Help the Bushman Family
The first bout of meningitis that Maria had was the most severe of the three and caused lesions on her brain that have not healed. This brain injury has caused behavioral and cognitive changes and delays for precious Maria including disrupted sleep patterns, food addiction, OCD behaviors, and extreme mood fluctuations. Now she is faced with another two weeks in the hospital which includes a second ear surgery to fix the hole where the bacteria is gaining entry into her spinal column.
Marian, her husband Brian, and her family have been by Maria's side for each of these extended hospitilizations, and it has taken a toll on them emotionally and financially. Marian is an elementary school teacher and has exhausted all of her sick and family leave to care for Maria and is now paying out of pocket for substitute teachers to teach her class. Between that, loss of wages, insurance premiums, parking and food at the hospital, and other unforseen expenses, I know the Bushman family would be extremely grateful for anything you can spare to help ease the burden so that they can focus on Maria's recovery for the next few weeks in the hospital.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
"Maria's been feeling much better the last two days. She's been up and around and getting closer to her usual sleep patterns. She is still squeezing in an extra nap during the day. She's enjoyed time in the playroom the last two days, and has been on a couple loops around the floor to say hi to all of the nurses and doctors she can find. She will have surgery on Monday afternoon. The plan is to have 3 separate barriers of muscle in the ear blocking the brain cavity from the outside world. There will also be a barrier placed at the base of the Eustachian tube. Some ear bones will be removed to make room for these barriers. They say the surgery will take about 5 hours, and the recovery should be easy. A huge thank you to all of our friends, family, co-workers, church members, and even strangers that have come together to help us meet our
goal. Extra funds will go to medical bills that we are still paying on from Maria's previous hospitalizations and other unanticipated costs related to her medical condition."
Now, for an update on Maria. Yesterday Marian told me that she had a brain and spine MRI, and a spinal tap. They were still waiting for those results the last I heard from her. They were transferred from Oakland Children's Hospital across The Bay to UCSF where they are hoping to squeeze Maria into the surgery schedule today so that they can try again to patch the hole in her inner ear that is letting the bacteria into her spinal cord. If not, she will have surgery on Monday.
Again, mere words cannot adequately express how overwhelmed and thankful I feel (and I know Marian feels too) from the generous outpouring of support for Maria. Much love to you all. xoxo
Wow is right, Emily. Brian and I feel so blessed at the outpouring of support for Maria from our friends, family, co-workers, and people who we share mutual friends with. We are able to take a sigh of relief knowing that I can continue to stay by Maria's bedside without causing a financial burden to our family. Maria is planned to have surgery on Monday. This surgery will be different than the last, more evasive, but will have several blocks to keep germs from getting into her brain cavity where they quickly cause major problems. We are anticipating meeting the specialists that will do this surgery later today. A huge thank you to all that have donated and all that are praying for Maria. Keep those prayers coming for her continued recovery. Love, Marian and Brian.