47 Days

Tracy will leave Sunnybrook tomorrow to begin rehab at The Lyndhurst Centre of Toronto Rehab. It was 47 days ago that fateful night that I was informed she would likely spend several months at Sunnybrook, and that we should prepare for a long stay in critical care, intensive care and the neuro ward. If you recall several posts ago when Tracy was having difficulty being removed from the breathing machine so she could have the tracheotomy, I said to her “…this is your new race Trace, I know it’s not the one you wanted but it’s the one you’ve got to win now…” , and she did just that. She was breathing on her own not long afterwards, and has been eating solid foods for over a week now. This tenacity is why she is going to Lyndhurst tomorrow!

Princess and the Pea

Tracy has been on an air bed since she moved into the C5 neuro ward a couple of weeks ago. The bed is designed to help prevent bed sores. While it has been very beneficial to have her on this bed, it has come with some trials and tribulations. Recently Tracy has been very sensitive and experiencing autonomic dysreflexia. Autonomic dysreflexia is a condition that develops after spinal cord injury in which potentially life-threatening episodic hypertension is triggered by stimulation of sensory nerves in the body below the site of injury. Her feet, feet, legs and hands are all hypersensitive. The neurosurgeon has been in to speak to Tracy about what is happening to her, as she has been very uncomfortable with these sensations. She can “feel” bumps and lumps underneath and around her – some that are real and some that are not. Her feet and hands are starting to contract and her muscles are tightening. “The Princess on the Pea” is a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. The Queen wanted to test the princess.  They knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds beneath her.

Our Tracy is the Princess at Sunnybrook.

Thank You

Thank you to all those who “rode for Tracy” this morning in Collingwood. A special note of gratitude to Alan Lo for organizing.

  1. VISIT: Visiting hours Monday to Friday 4pm to 9pm and weekends 11am to 9pm. She will really need visitors on weekends at Lyndhurst. Send an Email with “Visit Tracy”in the subject line
  2. WRITE – the old fashioned way – to Tracy. She doesn’t get to read your posts. Send cards, notes and pictures to ATTN: Tracy Kyne, 121 RANLEIGH AVE, TORONTO ON M4N 1X2
  3. GIVE –You can donate online with PayPal or visit any CIBC branch and tell them you’d like to make a donation in Trust for Tracy Dort Kyne to this account: #00002 / 60-47599.
  4. FUNDRAISER: BREATHE & MOVE for TRACY – Sunday October 23rd – 10:00 am (90 mins) Moksha Yoga Uptown To register email: Holly hchapman@astral.com
  5. FUNDRAISER: Group Fitness at the DUNFIELD Club – Friday November 4th – 3 group fitness classes – stay tuned for more details.
Find the joy in each day!