I talked to Dawn a few minutes ago and she asked me to update you all with the latest news. Dr. Davenport came into today and said she knew how badly Katy wanted to go home by Sunday for her granddad’s 80th birthday party. The Doctor is going out of town for a couple of days, but she signed a release for Katy for tommorrow, pending some training today and tommorrow. The family will be learning how to care for the Nutrition line, checking insulin levels, etc. Needless to say, Katy is elated!
On another note, the results from the Lab in Minnesota came back today, and has confirmed that Katy is positive for HPS. Although, this has been the assumption all along, getting the final news was quite sobering for eveyone. Dawn says that Katy is taking it very well, and was actually comforting Dawn and reassurred her that God had brought them through so much and knew that He would continue to be their strength. The fact that the results came back so quickly is a miracle in itself. This very specific test had to be done in order to gain entrance to the research program at NIH in Maryland. The Dr. had said to expect it to take up to 6 months for the platelet study to be complete. The Dr. here was notified of the results in less than 48 hours!
Dawn and Katy were able to take a walk down by the Roanoke River today. (Katy was in a wheelchair.) It was her first fresh air in 2 1/2 weeks! As they were walking along, they were having a great conversation about the flowers and different things. Dawn said she realized what a blessing it was when your children grow up and become your friend. She lwas so thankful to be taking a walk along the river with her friend.
They were reading in the Psalms yesterday and came to Psalm 42:11 - “Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” Katy smiled as she remembered all the comments that you have made on this blog about how beautiful she looks. She said she knows that the reason is because of who she is hoping in.
Thank you all so much for your comments, your support and especially for your prayers. Don’t quit now!