Thursday, November 09, 2006

Settled In RMH

Paul and I left the hospital about 10PM. Julie is staying the night, so we prayed over the girls and the room before we left. Katy was just getting her night-time medications. We took her TPN from home and they allowed us to run it on her quiet pump from Home Health Care. Paul and I left a list of instructions and I’m sure the nurse felt more like the babysitter by the time we left! We even left our home, cell, and work numbers on the white board in the room. Katy may be 22, but she’s OUR baby!

She will start platelet transfusions in the morning. This afternoon was spent getting blood samples from different places around her body to check for an infection site. That includes her Hickman line that supplies her nutrition. The problem with her platelet count being so low is that she is very bruised from every needle stick. After she got settled into her room this evening she sat up and said, “I’m hungry.” Then she proceeded to eat two jars of baby food, crackers, and four ounces of chicken noodle soup. When she finished all that, she said “Now I’m tanked up.” We were in awe! That kind of nurishment by mouth hasn’t happened since the first week in October. I was imagining “the great cloud of witnesses” cheering like we were while we watched her eat. We needed that good news and I’m sure many of you need it too.

Thank you so much for being so faithful in praying. It is carrying our family. We look back and realize that for the past four months now we have been able to manage because the Lord is hearing your prayers.


  1. Sarah Meador Says:

    Keep up that amazing appetite girl!! That’s such good news!! Praying for you as you rest this night. May you have a night of the deep healing sleep that I love to hear you speak of. :-) I’m praying that you’ll be back home soon, dear, all warm and comfy in your own bed! There’s truly no place like home. Sweet dreams, dear friend!

    Much love,

  2. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy!
    The solid food news just took me by suprise this morning - as I’m sure it did everyone else yesterday! You are a girl who likes to keep everyone on their toes! ;) I’m praying for you - this morning my devotion was in Hebrews and as I read about the ‘cloud of witness’, I have never been so confident that there really are others cheering us on as we carry on the work that has been prepared in advance for us. :) You are such an encouragement and a blessing to so many of us! We love ya!


  3. Rich Kochendarfer Says:

    WOW! What next, steak and baked potatoes? Better yet, with Thanksgiving on the way, it might be turkey and dressing. You’re amazing! My prayer this morning is that your infection site will be found and the platelet transfusion will go without a “hitch.” I thank God for your faithful testimony before a watching world. Thinking of you today.
    Mrs. K

  4. Jen L. Says:

    Good morning Katy!!!

    SO glad to hear you ate “real” food! God is working miracles in you and I’m excited to see how He’ll continue working. Praying, as always, that you will be back home and symptom free soon.


  5. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Oh my word, Katy–you ate that much?? PRAISE THE LORD!!!! That makes my day. :-)
    I’m praying for you, your family, and the doctors. I know ya’ll need strength and wisdom, and I hope that the doctors can help you quickly so you can go home soon. Keep that chin up!!
    Jen :-)

  6. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Dawn & Paul,
    What great and mighty parents you are to your wonderful daughter. Isn’t it strange the way all of a sudden she will be hungry and eat. I am amazed at how much God has stretched you and you are still faithful. I know the little that happens in my life and I always feel strung out and worn out. I pray that you will get some good rest and quality time together and with the boys.
    We are on our knees for Katy and for your strength.

  7. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    The “great cloud of witnesses”….what beautiful imagery!
    Pray each of you was able to obtain restful sleep.
    Love and prayers, Ib & Patricia

  8. Laura Griffith Says:

    It was indeed a surprise to hear about your feast. I do hope it keeps you “tanked up” for the procedure you must endure. I pray for wisdom for everyone involved.

  9. Sandy Says:

    My mind keeps going “Platelets, glorious platelets!” in this sing-songy voice! I hope the transfuion went well today. You continue to be in my prayers. God’s peace to you all.

  10. Aunt Doris Says:

    Katy, I pray that the doctors will soon find the solution to the platelets being so low. Glad to hear you are eating solid food! I’m not keeping up with your blog as well as I would like to, because my computer is in the shop, and I am using Mike’s (my son’s). Yesterday I gave a copy of your Mom’s entry “The Heavenly Realm” to great-aunt Mildred & great-uncle Tommy.

    I have been keeping our church up-to-date on your condition, but the last entry I had read before going to church Wednesday evening was the election one. We’re all praying for you, Katy!

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