Hello, we as the family of Linda Salcedo during this tough time ask for your prayers and unfortunately, financial help. Over the past few months she has undergone rough times. In August she was complaining of shortness of breath. Then went to the emergency room to only find out that she had a mild heart attack, this marks the second one in 2 years, (she had a stent put in from the previous one). Which is when we found out she was in congestive heart failure. This time the doctors found that she would need a double bypass surgery. She waited several days because of complications with her kidneys, (she found out she's in reneial failure) because they had to get them up to par and her lungs were not 100% either as they were filling up with fluid. She did eventually have the surgery.. The hospital sent her home with an open wound to heal. The next few weeks would be very hard, from Linda needing help walking and getting up to go to the restroom and getting bathed. She even needed help with simple stuff such as cooking. She seemed to be doing better aside from one major issue. The incision was not healing. So that warranted another trip to the hospital, her lung functions were low again, but the incision was leaking and infected also. So this time they installed a wound vac. It is supposed to close the wound from the inside out, this was done in Sept. Upon having this installed they sent her home to deal with this after only a week in the hospital. I should point out that there were only occasional visits from the Nurse. My sister and myself and our spouses and a neighbor were there for Linda’s needs. They kind of sent her home on her own knowing we weren't able stay with her. She has had a pic line installed in her at the same time as the wound vac was installed. So now this vacuum needs drained daily and this went on for about a month. Then comes a major issue that the wound is still not healing and they want to do plastic surgery to close it up. A procedure that would remove skin from near her breast and push the wound together to heal. Well before going into do this surgery which would have been Tuesday Oct. 27th about a week before we get a call from the neighbor saying she does not look good. We call and she sounds raspy like there is fluid. She explains the vacuum kept beeping and reading error all night and she called several times and one person came and left and it did it again, so she called at 3am and they said she would have to wait until the morning because they had nobody to come out. Now again this was like 3am, nobody showed up until the next afternoon. So as she was explaining this she said she just wanted to sleep now that the machine is fixed and after she slept she would eat. I want to point out at this time she has barely eaten through all of this. We went to check on her and she looked gray and weak, we asked if she wanted to go to the hospital after she ate her egg sandwich she said no I just want to rest. A few hours later we get a call that she wants to go to the hospital and that she does not feel good and is crying. This call took place at 9pm. So we went to the er and they did some tests and kept her due to high potassium and nausea. Then a few days later we get a call and they said she had contracted MRSA. Not the skin level kind, but the one that is in the blood. Now this is really serious and infectious. She has been getting intravenous IV’s to treat this. The ER doctor said it was from a dirty pick line and it should have never been left in longer than a month and should have been routinely cleaned by medical staff, but was not. During this latest stay Linda has had 2 surgeries to clean the incision and on Tuesday 10/27 & Friday 10/30 they discovered that the MRSA was no longer just in her blood but now in her breast bone /sternum which they removed to remove the infection. She has another surgery on Tuesday which is to close the incision.
Okay, that was a mouthful. This is where all of you come in. Linda has not been able to work obviously. She has fallen behind on bills and needs some serious help. We are asking you to help because this is our last line of defense in this matter. Not asking out of want, but out of necessity. Anything you can spare will truly help. I don’t want her to lose her car and home after she has worked so hard to obtain and maintain these things. Any help you give is much appreciated and we thank you in advance for helping us with finances while Linda is at her lowest point health wise. We just Mom to be able to come back and not worry about losing her car and home, so if you can please spare a little it will help a lot…..
Michelle, Stefanie, & Alyssa.