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May 22, 2017 Latest post:
Feb 5, 2019
About a month ago, Krista was stricken with transverse myelitis. Her primary symptoms were lack of sensation and motor control in her right leg. She spent about a week at West Allis Memorial, and then a couple more weeks at Aurora Summit - an in-patient rehab facilty. She came home able to move with a walker. We set up a hosptial bed in the dining room because she couldn't get up and down stairs.
She had been home and going to rehab for a couple of weeks. She was making great progress, and was to the point where she was going to try going up the stairs at home.
At about 5:30 on Friday morning, the dogs woke me up by rustling around (I was sleeping in our bed upstairs). I then heard her yell that she'd fallen. I closed the dogs into the bedroom and ran downstairs. She was on the floor, laying on her walker. She told me she'd fainted on the way to the bathroom. I sat her up off the walker and got a pillow. She went into a kind of seizure and wouldn't respond to me. So, I called 911.
She started to recover a bit, and said "maybe it will pass"; she was also a bit embarrassed when she heard the sirens from the ambulance and fire trucks.
When the paramedics arrived, she went into another seizure-type response. They took her the ambulance and revived her. A paramedic came out and told me that they'd lost her pulse, but got it back with CPR, and that I should follow them to the hospital.
She's been unconscous in the ICU ever since. She suffered a massive pulmonary embolism. Whenever she comes off of sedation, she goes into a seizure. She's now on a different drug mix in hopes that she'll regain consciousness without a seizure.
Her family - Ben (father), Bobbie (mother), Robin (sister) and Evan (nephew) - flew in Saturday. We're staying by her bedside in shifts.
She's had a couple of other visitors - but, please, don't come for a visit without contacting me first (my cell is 262-527-9216). There aren't supposed to be more than 3 visitors in an ICU room at once. Besides, she needs to rest and recover.
We've had an outpouring of support from family, friends and neighbors, and co-workers. I know many are praying for Krista's recovery. Thank you! I'll post regular updates to this site.
My Facebook and gmail contacts aren't very complete (I haven't really even gone on Facebook in a couple of years). So, please, share this website info freely.