cared for will be a major relief to her.

All very best wishes.
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Post by: Cassius on July 21, 2017, 06:37:26 PM
Thanks very much for keeping everyone on the forum up to date - it is appreciated. 
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Post by: rsetzer99 on July 22, 2017, 10:31:51 AM
Given time, the brain does have the ability to reshuffle to different areas. Its a long process, but enough case studies to show it is normal and not just a miracle. Perhaps, with time, she will 'shush' the chatty crowd again.
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Post by: Relaxed on July 22, 2017, 12:11:45 PM
Thank you, Cesare, for the update.

Maybe it will be possible, at some point, to take Leika into the care home to 'visit' Shebar? This is something which hospitals/care homes understand can be useful, and they can be quite accommodating. Fingers crossed for her continuing improvement.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on October 20, 2017, 06:49:54 PM
Iíve been asked to provide an update on Shebarís condition. Unfortunately, there is little change to report. The last few times I have visited she has been asleep. We chose not to wake her so I canít really comment on her reactions to conversations, music or touch. However, iím not sure that anyone  who has visited has identified any major improvements. However, the good news is that there now seems to be no question of Shelagh having to leave the hospital in Chieti which is a great relief to everybody.
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Post by: levissima on October 20, 2017, 07:18:01 PM
Thank you for the update. I suppose that the best one can say is where thereís life thereís hope.
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Post by: Vignaverde on October 20, 2017, 07:25:26 PM
C'mon Shebar I've missed you and I am sure you are missing me  ;)

Lots of love and prayers to her and her family.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on February 24, 2018, 12:30:28 AM
HI everybody.

This is another update on Shebar, although in truth nothing much has changed. She remains in hospital near Chieti. I have visited recently and it seems to me she remains in much the same condition that she has been in since last April.  Her eyes focus and she responds to her name and the nurses tell me that she lets them know when she is uncomfortable, but that is about it. Her brother have had some success in getting some response to familiar objects and sounds ( family photos and favourite pieces of music.)  She appears to be very well cared for although she has lost some weight because despite regular physiotherapy, her muscles are reducing because of lack of use.

Her borther's have been here for the last week or so and are tidying up her house etc. They mentioned that she has a large number of books there which are unlikely to be used in the future. If anybody wants any of her books which are generally in pretty good condition please let me know and we can arrange for you to look at her library next time one of the brothers are here.
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Post by: Brush Strokes on February 24, 2018, 08:36:16 AM
Thanks for the update. I often wonder how she is doing.  :(
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Post by: levissima on February 24, 2018, 11:33:26 AM
Thanks Cesar, poor Shebar, I often think of her but hadnít realised itís been so long since she was first unwell. Iím glad sheís so well cared for.
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Post by: GeordieBorn on February 24, 2018, 12:10:00 PM
Yes, many thanks Cesare for the update, Iím sure most here that know Shebar will be so pleased to know how things are going. Sad that there is no sign of greater improvement, but like Levi has said, itís very good to hear she is being well cared for in Chieti.
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Post by: Vignaverde on February 24, 2018, 03:09:18 PM
Bless her. Really hope she pulls through this.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on March 19, 2018, 02:52:36 PM
Sad news iím afraid. After nearly a year in a coma, Shebar passed away this morning in Villa Pina  in Chieti. Unfortunately, I am in the U.K. at the moment so I do not know what funeral arrangements are being made. I understand one of her brothers and a nephew are currently visiting.
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Post by: GeordieBorn on March 19, 2018, 03:06:27 PM
Really sad to hear.
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Post by: Grimsby Ranger on March 19, 2018, 03:47:16 PM
Really sorry to hear that Cesare Rinato, please give our condolences to her family.
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Post by: levissima on March 19, 2018, 04:01:38 PM
Very sad, never net but always felt she was a friend. Please pass on my sympathy and condolences. I hope she is now at peace.

And thank you for letting us know.
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Post by: Brush Strokes on March 19, 2018, 07:32:04 PM
Very sad indeed.  :(
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Post by: nil satis on March 19, 2018, 09:43:25 PM
Sad news god bless her and her family
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Post by: Cheryl on March 19, 2018, 10:15:42 PM
Very sad news. Condolences to her family.
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Post by: Vignaverde on March 20, 2018, 12:24:36 AM
What sad news. God bless you Shebar  :(
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Post by: Cassius on March 20, 2018, 08:09:08 AM
Thanks for letting us know.  The Forum will not seem the same without her input.  R.I.P.
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Post by: Venatore on March 20, 2018, 10:12:37 AM
Sad loss of a dynamic lady
V.
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Post by: 2Heads on March 20, 2018, 02:40:06 PM
Sad news indeed. RIP Shebar
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Post by: Relaxed on March 20, 2018, 09:00:26 PM
Very sorry. I get the impression she was well looked after by the Italian health service. RIP
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Post by: linsead oil on March 20, 2018, 09:00:43 PM
only thinking  about her the other day we were a bit like chalk and cheese  but rest in peace  sheba  , so sad
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Post by: Riso on March 21, 2018, 03:16:44 PM
So sad r.i.p thought with the family..
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Post by: La Vigna on March 22, 2018, 09:20:41 AM
Condolences to her family.
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Post by: Cesare Rinato on March 29, 2018, 03:48:23 PM
Sorry I have been caught up in the UK etc, so this is probably too late to be of any value but my understanding is that Shebar was cremated yesterday in Ascoli Piceno. In accordance with her wishes I believe there was no religious ceremony. There will be a gathering in her honour in Castel Frentano this evening at 20.30 in Bar Uva e Luppolo in Via Assunta