Katie Ralcewicz's Journal
Written Mar 1, 2014 8:41pmSome great ladies from our church have put together an online fundraiser through Giveforward to raise money for the construction of Katie's bedroom and barrier free bathroom. They asked me to post this on the CaringBridge website. I hope you will share the link below with your friends and family. We are so very grateful and humbled for all the people God has placed in our lives to help us get through the past three years and beyond. We have been so very blessed and now we look forward to the opportunity for Katie to have her own space with privacy, and the opportunity for her to be given a shower in a barrier free bathroom. May God bless you.
Joe and Cathy Ralcewicz
Written Feb 25, 2014 7:49pmDear Katie,
You have had a great week. We have seen you smile in response to not only us, but to your friends and others whom you recognize! The other day, your friend, Alison, stopped by with her children and when Sawyer said "hi" to you, you not only smiled, but you waved! It has been SO long since you have done that! On Sunday at church you gave several smiles as people greeted you. We are thrilled! It's wonderful to hear your voice more often, too. Our steady prayer has been that you will be able to verbally communicate with us once again.
God, we know Your hand is on everything that Katie does and we are so very grateful. We thank you now for the day when Katie says, "I love you," again. We know it's coming!
Katie, the electrician has been to the house to see what is involved in moving the electrical panel box. That will be one of the big projects, along with putting in the two piers in the cement garage floor which will support the floor of your room and bathroom. The third larger project will be the installation of the chair lift outside the door to your suite. Dad has worked tirelessly on cleaning out the garage and either throwing things away or finding a place for them in the new shed. The garage is really empty, except for the almost new French doors which we have to sell and a refrigerator to give away. We have picked out the flooring for the rooms. It's exciting to know that demolition will start very soon.
I believe that there is going to be another fundraiser coming up to help with the construction of your bedroom and bathroom. Stay tuned for more information!
"Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise."
You are my sunshine, Katie!
Written Feb 10, 2014 7:28pmDear Katie,
I am happy to report that you are now considered a "fall risk." Why am I pleased with the new title one may ask? For two years now, you have been able to sit in your wheelchair without a seat belt on because you were not able to initiate movement on your own; therefore, you were not at risk of falling. Three times over this past weekend, you sat straight up in your wheelchair unassisted and unprompted, in fact while we were not looking. The first time you did this while I was around, was right after you spent an hour sitting on the balance ball. You did it again while Mom was washing the dishes. She said you were asleep in your chair, and a few minutes later she looked over and you had pulled yourself forward and you were balancing yourself there in your chair. Needless to say your seat belt is on all the time now!
Over the past three months of sitting on the balance ball five days a week, you have started to sway left and right and back again, about two inches each way. You know exactly when to stop and pull back, totally on your own with no assistance from me. So the other day we finished and I put the ball back in it's place in the living room. When I came back into your bedroom, I saw you sitting straight up in your chair. I came around to the front of your chair, got down on both knees and held on to both of your hands. I said to you, "you are ready, aren't you?" It makes me feel like you want to stand as much as I want you to stand.
Many years ago, Margaret Bottome wrote these words: "It takes a strong man to cry, Jesus wept, and he was the manliest man that ever lived." Thank you, Jesus, for my tears of Joy.
Love you so much,