Wednesday, November 15, 2006


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.

  1. Sandy Says:

    Such good news! I love when answers come like that. One time, I was really struggling with my health and prayed about it for much of the night. I woke up in the morning and felt like I had a broken record running in my head that was saying, “Call the doctor.” It wasn’t exactly a soft voice! *laughs* I finally said to it, “FINE! I’ll call the doctor!” And that was most definitely the right course of action.

    I also wanted to say that I can’t have normal saline. I have an endocrine disorder too though, in addition to the platelet dysfunction (that is associated with HPS, though I don’t have HPS). I generally have “free water” IVs or the half-concentration saline (0.45% sodium chloride). So there are reasons that people sometimes can’t have normal saline. I’m SO glad you learned this about Katy!

    Prayers continue from me and from many folks in the HPS group. God’s peace to you all.

  2. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Hi Katy,

    WOW!! that is so amazing. Praise God! I am so glad your mother heard the voice of the Lord. We are praying for you daily. It has definitely been a roller coaster ride for sure and we are all on the ride with you. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, we love you very much. Keep shining your light for Jesus.


    Thank you so much for your encouraging and uplifting comment. We are praying that the Lord will give you comfort and strength during this difficult time. You have been a blessing and encouragement to us and we love you. It is wonderful to know that as brothers and sisters in Christ we can lift each other up in prayer during these trying times.
    You all are so special to both of us and our family, and we love you and miss talking to you.

    Love in Christ,
    Candice and Crystal

  3. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey guys!
    I’m glad that the dextrose did the trick! When I left Katy was excited - she said she didn’t feel even the slightest burning! I was so thankful and just prayed and thanked God all the way home. :)

    I hope you get discharged tomorrow my friend! We are happy to keep Ellie until you are settled and have things under control! Don’t forget to call me if you want me to come sit with you on Monday morning!

    Love ya!

  4. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Hi, Katy,
    I hope you received your hug from me. In case your mom forgot, you remind her. What an interesting classroom you are in; probably not the one you invisioned attending when you planned your “higher education”, right? We’re all learning with you. Hey, that sounds like distance education to me, something I’m considering doing.
    Your mom’s experience with the Lord has been a great boost to my faith as I deal with situations that are hard. I’m learning to keep praying & listening for His voice.
    In the Lamb,

  5. Sharon Pierce Says:

    You Campbell women are so blessed to have a hotline to heaven! God is so good, isn’t he? He is honoring you for your persevering faith and trust in him.
    We hope that you’ll be able to go home tomorrow, Katy. I’d love to come see you sometime when you feel up to it.
    May our awesome God bless you both with sweet sleep tonight.
    Love and prayers,
    Sharon (for all the Pierces)

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    How interesting!!! I’m so glad you all figured that out. Everyone’s bodies have these things about them. For years everyone thought I was a total wimp because I’d have such horrible pain at the dentist, during my first colonoscopy etc. Turns out I have a high tolerance for certian types of pain medications - I can take them and they have no impact on me. It was such a relief when the anesthesiologist told me his suspicions about this last year. When I had my lung lavage I was completely and adaquately medicated. It makes some of those tough procedures so much easier. And it’s nice to know I wasn’t just a wimp. I really was in pain!

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    WOW!! God is certainly watching out for you. That is such an encouraging thing to see. :-) I’m so glad you’re getting stronger every day, and I’m excited that you may get to go home soon!! I need to try to make it up to see you, but right now I’m battling a cold so I’ll wait until I’m feeling 100% again.
    Have a blessed night of sleep!

  8. Lynda and Jim Says:


    Weeks ago I had asked for prayer for you during our class prayer time. I just wanted you to know that the students remember you in prayer. It is a blessing to me to hear them pray for you without any reminder from me. So, just picture eighteen fifth graders who are asking the Lord to bless you.



  9. Irene Shumate Says:

    Dear Ones in the Lord,
    I couldn’t wait until I heard the latest on Dear Katy.
    Thank you for your openness to our Heavenly Father’s prompting and leading. Please tell Katy we love her and will continue to pray for HIS continued work in her body’s healing and His loving presence with her.
    Love, Irene Shumate

  10. Lori Wentworth Says:

    Dear Dawn and Katy,

    It is with tears of praise that I write this to you. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and joys with us all. It is just so awesome to see how the Lord has been your El-Shaddai. Thank you for allowing our Lord to speak through you to me!!

    With much love,

  11. Kendall Pelish Says:

    Thank you guys for keeping up this blog. It’s a real blessing knowing what is going on with Katy. I’m comming in for break next week, and it’d be nice to see you guys.


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