Dec 30, 2020 Latest post:
Jan 19, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Kat had cancer of the larynx which was treated with surgery to remove a polyp that was obstructing a large portion on of her airway. She received radiation treatments for 2 months in Sioux Falls. On December 21 she had her last radiation treatment. she was so anxious to return home again to spend time with her sweet dog, Bear. Yesterday (December 29), after going outside to smoke and let the dog out, she collapsed. Her roommate Chad heard her coughing and watched her go down. fortunately, he was able to call 911 and start CPR. When the ambulance arrived, they were able to continue compressions and get her heart restarted. She was intubated by the paramedics and taken to the Spirit Lake Regional hospital and assesed. It was unclear why she collapsed, so she was transfered to the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls. There she had all of the tests done to rule out a brain bleed or a heart issue. Both of those tests came back good. So for now, they are still trying to figure out what caused this event. Currently she is on a ventilator to regulate her breathing. She is sedated, so it's likely she won't remember much if this. They are also cooling her body temperature for 24 hours with a catheter in her groin running cool solution and with a cooling blanket. This is being done to aide in reducing the chance of brain damage due to the lack of oxygen. We appreciate your prayers and love. I will update on this site anytime I get anything to report.