Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Change of Scenery

On Monday Katelynn was moved to another hospital in Dallas that is mainly a transitional place between the acute care hospital and home. She will be having physical, occupational and speech therapy every day. So far I like it there. The staff is really nice. The only bummer, besides still being in the hospital and not home, is that only one parent can spend the night. So, while Scott has been staying with Katelynn at the hospital (because she is a total Daddy's girl) I have been driving back to the hotel near the other hospital we were at before.

At first I was a little apprehensive about going there, because we were given the impression that they had really strict rules there and that it was a place only for kids with a lot of problems, like mental retardation and stuff. But really it's not like that at all. Yes, there are kids there who have been through a whole heck of a lot, but most of the parents we have talked to say that their childern are expected to recover 100 % from their ailments. Kids are amazingly resilient. One boy had a stroke and is currently paralized on his right side, but because he is only five the docs say he can recover completely and live a normal life, without paralysis, within the next year! Amazing!

When we were at the other hospital they were saying we would be at this facility for about a week, then they changed it to two weeks, so we will see. I hope it is sooner than later, because I am ready to be done with all this craziness! While Scott and I have been up in Dallas with Katelynn my Mom and sisters, along with various ward members, have been taking care of Emma and Michael. Tonight I drove back down to Athens to do a bunch of errands and to pick up the other two. We are going to have them up in Dallas with us for a couple of days so they can be with Katelynn, because they all miss each other so much. All last night and this morning Katelynn just kept saying over and over, "I want my Michael and Emma. I need my Emma and Michael-boy." It was so sad. And I hear from my Mom that everytime they get in the car to go anywhere Michael says, "Go visit Katelynn?!" So, I think that having them up there for a couple days will be good for everyone.

Plus, maybe that will help Katelynn make better progress in her therapy, because right now she is so depressed, and she has been through so much then last few weeks, that she doesn't really want to do anything. You ask her if she wants to play and she just says, "No." You ask her if she wants to eat and she says, "No." Everything is "No". Occasionally we will get a "Yes" out of her, but it's all mostly just "No"s.

Thank you all again for your love and prayers. I know they are working, because the doctors can't figure out why she is doing as well as she is for all she has been through, and how she was able to go from being in such bad shape to being in good shape so quickly. But, I think we all know why! ;)


  1. Glad to hear that Katelynn is doing better. I'm sure it's very hard on all of the babies to be separated - they've been together all their little lives!! I can only imagine how happy they will be to be reunited.

    I'm continuing to pray for her and can't wait to see further updates.

  2. Aw girl, this must be so hard on you and your family but you are being such a trooper! I am impressed with the great attitude that you have been able to maintain through all this.
    Love you!

  3. I'm excited that things are progressing. How did the visit with all the kids together go? I bet that made a huge difference for Katelynn while they were around. It must have been hard on all of you to take them back to Grandma. Hang in there, you are all doing such a great job of staying upbeat!

  4. I'm glad things are turning around. Hopefully you'll have her home soon. I'm praying for her.


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