About Me

Kathryn Bradley was born on 2/5/91 and given a Hawaiian name Kahiwalani meaning "Gift From Heaven" She has been a special gift from the day she was born.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Alert with less Sedation

Kathryn had very little of her sedation drugs today.  For an hour and a half they were completely shut off.  She has tolerated it very well.  She has been up all day listening to doctors and writing us lots of notes.  She told Dad to bring her phone last night.  Today she requested her movies and watched her favorite one today (ELF).  She also asked about what day it is and the time.  She is still the smart one we all know and love. 
It is 6 pm and we are waiting to hear from the doctor who would be doing the tracheotomy.  Still has not stopped by.  It is difficult to wait but he will be here and we will let you know when the procedure will happen.  That was a question of Kathryn’s today.  She wanted to know if it was today.  She just wants to get it over and get home ASAP. 
I must say she is the favorite patient on the floor.  They all love her and treat her so well.  Her nurses, doctor and other staff from the Mary Bridge clinic have been over to check on her too.  They have known Kathryn for a long time.  I believe Kathryn is the one who got Dr. Irwin to go to Camp Goodtimes this past summer. 
So many of you have said she has inspired you and you are so glad you have met her.  She is an inspiration.  As she fights this she continues to stay strong.  She is amazing.  She holds it together better than any of us.  Believe me she is fighting and fighting with all of her might. 
Thank you for all of your loving comments.  We appreciate all of them.

Just met Dr. Hamill (6:30pm) Yeah! Kathryn will have the tracheotomy tomorrow.  It is scheduled for 11 am but he also told us that could be 1 pm hospital time.  Kathryn will have her mouth and face back.  No she won’t be eating real food yet or be able to talk right away but in a few days she will be able to talk and maybe eat real food too. 
This is all great news.  The sooner this is done the sooner we can take Kathryn home.  By the way, Our Christmas tree is actually growing.  It is taking in a quart of water a day and the branches are growing longer and sticking out.  I have never heard of such a thing.  Must be from all the good vibes it picked up at her Christmas Party.  It knows we are still waiting to celebrate Christmas.  


  1. That's good news Carol. I am praying that everything goes well tomorrow for Kathryn. Thank you for the updates!

    -Carol Mathewson

  2. We continue to pray for her and your family.She's a strong girl and she will be home soon, sitting around that Christmas Tree.God bless you.

    Karla ,Dillon and Kimmie Martinez

  3. So glad to hear Kathryn will be able to get the tracheotomy tomorrow!! I am constantly thinking of your entire family and you all continue to be in my prayers!! You are so strong Kathryn! Im so thankful to have you in my life!! Keep fighting girl!! May god bless you and your entire family and bring healing and comfort!! Love you Kathryn!!
    -Alli Laurine

  4. I think that's so wonderful! Panda is a true inspiration! I think your tree can feel the amazing love and will continue to grow just for panda and your family! You all will celebrate a beautiful Christmas together with your amazing tree!


  5. Good news!
    Hope the trach goes as smoothly as possible. The fact that your Christmas tree is growing is a sure sign that it's waiting for Kathryn to get home for Christmas. The fact that "Elf" is her favorite movie means they are watching over her, too. We're very proud of each of you.

    Love, Bill and Debbie

  6. Thank you for the updates. We're here rooting for you, Kathryn, every step of the way. I love that your tree is growing. You inspire everyone and everything around you with your strength and resilience. I'm not at all surprised that you're a favorite around the hospital. We're keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Hope all goes well with the trach, and you can be a little more comfortable.

    Love and hugs,
    Kaz, Phoebe, Michael and Sarah

  7. We prayed for a miracle be we didn't mean the Christmas tree! You certainly keep us in smiles at your tenacity and energy. Good luck tomorrow! Love, Marge and Bill