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Cristol Cares

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Raised by 120 people in 3 months
Created July 2, 2018
Love4CristolCares
on behalf of Jeffrey Morgan
31032718_1530646657447976_r.jpegFriends, Family and Fellow Good-Doers,

Help Cristol recover!
 

My name is Michelle, a cousin of Cristol's and here is her story:
On June 22nd, Cristol was involved in a 4 wheeler accident in the Dominican Republic (her home) while in her driveway.  She was a passenger on a friend's 4 wheeler that appears to have had something go wrong.  The exact cause of the accident is unknown.  Cristol has not been able to recollect the event.  Cristol and Jeff, as well as many other people in the area use 4 wheelers as a form of transportation rather than an automobile.  The terrain is rugged and difficult to navigate.  Cristol's spinal cord has been severed between the C5 and C6 vertebrae.  Medically speaking, Cristol will never walk again and will have use of her hands only after intense therapy.  She also has damage to C2 and C3 limiting her ability to breathe on her own.  She has undergone one surgery thus far to place screws in her vertebrae.  Cristol has also been intubated as she has had an infection in her lungs and challenges with breathing.  Another surgery is planned later this week to place more screws and to perform a tracheostomy. 
Cristol has no health insurance.  She remains in ICU.  Doctor's prognosis is that Cristol will never walk again.  Medical bills are already adding up to insurmountable amounts.  I cannot begin to imagine the overall costs of her care, but what I do know is that together -  WE CAN HELP!       
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For those of you that know Cristol, you know she is a God loving woman that is always willing to help anyone, anywhere.  While in the Dominican, she has been giving back by caring for animals throughout the local communities... a true heart for serving.  Now she and Jeff need us  -   The hospital she is in requires PRE-PAYMENT for surgeries etc., so immediate help is needed.    Although the doctors say Cristol may not be able to do certain things again - I know, Jeff knows, and Cristol knows we serve a miracle working God!  Please pray for Cristol and Jeff as well as the medical professionals that are caring for Cristol.  We are believing for healing and God's touch on Cristol and Jeff as they walk through this together.31032718_1530646774499036_r.jpeg

Thank you all for your help. 
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A 5 part video blog - please watch each segment to see what is happening with Cristol directly shared by Cristol!
And a special thanks to Shelley for the editing and recording!❤️

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cristolmorgan/journal

May Cristol inspire each of us...
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Day 85:

Home at last

https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cristolmorgan/journal/view/id/5b9c6f7e4e2c8c621a5107b3

Cristol is out of the hospital! She was released yesterday to Tootie’s house with Jeff. Please click on the above link for photos of the journey.

Jeff says all is well today!

More info to follow once they settle...

Please keep Cristol in your prayers! Continue to share her story.
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Miracle Day 79:

It’s been awhile since I last updated. Cristol has been in rehab in Parkland Hospital in Dallas for sometime now. The doctors have done an ASIA exam on her 3 separate times, each time showing the same results. Cristol’s injury is at a C6 level, as far as where the actual cord was severed, but her nerve damage is more in correlation with that of a C4 level injury. What this means - medically speaking- Cristol is not expected to gain any use of her right arm, either leg, fingers etc. She can lift her left arm at her deltoid muscle only. She cannot bend her wrist, control her fingers etc. The therapists have been teaching Cristol to use a special splint that holds a fork, stylus etc on her left arm so she may do some things on her own. Cristol is expected to be released from rehab this week! It seems so fast, but the doctors are doing everything necessary to prepare her for leaving. There are a lot of details to be worked out such as living arrangements and so on. A lot depends on financial assistance and availability. Cristol will need 24/7 care. Cristol’s breathing is improving and she is able to use her voice and speak entire sentences- even conversations! I was blessed to be a part of a video chat with her Thursday evening and what a wonderful sound that was!
As you can imagine, the future is uncertain in our eyes. Yet, our God knows the plan! He has every detail worked out before we know it is even a concern. Please pray for guidance for both Jeff and Cristol as they make some very big decisions this week. Pray also for peace over their entire situation!
Thank all of you for your continued love and support! Without it, this journey wouldn’t have been bareable.
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Miracle Day 60:
This Entry will be by Jeff via Caring Bridge-

Journal entry by Jeffrey Morgan — 12 hours ago (August 20)

Many "Thank you's" to Shelly for keeping the information flowing to the blog on those days I don't get to it.

Cristol told me last week that I needed to take a break, and it happened to coincide with a visitor coming to spend the wknd with Cristol.

Gina & Dana came in Friday morning - they spent the wknd spoiling Cristol... Manicure, pedicure, Thai food, ice cream - the list goes on and on. Thank you to Gina & Dana - Cristol will remember the girls wknd for quite some time.

To the medical updates...

Speech therapy worked with us Fri morning - basically trained us on traceotomy occlusion. By pressing my thumb against the hole - Cristol could actually speak out loud. She spoke a couple of words (Jeff, Mocha, & Cristol). She was a happy girl - 1st time we'd heard her voice since the accident. Occlusion requires perfect timing - I would have to press my thumb against the hole at the right moment - otherwise nothing.

This morning - the speech therapist worked with us again, and actually explained how to get voice without occlusion. Basically - Cristol would have to take super-deep breaths, and speak one word at a time. She figured it out - she's been practicing most of the day.

A speech valve is the next step - it's basically a small cover for the traceotomy opening. This will create additional resistance - forcing the diaphragm muscle to become stronger - which will allow lung secretions to come up thru the mouth. This will eventually allow for the removal of the traceotomy (this could be several months down the road - not anytime soon).

Occupational & physical therapy have spent time with us also - they transfer from the bed into a wheelchair, and back into the bed later in the day. This gives Cristol a much needed break from the bed.

We are still waiting for Rehab to open a bed for her. We wait daily for that. We are constantly reminded there is a waiting list for patients to get into the Rehab program here. We're willing to accept it - we know it will happen when God says it's time. Rehab will consist of roughly 3 hours per day (combo of occupational, physical, & speech). Evenings and overnights are uninterrupted - they try to make it as close to home living as possible.

Within the last couple of days - Cristol has said she feels an increased tingling sensation in the fingers of her right hand, and has a little more movement of the left arm. We believe this is God healing her body.


The following is from Michelle (me):

This is an overview for the past week or so as I have not been able to post- The medical diagnosis/prognosis in the US has lined up with that in the Dominican. The primary difference being the diaphragm damage. The Dominican said it was paralysis while the US says it is weakness. Since being in Dallas, Cristol has been in and out of chairs daily, which is a HUGE change from the DR. There, she remained in bed 24/7. She has a different tubing on her trach that helps with keeping the trach lubricated... this is a much nicer set up for Cristol as it uses water vs medicine. Cristol has been enjoying many visits from friends and family :) This is a huge blessing to her as she is a people person!!! Shelly Easley has been tremendous in keeping me posted with detailed info regularly! She gets by quite frequently and has assumed the girlie-care position!
Cristol is progressing day by day! She has a great support system in place and once a bed opens up, she will have hours of exhausting therapy each and every day. She will astound all of us at what she accomplishes!
The financial burden is heavy but has to be put in the background as Cristol's healing is top priority. It is unclear at this time what the outcome will be with the aid applied for - only time will tell.
Thank you to all of you that have donated, shared Cristol's story, continued to pray for her and love her! She is here to do amazing things through the hands of God - we are all a witness to that!

I am including a link below to follow the posts from Jeff and/or Shelly Easley on Caring Bridge as well. Please note - Caring Bridge is a communication blog only - the money (if you choose to support Caring Bridge) does not go to Cristol. The Go Fund Me is for Jeff and Cristol's medical costs.
https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cristolmorgan/follow
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