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.”Comments: