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Juana's Stroke Recovery Fund

$9,795 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 25 days
Created January 27, 2019
Juana's Kids
on behalf of Asa Plum
Juana (Jane) Plum had a severe stroke on January 19th. She was life-flighted from her small town to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. She was rushed into emergency brain surgery to drain the bleed and pressure. Juana was in ICU for 4 days before she was moved to the stroke recovery department. She will continue to be there until the doctor says she can be transferred to a specialty care facility.  Once she is released from the hospital she will be moved to a higher level specialty care facility near Des Moines. As soon as she reaches a certain point in her recovery she will then be moved to another specialty care facility that is near her home town for the remainder of her recovery.   

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This will be a long road to recovery for her. It will be months of specialty care and therapy. The timeline is unknown and can only be guessed as it really will just depend on how her body improves itself along with the help of therapy. However, she is showing early signs of improvement. When she woke up from surgery she was aware of what happened and was able to talk, minimally, to her kids and the doctors and nurses. After a few days she was starting to get feeling back on her left side and has been gradually able to move her leg again. Jane is just as feisty as ever and we believe this will help her recover quicker than the doctors are expecting. We’re hoping that she will continue to improve at the same pace, but are cautiously optimistic.

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The money that is raised will be used for her medical bills for the hospital, transport, therapy and long term care facilities. We are hopeful that she will be able to be back at home after several months. When she does get back home, there will be a need for home nursing visits and physical assistance aids to be put in her home like a shower chair, handles in the bathroom, etc. The money will help with those home needs as well.

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Jane has 3 kids, Jdia, Emily and Asa as well as 3 grandkids, a daughter-in-law and a son-in-law. Jdia is local, but Emily and Asa are not. As anyone knows, travel expenses can get really high very quickly, especially with one living in Phoenix and the other in Atlanta.

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If you would like to help in other ways please let us know and we’d be happy to let you know what there is.

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Juana (Jane) got a nice surprise today from a friend of hers. Love her expression, happy and sassy.
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Parole has been granted, Juana has left the building! 

She has been transferred to a Stroke Rehabilitation Center via medical transport. She has spent 25 days trying to convince the staff at the hospital that she's fine to leave and now she gets to prove it. The new facility will be a place for her to focus more intensely on her rehab needs. Her time there will depend on how she does with her rehab.

We're going to let mom get settled in before we have much in the way if of visitors. Her internal body clock is completely out of sync because of being in the hospital for so long and being woken up by someone every few hours. She has been such an independent person for so long that such a drastic and involuntary change is exceptionally difficult. 

So once she gets readjusted, people can start visiting, just so it doesn't interfere with her rehabilitation schedule. Our goal is to get her back to independence as soon as possible, so the rehab needs to be top priority.

If you would like the address to send cards (no flowers per request of the facility) feel free to send myself, Asa or Emily a PM, text or email. 
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Update on Juana (Jane) and Asa (figured I get both of them in the same update).

Juana is doing well with her new feeding tube and getting the much needed nutrients to help aide her recovery. She is being released from the hospital tomorrow and transferred to a specialty care facility. There she will continue to receive the care and rehab she needs.

Please keep in mind that she is not quite up to lots of visitors yet. As soon as we get the OK we will let you know. If anyone would like the new address of the care facility to send cards or flowers please private message, email or text us. We do not want to make this information public on FB but are happy to give it to you.

Today we had an issue with a concerned relative calling the new facility about her “flight” risk. Please know that Jane understands where she is going and that she doesn’t want to leave the facility. She just wants to “escape” the bed to use the bathroom like normal. Being that she can’t walk yet, that isn’t possible. We joke that she is an “escape artist” but please know that it is a joke and not meant that she will actually run away. She is not a true flight risk in the medical sense of the term. If anyone has any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact any of her kids and we will happily go over them with you.

Asa has been back home in AZ now for a few days. He’s still recovering and sleeping a lot, but he is getting back into the swing of things.

Thank you for your continued support!
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Update on Juane (Jane)

Juana has reached a new level of her rehabilitation, she has managed to stay awake for (essentially) the whole day. For someone with a black belt in napping, this is a big milestone. This means that her body is out of the trauma phase and is in recovery mode, so we expect to see more in the way of physical process in the weeks to come. For the time being, she needs a steady schedule of rest and rehab.

We ask that you not send any additional cards or flowers to Mercy Hospital as she may be moved in the next week and I wouldn’t want your items to be misplaced. As soon as we have the address information and day she is being moved we will let you know so that you can continue to send cards and flowers if you like.

Updates will continue to be posted, but we are reaching a state of stability and changes will be less dramatic with updates less often.

Lastly, Asa is in mental rehabilitation for the next 24 hours. Being at the center of communication + care + sleeping on a hospital recliner has been...difficult. It’s a bit like being stuck in the movie Groundhog Day...only in a hospital. He greatly appreciates all the support, but the mental, physical and emotional toll is beginning to show and he needs a bit of a break after nearly 2 weeks. If you have any questions, please go ahead and send a note, but responses will be delayed.

Many thanks again all!
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Raised by 61 people in 25 days
Created January 27, 2019
Juana's Kids
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