Last night I could not sleep. Have you ever had a night that your body was exhausted but your mind turned over events by the hundreds, like flipping pancakes at a church breakfast? I finally got up and started talking to the Lord. I talked it all out. I told Him that I noticed a pattern in Katy’s distress. It is always worse at night, just after she has received a lot of medication. I focused. I talked to Him about her heart and how she was feeling as though it were on fire, then her heart rate would go crazy leaving her exhausted. I told Him all these facts and poured out my frustration. Then in the stillness of the night, He spoke to my heart. It wasn’t an audible voice, but I heard it. “Saline.” I felt a surge of energy and said, “Is that it?” And again I felt a definite positive affirmation. So the first thing this morning I talked to the doctor and asked if we could deliver Katy’s medications today with a dextrose solution rather than sodium chloride. I explained that whenever we flushed Katy’s IV lines with saline at home she would always complain of a burning sensation. Now that she has it flowing through the jugular vein it is going straight into her heart.
Her doctor was sure it couldn’t be a reaction because our bodily fluids are mostly salt water, but I was sure that the Lord Himself was guiding my thoughts. Her doctor agreed to try it and wrote up the order. I left the hospital this morning, and at lunch time prayed with Paul about the delivery of today’s medications which were due to start in the early afternoon. We were in the middle of praying when Katy called to tell us she had had her medications and her heart rate was perfectly fine! She was joyful and her voice was strong! I told her to join us as our hands were raised to the heavens again in thanksgiving and praise. All we could do was jump and praise! It was the still small voice alone that had the answer and I was happy to be awake to hear it.
I know that there are medical people reading this blog. You may be wondering how it could be that someone could have a reaction to salt water. I know it doesn’t make sense. But Katy spent five hours yesterday doubled over with heart problems and burning throughout her chest cavity and it started just minutes after her IV was filling with .9% sodium chloride. Today after her medications using dextrose water, she chatted with friends, ate lunch, and had a nap.
There is no God like Him. The wonders He has performed have left us in awe of His greatness. We stand amazed. Tonight I will spend the night with Katy and I feel sure that if things go well she will be released to go home tomorrow. Tonight there will be some more Spurgeon and prayer and we will be thanking God for you. We do call our hospital room our “classroom.” We hope we’ve learned our lessons well.