Friday, January 20, 2012

Kristen Arrendell and her Struggle against Undiagnosed Condition

Undiagnosed conditions are rare but within this past year, I know two people with completely different conditions. Such conditions completely interrupt the lives of those directly affected, namely the sick person and their family. Such situations put extreme hardships on the family. Here is a case of a group of young ladies trying to help out their friend.

"She is one of the bravest women I know. She has been sick for several months now, and the doctors are running out of options. Her heart rate sky rockets and plummets at any given time along with her blood pressure. She gets dizzy and disoriented when there is a lot of noise and commotion.

Kristen was a very active person up until the beginning of April 2011. Since then she has been in and out of the hospital for the above reasons and now can’t get up out of bed without feeling like she is about to pass out. The doctor’s have diagnosed her with POTS, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, which basically means that she has a higher heart rate when standing. But hers differs from the "normal" cases of POTS because she has a higher heart rate & blood pressure while lying down.

She will be going to the Mayo Clinic, in Minnesota, at the end of January for further testing, as the doctors in the Houston area say they have done all they can do for her.

At this time, Kristen's father, Nathan, is the only one able to work. Kathy, Kristen's mother, lost her job, because she was always at the hospital with her daughter. As you can imagine the medical bills are mounting and stresses are getting higher with the upcoming cross country trip ahead of them." ...Kans for Kristen Team

There is a Barrel Race benefit to help her at at the Willis Ag Arena, in Willis, TX, on January 21st, 2012. There will be a concession stand, raffles, and a silent auction. Everyone is welcome to come out and support this wonderful cause!!

Location of the arena: 13551 Rogers Rd., Willis, Tx. 77378
Google map of location

1 comment:

kristen09 said...

Hi, I don't know who put this up, but thank you (: I never knew it was even up until I ran across it just now and I just wanted to say thank you and I really appreciate it (: