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Eric's medical crisis

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To  friends and supporters of Eric Martin,

I am Eric's sister-in-law and I wanted to update everyone on his status.  

Please feel free to share this campaign anywhere possible.  The more it's shared, the more potential to help Eric.

 Many of you know the details of his current medical issues.  We would like to start by thanking everyone for your thoughts, prayers, and messages of encouragement.

 As a healthy person with nothing more than an occasional cold, the past months have been a trial both mentally and physically.  The term “perfect storm” comes to  mind when I think about all that has occurred.  This journey for Eric has definitely been unpredictable and not only life threatening, but life altering.

He came to Phoenix three months ago to play golf and was admitted that afternoon to the hospital for a blood transfusion.  He had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about eight months prior and had become unable to maintain relief with medication.  His hemoglobin was critically low.  From that point, he has now been in the hospital three different times for a total of forty-five days.  He has had eight blood transfusions, iron infusions, very strong steroids and medications which have caused him to have muscle atrophy.  This most recent admission was because he was having trouble breathing and started fainting. It was determined that he had multiple blood clots in his lungs.  His oxygen levels were critical and he was moved to ICU.  The clots are life threatening.  The anticoagulant that he must have to control the clots works against the treatment that he needs for the bleeding from the ulcerative colitis.  As the bleeding becomes worse, his platelet count and his hemoglobin numbers have dropped.  He now also has a severe infection in his mouth that results in him not being able to eat or talk.  The doctors are still unsure what it is from and not sure how to treat it.  Not being able to eat has contributed to more weight loss and he may need a feeding tube until this is resolved.  At the current time, he is extremely weak and unable to stand or walk.  Through all of these trials, he remains upbeat  and on a good day, as has always been typical of Eric, is singing to the nurses and anyone else who will listen!

 Anyone who knows Eric knows that he puts 100 percent into everything he does.  He loves his family, his friends, and his work!  He offers support to everyone he comes in contact with, and it is evident to us how his friends feel about him.  He has struggled to get back up, struggled to breathe,  struggled to keep his spirits up.  He is giving this his ALL. 

Many people have asked how they can help.  His future is unclear right now.  He can't work now and we are unsure what will happen in the coming months.  His insurance company is a Nevada company and they have been fighting the hospital , not wanting him to continue to receive treatment here in Arizona, even though there is no way he can leave here now.  He faces a rehabilitation facility and possibly home health care when he is released from the hospital.  All of this is overwhelming and we have so few answers right now. 

The goal of this Go Fund Me is to help ease his mind and some of the financial burden that he is facing.  Any funds collected will go towards paying medical bills and his day to day bills, while allowing him to focus more on getting well with less worry. 

We thank you all for your continued thoughts, prayers and support.  He has a long way to go but we are confident that he will regain his strength and get back to the people he loves and eventually be able to get back on stage!  You all know that he is a force to be reckoned with and one of the most determined people, whatever the situation.  He will beat this! 

 

With love and thanks,

 

Tammy Martin
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Eric Alan Martin took his final bow this afternoon at 4:00 pm. He left in total peace and with his family by his side. There was no noise from the ventilator, there were no artificial chest respirations, no tubes, no needles and no pain. We will forever miss our son, brother, uncle and one of my very best friends. I will miss talking to him everyday. Thank you all for loving him. He was so easy to love and he loved so easily. Tonight he starts a new gig, on the biggest stage of all! Love to you all.
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Sunday update - Many of you don't know that Eric shaved his head a few weeks ago....I was thinking today about how we spend so much time worrying and stressing over things that don't really mean anything at all. It's human nature and it's normal. We all do it. He loves hair He hates losing his hair. In the hospital a few weeks ago we were talking about how much wasted time he has spent worrying about his hair. He asked me to bring the shaver up and shave it off. I told him that we should wait until he got out and see if he still felt the same way about it and he said no, he was ready. He felt good when he finally was hairless! He was concerned that his head would be a weird shape, but it was a great looking, round head and I think he was happy with it. I sat today and rubbed his bald head and talked to him, and I watched those eyes for even the tiniest bit of a flutter..... He isn't worried now....about his hair or anything else. He is comfortable and he is still holding his own, and I'm sure he is wondering why I am rubbing his head everyday. I'm also sure that if he had known that women would rub his head because it's just comforting and feels nice, he would have done it sooner. He is still here...he's still fighting. Nothing much has changed since yesterday and we continue to just sit and watch and wait. We want him to start improving so badly and I want him to know how many are praying for him. I just know he hears us.
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Here is the update for Saturday! Yesterday I had my "down day." Today I am back up where I should be. The reality of the situation gets to us sometimes, but there are still good things to be celebrated and that keeps us going! All of you are amazing first and foremost. I have read comments to him, we have whispered messages sent by you in his ears, told him about text messages, and sang little songs to him. I know that these are keeping him going. He is a fighter for sure. The good news is that he is still holding his own. His blood infections seem to be improving. His breathing is a little better. He still has so many critical things to overcome, but they told us that he wouldn't live past Thursday. He has proven them wrong and for that we are thankful! Keep praying and I'm feeling hopeful!
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Thank you all for your continued calls, texts, prayers and posts of encouragement. I can't wrap my mind around what has happened and the fact that this is real and has happened so quickly, but reading these posts and talking to all of you has been such a blessing in this horrific time. I want to say that things are better, that it's looking up, that I feel encouraged, but today I am fighting feelings of defeat. I look at Eric and wonder how he can take any more. His body is hooked to every machine imaginable and he has been bruised, poked, cut, injected, put on life support, and anything else you can think of. His small steps forward are always countered by bigger steps backwards. It's like a chess game that I feel like we aren't winning. I know that this is just my own mind getting in the way of faith and trust in God's plan....my weakness....not Eric's....Eric is still hanging in there and still fighting and if he could he would tell me to buck up.... The infections are of course still raging in his body. The good news is that the lungs look a little stronger, the blood pressure is very low and he is on medications to raise it. The big issue today that took away my breath this morning is that he is now bleeding out of his mouth....not a little bleeding, a lot. They are not sure where it is coming from and they can't do anything to find out because he can't handle it. They are trying to stop it without anything invasive. He was given more blood today to try and counteract this new issue. He has a hole in his esophagus that is causing problems throughout his whole body and they aren't sure how they will deal with that right now either. The doctor told me that he has 5 life threatening problems and they are having to choose which to treat first, because treating any one of them will affect the others. It's a horrible cycle. I'm sorry to be negative but this is a long tiring process for us. Please continue to pray for Eric. For his strength, his peace, and comfort.
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