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Katrina's story begins back this winter. While running a relay in a contest at school, she fell and injured her wrist. A trip to the clinic and an x-ray revealed a greenstick fracture. Since the fracture was close to her growth plate, we were referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist. He recommended a brace for 4 weeks. Katrina followed the orders and went back to her busy life of playing basketball and volleyball this spring.
A few weeks ago, Katrina's wrist started to bother her again. It started to swell and cause her quite a bit of discomfort. Another trip to the clinic and an x-ray showed an unknown mass on her bone. We were sent to Fargo that same day for further testing. After three days of crossing conditions off the list of what the mass could be, we finally received the call late Friday, May 27th.
Katrina has been diagnosed with Osteomyelitis. This is a rare and serious bone infection that affects 2 out of 10,000 people each year. Katrina's case is a little more complicated than most because the infection has spread into her growth plate.
Normally, surgery would occur as soon as possible; however, with it being the weekend and Memorial Day on Monday.....the team of physicians have scheduled Katrina's surgery for early next week.
A lot of unknown questions will hopefully be answered during the surgery. We have no idea what caused the infection. Once the cause is determined, a route of treatment will be determined. We have no idea how damaged the growth plate is. Once we know this, it will be determined how to "fill in" in the area of the infected bone that will be removed.
We know Katrina will be staying at Sanford Hospital for 4-6 days following surgery and she will most likely have a long road of recovery.
Through this all, we are staying positive and placing our trust in God's Hands. He has blessed us with so many amazing gifts....family and friends being at the very top of the list.
Thank you so much for caring and for your prayers. All mean so very much.