My 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.


Cathy Ralcewicz posted a new journal entry, "Labor Daist".

Dearest Katie,It has been a nice day with you today. Dad was with you this morning, and I got to be with you this afternoon, since it is a holiday. Two special friends of ... Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz posted a new journal entry, "Last Week".

Dear Katie,Last week was an exhausting week for all of us. We had been noticing that you have been more vocal and alert much of the day, and even into the night, having ... Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz posted a new journal entry, "Sunday Update - 8/10/2014".

Dear Katie,Mission Accomplished!Yesterday's swimming pool trip at Sheltering Arms went quite well. We arrived at the facility at 9:30 a.m. Pool orientation was first, ... Read more

Sue Katich signed Katie's Guestbook.

Exciting news Katie! Especially the water therapy at Sheltering Arms☺ I feel confident this will be a wonderful experience knowing how much you've always enjoyed the ... Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz posted a new journal entry, "Sunday".

Dear Katie,Dear Katie,Construction for your new rooms went slowly last week. The support posts for the landing off of your suite were upgraded from 4x4 posts to 8x8 posts ... Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz added a new photo.

Sue Katich signed Katie's Guestbook.

GOD IS IN CHARGE!! And He is ready for you to have your new rooms!Blessings and praise!!!Love, Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz posted a new journal entry, "Sunday, July 20 Update".

Dear Katie,I am writing this to you from your new bedroom. It is still an empty shell, plywood, floors, no window, no door, no walls finished yet. But it is your room and ... Read more

Cathy Ralcewicz added a new photo.

Cathy Ralcewicz added a new photo.

Cathy Ralcewicz added a new photo.

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