Then Grace began getting the headaches. This progressed to nausea, and a high fever. Because she is pregnant with their third child, Grace went to both urgent care and ERs to try to resolve this problem only to get multiple diagnosis's and
Basically we dont know what is wrong with you.
She ended up being admitted to Mercy for four days in December and was released with still no explanation as to why she was sick two days before Christmas.
Two days after Christmas, Graces doctor tested her for CMV, a very common virus which is only dangerous to pregnant women and unborn babies. She tested positive and began to see a specialist who would monitor her unborn baby for birth defects. Whatever virus it was it most likely was also what affected Jeff. They just got the lucky combination. Jeff started getting better and we thought Grace was in the clear except for being monitored.
Finally, in January, Grace was getting ready to restart classes when she felt a weakness in her knees and her speechstarted to slur. Two ER visits later, she went to Missouri Baptist and they transferred her by ambulance to Barnes Jewish Hospital where she was admitted. An MRI of her head and spine revealed lesions on her brain and spine. This was diagnosed as "post infection transverse myelitis" , which was her bodys response to the previous infection. It caused partial paralysis in her legs and some damage to her speech and balance. The only cure is time.
Thankfully, baby three, Ramona has been a champ through it all. She appears to be healthy and strong. We wont know the full effect of her damage (if any) until birth and until she is two years of age.
Finally, this go fund me is in response to all those people who have asked "how can I help?" Although Jeff and Grace have good jobs and insurance, Jeff missed three weeks of work ,and Grace is unable to work. Although they have insurance, Barnes may be out of network and the copays are large. We do not know how large yet. Jeff and Grace are facing huge medical bills from the hospital stays and ongoing medical bills for specialists and physical therapy and occupational therapy. They also will be greeting Ramona in April. Anything you can give will help. Tha
- Adam Michalski
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- Selena Johnson
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