Monday, November 13, 2006

Something to Blog About

Picture this; Katy and I were sitting up together side by side in her bed with our heads against the pillow. Then imagine our arms stretched high to the heavens and the words, “Thank you, Father!” flowing from our mouths like a river. That’s what we looked like when the doctor left the room this morning after telling us that miraculously her platelet count was 120,000 (Friday night it was 8,000). This is more than an improvement. This is stunning. It happened overnight. Not only that, but Katy has been very hungry and eating without pain. She decided to tell her doctor this morning that she would like to hold off on the feeding line surgery to see what will happen if she continues to be able to eat. This may be the remission or healing that we have all been praying for. It is in His hands, and we trust Him.

It is so much fun to watch the faces of the doctors who hadn’t seen her since last Friday. When they came into the room today their faces were relieved and joyful! We do not know what the future holds, but these victories along the way are so sweet. No matter what happens from here, we know God has been merciful, and His power has been poured out after what looked like many defeats. It was only yesterday that a surgeon told us not to be discouraged if Katy’s platelet count drops after having been given 50,000 platelets on Saturday. So we had braced ourselves emotionally for numbers in the other direction. This is a victory for all of those who prayed believing. This is a victory, that Katy, through the power of Jesus Christ alone, kept fighting the good fight. We are in awe today. A new IV line was put in this afternoon to continue giving her medications that way. Since Home Health Care doesn’t maintain an IV line at home, we know she will be in the hospital for the remaining 5 days of antibiotics.

The sun is beginning to go down here on the east coast and our gratitude for all of God’s mercies toward Katy is giving Paul and I rest for our weary souls this evening. Psalm 116:7-9 “Return unto thy rest, oh my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. For thou hath delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” vs. 12- 13 “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.”

Comments:
  1. Fairlight Says:

    WOW! Praise God!

  2. Adam Thompson Says:

    YAY! PTL. :-) Thanks for the verses, too.

  3. Danae Says:

    So, I am sitting here at the Coffee Mill, Radford’s version of Mill Mountain, and all I can say is wow. Praise the Lord!

    I’m so sorry I have not been commenting. I can’t wait for Thanksgiving vacation (only 4 days!) because I’ll get to see you!

    Talk to you soon! I love you!
    Danae

  4. Irene Shumate Says:

    Dear Katy,
    We learned about you at Shenandoah Baptist’s missions conference on Saturday. Praise God for hearing and answering our prayers concerning your surgery. What a blessing to read what God is doing in your life. We have been to India several times as we work for the Hindustan Bible Institute in Chennai, India, and we feel that gives us a connection with you and of course because we are your brother and sister in Christ. We will keep praying Dear One. Love in Chirst, Irene

  5. Sarah Meador Says:

    Katy,

    While reading this post the only words that come to my mind were wow and Praise God!!! How amazing it is to hear this great news!! God is so gracious and faithful. It brings a smile to my face just picturing you and your mom visibly lifting praises of thanksgiving! How great is our God!
    “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b

    Still praying with love and thanksgiving,
    Sarah

  6. Sara Says:

    AMEN !
    I think it is so awesome when God uses His power to confound the wise. As we pray for Katy daily, we also have been praying for you and Paul to get the rest that you need. I praise Him for giving you that rest. I read as part of my devotions My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. The month of November has been reminding me of your struggles and how you have been dealing with them with such grace. Thank you for your testimony of faith.I love you all so much and will send some more rice your way whenever you need it!
    Love,
    Sara

  7. Anne Poler Says:

    Katy,
    Praise God for His answer to prayer! “Stunning�? is just the right word for that dramatic increase in platelets. “Miracle�? is might be another. Either way, God is to be glorified. Wow—that’s a HUGE increase.
    I was also thinking about your varied experiences in the past few months: very high peaks, very low lows. It must feel like a wild roller coaster ride. The awesome thing is that Jesus is right there in the seat with you. Thank you and your family for sharing it all with us. Feels like we’re in the seat behind you.
    I’m praying for you all.
    Love,
    Anne

  8. Martha Harrison Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    I join you in praising God for His answer to all our prayers for Katy’s healing!! He is faithful!! I love the way you have used some of the beautiful hymns as prayers. One that has ministered to me during times of heartache and trials is “God Will Take Care of You”. I’m sure you are familiar with it; all four verses reassure us that no matter what, He will take care of us. What a wonderful promise!! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!!
    In His love,
    Martha H.

  9. Ib & Patricia Says:

    A big “WOW” and Thank you, God from Rochester, New York!
    He is an amazing God!!
    Ib sends his love, too, Katy…and is sorry he didn’t get to see you on Saturday.
    We were “braced” for the worst here in Rochester…and the situation here isn’t as dire as envisioned…but we are able to minister to a couple that is really hurting in the throes of M.S.
    Long term illnesses are soooooo draining emotionally, physically and spiritually.
    Stay strong in the Lord…and in His love.
    The Hagsten’s

  10. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Awesome! I”ll second, third, and fourth all the amens! That’s great news!!!! I’m thrilled!

  11. Jennifer :-) Says:

    Katy,
    WOW…I can’t think of anything else to say. I’m in awe of the incredible mercy and kindness of God!!! He’s encouraging me through His faithfulness to you, too. Thank you for being His instrument!!
    With love, prayers, and PRAISE!!
    Jen :-)

  12. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest Katy,

    I was elated to see the wonderful news about your platelets, and the fact that you are eating without pain!!! I know that all this has been difficult, and I also know how sweet it is when prayers have been answered, especially when we have all been praying for you for so long. It seems I mention you to someone almost everyday. Even today I was helping to discharge this young girl who had been hit by a drunk driver Sat. night. She was feeling really bad as her jaw had been wired shut, and she couldn’t eat. I told her not to worry, that food would come soon, and somehow it led to a discussion of how you hadn’t eaten for so long. She thought you must really be an amazing person, and I told her that you certainly were. I wish I could’ve had mroe time to share your story and your strong faith in God as I try to minister without getting into trouble so to speak. I have to be careful, when I talk about God. The only difference between me and an employee is that they can’t fire me!!! GRIN So, I can talk about God with a little more freedom. Now that topic we will table for another day, as that will get me on a soapbox that would take me awhile to get down off of. You keep smiling, and getting better.
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman Regional Coordinator Mid Atlantic USA
    Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Network Inc
    NC phone:336 954 3604
    NY home office 1.800.789.9477
    my email till3604@bellsouth.net
    my website www.myspace.com/karenshpskorner

  13. Aunt Carrie Says:

    Whoo Hoo!

    BTW-Uncle Dave said he had remembered having trouble with his Hickman ports when he had them.

    We sure hope you can continue eating!

    I once gave my sister intravenous antibiotics at home for a cat bite. (They had to put a special port in and teach me how at the hospital. She just needed injections twice a day.) It was a memorable Christmas vacation :~)

    Looking forward to more good news!
    Aunt Carrie

  14. Kristin Dunker Says:

    Wow, news worth blogging about? Yes! And shouting, and dancing, and singing about! Your news lifted my day this morning, and reminded me that God is still concerned about every detail of our lives. I needed that! Ya know, I think I’ve figured out why you’ve been working so hard on this whole eating business this week…Thanksgiving’s only a week and a half away, and some of that turkey and pumpkin pie is calling your name, eh? :-) All kidding aside, I’m delighted that you’ve been able to savor and not dread every bite. What a blessing. I know it is bringing strength and encouragement to your bones.

    Well, I’m off to fight my nightmare of a project for today. I started painting a piece of furniture, and suffice it to say, the paint is winning the battle, and not my will! I’m hoping it will cooperate more with the second coat (faux finishes can hide a multitude of flaws!).
    Love and a hug,
    ~Kristin
    PS-So glad the timing of my “charm class” post saved Katy from some embarrassment :-)

  15. Jillcha/Sidu Says:

    Thank you Father!

  16. Donna Wilson Says:

    Good morning katy. I just wanted to let you know what a blessing it was for me to be with you yesterday. You are one of the bravest people I know. With all the pain you have been through, it was so good to see you smile and eat. (I was also able to witness how needles are less painful when Jesus holds the hand of the nurse :) !
    And,what is so amazing is your concern for my ‘little’ problems and telling me that you would pray for my family. I would love to do lunch again real soon! I love you and will continue to pray for you to be home Thanksgiving for a real meal! ~Donna~

  17. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Praise God, He is so AWSOME!!! What a great example of God knowing what we need when we need it. You guys continue to hang in there, and we will continue to PRAY
    Lisa

  18. Betty Arms Says:

    I have read over your October 15th entry several times. (A teacher at Covenant School first mentioned it to me) The reason it is so special to read over your glimpse into the glory of the heavenly places is because 2 years ago we lost our son Brad in Iraq. We are confident that he is in heaven with Jesus. The really special thing is that your entry was written on my husband’s birthday - it was a birthday present from the Lord to hear about the things Brad is experiencing. We long for the day when we will be together again. Thank you for sharing.
    In Christ, Betty Arms

  19. Cecelia Says:

    Dawn, I pass along greetings from Etheline from “Our Lady.” She asks about Katy & the family whenever I visit. She prays for each of you and wanted me to relay her messages. I told her she was a “Ministry Of Love”, all by herself. After giggling & laughing together and our 2nd hug, she had to leave to go to therapy. But please know we all love you and continue to lift your names up to the Father daily. So happy for the good news!

  20. Grandma & Granddad Says:

    Dear Katy,

    We were so pleased that you had such a wonderful day yesterday. The Lord is surely hearing and answering the prayers of hundreds of people.

    I shared the good news with my Tinkling Belles choir group of ladies today, since they all pray for you, and they were thrilled to tears.

    After the choir practice, I helped Ramona pack the Christmas shoe boxes in her car. Our church has been collecting them. She said, “one of the boxes that I packed is in honor of Katy”. They go to Samaritan’s Purse for needy children across the world. I print off a copy of your blog for her every Sunday morning and any other day that I will be seeing her. You are so special to her.

    We love you dearly and keep you in our prayers and also your Mom and Dad.

    Grandma and Granddad

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