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Alisa Brahm (Lingwall) - Medical

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Raised by 176 people in 19 months
Created August 7, 2017
Friday August 4th started like any other Friday - Alisa was home with her two beautiful babies and anticipating a fun-filled day. At some point during the day, this drastically changed. Alisa sufferred a stroke at home on Friday and was airlifted to Rochester, MN where she is being cared for by some of the best clinicians in the nation.  She has undergone emergency craniotomy surgery to relieve pressure from brain swelling, and is fighting to stay with us until the swelling starts to subside. 

She was able to hold her sweet 12-week old baby Finley for a couple of hours on Sunday, and we could tell how much it meant to both of them. We also see a lot of positive response from Alisa when she hears her 2 year old boy Hunter's voice. 

As Alisa fights for her life, and fights to begin her road to recovery, her family remains positive and is focused on keeping her motivated and on the right track.  The goal of this campaign is to allow Matt and the rest of Alisa's family to stay focused on helping her, and not worrying about the enormous medical costs that we all know are mounting. 

Please continue to keep Alisa, Matt, Hunter, Finley and the entire family in your prayers as we face this challenge. Any support you can give, whether monetary or thoughts and prayers, is so greatly appreciated.
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Home Sweet Home!

After more than 90 nights in the hospital, Alisa was able to move home on Wednesday last week! Truly an unbelievable day that at times many couldn't even imagine. Alisa worked extremely hard every single day in rehab to make it home to her husband and kids. She didn't move home simply because her time was up at rehab, but rather because she had made so much progress that her team felt comfortable that she could succeed at home.

No doubt the road ahead is still extremely long, but there is much comfort in having their family restored at home. Outpatient rehab will continue, likely for months, as Alisa continues to strive for small improvements every week and every day. For now she is able to walk quite well with a cane, and can maneuver herself from her wheelchair to a couch/chair and can get into a car for quick trips.

Although nobody has put in more work than Alisa, it would have been impossible for her to make it to this point without the love and support of her family and friends, and the countless thoughts and prayers from all who were touched by her story. And probably most importantly, her husband Matt stood by her side from day one, putting his life as he knew it on hold to support Alisa and bring her home to her kids. He has finally succeeded in that!

For anyone who would like to send Alisa and her family anything, their address is:

Matt and Alisa Brahm
121 Walnut St
La Crosse WI 54603

Also, for those in the area, please remember that there will be a benefit for Alisa and her family on January 27 at Moose Lodge, 1923 Ward Ave, LaCrosse, WI 54601

Thank you all!
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Alisa has been settling in to the rehab center at Mayo in Sparta, WI. The benefit of this facility, in addition to the exceptional therapy providers, is that it's just 30 minutes from Matt and Alisa's home in LaCrosse.

Recovery from the surgery has gone well, and she had her staples removed this week, which brought some pain relief. Since the recovery from surgery has gone well, Alisa has been able to stay focused on rehab therapy.

Physical therapy has continued with a focus on walking, which is going very well. Alisa has also been working on everyday things like brushing teeth, putting on socks and shoes, etc.

Since she moved to Sparta, Alisa has had many visits from Matt and the kids. She is always very excited to see the kids, and is reminded of what she's working so hard for. It's always difficult when they have to leave for the night, but she knows they are taken care of, and she is motivated to get back to them as soon as possible.

For anyone who would like to send a card or flowers, Alisa's new address is:

Alisa Brahm
Room 3-48
310 West Main St
Sparta, WI 54656

As always, thank you all for the continued thoughts and prayers. Alisa and her entire family are beyond grateful for all of the support!
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Want to let everyone know that Alisa had surgery to replace her skull bone on Monday afternoon. The surgery went well, and she made it to the ICU in the late evening. Monday evening and Tuesday morning were very uncomfortable, as Alisa was in a lot of pain, and wasn't tolerating food or medication well. She was moved out of the ICU at 3am Tuesday and into another recovery unit. Things improved Tuesday evening as Alisa was able to eat and get some pain medication.

Today has also been a good day, and even included a physical therapy session where they helped Alisa walk down the hall, giving us encouragement that she will be able to pick up rehab where she left off before the surgery.

The current plan is for Alisa to be discharged from Mayo on Friday - after 63 days! She is planning on moving into another Mayo inpatient rehab facility in Sparta, WI - just 30 miles from home. It's not known for sure how long she will be there, but it could be up to two months. We will share a new address for Mayo in Sparta when it's available, in case anyone wants to send cards.

Thank you all for the thoughts, prayers, and encouragement as Alisa moves through this difficult step in the road. Everyone is excited for her to get to Sparta, as that will be one step closer to the end goal of getting home!
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Alisa has continued her intense rehab program at Mayo in Rochester. She has worked extremely hard for the progress she's made so far. Working with many therapists and with a very busy daily schedule, Alisa has significantly improved her left leg movement, and can walk with some pretty limited assistance.

She has also continued to enjoy spending time with the kids when possible, and Matt and his parents have worked tirelessly to make it as frequent as possible.

Alisa will now take a short break from rehab, as she has surgery scheduled tomorrow to replace the skull bone that was removed the day after her stroke. The surgery is of course nerve-racking, but it will be great to put behind us and is another huge step toward recovery. It is expected that the surgery will be followed by 2-3 days in the ICU at Mayo. After the recovery from surgery, it is expected that she will move to a different rehab facility, hopefully a little closer to LaCrosse. Those details are not finalized, but will certainly be shared as available.

For now we ask for thoughts and prayer for the surgery and recovery to go smoothly so Alisa can get back to progressing through rehab.

Please also remember to save the date for a benefit for the Brahm family in LaCrosse, WI on January 27 for those able to attend or participate.

Thank you all so much!
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