Friday, June 22, 2007

No more Port-a-cath

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.


  1. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Oh, dear ones, we have been waiting all day for news and are so relieved that the port-a-cath is out and Katy (and all of you) are able to rest now. I confess that I cheated and called Paul Burton this afternoon around 3:00 to find out how Katy was doing and was surprised when he told me that her surgery wasn’t scheduled until around 4:00! I was so sad to hear that she was having to wait all day!! But we’re rejoicing that it’s over and continue to pray for your quick release and increased strength!!

    Love you all,
    -David and Jennifer

  2. Aunt Lil Says:

    Katy, Dawn, and all, Oh my goodness! What a difficult time you have had. At Judy’s house last night and this Am, again here at Lois’s, we’ve kept checking the blog for another update. I’m so sorry the port-a-cath -such a wonderful idea it seemed - didn’t work this time. If it was being rejected, we wonder if one of another material could be used later when she is better. I asked our expert, Steve, and he seemed sure there are ports made of other things. Well, we are all praying that finally she will be able to go home VERY soon. We were at Steve and Dot’s for desert tonight, Tom and Pat and Alex, Megan and kids came over. We had a great evening together and talked about you, Katy, and saw how your steadfast faith is influencing our family for good. May you and your mother both have a sleep-filled, pain-free night tonight, and a blessed day of coming home tomorrow. Much Love, Aunt Lil

  3. Jes Says:

    Katy -
    You never cease to amaze me! You are such a trooper and your spirit is awesome! We praise God that the port-a-cath is out and that the shoulder pain is gone! We are praying for better days as you recover from this bump! I am looking forward to the day when they write that you are home and in your own bed again! We love you!


  4. Karen Tillman Says:

    I am so glad that they finally got that thing out!!! I cannot even imagine the pain you must have had from it. Not to mention the frustration with the hospital staff. You guys take care and know that our hearts are with you .
    Karen Tillman

  5. Sandy Says:

    I’m glad the port-a-cath was removed since it was causing so much trouble. It certainly seems like you all have had a very rollercoastery week! I hope the weekend brings lots of forward progress. I continue to keep you all in my prayers!