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04/05/2008: "Day 9"


Well, we just heard that the tube isn't quite ready to come out. That was definately a bit of a let down for us because we feel like we've been so close for so long. They had lowered her sedation this morning in order to prepare her for possible extubation.

I was able to spend quite a bit of time with her this morning before the doctor's did their rounds. This was nice because she was able to interact with me more then she has been before. Her eyes are making eye contact more than we've seen and she seems to be more purposeful with her hands. She is still trying to pull on tubes and lines but she seems to stop when told. I tried to explain what was going on and where she was. We have have been telling her that all along but we've never been sure how much of it she comprehended. I'm still not sure how much of that will sink in but it seemed to settle her a bit. She is showing a bit more strength on her left side, squeezing a little harder and opening it. She is also lifting her left knee a bit higher.

So today our prayers are still focused on getting Kate strong enough to get the breathing tube and staying out. She is going to be on less sedation now so we hope she is able to sleep lots and not get too bored.

As mentioned before we have been learning more about the details of the accident and Kate's initial status. Welland fire and rescue were the first on the scene and were followed by the Niagara OPP. It took about 70 minutes to extricate her from the car. She experienced seizures (not sure exactly when) and had a very low blood pressure and pulse. When they took her into the OR in Hamilton they found that she had lost 3 litres of blood from her internal injuries. For a point of comparison, the average person has only 5 litres of blood. Some of that loss would have been blood and blood products they had given her. I am only saying this to illustrate how dire the situation was and how blessed we have been with her progress. We still have a long path to travel but considering where we have come from it is easy to find joy in the small victories.

Replies: 17 Comments

on Saturday, April 5th, dana_lyn7@cogeco.ca">Dana said

So glad to hear that Kate is having small victories. The small ones are most important. I also share you feelings that God did not let go of Kate during that terrible accident. We all are so so thankful, to him. Love to all and Meg take care!

on Saturday, April 5th, thefeej@yahoo.com">dan said

well thank God for all his miracles as we continue to pray for the miracle that is kate's recovery.
i pray strength and comfort for you and the family too.

on Saturday, April 5th, m_maragna@hotmail.com">Marie said

Paul, your strength ... words can't even describe it. I am keeping Kate, you, and the family in my prayers today and always.

Marie (CSU candidate)

on Saturday, April 5th, farrow@cogeco.ca">Mary & Milt Farrow said

What a blessing it is for Milt and I to read your daily updates Paul! They inspire us to keep fervent in prayer for Kate's total recovery as we thank God for every little step. Love Mary and Milt

on Saturday, April 5th, Susan Hawkns said

Paul, Thank you so much for your diligience in keeping us all updated. There are a lot of people praying for Kate. My office downtown TO is a christian office and I have asked the prayer group to keep Kate in prayer!!! I wanted to pray with you on here but somehow I kept hitting the reset button...So I wanted to post it again. ...
Father G-d I thank you for your love and mercy. Father G-d I thank you for your promise that by your stripes we are healed. Father We claim this for Kate today. Father G-d continue to wrap your healing arms around her. Father For Paul and For the rest of the family I pray that you would wrap your arms of love and strength around them!! Lord I thank you for the little victories that Kate has made it through. Father G-d continue I pray. In Jesus' Precious name...AMEN.

on Saturday, April 5th, cynthiaclark@cogeco.ca">Bruce and Cindy said

Thanks for keeping us posted on what is the most difficult of journeys. Our prayers continue for Kate and all of your families. God's hand has been on Kate's life for many years and His promise to never leave us or forsake us was never more true than at this very moment. May the Peace of God reign in your hearts tonight.
God Bless.
Bruce and Cindy.

on Sunday, April 6th, aquon@idirect.ca">Anson said

Hi Paul
Once again thanks for the encouraging update. We continue to pray for you and Kate and your families - I know how difficult it is for those most close to Kate. I pass on this scripture that I claimed as I was recovering from a brain tumour -"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair" - for we know we have an awesome God who loves Kate and cares for her.
We pray for God's unspeakable joy and peace to fill all of your hearts.
Continue to lean on Him as I know you are.
God Bless
Anson and Family.

on Sunday, April 6th, aquon@idirect.ca">Anson said

Hi Paul
Once again thanks for the encouraging update. We continue to pray for you and Kate and your families - I know how difficult it is for those most close to Kate. I pass on this scripture that I claimed as I was recovering from a brain tumour -"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair" - for we know we have an awesome God who loves Kate and cares for her.
We pray for God's unspeakable joy and peace to fill all of your hearts.
Continue to lean on Him as I know you are.
God Bless
Anson and Family.

on Sunday, April 6th, anon said

my prayers,whatever they are worth, are with you and your misses

on Sunday, April 6th, cringle@manx.net">Ramsey and Doris said

Just to let you know that the family in the Isle of Man are thinking and praying for you and Kate at this time.

GOD BLESS YOU BOTH

on Sunday, April 6th, jobin sam said

hi paul, i'm a friend of joe's. i wanted you to know that there are people on bended knees for Kate here in africa.

on Sunday, April 6th, Author said

Paul, I'm so sorry to hear about Kate's accident. I "know" Joey through her blog.

Very best wishes for Kate's recovery. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

on Sunday, April 6th, wierus@gmail.com">Magda said

Paul, I'm sorry it's on these terms that I'm writing to you. I just heard the news and send out my heart to you and your family.

I wish I could give you some solace in these times, but like many others, I will put my faith in Our God and will pray for Kate, for you and the family.

May God give you all the strength you need to conquer this hurdle. Know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers.

God Bless. Magda and Matt

on Sunday, April 6th, Agnes and Don said

Paul,
Don and I are keeping Kate, yourself and your family in our thoughts and prayers everyday. Your ability to stay strong and update the world in a time of such difficulty continues to amaze us, and we don't doubt that your strength is helping Kate with her recovery. We look forward to more updates on both small and big progress, and continually pray for a speedy recovery.

Love, Agnes and Don

on Sunday, April 6th, Grace Gosinski said

Dear Paul, Kate, Dias and Graham families:

We are so grateful for your strength and devotion to each other and to God. It gives us strength to be a part of this, even from a distance. We’re praying for Kate’s full recovery and look forward to when we can see her again in person. We thank you Paul, for keeping up the notes so we can journey with you in hope and prayer and thanksgiving. MEG: We miss you and have you in our prayers and thoughts daily. Please sleep, rest, trust.

Thanks and prayers for all the Dias and Graham family members walking with you both in this. May their strength and wisdom be renewed daily, giving you unending comfort, confidence and courage.

… those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

God bless you all.
Meg’s Thursday night Home Church group.

on Sunday, April 6th, Lynn Fraser-Sumler said

Paul, Your strength is inspiring....I know it is what Kate is hanging on to as well. Stay strong and know that many people are keeping Kate, you and your families in our prayers daily.

Lynn (CSU Candidate)

on Saturday, April 12th, ellelay@hotmail.com">Latanya said

Hello Paul,

I worked with Kate at Scotiabank, I know that she's a fighter and will get through this situation. I'll pray for God to give you both Strength and determination. I know there is light at the end of this tunnel with God's guidance you will find you way through.


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