La Kiki’s road to recovery

In my 30 years living I have finally realized what it means when time freezes... when your day to day activities just stop and nothing else in the world matters. You start to forget what day of the week it is and forget you have more to your life than sitting next to a bedside praying. You begin to realize how
Important life is and how love is the most
Important thing in the world.

Most of our family and friends know what has happened to my mother Christine aka la kiki. For those of you who don’t my mother is suffering from encephalitis...a virus has went to her brain. Feb 6 18...My little brother Anthony found her unresponsive and suffering from a seizure. He called 911 and The ambulance took her to kaiser and there they gave her an MRI, CAT scan, EEG, a spinal tap, blood tests etc. etc. Everything came back negative including all vitals. My mother was sleeping and would not wake to the sound of my my brothers or the rest of our families voices. Two days we watched her sleep with a million questions and no answers....

As we know my mom does not like to be bothered. As the nurses continued to change her take her temp, check her vitals she would start to respond by wanting to be left alone.
She finally woke up and started remembering faces, names, and was moved to step down where we thought she was getting better. 6 days total we stayed at kaiser with no answers.

While in step down My mom started sezuring with silent stares and woke up not remembering  what had happened or who was there... she was confused, as were we.
I’m not sure which was worse for me. Watching My mom not wake up and not respond or watching her mind suffer.

I Missed my mommy... I missed her asking me a million questions, I missed her laugh, her smile,her love, and her attitude..
“Cry out he will hear you.”
I finally lost control.. no answers. Just a waiting game.
I prayed and prayed.
Praying for My mother and praying for the strength and guidance to get me through this I needed strength and courage to reflect upon my mom.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~ Isaiah 41:10

Finally that day we as a family decided to move her to Little company.
The night we transferred her we followed in cars, it was raining..
I felt a sense of comfort from the rain.
A new beginning, a fresh start.
Hosea 6:3
"So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth."

The moment we stepped into the hospital I felt as if we were doing the right thing.
Our first night was hard for my mother she had no Medicine until dr orders, we stayed up till 5 am and it was one of the hardest nights but god told my heart and mind... it’s ok it will all be ok..
The next morning the neurologist came in early and immediately started work. She moved her to icu where there is a special neurological unit. Neurologists drs were there 24 hrs a day. The dr.s begin tests and hooked her up to an EEG machine where it would monitor her brain for 24 hrs. That evening as I sat alone the neurologist came in begin filling my heart with answers .. he said they seen the siezures on the test and he is pretty sure she is suffering from encephalitis which is swelling of the brain. He told Me another mri would take place and that the spinal tap should come in a few days..
we spent few days in icu and things started looking up.
as I write this this is our 7th day at little Mom is speaking to me demanding orders and as always wants everything to be her way.

Today is febuary 19 and it is now 2 weeks  that she has been hospitalized. Two hospitals later and in and out of icu.
This morning she suffered another seizure.... some days good some days well not so good... when my mom wakes up she is giggly, emotional, and wants to know everything. She tells the nurses she knows when they are bullshitting because she is a bullshitter too.

I am continuing to pray that I get my mom back 100%. And I am grateful for all those who have visited, prayed, and have sent me and my family messages.
With this go fund me ( go fund us)I am hoping to raise some money for my mom and family.

The moment when life freezes and and time begins to melt like ice. Life begins to start again. But where do you begin?

Me and my family have been off of work for two weeks.. it is crucial that my mom has attention at all times..We are all waiting for disability and family leave to kick in. I am night shift duty to watch my mom at night and I had to let go of my second job so I can sleep during the day and sleep light enough to hear her at night. We all are constantly changing shifts to stay with her at the hospital so she doesn’t wake up alone or seizure and no one know.

I’d like to start a go fund me to help my family until we are able to continuously go back to work.
The go fund me would be for necessities like groceries.
When you live at the hospital the cafeteria and fast food becomes your kitchen.
I would also like for a full fridge of my moms favorite foods when she comes home in a few weeks. This fund would be ONLY be for necessities.
We have rent due the first and disability-has not kicked in.. we also are not sure how much hospital bills we are looking at... 
with taking care of the house, the bills, and along with myself.. to me my mom is a superwoman.

I sit here and wonder how she does it?
A mother, a partner, a worker, a friend, a daughter, a sister...and a beautiful soul.
My mom is my hero. And I know she is in her hospital bed fighting hard to come home.
Help us with our fight to bring my mom home.
"LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress." ~ Isaiah 33:2


  • Josue Cervantes
    • $25 
    • 6 yrs


Tania Torres
Los Angeles, CA

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