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, January 20, 2012

Finally Home 1-19, 1-20

Heading Home 1-19

We were actually allowed to go home on Thursday.  Oh, the weather was frightful!  Scott went home early to get things ready and meet the RT at the house to get the humitafier and suction machine all set up.  Richard went to the pharmacy to get all of the meds for Kathryn.  One of the meds they sent us home without.  It was probably the most important one too.  Richard ran around the city looking for this drug that the hospital didn’t even have.  He found it and we now have enough for 20 days.  Our doctor and the Mary Bridge pharmacy are looking for a way to get this drug or find a drug to replace it.  It is the drug that is controlling her sodium level.  Kathryn and Mom waited at the hospital for the ambulance to take them home.

They left the hospital around 4:30.  Mom sat in the front of the ambulance and gave the driver directions.  As they approached the hill down to our house the driver asked the other parametic if he should head down the road.  He said something like, well it depends on what they are having for dinner just in case we get stuck.  Well the ambulance made it down the main road but not up our driveway.  They pushed Kathryn through the snow up the driveway and into the house.  Then they tried to turn around.  Yep, They got stuck at the bottom of the driveway.  After we got Kathryn all settled in Richard went down and helped the guys get out.  They finally got out around 6:50.  The ambulance rallied its way up the road.  Good thing no other vehicles were coming down at the same time.

Once all settled in and the ambulance was out of the driveway we lost our power.  Thank goodness we have a generator.  All was fine.  Our nursing staff could not make it so Mom just slept with Kathryn instead of having a nurse.  Kathryn slept much better in her own bed.  She did want to get up at 4:30 am until Mom told her how early it was.  She wanted to take shower.

1-20 begins

Our power came back on around 4am.  The day was filled with organizing all the stuff that had been dropped off at the house as well as meeting with the nursing people and home health care.  We also met another nurse for Kathryn’s care.  This took many hours (4 or 5).  Kathryn did finally get her shower.  She felt so much better as any one does after a shower. 

She was able to try some vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.  This is also part of speech therapy.  Kathryn enjoyed tasting something different.

Snuggling with a cat (either Klyde or Dude) was nice too.

Tucked in bed at 10:00.  Waiting for the nurse to ring the door bell or call and say she is lost.  I can understand since the ambulance didn’t have directions to the house because the Thomas guide didn’t show it.  Living in a secluded area is nice but comes with some challenges.

Getting our home situation all figured out!


  1. really glad to hear that you are home Panda! Enjoy it... ~Pi

  2. Loop is such a great brother!
    I'm so grateful that you made it home safely, with the help of those nice ambulance paramedics - so many people were not getting anywhere in this heavy snow.
    Ice cream, a shower, your own bed and some purring cats...that sounds like a great first day at home. God bless all of you!

  3. So glad to hear that Kathryn in home!


  4. So glad to hear Kathryn is home. Sounds like quite an ordeal. We've been watching your Washington weather here on television. Doesn't look good at all.

    Hope everyone is all snug and hunkered down during this winter weather.

    Sending all our love,
    Colette, Ione, Marie, and Tina

  5. Thank you so much for the update, Carol. We have been wondering how everything was going. So glad Kathryn is home and tucked in with Mom and the cat! I think it will be hard to replace Mom but it sounds that all is under control. Merry Christmas to you all when you are settled and ready to celebrate! Marge C.

  6. My parents, Henry and Lillie are excited that Kathryn is home. We have all been praying for her. I have heard about Kathryn since my parents moved into their home. My Mom always smiles when she talks about Kathryn.

    Blessings to Kathryn and the family,

    Andrea Alexander

  7. So glad you had a generator as we lost power at same time and knew you had gotten home, as we were driving right behind the ambulance coming up 75th and turning on to 65th! I said to Bill, hey I bet that's Kathryn in there! and sure enough it was - I waved at you, but we couldn't see inside, so didn't know if you noticed or not. Bill figured an electrician had to have a generator. Welcome home, stay cozy warm with the kitties and your family. the neighbors Marge & Bill