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Celebration of Life for Wendy Kichler

$220 of $25k goal

Raised by 5 people in 26 months
Jenny Johnson Poppo   CAMBRIDGE, MN
I'm writing this letter on behalf of a friend who is in need of help Wendy Kichler is 47 year old single woman born and raised in St. Paul, MN she is the proud mother of one (a daughter) and the proud grandmother of one grandson. Wendy is and has always been a single a mother. Wendy has always worked very hard to provide for her family. Raising a child is hard, we can only imagine the challenges she faced being a single parent .Wendy has done it gracefully .The love Wendy has for her family, her friends and her community is truly unbelievable, she would do anything she could for anyone including taking the shirt off her own back.. On 4/14/2014 Wendy suffered a aortic dissection while at work, this was very sudden she was unaware of having any issues with her heart. Wendy was brought by ambulance to United Hospital in St. Paul she spent the first 8 hours of her 3 day stay there in surgery fighting for her life. The doctors were finally able to stop the bleeding. They worked very hard to stabilize her so she could be transferred to another hospital because the severity of her condition. It is truly a miracle Wendy has made it through all this. Wendy has been in the hospital intensive care unit at Abbott Northwestern hospital since April 17th 2014. It has been a long fight for Wendy, the doctors, and her family and friends. Wendy has gone through kidney failure and ARDS which is acute lung distress, numerous cardiac arrests .The Doctors and the medical team continue to try to keep her stabilized. Another surgery was performed on Tuesday 4/29/2014 to insert a permanent device (LVAD) that controls the left side of her heart. This was due to the heart not being able to function on its own, because the severe damage the aortic dissection caused. After the surgery, Wendy will face months of rehabilitation in the hospital and then at home. Wendy will need 24 hour care after returning home for quite some time. www.caringbridge.com/visit/wendykichler
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Update 9
24 months ago
Wendy's Daughter here again.....
Things are looking a bit brighter every day. Mom is gaining some physical strength back and is doing better each time I see her. Unfortunately after suffering from two strokes, her vision and short term memory have been significantly affected. She currently can only see out of the top quadrant of her eyes in both eyes. Her short term memory is very inconsistent form day to day and hard to track whether or jot it is improving. But I remain hopeful. The goal in the next week or two is to move her out o the hospital and into a LTAC or long term care facility to help her on the road to full physical recovery. A time frame for her to return home is yet to be determined. In the meantime I am working closely with a case manager from her health insurance so that I am aware of what will and will not be covered and for how long. Unfortunately her insurance may run out before she is ready to go home, especially if her memory doesn't improve along with her physical strength. The main concern is that now that she has this LVAD she has to know how to care for it and what it could mean if an alarm goes off. If her memory stays the way it has been there are times when she doesn't even remember that she has a pump and therefore cannot care for it. This would mean essentially that she could not be alone because she is unable to care or the device. Again I am hopeful but am trying to prepare mentally for what they may mean long term for her. As of today we are waiting for the move to the rehab center and I will update in a few days. Thank You for the love support and prayers. It truly makes a difference.
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Update 8
26 months ago
Wendy's Daughter again!
My mom has continue to show strength and determination during this recovery period. After her last surgery it was confirmed that the large clot they found in her aorta did lead to two strokes. At first they were concerned with the strength in her right side but with physical therapy they seen signs of progression and know with time she will regain the fine motor skills i her hand. She is awake every day now, and the IV tree that once had housed so many medications they ran out of room to hang them, is now completely gone! The ARDS that was such and issue in the beginning has slowly lessened its prominence in her lungs. With her lungs going though so much and being so weak she still has some fluid that builds up regularly that they have to help her drain. She id still very foggy and cant easily remember things and still has a hard time remembering the day to day but the doctors also feel that in time she should regain that as well. Right now is kind of a wait and see period as we watch her try to regain strength and hopefully soon be moved for mhe ICU to a step down unit.

Considering where we started I never thought Id be reporting so much positive news! I cannot wait to have my mother back! It will be both physically and mentally trying not only for her but also for me and the rest of her friends and family. But she would not give up through all of this so I will not give up on her! Any contribution no matter the size will go a long way to help my mother! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn my mothers story.
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Update 7
26 months ago
lol :)
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Update 6
26 months ago
This is Wendy's daughter, Melinda. I have been very busy with everything I am trying to do for mom, and regular life in general the I often forget to update this page. My mom's friend Stacy is also running a Caring bridge website for her.

That link is

www.caringbridge.com/visit/wendykichler
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$220 of $25k goal

Raised by 5 people in 26 months
Created May 10, 2014
Jenny Johnson Poppo  
  Medical   CAMBRIDGE, MN
$20
Pat Lynch
24 months ago

You and your family are in our prayers.

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SL
$100
Shannon Lindig
24 months ago

Praying for you!!

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DT
$25
Deborah Turner
24 months ago

Mindy, I will keep you and your family in prayer. I would like to see my grandson before my health fails and I may be unable to do so.

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$25
Sandy Weber
24 months ago
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Denise Finley
26 months ago

Wishing only the best of outcomes for you Wendy

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