Thursday, April 16, 2009

9AM update - Thur

Good news and bad news...

Good news is that Kate is still stable.

Bad news is that they haven't found a great way to get all her meds into her. Basically, they are going to have to infuse some of them faster, stop, change over to the other ones, infuse them faster, etc. They will be switching back and forth between the meds. If that doesn't work, they will have to do a third port in her central line. They do not want to do that because she would need to be heavily sedated for that procedure, which would necessitate being put back on the ventilator with a breathing tube down her throat again. Putting her back on the ventilator puts her right back where she started on Monday, so they really want to avoid that.

Second bad news item...she is still dumping more fluid than normal. Everything they put in leaks out of the vessels, goes into the tissues and drains out the chest tubes. The doctor told me this morning that they expect this to go on for WEEKS. He said if it only ends up being two weeks...great. But he expects it to go on much longer than that. She cannot go home until she stops draining.

She had another effusion last night (where the fluid didn't drain properly and got stuck in her chest cavity). They got another 250cc's out of her chest a little while ago. The doctor was not real happy.

She looks pitiful, but she is stable and I am very thankful for that. I have succumbed to the cold that was coming on...grrrr... I'm hoping it doesn't get too bad.

Despite this not-so-good news, we are thankful that she is stable and in good hands. Thank you so much for your prayers and notes of encouragement. You have no idea how uplifting it is to get your emails.


Kim K. said...

I'm praying in my office. Hugs!!

Mom Of Many said...

pPraying dear friend for Kate. Heading to the doctor today with Isaiah....which Emma and Isaiah can attest to...I just break into prayer for Kate off and on as we drive.

Praying for you too. My heart just breaks for Kate and you and your family.

Much love xo

Janet and Kevin said...

I am a bloggy friend of Linn's and read your blog today. Our family will be praying for your daughter and for you and your family. God bless you all!

Janet and Kevin

Cari Bacon said...

I don't live too far from you, if there is anything that I can personally do for you guys please let me know.

connie said...

We are continuing to lift Kate up to the Great Physician. We are so thankful she's in good hands, and also that you are so positive about her care and progress. We serve a miraculous God!

Lori said...

I'm praying with fervor for miraculous progress and that sweet Kate would have a calm and peaceful demeanor as she endures all this. And I'm praying for your peace as well...and that you feel renewed and refreshed as you face this new day.

quilt'n mama said...

Praying and putting all hope in the Lord that He can turn things around for sweet kate.

Elaine said...

I came across your blog from "A Place Called Simplicity" and am sending prayers from MT for little Kate and your family.
Elaine from MT

mark said...

Our hearts break for her. Continuing to pray!

Kimberly said...

Karin - I just found your blog and have been catching up. I will keep you in my thoughts!

Love, Tian Li's (Cyndi) Mom Kimberly

Dj said...

It sounds like Kate is a real fighter. Bless her sweet little self.
Get better soon!

Deanna from Maine

Keri said...

Praying for sweet Kate.

from KY

The James Gang said...

I'm praying for Kate today - i found you on my friend Linn's blog (we're friends that attend her and Dw's church). i'm off work today with a cold, otherwise i wouldn't have seen the blog til who knows when. and just as i read your blog, my hubby popped in at home for a minute so asked him to pray too.

Audrey said...

I am praying for encouraging progress today and tomorrow and for great healing to be happening in Kate's little body.

Anonymous said...

Continueing to pray for Kate.
Lyn Thomas

sarahb said...

Praying for Kate in TN. May He heal your sweet daughter and be a comfort to your entire family during these trying days.