Today was a great day for Katy! The day started with a good visit at 8am. She was alert, and we talked about how excited she was about seeing the kids. I massaged her until she slept, and then let her rest up for the big day ahead. PT came by at 11am and started her first session. They moved her arms and legs, then had her try. Katy said that she enjoyed the stretching, and did a good job for her first day. Her left side is a little stronger than her right. This is probably because of the chest tubes that she had on her right side. The bandaging restricted her movement for a few weeks, and she probably compensated with her left side. The PT/OT team sat her up, and had her hold up her head. She got a little dizzy sitting up for the first time, but got her equilibrium after a minute and was able to hold her head up and move it around. They will continue to do this routine every day, and increase the regimen as she can progress. One of the team told me that they might pur an attachment on her arm, with a dowel attached, so that she can operate her bed controls.
Speech therapy came by at 2pm, and we did Katy’s swllow trial. She passed the test, and was cleared for most foods! At 5pm, Katy ate her first meal in 9 1/2 weeks! She was euphoric as she tasted the meat, rice, carrots, salad, and milk, and then, for dessert, had a chocolate Ensure shake over ice. She said that it all tasted amazing! It was so nice to see her enjoying a meal, and I can start bringing her food…including smoothies! She will also get to select from a menu every day. The cafeteria food at Parkland is actually better than most hospital food. This is a huge step towards Katy’s moving to Houston, and to her overall recovery.
I am only writing a short blog tonight. I have written a lot the last few days, and I hope to have more good news to report on Sunday. Until then, I plan on soaking up as much “Baby love” as I can while the kids are in town.
Love to all,