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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


Dear Katie,

You got your first Valentines today! One from the Healing Hearts group at church which said "God thinks you're special and so do we!" "Love never Fails, It always Protects, always Trusts, always Hopes, always Perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)" What a special card! We know how true these words are. We have all felt surrounded by God's love for the past four years and know it is with us all the time.

Your second Valentine came in the form of a visit from your friend Ryan with a pretty red vase with roses and baby's breath. When you heard his voice you smiled, and when he stepped in your line of vision and showed you the flowers you just beamed! What a special moment to watch you enjoy. I'm sure it made Ryan feel good! It's so nice when your friends come by to see you.

Katie you have really been sharing a lot of smiles lately. We started giving you a supplement called Bacopa for your brain and we think it seems to be helping you. This is the most change we have seen in a long time. "Bacopa contains bacosides and saponins which have a very beneficial effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters and also help to repair neurons that have become damaged."

.... Read Original Article:http://www.herbslist.net/bacopa.html

Your dad keeps up with taking you to the gym where he helps your legs go round and round on the bike pedals. We are hoping that you can go back to Sheltering Arms at St Francis this spring. Since your hip fracture, you had a bone density test and it revealed that you have significant bone loss in your neck and hips. This hopefully will be enough to get you back to physical therapy. He continues to put you in the standing frame as often as possible, and gives you yogurt or rainbow sherbet sometimes. He works with you to help you put the spoonful in your mouth. You have supervised him as he painted our living and dining rooms, and on the few days that have been warm enough, he walks you around the neighborhood.

The new daily caregiver, Treashur, really surprised us the first week she worked with you. She gave you a shower all by herself and she is a tiny little thing! She also suggested that we put you in the new recliner that we have in your room, which we initially put in there for the caregivers. You absolutely love being in that recliner! You smiled all over the place the first time she moved you into the chair. Now she gets you in the recliner almost every night. How comfortable that must be for you.
We are just overflowing with gratitude for your beautiful suite, for your new caregivers, for friends who love us all. "Love never Fails, It always Protects, always Trusts, always Hopes, always Perseveres (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)."

We love you, Katie.
Mom, Dad, and Josh

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4 Comentarios

Ann Long
I like the thought of you in that comphy chair. I also have been happy to get more smiles. Good for that new medicine. Look forward to visiting with you on Thurs.

Y'all all stay warm.
Love, Ann
Jim O'Dillon
By Jim O'Dillon
Oh, my, how you continue to bless everyone with joy! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! :-)
cynthia spicer
By Cynthia
So thankful for Katie's continued progress.
carol ash
By Carol Ash
keep up the good work Katie. Sitting in the recliner must feel real good to you!! May god bless you all!