Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tuesday Night

It’s late, and we just got home from the hospital. Our friend from Wellspring, Colleen, is spending the night at the hospital with Katy. We left with hesitation because Katy is experiencing some more heart problems tonight, but the nurse said she would keep a close watch on things and call the physician in if necessary. She was doing well all day, then had to have a new IV line placed in her jugular vein for her antibiotics. Her arm veins would no longer work. We aren’t sure why Katy is having this trouble with her heart, but it started as soon as she received her antibiotics in the new line. It was all very exhausting for her. We prayed for her strength to return tonight while she sleeps.

As Anne mentioned today in her comment, this is such a roller coaster ride for all of us, physically and emotionally. It is heartbreaking one day and thrilling the next. It sends us to our knees one moment, then raises our arms heavenward in praise the next. Because of Anne’s word picture, I did see all of you on the ride with us! That is what makes the Christian life so exciting. We experience a lot of ups and downs, but we are never alone. The Savior is there promising He’ll never leave us, His angels are there to protect and defend, and our brothers and sisters in Christ are there to intercede in prayer. We have experienced all of that. I thank God upon every remembrance of you. Your prayers are carrying us again tonight.

I would just add that we were particularly moved by the comments tonight. Betty, although we have never met, we are so thankful that you and your husband found comfort in reading about Katy’s journey with Jesus. We thank God for Brad, another valiant hero, now enjoying the pleasures of heaven forevermore. And “when we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be; when we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    You are never alone. That is so comforting!!
    Today I filled up a stocking for some little girl, so she’ll have a good Christmas. It’s a project a group at school was working on. I had such fun filling it!! I put some of my Beanie Babies (they’d never gotten much love ’cause I had too many of them!), a bottle of bubble bath that is in the shape of a princess, a little “glamour” package–lip gloss and fingernail polish (pink of course!)–2 pairs of gloves, pink and off-white, and of course, a book. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
    I thought you might enjoy hearing about it. I’ll let you know how many stockings we fill–I’m so excited and can’t stop wondering who will get mine and if she’ll love it. :-)
    Hope you sleep well tonight!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. David and Lizi Says:

    Dear Katy, Dawn and Paul,
    We love you guys and are praying that God will strengthen your heart through the ups and downs.
    “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.
    Love Lizi and David

  3. Laura Griffith Says:


    You and the family are in our prayers. Lorien is having her surgery Thursday. I’m getting a little anxious…I can just imagine the agony ya’ll felt after learning that your heart is not doing well after such wonderful news the day before. A roller coaster, indeed!

    In Christ,

  4. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Campbell Family,

    I trust that daybreak finds Katy in much better health and spirits today than yesterday. While I agree with Dawn that the Christian life is a roller coaster, I would like to add that without Christ life is an even bigger and even a more hopeless roller coaster, as the question becomes who or what do you trust in to carry you through. I guess having gone through all this HPS stuff myself, I couldn’t imagine doing it on my own without God and the love of a good family. Katy you are loved by a family you haven’t even met yet, and I can hardly wait to meet you, and share some time with you and your family. If you are feeling weary today, just keep on leaning on Jesus as he will carry you through always. Take care, and I will try to check in tomorrow, but I will be at the hospital all day, so don’t worry I will be checking on you via Heather if nothing else.
    Love Always and in Him
    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

  5. Jess Lankford Says:

    Hey Katy and Dawn!
    Thank you so much for letting me visit with Katy this morning - it was so much fun! Although I didn’t get much work done - it was refreshing and I wouldn’t have traded it for a minute!! I enjoyed reading Spurgen and I’ve added “Morning and Evening: Daily Devotions” to my Christmas wish list! ;)

    Love ya!

    For those of you who haven’t seen Katy in the hospital - it is an amazing experience. When I left the house this morning, I was nervous - since this was my first vist to the hospital. But my fears were relieved the minute I walked in the door. They have created a little sanctuary in the midst of the hustle and bustle of a hospital…Where God is freely discussed, praised and talked to. Dawn and Katy were sitting on the bed together, talking quitely as I entered. The friendship and closeness that these two share is inspiring and very cool to watch! It was really neat to learn about some of the big lessons that Jesus is teaching in their ‘classroom’ as they have dubbed the hospital room. Several nurses came in while I was there and it was interesting to see how they interacted with our spunky friend. They all knew her and commented to me how she was really sometihng else - I smiled and said “I know!” I was really blessed by my visit - we chatted about what God is doing and how He is being glorified through all of this…Katy prayed for my kids and their salvation…we laughed at how she was becoming such a little medical expert…it was great! :)

  6. Carson Kistner Says:

    Dear Katy,

    Even though I haven’t been writing, I read your blog daily to see how you are doing so that I can pray specifically. Because your mom mentioned a person named Betty that you all haven’t met, I went to the comments today to see her remark and discovered that she was someone I knew years ago at Trinity! I remember hearing from a mutual friend that she and Bob had lost their beloved Brad. Wow! I can see how this blog thing brings people together as family, especially when our bonds are in Christ.

    I have been memorizing Psalm 46 which begins with the familiar words, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” As I have meditated on the words, “ever present help” is the phrase that keeps riveting my attention and bringing your recent experiences to mind. I thank God for His ever present help in trouble, for you, dear one, as well as for myself.

    Thanks to your family for your strong and faithful witness to the power of our Lord Jesus.


  7. Dawn Ives Says:

    Hello Katy,
    I have been thinking about you and praying for you. I love all the encouragement you give to others. Today I was reading and this verse just made me think of you.
    Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. IS 41:10
    What a grip God has on you. Isn’t that AWESOME!
    Bob and I are going to Florida today I’ll be thinking of you and hopefuly checking the Blog. (If my dad’s computer is working) I will be reading the book Heaven by; Randy Alcorn. You have sparked my interest in that subject. I’m praying for strength for you and your family. Especially your sweet mom. I love you and hope to see you when I get back. I still want to come over and scrapbook with you. Let me know when your ready.
    Love, Dawn

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