On January 6th, after an eventful pregnancy, Derick and Beckie welcomed Derick Kenneth into the world 6 1/2 weeks early. Baby Derick has been thriving! Beckie on the other hand was admitted into the ICU on January 21st, unresponsive. It was learned that Beckie, who is type 1 diabetic, was suffering from sepsis, DKA and she had a stroke. The damage from this stroke is showing to be more detrimental than the stroke she had in her teens. On January 29, Beckie started having seizures, the cause still unkown, however another condition was discovered, Endocarditis. This is believed to have been the cause of the sepsis and stroke. Additionally, she will be having surgery on her heart to remove the infection and replace a valve on Feb 1st.
Beckie, a nurse with Saint Lukes Health System, was placed on bedrest during her pregnancy, and her return to work at this point is uncertian. Her short term disability will be running out soon. Derick, a self employed contractor,has been at the hospital, caring for Becky and baby, and has not worked since early January. Unfortunately, the bills still keep coming. So that Derick can continue to care for his family, and Beckie can concentrate on healing and their baby, we are asking for donations to keep them afloat. Newborns and babies are expensive, even with 2 working parents. Thoughts and prayers are also greatly appreciated. Please feel free to share.