Katy struggled for about thirty hours with the pain from the port-a-cath. She and Dawn were up most of that time, catching brief and fitful naps between administration of pain medication. As usual, the intense pain caused problems with her potassium levels. One of the frustrations we have about being in the hospital is that while we recognize the signs of potassium and magnesium deficiency immediately, the hospital has to draw blood and run labs before administering the required supplements. At one point, while waiting for the potassium supplements to arrive, Dawn mashed half of a banana and somehow got Katy to swallow it even though she was unable to chew because of the muscle tetany. By the time the supplements arrived, the banana was already working.
The good news is, the port-a-cath is now out and the excruciating shoulder pain is gone. Katy got back into her room about 5:00. Dawn said as she entered the room, she was talking to the patient transport people about shopping. She got into bed and immediately fell asleep.
Thank you for praying us through another step along Katy’s road.