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Dyann Kramer Medical Expenses

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Help Dyann wake up from her nightmare and get her life back.
My name is Rosemary and my sister Dyann has been unable to work for 5 months due to several factors including a hospital acquired infection that turned a surgery that was supposed to help her walk and work with less pain into a nightmare. She has been hospitalized for over two months and there is no timeline in sight for her to return to work. Her insurance is not going to cover all of the expenses. Dyann, a widow since 2016, is a frugal person who lives a simple life. She was a self employed hair stylist prior to her surgery. Her income had already suffered a decline since 2020 due to COVID. She lives with her only son who works for Walmart and is struggling to pay for the basic home expenses so that they can keep their modest home.
In addition to the medical expenses, when Dyann is able to go home, she will need a wheelchair ramp to enter and exit her home as well as other equipment that will allow her to live at home.
She contracted COVID in October of 2022 while visiting our 98 year old mother who was rehabbing after hip surgery. The COVID affected Dyann’s Spondylolisthesis which is a condition where one of the bones in your spine, called a vertebra, slips forward and presses on the nerve causing pain and numbness in legs. The pain was so extreme that she went to the emergency room 3 times in one month seeking help. When the pain prevented her from walking, she moved in with our mother so that mom would have someone there 24 hours a day and allowed me to help both of them in one location while waiting for the surgery needed to repair her spine.
Dyann had surgery in January 2023 and while in the hospital, she contracted an infection that rendered her unable to speak and affected her cognitively. It was heartbreaking to watch her try to speak with her son and not be able to form words to say “I love you”. She couldn’t eat or drink and had to have a feeding tube. It took the doctors almost a week to figure out what bacteria was causing the infection and then they put her on IV antibiotics in mid-February. It is April and she is still on IV antibiotics and is being moved to a skilled nursing facility in the hopes that she can build the strength in her legs to walk again. Dyann’s ability to speak slowly came back after the doctors started the antibiotics, but the Spondylolisthesis damaged the nerves in her legs leaving her with a condition called drop foot which will affect walking and driving. Being in in a hospital bed for over two months has caused muscle atrophy in her legs, thus lengthening recovery time.
Dyann is a fighter and will do whatever it takes to get back to work, but it will not be anytime soon. Dyann’s friends and family have been very supportive so far, but the expenses are mounting to a point where they are beyond our means and we need help from our community.
Please consider donating to help Dyann’s nightmare come to an end.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Rosemary Peters
City of Saint Peters, MO
Dyann Kramer

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