Kaylee's Story

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Hi. This is Katy Tompkins, Kaylee Mutharts' mom. To all of you guys that have been there for Kaylee and our family, we truly and sincerely appreciate it! I am editing the initial post that was originally put on this back in February. For you guys that don't know about Kaylee, she was under the influence of methamphetamine and pulled her eyes out making her permanently blind. Kaylee is only 20 years old and had succumb to the evil of this drug. Although she had only been using it for a few months, it was dangerous enough for her that she had extreme hallucinations and thought in order to save the world, her eyes needed to come out. It's coming upon a year now and I wanted to write about some things in a brief description. All of the updates are still here so you can go back and read them. Our family has had a very hard year. Many ups and many downs. But I really want to say that my sweet Kaylee is taking this much better than I am. She may be able to get a service dog for free, after a lot of research and help from The South Carolina Commission For The Blind so that is wonderful. But I had no idea of how many expenses we would have. Her disability money just started a few months ago so me and my husband, along with the help of all of you guys, have been supporting her, as she is unable to work. It's a lot! The plan is her going to blind school evaluation in January to see how long she needs to be there. They will be driving her to be career motivated to go to college in order to support herself, which is the main goal! I, personally, didn't think it would take this long but The South Carolina Commission For The Blind is state governed and it's taking a lot more time. I just wanted to let you guys know a bit that we have learned and been through the past year, almost! We appreciate every single one of you and your kindness, thoughts and graciousness in helping us through this. If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me. Also, if it helps, please go back and read my updates. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and your kindness in this time of our lives!
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June 21, 2019
I hope everyone is doing well! I'm so sorry I haven't updated in a while but I have been getting my health stuff going...for the good! Kaylee is still doing exceptionally well! She's awesome! I start my cardiac rehabilitation next Wednesday so that is a wonderful thing. Getting back on my feet. I am so looking forward to that! Kaylee has been such a great help to me I can't even explain! She's still going to therapy. Also, she's going to start seeing a psychiatrist soon...one that is closer to home. She has been consistently positive more than I have seen actually since she was born. She has changed so many ways she used to think. I think it's important that she has recognized that her thinking the way she was wasn't helping her at all. Sometimes she will just say to me..."Mom, I can't believe I was like that!" Both of us are so so thankful to God for being there for the both of us....also, all of you guys that have been here with kindness, support and love! So, I just wanted all of you guys to know that even though Kaylee and I have been through a lot, we will and are moving forward, even more so now than ever! Thank all of you for being there so faithful and with kind hearts! We sincerely mean that so much!
Sincerely always,
Kaylee and Katy
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May 29, 2019
I wanted to give you guys a quick update on Kaylee and I. First, Kaylee is doing extremely well! That is first and foremost. Sunday night I had a heart attack and had to get a stint put in my artery. I also found out I have type 2 diabetes... borderline to insulin. I just got home from the hospital today. I will be on several medications for the rest of my life now. But, I want you guys to know that me and Kaylee were home alone and she called 911 and helped me so much! It was extremely scary for both of us. I thank God that He was there for us. Kaylee is now dedicated to helping me get better and she is very smart so I am thankful for her so much! I can't type a lot because I'm trying to rest some. I will update soon...when I'm feeling better! Please continue to pray for us and my health! We appreciate it so much! So so much!
Sincerely always, Katy
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May 13, 2019
First, we hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Kaylee has been doing so well! This is the best she has been since she lost her sight. She is much more focused, much more independent and just much more positive all together. We actually help each other out. It works out good. She still doesn't have access to phone or apps. She has her phone only for YouTube and Netflix. I blocked everything else. She has no problem at all with that. Even though she has been bipolar for a long time, this is the best I have seen her in years. I'm with her and I find myself with so much hope now! She has been a great help to me getting back on my feet. Very slow process for sure. It feels so good to give such a positive update about Kaylee! You really have no idea. We had a counseling session over the phone after Kaylee had already been there. Her therapist was really nice and talked to both of us on speaker. He explained that we both are suffering from PTSD/PTSS....I knew Kaylee was but I just thought I was a worn out mom that no one understood. So we are very excited about therapy...he said I can have therapy every other week... which is so good! Things are slowly sorting out and we both are trying to recover. I am truly amazed at Kaylee's attitude..since she lost her sight. So much better than before! I truly want to thank all of you for your emotional support as well as financial. It has been such a HUGE help! Please continue to think of us because we still take one day at a time. We still need a lot of strength because we don't have much family emotional support..longer story! We appreciate everything and Kaylee would like to say thank you from her heart and she owns everything but is taking everything different! Much better..so much! Oh.... another thing! I started watching the new series on the CW....In the Dark! I watched to see if it was just TV or they did research about blindness. So far...I like it. It's weird because I have never known of a TV show about being blind! Anyways, thought I would share. So far....so much better! Again, thank you guys for everything because we truly have been struggling! We are so appreciative of everything! Any questions, please email me! Sincerely, Katy & Kaylee
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April 19th, 2019
I wanted to give an update on Kaylee's progress. Since the last update, she has been doing much better. She has been to therapy and her Dr. Waiting on a psychiatric appointment because The Commission For the Blind is checking for one. Kaylee has been the happiest I have seen her since everything happened! Her medication is working very well. Thankfully, she only has to take one. But thank God for that! I wanted to let you guys know that she has excelled so much navigating that I guide her with my words and she does excellent. Outside, I'm much more protective. But we take a step at a time. I feel like I have my daughter back because one thing I've noticed is that I still look at her when I talk to her... most people don't. And I don't feel any different than I did before she went blind... communicating with her. I'm so happy about that! I told her that because I has just noticed it. It made her really happy! So, all in all, a day at a time but much better! As for our financial situation, it has become pretty much... paycheck to paycheck. Some people look at what this fund has raised but don't realize or understand that it has taken everything to care for Kaylee's needs. Many needs. I am worried sick about getting the car we had to get because of what happened to Kaylee, paid off. If we can just get that car paid off it's going to be much easier on us. My husband only makes $12 an hour so it's hard. Any help you guys can give would be appreciated so so much. Our landlord also raised our rent again. So getting this car paid off would be of such enormous help. We are doing better.... emotionally but like I said...one day at a time. We sincerely appreciate all of your help and for being here for so long for us....such tremendous support! We wish everyone a Happy Easter and send our thanks and sincerity to all of you!
From our hearts, Sincerely, Katy and Kaylee
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