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Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Katie came out of theatre at about 6pm. She is in quite alot of pain and very tired. She has a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) which is basically a button linked to a syringe full of morphine so she can give herself a shot when ever she wants! When I left her at 10.45 tonight she was quite drowsy so I hope she can get some sleep despite the pain.

She has a cut from in front of her ear - over and then down behind the ear to about 3cm above her collar bone. She has one drain in place which will hopefully come out in a couple of days.
The surgeon was sure that her facial nerve will be fine - once the swelling and bruising goes down around it. He was also confident he had taken all the suspicious glands out of her neck. He will see us on the 28th to discuss the histology results and prognosis.

If Katie agrees I will add a photo of her tomorrow but for now you can be comforted by the knowledge that she looks as beautiful as ever. She has been asking about the children and hopes to see them tomorrow.

Thanks again for all your cards, texts, emails and comments on here - we do read them all and they are a great help. Katie can access them on her blackberry in the hospital so keep them coming.


Dawn said...

Hi Katie & Giles,

Glad to hear the op went well and that the surgeon thinks the facial nerve is ok. I'm sure you're both feeling the strain but at least something concrete has happened so now you know you are on the road to getting better and putting this terrible thing behind you. I'm thinking about you loads and wishing you the very best of luck. Keep smiling (or maybe not if it hurts too much right now). But I know you'll be smiling inside when you think of all the fun things you can do with your beautiful children as they help you come through this. Lots of love, Dawn

Clare and Ian said...

Hi Katie and Giles
So glad to hear the worst day is over- now each day is a step on the road to recovery. Well done to you both. with much love from us all
Clare Ian and Co xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Delighted to hear that the op went well & that the Prof has given you encouraging news for once. I hope that the pain becomes more manageable soon - let the kids play with the morphine button and you soon won't feel a thing! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Love to you all.


carolineandjames said...

Hi Katie and Giles
So pleased the surgery went well. Hope the pain eases today-sure it will once you see Giles and your beautiful children.

With our love
Caroline and James

Annie said...

Hello Katie

Glad they cut those buggers out!
Hope its ok to say that...

Hope everyone is looking after you

lots of love
Annie x

dan said...

Good news. You will come out of hospital looking just as beautiful as you went in Katie, and well along the road to recovery. x

Sara said...

Fantastic news!
You are so brave Katie - well done.
We were all thinking of you up here yesterday and will continue to keep our fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.
Lots of love and virtual hugs, Sx

louise and david said...

Hello Katie and Giles.
The news to date sounds really promising, lets hope the lowest point is over and now the only way is UP !!!
lOTS OF LOVE Louise David Austin and Amos.
( PS Austin said did they cut her head off ?!!!) I guess it feels a bit like that today xxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Katie,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you on your road to recovery. When we did the photos my overriding thought was what a serene and beautiful person you are.....it was privilege to capture this. You have a beauty that radiates from within and will never fade. Your tenacity, strength and courage will get you through this...we are here for you.

All our love Lisa, Mark and NatalieXXXXX

Anonymous said...

hi katie

have been thinknig about you. hope you're not feeling in too much pain or too groggy after the operation.

i am sure you are relaly looking forwardto seeing yourkids.

take good care of you and thinking of you all in this difficult time.


Marianne said...

Hurray! It sounds like it went brilliantly well. I'm so pleased to hear that.I was thinking of you all yesterday and willing it to be alright. Hope the pain is easing a little today and you have been able to see the children. I'm so looking forward to seeing you on Friday.
lots of love

Anonymous said...

Hi Giles and Katie,
Malcolm and I are friends of Ursula and Chris.
I saw Ursula today and she said that all had gone well with your operation,which is great news. That's a good suggestion to let the children 'help' with the morphine button!
We wish you all the very best in your recovery.
Yvonne and Malcolm xx

Azza Elnusairi said...

Dear Katie and Giles
So pleased to read that the op went well and and that that the docs are being so positive.
Great news and speedy recovery Katie,
love to you all
Azza x

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you've had some good news. Was thinking about you all day yesterday. Hopefully you'll start to feel better soon. Bet you can't wait to see the kids. Lots of hugs to you. Looking forward to seeing you home soon.

Love Jo B. X

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear the positive news and that you are beginning your recovery. It is clear from reading the comments that you are much loved, supported and treasured.
best wishes
Kath Hallahan


We are so glad this day is out of the way,thinking of you.


charles,carol and co