Karen Hope, A Medical mystery, FNF

$3,000 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Carmen Krell
on behalf of Karen Hope
 Penticton, BC
For those who may not know, my sister Karen Hope has gone through quite the ordeal, or as some doctors and nurses may say, a medical mystery. On January 27, 2017 Karen was taken by ambulance to Eagle Ridge Hospital from her home due to being unable to walk, stand or do anything at all. Within hours she was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital where they were better equipped to deal with the trauma that was very quickly becoming apparent. Within hours of being admitted she started to take a very serious turn. The decision to intibate her was made as her body was quickly starting to fail her. Karen was put into a medically induced coma. Her kidneys had shut down and the rest if her major organs were starting to struggle. Family members were being notified as it was unclear whether or not she going to pull through this. She continued to be hooked to a multitude of machines for days. Thankfully once being taken off sedation we started to gradually be able to communicate through some small eye movement and then nodding or shaking her head. Within days of Karen waking up the dialysis machine, breathing tube and feeding tube were removed. Shortly after that Karen was able to talk, well more like whisper. She has taken some steps forward but also some steps back. Karen is finally able to rest a bit more comfortably now after having a proper fitting chest tube inserted into her left lung. That process has been long and painful. As it continues do its job it has become very apparent that an infection still exists somewhere in her body. Where, what and why are all the questions everyone including every doctor and nurse that has worked on her to ask. After many xrays, ultrasounds, EKG's and CT scans they still cannot figure out the source. They certainly are trying though. Her family is so very greatful to all the doctors, nurses and technicians who have all been so wonderful. Their compassion, words of encouragement and dedication to help Karen each moment as she struggles and focuses on dealing with everything she has and will continue to deal with in the long road of recovery mean more to her and her family than any words can say. She has many many months of hard work ahead and to get her back to the young and healthy woman she was and will be again. If you are able and would like to help Karen out with any of her future expenses that would be greatly appreciated. Her hope is to resume back to how things were and currently are at the moment with regards to her home and the regular month to month bills.
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Karen has been home for 5 weeks now. She is doing so well. Getting stronger everyday. She is able to get up and about each day. Walking and going up and down some stairs every other day. She still isn't able to open a bottle of water or lift a brita jug to pour herself a glass just yet but she will once she's regained her upper body strength. Karen is finally able to start doing just that now that her pic line has been removed from her arm just this week. She is so looking forward to being able to head back to work and get right back into the swing of things that are her life. We would like to thank all of you who have sent your love, support and well wishes all through this crazy and unbelievably scary ordeal. We so appreciate all the financial help that has been given. Karen truly has been blessed to have so many wonderful people in her life. We plan to end this site on March 31st so that anyone following can see this update and possibly another. As well as have the opportunity to share one final time if you so feel like doing so. Again we all truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We hope to have a big celebration later in the year when Karen is back to her strong and healthy self. Hopefully we will get to see many of you there!!
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So here's the latest....a week after Karen has been discharged and back in her home, she doing okay. With the help of a walker, our mom or just sure will and strength that day, Karen is able to get up and around a bit each day. Karen is very focused and determined to get back to her old self. Although some days seem very overwhelming she knows just what her body went through and knows that it needs this time to rest and recover without over doing it too much so that she doesn't have any setbacks. That in itself is very hard to do when you are such an independent and active person like Karen. This last week she has been very busy with many doctor appointments with many more to follow. Since her body was so impacted she will continue to have xrays, ultrasounds and CT scans along with many lab visits for blood samples to continuously check on her. Karen and her family would like to thank you all again for your love, support and generosity as she continues to go through this very tough time. If this life changing event has taught any of us anything, it really is don't take anything for granted. Don't wait until tomorrow for anything. Tell those you love that you love them. Enjoy life each day. Be healthy and active....that is exactly what the doctors said to Karen. If she wasn't so young, healthy and active before all this who knows what would've happened....I am so thankful for this outcome.
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Well it's official, Karen has been discharged and on her way home!! We are so excited for her. She gets to be in her own home around her things and her kitty, Lily who misses her so much. She'll get to sleep in her own bed and hopefully get a great nights sleep to start her long road to recovery tomorrow. Look out physio here comes Karen. She is determined to crush this. We all know in due time that she will. It may be a long while before she's back doing what she loves, working at First National and working out to stay fit but she will. Stay tuned for more updates as they come.
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And update on Karen's progress...she is doing well. Karen still has her chest tube which they are closely monitoring to watch for proper drainage. Having xrays daily to see that no further infections are there. Karen is still on antibiotics and will continue to be for many weeks. Each day she is getting up and moving. It's slow going but with improvement each day. There is talk from the doctors that she may be able to go home soon but for right now she is just taking it day by day. Getting the rest and help she needs as she needs it. Once home it will be much harder. We do know that for her, being in her own home around her things and especially Lily, her kitty, will definitely help Karen to rest easier and in turn get stronger each day. Karen and her family would like all of you who have prayed, called, visited and/or donated to know just how greatful we truly are. In times like these it makes you realize just how wonderful family, friends and even complete strangers truly are. Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts. We will continue to update you on any improvements as they come. Knowing that Karen won't have to worry about her bills and rent along with any other possible medications or supplies that may only be partially covered is a big relief off of her and us. Again, thank you all so very much.
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Raised by 36 people in 30 months
Created February 9, 2017
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$60
Anonymous
29 months ago
RB
$250
Ryan Blades
30 months ago

Hi Karen. So sorry to hear what you've had to go through, but I'm relieved that you are home and doing better now.

TH
$50
Trish Hall
30 months ago
AD
$50
Annie Darrigan
30 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery!! I know Joclyn bath of Twillingate.

BG
$150
Bob & Jen Gauvin
30 months ago
LH
$100
Luisa Hough
30 months ago
BK
$50
Bonny Krell
30 months ago
RK
$100
Ron and Barb Krell
30 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery Karen

TH
$25
Tanya Te Houkamau
30 months ago
ML
$20
Melanie Lawrence
30 months ago

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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