I’m back home now and wanted to give everyone an update.
Katy is still struggling with the pain and some other issues, but she has been able to rest comfortably. As of 8:30 this evening when I left the hospital, she had not had a spasm for about twenty-four hours and she was preparing to read some from a devotional book she recently acquired. For reasons we do not fully understand, she is feeling “safe” enough at UVa hospital that no one is staying with her tonight. This is the first time she has felt that way in the hospital since all of this started in July. Consequently, Dawn is staying in a Hospitality House near the hospital, where she should be able to get some much-needed sleep. As anyone who has spent a hospital night with Katy knows, neither a semi-reclining chair nor half of a hospital bed are conducive to a good night’s sleep! We are very hopeful about making progress at UVa, based on the conversations we have already had with the staff. They will be doing a number of tests over the next few days. We are praying for answers on what is causing Katy’s suffering, and what can be done to alleviate it.
After being told that there were no hotel rooms available anywhere in Charlottesville last night (Saturday), Dawn and I took advantage of my parents’ standing invitation and drove forty-five minutes to their house to sleep. We got in long after they were in bed, and left before they got up, but we got a good solid four hours of sleep and were back in the hospital this morning in time to meet the doctors as they were making their morning rounds. It should come as no surprise that we spent most of this afternoon dozing in chairs beside Katy’s bed.
God’s blessings and answers to prayer come in many ways. During her illness, Katy has been fretting about the fact that the weeds were overtaking the flowers in the flower beds, and the windows in the house really needed to be washed. She was thrilled yesterday afternoon when I told her that a crew composed of people from our church (Wellspring) and Rainbow Forest Baptist had pooled their efforts and accomplished those tasks (even mulching the flower beds and cleaning the house from top to bottom) in only three hours. Thanks to all of you who participated in that effort; you have blessed us greatly. I told Katy I would take pictures of your accomplishments for her. Special thanks to Jennifer Blugerman for coordinating this effort; she is one of the most organized people I know.
When I dropped Dawn off at the Hospitality House this evening before heading home, it was with a heavy heart. This is not only Katy’s first night alone; it is also Dawn’s. She has been bearing a heavy burden, and when I left her alone at the door of a house full of strangers she was teary and seemed somehow very vulnerable. As I drove home, I prayed as much for Dawn as for Katy. She called me when I was about an hour down the road, with the following words that were a great comfort, “I’m ok now. I’ve met the other women who are staying in the house. They are mostly older and they are nice and very wise. We have had a cup of tea together. The Lord is taking care of me.” As our kids have grown up, we have always prayed that whenever we were not available for them, the Lord would provide someone else. He has always done that, and He has done it for Dawn as well. He is faithful.Comments: