April Hunter Medical Relief Fund
Recently April and her boyfriend Chris Harris suffered a major setback. Chris was injured with a severe concussion / brain bleed. Some of the side effects he is forced to live with are debilitating headaches and crippling light sensitivity. He is on doctor ordered 'brain rest' (translates no phones, screens, computers, television or video games). We are a generation that is plugged in and connected all of the time. Chris works with computers for a living. He can no longer tolerate noise or movement (car rides to therapy appts). This has made him unable to work and live a normal life. Recently, he has started various therapies including vestibular therapy.
April is struggling to help support Chris and maintain their everyday living expenses. In addition to these are mounting medical bills and expenses. Knowing April would never ask for help for herself; we her friends are setting up this account. This gives the opportunity to her friends, family and fans to step up and return the generosity that she has shown us over the years. We will update you often with Chris' progress.
Thank you for your compassion and helping out.
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Christopher Harris update: Hi, everyone. Chris got out of Mease hospital about a week or so ago after massive IV doses of Depakote and Prednisone every 8 hours and constant monitoring. It didn't reduce the migraines/brain swelling as hoped, but DID reduce the vertigo a little - which is good. There's nothing fun about getting nauseous over a simple car ride or walk. They've decided to keep him on the Depakote and see how it goes, along with an order for another MRI in the near future and a few other meds. He also got a couple injections in his neck at the spine to help with the pain. He had to put his head down on the table as the nurse did the injecting. I didn't want to tell him the needle was about 9 inches long - and she was IN THERE, but he took it like a champ. Well...a silver medal champ, anyway.
As of right now, the diagnosis is severe post concussion syndrome and a brain contusion. The only thing he can do is rest until he heals. They say he WILL heal, it just takes time. Everyone is different on that. He did some damage to his tissue in there and it needs time to grow back. He is supposed to be doing a walk each day for circulation, some brain games for cognitive therapy and eating healthy, so that's what we're working on now. Thanks to ALL who have donated to and shared Michelle Estadt's GoFundMe page for us. It's been a trying time (OK...difficult as hell) and your help is appreciated more than you can fathom. Thank you. Xo. Ps. Mease Countryside hospital is fantastic. Highly recommend them to anyone who needs care.
Right now its just slow going and taking time to heal.
We just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us. The donations and sharing helped more than you could possibly know...we are incredibly grateful.
The neurologist wants to put him in the hospital for several days on IV depakote and prednisone. It is supposed to help the poor sick headache she has. He is still considering that option. The headaches are worse than anything he has ever experienced.
On the plus, our baby chickens grew up enough to start laying eggs this week. That made us all smile.
Thanks again to everyone for your positive thoughts, prayers, for contributing, and for sharing this post.
To those who have donated and shared Michelle Estadt's GoFundMe, I cannot tell you how entirely grateful I am. When that money gets deposited, it's our electric bill. Water bill. Phone. Food. And, we thank you so very, very much.
Chris isn't doing well. He is the type of person who has his sh*t together. He's independent, loves his job, loves the people he works with, loves his freedom. To not be able to work, drive, or even look at a computer is driving him over the edge. He is physically moving around all the time, doing things and can't anymore without severe vertigo, nausea, extreme headaches and exhaustion. It's been MONTHS now and nothing is changing, except things are getting worse. He is anxious, angry, frustrated and worried about our financial situation. Words like "difficult" and "challenging" aren't quite enough.
Chris is also not a complainer. This is a big thing for me, coming from the wrestling business. When we wrestlers are used to taping up broken ankles to go have a match...traveling 6 hours to a show with severe sciatica...missing our mother's birthday because we're booked overseas...we do NOT want to hear that you can't work because you have a headache or a broken toe. We go to the gym every week no matter what to work around broken fingers, sprained wrists and separated shoulders. To hear someone say she can't do something because of her period or she has a sore knee assures me this is a person I could never be friends with. I can't deal with people who complain about the little stuff. Chris isn't like that. For him to complain, it's got to be something real.
The fact that many of you are helping and being supportive means more than you could possibly know.
I am trying to look for any and all silver linings...always. This is a big one for me, as I am so grateful. ~ April
Oh, wow. I cannot thank you enough for doing this!! Seriously...I am floored right now. And so incredibly grateful. It's been really hard lately with everything catching up to us. I appreciate this beyond words. So does Christopher Harris. Thank you, Michelle Estadt and Jay E Fife...truly. I woke up to this today and...was shocked. In a good way. (Unlike normally being shocked when another bill comes in for $256 AFTER insurance has paid out most of it for an MRI and we're trying to figure out how to cover it in addition to everything else while handling school and work.) I cannot thank you all enough for thinking of me. (Tearing up right now.)
Here were are, a few days later...and thank you. I can't access the account to personally write to you, but Michelle did get my bank info linked. I am SO entirely grateful to you for donating and sharing. You probably have no real idea how much you're helping us. Just that...thank you.