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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

Friday, December 12

Dear Katie,
     Great News! Your beautiful new apartment has passed the final inspections with the county. I had the opportunity to meet all of the inspectors that came to our house during the many stages of the construction process. I made sure that each one knew why we were doing this project. The last inspector, who had been here early in the construction process, took the final walk with me. He handed me the inspection sheet with approval stamped on it. We shook hands and he said to me, "It is beautiful. May God bless Katie and this family." My response was, "thank you, and may God continue to bless you."
     We have an appointment scheduled with a new GI doctor this Wednesday for your feeding tube. The stoma at the base of your feeding tube has still not healed. I cannot get you back into the pool at Sheltering Arms until it is healed. This new doctor comes highly recommended. He is your Mom's doctor!
     You are still struggling with spasms and it seems that the spasticity has gotten worse. It's difficult sometimes for you to bend your knees. I guess we are going to have to do more stretching and range of motion exercises than we have been doing. We just pray that we can get through Christmas and New Year's without having to make a special trip to the doctor to adjust your Baclofen pump.
     We are still waiting on the shower chair for your new bathroom. We were told that the the paperwork fiasco which has been holding the approval process up has been rectified...we shall see. We want to get you in the shower!!
     Mom put up a small Christmas tree in your room and decorated it with some ornaments that you made when you were a little girl, along with the ornaments we gave to your girlfriends when we would have them all for a special Christmas dinner each year beginning in high school. She also put up a large tree in the living room which we haven't done since your accident. It's so nice to see your mom take an interest in decorating again. We put the furniture back in the dining room and living room, but we are still unpacking dishes and decorations we had out four years ago. It will take a while to get things back in order, but it is nice to have some kind of normalcy along with your new digs.
     Mom and I sat in the living room last night with no lights on except the Christmas tree. We sat there for a long time, not saying much, just enjoying the peacefulness of the moment. We each were silently thanking God for everything that he has provided for our family through so many generous and loving people. It's so hard to believe that next month it will be four years since your fall.
     We love you so much, Katie,
              Mom, Dad and Josh
"Rather than asking God to change your circumstances, ask him to use your circumstances to change you." - Max Lucado from You'll Get Through This
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Ann Long
By Ann Long
I love your apartment. The light is wonderful, and you have so much room. See you on Thurs.
Love, Ann
Sue Katich
Wow! Praise God! Katie your Christmas tree is so beautiful and I am so glad your new suite is finally complete!

Reading this post illuminates the spirit of Christmas! These posts are such a blessing! A reminder of what is important at this Christmas time!

Love and blessings to all!
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Patty Spragg
By Patty Spragg
I like your Christmas Tree, Katie! The journal entry today blessed my heart. I pray that this Christmas will be a good one for you. Love to you (Katie), Josh, Cathy, & Joe.
Merry Christmas!
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