Katy successfully completed her Barium Swallow test today, but it took nearly six hours. Normally the test would take about two hours. She was able to swallow a full cup of the Barium mixture, one small sip at a time. She was determined to get through it, no matter how long it took, because she wants to give the doctors as much information as possible as they seek answers on how best to treat her. After further conversations today with another doctor in New York who treats several HPS patients, they concluded that they need to do further tests before making any decisions. The doctor in New York said Katy’s symptoms are not like any other HPS patient he has seen.
Meanwhile, Katy and Dawn are resting at Mom and Dad’s tonight, in preparation for their trip home tomorrow. They were both too tired to drive home tonight, and decided the risks of fatigue tonight were greater than the risks of possible bad weather tomorrow morning. Please pray them home safely.
Katy has been able to drink enough that dehydration is less of a concern, and if she needs additional IV fluids she can get them in Roanoke as easily as in Charlottesville. God willing, she will stay home until the next round of tests are scheduled, whatever and whenever that may be.
I watched a little portion of our “Katy’s First Christmas” video yesterday. Katy was five years old, wearing pigtails and huge glasses (they were actually normal size glasses, but her face was very small), and Dawn was telling her the Christmas Story as she pointed out the characters in the Manger Scene. What memories!Comments: