The Dodson Family
(Jim, Debbie, Ashley, and Stephen)
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My mom recovered nicely from her operation and was able to come home with us for a couple of weeks. However in February, she had a neurological episode. The ambulance was called and she was sent back to Georgetown due to an infection and excess fluid on her brain. There was a lot of debate on putting a shunt or some drains into her head. A doctor decided to wrap a bandage really tight around her head in hopes or preventing the fluid from seeping to the sides of her skull. The bandage was not checked and she was in enough pain to cause the nurses to inject morphine. The bandage was pulled off a few days later and her head had been torn and burned open. The original infection was now under control and she seemed to be stable. She would be released from Georgetown to rehabilitation in Calvert Memorial Hospital. Before she was released, her mother passed away from kidney failure and a fatal infection called calciphilaxis. My mom was too ill to attend the funeral and it seemed like everything that could go wrong, was going wrong. My mom was released to Calvert though. After about a day there, she spiked a fever and doctors took a blood culture to check for infection. Dr.Pomilla discovered a very serious infection. He realized my mom should not have been released and she was sent back to Georgetown. Georgetown found a number of infections but one very serious infection. The infection is called psuedomonas aerugonosa and once it reaches the brain, it is associated with a 90% mortality rate. This infection was in her brain and was caused by the burn on her forehead. The burn is very severe and we had a number of plastic surgeons approach us to let us know she would need surgery to fix the giant scar it would leave. That was not our biggest concern. My mom was fighting a very serious infection and excess fluid on the brain. In March, my mother suffered from multiple seizures and heart problems. My mother's heart did stop beating one night and doctors had to shock her to bring her back to us. She was on the heaviest antibiotics possible. She was opened back up and her head was flushed out in hopes of cleaning out the infected areas. She was living off of a breathing tube and a feeding tube while she had drains placed in her head to removed fluid. She was unable to move, speak, eat, or even show us any sign that she was not completely brain dead. She had her eyes closed for many days and for a while there, many people thought it was the end of the road for her. I almost lost my mother a second time. Eventually she did show signs of stability. We had good days and bad days. Doctors decided to place a trach into her throat and the feeding tube was placed surgically into her stomach. She received multiple operations. After blood clots, fevers, and other smaller problems; Insurance was unwilling to pay for her to stay any longer as she was pronounce medically stable. We were not thrilled with this news but she was moved into a nursing home in Bowie. At this nursing home she began to move just a little and she learned to shake her head, blink for us, and even speak just a little. She was recovering slowly but surely. After a few weeks there, Insurance decided she was not progressing fast enough and if we wanted her to stay there, we would have to pay out of pocket. My dad and I decided to bring her home because they were not cleaning her very well there. They didn't move her often enough or change her and she had developed bed soars and rashes. She is now home. My dad and I watch her, feed her tiny bits of ice cream, give her medication, feed her with the feeding tube, wash her, talk to her, and change her. She is still improving ever so slowly but I am lucky to have her with me today. We are still in a huge financial mess and would appreciate all of the donations and help we could get! Please spread the word!!
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