We have had the call we were waiting for. This Friday at eight in the morning, Katy will be meeting Dr. Bickston at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. Normally it takes months to get an appointment as a new patient, therefore we know Katy’s need has drawn special attention from those who can possibly help her. We will travel to the Charlottesville area on Thursday evening so that the early morning appointment will not be as difficult for Katy to manage. The timing of this appointment could not be better. Katy is struggling to eat. She was only able to eat about six hundred calories yesterday and that was with a lot of courage on her part.
We spent about four hours during the night praying for others. Morning came and went and we woke up at noon feeling hopeful. Then we got the call from Charlottesville to further encourage us. Actually Dr. Bickston’s nurse said, “We’re working on this case, don’t worry Mrs. Campbell, we want to help your daughter.” As fervently as we have been praying for something like this, we feel very humbled that it is happening. Our hope is in the Lord, and nothing would please us more than to see Him work through the doctors and medications that He has put in place for this time in Katy’s life.
For those of you who have stopped by to see Katy recently I know it is very hard to see Katy in the condition she is in right now. You may be thinking, “Is God seeing all this?” Is He going to get to work here?” Let me assure you that He knows exactly what He is doing. Last night, I had to feed Katy her cooked carrots while she was lying down because she isn’t able to sit up very long. Her job was to chew and swallow while we chatted about various things. During the night she said, “You know Mom, I have come to really appreciate the help I get from others. It used to make me feel angry and helpless, but I can now say I really appreciate the help and mean it.” The things we have learned from this experience would fill a book. We needed to learn it all. Learning to trust God and to let go of everything else has brought so much healing to our lives that our spirits are stronger and healthier than ever. I’ll leave you with a picture of Katy that I love because it captures her happy, healthy spirit. Even when I look at her today, this picture is what I really see. No matter what, she is going to be just fine!