Medical expenses for Emmett

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Raised by 84 people in 6 months
Created August 20, 2017
The Rushing family has done so much for our community.  Emmett was forced to retire after having a quadruple bipass a couple years ago and recently diagnosed with Valley Fever in the lungs and brain.  Anything to help with their ongoing medical expenses would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Sam Robasciotti and Marie Reaney

In early November, 2016, Emmett started feeling sick, like he had a cold or flu. During the next few weeks, his symptoms continued to worsen. Emmett became so weak he couldn't get out of bed. His speech was slurred, he was very lethargic and confused. Concerned that he was having heart issues or a stroke, he was taken by ambulance to French Hospital. At that time he was given an electrocardiogram and an ultrasound which indicated it was not heart related. After a series of tests and X- rays, they determined he had pneumonia due to a spot on his lung and a very high white blood cell count. He was started on IV fluids and antibiotics and admitted to the hospital. The ER nurse also suggested they test for Valley Fever (the test takes 3 to 7 days to get results). On the 3rd day they determined Emmett had Valley Fever, so they stopped the antibiotics and started him on antifungal medication. Within days he was discharged from the hospital.

Doctors approved Emmett to travel out of state. Unfortunately, things went downhill quickly. He began falling, experienced confusion, memory problems, motor skill issues, and continued to lose more weight (he has lost 60 lbs and lots of muscle mass since November). He ended up in an ER in Montana (where they have never heard of Valley Fever). He had 2 MRIs and a lumbar puncture. They determined he had a massive infection in his brain causing meningitis. Emmett was diagnosed with cocci meningitis, which is Valley Fever fungus growing in his brain. After 4 days in the hospital we sought treatment closer to home.

We found an infectious disease specialist in Bakersfield (specializing in Valley Fever). Emmett was given a massive dose of antifungal medication and he was allowed to return home. Four days later he was in the backyard, lost his balance and fell face first on concrete. He fractured the lower part of his orbital eye socket down into his jaw and chipped several teeth. He was taken by ambulance to Sierra Vista for a 4 day stay. He received another series of tests and scans. His symptoms have continued to worsen: headaches, unable to walk, unable to do anything for himself (including getting dressed, eating, etc.) The swelling in his brain is worse than before. Doctors drained excess fluid from his brain to decrease the swelling so it wouldn’t cause more damage. The doctors determined Emmett needed to have a shunt surgically implanted in his brain to relieve pressure. The surgery was performed Friday. He has approx. 7 more days in the hospital, and then he will be going to an acute rehabilitation facility where he will receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
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Emmett started outpatient occupational, speech / cognitive and physical therapy on Monday. It was the first time in over 3 months I have seen an improvement in his abilities - it is amazing to see him making progress in walking. His balance and muscle control are better. After seeing the neurologist Tuesday, she noted the difference in his walking and being able to stand from a sitting position. From the testing that was done he has not made progress with his short term memory, but that's ok. The nerves in the brain grow approximately 1mm a day, so it will take a long time to show improvement. He will keep working on the memory - besides, he probably doesn't want to remember everything that has gone on anyway. Thank you to everyone for their continued outpouring support! Annette
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Hi! Emmett is home! Things are slowly improving, he's making progress relearning to walk. His short term memory is still bad. The doctor said the nerves in the brain only grow 1mm a day, so that will take a long time to heal, and it depends what areas of the brain have been affected. But the physical improvements are good to see. He has to have 24 hour supervision for the first 3 weeks or so now that he is home and then if he's progressing well, he can be left alone for an hour a day, and slowly progress from there. There is a meal train set up through "take them a meal" and Annette's parents are matching donations received. Thank you again for the continued support!
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Thank you to everyone who has donated for their generosity! This has helped the family tremendously in this difficult time. Annette's parents Frank and Sherry will match any donations received. If you are able to help in anyway it is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Marie
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A few days ago they found that Emmett has a blood clot in his left leg, so rather than getting one shot a day in the stomach for medication that prevents blood clots, he now gets 2 shots a day in the stomach, they also put him on blood thinners. Yesterday they determined that he has a urinary tract infection. And today he started taking insulin, apparently he now has type 2 diabetes... His A1C was borderline a few days ago, so they have been checking his blood sugar before meals. I'm feeling so overwhelmed right now.A few days ago they found that Emmett has a blood clot in his left leg, so rather than getting one shot a day in the stomach for medication that prevents blood clots, he now gets 2 shots a day in the stomach, they also put him on blood thinners. Yesterday they determined that he has a urinary tract infection. And today he started taking insulin, apparently he now has type 2 diabetes... His A1C was borderline a few days ago, so they have been checking his blood sugar before meals. I'm feeling so overwhelmed right now. We are hoping he will be home in September. Thank you again for your continued support! Annette
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