Those were the words the night nurse greeted us with this morning. Paul and I went home last night after Katy had settled in with her blood transfusion going smoothly. About thirty minutes after we left, her heart rate began to slow and then fell so sharply she lost consiousness. For the next four hours the hospital emergency response team worked on Katy to try to regulate her heart beat and keep her going. She remembers waking up to a room full of people caring for her, and the presence of Jesus keeping her from feeling any fear.
Meanwhile, Paul and I slept soundly at home. I woke up at 7:30 this morning and thought, “Well, no calls from the hospital, it must have been a good night.” So again the Lord was merciful to all of us. Throughout the day, Katy’s heart rate fell off at times and she was seen by a heart specialist this afternoon. He has ordered a test for tomorrow and there are a few more things her doctors are wanting to look at before trying to reinsert a feeding line. It is all in the Lord’s hands. Our confidence is in Him.
During the day when her heart rate dropped I thought humor might pick it up a notch. So I asked Katy if we could play a small trick on the nurse. She wanted details and I asked her if when the nurse brought in her IV drugs I could ask if she was hanging a bag of flatulence (the drug is really called Flagyl). Katy howled with laughter. I worded it another way, “Katy could really use a bag of flatulence about now.” She giggled and laughed and with her head under the covers she huffed, “Mother! Don’t you dare!” It got her heart rate up just thinking I might. Then she reminded me that darling Kristen Dunker had just recalled in a recent comment that I had taught her “Charm” class several years ago. So I didn’t do it. If tomorrow she is still having trouble with her heart pumping too slowly I’ll read her this post. I know it’s a bit crude, but her laughter lit up my heart.
A friend from Missouri came by the hospital today. She was visiting her daughter in Annapolis, Maryland. She and her daughter drove nine and a half hours round trip just to say they loved us and to bring flowers and two rolls of fruit flavored lifesavers for Katy. It was such a sweet and amazing thing! God has blessed us with the dearest friends from the very beginning of our married life. We have been surrounded by precious people like that, and like you, who read this blog and pray. I was dreaming the other day about how it would be when Katy is well and we could have a big BLOG reunion. I’d love for you all to know and meet each other because you are so filled with the goodness of God. But then, that is just what heaven will be like.