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This fundraiser ended on 07/11/12

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Raising money for Living and Medical Expenses not covered by insurance for Valencia .

On the afternoon of Thursday, May 24, 2012, my 5 year old daughter Valencia developed a fever and complained of stomach ache, I gave her some Tylenol and she seemed to feel better, little did I know that the following morning, her pain would worsen and her fever would raise to 105.

Friday, May 25, 2012, we made it to her pediatricians office, after being seen by her doctor we were told to head to the emergency room right away, she suspected appendicitis. At the emergency room, Valencia was given an Ultra-Sound, CT scan, and other testing, which showed the appendix, as well as her other organs, looked normal. She was admitted to the hospital due to her abdominal pain and high fever.

The next day, Saturday, May 26, 2012, she did not show any sign of improvement. A second Ultra-Sound was done that showed fluid around the appendix, within 10 min. of those results, she was being prepped for surgery to remove her appendix.

During the surgery, the surgeon checked all her other organs which looked just as healthy as her appendix but, he found pus in her pelvis. During the next few days it was determined that she had Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis and was started on an aggressive antibiotic for ten days. (The lab work showed that she was in the beginning stages of appendicitis. During those ten days she had a PICC line put in) After ten days of antibiotics my daughter’s fever did not break, she ranged from 103 to 105.

After a second CT Scan didn’t show any abscesses or any other reason that could explain why she was still having fevers, the doctor’s finally treat her for an atypical form of Kawasaki’s Disease. (She also had a heart echo at this point to see if she had any heart damage and her eyes checked which showed they were inflamed).

On Monday, June 4, 2012, my daughter under went IVIG treatment in hopes that her fevers would finally subside, at this point Valencia had a fever everyday for 12 days straight. Unfortunately, she had to under go a second treatment of IVIG within 24 hours because she still had a fever. Thankfully, that second treatment worked!

On Thursday, June 7, 2012, she was discharged! We went home with two prescriptions and I am to monitor her temperature, if it raises higher than 100.5, I have to take her back to the emergency room.
I was at my daughters bedside during her stay in the hospital and off work without pay. As a single mom, this has caused some financial difficulties. Today, Valencia is better but not healthy. She has 4 to 6 weeks of follow up appointments, even though, she was treated for Kawasaki’s Disease the doctors also suspect that she may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The funds raised will help with living and medical expenses not covered by insurance which include, co-pays, travel to and from appointments/treatments, and prescriptions to name a few. With your help, I will be able to focus my energy on taking care of my daughter, we still have a long road ahead of us. Just yesterday, she had an appointment with the Gastroenterologist who added another medication and scheduled for her to have scope look inside her intestines.

The past few weeks have been emotionally and physically difficult for my daughter, through it all she has been brave and strong. Valencia’s hope is that her doctors will find exactly what’s wrong with her, be treated and make a full recovery!

Thank You in advance for your prayers, generosity, and support during this difficult time.
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