To say that this weekend was eventful would be an understatement. Saturday started off with the removal of the 8 guage trach and the insertion of the smaller 6 guage talking trach. The doctor said that it might be a few days before Katy would be able to talk, but she started talking right away! Her first word was “coffee.” It was so great for her to be able to talk to Lucille, Thom, and Betta, and it made life so much easier for Katy to be able to tell the nurses exactly what she wanted and if she was uncomfortable.
The visit with the kids was amazing! Katy got to have Arielle lay with her, and I sat the baby up for Katy to see and talk to her. As any parent knows, it has been dreadful for Katy to not be able to see her kids, and this visit lifted her spirits. Jake had a great visit with his mom. He sang a couple of songs he has learned in school, gave her a picture he drew, and was able to hug and kiss Katy. He handled the whole experience very well. I am so proud of him! He even asked to see her arm, and seems to have taken it all well. He will visit with his couselor on Monday, and I know that she will be able to help him further process what his mother is going through. He told me, “No matter what, she’s still my Mom, Dad, and I love her.”
Lucille, Betta, and Thom all got to see Katy, and Katy loved seeing all of them. Katy told her mom to tell everyone back in Michigan that she beat this infection. She has been eating a little, mainly for comfort, but REALLY enjoys the Ensure shakes they bring her! I don’t think I have ever seen her so elated to eat anything before.
We got an added surprise this morning. When we went in for the 11am visit, Katy was in a wheel chair! She was able to be rolled around the ICU a bit, and gival a grand tour of the ICU floor. Lucille, Betta, and Thom were all able to see her sitting in the chair, and Katy was so happy to be out of her room for a little while. They even gave her another breathing trial, to stretch her lungs a bit, and she passed with flying colors. She watched a movie, today, and has been given a call button so that she can call the nurses whenever she wants. This is the first step in her being able to start doing things for herself, and many more steps are coming quickly.
I got to spend a little extra time with Katy telling her about all that has been happening while she has been in the hospital. I got her caught up on her wounds, and all the medical info that she wanted, and I was able to start telling her about all that people have been doing to help our family. She was blown away by all the love that we have shown, and wanted me to tell all of you something. Katy said, “Thank you all so much! What you have done for my family is AWESOME, and I can’t wait to see everyone to tell you all thanks in person.” She just couldn;t believe that so many people have been so selfless in their giving.
I wanted to add a little something to the Channel 11 news story. What really bothered me was that so little attention was put on the amazing event that was put on for us by people we don;t even know. The event raised several thousand dollars, and was a perfect examples of neighbors helping neighbors. Unfortunately, the news spent so little time “reporting” on what the world needs more of….people doing for other people. To all of you who were involved in the event, THANK YOU!
I hope that everyone had a great weekend, and will have a great week. I will spend my week trying to confirm plans to get Katy back to Houston. I hope we are able to get approval from a hospital soon. Katy is cleared to travel, and she desperately wants to be close to her family and friends. Wish us luck!
Love to all,