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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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Hi everyone - it's Kris.
I meant to post yesterday for Neal's (and my!) birthday, but ran out of time. I thought Neal's birthday was a good milestone to give you all an update.
Neal's actually doing pretty well. He's now going to Sunbury three times a week; twice to see his exercise physiologist at the gym to work on strength and fitness and once to see his physio to work on his walking.
He's getting better at walking but he's got these horrible blisters on his legs that keep bursting and getting infected (and then he needs to go on antibiotics because we all know he doesn't cope well with infection). Whenever this happens he can't wear the prosthetic legs because it hurts too much and we don't want to cause further damage to the skin.
He's had an interview to volunteer at the Melbourne Museum, so you never know you might see him there on your next visit!
Things aren't always rosy, but we're working on it. All of us are seeing professionals to support us through our lives post trauma. I'm really worried about the kids, but I'm being very proactive about getting them the support they need. And, I've made time for myself to go to yoga (something I never thought I'd do) but it's been a great time for me to 'escape' from everything and focus on my wellbeing.
We're still negotiating/arguing with the NDIA about Neal's supports. What we are using is fabulous. Some of what's been approved is inappropriate, but other things are taking way too long. They still haven't approved the prosthetic finger and thumb because they want more evidence of their usefulness!!!!!! The bathroom still e list floods each time Neal has a shower because the bathroom still isn't modified. The entrance to the house is still not accessible (the NDIA staff member couldn't do a home visit when she saw the entrance because she said she wouldn't be able to get in with her wheelchair - how ironic!). There is still argy bargy about the wheelchair accessible van and the list goes on.....
BUT, we've got another holiday booked in June! Cruises seem to be the easiest way for us to have a break, so we're going away for the school holidays. Any extra cash I get from ceremonies goes into the adventure fund and planning these holidays really gives us something to look forward to.
So, thanks again for your support and congratulations if you got this far into my rant!
Cheers, Kris (Neal, Sam and Eloise)
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Nearly the end of another year! Thanks to Nina, family and friends for organising an amazing Fashion Fundraiser on 25 November. I think now is the time to stop doing the big fundraisers; partly because the time involved is beyond our capacity and because we would like to try and discover what our new normal is like. Can I get back to work? Can Neal get some sort of routine and do something that he finds meaningful and rewarding? We are slowly getting there, but apologies if we are not as available or as merry as we used to be......

At the risk of Eloise finding out and yelling at me, look at this beautiful letter she sent to Santa. It makes me both proud and sad to read.....

Enjoy your summer holidays and I hope that you are all well. Thank you for your continued support.
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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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