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Care for Christin

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Raised by 471 people in 10 months
Created January 18, 2018
Thank you everyone for showing how much we all love Christin and how much she has impacted us all through her love, caring, smiles, and compassion. Last week on January 11th, Christin fell ill with the flu and was initially treated. However her immune system was compromised and a bacterial infection began. After several days of increasing pain and failing to receive proper medical care from multiple medical facilities, Christin was transported by ambulance to a Level 1 Trauma Hospital. Due to the time that had lapsed caused by the misdiagnoses, the bacterial infection developed into a highly aggressive form of Necrotizing Faciitis (flesh eating bacteria), a very rare and destructive disease with a mortality rate of 30% and higher. Within twelve hours Christin underwent two surgeries to remove the infected tissue in an effort to save her life. In total over 30% of Christin's soft tissue had to be surgically removed during these life saving efforts. She is currently in critical yet stable condition as she undergoes further surgeries. Christin faces a very long road to recovery ahead with numerous skin graft surgeries, reconstructive surgeries and physical therapy. We currently don't know how long it will take for Christin to fully recover but she will most likely be hospitalized for several months before she can be safely discharged assuming there are no further complications. Christin's passion to help others led to her becoming a special education teacher but it is unknown when she will be able to return back to work to help support her three beautiful children. We have chosen a goal of $20,000 based upon what we estimate will not be covered by insurance. We welcome all forms of support by your thoughts, prayers, donations, or help in spreading this message. Thank you and anything helps.
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From Our Beautiful Survivor:

It has been 2 weeks at home. At the beginning it felt like I was bringing home a newborn baby. LOL However, I was so happy to be home with my three children and husband and to see my in-laws all at once in my own home. Just being around my loved ones has made me stronger.

I was discharged from the hospital with a wound vac, but two days later it was removed to focus on wound care and physical and occupational therapy. I enjoy my occupational therapist and I'm getting stronger from the exercises. We are working on softening my grafts, healing the armpit and axilla area, and the donor sites as well.
Since being home I've definitely jumpjumped back in to mommyhoodback into mommy Hood, not 100%, but a little bit to make my kids and myself happy. I've been enjoying reading to my son, getting him dressed changing a few diapers, bath time, playing, and even trying to continue with potty training. With my girls I've been working on homework, playing, and just talking to them. I've had a few jumps in recovery such as now being able to touch the top of my head to do some of my own hair, I continue to be able to get dressed on my own with no help, I've cooked a few meals with the help of so many friends bringing meals to the house, and I've even gone to the grocery store! Yesterday we took a big family outing up to Bearizona! I did well walking around especially in the cold. I was so grateful to be able to take one of these adventures with my family again!

I'm so grateful to my family and friends, God, and the knowledge of all the medical professionals that have worked with me these past 3 months. Thank you all for your prayers and I ask that you continue to pray as I continue to need Physical Therapy, occupational therapy, and possible surgeries in this next year. Each day I hope for the energy to be able to do something more.

My next big outing will be to return to my school to visit my students and fellow teachers. I can't wait to give hugs and probably share some tears.

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SHE IS HOME!!!!!!

Last Friday I received my 24th surgery to remove the wound vac and graft my armpit. This week I have had donor dressing changes and my donor site is healing beautifully. The wound VAC has been put back on my armpit to ensure the graft and the flap that was placed for reconstruction are healing well to my body.
Today March 30th marks the 75th day being in the hospital due to Necrotising Fasciitis. Today is a very special day I am finally being discharged to go home! I am not being sent to a rehab facility, as my physical therapists have been working so well with me that I am ready to go home safely. I will however be returning to the hospital weekly for wound VAC changes and for other occupational therapy of my arm.
My recovery is far from over but at this point it's going to continue from home which of course is so much better than being stuck in the hospital away from my family.
Over the next year I will be continuing with physical therapy each week, I plan to take up yoga to learn proper stretching of my body, and there may be further reconstructive surgery due to the damage from Necrotizing Fasciitis.
Friends and family, again I can't thank you enough for the support with meals prayers love and monetary donations throughout this entire hospitalization. Without you and your constant encouragement I would have had a very difficult time getting through this. I love you all and I am extremely excited that the next time you see me I will be at home!
All my love,
Christin Lipinski
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Written by Christin:

Hello,

This has been a big week for me. I had the official auto-grafting surgery on Friday February 23rd. I qualified for the Clinical trial called Resell. The surgery consisted of removing donor skin from my right upper thigh. All the way around.  They also took donor skin from the outer thigh of my left leg. With the Resell, they take the skin, and run it through a processor to stretch 3x it's size. They covered my wounds with this skin. Now, the unique step in Resell is   they put a piece of donor skin, no bigger than a stamp, in a special processing container with enzymes.  This turns the skin into liquid skin. Now the Dr sprays my skin all over the donor and grafting sites.  This will help create a smoother appearance upon healing. It also speeds up the the healing process. 

I had to stay in a   "scowy", which is like a brace for my arm. I had to keep it elevated, so none of the grafted skin moved. Day and night for 6 days.

Yesterday,  Thursday March 1st, they team removed all bandages. This is the most painful experience I have been through. Now my bandages are more moist and have more cushion for comfort.  However,  these dressing changes are daily, and still excruciating. 

On Monday March 5th, I go back to surgery. The plastic surgeon needs to reconstruct my left armpit. I'll give an update after that. 


I am so grateful for your thoughts and prayers..

Love,

Christin Lipinski 
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Surgery Update from this morning:

Christin is doing well and is back in her room from recovery. Her surgery lasted about 5 hours. She received a 1:3 ratio autograft (her own skin) to her wound site with the donor locatons primarily from her right thigh and also some from her left.

They applied the recell treatment to both the skin graft and donor location sites which will help with wound healing time and reduction of scarring. There is an exposed portion of the wound that was still too deep in her left axial (armpit). So with the exception of that location, her wounds have been completely covered.

The doctors also stated that her previous skin graft from last week in the pernial (groin) region is looking excellent and is a great indicator that her body is accepting the skin grafts well. She has been in a lot of pain due to the large area of donor tissue but the staff here are trying to make her as comfortable as possible. She will have another surgery in about a week to help cover and fill in the armpit area after the protocol for the recell treatment has been completed.

Christin will not being coming home next week contrary to the recent abc15 video/article. She will be here for at least two more weeks and then four weeks at a rehab facility.
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