Team Karen Beck Mayfield
As you all know, Mom has been at an inpatient rehab facility for the last week and a half. She has been doing well and her son Ben and mother Janice have been with her. They have all been learning what recovery for Mom is going to look like over the next year as it is going to be a long road. The staff have been great and they have emphasized what a great job Ben has been doing at absorbing information on how to help Mom in the day to day routines of therapy and recovery. As of now she has been discharged from inpatient therapy and transitioned to outpatient at the same facility where she will continue with therapy until further notice.
THIS NEXT PART IS IMPORTANT! Now that we have finally been able to receive good advice and instructions from highly trained professionals in the brain trauma field I have some important guidelines for ALL of Mom's family and friends on how we should engage her. Mom's brain will likely be in a state of recovery for the next year. Starting IMMEDIATELY we (Karen's family) would ask that no one send Mom any text messages, Facebook messages, phone messages or any other form of contact. We realize everyone cares deeply about Mom and wants to express it to her but for the time being, too much stimulation and the wrong kind of stimulation could be harmful to her brain as it re-learns routines and continues to repair itself. If you would like to express your support for Mom, we suggest doing so by posting messages here on GoFundMe and Mom's family can relay those sentiments at the proper moments throughout the day. Likewise, once Mom returns home, it is ABSOLUTELY NOT OK to stop by for visits without first getting permission from the family. We have been advised by her doctors that it would be best for her if no more than a couple people are present at any given time so that her brain can focus. Lots of activity and people talking will be more than her mind can properly process. Think of this next year as schooling for Mom and she will learn faster and recover quicker the less distractions she has. The family will be setting up some sort of visiting schedule once she returns home so I will keep you posted on how you can contact the family to request a visit time.
Again, we cannot thank all of you enough for your love and support and would ask that you continue praying for Mom. She is doing well but this next year will be what really determines how well she recovers.
We have some very exciting news on moms recovery process. As you may remember from a previous update, we were hoping to get mom into an inpatient program at a facility that specializes in brain trauma rehab. Unfortunately we were denied by insurance so we thought it was off the table. However, we have been talking with this facility and while they normally admit patients for a month of inpatient therapy they have agreed to admit mom for a 2 week inpatient stay. The facility she is at is out of state and Ben (Karen's son) has gone with Mom and will be staying with her for support as well as to relay updates to the family. Ben is also still recovering from his back surgery from the accident and he is grateful he can stay with Mom while he continues to heal. During this stay Mom will be living at the facility receiving 6-8 hours of rigorous therapy everyday. They also offer outpatient programs following her inpatient stay and support for the family in preparing for Mom eventually coming home which we are very excited about. And as I said, all this facility does is treat brain trauma, so she will be receiving the absolute best care possible for her condition. The catch is, insurance will not cover the inpatient stay. This means we are paying out of pocket. The cost is high at $90,0000.00 for a month stay. All of us (Karen's family) agree unanimously that this is mom's best opportunity for FULL recovery. So, we have moved forward with admitting her for a 2 week stay. In order to pay for this we have used all the GoFundMe funds that have been raised so far, plus some additional funds from family to pay the $45,000.00 bill for the 2 weeks. Ideally Mom would be staying for the full month of rehab, however we don't currently have the funds to afford that. We are setting a new goal for the GoFundMe site of $90,000.00 in hopes of having the funds available for mom to remain in inpatient care for as long as is necessary, as well as to help with both Mom and Bens hospital bills which will inevitably start coming in. We realize this is a lofty goal and you all have already been so incredibly generous. We ask for your continued support and if you feel inclined to give more financially we would be eternally grateful. We (Karen's family) have discussed this choice extensively and would not move forward with this unless we felt it was absolutely necessary for mom's recovery. Which, after much discussion and consulting with professionals in the field of brain trauma, we believe it is absolutely necessary. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers. We are extremely optimistic that this will be a huge step for Mom and it wouldn't have been possible without the generosity you have all shown her.
Thank you so very much!
- Karen's Family
Just wanted to send the latest update on Moms recovery process. We found out this week that her insurance is not going to cover any inpatient rehab programs due to her improved state. While it is encouraging that she has improved so much so quickly, she still has a long road to full recovery and will need a great rehab program to get her there. We are now looking into local outpatient rehab programs as well as what the best options are as far as where she will live for the time being. We would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers that we are able to find a top notch rehab program for mom to continue her recovery. We would also appreciate your understanding that we hold off on visitors until we can get Mom situated in this next stage and get guidance from specialists how much mental stimulation (visitors) is wise for her at this point in her mental recovery. Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
- Karens Family
Thank you all for your tremendous support,
Yes, please do pray if you wake up in the middle of the night. I once had a long and scary stay in ICU, and was so comforted when God whispered in my ear that I was not alone, folks were awake with me -- and praying. It was a nearly PHYSICAL presence in my hospital room (the prayers of His people) that I have never forgotten. Karen, by the way, was one of those praying.
Dearest Karen - I've woken, like you, from everyone else's nightmare. While I was happy to be with family, they were terrified for me. I've been wheeled from Dr. To Dr. - fought to keep the cobwebs from my view, learned to teach my mind where to reach my hand to touch things, and regained my balance while standing on two feet. It's a sweet struggle, how precious the oxygen that flows through us, the sounds from our family. We bear the burden of how easy life was once compared. But, you, others, and I whom have tasted the brink will find joy in the tiniest ounces of grace, joy, laughter for most goes unnoticed. Let your mind dance - you have been given life with much more purpose - embrace it with joy.
So heartbreaking and undoubtedly a long road ahead. But we serve a mighty God! I stand with this family of people who are covering both Karen and Ben in prayer daily. Thank you for the updates. It is very helpful to know how to pray specifically and such a joy to see the prayers answered. ♥
Thank you for the update Judi. Please let Karen and her family know that we will be there for them through this journey. As long as we're needed. Besides financial and meal support, please let us know of any other needs. Whether it's help around or in her or her family's houses or taking care of pets, we all will pitch in. I teach first grade at Cherry Valley Elementary and have had tons of support from sweet Karen since the day she started. I, and I'm sure I can speak for all of us at Riverview and beyond, would like to support her through this journey. We love you Karen!
A few meal vouchers are on their way (and 9th grader, Kolby put some of his own money in)! The hospital made it very easy! Mrs. Mayfield, our two Riverview students are thinking of you, and this Duvall family is cheering you and Ben on, every day and step of the way!!! Lots of Love to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers! The Nelson Family
I will continue to pray for Karen and her recovery. We were deeply saddened to hear of her and Ben's accident. She is a beautiful woman. Our prayers are for healing for both Karen ....and Ben. May we all never give up hope or stop praying. God hears and answers our hearts' cry.
We love and miss you Karen. From your Cherry Valley Elementry friends.
Again, thanks for the update. So many here in my world pray for her continually and ask. Of course I continue to yearn to see her but would not do one thing that may slow her recovery. Praying that others will follow the doctors and your wishes and do what she must have at this time. Karen, I look forward to the day I can hold your hand, sip tea, and maybe have some pond time at K.C.'s house! Love you my Princess!!
Still praying, for all of you.
Thank you very much for the update. We will certainly abide by what the doctors have told you is best for Karen's recovery! However, when the time comes that you are able to mobilize the "great army" of folks ready and willing to do all we can to help -- please let us know. It is difficult, knowing what you all are going through, to hold ourselves back from being involved with you right now. But, we do understand. Much love to Ben and Karen and you all. From Johnie, Steve, Joe and Elizabeth
Thank you for the update Josh. A beautiful picture of her with KC, Kathy White and I sits on my dresser. I have not rested from prayer for my sweet princess. Oh how I love your mom, I hold her close every day just as Jesus does.
Karen and Ben are in my thoughts and prayers. May their recovery be sustained and full.
Oh my gosh that sounds like HUGE improvement!!! And it all sounds like HER. I am welling with happiness and hopefulness... all love and healing thoughts being sent to all involved. Thanks so much for sharing..