Katy continued to be stable today. She looked good, and Crystal (awesome nurse) spent a long time combing Katy’s hair, and I got to massage her shoulders and neck with lotion. They have reduced her meds by around 20-25%. She is still “in and out,” but it appears more of her actually resting instead of being drugged. They extubated her this morning, and plan on doing the VAC tomorrow. The bleeding seems to have stopped (fingers crossed), and her temp has not spiked as high as before. These are all good signs. She still has a LONG way to go, but I hope we continue to see this forward momentum. The plan is still for her to go back to the OR on Monday, and (barring any setbacks) there are no plans for any procedures this weekend.
I wanted to say a continued “thanks” to the ladies for bringing me the WONDERFUL food! It is very sweet of them to take the time to feed someone they don’t know, and they are putting a lot of effort in keeping me fed well.
I started thinking of stories to tell about Katy. One that some people might not know is how we met. We both worked as bus drivers for Leander ISD, her for the insurance for Amber, and me so that I had regular income while performing the bar circuit in Austin. I actually met Amber before I met Katy. I will save Amber the embarrasment of telling you all exactly how she introduced herself to me, but it was CUTE. I became a bit of jungle gym for the kids in the bus yard, airplane rides, etc, and Amber was always up for a ride. Not knowing that she was Katy’s daughter, I continued to play with her while I was waiting for my routes. One day I went to my bus and found it full of bees because SOMEONE had opened the windows. I was upset at whichever bus-fueler had opened my windows and went inside to yell at him. Him turned out to be Katy…and I did no yelling. I actually was stunned at her smile. I acted like it wasn’t a big deal, and then backed out of there. She was so beautiful! I would see her around the bus yard, but never had much reason to talk to one another.
Fast forward several months, and I am scheduled to take my high school science teacher’s class to a science symposium in Georgetown. There was supposed to only be 1 bus going, but they changed it to 2 busses. It just so happens that the other bus driver was Katy. We ended up spending 8 hours on my bus talking all day. Who knew I was talking to the love of my life? More of the story to come.
Love to all,