Posted by: Kate | March 15, 2010

Monday, Monday…

Kate had one more (hopefully last!) surgery this morning to close a wound. She’s responding to voices, but it raises her BP so we have to be careful. Isaac continues to thrive and Willem should be able to bring him home this week.  Thanks to all for your good thoughts for Kate..I’m sure they’re helping!!



  1. Good to hear…hopefully the good news keeps coming.

  2. Wow. I hope that the surgeries are over and the healing can begin. They have been through so much. Sending prayers your way.

  3. Thank you again for keeping us updated. Out of curiosity, do you know her exact diagnosis at this point?

    Continued thoughts for Kate & family….

  4. Good God. Poor woman. I hope all the kids are doing okay.

  5. Take a breath before you read this comment, and think twice before looking any of this up on the web. It’s all pretty nasty stuff.

    The official diagnosis was sepsis caused by a type A strep infection. Necrotizing fasciitis devastated her reproductive system requiring a complete hysterectomy as well as removal of infected tissue in her abdominal wall. Luckily, it seems that the infection was contained and did not impact any of the nearby organs.

    • Willem, I’d guessed (and read up on) most of that already, except for the fasciitis part. I hope you’re holding up OK, I can’t even imagine the awful roller coaster you’re on. Stay strong.

  6. Willem,
    Can’t imagine what you’re going through. We just want you to know that we’re thinking of you and if there’s anything we can do to help let us know.

    Kristi Carrara

  7. Willem:
    You are all such a wonderful family and I will continue to pray for all of you! Hang in there hopefully the good times will roll again soon. BIG HUGS!
    I agree don’t look this stuff up it will really make your heart sink.

  8. Ugh, that sounds horrible Willem!
    I hope that the good news keeps coming and that you are all home together soon.
    All the best, my thoughts are with you all.

  9. Oh Willem,

    I am devastated reading your post. Poor Kate, and you. I dont know why these things happen, but I know you are strong. So is Kate, one of the strongest people I know. You guys are in the prayers of a lot of people right now. Soon I know you will both be at home with your new family. Is this a malpractice kind of thing? Did she get this infection from the hospital? I cannot believe she had a VBAC and then ended up with all this mess. I hope you are able to take care of yourself, I know it must be so hard. Thank you for keeping us updated, it really means a lot. I hope by the time you read this that she is waking up, and that you both are able to focus on the new baby, and E and J. I know the hysterectomy will be devastating when she is healed enough to understand, but by then hopefully you will all be simply thankful to be together that it wont hurt so much. At any rate, you are all loved, and have lots of friends in your corner. ❤
    Kelly Johnston

  10. I cannot imagine how rough the last days have been on you Willem.. all my positive thoughts and prayers are coming your families way. I got nothing else but ((willem)) and ((kate))

  11. Oh, Willem, I knew it was bad but…my god. I just cannot imagine what you have all been through these past weeks. Please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. Can we send gift certificates for restaurants nearby the hospital? Something new for the big kids to play with?

    Sending our love,
    Sara and Brendan.

  12. Oy. Willem, Kate is so lucky to have you. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers…

  13. Oh my Willem! That is all so scary. Sending love and hugs to you all, and please let us know if there is anything anything at all we can do from far away. Love and prayers to you all! Patty

  14. You all are in my thoughts and prayers…I check often for an update. I am praying for Kate to continue to improve so she can love on that baby and get home to E and J!! HUGS!!!

  15. Ohmygod. How horrible and totally devastating for you guys. Poor lady. What hell she is going through. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair but at least in the end she will be ok.

  16. Lots of prayers and positive thoughts going out to all of you! Stay strong!

  17. So scary. I’m so sorry you all are having to deal with this instead of being home cuddling a new baby. I hope she recovers more quickly and smoothly than the doctors think is possible!

  18. Thinking of you all

  19. Unbelievable. You’re all being so strong. No one should have to be so strong.

  20. Gretchen/Willem, I can’t figure out a way to contact either of you privately, so I’m leaving this in a comment. I had made a sling for Kate, and I am wondering if it fits Willem — because if it doesn’t, I would love to make one for him too. I think it would be wonderful for Isaac to be held so close to his dad until Kate is back home and healthy. And it would probably make caring for him a tiny bit easier for Willem. Please email me when you get a chance?

    Still thinking about you all….

  21. Willem, I am so sorry. That sounds even worse than I had thought things could be. I am thinking of you and an available to help if you need anything. Jacob is more than welcome to come up for a sleepover anytime, Emily too for that matter! Please let me know if I can do anything.

  22. Good grief. I had no idea it was so severe. Surely not a result of childbirth? I’ve never heard of such a thing. My thoughts are with you Willem, you have a lot to contend with and much love to Kate and wishing her a speedy recovery bless you all. Take care of yourselves. It’s times like this that I wish I was nearer. Gretchen has done a wonderful job keeping us informed. Thinking of you often. Helen

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