Thursday, September 14, 2006

More Prayer Time

Katy finished her update last night at 10 PM and I read it thinking about how much I loved just being home and calm all day. Then at midnight Katy started complaining about her chest hurting. She was also shivering and had a fever. I quickly checked her PICC line for infection and her arm for swelling. Everthing seemed fine. So I thought about what I was seeing and went to my computer to check on drug withdrawal symptoms. Sure enough, I read the withdrawal symptoms of the patch she had been wearing for pain, and she had most of them. I am so thankful for the internet. By it we are able to get the help we need from the National Institutes of Health, stay in touch with family and friends, and look up helpful information in the middle of the night allowing Dr. Davenport and her associates to sleep! We put another patch on Katy since we still had two left and within a couple of hours she had calmed down and slept the rest of the night.

Today our doctor worked out a “step down” plan for coming off the pain medication, but we sure would appreciate your prayers in this matter. We are hoping for the least amount of disruption to Katy’s system. This evening we also started the tapering of the TPN allowing Katy to be free from the nutrition line for 8 hours tomorrow. She is very much looking forward to that.

We have mentioned before that we use the time of wakefulness in the night to pray. We have had many opportunities to pray for the Larry Fenzel family. Larry was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Leukemia and passed away last Thursday. This wonderful husband and father of 7 will be greatly missed in our community and we are also praying for Katy’s new HPS friend, Candice, who at age 26 has been diagnosed with liver cancer. There are many needs, not just ours, and we are so thankful that we serve a God Whose arms are great enough to carry us all in the hard times.

We started our prayer times at the hospital to get us through the night. We began by praying for all the elderly people we knew and loved. During another painful sleepless time we prayed for people raising small children. One night, Katy and I prayed for four hours for friends who had broken families and for friends who have children now in heaven. We continued by praying for the broken and the broken-hearted. I began doing this to keep Katy’s mind off her pain and when we talk about those times now she remembers the praying rather than the pain. We know that this situation we find ourselves in will bear a lot of fruit. Sweet prayer time with my daughter is only one of them. As my friend, Linda, prayed today, “There is always fruit produced in the valley.”

  1. linda kochendarfer Says:

    Adam and I are sitting in the camping trailer while it is thundering and raining outside. We are at 7800 feet elevation. We took a walk today in Bryce Canyon where the elevation was 9100 feet! We are glad you will be off your TPN for 8 hours tomorrow. We are heading back to Phoenix in the morning. Adam says to say hello and he hopes you feel better soon.
    Mrs. K and Adam

  2. Candice & Crystal Sipe Says:

    Hi Katy!

    Isn’t it amazing how we are blessed with the gift of prayer? Prayer is such a powerful tool. It’s hard for us to understand why we have to deal with illness. Especially when we are serving the Lord. We know the Lord is in total control and that he knows our hearts and he knows our needs. He sees the other side of everything. Even though we don’t know the outcome of these situations. God does and he has a bigger and better plan for us and we just need to remember to have faith and put all our trust in him. We are so excited for you. What an encouragement to be getting weaned off the TPN. I’m sure you’ll be glad to be free for 8 hours.
    Hope you have a WONDERFUL night. It is after 12:30am AZ time, so I must be getting to bed. Talk to you tomorrow.

    Love your sisters in Christ,
    Candice & Crystal

  3. Jess Lankford Says:

    Dawn -
    Thank you for the post about prayer time! You have reminded me to look to heaven when things aren’t going my way. It sounds trivial - and I’m embarassed to admit it - but I’m a ‘chronic whiner’ and you and Katy have done so much to remind me of God’s goodness…even when I don’t see His hand immediatly! God is producing much fruit - in those who you come in contact with - just by you sharing your lives on this blog! Thank you for being open and vulnerable in a day and time when there is definitly not the norm!!

    I love you guys!

  4. Karen Tillman Says:

    Isn’t it funny how docs tend to forget to mention the tiny little things like withdrawals!!! I guess they hope it doesn’t happen so they don’t mention it. I know you are right about the prayer and thinking of others. The one thing a hospital brings to my forefront is that there is always someone down the hall in worse shape. I think that is what has alwyas gotten me through the tough times. Keep looking up and all this will be over before you know it!!!

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