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 of the great joys in this last year of heartache has been the remarkable recovery that Julie has made mentally from her anoxic brain injury. One of the signs of that recovery is the wit and humor that Julie displays on each visit.
Today's photo captures the mirth of Julie's reaction to something funny that James and I cooked up in Julie's room, but that joyous, cracking up face is one that I see on every visit. Laughter, after prayers, is the best medicine, and I encourage anyone who visits Julie to apply both liberally.
Julie's humorous wit is quick and still surprising. For fun I put her sunglasses on the stuffed animal gorilla from Valentine's Day, saying, "Look, your gorilla is wearing sunglasses." Without missing a beat, Julie broke into song with a mock version of John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders," changed to, "Sunglasses on My Gorilla Makes Me Happy." She always was, and will always remain, the smarter one in this marriage:)
What I also found wonderful during today's visit, beyond Julie's laughter, is when Julie told me that she has dreams about walking, something I had not heard her say before today. She also said that last night she had one of those dreams, and as it turns out, so did I.
Thank you for your prayers and other kindnesses that help bring these dreams to fruition.
Earlier today I included in my post:
"I learned in a confusing email today that apparently the GFM account may be closed soon for reasons that I don't understand and for which I am seeking an explanation. I am hoping this is a temporary misunderstanding that will be resolved promptly. . .
Please say a prayer that this is resolved satisfactorily and soon."
Thank you for your prayers and thank you to the GFM staff for clearing up the earlier confusion. The account remains open, active, and able to accept donations.
Last week I made a new appeal for contributions to help with costs associated to bringing Julie home. Even though there will remain a need for such assistance for some time to come, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made a donation recently, or at any point, to help with Julie's medical expenses. Along with your prayers, the contributions have been the foundation for Julie's continued progress, and may God bless you for your kindness.
One of the ways people have contributed is through the Go Fund Me account set up by a dear friend whose help has been invaluable. I would like to keep the account open indefinitely, but I learned in a confusing email today that apparently the GFM account may be closed soon for reasons that I don't understand and for which I am seeking an explanation. I am hoping this is a temporary misunderstanding that will be resolved promptly, but if not, I will need to make separate arrangements for anyone who wishes to donate going forward.
Please say a prayer that this is resolved satisfactorily and soon. GFM is not the only means of raising funds, but it has been especially helpful to Julie.
More than any financial aid, your prayers still remain the most valuable contribution you can make for Julie's future, and I extend a heart-felt thank you from both of us to all of you who are praying for Julie's complete recovery.
Today's visit to Julie included a wheelchair ride around the grounds in bright sun, the sharing of mini-Reese's cups (for which Julie kept asking, "one more,") and a token of my affection for Julie in the form of a teddy bear-sized gorilla that sang "My Girl" for my girl.
I am constantly reminded that THIS is the day the Lord has made, and that we are called to rejoice and be glad in it. We are also called not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.
Thank you, Lord, for today with Julie.