Nickee Battles Meningitis

Nicole “Nickee” Ashford is a young mother of two active boys, ages 13 and 11, who began her battle with fibromyalgia and lupus back in 2008. After a decade of trial after trial of different treatments to help control her pain, she was still riddled with pain each and every day. Over the last year, her pain became so severe that she had to rely on the use of a wheelchair when doing something as simple as going to the grocery store. After a decade of no relief, Nickee made the bold decision to have a intrathecal pain pump surgically implanted to help control the pain. She had the pain pump surgery in January 2018, but due to complications she had to undergo a second emergency surgery in February. A few days after the second surgery Nickee broke out in a fever, which despite all efforts to lower it, continued to rise by the hour...By 2am on February 16th, her fever spiked at 104.5, and her husband rushed her to the emergency room where they immediately started running sepsis protocol and performed a battery of tests, including a spinal tap. The results of the spinal tap concluded that Nickee had contracted bacterial Meningitis. With this life-threatening illness, Nickee stayed in the hospital for a week before they could place a central IV line in her chest so she can receive receive many weeks of IV antibiotics with the help of a home health nurse. Her recovery has only just begun, and the complications have removed Nickee from being able to return to her full time job much longer than what had been originally anticipated, and with a young family to provide for at home she needs all the help she can get!


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Nickee Ashford 
Visalia, CA
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