In 2017 my 1 1/2 year old got sick really sick….. I was at work, I worked a full time job as a dental assistant. I received a call a little after lunch time from the daycare stating my daughter was has throwing up and having severe diarrhea and that I needed to come and get her. I went and got her brought her home had her drinking water and Gatorade. She wasn’t running a fever or anything else. 2 days go by and she is still having horrible diarrhea, the vomiting has subsided. I called her Doctor office and asked if something was going around or if I should bring her in. They said a lot has been going around but if you want we can do a stool sample. My gut instinct said I needed to get a stool sample done, something wasn’t right. Took her in got it done and went home and waited…. and waited….. A few days went by and then at 8:00 am I received a call from the state health Dept stating my daughter had tested positive for E. Coli OH157 Shiga toxin. One of the nastiest strains of E. Coli, the kind that kills people. It is very contagious, she was unable to go to daycare, I had to quit my job, she was so weak and tired all the time anyway, I didn’t want to leave her . Every other day I would have to drive 100 miles to and from to bring the health Dept a stool sample to see if she was clear from this horrible toxin. I live in a rural area and the nearest city for the health Dept is 50 miles away. Then one night she became unresponsive, we ended up at the ER and she was being pumped full of fluids. This strain of E. Coli shits down your kidneys and that is how it kills you. She wasn’t getting any better and her body was shitting down, so they had to life flight her to a children’s hospital. I have never been so scared in my entire life. Praying and praying that my baby would be fine. She was in the hospital for 7 days, hooked up to machines keeping her kidneys going and continuing to keep her full of fluids. After 7 days the Dr. felt that she was well enough to be released. She tested positive for the next 4 months, which by this time I’m thinking I am the worst mother in the world because she still is infected with this. The Dr.s told me that there is no time frame on how long it can be in the body for. Over those next 4 months we visited the ER 6 times. Medical bills started coming in, along with just our regular bills but now we were down 1 income. Our health insurance did cover some cost but not all especially the life flight cost. We are now drowning $125,000.00 in medical debt. I’ve been working 3 jobs trying to keep up with just our regular bills. I am needing help with the medical bills we incurred during this horrible time in our lives.