Kameron's Medical Needs

Kameron's Medical Needs

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Update #36

8 months ago

Well, what a busy weekend!! We had a pretty quiet 4th of July. We stayed home and got ready for the big move Saturday. My mom and aunt drove down to be drivers as we were short of drivers. When it was dark, we went to the park at the end of the street and watched the fireworks with my family. It was really quite pleasant. Saturday we got up early and went and got the Uhaul. My cousins and aunt and uncle showed up to help, along with some friends so we had that thing loaded in like an hour which as great!! I have officially moved and am out of my house in Oregon. It is really sad as I loved that house and loved the people I got to know down there. I need to really make sure that I am keeping in touch with them. Yesterday was another gorgeous day so we spent the day at the Elochoman river. Kameron was glad to play in the water a bit. I am overwhelmed with things to do here but we are making it through one day at a time. Kameron's surgery has been scheduled for August 5th. Finally, we have a date to look forward to so we can really start his recovery. Keep your fingers crossed for us!!

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On Tuesday, May 13, 2014, my son, Kameron Howell-Meeker was walking home with his friend. He was struck from behind by a drunk driver. He was rushed to OHSU hospital. He is stable now, but has a long road of recovery ahead of him including more surgeries and physical therapy. His attitude remains very upbeat and optimistic and for that we are thankful. 

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Monday, July 7th

Well, what a busy weekend!! We had a pretty quiet 4th of July. We stayed home and got ready for the big move Saturday. My mom and aunt drove down to be drivers as we were short of drivers. When it was dark, we went to the park at the end of the street and watched the fireworks with my family. It was really quite pleasant. Saturday we got up early and went and got the Uhaul. My cousins and aunt and uncle showed up to help, along with some friends so we had that thing loaded in like an hour which as great!! I have officially moved and am out of my house in Oregon. It is really sad as I loved that house and loved the people I got to know down there. I need to really make sure that I am keeping in touch with them. Yesterday was another gorgeous day so we spent the day at the Elochoman river. Kameron was glad to play in the water a bit. I am overwhelmed with things to do here but we are making it through one day at a time. Kameron's surgery has been scheduled for August 5th. Finally, we have a date to look forward to so we can really start his recovery. Keep your fingers crossed for us!!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Wednesday, July 2nd

Today we got up early and headed out to the Dr's office for Kameron's check up. We were hoping that we could get the next surgery scheduled for soon and get this final stage of recovery going. The doctor said that he is healing pretty good, but he still has a lot more healing to do, so the surgery will have to take place in mid August or so. Joy. The doctor also yelled at him for trying to do too much with it too soon, so he really needs to work at keeping off it and working the crutches more.
We got a lot more done today with regards to the move. My best friend Colleen came down and helped me move things outside to sell in the moving sale we are having over the next two days. I will be really happy to get this move over with. The stress will definitely lessen then. I did get a call from my mom tonight letting me know that she broke her foot tonight so although she won't be able to help me move that much, it will be good that I am there to help her out as well. Sometimes I just wish that this whole thing were done and over with so that we could all get on with our lives. Wishful thinking I guess...

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Tuesday, July 1st

I can't believe that it is July already and how much has changed in the last two months. I am so ready to be done with moving already and the stress lessened. We go to the doctor tomorrow morning and hopefully will have Kameron's last surgery scheduled! I am super happy to be moving forward with that as well. Sad to lose our home, but think this change will be for the best stress wise. I really need the support of my family right now and they are more than happy to be there for us. Did I mention that I dislike moving?! I am sad to lose this beautiful house. Today is just nostalgic I guess. Going to have a moving sale this Friday to try to get rid of stuff and raise some money to help with the move. If you are in this neck of the woods, stop on by!!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Sunday, June 29th

So, it's come to this. we have to give up our house in Oregon and move back in with my mom for a bit in Washington until we can get back on our feet again. Kameron has a doctor's appointment this coming Wed morning and that will determine when his next and hopefully last surgery will take place so we can begin the final stage of permanent recovery. This has been such an emotional roller coaster so far. I have spent the last 3 days crying uncontrollably again. I am going to spend this week packing up and trying to get in to see my doctors as well. There is definitely something wrong with me that Kameron's accident has triggered. Hopefully, this move will just be temporary and we will be back here and back at work again by the end of July, just perhaps not in this house. Please keep us in your prayers and thanks again for all your support. We will keep you posted.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Wednesday, June 25th

The past few days home have been nice and quiet. We've been focused on Kam's rehabilitation and physical therapy. I have been soaking his feet and giving him leg and foot massages at night with my essential oils to help aid in the healing process. I am confident that his healing is going quite well and the physical therapy is progressing nicely. Today, we are heading back north to my moms with my grandmother and nephew to spend a few more days. Today is the celebration of my nieces birthday and I will be dropping both boys off in Castle Rock to spend the night so they can be part of the party fun. I guess the party is Dr. Who themed which should be great and there will be many children there for them to hang out with. I think this will be a good opportunity for the boys to have some relaxation and fun without their mom around. Then hopefully tomorrow will be nice as well so that once they come back, we can take everyone to the river again. My 5 year old nephew Sean Michael will be going with us up to my moms and I know that he will have a blast wading in the river and hanging out with the boys. He is starved for playmates so this will be good fun for him as well. Although the boys are a bit older than him, they tolerate him pretty well and make allowances for him, even though he sometimes is overwhelming to them as he is 5. So, hopefully, we will have a pleasant time with everyone!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Monday, June 23rd

Had a really nice day yesterday. Took the kids to the Elochoman river to wade in as Kameron is not allowed to swim yet. This is a huge deal as Kameron LOVES to swim. We have been invited many places to go swimming since the accident but haven't been able to go. This is due to his ACL still being torn and swimming uses those muscles. Wading in the river was super fun and we skipped rocks, saw who could make the biggest splash, tried to catch crawdads, etc... It was a super beautiful day so when we were done with that, we took a leisurely drive through the country and admired the wildlife and scenery. Everybody had a thoroughly enjoyable day. This morning we got up and we helped the plumber finish putting a new shower in. Then we headed out of town and came on home. It was nice to get back. Our kitties sure did miss us! We unpacked and this evening I massaged Kam's leg and feet for him to work his muscles. I am really impressed at how well he is healing and I think the doctor will say so as well when we go back on July 2nd. I can't wait to get this last surgery over with so we can really focus on his recovery for good! Tomorrow I am going to come up with ways to try to get some income so we can pay our rent coming up and other bills that are due now. Next weekend there is an island wide yard sale at my moms so I am going to go through my stuff and see what we don't need to earn some money that way. I was thinking of making some crafts to sell as well. Maybe put some donation jars in the bars around here. Maybe since a drunk driver did this to us, people will put their money in the jar instead of buying that last drink before hitting the road that will put them over the edge. Just an idea. Hope it's as nice tomorrow as it was today!!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
8 months ago

Sunday, June 22nd

Happy Sunday all!! We came up to my mom's house on Thursday this week and have been here since. We are having really good days since we came up here. We have been really active and working hard to help my mom who wasn't feeling well, but is better now. She is getting a shower put in today by a friend, so we went into town yesterday to get all the parts for it. It was a stunning day here weather wise and has been. We drove up the Oregon side on the way home and took the ferry across as Jordan loves to ride the ferry. What fun! We have been making sure that Kameron is doing his physical therapy every day and his leg is getting stronger. We are very much looking forward to going back to the surgeon on the 2nd of July so we can get his last surgery scheduled and really be on the road home to full recovery! We have been thinking about what we are going to do as we don' t have the money to pay July rent for our house. There are some things that I can sell to try to earn money, like furniture and stuff from our house. We have also been thinking about relocating up with my mom as she is so helpful during this tough time. What to do oh what to do? Any ideas for fundraising to earn rent money would be welcome! Have a great day all!!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Friday, June 20th

Yesterday was the best day as of yet. I felt great all day long and the boys were good too. Kameron was feeling really good and worked very hard on his physical therapy that they want him to do to help his leg get better. They said that his leg is doing really well for what happened to him and think that his progress is amazing! I am so proud of him! I went to the doctor and had him refer me to a psychologist so we can figure out what's happening with me and get everything all straightened out. I think that what's happened to Kameron is really messing with me as well. I think that talking to someone will definitely help with that as well. I am just going to focus on keeping positive and getting through one day at a time. Thanks for all the support!!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Thursday, June 19th

Yesterday was a better day. I felt more stable than I have in a while and Kameron and Jordan were a big part of that. We took a walk just down the road to a little park that's by the river her in the sunshine and that definitely helped a lot. Jordan met a kid that lives a couple houses down the road that's the same age as him and was able to play for a while. I worked on changing the energy of my house towards positive and cleaning it to make me feel comfortable again. I received 3 generous donations from our supporters and was able to keep my phone on, and that was just an awesome thing!! I am so lucky to have people support us during this tough time. I really am going to work on today being a positive day as well and am going to the doctor later today. I am really going talk to my doctor to figure this out with him and hopefully work on getting my emotions under control. I think I am going really focus on making Kameron and I well focus on staying positive. Please continue your support and keep us in your prayers.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Update

Our phones are getting shut off today so if anyone needs to reach us, please email me at hawaii_made@hotmail.com or Facebook me. Thank you.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Tuesday, June 17th

Worst day yet. Spent 5 hours the previous night unable to stop crying before going to be then, all day yesterday unable to not cry as well. I had to take a total of 5 Lorazepam to have the strength to be able to stop crying long enough to take Kameron to his physical therapy. Even then, I wasn't able to actually talk to anyone as I would start crying. I am off work now until at least mid July, with no income coming in at all. I am freaking out on how I am going to be able to pay my bills, let alone Kam's medical bills. I have to wait until the driver gets convicted and the court to order restitution to try to get that person who completely ruined our lived to pay what is owed. In a word I feel hopeless. I cannot believe how this thing that happened to us has so completely changed our lives and has started this huge downward spiral. I actually have to take it one hour at a time instead of one day at a time as that is too overwhelming for me to even think about. I keep praying over and over for assistance from God, but I feel like he's not hearing us. I don't know what do. My children have been watching their mother go through a nervous breakdown of sorts and sit by helpless while I cry. It is a comfort to have them here with me though. Very dark day indeed.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Monday, June 17

Extremely hard days. Especially today. Th doctor said that Kameron's infection is gone but there is something going on with me now. I am super emotional and depressed. I can barley function because I am just overwhelmed with everything. I keep getting bills for everything with astronomical numbers on them and I am trying to figure everything out. I don't know what to do. I feel like I am drowning and am in a tunnel with no light at the end. I cried for 5 hours straight last night. My poor boys tried to help me, but it was like I wasn't capable of turning it off. My anxiety level is through the roof. I have a call into my doctor to see who he can help but right now, I am basically incapable of normal function. This is not a good state to be in.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Saturday, June 14th

Took it easy today. Kameron's leg is looking a bit better and we wanted to make sure that he didn't over do it with it healing so well. It's really nice being at my mom's house. Very peaceful and it helps me emotionally as well as I am not surrounded by things that stress me out. I know that it's a cop out tactic but it helps. I don't know what's wrong with me. Stress maybe? Kameron is doing a lot to help me thru this as well as Jordan. They are both my rocks. I don't know what I would do without them.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Friday, June 13th

Wednesday night, due to my emotional instability and Kameron's leg, I talked to my mom and decided that after my doctor appointment Thursday morning, we would all go up to her house so she could help out with watching Kam and be there to help me out. Thursday morning, we all got up bright and early and headed out to my doctor's office, being very careful of Kam's leg. As I use doTERRA essential oils at my house, I started using them on Kam's leg as well to assist with the healing and to help fight the infection along with what the doctor prescribed. Thursday his leg showed less redness and looked to be improving so that was heartening. We went to my doctor and I explained about my turbulent emotions I have been having lately and discussed options. He took some blood samples to check my thyroid and hormone levels and changed my meds a bit. He thinks that the stress that our family has been going through is a major contribution to my emotional levels. After the doctor appointment, we drove up to Puget Island where my mom has a neat little house and got settled in. My mom was at her own doctor appointments, so after getting Kam settled in, we started a fire and I busied myself with starting dinner. The rest of the evening we just kind of took it easy. Friday morning was a bit rainy, but Jordan and I hopped in the car and went to the local pharmacy to get the new prescriptions that my doctor told me to take. We wandered around town for a bit while we were waiting for the prescriptions to get ready. For those who have never been, Cathlamet is a very small town where everybody knows everybody. I went to high school here and my graduating class had a whopping 28 kids. I, of course, ran into people I know, so we visited for a while then came back to my moms. My friend Caitlyn decided to come out to visit me and bring her baby she just had, Jacen out to visit and meet me. Omgoodness! He is so stinking adorable! I didn't want to put him down from the moment she arrived. He is 3 weeks old. I love them at that age. They are so sweet and bright eyed at that age. She and I decided to walk down to the local farmers market they have here on the island on Friday afternoons, that's just up the road from my moms house. It was small but cute and we picked up a couple of fresh vegetables to add into the stir fry we were going to be making for dinner. Jacen LOVES being outside. I've never seen a baby that content with the outdoors. Kameron took it pretty easy all day, staying off his leg and putting essential oils on it. It looks a thousand times better and I know when we go back to the doctor on Monday, he will be pleased with the progress. Cait and Jacen left after dinner and we all went to bed fairly early as we were all tired. I am having to take so much time off work unpaid, that I am really stressing out about household bills now, not just Kam's medical stuff. I don't even have enough to make my car payment or insurance this month and I am freaking out. I keep trusting God to help and provide for us. Please keep us in your prayers.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Wednesday, June 11th

Hard day today, following a difficult night as well. Kameron was up and down all night with his leg hurting him, and it looked slightly red and was warm to the touch. Went into the doctor this morning and they said that it looks like it could be the beginning of an infection and that we needed to watch it carefully over the next few days, keeping it clean, elevated, and gave him some meds to help. So, I have to take the rest of the week off unpaid again. STRESS!!! I have been all over emotional wise anyway, because I think I have a hormone imbalance going on from when I had my hysterectomy last year, so this added fun is making me a basketcase (although if you ask my friends, they would say that's nothing new anyway, lol). I made a doctor appointment for me for tomorrow morning so hopefully they can help me to get balanced out so I can get back to my (relatively) normal self. I looked at my online OHSU statement and the visit today, just to look at his leg was $482. Holy cow!! That's ridiculous. And every time we go to the physical therapist, it's $230. I almost feel like I am drowning and there's no chance of rescue. I know that we have a lot of supporters out there, but can we really raise that much money? I am looking around for other services that can assist us as well, but it's so overwhelming, I am not even sure what I qualify for. I dread opening my mail box now, especially after talking to my attorney. I am going to talk to him again on Friday after I get together with my family and discuss the situation. It's getting to the point where I feel like I am starting to become depressed again. I know that God only gives us as much as we can handle, but I think I've almost hit my breaking point. I found myself uncontrollably crying when I turned the shower on this morning! If anyone know's of any help that I can apply for or other ideas, I would be more than happy to get your input. I think I'm going to try to go to bed early tonight and hopefully I will have a fresh outlook tomorrow morning. At least, I will pray for that tonight...

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Tuesday, June 10th

Today is my birthday. I was awoken with a call from my lawyer who had some news for us. Apparently, the driver's insurance is only going to pay for around $35,000 towards bills. Then my insurance is going to kick in and total out to about another $25,000 or so. So the rest of it, I will be responsible for. Talk about depressing. This totally stressed me out, as you can imagine. Well, we had an appointment this morning for Kam at OHSU, then we met my friend and his family for lunch at a great little Mexican restaurant. Then we went back to OHSU for another appointment for Kam's physical therapy. We were a little bit early so they gave us a pass to ride the lift. That was a truly neat experience. From the lift, you can see the entire city of Portland. Kam then had his appointment and then we came home. All in all, a pretty ok day, except for the news from the doctor. I'm already having trouble paying my normal household bills from all the time I've had to take off work unpaid, and now this. I'm trusting in God, but I'm really wondering how much more I can take stress wise. I feel like I am ready for a trip to the psych ward almost. One bright note is that my youngest son, Jordan is here for a month. He's such a sweetie. I am really looking forward to spend some quality time with him while he's here. One day at a time, just one day at a time. That's what I keep telling myself.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Tuesday, June 9th

Today was a tough day. Emotional rollercoaster for both Kameron and myself. His little brother was set to arrive tonight at 8:30 PM from Pennsylvania but the plane was delayed and not able to land until 12:30 AM. Kameron's really looking forward to his little brother Jordan coming, and so am I. We have doctors appointments tomorrow and it's my birthday! What a strange way to spend your birthday, at the doctor's but I am so thankful that my son is still here that I would spend every birthday there. Each day is a struggle for the both of us, both physically and emotionally, but I keep telling myself just to take it one day at a time. Baby steps but important ones.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Sunday, June 8th

We have been so very busy that I haven't had a chance to post any updates lately. I have been working. then I had to leave work early on Friday when I got a text from Kameron letting me know he had fallen when getting out of the shower and made his stitches bleed and he really hurt his leg. I got home and helped him get all bandaged up and clucked over him like a momma hen, and made him rest up. Luckily there was nothing that we had to take him back to the doctor over. He was bruised up, and quite a bit tender and in pain, but Saturday he was feeling better. Saturday, Grandma Cece and my nephew Sean Michael came to spend the night. Kameron played video games for a bit with Sean then did some homework since I didn't want him moving around too much since his fall they day before. We had a nice evening with them and got up bright and early today to get ready and head over to my aunt's house to help her get ready for her yard sale she's going to be having in a few weeks. Kameron took it easy and helped watch over the kids. My other aunt came down from Washington and my cousins came over and we had a very nice dinner with them. All in all it was a good day.

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Wednesday, June 4th

Today started out very early as we had a doctor appointment first thing with his orthopedic specialist. We left early, which was good as I had forgotten what the traffic could be like in downtown Portland during rush hour. His physician, Dr. Crawford was very pleased with his progress and how well he is healing from the surgery. He still has a lot of healing to do, but so far, he said it was looking really good. He discussed Kam's physical therapy schedule and we tentatively are looking to do the second surgery (and hopefully his final one) for around 6 weeks from now. That will be for his torn ACL. I checked out our account from OHSU to see what the charges for all this so far are and almost had to freak out. Kam's balance is over $55,700 so far and he still has another surgery, tons of physical therapy, as well as more check ups to go to. My attorney said that the driver's insurance plan will only cover up to $25,000, so I am having a small heart attack. I think that we are going to end up with over $100,000 and I am freaking out a bit. I just keep positive affirmations around me and take 1 day at a time. If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them!

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Maggie Baker posted a new update:
9 months ago

Tuesday, June 3rd

Today was another hard day for us. I was a bit better emotionally, but still not my usual happy-go-lucky self. I really dislike having to leave Kameron alone while I work, but I have to try to get my income rolling again. I have bills piling up and am struggling to pay them. Kameron once again did pretty well until I got home. He had a few issues, but I kept in contact with him and went home at lunch to help him out with some things he was having trouble with. Once off work, I went home and picked him up to take him to physical therapy. They are still taking it easy on him, but it is very painful for him, with his ACL still not fixed yet, and it takes a lot out of him. Even with the pain medication, he hurts. I feel so bad for him. As a mother, you just want to make the things that are hurting your baby go away. Pale and shaking after the leg workout, we got him home and set up to relax for a bit. He has a doctors appointment tomorrow morning for a surgery follow up and we have to get up early for that. Hopefully, we receive a good report. To me, it looks as if he's healing well, but who knows?

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