In Taylor Gervings’ junior year, she was an all-WDA selection in Volleyball and basketball for St. Mary’s, but not softball. In softball, appendicitis robbed her of that shot.
Now as a senior, Taylor recounts the 36 days she lost to the illness
“Constantly getting sick to my stomach,” Gerving said. “Just pain in my stomach.”
In April, doctors twice thought Taylor Gerving’s symptoms were the stomach flu, but it was much worse.
“We finally went in for the third time and they did a CT Scan and found out that my appendix had ruptured, “Gerving said. “Then they rushed me into surgery.”
Going into surgery, Taylor was already losing. The rupture had caused an infection. Doctors knew that could not remove all the infection.
“It just wasn’t possible,” Gerving said.
Doctors hoped to clear up the rest through antibiotics, but that did not work.
“Two weeks later they went back in and removed the rest of the infection,” Gerving said. “Then my system shut down.”
Which created several obstacles.
“I wasn’t able to eat,” Gerving said. “I had IVs hooked to me — feeding me and giving me water. I lost a total of 26 pounds.”
Which took a toll.
“Constantly thinking, ‘When am I going to be better. When is this all going to be done,'” Gerving said.
Between two surgeries, Taylor spent 26 days in the hospital. And as the days piled up, so did the expenses. Her softball teammates decided to help.
“It hurt to see someone in the hospital struggling that much,” Taylor’s softball teammate Alexis Dressler said.
They helped organize three fundraisers: They sold T-Shirts that said “Play for Tay”, an Applebee’s fundraiser and a car wash.
“It started out as just our team wearing shirts,” Dressler said. “Then, to help raise money for the family for the medical bills, we thought maybe other teams would want them too.”
When Taylor was released for the final time, she went to the one place that made her happy.
“I’m thankful for where I’m at now and everything is alright now,” Gerving said.
Taylor was All-WDA in Volleyball and nominated for senior athlete of the year. Taylor currently plays basketball. Her next game is Saturday against Watford City.