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04/14/2008: "Day 18"
Another day, some more progress and some more tests. Kate made it out of her bed today and into a wheel chair for a little while. She is also making a lot of progress with her speech and conversation. She is making a lot less mistakes with details and remembering things easier. With this is a greater understanding of what happened and what is still healing. It is getting more difficult for her as she learns more, because for her she is finding out more and more about what she can't do yet. For us it has been the opposite because we started with the worst possible news and have been building on it. So, watching her progress is bittersweet because we see the worries she has, but are glad that she is grasping more and more.
In the medical department Kate had another ultrasound (this one of her bowels) and another CAT scan of her heart. There was some initial concern that she had damage to her aorta artery, but it might have been an artifact from her moving during the scan. All the specialists said it wasn't likely a problem, but the only way to completely rule that out is another CAT scan. We should hear about that tomorrow. The ultrasound was to make sure that there were no issues with her bowels and that there are no issues from the surgery.
Every day is a journey with its own peaks and valleys. We ask that you pray for Kate's continued healing as well as us (the family) as we go on this journey with Kate.
Replies: 16 Comments
on Monday, April 14th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Lara Mogford said
Such good news! Each day brings Kate closer to a full recovery! This is something we can truly wake up each morning and be thankful for! I know i am. Sleep tight all of you and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kate is strong and this too shall pass.
Lots of love,
on Monday, April 14th, email@example.com">Susan Hawkins said
I am fortunate enough to work for a christian company downtown Toronto and This Morning in our morning Prayer meeting we kept you and Kate and her family and the doctors and nurses all in prayer as you walk and work towards Kate's recovery!! There are about 25 fellow employees at my company also keeping you all in prayer!!
Thanks for the unfailing updates Paul, I pray that The Almighy will give you an awesome night's rest and that He will sustain you through this whole Journey!!!
on Monday, April 14th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Sandi Lockett said
Paul, please give Kate the squeeziest hug from me. Tell her that I love her and that she is amazing!
love n prayers.....the Locketts
on Monday, April 14th, email@example.com">Anson said
Thanks for the encouraging update and ongoing efforts to keep us all in the loop. Logos Church continues to pray for you and Kate. The Dias family was such a wonderful blessing to all of us at the church.
Thanks for allowing us to walk with you through this journey - hour by hour and day by day. Be reminded that this is only a page of a very large book in your lives and with God we shall overcome. For now may God's comfort , peace and joy be with you and Kate and both of your families.
on Tuesday, April 15th, Marie said
Paul, Thank you once again for the updates. May you, Kate, and your families continue to have great strength and courage as this journey continues. It's such wonderful news that Kate is getting stronger. We, at CSU, send her prayers for much continued success.
on Tuesday, April 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Tricia Lovato said
Glad to hear that Kate is starting to get out of bed and is doing better. It must be very hard for her to understand how everything happened to land her where she is now. I know she doesn't know us but please tell her she is in our prayers and we pray that she continues to heal each day. We are so thankful for you all that God is watching over her. Thanks for the updates-I have been checking each day to see how she is doing and so happy to see her progress.
on Tuesday, April 15th, email@example.com">dorothy graham said
Hello Paul & Kate,
Kate, We are so pleased to hear that you are making such good progress - keep it up. Paul has been very faithful in keeping everyone up to date and its great that this goes all the way to Ireland! We continue to pray for your full recovery - God Bless and lots of love. Uncle Willis and Aunt Dorothy xoxo
on Tuesday, April 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Daniela Moore said
Thank you Paul for the updates. God truly blessed Kate to find such a loving and supportive husband. I will continue to pray for the specifis areas of kate's healing but will also remember you and your families as well as this recovery depends on all of you also. God says in His word that "He is our refuge and strength". I pray today that He will be the strength that you need.
on Tuesday, April 15th, email@example.com">Lorna Perry said
I'm the lady from Bermuda. I got back here on Apr. 4th and because of renovations in our apt. I couldn't access my compputer, but here I am this morning, really rejoicing for you as I read these updates on Kate. May the Lord continue to bless you and comfort you each day as you see Kate's progress. What has happened so far is such an inspiration to all
of us following this situation and I know the Lord will continue what He has started for Kate. May she, and you, and all the family feel His special love and presence. Lorna
on Tuesday, April 15th, Cheryl Stipic said
Katie keep strong. Youre a fighter. We send our love and keep you in our prayers.
on Tuesday, April 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Vicky said
We are so glad to hear that Kate was able to get out of bed for a while! I'm sure she was looking forward to that. Way to go Kate!! Paul, thanks again for the continued updates, we really appreciate hearing about all of Kate's wonderful progress.
Love Vicky and Ian
on Tuesday, April 15th, email@example.com">Melissa said
You're news is awesome Paul and it's wonderful to hear that Katie is getting stronger every day...such is the power of God's grace, love and devotion.
We continue to pray for Kate, you and the family and we send you all our love and prayers.
on Tuesday, April 15th, Susan Trombley said
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may stengthen each of you with power through his spirit in your inner beings, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. and I pray that you being rooted and established in love may have power together with all saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ , and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine , according to his power that is at work in Kate , to him be glory. I ask that the Lord reveal himself to Katie and all the family in whatever way you need him. I ask that he will be the strength that carries each of you when your own strength has grown weary , I ask that you will know his peace , knowing he holds Kate and her future in his nailed scarred hands , I ask that he will comfort you during those times when you just need to cry , that he he will be your counsillor in every decision that needs to be made for Kate's recovery. I know as your shephard he will walk with you on this path , and I know that as Kate's creator he knew her by name while still in her mother's womb and the plans he has for her a plans for good. As the great physician I know you can trust him with Kate's care. He is a Redeemer that is faithful and true , everything he has said
he will do. We look forward to all the Lord is doing and know even now there has been a witness and testimony to his love for Kate.
on Tuesday, April 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Auntie Margaret said
Paul you tell our Kate that as soon as she is ready a big slice of pavlova will be coming her way .Hugs and kisses
on Tuesday, April 15th, email@example.com">Lois Hunter said
So many many people are praying...what a blessing...what a miracle this all is...
this is such a great verse..."what, what would have become of me had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living!...wait and hope for and expect the Lord...be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring...yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord". Ps 27:13,14 xoxoxo
on Tuesday, April 15th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Carolyn Ogilvie said
So happy to hear that Kate is having remarkable improvements. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers that she continues to surprise her doctors. Say "bonjour" to her and Joey for me.