Our Hurdles – Katherine Bowden

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Deo Vindice

Hurdles

Our daughter, Maggie, is keeping up the information about Katherine Bowden on the Caring Bridge website.  Here is my quick shorthand for what has happened and is ahead.

Katherine has hurdles to cross.  She has already crossed two essential hurdles.  Another metaphor is phases, like phases in military operations and program management.  Both hurdles and phases help me understand the over-wash of medical information.  It’s spewed with such professionalism and precision but has to be strained for my limited understanding.

Katherine had a stroke.  She had a hemorrhage on the left lobe of her brain.   A blood vessel popped on its own or a tumor’s growth popped it.  It was a dangerously large bleed – 5 cm x 5 cm.  But, it was in the outer layers of the brain which does less damage.   It is harder to survive, but offers better hope for recovery.

Hurdle 1:  Survive.  The docs were doing a…

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