This page is designed to share updates with friends and family concerning Kathleen Davey's ongoing struggle to overcome the debilitating effects she suffers from due to a cardiac arrest. Kathleen and her family appreciate your support.

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Friday, March 31, 2006
Two traveling angels
Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.
The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room.
Instead the angels were grudgingly given a small space in the cold basement.
As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,
"Things aren't always what they seem."
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had the couple
let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears.
Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.
The younger angel was infuriated and asked the
older angel how could you have let this happen?

The first man had everything, yet you helped him, she accused.
The second family had little but was willing to
share everything, and you let the cow die.

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and
unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it."
"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith and hope, you just need to trust that every outcome
is always to your advantage. You just might not know it until some time later..
I wan't to know now and hate waiting, but while she is still here she has a chance to fight.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow a mystery. Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present!
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Despite Kaiser's ongoing confusion about Kathleen's antibiotics (they again called 12 days after her fever suggesting she start treatment), Kathleen seems to be doing well. She continues to mend and enjoyed numerous visits from friends and family today.

Kathleen's nephew Jack performs with his band Ferris at Slim's in San Francisco on Saturday. Go Jack!

There are numerous good pictures of the Fresh Choice fundraiser here.

To David in Italy, THANKS, your words mean very much.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Thanks to everyone who came and supported the Global Ischemia Foundation by attending the Fresh Choice Fundraiser tonight.

Kaiser finally called today (apparently there was a mix-up) to let the family know that indeed Kathleen had a urinary tract infection. The family has set up a new procedure with the doctor to avoid such future mix ups.

Kathleen is doing much better, but caregivers noticed a small bed sore yesterday which everyone is taking special attention to avoid putting pressure in that area.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Kathleen is having a great day and seems to be almost completely over her sickness. Remember to please come to Choice Westgate Tuesday night between 5:30-9pm to support the Global Ischemia Foundation. Bring a flyer to give a 15% donation to the Global Ischemia Foundation.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Come join us at Fresh Choice Westgate Tuesday night between 5:30-9pm to support the Global Ischemia Foundation. Bring a flyer to give a 15% donation to the Global Ischemia Foundation.

Kathleen had a much needed therapeutic massage today which helped stretch her out significantly. She has been very stiff during her protracted illness, but she is beginning to get back to normal.

My space has been used by many students irresponsibly, but congratulations to a Saratoga High School student who put together this impressive site.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Still no word from the nurses at Kaiser but the respiratory therapist, our hero, has made repeated visits to come see Kathleen. Her fever has completely broken and her shaking has declined. She is still obviously uncomfortable but seems firmly on the path to recovery.

Help Support Those With Brain Injuries
By Attending the Global Ischemia Foundation
Fundraiser at at Fresh Choice Westgate
Tuesday March 28th
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Still sick with the flu or an infection and a 100.6 temperature, Kathleen was unable to attend the Foothill Talent Show and see her daughters perform their acts. A Kaiser nurse reportedly came Tuesday, but left no message about her status.

Stem cells made the local news today in San Jose. The Mercury News reported that real progress may not be 15 years away as previously stated, but closer to 5-7 when significant testing is conducted.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Kathleen has improved rapidly since Sunday evening. Her fever rapidly broke and her accelerated heart rate has gradually declined to near normal. Mike received a call from a very kind woman (Koo Choo) in Great Britain whose husband (Chris) had a very similar incident to Kathleen. Chris, like Kathleen, was in great shape, but had a freak cardiac arrest came while running alone. Tragically, some of the things the Davey's have researched since her accident which could have mitigated his secondary brain damage were not performed. This emphasizes the disconnect between researchers and hospitals which is one of the missions of the Global Ischemia Foundation to help disconnect. As more and more people survive near drowning and cardiac arrest episodes, it is crucial to get this information out.

Visit Chris' website
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Kathleen has an infection of some sort and is now running a fever. It spiked at 102.1 before receding after being given some advil.

Kathleen is featured in a new documentary on brain regeneration.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Happy Birthday Mikey (Bean would say that if she could). Get better Bean. We miss you and it isn't the same without your laugh, smile, advice, and hugs.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Thanks to everyone who supported the Global Ischemia Foundation this past Sunday by participating in the massage-a-thon. Thanks in particular to Ana and Mary-Ann who together donated over 14 hours of their time to support brain research. Kathleen herself finished off the massage-a-thon with her most active massage in years. She stretched into new positions and demonstrated significantly improved flexibility. Keep working at it Bean.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
New study using embryonic stem cells in humans underway in Oregon.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Little to report except that Kathleen was very verbal today. Samie was excited when at bedtime she asked Mommy to say her name and Kathleen opened her mouth and made several sounds.

Our hearts go out to Kathleen's friend Erin who lost her dad and her sister Sheila who lost her favorite cat.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Kathleen has been doing well since Oscar Night...Probably buoyed by George Clooney's win. :)

New Stem Cell Bank doing well in San Diego. “My embryos may not be the potential third child in my family, but they may be the potential for some other mother's child to walk again, or to live without diabetes or some other terrible disease,” she said. “The big question has always been where do you send them?” The majority of those in cold storage linger there because people have not known what to do with them or how to follow through on their desire to help research.

The fate of these cells and California's $3 billion stem cell research program may now rests with an Alameda County Superior Court judge who will render a decision on Proposition 71's constitutionality sometime after March 15. See article.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Kathleen had a great massage today in which she made several "new" happy noises and participated in a conference call regarding neurogenic diets. In the evening, she experienced the annual Davey Oscar Party with her sister Sheila and sister-in-law Kim and new addition nanny Trisha. They ate hors doeuvres and drank champagne (Kathleen had some Champagne sips too and swallowed) and were served by the men.

Spaces are running out for this weekend's Massage-A-Thon. See Global Ischemia website and contact Please email Mike Davey to participate.
Thanks to Kathleen's cousin Jen and those who participated in the Global Ischemia fundraiser Dance-A-Thon at Jelly's Cafe in San Francisco. Fun was had by all and several hundred dollars were raised to help the foundation.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Severe brain injury can happen to anyone at anytime. Watch "what if?" here.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Kathleen and the family are undergoing some significant changes with their caregivers which is proving difficult to manage. Still, the family agrees that it must be maintained because it is best for Kathleen and the girls. As she was cuddling with Kathleen and watching television, Samie said yesterday, "Daddy, I just love Mommy so much."

Stem cells help patients with Huntington's Disease.

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