Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Wednesday February 28, 2007 2:30PM

I just sent the new CT scan findings to Katy’s doctor at UVA. We talked about the pain level that Katy is experiencing and the conclusion of her doctor in Charlottesville is that her gall bladder should come out. She has stated that she is willing to show the evidence that Katy’s gall bladder has been problematic since they admitted her at UVA last November. Since the condition of the gall bladder has not improved by now, it is her recommendation to remove it.
As you can imagine, we need wisdom and help that only God can give. I am about to contact Katy’s surgeon here to discuss this new development. I have had several hours of sleep and feel refreshed enough to continue this effort. Thank you for your prayers.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Dawn,

    Something you probably already know, but point to remember. Be sure they give her DDAVP prior to surgery, and that they have platelets on standby. You would probably need to contact someone at NIH to know how soon before the surgircal procedure that DDAVP should be given if your surgeon doesn’t already know. Take care and give Katy a BIG hug for me.
    Karen Tillman

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    You are all in my prayers! I have often wondered why they didn’t remove her gall bladder before when that was the diagnosis at that time. Thinking about the pain Katy might have been spared!

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Dawn,
    Hang in there. You guys have been on my mind all day. One other thing about the DDAVP - it only works for about 30 percent of HPS’ers so make sure those platelets are ready! Actually, when I’ve had something done that I know is going to involve a LOT of bleeding, I just get the platelets from the beginning. I usually heal better. But, you should probably talk to a hemotologist about what is best in this situation. (I hate giving any kind of medical advice, but for us, this bleeding thing is a big deal.) I know you’re probably already on top of that - but I’ll throw it out there anyway just to be on the safe side.

  4. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Hey Dawn and Katy,

    I know that you have been talking to our parents. I am sorry to hear about all of this. I just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God is in full control of your life and he will supply all of your needs. Having your gall bladder removed might solve all your problems. Just keep relying on him.

    We love you.