We went to a Doctor’s appointment early this morning and had a chance to see one of Katy’s doctors who had not seen her since she left the hospital. This dear lady was such an encouragement and I think Katy’s good health may have surprised her! Dr. Emily Doherty has just moved to Roanoke with her husband, and she has had experience with HPS and worked in Bethesda with the doctors there who will be seeing Katy. Dr. Doherty has been helpful in putting a team together to manage Katy’s care here in Roanoke. We have had some great care for Katy right here in the Roanoke Valley and it has made all the difference in our ability to meet Katy’s needs. We are so thankful for that.
One of the great surprises of this morning happened when Dr. Doherty asked Katy to let one of her colleagues check a problem Katy was having with her knee. When the doctor came into the room I recognized her as the Indian woman who spoke Gujararti (Katy’s native language) to Katy when she first arrived in Roanoke and didn’t understand English. That was 18 years ago. Dr. Desai was just as amazed as we were. She had often thought of Katy and remembered her as a 4 year old in this strange new land. It was Dr. Desai who taught her to sit on a toilet rather than stand and squat as she did in the orphanage. It was a fun reunion and we all hugged in the end! And in other good news it appears that the damage to Katy’s knee during her spasms may heal on its own with time and exercise.
The recovery from this bout of intestinal inflamation is going very well. That means that by this time next week, if Katy is still eating 800 calories a day, her TPN will be removed for 8 hours a day. This news has her thinking. She said with a grin, “I just am happy about doing normal things like taking a shower, going places, and freedom.” Ah, thank God for the little things!