Thursday, February 01, 2007

Home before the snowflakes

We arrived home shortly before one o’clock. Katy is doing well. She is sipping fluids constantly in an effort to stay hydrated and was able to eat a little bit at lunch. The upper GI part of the test revealed a narrowing at the base of her esophagus where most of her pain has been. She had a struggle with reflux while swallowing barium, but even that has been recorded and may be more for the doctors to think about as they approach a treatment plan.

We were gone for two days and when we arrived at home Paul had the coffee pot ready for me to turn on. I really don’t drink very much coffee, but the thought of coming home on a cold winter day to a pot of hot coffee and having the aroma fill the house is something he knew I would love. There was a baby gift for Annelise on the breezeway, and clean empty containers on the kitchen counter. Those containers were full of delicious food provided by church friends, and I’m sure the guys appreciated it. All these things together speak to me of the love and thoughtfulness of friends. It is a precious gift and we are all grateful. Katy and I are waiting for the home healthcare nurse to come and give her the IV Rocephin treatment, but after that we are going to turn in for a long winter’s nap.

Thank you Josh and Jess for keeping Ellie for us. Katy and I read the comments and had a good time thinking about Ellie playing with your little ones. Thank you for your prayers and the practical help. Katy sends her love to all of you and has been writing a little bit in preparation for the new website which should be ready soon. Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments. When I read them to Katy during difficult times it is like having cheerleaders in the room.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    I am so glad that you guys beat the snowflakes home. and boy is it cold here!!! BRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrr. Please give Katy a hug from me. If I was there I’d give her one myself. I’ve been through some of those same tests, and let me tell ya they are not for the faint at heart, and that is how I know Katy must have a really big heart. Take care and stay warm, and send some snowflakes our way instead of ice!! GRIN
    Karen Tillman

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m so glad you all are home safe and sound. We’ve got several inches of snow here in Kansas - but I’m grateful it isn’t ice. I can cope with snow, even walking in it - but the ice is just too much! Grin!

    Stay warm! I’ve got a ton of work to do tonight - but if I didn’t have to work I’d be making a big pot of soup tonight! It just sounds so yummy!

  3. Doris Harriff Says:

    I think it is probably significant that they found the narrowing of the esophagus. Is there a way to correct that surgically? I imagine that could make a big difference.

    Hang in there, Katy!

    Aunt Doris

  4. Beth Sprankle Says:

    Katy, I’m glad we didn’t have a snowstorm without you while you were away. It has been said (today) that the winter is yet young. Josiah and I are wondering if the groundhog in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania saw his shadow this morning, for 6 more weeks of winter.

    Rest and recouperate, safe and warm inside. Even without snow to remind us, we will rejoice in knowing that Jesus makes our sin-stained hearts cleaner than the whitest snow. :-)