Katy had a chest x-ray done today, and we are waiting to see the results. Hopefully she will be able to switch from tube to mask soon….no guarantees, but we are hoping. Dialisys went well. She has been responding well to the treatment. Her heartrate did elevate a little, but that is probably due to them pulling of fluids and the process of being moved for cleaning, xrays, etc. She is still off of the pressors (going on 60 hours!) and that is paramount in this process. Violet (nurse) explained the process by which they are cleaning the skin, and I am happy to report that her back looks promising. Though all of these things I report every day are good, they by no means should diminish the fact that katy has a LONG road to recovery. Simply the act of being in the hospital bed for this long has ramifications. I feel confident that we will be able to cross all bridges as we come to them. That being said, in my mind, the first process ends and the second begins when Katy is concious enough to be an active participant in these decisions.
THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH! There are not words in any language that can express my gratitude to all of you. Your support, efforts, friendship, and prayers are allowing me to concentrate on being Katy’s advocate, caring for my children, and looking over every doctor’s shoulder! Speaking of children, thanks to Michelle Dykstra for her amazing job with Arielle. I am proud to report that my daughter is fat, happy, and spoiled…..and GORGEOUS!
In dealing with this very dificult time in my family’s life, I try to think of how Katy would handle this if she were in charge of this. Katy would want us all (including me) to try not to lose our smiles in the dealing with our pain. In fact, Katy would say that our sense of humor is what will allow us to survive the most painful of situations. Please make sure to tell all the people in your life how much you love them…even if you are mad at each other. You never know when……
I love you all,