Help the Family of Sheila K. Watkins with Medical Expenses

For: Sheila K. Watkins
Panora, IA
Organizer: Ruth Pearson
Help the Family of Sheila K. Watkins with Medical Expenses (Sheila K. Watkins)
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The Story

Sheila K. Watkins is my big sister. She is exactly six years and one day older than me.
We also have another sister, Laura, who is in the middle.

This all began on March 15, 2017.

I got a phone call from my niece telling me that they think her mother had a stroke and had coded at the hospital.
Her husband found her unresponsive and an ambulance took her to a nearby hospital.

From there, Sheila was life-flighted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is a rare type of stroke caused by an aneurysm.

Two drainage tubes were inserted into her brain to relieve pressure.

A coil was inserted into the aneurysm to prevent anymore bleeding from that site.

Approximately a week and a half after the initial stroke, one of the blood vessels in her brain spasmed so another surgery was performed to keep that blood vessel from closing up completely and causing another stroke.

She was able to have the left drain tube removed and it was discussed putting a shunt instead of keeping the right drain tube.
Then bacteria was found in the right tube and a procedure was done to replace it.

The bacterial infection is in her spinal fluid and it has been a battle to defeat it.
An MRI was done and a pocket of fluid was found in the cerebellum, which is near the base of the skull.
Yet another surgery was done to drain as much of that fluid out and hopefully get rid of the infection.
During this procedure, they removed the right drain tube and put another one on the left side.

Currently, the amount of bacteria found seems to be going down.

After three and a half weeks in the ICU, she has been moved to the step-down unit. The step-down unit is for patients that need a lot of care still, but are considered stable.

Sheila is 51 years old, married and the mother of three children and grandmother of two. She had been homeschooling her 14 year old son.

Along with homeschooling her son, Sheila has a jewelry making business~ Stone Circle Designs.
She is also the author of a short story and had just written the first draft of a full-length book.

Iowa City is half-way across the state from her home so her family does not have a chance to see her as often as they would like.
Sheila is making some progress, but still faces a lot of time recovering and rehabilitating.

Unfortunately, that also comes with a lot of costs. We appreciate any kind of help you can give to Sheila and her family.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 25, 2017

Posted on July 25, 2017

Sheila had been doing well so I had not been updating. She had finished her therapy and was waiting on her foot to get healed so she could move home. Unfortunately, yesterday she had another fall which caused a subdural hematoma that she could not recover from. They could have gone in and done surgery to drain the bleeding on her brain, but the bleeding was also in her brain stem so she never would have recovered. She would have stayed in a coma on life support until other organs started shutting down because of the injury to her brain stem. Sheila would not have wanted to live that way so the decision was made to remove life support last evening. Sheila died at just after 10:00 pm.

Posted on June 5, 2017

Posted on June 5, 2017

Sheila is doing well. She likes the food better. She can also check herself out and go places if she does not have any therapy. She still gets pretty tired, but she it is lessening a bit as time goes by. So far, she has not been scheduled any therapy. She figures that she will start sometime this week. She has taken the opportunity to rest.

Posted on June 1, 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017

Sheila moved from Mercy Rehab in Des Moines to Panora Nursing and Rehab Center today. Her husband, Ray, went and picked her up in their mini-van and took her to the Care Center. She is resting right now. 

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