Forst thing’s first……HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMBER!!! Our beautiful daughter turns 16, today. I’m so glad she has had a good day, and I know she is excited about getting her car while visiting her Dad this weekend.
Today was a great day for Katy. During our first visit, Katy was wide awake and in great spirits. Later in the morning, Katy was visited by the PT/OT team. They consulted with cardiology, who gave them permission to do whatever level of PT they want. This is good for two reasons. One, she will start PT, and two, that her heart is able to handle this! They will start PT tomorrow at 11am. Later today, Katy was visited by the speech therapist. She was given a preliminary swallow test, and passed it. Tomorrow I will assist in the actual swallow test, and if she does well, will be cleared to start eating some foods! The wound care tech came by, too. I was there to see under her VAC again, and the progress her body is making is astounding. Two weeks ago I wrote about seeing her intestine. Last week her intestine was covered with a layer of fascia. This week her wounds is much smaller, and Katy has grown a layer of muscle over her fascia! The doctor thinks that she might not need a skin graft on that wound! Also, Katy has been doing very well on her times off the ventilator. Every day they take her off for several hours to strengthen her breathing. She went longer today than yesterday, and longer yesterday than the day before. Soon they will get her to where she no longer needs the vent. All in all, today was a great day.
I have received several messages telling me to put things in Katy’s room etc. Katy has had pictures of the family, pictures of the ourdoors, music, radio, TV, scented oils, cards, letters, lotions, and all sorts of things in her room. Flowers are not allowed in the burn ICU as bacteria on the plants can be fatal to burn patients. I promise you that Katy is getting all sorts of reminders of the outside world. I felt I had to write this because I have received countless emails offering suggestion about what to put in her room. Also, I have brough gifts for the nurses, I just don’t blog about who and what I have given. For matters of privacy, I have to leave certain info off of the blog, but know that I let the good nurses know that I appreciate them.
As I was writing the blog tonight, I received a call from Sarah Barnes, the Pin Oak Middle School band director. The band was having a concert, and she called me during the concert so that the students could say “hello.” Then I listened to them play a piece of music. They did a GREAT job! I am so proud of all of the band students, and of all the fine arts students, at Pin Oak. I miss them, and I cannot wait to see them again. They have given me so much, and I love each and every one of the kids that I have had the honor of teaching. Great job, BAND!!
I am SO looking forward to seeing the kids this weekend, as I know Katy is. I will write more later, but now I am off to get the place ready for guests.
Love to all,