Saturday, December 09, 2006

Christmas Joy

We have been having a wonderful day. Katy and I have been working on Christmas crafts and having a great time doing it. Fairlight came over last night and made a little project with Katy and that set the tone for today. We have been enjoying all aspects of Christmas this year, but especially the festive decorations and Christmas CDs. We turn on the Christmas music first thing in the morning, and we’ve actually turned on all the lights in the middle of the day just for the fun of it. It makes us feel so good to be at home, with all the familiar things. Julie’s comment from yesterday reminded us that while we are glad there is a hospital in Roanoke, we are grateful that we are not in it. There is no place like home.

We are happy to report tonight that Katy has had a healthy day. While she still needs a lot of sleep, she was going strong by noon and at 10pm she is still emailing friends. I’d like to thank those of you with experience with steroid tapering for advising us. It is very helpful. If there is anything you can recommend for the face and feet swelling please write with suggestions.

We are looking forward to being in church tomorrow. There are so many wonderful things to celebrate. Many Sunday School classes have prayed for Katy, sent cards, and kept up with her progress. We are happy to be rejoicing with you over so many answers to prayer.

  1. Sarah Meador Says:


    Aww, there is truly no place like home! So glad to hear that you have had a good day. :-) It warms my heart to hear of the little ways you all are finding much joy in this holiday season. I love crafts! What a fun past time. You’ll have to post some pictures of some of your creations. :-) Let’s do try to get together over Christmas. I would love to spend time fellowshiping and just being with you. My exams are finished on the 15th, so anytime after that is great! You are such a gift from God to so many of us. Have a blessed Sabath day tomorrow.

    I love you,

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Dawn,

    I hate to say it, but I am afraid Katy will be stuck with what we call a moonface for awhile til she comes off the steroids. Not one of the more attractive or comfortable side effects to say the least, but quite common with steroids. As for the feet, she probably has fluid, and they make them hurt and feel heavy. I was in a wheelchair for several months b/c of the swelling in my legs and feet. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me before now. The only thing you can do without medication is to keep them rested upward. Also not a very productive way to be, but it works long enough that you can get up and start doing things for a little while before the swelling and pain starts all over again. The medicine that is sometimes used, I’d be concerned about for Katy, as she has had enough problems with electrolytes and stuff, and she doesn’t need to lose any weight I’d imagine. That med is what is commonly known as fluid pills (furosomide) The bad thing about fluid pills is that it can deplete your body of potassium, and right now, unless the swelling is just completely something you can’t live with until the steroid taper comes down some more, I wouldn’t highly recommend them. Unless your doctor is comfortable with it. If that is something they decide to do insist on a potassium supplement. And then again, it may not be fluid, but if I were a betting man, and her being on steroids, that would be my thoughts. Like I said try keeping your feet up for an hour or so, then see if that helps. Other than that, I am truly glad that you are enjoying Christmas so much. It is truly a wonderful and blessed time of year.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  3. LInda Burk Says:

    HI…Great news…so glad everyone can enjoy the holiday preparations. Our children will come today to decorate the tree. My students will begin work on the gifts for their parents this week. We visited old friends Friday night at their annual Christmas party.
    We are all blessed. Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!
    Love, LInda

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