Today's Inspiration: "Let it be done to me according to thy word." Happy Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, Mary! Happy Advent! "O Come, Divine Messiah. The world in silence waits for You."
Dear Prayer Warriors,
Today we celebrate the six month anniversary of Katie Schwab's journey of full function, restoration, healing, recovery, and normalcy of all things Katie - brain, mind, body, life and spirit. A journey of faith...a journey of family...a journey of witness as we stand on the sidelines of God's Glory for the conversion and salvation of souls.
Six months ago our family was called to the Notre Dame - Mishawaka, Indiana area because on June 8th Our Type One Diabetic's insulin pump malfunctioned which led to life threatening complications in which Sarah found Katie aspirating and unresponsive during the early morning of June 9th.
The events and decisions related to Katie's medical care were immediately beyond any of our control once the EMS first responders arrived and transported Katie from her and Sarah's apartment to the ER. From the ER, decisions were made. Sarah was told about them. The ER sent Katie to the ICU, again where decisions were made, and Sarah was told about them. Sarah called the rest of us (in Ohio and Florida) and relayed to us what she had been told.
With the help of The Holy Spirit, we all immediately flocked to SJMC to find Katie on life support and in a medically induced coma. We were told that she was having second-by-second brain seizure activity. We were told that she endured brain trauma and possible brain damage due to the dramatic loss in blood glucose coupled with probable loss of oxygen to the brain.
In those first two weeks, we camped out in the SJMC ICU lobby while Katie was a patient in the ICU. We were told stuff with a steady undercurrent of mystery as the medical care team extended sympathy for this accidental tragedy.
Truth is, over these last six months many things from a medical world perspective have been complicated and mysterious - and told to us. This has to do with the many unknowns and complexities associated with Katie's unique situation - especially stemming from the fact that she is still in a mildly-conscious, comatose-like state. Plus, on top of everything, Katie is a Type One Diabetic. This disease creates obstacles of its own. The hardest part is that Katie can't yet speak for herself, so we are her voice and her advocates - to the best of our limited abilities.
Let us pause. Let us reflect.
Dearest Prayer Warriors, all of you, our family and friends - old and new, near and far - can you even imagine a better introduction to a present day real life story centered on the mysteries of God's love, mercy, and power? Can you orchestrate a better opportunity or platform for miracles of God?
Six months ago when this journey began do you think any one of us considered that six months out would be Advent? Or that Katie's six month anniversary (June 8th to December 8th) would be the Feast Day of Our Blessed Mother's Immaculate Conception?
During this time we as Christians sing and say Emmanuel - God with us. And here we all are in the midst of these miracles incorporated into our own faith journeys and conversions of hearts and minds as we play a profound role in Katie's journey - which is without doubt a story of God with us, at work, right now - even as this update is being typed - in our lives! How exciting! How profound!
We are witnessing God's miracles first-hand (directly and indirectly) as we journey with Katie. We walk hand-in-hand with The God who loves us and who never abandons us. This six month anniversary of Katie's journey is an anniversary of the power of surrender to and trust in God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God's themes remain the same: faith, hope, trust, surrender, prayer, life, light, love, healing, peace, and joy.
Amazing and incredible are understatements to all that we have witnessed and shared. We stand in agreement and expectancy of all that is still to come! Therefore, we continue to offer unceasing praise and thanksgiving to God who promises to take care of everything - every single thing - and He does so. All praise and thanksgiving to God who makes all things possible for good out of His love for us, His faith-filled and faithful believers. Amen! Amen!
Happy anniversary, Katie's Prayer Warriors! God hears you! We appreciate you! Your prayer and care power make all the difference! This is why prayer is the best help and support anyone and everyone can offer us. It is the one thing that we need the most! Thank you for praying with us and for us. Thank you for praying for Katie. Amen!
So where is Katie now? How is she doing?
Katie was discharged from the hospital on Thursday - five days ago. Infection free...Amen! EEG looking "normal"...Amen!
Katie's heart rate, blood pressure and fever are being controlled by medicines - prayerfully in conjunction with God's Will and Authority. Equally prayerfully, we are filled with the hope that Katie's systems will stabilize, so that meds can be weaned and full restoration with recovery can take place.
Fortunately, there seems to be a decrease in these numbers, which in turn means they are (slowly) stabilizing. We continue to pray that this means less and less medication dependency because our care for Katie is not just in the immediacy. We want long-term side effects or hazards to be considered and prevented just as much as we want Katie's urgent, immediate care needs to be appropriately and carefully addressed.
Katie's heart rate, blood pressure and fever are all connected, but the cause for elevated numbers / vitals is a mystery. The brain is a mystery. God's miracles are mysteries. Medical stuff about Katie is a mystery.
The PCU medical team conceded to brain trauma - specifically Katie's hypothalamus, her central brain - as the cause for the fever, which naturally caused an increased, fever, heart rate, and BP.
We remain prayerful that Katie's vitals will stabilize and will be in safe, healthy, normal ranges for good! Moreover, we pray for full function and total restoration of Katie's brain. We ask you to continue to pray very specifically and in agreement with us for these things for Katie. In the power and majesty of The Most Holy Trinity, we pray. Amen!
Katie's blood sugar has been high. Saturday morning it reached over 400. It has also been a little lower than we are comfortable. For example, Saturday by 9:00 PM, Katie's blood glucose had dropped to 67, and she received a glucogon amp shot.
Please remember that Katie is considered a "brittle" Type Oner. The fluctuations of her blood glucose is a perplexing point because Katie's food and dietary needs are as controlled and regulated as they could possibly be. It is a mystery as to what causes the fluctuations in her blood sugar numbers.
Nevertheless, throughout Monday (12/8) and into today, Tuesday (12/9), Katie has had nice, safe, and consistent blood sugar numbers - for which we offer tons of praise and thanksgiving to God! We pray for more consistency and safe ranges regarding Katie's blood sugar. We ask you to continue to pray for this as well. Amen!
During Katie's eleven days in the PCU, she missed out on her various therapies. She also lost weight - which she cannot afford to lose. We are thrilled to be back at HW because in her five days of return Katie has gained a couple pounds! Amen! Most importantly, she is back to a regular schedule and routine of physical, speech and occupational therapy.
In the last two days there has been a lot of great stretching and moving. Katie is swallowing and gagging. We hope to get back to ice chips because six months of cotton mouth / dry mouth has had to be one of many uncomfortable crosses Katie has had to bear. Katie is making more and more facial expressions, and her sounds are also increasing with consistency. Amen!
Katie is resting well when needed. She is working hard when required. There is always much for which to recognize and celebrate. Again, God IS with us! And God is good! And Katie's story is one of many in which we are afforded the opportunity to remember these things about God. Amen!
Many people have been able to visit Kate, and these visits and voices are crucial elements of the healing and recovery process. We are so happy to have so much love and support! It is a testimony of God's friendship with and care for us. Moreover, it is really cool and very special to get to know Katie through the eyes of her SMC and ND people. This is a blessing of love! Thanks be to God!
Katie has also been able to listen to and watch her NDWBB. She wasn't happy with Saturday's loss - her face grimacing showed that, but hearing the noises and sounds of HER WORLD have been monumental. This is who she is and what she does, so this NDWBB season is the most important to us and for Katie, because it acts as a trigger for Katie's every day real life. Amen! Go Irish!
There is so much to say and so much for which to be grateful. Katie is alive! She is a fighter, a champion! We continue to pray for biblical proportion miracles, and we know God hears our prayers and knows our hearts. Thus, we continue to stand united in faith, hope, and trust. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel!
As we close there are a few more things to share.
1. Another shout out of thanks to St. Matthew Cathedral School (South Bend) whose Junior High students raised money and awareness for Type One Diabetes. Thank you for making our cause your cause! Thank you for everything you are doing for Katie and for Sarah!
2. A very special shout out of thanks to our friends and family in Pensacola, Florida. We learned that Diabetes Awareness and a fundraiser for Katie were part of a project sponsored by Saint John the Evangelist School. We are very appreciative of your many efforts and your immeasurable support! We miss you and love you!
3. December 12th - Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe dear patroness of Saint Josemaria Escriva, patron saint of Type Oners like Katie is on the calendar as another joint effort of love and faith in Ironton, Ohio as the St. Joe Flyers community works with the Rock Hill Redmen community to support Katie and raise awareness of Type One Diabetes.
This is the opening home basketball game for our high school Alma Mater, the Flyers, who are hosting the Redmen in boys' basketball. This December 12th game has been designated as KATIE NIGHT. All in attendance - from both Rock Hill and St. Joe - are asked to wear their #teamKATIE attire or IRISH shirts of green or blue.
Coozies and bracelets will be available. Also, if you are unable to attend the game but would like to offer a monetary donation to Katie, please contact Carla (Selb) Geswein at 740-532-2653. Carla has volunteered to help make arrangements with/for Katie's supporters.
As we end this update, let us remind each other that ducks fly together, smiles. We love you all! We are grateful for your vigilance and support. God's blessings, always.
In inexpressible gratitude, we are yours in God's love,
325 Runaway Bay Circle
Mishawaka, Indiana 46545