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Support Peyton Kubista's Family

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Thank you so much for thinking of Peyton. Prayers may be sent to God.

Peyton has been through a lot since last November with on and off stomach issues. Austin and Chelsea finally got some answers on Labor Day and after two stints in the Children's Hospital, she will have a major surgery to remove her bile duct on October 16, which will require them to be there for almost a week.

Timeline of events:

November 12 and 17 2018: Unexplained vomiting  in the car. Peyton felt fine right before and right after.

November 23, 2018: Peyton woke up at 3:30 a.m. screaming Owie! Owie!But By the time Austin and Chelsea get her to the Oshkosh ER, she had thrown up in the car and is feeling fine.

December 2018: Pediatrician refers Chelsea and Austin to the GI doctor during Peyton’s 2-year check up.  

January 2019: GI doctor prescribes miralax and other medication to help with bowel movements. Peyton was supposed to have an x-ray study done a week after, but that didn’t go well.

March-May 2019: No stomach attacks. The bowel movement medication appears to be working.

June 8-10 2019: Peyton has her first stomach attack since February. This time though she is sick for multiple days in a row.

July 7-9 2019: Peyton has another stomach attack exactly a month later. By the time Austin and Chelsea got to the Oshkosh ER, Peyton has thrown up and was feeling a little better. Oshkosh ER didn’t want to do an ultra sound because an x-ray didn’t show anything and she wasn’t fussing.

July 25, 2019: Chelsea and Austin met with the GI doctor and insisted that an endoscopy needed to be done. That was scheduled for the middle of September. The GI doctor also placed an order for an ultra sound and blood work to be done the next time she ended up in the ER because of a stomach attack.

September 1, 2019: Peyton was with friends in West Bend while Chelsea and Austin were working. She had a stomach attack. None of her medications helped so their friend called the ambulance and the paramedics rushed her to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Chelsea met up with them there, they finally performed the ultra-sound. After many hours of reviewing the ultra sound and blood work, Peyton was admitted. An MRCP was going to be done to determine whether she had stones, a liver infection or a mass.

September 3, 2019: The MRCP was done in the morning and it was stones. They transferred her to Froedtert to have an ERCP done to remove them. It was a success, but the doctor performing the operation said her bile duct was enlarged and was going to need to be removed at some point in her life.

September 4, 2019: Austin and Chelsea met with a surgeon who wanted to do the operation of reconstructing the bile duct area in the coming months. He wanted them to come in for consultation at the beginning of October and have the surgery done at the end of November. Peyton however battled a case of acute pancreatitis which she was at risk for after the ERCP. 

September 5, 2019: Peyton had her first full great day after the ERCP. She kept all her food down and was full of energy.

September 6, 2019: Discharged

September 18, 2019: Peyton started complaining about her belly hurting. Chelsea and Austin gave her some medication that the GI doctors wanted her take at the beginning of an attack and she was fine.

September 22, 2019: Peyton started complaining about her belly at Church at 11 a.m. She took a nap from noon-1:30 and woke up fine. At 6 p.m. she woke up from another small nap, screaming and puked. She went to bed at 9 p.m., woke up at midnight complaining about her belly. The GI team at Children’s wanted her there right away.

September 23, 2019: Chelsea and Peyton arrive to Children’s at 3:30 a.m. by ambulance. Austin takes the oldest to school at 8 and meets up with them. An ultra sound indicated more stones. The same doctor at Froedtert performed the ERCP, but only found sludge so he ballooned the opening of the duct to release it all.

September 24, 2019: Peyton bounced back quicker after this ERCP. The Children’s surgeon met with Austin and Chelsea to discuss a sooner date to do the surgery of the bile duct region because if she has to have another ERCP it puts her at greater risk for another attack of acute pancreatitis. That acted as their consultation and they decided on October 16 to have this done. Peyton was discharged a few hours later, but they will have to be back in a few weeks to have a major operation done.

Like many families, Austin and Chelsea live paycheck-to-paycheck, while continuing to strive for a better life for their families.

As it stands, it's 164 miles round-trip to and from the hospital. Chelsea is a nursing student, and she's commuting 48 miles three days a week, while also working as a CNA locally every other weekend.

Austin cares for Peyton and her sister, Emerie, while Chelsea is at school, and then goes to work in the evenings at a local Kwik Trip. Chelsea and Austin will both be missing work to be with their daughter during surgery, and as she recovers in the hospital.

Meals present an additional hurdle as they will only be able to eat from the Children’s Hospital cafeteria or order delivery from a local restaurant. Thankfully, there will be a bed available to them in Peyton's room as well as a shower, so lodging is not an issue.

With all of this in mind, we have gone forward with establishing this account in hopes of offsetting some of these costs, and give Chelsea and Austin some peace of mind that all they need to focus on is Peyton, her surgery, and her healing. 

A P.O. Box has been created for those who'd prefer to not send money electronically or who'd prefer to send a gas or restaurant gift card or perhaps a small gift to Peyton. As always, we are equally grateful for prayers, good vibes, and well wishes. It all counts.


Suzanne Walther
Stevens Point, WI

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