Helping a nurse in her time of need

Two months ago, everything seemed normal. I woke up for the day, and ran some errands. My mom, Samantha Miller, had the previous night off of work (she’s a nursing supervisor for Illini Hospital), and had mentioned that she wasn’t feeling well so I got her off to bed, and when I had left that next morning, she was still asleep. Things became far from normal when I got back from running my errands. It was around 11:30 a.m., and my mom was still not out of bed. I went in and did everything I could to wake her up, and had no luck. The EMT’s rushed her to the hospital, and it was days before any results came back as to why my mom was unresponsive that morning. After about three days, my mom was finally starting to act somewhat of herself, and that’s when the answers finally came. She was diagnosed with Epstein Barr syndrome and Personage Turner syndrome and it led to her getting mono and positive for menegatitus which led to her being septic, and her body was shutting down. Thankfully, she was able to go home after getting better, and she was even able to return to work. We thought we were finally able to start putting it all behind us when it happened again, this time in a worse way. She was not acting herself. She was becoming forgetful, aggressive, and confused. Anyone who knows Sam Miller knows that that means something isn’t right. So after much convincing, she was willing to go back to the hospital to get some tests done to see what was wrong. Again, no answers, but this time it was worse. After a week in the Quad City area hospitals, it was decided that she needed to be transferred to OSF in Peoria. Hopefully they would finally give us answers, and thankfully they did, even though it’s not what we wanted to hear. It turns out, that from being unconscious for so many hours(when I found her in her bed), her brain had a lack of oxygen, causing some damage. My mother is the strongest person I know, and right now she can’t be that person. She is still confused, and forgetful. She can hardly move. she still needs help with getting up and walking but I can see her mind there and wanting to get better this being said, she has a long road to recovery. She is currently in rehab at OSF, and we’re seeing how it goes. On top of having to deal with this situation, another one has arose. My mother, unfortunately, had just cancelled her insurance, and she has no other income currently, so my fingers are tied. We are up to our necks in medical bills, and bills in general. So, with this, I was hoping for any help, whatsoever, that I can get. Thank you all for taking the time to read, and please share this with others. ❤️


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Bailey Redell 
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Silvis, IL
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