I KNOW that it has been 6 weeks. And I know I said i would blog more, but I may have been overly optimistic! I hardly have time to check e-mail these days. I will fill you in on the family happenings, and then I will fill you in on all of the incredibld things Katy has been up to.
Arielle is growing so fast! She is “furniture surfing,” (pulling herself up on the furniture and walking while holding on to things) and she has skipped baby food all together. She still has a couple of bottles a day, but eats anything we put in front of her! She is quite the character, and LOVES, LOVES, LOVES music.
Jake is in 1st grade, and doing well. He has had a few friends over, and his room is the closest to being unpacked of anyone in the family. He is taking mixed martial art classes 3 days a week, and we have all noticed how much these classes have helped him go back to the “old Jake” that we all knew.
Amber is doing very well in school. She is also being a huge help with picking up her brother and taking him to MMA practice. Her homework load is heavier than it has ever been, but she is keeping up with it.
The new house is great, but is still filled to the ceiling with boxes! We are getting it done one day at a time, but it is a daunting task to try and organize while I am working and both kids are in school.
I want to say “THANKS” to Atascocita Methodist Church for all of their hard work in the yard, and building ramps for Katy. Thanks to Marion for all of her AMAZING efforts in getting paint, doors widened, coordinating volunteers, etc.
A HUGE “congratulations” to our friends Sarah and james on the birth of their first son!! I’m still waiting on pictures…hint, hint.
Oh well, I have saved the best for last. So much has happened with Katy, that it is hard to know where to begin. Katy started September by doing the castings for her leg prosthetics. Her “stubbies” are short prosthetics, with no knees, that are low to the ground, for safety. We were particularly excited about this development because we were told, initially, that she wouldn’t be able to be cast for legs for another 6 months to a year because of her wounds. Well, in typical Katy fashion, she healed quicker than anyone could have imagined.
Katy did 3 weeks of in-patient rehab at TIRR. The folks at TIRR were above amazing. Katy did occupational therapy, physical therapy, and function groups. Aside from her daily work outs practicing getting up, rolling over, sliding in and out of her wheel chair, etc, she also painted a bird house, painted some wooden kitties, played table tennis with a balloon, changed the diaper on a baby doll, drove her own wheel chair all over the hospital, and kneeded dough! She also, in spite of the doctors saying that no one walks in the first 2 weeks, walked on her first day with her legs! By the end of her stay, she walked 60 feet unassisted!
Since returning home, Katy has done some cool things. Last week she drove her chair to Jake’s school and picked him up….he was SOOO excited to see her! They are so cute together. He sits on her lap and gets to drive her around. It is truly a sight to behold. Today, Katy put up the silverware from the dish rack. She is doing so well, and I am so proud of her.
Last week, Katy and I got to attend the Case Managers Association meeting in Houston. Ted Muilenburg was giving a talk on prosthetics, and focused on Katy’s story. Katy got to get up and answer questions. The people were so nice, and Ted, as always, did a great job. Wednesday will see Katy talking to students at a school about what she is doing to overcome the loss of her limbs. Again, I am proud of her.
Anyone who has followed the blog from the beginning will know the name “Dr. Purdue.” Sadly, Dr. Purdue was killed by a drunk driver a week ago. Katy, the kids, and I drove to Dallas for the funeral. I would like to say that, in my limited time knowing Dr. Purdue, that Dr. Gary Purdue was the type of man that the world needs more of. He was a skilled surgeon, as we know, but he was also a great man. During the service we learned of his commitment to his family, his patients, and his staff. Every day, around 2pm, I would wait in the hall of the 6th floor for my meeting with Dr. Purdue. For some unexplainable reason, he had a way of giving me information in a way that made me trust him. As you know, I was not the most trusting of the doctors, but I always felt good about his advice. He was caring, informative, and respectful. Both Katy and I feel grateful for his work, and, at the same time, feel sad for all of those he will not be able to help. Rest in Peace.
Thanks, again, for your patience with me in not writing my blog. I will write as I can. Our family will forever be grateful to you all. Even if all you did was read my ramblings, at least we felt like weren’t alone in this. Thanks you.
Love to all,