Katy went into the OR at around 9am, and was out at around 11:30. Dr. Purdue removed a quarter sized piece of muscle from her leg, and drained a little puss from her arm. He opted not to close the wounds right now, but did debriede the leg and hip a little. She is scheduled to go back on Monday for closure. Until then, the plan is to VAC her wounds (VAC is a treatment that usues a form of suction to remove infectious fluids-if I understand it correctly). I’m not sure of the timeline, but we did talk about grafting her wounds at some point in the near future. Approximately one week after the closure, Katy should be well enough to start actual rehab. They plan on trying to extubate her tomorrow.
Katy was stable all day, and though she was sedated, she opened her eyes a few times. She looked great. Her color was good, and she was breathing a little deeper than I have seen her. Our friend Becky flew in for a short visit. It is really convenient to have Love Field so close to the hospital.
Not a lot else happened today..in Dallas. Back in Kingwood, a very nice family worked on our gardens in the back yard. Amber and Jay worked on the vegetable garden. I understand someone has volunteered to redo the front flower beds, as well. Thanks to you all for all the hard work. As many of you know, Katy LOVED having flowers and plants in our yard.
The other day, while she was extubated, I had told Katy that Robbie (nurse) was going to come brush her teeth. She made a face like a dog baring her teeth. I asked if she planeed on biting him? She said “no..I LOOVE when they brush my teeth!” I don’t know why that has stuck in my head, but it has. Even in all of this, Katy has shown signs of her sense of humor. She also showed swhat we all love about her, her sweetness. When she first awakened, I had to explain things to her. The first thing out of her mouth was, “my baby doesn’t know me.” As much as that broke my heart, I explained to her that is why we are fighting. Then she asked if I was ok. When I asked why she was worried about me, she asked if she had gotten me sick too. I told her I was fine, that the kids were fine, and that the house and dogs were doing well. She then asked if my stepmom Faith was doing OK. Faith just had another (long history of unexplained back pain), and serious surgery. When I told her that Faith was home, Katy said “tell her I am proud of her.” Just a few minutes after learning of her illness, amputations, etc..Katy was worried about everyone else. It truly shows just how caring she is. I thought you all might enjoy hearing something other than just medical talk.
Love to all,