APRIL 28 @ 11am PST
IT HAS BEEN ONE WEEK TODAY. THANK YOU FOR JOURNEYING WITH US. Katherine’s personality is beginning to shine through. Of course, there is still as much need for prayer as ever, but there is so much hope.
Yesterday was a very hard day, with the tracheotomy, removal of the huge ventilator tubes and feeding tube from her nose and insertion of a new tube to her stomach. It took longer than expected because they couldn’t get Katherine to “go under.”
Later when Kim asked if she wanted Manda, her 80 year old maternal grandmother, to come out from GA, Katherine looked at Kim, and with her mouth twisted to one side and her tongue swollen 3 times its normal size, she managed to whisper, “Yes.”
The doctors at the hospital are absolutely amazed. Dr. Gonzalez came in on a Saturday, even though he is no longer her doctor, just to see Katherine. According to the nurse, Gabrielle, he got tears in his eyes when he was doing the neurological exam. He is the one who told Jay before the operation that she probably wouldn’t make it through surgery.
Other doctors who were part of the team are incredulous as well. Dr. Gonzalez said that as incredibly well as the surgery went, he couldn’t take credit for it. We thought he meant the assisting Dr. and the huge team of doctors, but when asked what he attributed her progress to, he said he had “a helper’” and pointed up.
Specific Prayer Requests;
1) Unfortunately, Kat is in a lot of pain, esp. her throat
2) Her eyes – One has an infection and she doesn’t have control of them
3) Her temperature. It is up again and Drs. are baffled, doing constant cultures
4) She is freezing and shaking uncontrollably due to the treatment to keep her temperature down.
@ 3pm PST
Katherine’s nurse for today is named Courtney and she is a Christian. Courtney repeated that taking into account the magnitude and location of Katherine’s AVM, no one thought she would have come this far. She explained specifically, “Considering Katherine’s injuries, this is the most amazing thing I have seen in my experiences in Neuro-Intensive Care. We are seeing God’s miracle which could only be correlated to prayer.”
Please ask God for Katherine’s swallow, gag and cough reflex to come back because that will enable them to remove the breathing equipment. God’s Army, KEEP RISING UP AND PRAYING!