In 2016 we took a trip to Minnesota from our home in Alaska. About a month after arriving home Megan got very sick. After taking her to the dr several times it was decided she must have had Mono as she seemed to fully recover. Note she never had a bullseye rash. During the winter her knee began to rapidly swell. Getting her to the Dr ASAP we started down a very traumatic and scary path for Megan and the whole family. The first thoughts provided us were possible septic knee, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and some other scary things.
We had her knee tapped and drained which was horrible and very painful. Then off to anchorage to wait all day to not be seen by specialist. Then began more bewilderment. Test ruled out rheumatoid arthritis and then there were opinions of Ocular arthritis another scary idea. Then spending a afternoon in a children's rheumatologist office waiting to be seen was saw the scary results of these diseases. Next came search for more help. We found Dr Mccurdy from UCLA and got appointment there. with help from great people we were able to make the trip down and get megan seen at the pediatric rheumatoid specialist. The diagnosis at last was Lymes Disease. We got back to Alaska and we're referred to an infectious diseases Dr and began treatment. After a month of Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs she seemed better!!! We had mounted huge bills and credit cards were maxed but our little girl was better and we thanked God!!!
Last week 5 months later her knee swelled and began hurting again. After her knee was tapped again a very traumatic event for our little girl. We found her Lymes has returned with a vengeance. We still have many hospital bills from last time and get regular call from collections places from California to Minnesota. It is looking to cost a lot of money again only much worse. The IV antibiotics were quoted at almost 8,000 dollars alone. Next is trip to anchorage to have her sedated and pick IV line installed at God only knows the cost. But she is our little girl and nothing else matters but with no medical insurance and income of disability we are sunk.
Megan is a wonderful bright beautiful child and we pray there is some help out there to ease the financial burden so we can better take care of her. We are so greatful to have both kids at grace Lutheran school so we have the blessings of their patients and help with school work and support of both megan and luke not only academically but spiritually also. We also believe god has a plan in all of this and we can preserve. Any donation can help if it's 5 dollars or 500 it will all help us stay afloat and get Megan the medical care and support she needs. The travel and food don't seem like much but they add up very fast. The medical bills pile up and just become scary. Thanks so much for helping our beautiful child.
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