My Name is Dawn Davies, some of you may know me as Dawn Crawford. I had a name change recently.
Why I’m writing here is because of my dear friend Lisa Assad Hitchings. She has had so many health issues in the last 6 years. She had two blood clots in her brain that only 20% survive it, and here she is, surviving. This is called Venus Sinus Thrombosis. Two years ago she got shingles on her head, face and eye and continues to suffer daily pain from them. Lisa can’t even have any hair touching the left side of her forehead due to its sensitivity.
This time she was poisoned by carbon monoxide from her furnace while cleaning up her flooded, moldy basement. She had her furnace running, as she was trying to dry it out. However, unbeknownst to her, the furnace’s heating chamber was faulty, and may have been leaking for a year, according to the furnace man. As she cleaned, she was breathing in the carbon monoxide.
When she went to work the next day, she was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She blacked out at work and has no recollection of even driving to work. She has not been back to work since September 18, 2018, and has been in and out of the hospital several times to try and get the carbon monoxide poisoning out of her. We also found out she has had a mini stroke sometime!
Still has her sense of humor!
She is unable to return to work at this time, and unfortunately, her workplace does not have short term disability. Lisa works with children who have mental health issues, and is so very good at what she does. I am sure the kids are missing her and wondering where she is. She loves her job and would like to return ASAP. Lisa has used all her sick days as well. My friend cannot even go back into her own house yet. Luckily, for her, she has a friend she is able to stay with, and her mother is staying with her as she cannot be left alone. Even walking is difficult for her. She loses her balance and walks with a cane.
At times she cannot even remember her grandkids names. Lisa has visiting nurses, OT, PT and Speech coming in at least twice a week to help her gain her short memory and strength back. She’s having a processing issue due to toxin poisoning the brain. Right now Lisa is walking with a cane as she looses her balance and gets dizzy. Lisa’s hands hurt and want to close, she has to concentrate to try to open them, has a hard time holding things and must try with both hands but even then it’s difficult. Lisa has to take a break and rest when concentrating as she gets headaches and tired easily. Her arms are numb and tingly and is hard to lift them up, needs assistance with pullover tops at times.
Lisa is such a loving and happy person, it breaks my heart to see her struggle so much. She can’t play with her grandchildren like she wants to and is worried about getting her house fixed and a new furnace. Her roof needs fixed as well as her outside basement door. And the mold needs taken care of, too. The list just goes on and on. Lisa has no income at this time, and bills to pay. She does not know how she is going to meet her financial responsibilities.
So if you could find it in your heart to help her, please help. We have set up this fund #toxicfreelife to try and alleviate some of the hardships she is facing!
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Lisa Hitchings poisoned by Carbon Monoxide
UPDATED FROM MOM: Lisa had an appointment with a Neurologist on Tuesday. The Dr is sending her for additional bloodwork and testing. He feels there is more going on with her than just the lasting effects from the Carbon monoxide poisoning. Lisa is still unsteady walking and must use a cane, occupational, physical and speech therapist and a visiting nurse continue to work with her. Lisa becomes frustrated and upset when she is trying to talk and the words won't come out or just can't remember.
As a parent, it is difficult watching your child encounter severe health issues, as well as, financial problems with no income. I thank God everyday that I still have her in my life. I just cant think of what could have happened had she been in the house sny longer.
We have an appointment next week with social security to apply for SSD. As most of you know, this can take some time and many appeals. I pray that she won't have to go through years of appeals as others have. Lisa was approved for medical through welfare but no monetary assistance.
My dear family and friends, Lisa is in much need of your help financially. I'm asking you to donate to the Go Fund Me account that is set up or send donations directly to her at: Lisa Hitchings, P O Box 45, Clymer, PA 15728.
I know times are tough for many of you and I don't like asking but donations of any amount would greatly be appreciated. I just don't know what else to do. Please share our posts to your friends and family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Lisa had a furnace donated by a local church. We are just overwhelmed by their kind generosity to provide her with some of the help she needs. There are still wonderful people in this world. Thank you for being one of them. Love to all. Xoxo
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