My friend Megan was admitted to the hospital on May 29th of this year and ultimately was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, better known as "flesh eating bacteria." I've known Megan for years, we both moved to the northshore at the same time. I also watch her son, Connor, during the week. I know many people who I have talked to have asked if there is any way they can help. I figured starting a Gofundme account for her would give people that option. Below is a more detailed account of what happened.
For about 3 months Megan had pain in her arms and hands. She decided to go to the doctor where she was told she had a tear in her rotator cuff, and was given a steroid injection on 5/12/17. A week later, she developed a painful lump near her neck. At a follow up appointment she was told she would be admitted to the hospital for a biopsy (5/29/17). At first they said it could be a number of things, and started treating her for an infection. The infection was not responding to antibiotics,so she has had 2 surgeries to help remove the infection,and will likely need to have more.
She is now looking at a couple more weeks in the ICU where her infection can be monitored closely and cleaned out as needed. Doctors say it will be a long and slow road to recovery and she will need therapy afterward to regain the muscle in her arm. Doctors are still unsure the origin of the bacteria but they believe due to her diabetes and the steroid shot she received, her immune system was compromised.
Megan also has the responsibility of juggling her three children and making sure they are taken care of while she is in the hospital. Thankfully she has a large support system and everyone has been great at pitching in to see their needs are met.
Needless to say , there will be a financial strain on her as she is the sole provider of her children and will be out of work for sometime. If there is any donation you can make to help her get through this difficult time, it would be greatly appreciated.