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Care for Kim

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Kim, unfortunately, suffered significant chemical burns due to an accident involving an acid spill in her middle school science classroom. The incident required her air transport from Santa Barbara to an LA area burn center for initial care that is purposed to include multiple surgeries over a couple weeks.

Kim has loved being a middle school science teacher in Santa Barbara for the past four years. She’s made amazing friends in her coworkers and even met her husband, Chris, there. They were married in late March of this year and looking forward to a honeymoon over their summer break.

The family would like you to know they are appreciative of any donations that may be made available and all offerings will be directed to help us with our daily costs while we take time from work during Kim’s recovery.

While she is focused on getting through this experience, Kim would like you to know that she’s keeping a high spirit and is so thankful for all of the concern and support she has and continues to receive.
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So there is no confusion, Kim and I wanted to send out one last update to all of you who have supported us through this trying time. We deeply apologize for the silence and know that many of you have perhaps wondered how she is doing the past six weeks since our last update.

Kim came home towards the beginning of June and has shown so much improvement since being released from the hospital. Her spirits remain high, which you can tell by her heartfelt smile, laughter, and quick-witted jokes that poke fun, mostly at me. We've loved having our dog, Scout, back in our lives since we had to leave her with friends while we were in West Hills. Our family is whole once again. We are beyond thankful that we have each other, our family and friends, and everyone in the community who has shared their thoughts, concerns, love, and prayers with us these past few months.

We still continue to struggle every so often through this difficult experience, but that is expected. That said, this challenge has also shown Kim and I a new level of love and appreciation for one another. We make sure each day to hug and kiss one another and share how much we each love each other. We encourage every one to take the time in their day to do the same. Accidents happen and the future is unknown. Love has carried us through this, and we would be lost without it. Thank you all again so much.

With love,
Chris, Kim, and Scout

Ps. Scout says, "Thanks for loving my parents so much!"
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We apologize for the delay in our updates, as we know many of you are concerned for Kim's well being.

Since our last update, Kim had another surgery this past Tuesday to cover the remainder of her burns. The surgeon told us today that Kim's wounds looks better than he had expected. Though nothing has ever been quite certain since we arrived here, there is immense hope on both our part and the surgeons' part that Tuesday was her last surgery. We will wait to see how the wounds heal in the coming days, but if everything goes as hoped, we expect to start planning for Kim's discharge to go home soon.

Days have seemed to blur a bit together as we have now passed the one month mark of being in the hospital. We take comfort in knowing that we are at one of the best burn center's nationwide; working with incredibly skilled surgeons and nurses; and being supported by all our friends, family, and colleagues. Thank you all who continue to keep us in your thoughts.
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Hey everybody,

A little update here for everyone. Since our last update, Kim has made incredible strides in her recovery. She’s started walking (!), which has made such a difference both physically and mentally. She has started physical therapy to help her body regain mobility as her burns heal. Her doctors gave her permission to go outside in a wheelchair today, which she is really looking forward to. Hospital rooms are great and all, but the outside world is better.

It’s looking like Kim may need one last minor surgery to cover a few burns on her legs. This will keep us down in West Hills for at least another 2-3 weeks. Luckily, it’s a much smaller surgery than her last one, and the recovery should be much easier. She’s made it through perhaps the most difficult time with regard to physical pain.

Each day seems to get exponentially better for everyone. We’ve settled into a routine that works for us to get though this, though we’re looking forward to getting home and returning to our lives.
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We want to thank everyone—family, friends, friends of friends, community members—for your support during this challenging life turn. Kim has just undergone her third surgery here at the Grossman Burn Center this Monday morning. Though it’s not a surprise, every time the doctors say how well she did and how strong she has been before, during, and after surgery. She’s in extreme pain from the grafting, but she is facing the pain with the strongest will I have ever witnessed.

So far, the funds have allowed us to make sure family can take time off and visit her, paying for travel expenses. They have also allowed Chris the ability to get daily necessities to ensure Kim is comfortable in her room, including groceries for Kim’s favorite meals. He made their favorite brunch this past Sunday: tofu and soyrizo scramble, bacon, and fruit, along with virgin mimosas. Chris will likely take the rest of the school year off to give Kim emotional and physical support as she makes her recovery. The funds will also go towards allowing him this freedom without feeling too much of the financial burden of missing the last month of school.

The kindness and the giving have been overwhelming, and we are so deeply grateful for everyone that has donated, left a message, shared a post, and kept us in their thoughts. Thank you.
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