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Caring for the Hicks
As you all know, the Hicks family recently welcomed baby Phoenix into the world with much excitement. Stevie developed severe, acute preeclampsia during labor which left her vulnerable to having a major stroke while she received intensive treatment to bring her blood pressure down. As her body struggled to recover in the following weeks while also caring for a newborn, her fibromyalgia flared up and she was put on a course of steroids to help manage the pain. While on the steroids she went 36 straight hours without sleep. This compounded with the damage from the preeclampsia, and the weeks of sleep deprivation from staying up with Phoenix, and she suffered a massive seizure while cooking dinner Tuesday the 24th of July. She fell and struck her head and sustained a grade-III concussion as well. Now she is home recovering and suffers no long-term damages, but requires 12-16 hours of sleep every day. She also will not be allowed to drive for the next three months. The Hicks family will need help at night with Phoenix’s feedings, and for the occasional ride to appointments or to get groceries, and a meal here and there. To anyone who wishes to whisk Atlas away for an afternoon play date, take a night on the couch with the baby, come over and fill the house with the smell of cooking food, or even provide the odd service like a haircut or bathe the dog- the Hicks are eternally grateful. Please sign up on the calendar here so that we can keep people coordinated and communicating with each other.