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Help Pat on "The Bus" and to Rehab in Sedona
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What’s up with Pat Barber? Motorcycle accident! Where is he? Now at California Pacific Medical Center - San Francisco! How is he doing, you ask? ...Pat Barber, Singer and Songwriter, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Researcher, known across the Hydrogen Community...

... on the Internet for...“Pat’s Solar Water Powered Tour Bus”, Fierce Fighter For Recovery From Pulmonary Fibrosis, and my partner of 5 plus years, was heading back to his RV in Ukiah, Northern California, when he sustained multiple fractures to his left leg and a fracture to his left hip in a motorcycle-car collision on July 20, 2014. He has since been hospitalized at UC Davis in Sacramento (since 08-07-14 @ Sutter-Pacific, Davies-Campus in San Francisco). His left leg took the impact of the accident leaving him with an open and fragmented fracture of the left tibia and fibula – Fib Tib Fx CT Scan Tib Fx- an impending compartment syndrome in his left lower thigh, and a fractured socket of his left hip joint.

Left Hip Fx


Luckily the accident happened within 5 miles of UC Davis, one of the top five trauma centers nationwide. UC Davis’s trauma surgeons have done an amazing job to realign all bone fragments and fractures Pat had, and to prevent a compartment syndrome and necrosis of any tissues.

Left Knee post-OP

Pat Pelvis post-OP

. Pat has undergone his 6th surgery so far (as of 08-03-14). He has a couple more surgeries for skin and bone grafts to go through.


Pat’s fractures have been extremely well tended to, his underlying condition, the “idiopathic” pulmonary fibrosis he was diagnosed with in January of 2010, has been noted and monitored. However, the latest medical protocol, that he was put on 4 weeks before the accident was not approved by the Internal MD on the team at UC Davis.


From the latest research on the pathology that led to the fibrosis in the first place the conclusion was drawn that Pat’s pulmonary fibrosis is at least partially caused by mold exposure, mycotoxins, a systemic yeast overgrowth and an allergic reaction to the molds and yeast in his tissues.  Additional research showed that Pat belongs to a part of the population who is genetically less able to recognize mold, yeast and fungi and to defend the body against these microbes.


In cooperation with his Primary Care Provider (PCP) in Sedona Pat had started to follow the protocols of Dr. James Brewer, MD – St.Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, who successfully treats patients with CFS for mycotoxins, and Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD –, one of the leading mold treatment experts in the country. Though we explained to team members at UC Davis the necessity for Pat to continue these protocols - most of all with the extensive use of antibiotics Pat is receiving for his open fracture and surgeries, which increase the risk of fungal and yeast overgrowth - he is only on a minimum treatment to combat yeast infection at this point.


After consultation with his PCP, Pat and I agreed to best transfer him home as soon as the trauma team would give green light for “supine” transport to Kachina Point in the Village of Oak Creek close to Sedona, where he would be in the care of his PCP, be able to get back on his treatment protocol, and receive the physiotherapy he needs to regain full function of his left leg.  The ideal and least expensive way to transport Pat is to get him back onto his “Bus of Love”, his RV, and drive him to Kachina Point in Sedona, AZ.


“The Bus” is at this point in storage and awaiting repairs in Ukiah, Northern California, a 3-hour drive away from UC Davis Medical Hospital. When the accident happened Pat had just finished the recording of his CD in Nashville, was working on the artwork of his CD cover, and was on his way back to the RV to take care of necessary repairs including a rebuilt transmission. He had planned to play gigs at venues in and around Ukiah, and along the Redwood Highway up to Garberville, his annual “Lost Coast Fall Tour”. He had hoped to do this year’s tour with a brand new record to sell: “Songs From The Bus Of Love”.


Due to work schedules, including mine, we have the window to transfer Pat on Friday, September 5, by which the RV should be repaired and ready to go en route, if everything comes together. Pat’s progress looks good to schedule the transfer for the weekend September 5 through 7.


To help move things along as smooth and fast as possible, please help us raise funds to cover the expenses for Pat’s RV repairs, some bills and traveling expenses and traveling expenses for those coming together to transfer him to Kachina Point - I will be part of this “concerted action”.


Pat is very happy to receive your help. He asked me to give you a detailed update on his situation, x-rays and CT-Graphics included. He is in too much pain though for longer phone conversations, to return e-mails, or to thank everybody who has sent their wishes for speedy recovery. Waiting for his 7th surgery today he told me he is “not quite yet there”, where he could set up this campaign for himself - nor is he “quite yet there” to make another movie of his stay at UC Davis, ;) – Thank You for your support!


Karen von Merveldt-Guevara


Note: Because I set up the Paypal account on behalf of Pat for the campaign, your Paypal transaction will say "Payment to Karen von Merveldt-Guevara". If you have questions or concerns re transactions, donations, etc. please FB-message me personally.

...and for those of you who'd like to have a short intro to or recall of Pat's own way to deal with the challenges of life and hospital stays in particular, click here

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