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Chris Mckay

$15,730 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 190 people in 9 months
Created June 8, 2018
Missy Mckay Padgett
on behalf of Charles Lavon McKay IV
Most of Chris McKay’s friends know him for being a musician, a photographer, an activist, or some combination of the three. The truth is that Chris has only done a fraction of what he’s wanted to do over the years. Like many who deal with chronic illnesses, Chris chose to be private about his struggles. Even when he has been performing on stage or working in photography, he’s often been battling his physical condition. Chris has been a frequent contributor to charity, but he had long refused any outside help to his own cause. Chris’s sister—Missy--set up this GoFundMe when he was in the intensive care unit in the summer of 2018 due to complications from a car wreck that occurred months before. As of early 2019, Chris has been hospitalized on at least 5 separate occasions. The night he was admitted to the ICU, he had delayed going to the ER because he did not know how he would pay for it. Chris has been unable to work regularly since early September 2017, when the car in which he and his wife were traveling in was rear-ended by a distracted driver. Both cars were totaled. Chris sustained a traumatic brain injury (the effects of which have faded but are ongoing) and will need further PT for the pain and loss of spinal mobility incurred. Even more serious is the vertebral artery dissection that occurred from the physical trauma of the car wreck. The dissection wasn’t discovered initially and was only found after an MRI when Chris was placed in the ICU. When the previous post-accident MRI was then compared to the current one, they saw that they had, somehow, missed the dissection before.The discovery of the dissection led to an understanding of what’s been happening with the extremely painful episodes that Chris has been having. These episodes involve dangerous blood pressure and heart issues as the brain demands more blood and the heart tries to supply it. In addition to the mounting medical expenses from ongoing testing, treatment, and therapy being done locally, there have been travel/lodging expenses from having to go to specialized medical clinics. The Mayo Clinics in Jacksonville, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota have accepted his case, each having different areas of expertise. He has been to the Florida Mayo Clinic twice now where they have been piecing together the puzzle and figured out the connection between the dissection and the episodes. He was scheduled to go to Minnesota in December, but had an episode on the way to the airport and had to cancel. Chris has been confirmed to suffer from the following: a genetic connective tissue disease (a rare form of Cutis Laxa); vertebral artery dissection; traumatic brain injury; a cerebellar stroke; Meniere’s Disease; dysautonomia; chronic kidney stones; recurrent mycoplasma pneumonia, and vestibular issues that have become acute following the car wreck. Chris had learned to adapt and to deal with all of his health issues and was doing just that until the accident which brought on the brain injury, spinal injuries, and the vertebral artery dissection. Because of the unpredictable episodes of extreme pain and brain fog, he can no longer make any plans in advance. As of February of 2019, the insurance company of the at-fault driver has yet to pay anything toward Chris’s medical bills despite the fact that they themselves have counted more than $30,000dollars in medical bills alone (This, of course, does not count lost wages past, present, and future.) Thanks to the GoFundMe account and friends and family helping out, Chris and Manda were able to get through the summer and fall of 2018. Unfortunately, since then, one credit card bill is already approaching $10,000 as bills keep coming in and they try to pay them on installment plans. With the interest compounding, it’s making a bad situation worse. 
 
Currently, Chris is taking things a day at a time. On a good day, he can do things around the house, and on a bad day, he can’t do much of anything. On the worst days, he winds up back in the hospital. He wants it known that since just after Christmas of 2018, he has been having more good days than he was having. He is thankful for that. He misses performing and photographing. Even going out to visit with family and friends is taxing. Traveling is very difficult these days because of severe disequilibrium that was brought on by either the brain injury or the dissection. Chris still occasionally mixes up words, numbers, and phrases or can’t say communicate ideas. He is self-conscious about a stutter that occurs in the bad moments. Immediately after the car wreck, he couldn’t play guitar at all. He knew what to do, but he couldn’t get it from his brain to his hands. Fortunately, that only lasted a couple of days. One of his neurologists has pointed out that the dissection could heal itself. That’s the hope as there’s no treatment currently available. When the pain hits, Chris just has to deal with it until itends. This without the help of any medication stronger than over the counter medications. Sometimes an episode only lasts a few hours. Sometimes, it’s days. When it’s bad enough, he has to go to the hospital for monitoring and to be stabilized.
 
The doctor said that Chris “should get better eventually”, but it may take years. In the meantime, he hasn’t been able to tour or travel to photograph events. In fact, he’s mostly confined to work that he can do from home. Currently, Chris has had all upcoming appointments and physical therapy canceled because of the financial concerns. He will, of course, go in for emergencies, but he simply can’t afford to have more added to his bills, especially since the insurance company hasn’t settled to this point. The only reason Chris has had the resources to get to the bottom of this and get some real understanding of what’s been going on regarding the vertebral artery dissection that occurred from the accident is because of those donating here. Thank you so much for your support! THE CHRIS ARMY
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Most of Chris McKay’s friends know him for being a musician, a photographer, an activist, or some combination of the three. The truth is that Chris has only done a fraction of what he’s wanted to do over the years. Like many who deal with chronic illnesses, Chris chose to be private about his struggles. Even when he has been performing on stage or working in photography, he’s often been battling his physical condition. Chris has been a frequent contributor to charity, but he had long refused any outside help to his own cause.
Chris’s sister—Missy--set up this GoFundMe when he was in the intensive care unit in the summer of 2018 due to complications from a car wreck that occurred months before. As of early 2019, Chris has been hospitalized on at least 5 separate occasions.
The night he was admitted to the ICU, he had delayed going to the ER because he did not know how he would pay for it.
Chris has been unable to work regularly since early September 2017, when the car in which he and his wife were traveling in was rear-ended by a distracted driver.
Both cars were totaled.
Chris sustained a traumatic brain injury (the effects of which have faded but are ongoing) and will need further PT for the pain and loss of spinal mobility incurred.
Even more serious is the vertebral artery dissection that occurred from the physical trauma of the car wreck. The dissection wasn’t discovered initially and was only found after an MRI when Chris was placed in the ICU. When the previous post-accident MRI was then compared to the current one, they saw that they had, somehow, missed the dissection before.
The discovery of the dissection led to an understanding of what’s been happening with the extremely painful episodes that Chris has been having. These episodes involve dangerous blood pressure and heart issues as the brain demands more blood and the heart tries to supply it.
In addition to the mounting medical expenses from ongoing testing, treatment, and therapy being done locally, there have been travel/lodging expenses from having to go to specialized medical clinics. The Mayo Clinics in Jacksonville, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota have accepted his case, each having different areas of expertise. He has been to the Florida Mayo Clinic twice now where they have been piecing together the puzzle and figured out the connection between the dissection and the episodes. He was scheduled to go to Minnesota in December, but had an episode on the way to the airport and had to cancel.
Chris has been confirmed to suffer from the following: a genetic connective tissue disease (a rare form of Cutis Laxa); vertebral artery dissection; traumatic brain injury; a cerebellar stroke; Meniere’s Disease; dysautonomia; chronic kidney stones; recurrent mycoplasma pneumonia, and vestibular issues that have become acute following the car wreck.
Chris had learned to adapt and to deal with all of his health issues and was doing just that until the accident which brought on the brain injury, spinal injuries, and the vertebral artery dissection. Because of the unpredictable episodes of extreme pain and brain fog, he can no longer make any plans in advance.
As of February of 2019, the insurance company of the at-fault driver has yet to pay anything toward Chris’s medical bills despite the fact that they themselves have counted more than $30,000.
dollars in medical bills alone (This, of course, does not count lost wages past, present, and future.)
Thanks to the GoFundMe account and friends and family helping out, Chris and Manda were able to get through the summer and fall of 2018. Unfortunately, since then, one credit card bill is already approaching $10,000 as bills keep coming in and they try to pay them on installment plans. With the interest compounding, it’s making a bad situation worse. 


Currently, Chris is taking things a day at a time. On a good day,
he can do things around the house, and on a bad day, he can’t do much of anything. On the worst days, he winds up back in the hospital.
He wants it known that since just after Christmas of 2018, he has been having more good days than he was having. He is thankful for that.
He misses performing and photographing. Even going out to visit with family and friends is taxing. Traveling is very difficult these days because of severe disequilibrium that was brought on by either the brain injury or the dissection. Chris still occasionally mixes up words, numbers, and phrases or can’t say communicate ideas. He is self-conscious about a stutter that occurs in the bad moments.
Immediately after the car wreck, he couldn’t play guitar at all. He knew what to do, but he couldn’t get it from his brain to his hands. Fortunately, that only lasted a couple of days.
One of his neurologists has pointed out that the dissection could heal itself. That’s the hope as there’s no treatment currently available. When the pain hits, Chris just has to deal with it until it ends. This without the help of any medication stronger than over the counter medications. Sometimes an episode only lasts a few hours. Sometimes, it’s days. When it’s bad enough, he has to go to the hospital for monitoring and to be stabilized.


The doctor said that Chris “should get better eventually”, but it
may take years. In the meantime, he hasn’t been able to tour or travel to photograph events. In fact, he’s mostly confined to work that he can do from home.
Currently, Chris has had all upcoming appointments and physical therapy canceled because of the financial concerns. He will, of course, go in for emergencies, but he simply can’t afford to have more added to his bills, especially since the insurance company hasn’t settled to this point.
The only reason Chris has had the resources to get to the bottom of this and get some real understanding of what’s been going on regarding the vertebral artery dissection that occurred from the accident is because of those donating here.
Thank you so much for your support!
THE CHRIS ARMY
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Thank you for sharing. I honestly have no idea what we're going to do or how we're going to do it at this point. I was told that just one of the stops we had to make on Sunday would cost us $4,900 of our share. I sure hope that's wrong. Mayo is the best but it costs like it.

That being said, the docs are working together there, unlike the ones that have contradicted themselves elsewhere and caused further damage.
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We are currently in FL for the Mayo clinic. Had to go to Mayo emergency room in the middle of the night after visit ing another e r on the way here. Took us 18 hours to make a six hours journey. We went to two more e r s on the way but got nurses to check him in the parking lot so we wouldn't be charged. The e r in ga was out of network and cost $4900! Had to cancel the two Mayo appointments this morning but still planning to meet with cardiologist this afternoon.
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So I fell asleep on the couch at 8pm last night. It was still daylight. I had gotten home from the latest hospital stay about an hour before.

I got myself upstairs about 8:30 and was asleep until 11 am. I don't know if I've ever slept that long straight through.

I am more rested today. Of course, I'm super-groggy.

I've been sick enough lately, that I'm even sick often in my dreams, but this morning, my mind was fine. All the physical stuff was gone, and I was working things out. New songs. Recordings. Things I could do. How easy they all would be.

As soon as I sat up, and all that extra gravity hit me, I was reminded quickly of why that couldn't happen. Not today. Don't know when.

Been hard for me to accept all the opportunities I've had to pass up since the car accident last September that began all of this. The way my life works, one random thing leads to the next unexpected opportunity that leads to the next. I had so many invitations and offers to do things that would've let to some other cool thing. I had to pass on them. That's hard for me, because while I know what those things would've been, I have no idea what would've come from them. And I never will.

That being said, I have to keep telling myself that no matter what all I've had to miss out on over the past year, there's so much that I have been able to do over the years, and nothing that I'm losing in the present or future can ever take away what I've been able to experience in the past. All of that is done. It happened. It will continue to have happened.

Even more important for me to realize is that, like all other things that have happened in my life, unexpected doors are still opening.

I have to keep myself reminded that the pain and suffering and having to miss opportunities hand over fist for nearly a year now has opened up one of the greatest experiences of my life. That experience has come from the love, kindness, and support of everyone who has stepped up to look out for me, think of me, help out directly or indirectly, or even just engage.

I wish that feeling was something that we could all experience without having to go through such difficulties, but if that's the way to experience something so transcendent, and if we do have to go through such emotional or physical pain to experience it, at least that is there for us in those times. It matters. It helps. And I have to believe that it can save.
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Raised by 190 people in 9 months
Created June 8, 2018
Missy Mckay Padgett
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