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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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Taking Tube??? 1/3

She didn’t spend enough time off of the ventilator yesterday to get the talking cuff today.  It would require changing her trach tube and they only want to do this if she is really ready.  So one more day of exercising her lungs and other parts that have to work to make the breathing happen.
Didn’t get much sleep either so she is extremely tired – So am I (Mom)
Well now I’m a bit confused and they said they are going to bring in valve with which she can try to talk.  This will not required changing the tube.  This may or may not work.  I sure don’t want her to be disappointed if it doesn’t work because it is not the optimal situation.  The trach tube will eventually be changed to a smaller one.
Physical therapy came in today.  Gave Kathryn some exercises.  Some of which Grandma Ann had already been doing with her.  Grandma is very wise.
She is trying to catch up on her loss of sleep from last night too.  A beanie pulled down over the eyes works great!
Fabulous job of breathing on her own.
Her neurosurgeon and PA stopped by to see her today.  That was nice.


  1. Kathryn and Bradley family, we are thinking of you and sending our most positive energy and prayers. Leslie, Amy, Kat, and Dr. Fisher

  2. Got Tube? We had our first New Year(in the last 7) without you on our couch. This is not acceptable behavior. We look forward to you taking your rightfull position back next year.
    The Larson Clan is coming down to see you. Maybe well stay on your couch. Cody comes home tomorrow. Lots of love to you and your family.
    Sam, Denise and Addie

  3. Good Morning Miss K! The Larsons send you hugs and kisses! We wish you a very, very STRONG day!! Love You Bunches, Denise, Sam, Addie and Cody

  4. Yay Kathryn! Keep up the good work. I'm glad to hear you were able to have a few friends visit, that is good for the spirits. This morning I had an 8:30 algebra class at TCC, yuck! I hate morning classes, and the parking was so terrible it made me 15 minutes late to class, but I saw a beautiful sunrise, then a huge double rainbow across the sky. It was beautiful!
    Have a good afternoon & evening. Hi & my love to Mom & Dad!
    Susie Meister

  5. Nice job Kathryn!!!! Keep up the good work you tough cookie! Happy New Year to you and your family. Lots of love and hugs to you .... Lisa Jo