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Help Neal Recover

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Neal Furze, husband of Kristine Rawlinson and father of Sam (11) and Eloise (8) was cooking at the  BBQ on a family holiday on Grand Final Eve in Echuca when he suddenly took ill. He returned to Riddells Creek but didn't seek medical attention til the next day after his condition worsened.

Neal was raced by ambulance to  the Royal Melbourne Hospital with suspected meningococcal disease. His condition was critical and he was placed into an induced coma from which he has only just woken after 17 days.

While meningococcal was ruled out, Septicemia and sepsis were confirmed - ie Blood Poisoning (cause unknown). Blood flow was restricted to his organs thus not allowing any flow to his extremities. 

Neal is still in ICU in and is facing drastic procedures including amputations.
He will continue to be in ICU for weeks then will endure a lengthy period of Rehabilitation, and he is susceptible to infections.
Neal and his family will be without a secure income for months and possibly years. They will likely have extra expenses for items such as prostheses and medical equipment.

Kristine will be the Primary Carer of Neal and their two children and her capacity to work for an income during the recovery process will be limited.

If you can help by donating a sum of money to the Neal Furze Recovery Fund that will be so appreciated by the family.
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https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/drive/changing-tracks-2018-kristine/10461982?fbclid=IwAR18ki-FAVLlbkc7AQ5VBfOjBw9Wz-zMeYxMMLqhJP98u57wwLCpvgPi5ww

Here is the link to last Friday's Changing Tracks on ABC 774 Melbourne.

I was so nervous when it was aired, because it was such a personal story. Neal was asleep during the whole thing, but when I played it to him he became quite emotional, but then to counter the mood said, "That's all about you, not me!" Typical!!!! I've told him he can write his own.

The response to this story has been amazing. Let's hope it raises some awareness about sepsis.

Stay safe and keep well,

Kris
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Exciting news! Today at 5.30pm on ABC Melbourne (774), Raf Epstein will be telling the story I wrote on 'Changing Tracks'. Tune in or you can listen to it later via the Changing Tracks podcast.

Also, here is a flier for the upcoming Fashion Fundraiser that one of our friends is organising for us. Could you please invite anyone and everyone? We've organised an amazing day, so the more the merrier!

Cheers

Kris
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From Kris....

Happy Grand Final Day!

Anyone who knows Neal, knows he loves Grand Final Day. But now, Grand Final Day will never be the same.

Last year, while cooking the stodgy BBQ lunch, so we were all fortified for the big match, Neal started to feel unwell.

If only we'd known it was more than gastro. If only we'd known that we had a 72 hour window of opportunity to save his life, and have a greater chance of recovery.

Everyone knew he wasn't well. His skin was a greyish shade (but it sometimes looked like that when he was unwell), he was shaking uncontrollably (but we've all experienced that with gastro), and he had a fever (again, something we've all experienced).

Normally with these symptoms we'd take a couple of of paracetamol and rest....that's exactly what he did. We didn't know the clock was ticking. The next day we cut our holiday short and had a day of rest to help him recover. We didn't know the clock was ticking. Then Monday morning I took him to the GP because I was worried.....he seemed to be getting worse. The GP saw him in the treatment room because of his gastro symptoms, and everything Neal described to him fit the bill of gastro. So we went home with a sleeping tablet so Neal could get more rest. Tick, tick, tick.....

That afternoon, Neal showed me a rash on his calf. He put this down to scratching in the night during his restless sleep.

I went out for 20 minutes. I got home. His hand was purple and he was panting.

I took him to the GP again. Now I was really worried. I couldn't get him to walk in and the nurse couldn't get a blood pressure reading. I showed the rash, which I didn't realise was also on the other leg and on his abdomen. From there, everything is in fast forward.

140km an hour down the freeway to the hospital. Very serious health professionals. Bringing the kids in to say good-bye, before a sleepless night in ICU, which he miraculously survived. That Neal survived this is literally miraculous.

We are so grateful for his story of survival. But, each day we grieve. We have lost so much.

So, while you celebrate Grand Day, please read this poster about sepsis. If you know the signs, you may save someone's life. I just wish we'd known the symptoms last year. Our life would be completely different.
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Some days are crappy, but some are like this!
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