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Little Eli and the Bakalars Family

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Raised by 33 people in 18 months
Created September 5, 2017
Myself and Amy Wells created this page in order to provide support to Mike and Ashley Bakalars, while their son Eli is hospitalized in Rochester at Mayo. Eli is two years old and came down with what appeared to be flu like symptoms starting on August 26th. Despite multiple trips to the emergency room, the outcome of each trip remained the same, and they were advised it's a virus, provide fluids, bland diet, and rest. On 9/4 Ashley placed another call to the providers office as Eli was still unable to keep food and fluids down. They were advised to bring Eli back in. Lab work was drawn in the ER, Eli was given fluids as they awaited results. His blood counts came back extremely low and showed his kidneys were no longer fully functioning. Not long after that it was decided that he would be air lifted to Mayo Rochester and since 9/4 has been in the Pediatric ICU. Eli is currently receiving dialysis treatment and was diagnosed with HUS, hemolytic uremic syndrome. As of today he was showing some improvements with his blood work, however little Eli and the Bakalars family have a long road ahead of them. Eli is expected to have a full recovery at this time, however will be hospitalized at Mayo Rochester for up to a month or more while his body works to recover. Anyone that is willing to provide a monetary donation for Eli and his family is greatly appreciated! Any amount is helpful to the family to assist with medical expenses, food, lodging, and traveling back and forth from Rochester. Your thoughts and prayers are also encouraged for Eli and his family as they go through this difficult time.
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Daily update from Rochester:
Eli got to skip dialysis yet again today - 4 days in a row!
His platelets rose to 158, we just slightly passed the normal range for this. Woohoo!
Hemoglobin went down to 7.1 from 7.3 yesterday so just a slight drop.
His potassium is excellent but phosphorus is still slightly high.
Urine output today was another good amount! We want to keep seeing that.
His creatinine is slowing decreasing towards the normal range on its own without dialysis but his BUN is up just a smidge.
We were told it's ok if he needs dialysis tomorrow that doesn't mean it's a set back.
Eli's little body is just a fighting right now and Mike & I are so proud of him.

Eli has come to love a new show - Paw Patrol - so Daddy went and got him some paw patrol balloons to have in his room.

Prayer is so powerful and the most wonderful gift that you all could give Eli and us right now!
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Today's update from Rochester:
Eli was able to skip dialysis again- 3 days in a row! His potassium is excellent but his phosphorus is a little high. But kidney specialists felt his labs made progress from yesterday.
His platelets rose to 98 today and hemoglobin dropped to 7.3.

All these numbers are to be expected right now. Hemoglobin will eventually start becoming stable once we get those platelets where they need to be. But we have noticed hemoglobin isn't declining as fast now that his platelets are on the rise.

Eli is peeing like a mad man! We are taking that as a good sign as well.

His blood pressure readings have been awesome. He only had to have one dose of that med yesterday and nothing so far today. They are watching vitals closely since he is on day 3 of no dialysis.

We had a day full of wagon rides, puzzles, and building blocks since we had no dialysis.

Please keep those prayers coming. The power of prayer is so strong! Mike and I are trying to remain strong through this journey.
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Eli had a pretty good day today.
Good news: we had no dialysis today for the second day in a row!

Platelets climbed again to 52, hemoglobin decreased a little but not significant. His potassium is excellent.

He has had blood pressure readings that he is now taking medicine for. He didn't have to have this yesterday but today he's having two readings in a row which then requires meds. If he was sick with anything else they wouldn't be concerned but because of what is going on in his little body they need to keep his blood pressure under control.

We've had some wins today! I know I can't set my expectations too high right now as we know it will be a rollercoaster still but we will take these good news days any time we can get them and hold on to them tightly!

Thank you all again for your continued prayers for Eli and for us! We appreciate it more than you ever will know!
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Update on our Eli:
We know he is not a morning person. He gets that from his Dad.
Blood was drawn around 8am this morning. Here are his results:
His hemoglobin went up to 9.5 from 5.5 because of the red blood cell transfusion yesterday.
His platelets went up to 30 from 8. He is continuing to pee as well.

Mike and I are preparing ourselves to see the platelet number be like a rollercoaster and go up and down as we face every day.
Please continue the prayers for our Eli as we face each new day! We hold strongly to our faith and know that God will help us all through this very hard time.
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