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Katie’s Story

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On Wednesday, January 19, Katie was taking pictures of the sky ( her passion!) with unusual cloud formations our on our front steps, when she lost her balance and fell down the steps.  She was having a seizure when I found her.  She was taken by ambulance to VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, the best trauma center in the area, where they determined that she had a left cranial bleed, contusions on the front of her brain, a skull fracture behind her right ear and a contusion on the back of her scalp.  She went right into surgery to remove the blood clot in her brain.  By God's grace she didn't receive any other bodily injuries and is able to move all extremities.

The first day after surgery, Katie responded perfectly to all the neurological tests and told each of us (Joe and me) that she loved us. I asked her if she remembered falling down the steps and she said she did.

On the second day after Katie's surgery, she stopped responding, and they put her into an induced coma by reducing her body temperature, put her in a paralytic state and heavily sedated her.  Her brain started to swell and they had to do a ventriloscopy, which is where they insert a pump between the ventricles in her brain which did two things: measured the innercranial pressure and relieve the pressure by draining the spinal fluid off of her brain into a container.

Katie remained in the coma state for 22 days. As soon as they could, they did an MRI on her head and found that she had had several strokes.

Kate remained in MCV until July 13, when she was moved to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia. We were so thrilled that she was able to go there and were amazed at what they were able to accomplish in therapy.

On February 16, Katie was admitted to MCV Hospital again to received a Baclofen Pump (implant). Following surgery, we welcomed Katie home after 399 days, on Feburary 22, 2012. We are thrilled to have her home with us and she is doing very well. We continue to try our very best to take it one day at a time. God is in control.

Latest Journal Update

Sunday, October 19

This will be short, but I wanted to give you an update on Katie's room. Last Monday, the chair lift was installed outside at the landing. It's huge! The next day, the electrician came and did all the electrical connections and finished the lighting in Katie's suite. Josh completed the trim inside including hanging all the doors. After Joe and I took some days off going to Virginia Beach last week, he got right on painting the walls and ceiling with primer. Wow, there is a ton of woodwork to paint! I helped as much as I could yesterday, but I still have to keep the household going. We played with some colors and let Katie see the paint samples on the wall. I think we have those choices made. The ceilings are all painted and so are the closets. A group of girls who are in the baccalaureate program at one of the high schools in the area will paint Katie's room Friday afternoon for some community service hours. The rest of the work on the chair lift will be completed tomorrow and we should be able to test it with Katie!
This is all so exciting, I can't believe it's about finished. I will get some pictures posted hopefully tomorrow night.
Katie is doing really well since her falls. Once we figured out the best way to turn her in bed, she has not displayed any pain and we are so very grateful. We took her to Sunday School and Church for the first time in almost two months and she did pretty well. Vocalized during Sunday School, but was quieter during church. At the end of each prayer, she kind of giggled and smiled. She loves it when we pray with her. I wish so much that I knew what she is thinking. But I'm so thankful she is happy.
We are so blessed!



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Sally Galliher
By "Aunt" Sally--I have claimed you as my "niece."
Hi Katie--Aunt Sally here!
In her recent post your Mother said you smiled and giggled in church yesterday. I remember when I giggled at something I thought was funny, but it was a serious topic the preacher was trying to get across to the church. I was embarrassed, but my Daddy hugged me and said, "God loves a cheerful giggler." And, Katie, I'm sure He does! Have a great day and keep giggling! It makes people wonder what you've been up to.
Love ya
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Ann Long
By Love, Ann
Katie,
I was just there, but so much has been done in a hurry. Can't wait to see the changes. And we'll read some more about Italian football.
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Sue Hurley
By Sue Hurley
The beauty of the season shines through your words! How grateful we are for God's guidance in this effort and for the prayers and hands that make his love a reality. You are truly his servants.

Blessings,

Sue
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