Today marked the first full day of Katy’s stay in the 8th floor. Today was a busy day for her. She had breakfast at 7:30, and went right into OT at 8:00. They came in for wound care at 9am, and then PT was at 10:00. She had a small break after that, and then had a breathing treatment. The rest of the day was filled with treatments and therapies, and a visit from the photographer from the Houston Chronicle. Katy did great today, and is completely exhausted. It is so great to be writing my blog from her bedside!
As I looked at her wounds today, I was struck with just how far she has come. Early estimated from the doctors were that she would have extended periods of open wounds, and skin grafts lasting at least 2 years. She still has a pretty pressure ulcer on her sacrum, but her legs and amputation wounds are getting better all the time. The wound care team will look at her stomach tomorrow, and they may decide to take the VAC off. She is eating all of her food by mouth during the day, and only has the feeding tube in at night. They are also talking about removing her catheter. Only a few more tubes to be removed! She’s not doing bad for a woman that had less than a 5% chance of survival. Where do they get these numbers?!!?
I know that I have made a lot of general “thank you’s” on the blog, but I wanted to take a minute to thank a few more people. Sarah, the band director from Pin Oak, has meant a lot to my family for 3 years now. It is because of her that I am even at Pin Oak. My time there has helped me to see that I LOVE working with kids, and I am not sure that I would have had that opportunity had she not asked for me to help her with percussion classes. She has taken on a lot of the load in my absence, and I thank her. Matt, my co-teacher and friend, has also taken on a lot for me. Not only is he running Stage Band, but he is making sure my Band Camps don’t miss a year. Mike Grove, my business partner and friend, has not only kept the office running, but has been integral in coordinating the technical items for the entertainers at the Night At The Museum event. Suzy, my dear friend and mother of an awesome young man who I have the pleasure of teaching, has taken on part of the fund raising efforts, and constantly checked in on me to make sure I am taking care of myself. Derek, guitar player and proud new dad, has been constantly reminding me of our creative goals, and has also checked in on me constantly. My WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL students have all been so great about keeping in touch with me, and have done some amazing things to help my family. Though all of these people have so much going on in their own lives, they have all jumped to the task of helping my family, and I will be forever greatful.
Katy is getting to hear all about what people have done, and our doing, and she is blown away. I can share with you that she is ready to get home, is determined to work hard at her rehab, and is the strongest person I have ever met. I’m not sure how we will handle seeing everyone when we get back, but I know that we will want to hug all of you as we can!
For now, I am so happy to be typing to you, my friends, my family, as I watch Katy sleeping peacefully. Good night, sweet dreams, and remember to always believe in the impossible.
Love to all,