If you’re part of the online photographic community at all, you probably know the name Matt Day. Whether it be his podcast The Shoot, his YouTube channel, or his Instagram, Matt has been promoting, educating, and sharing his love of photography for years. He’s given so much to the photographic community at large, and now it’s time we showed our appreciation and gave back to him.
I could try and explain what’s going on, but I think it’s best if it came from Matt’s wife Molly herself:
“As many of you know, Matt has had a rough few weeks. I just wanted to get the full story out there to fill in the gaps:
Last Friday (6/29/18), he told me he had a migraine. When I got home from work Sunday morning, he apparently had been vomiting all night and couldn't tolerate loud sounds or any light, so I took him to the ER for some fluids and a migraine cocktail. This helped for a while, but that night he started to have fevers. By Tuesday, the headache was worse and he had been consistently vomiting and not voiding, so he went back to the ER where he was treated for dehydration and they considered a lumbar puncture, but decided against it at that time and sent him home. He continued to have high fevers at home, and on Wednesday afternoon, he came out of our room and was covered in a rash and confused. I took him back to the ER and he ended up being admitted. All night his vitals were off. He received lots of fluids to bring his blood pressure up and his heart rate down. He had to be placed on a cooling blanket to bring down his fever. He was eventually moved to the ICU stepdown unit where he has been ever since to closely monitor him. Infectious disease is confident that this is a result from either a tick-borne illness or West Nile virus. He has received doxycycline for the tick illnesses. He is experiencing quite a few complications. He now has pneumonia, a UTI, and inflammation in his brain. His vitals are better now, but today he is experiencing some neurological symptoms that are concerning, so he will be transferred to Riverside. He is stable and talking, he just needs a higher level of care at this point. Thank you so much to all of my wonderful coworkers who have given him THE BEST care. Thank you to all of our friends and family for your help with kids and animals. Thank you for all of your prayers and good vibes sent. He certainly needs them right now. ❤️”
Thoughts and prayers are certainly appreciated, but I know we can do more for the Day family right now. The medical expenses for Matt’s treatment and hospital visits are tough on any family, so let’s rise up together and show some monetary support! I reached out to Molly to make sure she was okay with launching this and she has given her blessing. So donate knowing that all money will go right to the Day family.
Any size donation/contribution will be appreciated. And if you can’t donate, please spread the word! Matt has been so selfless and opened himself up to to the photographic world time and time again. It’s the least we can do to help him in this tough time.