Julie Muir Medical Fund
Helping Julie to Come Home
It's now been a year and 3 days since Julie suffered an anoxic brain injury, an unexpected complication from an outpatient medical procedure. Her early prognosis was not very good, but through the grace and efficacy of countless prayers, Julie made substantial progress in the past year. She is nearing the point of coming home from her rehabilitation facility to continue her recovery in daily life with me and James.
Julie's recent visit home was a wonderful milestone for the more permanent transition home that we hope to see this month. This development is a great blessing and presents a great challenge.
In joyful hope, I expect that Julie's rate of progress will accelerate at home. It also will be miraculous to be reunited with Julie once again in daily family life, and I thank God for this approaching gift.
The challenge lies in having a support plan that safely and sufficiently ensures that Julie can continue to progress at home without needing to return to a care facility. There are significant startup costs associated to a discharge that go well beyond what insurance and current resources can cover.
So many of you have been EXTRAORDINARILY generous. I have no right to ask anyone for any other sacrifice after all the help you have given, and yet . . . the need is pressing, and I am reaching out as a near-mendicant to everyone and anyone who can help, through formal and informal channels.
Through your efforts, the Go Fund Me/Julie Muir Medical Fund has raised so far $84,000 towards the stated goal of $100,000. Those funds have largely been expended through months of daily therapies and loving, professional care at a facility that is known for its expertise in brain injury recovery. Julie has responded well to this rehabilitation program and the results can be seen in how far she has come from where she was prior to her admission to this specialty facility.
In closing, I humbly ask you to extend your kindness again by remembering Julie during the Lenten season through your prayers, your fasting, and your almsgiving of whatever contribution is within your means.
Lord, Save our Julie!
This has been our prayer and our cry since January 2017 when Julie went to the hospital for what should have been a routine outpatient procedure on January 23rd, only to return to the hospital and the ICU two days later, near death.
Julie is a devoted Catholic, a beloved wife to Kevin, mother to 7 year old James, sister, friend, and colleague. She is an incredibly talented graphic artist, a carpenter, a runner, and a seamstress.
By now she would almost certainly been recovered or recovering at home from the toxic shock infection that sent her to the ICU. Sadly, on February 3rd, while on kidney dialysis, her pulse was lost, resulting in a serious brain injury. For six months, thousands of people around the world have been praying for Julie to live through this nightmare.
God heard us and the Blessed Mother interceded for us. Julie has survived and has been recovering.
Now -- she has an incredibly long road ahead. Julie is still bedridden except when she is lifted from bed into a wheel chair, and she remains on a feeding tube. She has "woken" up from the brain injury, has the ability to speak, and is increasingly alert and responding appropriately to questions, directions, and therapy, though her memory is impaired and still in recovery. While very grateful to God for many miraculous developments over the last 5 months, Julie needs INTENSIVE therapy to help her walk, feed herself, care for herself, as well as continued medical support to come all the way through this. We know she can - she is getting better every day, but the cost of this is enormous. Thousands of dollars a day to provide the care and especially the therapy she requires.
Please help us bring Julie through this ordeal -- help her to walk, and speak, and run again!!!!
Our goal is very high, but it is necessary. It is based on the current cost of keeping Julie at her current facility that specializes in brain trauma patients, and the projected cost of eventually getting her home and providing home health care and continued therapy. Health insurance has been helpful to this point, but it is NOT covering portions of her care. Julie’s husband is having to draw on personal resources, which will soon run out. We need your help, financially and spiritually. Please donate to help Save our Julie -- and pray without ceasing for her full recovery.
May God bless you for any assistance you can provide, whether it be financial in nature or ongoing prayers and sacrifices for Julie's recovery.
One year ago, on May 16, 2017, Julie left a traditional nursing home after 5 weeks of chronic agitation, stagnation, decline, and near despair. On that day, she was admitted to a life-changing facility that specializes in brain and spinal cord injury recovery.
From May 16, 2017 to May 16, 2018, there has been much progress:
• THEN: Julie was disoriented, confused, and often in distress.
• NOW: Julie is focused, conversational, in good humor, and forward looking.
• THEN: Julie was in constant pain.
• NOW: Julie is rarely in pain.
• THEN: Julie was NPO (nothing by mouth), entirely dependent on a feeding tube.
• NOW: Julie is free of a feeding tube and has an unrestricted diet.
• THEN: Julie’s therapy had to be completely stopped for lack of forward progress.
• NOW: Julie participates in therapy 5 days a weeks.
• THEN: Julie was not able to even tolerate sitting on the edge of the bed.
• NOW: Julie has progressed from a mat, to a tilt table, to a standing frame as she continues to move forward.
• THEN: Painful spasticity was so severe that Julie could not extend one leg and could not straighten the foot on the other leg.
• NOW: Julie’s legs and feet, having undergone tendon release surgery, are increasingly weight-bearing, are able to be extended into a standing position, and, in time and through God’s grace, will support Julie in walking again.
• THEN: Julie was not able to communicate goals for her recovery.
• NOW: Julie is the driver in expressing her goals and the materials she needs to aid her therapy.
• THEN: Julie was a passive recipient of care, unable to even use a “call button” to ask for help.
• NOW: Julie can use a call button, but more than that, she has progressed from a total care facility to a group house where she is already beginning to help with chores, such as folding laundry.
The list of “from THEN to NOW” blessings could go on, but the key point is that Julie has made tangible, even dramatic, progress from where she was only a year ago today. Prayers are the most important reason, along with the care and expertise of medical and therapeutic specialists and Julie’s own determination. However, the many kindnesses YOU have offered – a multitude of prayers, many loving visits to see Julie, thoughtful cards and gifts, and incredibly generous financial support from so many of you – have been equally critical to a recovering Julie.
In the next week or so I will share details of what Julie and I hope to accomplish in the months ahead, along with a request for how you might help us if you are so inclined and able. For now, thank you for being such faithful friends on Julie’s road back to reclaiming her life.
Julie has now been in the outpatient group home for several days, and while she (and I) are still adjusting, I wanted to let people know that Julie seems happy so far and is being well cared for. The staff of the house have worked quickly to get up-to-speed on how to care for Julie and have been very responsive to my questions and input. Therapy continues, and her new therapists have created an ambitious plan to move her forward towards an unlimited future.
Thank you, Lord, for the good work of all caring for Julie, and continue to bless them with the grace and wisdom to assist Julie and the other residents of the group house. In Your mercy, restore Julie daily until she is fully healed.
This coming Tuesday, Julie will transfer out of her skilled-nursing facility into an outpatient group home. It is run by the same organization as the nursing facility, and her transfer has been coordinated between the facility and the group home.
Julie will continue daily therapy by being transported with other residents to a nearby rehab facility run by the same umbrella organization.
There are benefits and risks to this upcoming change, but it is a great blessing that Julie has progressed to the point where even attempting this is now considered reasonable by the people who have managed her care for the last year.
We should know within a short period of time whether this will be a good next step for Julie.
Thank you in advance for your prayers for a good outcome and for clear direction as we seek to move Julie to the next level in her recovery.
Twice in the past month I asked for urgent prayers for Julie when symptoms of potentially serious consequence presented themselves. Thank you for responding to those needs with your prayers. Our Lord in His mercy has calmed these storms in a miraculous turnaround. Julie is entirely free of the symptoms described only two days ago. By all appearances, she was free of the symptoms within a day of prayers being requested.
Blessed be God in all His designs.