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04/16/2008: "Day 20"
If yesterday was a bit of an emotional valley, today was something of a mountain top experience. Another set of quantum leaps although they are a bit more like baby steps. This morning Kate got a new cast that she can walk on, and with the help of the physiotherapists she took her first steps. It was a big deal for all of us, and great to see her out of the bed, even if only for a short while. That was quite tiring, so we spent some time in the wheel chair and were also able to get her unplugged from the IV and outside again for a cup of tea in the sun. She had a nice little nap after that, but it was great for her to spend a significant amount of time out of bed.
On the medical side Kate had a full briefing from her trauma doctor about all of her injuries and where there at now. She has been learning about them a little each day, but this would have been the first time she heard it all in one go. I'm sure its all a little abstract for her, and will take some time to sink in (as it did with us a few weeks ago). The news is all great, and the shopping list of injuries seems be completely under control. The infection has been gone for 48 hours now and will be given the official all clear after 72 hours.
All in all, a big day for all of us, and hopefully Kate gets a good night's sleep so that we can have another big one tomorrow. Thank you for all the prayers and support. We are continuing to see answers to prayers and have so much to be thankful for. Please keep praying for Kate.
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on Wednesday, April 16th, Monica Bravo-Arruda said
Kate's progress over the last few days has been incredible! I can not get over what she has overcome...what an inspiration she is. Thank you so much for continuing your daily updates. We all have so much to be thankful for. God is truly working miracles and continues to listen to our prayers. You can count on all of us for our continued support and prayers. KATE, keep fighting. You're in our thoughts and prayers ALWAYS!
on Thursday, April 17th, Susan Trombley said
The Lord is faithful to all his promises, and loving towards all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall , and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food at the proper time.You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways , and loving to all he has made.The Lord is near to all who call on him , to all who call on him in truth.He fulfills the desires of those who fear him , he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him. Psalm 145:13-20
This tells me He is there with you. May you continue to feel his presence.I am so happy to hear all that God is doing and look forward to all he has in the future for Kate and you.
on Thursday, April 17th, Terry Gee said
We haven't met but I met Kate several times in Mississauga as she is friends with my daughter Jennie Gee. I made quite a few trips moving Jennie from Winnipeg to Mississauga while she attended U of T for several years. We were deeply saddened by Kate's tragic accident as she is a beautiful young woman with an incredible zest for life. Her recovery thus far is a remarkable testament of her strength and will to survive. We read your comments on Kate's progress nightly and we pray for her continued recovery.
on Thursday, April 17th, email@example.com">Malcolm & Jeanette Glass said
Hi Paul.....Wow, what can we say. The Lord is indeed good. Not a day goes by that we do not remember dear Kate and and the respective families before The Throne of Grace. It is so wonderful to hear of the progress she has made thus far and we are more than confident that she will FULLY recover from this terrible ordeal in due course. We do not always understand why these things happen in life, but they do, but, Thank God, He gives us the grace and the strength and the courage to overcome all the problems and vicissitudes that life throws our way. God Bless you both and draw you even closer together as a result of this tragedy. All our fondest love and best wishes. Malcolm & Jeanette Glass
on Thursday, April 17th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Melissa said
Hi Paul, what awesome news!!!! It's wonderful to hear about Kate getting stronger each and every day and I am continually amazed at God's love and miracles.
What you all are going through have touched so many people and I hope everyone's thoughts of love and prayers help you gain strength from day to day. I don't know you, but your love and devotion to Kate has been nothing short of wonderful. I truly believe God never gives us anything that we cannot handle and I pray for His hand to guide you both during this journey.
I came across this quote today and I felt it was perfect for you.
'He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.
We continue to pray for Kate, you and the family and I hope you've had another wonderful day with her :O)
on Thursday, April 17th, email@example.com">Bruce and Cindy said
What a great report! If you compare your updates from Day 1 with Day 17 the magnitude of the miracle that is Kate is clearly evident. God's hand has never been withdrawn, which is our sustaining hope, but our joy comes from seeing her return. Thanks for sharing....our prayers continue as does His care! Bruce and Cindy
on Thursday, April 17th, Kim and John Kirkwood said
We are so happy to hear the good reports. We think of the whole family often and keep you in our prayers. We have missed Kate at CSU and we hope you will let her know that she is always in our thoughts. May you continue to feel the closeness of God's amazing love.
on Thursday, April 17th, the Smiths said
Your updates just keep getting better and better, and we are so happy to hear/read about Kate's progress on a daily basis. Your personal strength is also a wonder to behold. We're praying for you and wish you continued strength and courage in the days ahead.
Lots of love,
Sian & Crew
on Thursday, April 17th, firstname.lastname@example.org">Robb & Karen said
Great news Paul!
Karen is in England right now. The first thing she wanted to know when I talked to her today ( after the girls had their turns ) was about Kate's progress.
There is a lot of prayer being offered up on behalf of Kate, you and your families. Your posts help us pray and direct prayer more effectively.
Mark one up for technology.
Now that you are out of ICU, I am dependent on your updates. Thank you for sharing them with us all. I think you can get an idea of how much we all appreciate them.