On June 18, 2017, Father's Day, mom woke up and had horrible pain in her left leg. She could hardly get out of bed, let alone walk, and had a temperature. Monday morning, they took her to her family doctor and they couldn't find anything that would be causing the pain, but they sent her to the Huntington Hospital for additional testing.
She spent hours there... test after test was done and they still couldn't provide the cause of the immense pain. They did find she was dehydrated and had a kidney/bladder infection. She was given fluids for that and an antibiotic.
She was sent home, but the fever remained after several days, even after the antibiotics were gone. So back to the doctor they went. They were still concerned with the persistent high fever so this time they sent her to Parkview North on Dupont in Fort Wayne. Here, they found a touch of pneumonia and she was given IV antibiotics for that along with 17, and I'm not exaggerating, 17 tests. Thankfully, one of those tests revealed the source of her pain and now inflammation.... She had a severe infection in her artificial hip implant.
The course of action was going to be surgery to open the hip, clear out all of the infection, and close her up. That was BEST case. Unfortunately, when they got in there, they found the infection was so bad her body had gone into septic shock and her organs were shutting down. They had to completely remove her artificial hip and put a temporary in. Surgery went okay, but it was extremely rough on her fragile body. She struggled to come through recovery. This is where things got drastically worse. She developed DIC, which is a blood disorder, but because of her liver failure, her blood would not clot. She received 20 bags of blood, 10 of platelets and 5 of plasma in only a very short amount of time and yet her body was just loosing blood everywhere. At this point, she was in the ICU and they came to tell us they didn't think she would make it through the night.
If you're reading this, you know my mom... and she's one HECK of a fighter, so there is no surprise that she made it through. Each day was touch and go, one baby step forward and one giant step back, but it appeared her body was trying to make progress. After 15 days in ICU, she was able to successfully breathe on her own without the vent and was moved to a surgical floor. She appeared to be getting better physically, but it was extremely deceiving because while she looked to be getting better, her organs continued to shut down.
So here we are about a month later... Today, we make that decision no one wants to make, the one that seems like a dream, like it will never happen to you. We make the decision to switch from treatment to comfort, knowing we will be left with days, only days, to have mom. We have prayed, relentlessly, as we know our family and friends have and we know that she has fought harder than anyone, including the doctors, thought possible. Her body is tired and it is time for her to rest. The type of rest that one only gets in a better place.
So here is why I am setting this fund up... My dad has worked his entire life to provide for us. Worked days, nights, weekends, gone on trips and missed family functions, all so that his family could have the very best. This hospital stay and now hospice care, along with funeral expenses, will wipe him out. And that is just not fair. It is not fair that dad will have to live the rest of his days suffering and reliving this every time he thinks about money.
It doesn't have to be much, every single dollar helps. If financial support is not an option, the prayers are appreciated just as much. The money raised will be put directly towards this hospital and hospice bill along with funeral expenses. Thank you for taking the time to read my moms story. And thank you in advance for the help however you choose to do so.
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