Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Quiet Day

It is 10:00pm and I’m about to go to bed, but I wanted to update first. Mom says there are friends and family that check this site every day, and being a computer geek myself, I know how disappointing it is not to see new updates on “favorite” websites!

Today was a slow and quiet day, exactly what Mom and I needed. Two nights ago, I stayed up until 4am, because I was having abdominal issues (Mom was with me, so she didn’t sleep either). Once I did fall asleep, I slept in until I felt energized (10am!), so I thought I was okay to go “on with life”. Well, I quickly learned that staying awake half the night is bound to catch up with a person’s body sometime…in my case sooner than later! I woke up this morning instantly knowing that I better keep my favorite blanket near me. Mom and I spent the majority of the afternoon watching movies, or in other words, catching up on sleep. While we both have tasks to accomplish, we recognize that days of rest are gifts from God, so we’re both thankful for the opportunity to sleep today. God knows our needs before we do and directs our days accordingly.

The other answer to prayer for today is my pain level. Yesterday, my Fentanyl patch “ran out”. Ever since I returned home, I’ve been wearing a pain patch that I changed every 3 days. Yesterday morning when the patch expired, I decided not to change it. I wanted to see if I could tolerate the pain without having to take such a strong narcotic. I was feeling wonderful yesterday afternoon when I visited Dr. Davenport, but she said that was not a good judge of how I would do in the future, because the dose lasts in the body for awhile. She said, “Wait and see how you feel tomorrow. Take some Lortab for breakthrough pain, as needed. If you get really bad, just return to the Fentanyl patch”. Today is almost over and I’ve not needed the Lortab or Fentanyl patch! I will take medicine if the pain gets too bad, but for now, I seem to be doing well. This is especially good news, because we lowered the steroid dose by another 10mg this week. Most of today, though, the pain has stayed between 1-3 on the 10 point pain scale….even after enjoying some delicious meals such as chicken and stuffing!

Mom and Dad spent the evening watching a movie together, so I stayed upstairs talking to friends online and emailing people. I have a goal to email everyone who has commented on this Blog. I’m so thankful for the daily prayers and words of encouragement that I want to write to you personally. Be sure to check your inboxes in the coming days, because you might get an email that is NOT spam! Wouldn’t that be a wonderful change??


  1. Julie Wensley Says:

    What a great rainy day for napping. I would have loved to join you! We’re praying for a great night tonight. Sleep well, dear Katy.

    I love you,
    ~Aunt Julie

  2. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    That’s great! We are leaving for the beach soon. :-) I hope to check your blog while we are gone! :-)

    You are still in our prayers & thoughts. Have a great day.


  3. Lael Moreland Says:

    Hey Katy! What a wonderful picture you have up there. I’m sitting at school without breakfast and ready for lunch, and I’m staring at food and thinking of food and….oh never mind.
    Anyways, it was so good to see you for a few minutes yesterday! I wish I could have talked to you for awhile, but I thought maybe you were tired and wanted to go back to sleep. I would do the same! I hope that your day today is wonderful!

  4. Crystal La Brie Says:

    Katy, I am so glad to hear your good news! I hadn’t read for a while so it was great to catch up on your pregress. I pray that things will continue to go well so you be able to have your TPN removed and be pain free. God bless you!


  5. Jess Lankford Says:

    Ahhh your mom comes through for the ‘katy-blog-groupies’! I love it! :)
    I’m glad that you are able to ditch the meds for a while - that is a really good sign! And you have such a healthy perspective on it - if you need them, take them! (That was my attitude during the birth of both kids - and I ended up with drugs and that was just fine with me. I wanted to just ‘try’ and I was able to do that and feel good about it.)
    I’m jealous of the movie watching and sleeping!

    I’ll get back to you soon about the articles - I am planning on working on the newsletter this evening!
    Love ya!

  6. Davey Says:

    Hey Katy, that’s such great news, praise God!

  7. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,

    I am so glad that today went well for you. And pain meds are certainly a drag as most of the time they leave you drained cranky and tired…..add that to the steroid, and sometimes you feel as though you will go insane!!! I am so thankful that you are continueing to get better, and will continue praying for you and your family.
    Take care
    Karen Tillman

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