Monday, October 09, 2006

RMH Room 1217

We were no longer able to care for Katy at home. Her condition was such that we were unable to give her quality care. She is in terrible pain and it couldn’t be managed without better supervision. Katy is also dehydrated and couldn’t swallow anything. We prayed fervently throughout the night and this answer became clear to us throughout the day today: we must choose life. Katy has begged us not to prolong her suffering. We asked her to trust us and she has agreed to allow us to make this choice for her.

It is emotionally hard being without Katy tonight. As much as we miss her, her sobbing during the night last night was heart wrenching. Paul and I are home for some much needed rest. Dan and Julie are at the hospital tonight staying with her. God Bless them. Tomorrow if her blood work shows she is not fighting a yeast or bacteria infection, she will have a port put in her shoulder for TPN.

We are surrounded with help and emotional support. There are so many who have asked us what they can do to help. I will ask about posting a telephone number of someone from Wellspring Presbyterian Church who could coordinate a volunteer list. If you would like your name to be added to that list for such things as sitting with Katy, making a meal, feeding the dog, checking on our home, etc. there will be a contact person. We are so grateful for the kindness you have continued to show our family and we are praying for you, that you will not grow weary. We can not do this alone.

Thank you for praying so faithfully. We continue to pray, “Father,Thy will be done.” Love, Paul and Dawn

Comments:

  1. Elizabeth Harris Says:

    Praying for you!
    Love,
    Elizabeth

  2. Candice & Crystal Says:

    To the Campbell family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear that Katy is in the hospital. We want you to know we are praying for you. We feel the doctors putting you back on TPN will be the best thing for you Katy. Your stomach needs a chance to rest so that it can heal. We posted on our website asking for prayer for Katy. You hold a special place in our hearts and we love you and miss talking to you. Will be talking to you soon.

    Love your sisters in Christ,
    Candice and Crystal

  3. Aunt Carrie Says:

    Katy (and family),
    We are so sorry to hear this turn of events. We sincerely hope and pray the hospital care can ease your suffering and provide a physical respite.

    Tonight Dave is having a “band” meeting. The Back Burner band is working on a CD and there is a lot of work going in the planning.

    I just got back from taking Laurel and Raleigh to ballroom dance. They have just started another session. Laurel talked Raleigh into being her dance partner after we got back from Virginia. Raleigh gets PE credits (and Laurel partially funded his Game Cube).

    Laurel and I will be attending our church’s Women’s Retreat this weekend. It is a wonderful time. Our topic (continued from last year is “Sheros” (women heroes from the Bible). Hmm what do you call a modern woman who in the midst of her pain thinks of others suffering?

    With love and prayer, (Know that you get prayers from the West Coast long after midnight your time.)
    Aunt Carrie

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Dearest Dawn,
    I read your earlier post at work today, and just couldn’t respond to tell you that while I wish you didn’t have a reason to feel angry, since you do I’m glad you’ve got such a great outlook about it. Too often people are made to feel guilty about their feelings as though by feeling human emotion they’re betraying God. You put into words what I’ve tried to explain to people for years. I’m so glad to know that you can feel what a mom feels, and know that God will be with you no matter what. I’m so sorry to hear about today’s turn of events. I’ve already had someone wanting to send Katy a card. If you could let me know how we could do that I’d appreciate it.

    And to Katy - man, I wish I could talk to you right now. I suspect that you’re feeling very discouraged. I know you’re hurting, and you’re probably wondering if any of us know what we’re talking about. You’re probably wondering if the rest of life is going to be like this, and maybe feeling like if this is the way it’s going to be, you’d just rather not. I hope I’m not imposing my own history on reading what you might be feeling, but I’m guessing that because I’ve been there and I’ve felt that way. Way back when my first bout of colitis happened, and I had to have major surgery etc. to try to deal with it the first surgery didn’t work. I went through all that, the surgery and the horrible pain and losing my colon, and all the blood transfusions, GI tubes etc. and it didn’t work. Day after day would go by, and nothing. I had to go back into surgery again before things started healing correctly. I’m just telling you this to say that a setback doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to get better. It’s hard to know that when you’re in the moment - but I’m not just telling you you’re going to get better to try to make you feel better. I’m telling you that because I believe it. It isn’t something I just say to everyone. I’m telling you this because if I were in your shoes, I’d be thinking, “yeah, yeah, yeah…how do you know.”

    We can’t promise you that when you get better there will never be another flare up, but I can tell you that it does get better. It’s been 10 years since my last serious flare up. In that time I finished college, started a career, fell in love and was engaged (long story), traveled all over the world - if I hadn’t kept fighting, I would have missed out of all those wonderful things. God has all sorts of wonderful things in store for you. I know I’ve told you this over and over, but you’ve just got to keep focused on the big picture and know that it will get better. I’m going to have to find a T-shirt or something with that on it “It will get better.” HA!

    I’ll keep praying for you, and know that there are tons of people out there praying for you too.

  5. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy, Is it selfish of me to want you to live? If so, I’ll confess selfishness, but I am so releaved that you are receiving better pain medication, and soon, nutrition. You have shown me what it looks like to be a follower of Christ, though I should have been showing you, older belioever that I am.Yours is a virulent strain of Christianity that is marked by love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness & self-control. And these qualities are taken to a level that is impossible without the Holy Spirit(hey, even an athiest can show kindness)
    You spend time with the Holy God, and that becomes evident to all who observe your life. Please go on following Christ for my sake & the sake of all whom God brings into your life.
    Love in the Lamb,
    Trisha

  6. Jess Lankford Says:

    To Dawn -
    I’m so thankful that Katy has you for a mother! You have been a piller of strength! Chosing to take Katy to the hospital had to be a hard decision - when you know and feel the pain she is going through - but I affirm you! Your strengh - even when you don’t feel that you have any - has been an encouragement to me as a new mom. Watching the way that you love your daughter - so selflessly, patiently, and tenderly is a sign of God’s love in your life - He is molding you and refining you in this process and I can see His image.

    To Paul:
    You are an unsung hero in this story - you are there for your wife as a provider, comforter and friend. You are there for your daughter - as a father, a caretaker, a friend and a source of support. You have so many demands placed on you right now and I want you to know that the Lord is walking with you, holding you up as you make these decisions for your family. Josh and I want to affirm you, we respect you and honor you as you move forward in these darkest of days. We pray for your leadership and your guidance of the precious family that God has entrusted you with.

    To Katy:
    Dearest Katy - I echo Triha’s words I want you to live because we have just begun our friendship - as selfish as it is - I want to know you better. I love seeing the Savior in you. The fruits displayed in your life are rare, sweet and precious! I want to see more of them, to learn from you as we follow our Lord.

    I know that it’s hard to be back in the hospital again. I know that you are disappointed and wondering if this is the way the rest of your life will be. I am mourning with you and your family - praying for you continually.

    I read a verse this morning and thought of you: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” Hebrews 6:10. I thought about the work you have done for the Lord at the women’s clinic and at our church. I thought about how you have helped many - without evening knowing it. By following your story and watching you live your life, I have been encouraged to live more like Christ. The last part of the verse “…and continue to help them…” is the part where you are at now…you continue to help me strive to be more like Christ. Don’t give up or lose heart my dear friend!

    Jes

  7. Donna Rowe Says:

    What are neighbors for??!! : ) We love you guys so much and we are offering to help with Ellie in some way. She was very good when Paul brought her up here or we could come there to feed her. It is so hard to hear of dear sweet Katy in such pain. We pray the hospital is able to minister to her in more than just the physical. We pray for a nurse to tuck Katy under her heart and be blessed as well.
    All of our love and blessings to you dear Katy! From Donna Rowe for the family.

  8. Crystal La Brie Says:

    Dear Katy and Campbell family,

    I am sorry to hear that Katy is back in the hospital. After I read the blog last night, I prayed for you guys. I was up in the middle of the night and I prayed at that time as well. Katy, as I think about you going through this, my mind goes back to the Mother & Daughter Tea when your mother shared your story and photos of your young years. I remember as we were watching the the photos, your brothers were singing “His Strength is Perfect”. It still give me goosebumps. What a powerful song that is! That song has gotten me through some painful times. I hope this gives you a lift. I will continue to pray for all of you.

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