Kraft Family Medical Expenses

To know the Krafts is to love them. Right now Ariel is in the ICU and may have a long road to recovery ahead of her. Funds raised for the family will be used to aid in paying present and future medical bills, aid with recovery expenses, etc. Let us bless this family, who has blessed so many with their love, generosity, and faithfulness to the Lord.

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen." Philipians 4:19-20

From Michael:
I humbly ask you to join me in prayer for my precious wife, Ariel!
For the past month, she has been experiencing a decline in her health and she is currently in the ICU at the hospital. While I won’t go into all of the details and symptoms right now, many of the issues she is facing seem to be neurological and we are so thankful for the amazing team of Drs, specialists, nurses, and everyone else at the hospital where she is being cared for. She truly is getting the best care that we could have asked for and I urge you to pray for them as they serve her and ask God to give them answers and direction for proper treatment.
Words cannot describe how supported both Ariel and I feel by so many people who are loving and serving our family so well (meals, gifts, taking care of our children, doing projects around our home, etc) but most of all we truly thank you for your prayers for her and ask that they continue!
I apologize if this comes as a shock to some of you, this came out of left field and I have not been able to contact everyone the way that I would have liked to.
We love you all very much and are so humbled by your prayers for my sweet wife!

UPDATES

April 24th Update
April 24, 2022
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Here's an update from Michael & Ariel: 

We are absolutely blown away by your generosity and support! We seriously cannot even wrap our minds around the generosity, love, and encouragement that we have been shown. God is so unbelievably faithful and has used His people to provide for us in truly unfathomable ways. Ariel is now at home and is continuing on her path towards recovery with home health. She is regularly seeing therapists, nurses, and specialists and needs to lay low for the foreseeable future.


Both of us are starting to realize that this is going to be a very long recovery process but we are grateful for the change in trajectory and trusting in God for a complete restoration and healing! We continue to marvel at the blessings that we have been given already and the ways that He is working and we continue to trust in Him.


We love you all very much as once again cannot thank you enough!

Update 3/24
March 24, 2022
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Michael has posted videos to his instagram account detailing what\'s going on with Ariel, find that account here: https://www.instagram.com/michaelkraft83/ 

Update from Michael: 

Ariel is such a warrior and trooper! She is still in the hospital on a rehab floor while the doctors are monitoring her closely and managing her symptoms. She is slowly regaining some strength and we are thankful because she has come a very long way since her stay in the ICU. The doctors here have been incredible and there is a Dr. who is very suspicious that Ariel has an underlying genetic disorder that was strongly exacerbated by her bout with Covid. There are some tests that still need to be run, but we are thankful that he is committed to helping us figure all of this out.

As of now, the plan is for her to go home in the next few days and we will have home health (nurses, therapists, possible nutritionists, etc) come out to the house to help her on this long road to recovery.

Thank you for your continued support, prayers, and encouragement as this is the ride of a lifetime for us!

Update 3/24
March 24, 2022
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Michael has posted videos to his instagram account detailing what\'s going on with Ariel, find that account here: https://www.instagram.com/michaelkraft83/ 

Update from Michael: 

Ariel is such a warrior and trooper! She is still in the hospital on a rehab floor while the doctors are monitoring her closely and managing her symptoms. She is slowly regaining some strength and we are thankful because she has come a very long way since her stay in the ICU. The doctors here have been incredible and there is a Dr. who is very suspicious that Ariel has an underlying genetic disorder that was strongly exacerbated by her bout with Covid. There are some tests that still need to be run, but we are thankful that he is committed to helping us figure all of this out.

As of now, the plan is for her to go home in the next few days and we will have home health (nurses, therapists, possible nutritionists, etc) come out to the house to help her on this long road to recovery.

Thank you for your continued support, prayers, and encouragement as this is the ride of a lifetime for us!

Ariel out of ICU
March 16, 2022
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From Michael:

Once again, thank you to all of you for your continued prayers, support, and encouragement! It has been quite a challenge to say the least, but we continue to be overwhelmed by the goodness and faithfulness of God and the love that has been shown to us by our brothers and sisters in the family of God!
Ariel is now out of the ICU and is being monitored on a different floor \"🙌🏻\"
We are definitely grateful for the progress but we both understand that there is a long road to recovery ahead of us. Please continue to pray that the pressure in her head and neck continues to go down, that the doctors have wisdom in how to diagnose and treat her, and that God will grant her complete and total healing!
There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but this change in trajectory is good for all of our souls and we are very humbled and thankful! We love you all dearly!

Update 3/14
March 13, 2022
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Update from Michael: 

The neurologist just came by this morning and he said that thus far, the EEG looks good and he is going to check the last report and then have it removed.  She definitely seems to be doing better this morning than yesterday and they are planning to downgrade her from the ICU.  He is continuing the medications that he started yesterday and we are praying that she continues to improve.  
One of the Drs last night said that he thinks that Ariel will need to go to a rehab floor at the hospital (once she is much more stabilized) to regain strength and make sure she is in a much better place before heading home.  While we obviously want her to be home, this THRILLED ME because I want to make sure that when she does go home, we do not have a repeat of the last month.  She has a long road of recovery ahead of her but she is a fighter and warrior and the Holy Spirit is sustaining her and our entire family and support system!
There is still a lot to figure out in terms of diagnosis and treatment but please keep praying… I know that God is working in powerful ways and I am so thankful for His faithfulness, grace, and goodness!  Thank you all and love you so much!

March 11th Update
March 11, 2022
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Update from Michael, March 11, 2022. 

Overall, yesterday was a day that provided us both with a good sense of optimism.  She took some small baby steps forward (sitting up for a few minutes, her back pain starting to minimize, not vomiting, etc.) 

Ariel is still in the ICU and has tremendous pressure in her head and neck still and the Drs are trying to figure out how to address it. She is on a whole lot of pain meds and the pain is still very great.

We had a very encouraging visit last night from a Dr (electro physiologist) who specializes in autonomic dysfunction (dysautonomia) and he seems to think he has a good handle on what is going on with Ariel and how to treat the autonomic dysfunction. That was very reassuring and he said he has a clinic here and once she is stabilized, he will walk this road with her in his outpatient clinic.

Still though, the major hurdle to clear right now is this severe pain in her head. 

Please pray:

  1. Please pray that the Drs would have wisdom on how to address this head pain and that her body would have relief. Pray that the pain would cease in Jesus’ name.
  2. Pray for Ariel’s heart to continue to be encouraged and that she would sense God’s presence like never before!
  3. Pray for our family… that God will continue to strengthen and sustain all of us! Please pray for my parents as they hold down the fort at home and things can be a little intense 🤣
  4. Once again, most of all, please pray for complete and total physical healing in the name of Jesus and that she can come home healthy soon!

Thank you all so much and we know that God is upholding her and sustaining her!

March 10th Update
March 10, 2022
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March 10th, 2022 - Update from Michael: 

Words cannot express how thankful we are for your continued outpouring of love, support, and prayer!  

The blood patch yesterday definitely relieved some pain in her back but Ariel continues to have a severe headache and there really hasn’t been relief of that at all over the past several week. I believe today is a very important day for her and we are desperate for a major trajectory change!

  1. Please pray that the Drs have wisdom on how to address the headache and that her body would have relief.
  2. Pray for continued nutrition and that she would be able to start eating things today.
  3. Pray for her to not be nauseous and for no vomiting because that has only exacerbated the pressure in her head.
  4. Pray for her spirits as this is fatiguing to her mind and body and she is desperate for some relief. 
  5. Pray that she is able to get some rest today as her body recovers!
  6. Pray for our family… that God will continue to strengthen and sustain all of us!
  7. Most of all, please pray for complete and total physical healing in the name of Jesus and that she can come home healthy soon!

March 9th
March 9, 2022
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Update from Michael, March 9th. 

Dear friends:

Today is a very crucial day for Ariel. While she slept and rested better yesterday, she is still in excruciating pain and is nauseous and is unable to eat anything.

Here are the specific prayer requests for today:

1. For complete and total physical healing in the mighty name of Jesus!

2. For her to be encouraged in her spirit as this has taken a tremendous emotional toll on her.

3. For the blood patch procedure to be effective this morning which should take care of the fluid on her spine from the lumbar puncture and help her feel better.

4. For her to start eating again and regain strength.

5. For wisdom for the doctors as they continue to diagnose and trouble shoot.

6. For protection, strength, grace, and encouragement for our family as this has been a brutal road for all of us.

Love you all and cannot thank you enough for standing with us and walking this road with us.


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