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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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lung Issues 1/4/2012

Now we are experiencing lung issues.  It has been there but we thought it was getting better.  The cloudy lungs can mean a few things 2 of which are easier to fix however one of those two would need an explanation of why it happened in the first place.  Maybe a mucus plug developed and this can be taken out and clear the lungs.  The second is a collection of moisture that can be sucked out with a needle through the abdomen but why did this happen.  The third is pneumonia, which we would have to wait more days for it to clear.  She did have a CT scan late in the day so we will get the report in the morning.

She did get a little bit of air out of her mouth today but not enough to say a word or make noise.  This is better than zero air movement that we had yesterday.  After talking to the ENT doctor he said it wasn’t worth trying until they change the tube to one without a cuff.  I’m starting to get it.  The cuff is like a balloon that they can inflate and deflate in the throat around the tube.  They keep it inflated so air doesn’t escape around the tube. They will not put in the tube that doesn’t have a cuff until she can go all day and night without the ventilator.  The tube without the cuff will allow her to talk.   Kathryn is breathing well without the ventilator.  She is taking short shallow breaths and they would like to see longer deeper breaths.  Short quick breaths will tire her out and has.  She is also scared she will not be able to breath.

She had PT today.  She actually started off on her own doing all the exercises given to her yesterday.  She is a good student.  She did extras too.  Then the PT and OT people came in and got her to sit up on the side of the bed.  Tomorrow the goal is to stand up.  She is still plenty strong.  She is more nervous than anything.

We are being well fed here (the family).  The clinic has given us food vouchers which have been very helpful.  Scott’s sister and family brought us stir fried rice one day.  Richard’s girlfriend’s Mom brought some nice snacks and Carol’s Mom has too.  Our niece Janice has brought us Pizza twice from the Rock and Lovey from camp brought us delicious sandwiches tonight.  Thank you!  


  1. We are hoping you feel better and better each day. Looks like your going to continue kicking ass and in no time, feeling even better! Know that you are in our daily thoughts and nightly prayers girlie! Chin, Christina and girls

  2. We are hoping you feel better and better each day. Looks like your going to continue kicking ass to a speedy recovery ;) Know that you are in our daily thouhts and nightly prayers girlie! Chin, Christina and girls

  3. Hoping for a good report in the a.m.! Thinking of you guys Panda is such a fighter. I'm keeping good thoughts this will clear up soon.
    Much Love, Pineapple.

  4. Let us know what we could bring for your folks to eat and we would be glad to. Kathryn has been on our church prayer chain again so we are expecting her to be breathing better. Love you all, Marge

  5. Just one more hurdle for the toughest family on the planet. Keep up the good fight! Sending you guys strength and rest and smiles.
    Love Rikki

  6. Keep your head up! We are all thinking and praying for you. Love to you all!!!!

  7. Hello Bradley Family!
    I just want to tell you that you are all in my thoughts everyday, and that I am sending prayers of comfort, and healing for you all. Kathryn, I hope you are breathing easier this afternoon. You are so strong and determined, keep it up! If any of you need anything, even just a friendly visit, please let me know.
    :-) Susie Meister