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04/01/2008: "Tuesday night update"
A few more baby steps since the last update this morning. Kate is showing a little more strength and purpose in her movements even though she is clearly affected by the pain killers she is on. When I was in with her this afternoon she was spinning my ring on my finger, and seems to make eye contact when she opens her eyes. Her right hand is stronger than it has been, and she has enough movement with it that they have had to restrain it to make sure she doesn't rip out the breathing tube.
They have reduced the breathing machine down to its minimum setting now, so she is basically doing all of the breathing for herself. At this point she is ready to have it removed, however the jaw surgery is holding that up. We were hoping to get a spot in the OR today, but nothing was available. We are on the list for tomorrow, but we don't have a sepecific time, so we'll have to see what happens in the morning. There is the possibility of complications when you remove a breathing tube then put it back in quickly, so they are trying to avoid that by waiting.
Another small thing was that the nurse washed Kate's hair today and got it looking nice (thank you Joey for the hair products). Last night the nurse was able to get all the tangles out with some spray in conditioner, but was unable to fully wash it with the neck brace on.
That's most of the things that happened to day. We are really hoping that the surgery will be scheduled for tomorrow and the breathing tube will be removed. At this point those are the big things that need to happen for Kate to move out of the ICU. We're not sure how long they will keep here in there, but its looking like there is an end in sight for this step.
Thank you to everybody who has left a comment, sent an email, called, made something or dropped by. We have had tremendous support in this from everybody, and that has been a great blessing to us. We are also very thankful for all the prayers people have been saying for Kate, myself, the doctors and our family. We feel very comforted and have a great deal of confidence that we will come out on the other side stronger in our faith and closer to one another. Thank you.
Replies: 11 Comments
on Tuesday, April 1st, firstname.lastname@example.org">Alana said
Just wanted to let you know that I've been praying for you over the weekend and will continue to do so as I read the updates. All the non quirky sudburians are praying for you! And maybe the quirky ones too:)
on Tuesday, April 1st, Wade and Kristy Trenholm said
Kristy and I would like to express our prayers for Katie and you, Paul, during this difficult time. The Lord always makes us stronger as we endure the struggles. No matter the reason, the purpose is always to make us stronger. Our love and prayers go out to you both. Just to let you know, we have family and friends in New Brunswick praying for Katies full recovery.
on Tuesday, April 1st, Thea said
Paul, we really appreciate how faithfully you are keeping us updated on Kate's progress especially with all you have to deal with. It's very thoughtful of you. Kate is constantly on our thoughts and prayers. We are waiting patiently for the day that we'll get to see her again but we are so thankful for God's goodness and that He is slowly but surely restoring her health. If there is anything that Nikolas and I can do to be of support to you and your family, please do not hesitate to come to us.
on Tuesday, April 1st, email@example.com">Burtch Family said
Hi Paul: Please know that Kate, you and all the Dias family are very much in all of our prayers. We know our God is able to do amazing and wonderful things way beyond even our own imaginations. Our prayer is for peace and comfort for all of you as Kate recovers.
Daryl, Julie, Rob & Donna & Britney; Bryan and Ashley Burtch
on Wednesday, April 2nd, Lina said
Hi Paul, I don't think you know me...I was a friend of Kate's and Joe's from our IVCF days at Erindale. Anyways, just wanted you to know that you have all been in my prayers, and also the prayers of my church family. Thank you for the frequent updates. I know this is a tough time, but our God is so powerful, and it's clear that you are witnessing that even through the trial. I will continue to pray that Kate, yourself, and the family will be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, and that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
on Wednesday, April 2nd, firstname.lastname@example.org">Susan Hawkins said
Just wanted to drop a note to say that you and Kate and the whole family are in my prayers and thoghts. We serve an amazing G-d and I have seen him do miracles in my own life. I am believing for the same in Kate's Recovery.
Much Love and Prayers
on Wednesday, April 2nd, Derek D'Angelo said
Just wanted to say that we are thinking of you both and praying for Kate's speedy recovery.
Derek and Silvana D'Angelo
on Wednesday, April 2nd, email@example.com">Marg Gilbert said
Just heard the news from Neil Cairns about Kate's condition. All of us at Third Line & Speers in Oakville are praying for her speedy recovery. You are both in our thoughts. We know that your faith & Kate's determination will see you through this.
on Wednesday, April 2nd, firstname.lastname@example.org">Donna and Eva bns said
We just heard the news from Marg Gilbert,everyone here at the branch are praying for her,Kate is very special to us all.We will be following her progress and will wait until you feel she is ready for visitors.You are both in our thoughts and if there is anything you need from us don't hesitate to ask.God Bless
on Wednesday, April 2nd, email@example.com">Johanne and Tyler said
Hi Paul, you don't know me but my son is the son of the man your wonderful Katie was involved in an accident. He is my x husband and I want to express my sadness (and that of my son's) to hear of this accident. I have been trying to find out info on the status of the unidentified woman and was glad when a friend told me of your site. My prayers, my son's, and my women's bible studys prayers and churchs are with Katie, you and your family. Eventhough we do not know each other we are God's family and as such I cannot begin to express how truly saddened to hear of this accident. My son (just 7) sent a very special prayer to Katie last night and made me cry for hours. Our thoughts are with you all and I will continue to visit to hear of the progress she is making. May Gods healing hands be around her and continue to protect her.
Johanne and Tyler
on Wednesday, April 2nd, Elaine Dohan said
I was so shocked to hear this news, however I know for sure we serve a mighty God and He is faithful to answer prayers. I have contacted my daughter Jayme in BC, who knew Kate and she has too started a prayer chain in her church. I am praying for everyone and victory will be ours in Jesus name! God Bless you and the family for His strength in this time.