Thursday, May 17, 2012
Our Little Angel Katie
I don't even know where to begin. I cannot tell you how much Michael and I have appreciated the prayers and comments that you have left for us and Katie on the blog. It has given us such strength and comfort to know that so many prayer warriors have been following and helping her in her journey here on earth. Last night at 11:45pm her journey took her to heaven. She was admitted yesterday around noon. They tried for hours to get an iv in her, but she has always been so hard to stick and they just couldn't get one in. They gave her some more Tylenol and antibiotics and for a while yesterday she perked back up and was so happy just sucking away on her paci and her little hand. It made us so happy and hopeful to see how much more alert she was. From tests run, it appears she had a urinary tract infection, a common problem... especially in girl babies. Normally, this would not have been of much concern, but Katie was so different. Her little heart was working so hard to fight her fever that her hands and feet were so cold all day. Without iv access they were not able to get her all of the medications that she needed, so they tried so many times to get an iv. Finally, at around 8:30pm they told us they were going to put a central line in her groin and that we would need to step out for about 30 minutes for the procedure. Then we got a call saying they could not get it yet and were going to intubate her again to keep trying. Sometime after that her heart stopped and they had to perform CPR to get it started again. They had to restart her heart several times and tried repeatedly to get her on bypass, so that her heart would not have to work so hard. Her little vessels are so tiny and by this time so constricted that they were unsuccessful. The doctors said that she was not in any pain. We got to spend some time with her after she had left, holding her and saying goodbye. Please continue to pray for us. We miss her so much already. There can never be enough pictures or videos to capture everything that she was. She is irreplaceable. Our little angel is now in heaven where nothing bad can ever happen to her again. Noone will ever try to poke her or open her chest or put that mean tube back in her throat. She is safe.