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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.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Faith and Hope

Kathryn spent most of the morning resting.  Rest is good.  In the afternoon she got up in the wheel chair again.  We were able to find a nice big window where she could look out and also feel the sun shining upon her face. 
In the evening we watched Chocolat with Johnny Depp.  Kathyrn’s favorite.
Being 20 has posed some interesting issues.  We have been told adults don’t go home on vents.  We have been told they go to a nursing facility or the special facility in Tukwila where we would learn about vents.  This would take at least a week or two and be far away.  If you are a child they go home on vents without leaving the Tacoma.  Parents are trained on the vents in the hospital for 3 days or so and then sent home with nursing care.  Insurance issues make everything take longer too.   To get a vent to be trained on requires insurance authorization which could take a while.  Then the training.  Then finally home.  It gets rather confusing.  Our wonderful doctor and many others are working hard and I’m sure overtime to get this all done so we can get Kathryn home.  Why a ventilator?  It seems when Kathryn sleeps she forgets to breath.  She will have a long pause between breaths and this sounds the alarm on the vent. 
Last night a healer stopped by to pray with us and give Kathryn God’s message of his love and healing.  He told Kathryn he only comes to people if God has told him to.  He also told Kathryn that her job is not done here.  She will get well and she will paint.  God will give her visions of what to paint.  Going through this is necessary to have testimony.   People will be so amazed about her recovery that there can be no scientific explanation and we will be the ones testifying to God’s work.  Kathryn smiled and glowed while he spoke with her eyes wide open.  He told each of us what we had been thinking and what God had to say about our thoughts.  I know that none of us had shared any of those thoughts with anyone.  How could he know without being told by God?  This was a wonderful experience.  It renewed faith and hope.  He reminded me that this is not a miracle but a healing.  The difference is a miracle happens right now and a healing takes time.
Kathryn slept well and woke up this morning 1/12/2012 with a smile on her face and her eyes both wide open. This was the first night she had a blood pressure that wasn’t high all night.  It actually fell within the normal range for several hours.  She also went to bed without a headache and didn’t complain of a headache during the night.
 She had PT this morning but had little time so she just sat on the edge of the bed for a while.  No Huge headache like yesterday morning or throughout the day.  Her nurse was the same one today as yesterday and she said she noticed a big difference in Kathryn from yesterday to today.  This difference was in the positive direction.
Sodium is still low 121.  It has been 121 for a while but I just got the report that it is now119 (1:50 pm).  They are changing some things to work on this now.  More 3% sodium and a new sodium drug.  This is very scary since Kathryn had her seizer at 119.  The last test that just came in had gone up to 124, This means good.
Scott brought in Kathryn’s cat, Klyde.  He stayed in his carrier while Kathryn put her hand in the carrier and just touched him.  The two of them just took a little nap together.  It was very sweet.  They were both happy to see each other.
The doctor at the ICU unit is going to have Kathryn try a setting on the vent tonight that is similar to what a machine for someone with sleep apnia would use.  If this works then we would not need a ventilator and life would be so much easier.  It is now a wait and see….
Getting an infusion of red blood cells tonight.  Just got the sodium level 124.  Yeah! It is going in the right direction.  Makes me feel better.  I would love to see the 30’s once again.
Movie tonight is “Benny and Joon”… 


  1. Hi Kathryn and Carol and family,
    Faith and Hope...two of the most amazing words. I love what you posted about the visit with the healer...very encouraging and we have seen so many miraculous recoveries that medical science cannot explain. God knows what He's doing. We are continuing to pray for Kathryn and for your family. God will continue to hold you all tight. Romans 5: 1-5. Lots of blessings to you all. Sleep well. Love from your Wiliams' cousins

  2. Love you guys. I look forward to reading these posts every day. Also, excellent movie choices today Kathryn.

  3. More FAITH and HOPE for you today...

    1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    Romans 5:5 God has promised Hope does not disappoint us.

    Movie suggestion: Hope Floats (1998 with Sandra Bullock) Quote from the movie: "Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it's the middle that counts most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will."

    Have a great weekend Kathryn! ;)

  4. Larry and I talk about your progress everyday Kathryn, you Go Girl! I am so excited to see your art work when you are feeling better! As an artist myself, I know it can be an amazing outlet to paint and leave everything behind.:) If you ever want to check out my work...MuralsByAngie.net....Also as a cat lover i am so glad you got to see and be with your kitty! Keep the Faith...Jeremiah 29:11 God has a PLAN for you...
    Love, Angie:)

  5. It's Friday and we have faith and hope that this new day will bring new brighter, happier and healther days ahead. We continue to pray for you all with all our Love! Pat and Gin

  6. There is no doubt that you have alot of love! hope is all around you, and faith... well belieave with your heart and the rest will follow...
    one of my fav quotes is "you will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defated" .. you have many angels watching over you!
    we have been faithfully following the posts an eagerly waiting for the new ones, and are excited to see you next. we send our hugs prayers and most importantly our love! chanda, brandon, joseph and james nixon

  7. Cambria and Aaron are thinking about you Panda, and sending you positive thoughts and healing energy. We all are! We are also super glad you got to see your kitty... nothing better than a good snuggle.

  8. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Looking forward to more good news!

  9. What a wonderful message and gift you received from the healer. The gift of hope. The gift of love. I believe in miracles and I believe the healing love of God is shining on our Panda! Prayers to Jesus and St. Peregrine (patron saint of cancer patients) continue daily. Love and courage to the Bradley family.

  10. Wonderful news my friends! What a blessing to have such an inspired person come to share such a powerful message. There is so much to be gained from your experience. God is testifying to you of the Love that He has for your family. Each one of you. You (we) are all His instruments in bringing His truths to all. Be open to the possibilities. Be greatful for the opportunities. Be who He has intended you to be (come). With so much love and gratitude for you all. May God continue to bless you with heavenly messengers of truth and knowledge and healing. XXXX's