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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, November 2

Dear Katie,
Wow! It has been a while since we made a journal entry to you. We are just to tired at night and don't want to do one more thing. Dad has been painting your rooms and is close to being finished. The walls in your room are yellow, the bathroom is a pretty blue and the hallway is a light fern green. They go together beautifully and are so cheerful and bright. I can't wait until you wake up in your room with sunshine streaming through your windows. What a great way to start the day! So much to thank God for!!
The driveway was paved two weeks ago and the chairlift is done and fully operable. It's so nice and smooth now to take you down the driveway. The floors will be installed this week, including the tile in your shower. Next Monday, the bathroom fixtures will go in and then I guess we wait until it is inspected before we move you in. We are guessing that will be in about two weeks!! It will be fun to set up your room and decorate it just for you.
Since we started giving you Trazadone at night to help you sleep, you have really been alert during the day and very responsive to us. Lots of smiles and short vocalizations. You have also been kicking your right leg up and down which we have not seen in a long time. Once you are moved into your room, Dad will be taking you back to the gym for workouts there. We haven't been able to take you swimming, as there is something wrong with your feeding tube. We think it is thinner than the original one and so the stoma won't heal. Can't get in the swimming pool until that is healed again - too much chance of infection. Your hip seems to be doing well. We can't believe it has been four weeks since your fracture - you have really been a champ! We are so grateful to God for the fact that it was not any worse and that it only bothered you minimally.
Hopefully, the next time we write a journal entry, your suite will be done!
We love you, Katie!
Mom, Dad and Josh

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Ann Long
By Love, Ann

Had fun with you yesterday,even if the dogs were being weird.Love the colors in your room. Your mom showed me a video of you and Dad using the lift. Man that is awesome!
Have a good weekend, and I'll see you next week.
Sue Hurley
How wonderfully cozy this bright suite will be when autumn's warmth becomes winter's winds! Such a delightful place will be the perfect place for your increased activity level. May God continue to bless this transition and efforts that have made and are making Katie's dream possible.
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Cindy Burton
By Cindy Burton
Love this! So bright and cheerful!
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connie smith
The house and room look really good. I know you are excited to get Katie settled in her new space. God is good. You all are my prayers.
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