Thursday, January 25, 2007

Today the symptoms of another HPS flare-up increased. Katy is no longer wanting to eat. Her esophagus is swelling and that makes it harder for her to breathe. This is the fourth time this has happened since last July. I felt overwhelmed tonight when Katy started having trouble getting her breath again. Finding a position to make her comfortable is a challenge. I know it will be hard but Katy will get through this. I just hate to see her suffer.

I looked at the clock. It was around seven thirty, and I was feeling frustrated that this next doctor appointment is not until Friday. I wanted to run away. So I left the house, got in the car, and headed for the craft store bawling my head off! I’m not talking dainty tears here. By the time I reached Michaels my nose was red and my eyes swollen. I had the presence of mind to adjust the rear view mirror and put lipstick on before leaving my car. Katy would have been so proud.

I walked into Michaels and straight into the arms of two girlfriends who had just read the blog. We hugged, we cried, they listened, we laughed, looked at some craft things, and left the store. I didn’t end up finding a thing at Michaels, but what I did find was a gift from God. The encouragement of my friends meant so much to me. I honestly felt like they were there just for me and told them so. With smiles and cheerful waves my friend said, “Now you call me if you need to do that again!” I told her I felt so much better that I might just do that. Friends are great. God sure knew what He was doing when He created us to enjoy friendships. What a gift. What a God.

  1. Marie Rankin-Moyers Says:

    Hi, My name is Marie, I am so lucky to know Katy’s Grand parents Paul and Lucile. I have been reading and praying for you for a while now. Also our Sunday School class “The Homebuilder’s” @ Tinkling Spring continue to lift you all in prayer. I am always impressed by how strong you are. This message touched me especially, so I felt I had to reply. Although I cannot imagine how difficult this is, I really think that this is the best time for the new Doctor to see her. If they can see the challenges she faces, they may be able to help that much more. I think you got exactly what you needed at Michael’s. Friends are the best! We will be praying for you again tomorrow morning at our monthly Sunday School breakfast.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Friends are God’s arms here on earth!!! But when they’re not with you, try hugging yourself as you visualize His arms around you!

  3. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    I have been thinking about friends a lot lately, and that post was so encouraging to me. I pray for Katy often, and will do so for the appointment on Friday.

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m thinking of you guys today leaving for the big appointment. I pray that they’re able to do something that will cause some immediate relief. I wonder if they’ll want to keep you all a little longer than just a short appointment.

  5. Jen S. :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    I hope that you’re able to eat a little today and that the pain will subside. Hang in there, I know it will get better soon.
    Did you see the snow flurries? It was so pretty!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  6. Jen S. :-) Says:

    PS. the new look is great!!

  7. Jenice Pearl Says:

    The Pearls are praying for you, Katy, and family. Thank you for reminding me that God is always faithful and merciful and our best friend. He meets us face to face in our darkest and neediest times to give us hope and to remind us that we are not alone. You continue to inspire me in Him.

  8. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Dawn & Katy
    Let me tell you how sorry I am. I have not checked your sight lately, life
    has just gotten in the way. I feel I have neglected to pray, Katy was doing better and so I let up. I will renew my efforts again. I am so excited to hear that Katy has gotten into that Dr., I will pray that the doctor will see all that needs to be seen to make a good decision.
    Blessings to you

  9. Sandy Says:

    I will definitely be lifting you in prayer for this doctor’s visit tomorrow and improved health and a lot of strength in these days ahead. Hang in there.

  10. Jess Lankford Says:

    Dawn and Katy -
    I’m so sorry that the pain is so bad - but i totally agree w/ the person who said that this is the PERFECT time for the new doc to see her! God’s timing is always PERFECT and this is just another way He is proving it to all of us watching! I’m praying for Katy daily - I want so badly for tomorrow to be productive and for them to whip out some amazing drug that will just ‘fix’ everything! I’ve been praying for a miracle - I don’t know if God has that in store for Katy - but her condition has been teaching me to think BIG GOD thoughts and pray for radical things!

    Pettitioning the throne on your behalf-

  11. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest Dawn,

    Please let Katy know that I am thinking about her, and that I will be glad when she heads to the doc in the morning. I have only had real trouble getting my breath a couple times in my life, and the times that it ocurred it scared me to tears. Which of course is the last thing I needed as that just made it even harder to breathe. GRIN But again, I got through it all with the help of God and with the help of good friends like you described. Isn’t it awesome how God can put people in our path just when and where we need them. Take care and call if you ever need to just talk.
    Karen Tillman

  12. Tiffany Allen Says:


    Hope that all goes well with your appointment today. I continually pray for strength and wellness for you. It’s all in God’s timing and what He has planned for you. Continue to hang in there.


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