**** update from amber ****
One moment my sister was a beautiful, healthy, strong little dynamite of a human being and within a matter of days, she was lying in a hospital ICU fighting for her life. And with Jess, you would think it would be from something crazy, skydiving? Racecar driving? Bungee Jumping? But no. Jess came down with a stomach bug, which then turned it to a bit of a respiratory bug, that quickly progressed to the point in which she could not breathe well. Her husband rushed her to the hospital and within hours she was intubated and placed in a medical coma. Tim called my parents, my parents called me, and within 20 minutes we were on the road (facing a 10-16 hour drive) to get to her side. Thing continued to worsen as Sepsis ravaged her entire body. Fighting as hard as she could, her lungs, kidneys, and heart began to tire. Jess was transported to a nearby larger hospital and emergency surgery was done to place her on Ecmo, a machine that acts as your heart and lungs, pumping blood through your body and oxygenating your blood for you. In addition, she was put on dialysis to help her failing kidneys clean her blood. I think at last count she has upwards of 20 IV’s pumping varying medications into her body to help counteract her failing organs and her serious infection. While all of this life-saving equipment is sustaining her life as she tries her hardest to recover, there are very serious tolls being taken on her body. Due to poor circulation and very low blood pressure, many of her extremities are suffering and she is at risk of losing her hands and her feet. The girl who poll danced, sang karaoke, and taught the world to paint while she danced around the stage and the room may wake up to having no hands and no feet. The family and her husband Tim’s family have been by her side every single minute of the day and night, trying to support her as best we can, but it is the most helpless feeling to have to sit in the corner and watch someone you love so dearly and want to protect from hurt and harm so badly go through this. As of the writing of this, we are at day 6. My mental clarity is shot, we’re all terribly sleep deprived as we want to be by her side all the time and when they do force us to leave to get some sleep, the fear of losing her makes it very hard to rest. So I’m sitting in the corner of her hospital room with my laptop, more terrified than I have ever been in my life, trying to help her in the best way I can.
When my sister pulls out of this, she is going to need her family and friends to rally around her. She is not going to be able to work for some time and she was the sole provider for her family. If she does lose her extremities, she is going to need help getting around and accomplishing normal daily functions. And the hospital bill that is going to result from the immense amount of miracle work that this hospital is doing, is going to be absolutely insane.
So please don’t get me wrong, my baby sister Jess is the most optimistic, upbeat, strong, feisty, little turd you’ve ever met. She doesn’t let life get her down and this will be no different. She is going to fight her way out of this and she will deal with whatever comes her way with grace and humor. I envision if she did lose her hands and feet that she will be chasing my kids around the house with robot legs and arms, laughing all the way. So please don’t count her out, she is going to have a beautiful life after this, but to make it a little easier on her, any bit of help, whether it be donating money, donating blood, physically helping when the time is right, would mean the world to her and to us. She has always been the girl that would give you the shirt off her back in a snowstorm, the food off her plate at mealtime, or the shoes off her feet on hot asphalt. She’s always been a giver and now is the time for us to give back to her. My sincerest thanks and gratitude for any way you decide to help and for keeping her in your thoughts.
We’re trying to pull some funds for a my girl/ sister/ friend/ sounding board staple in the Lander community and Tulsa Oklahoma
she currently is fighting for her life.... if you can help her and her little family anything would be appreciated I know she has helped me generously and others in different communities- Jesse lookingbill is needing some prayers folks!!!!! Please send take a couple sec
Dolores Lookingbill her momma:
No. Jess's flu went septic were at Tulsa critical care unit. She on support for heart lungs kidneys. Intubated in a medically induced coma so she can heal Please send healing thoughts her way. We so desperately need them
Sending love and prayers
Update: Jess made it through the night like a champ. The gravity of the situation is that she is on life support, there are machines taking place of many of her vital organs because they can’t keep up with the sepsis. The idea behind it all is to take the work/stress off her organs so they can heal. The fact that she has hung on to this point and made it through the surgery to install the ecmo is amazing in itself and proves how damn strong she is. You all know Jess and know how tough of a cookie she is. I truly believe in my heart she will pull through this, but it really doesn’t get worse than this. She’s facing a serious uphill battle. Google sepsis and ecmo and you’ll understand. She is fighting for her life. So please send your thoughts her way. I will try to update soon.