Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday March 31, 2007

Paul told me this morning that it felt so good to go to the harp concert last night to just sit there holding hands. It was comfortable, like coming home after a long day and putting on a favorite sweat suit and slippers. After the concert, Colin and Jenn had us over for tea and apple crisp. It was a real treat. It was nice to go out with our Mom and Dad and share the evening with them as well. They bought a CD of harp music and had it ready to pop into the car CD player for the drive home this morning.

Dan and Julie came to the house and took care of Katy while we went to the concert. Her pain medication is given every 2 hours again. We have seen her take a downhill dive in the past two days. It happens so fast. I took care of her during the night. I woke up to Paul and Paul Burton standing over me grinning this morning. They thought I needed a break so Paul Burton took me to Lynchburg. We went shopping to find me a new pair of walking shoes. He bought them for me as an early Mother’s Day gift and then took me out for lunch. It meant so much. I was listening to him chat with me over lunch, while four young women at a nearby table kept glancing our way (at him). He didn’t even notice. I once heard that the true character of a man is revealed in the way he treats his mother.

We won’t know the results of Katy’s blood tests until Monday, but through the help of a friend who has a tremendous amount of knowledge in pain management, a recommendation to change her medication has been made and we are going to start that right away. We have a special prayer request. We’re asking the Lord to move the “mountain” holding up Katy’s Remicade treatment scheduled for next week. The insurance company hasn’t approved it yet. The GI doctor’s office called and asked if we would consider canceling the Wednesday appointment we have for the infusion. By faith I said, “No, let’s keep it and we’ll be praying!”

We are looking forward to a beautiful sabbath day. The red bud and dogwood trees have bloomed early this year, and it is a delight for the eyes. It makes the drive to and from church feel worshipful. Dan and Julie will be here again tonight and through church tomorrow so that Paul and I can join our church family for worship. We’re so very thankful to our friends and family. Thank you for coming in when the going gets tough. It is a precious gift to us.

Comments:
  1. Patricia Says:

    It has to be so hard….my heart aches for you. And yet, your roots are deep and you’re drinking from the well and you know that He will meet you wherever you are in whatever needs you have.
    You’re word descriptions sound so Marriage Encounterish … you learned and practiced well!!
    Please give Katy a hug for us. We love you all!!
    Patricia

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    Paul and Dawn and Katy - we have seen many miracles in Katy’s life, but I have been reminded of something happened in a former church I attended. It was in a Wednesday night Bible study, and our pastor said, “We’d all like to see miracles, wouldn’t we?” One man said a resounding, “No!” His reason? He had just seen a miracle in his family; his young son had a bad blow to the head, and was unconscious for many hours, and they didn’t know how he was going to come out of it. They feared he would not be mentally right. They were ready to perform surgery if he didn’t regain consciousness by a certain time, and just before that time was up, the boy regained consciousness, was completely alert, and suffered no ill effects. The point his father was making was that if you need a miracle, something awfully bad must be wrong. He didn’t want to need any more miracles - and I’m sure you’d all be pleased if Katy never needed any more miracles in her life. But I’m likewise sure that you are thankful that God is there with His miracles when they are needed.

  3. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Oh Katy,
    I’ve been so busy the last couple of days I haven’t even had time to get on the computer or check your site. I’m so sorry you’re having a rough time again. My heart aches for you!! I pray that the Lord will bring you comfort and freedom from the pain and weakness. I’ll also be praying that you’ll be able to start the new treatment too. I’m sorry that you couldn’t make it to your concert–I know how excited you were. Keep your chin up and we’ll keep praying!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    In line with what Doris said, I remember reading in one of C. S. Lewis’ books that he had never seen any super-natural creatures, or the Lord and that he didn’t really want to as they always came in times of real crisis or tragedy. But yes, we are so thankful for the miracles when we have need of them.

    Katy, my heart aches for you! I pray God that the insurance will indeed be granted, and in one of God’s super-abundant ways. I just saw an example of that yesterday, in fact! My Chinese friend Pei-ti manages a salon for a friend in downtown Seattle. She called me up in the middle of the day so distressed because the employees where stealing her product - a bottle missing every day, and money from her wallet - $180. at one time. So she was looking for someone to put a lock on her little wooden cabinet for her. I knew Tony could do it in a minute, but he’s down with a bad cold, and it would take a couple of days. But I prayed with her, she was feeling so frustrated, just divorced a year ago, she said “my husband would have changed done it in a minute”! Well, later that eve she called and said “Tony doesn’t need to put my lock on”. because an old man with no hair had come into the salon, and wondered why she didn’t recognize him! He was an old friend of the family, but she knew him with hair! He thought she was looking sad, and when he got the story he said “I OWN this building. I have a shop and a carpentar upstairs. I’ll get him to do it for you - no charge”. Well!! I said to the Lord, that’s almost overkill! But that’s what our God says: “I OWN THIS WORLD. That’s easy, I’ll get the people to do it. NO CHARGE!” So we trust the one who owns the world!

    Love and prayers, Aunt Lil

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    Just wanted to check in and see how things are going. I am really anxious, as I am sure you are to hear the results of her blood tests. You guys have been through so much, but through it all you’ve remained steadfast and faithful. You truly have to be admired for that. Know that I am continueing to pray for Katy to get better, and that all the things you hope for go well.
    Love in Him
    Karen Tillman

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey there…..just checking in to see if the test results are in. I hope that they shed some light on what’s up so that it can be corrected and you all can get back on track. I’ll check back later….grin!

  7. andrea russell Says:

    Katy below I found your song. I hope you enjoy it!!!
    Love and Blessings
    Andrea

    http://heaintthroughwithmeyet.wordpress.com/video-blessed-be-your-name/

  8. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m sure you all had an exhausting day. I hope the blood work was helpful, and that maybe there was a break on the other issues today too. Katy, you’ve been on my mind all day!!!!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday March 30, 2007

The night was so good I was sure Katy would have a better day. However, she is not better. I have an appointment at three o’clock to have her blood drawn to check for the root problem. The issues of muscle tightening and bone pain have prompted this action. Katy is not very responsive today but that is typical when her pain level climbs. We are trusting in the One who made her to heal her. The lab reports will likely not be read to us until tomorrow. We have been brought to the place of surrender again, and only through discipline and obedience to God’s word we will all keep our hope fixed on the right thing.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:1-5

Comments:
  1. Sandy Says:

    You are all in my prayers. I hope the test results reveal what’s going on and some stability is ahead.

    That Romans text is always close to my heart. Hope does not disappoint. Hang in there.

  2. Sheena Says:

    Hi There:

    I am sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well again Katy, my husband and I are praying for you up here in Canada as well.

    I mentioned last time I wrote about my brother Kirk and ya know as I read your blog it just feels so very familiar to me. Kirk went through quite a lot the same as you are Katy, Kirk is 36 now and is doing pretty well, in fact he was at the hospital to check in with the doc who saved his life more times then we can ever thank him for yesterday and he had a good appt. You know tho he went through so much of this trying to get his electrolytes balanced and it took so long, as you said they don’t always come out in the results of the bloodwork. Anyway I guess what I am trying to say is hang in there kiddo, you’re not alone and we are all behind you. If there is anyhting we can do to help from here just ask ok.

    Sheena King

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    I am so sorry that Katy is having such a bad day today. Please let her know that my thoughts are with her as well as my prayers. I do hope that the bloodwork will reveal something that would help all of you to cope with this better.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  4. Sally Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I am so sorry that you are not finding relief. I trust that it is coming. I pray for you and your family daily. I know that God will give you strength.
    Sally Ludwig

  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    It seems so strange that just as a treatment seems to be working, it fails again, or new symptoms crop up or old ones return. It almost seems as though Satan has a hand in this, trying to break you very dear ones. I’m glad the magnesium treatment helped for awhile. Lord Jesus, please help the doctors find the way, or please give Katy another bit of respite in Your arms. Strengthen Dawn and Paul with your all-sufficient loving strength and grace. We know that “all things still work together for the good of those who love you”, but at times our faith needs Divine strenthening. Touch each of their hearts with a mighty miracle of joy, the joy of your Holy Spirit being poured out for this specific time of trial, so that the JOY of the Lord will be their strength. I ask you Father, in Jesus’ Name.

    Aunt Lil

  6. David and Lizi Says:

    We continue to pray for you all. We never know what a day or night will bring. Our hope is that you will turn the corner and start climbing the peak out of this valley!
    Love David and Lizi

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Thursday March 29, 2007

Katy had a rough night last night and through today. Her electrolytes are not balanced and short of drawing blood every few hours, it isn’t possible for me to know how to help her. She is still hoping to go to the concert tomorrow night. She said she doesn’t really remember too much about the last twenty-four hours, so that is a blessing. She is longing for a little normalcy that lasts for more than two days. We pray for that, too.

I am so thankful for the comments you’ve left in the past few days. They continue to bless and encourage us. We are all beginning to feel the physical effects of HPS, even the care givers. We thank you for praying for the whole family. We need it so much. God bless you as you continue to live for Him and serve Him with gladness even when things are hard. Love, Paul and Dawn

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well once again. I will be praying about the concert - I know that would be such a blessing & who knows? Maybe God has another miracle in store for you guys to do that! I was reading before a girls’ Bible study this evening and came across this verse and thought of you: “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11: 22-24 I shared your most recent health miracle with the girls when we got to this verse and they were all so encouraged to hear that steadfast prayers DOES bring miracles! Just know that you are a blessing even in the midst of your pain, and know that God is still using you (by “you” I mean the whole Campbell family!) as a blessing to other people. Continued prayers for you… our Father is faithful. In Love, Aleah

  2. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy, Dawn and all, I can hardly bear to hear of this new struggle, and I can’t imagine how YOU all can bear it. I only know that He has promised each of YOU strength for YOUR day. I pray that every moment you may each feel His strength, strong and sure, over and under and around and all-sufficient - loving and kind and planning the BEST for you in His Eternal plan.

    “When we have exhausted our store of endurance; when our strength is gone and the day is half done; when we reach the end of our hoarded resources, our Father’s true giving is only begun. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure, His Power has no boundary known unto man…and out of His INFINITE RICHES IN JESUS, He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.” Much love, Aunt Lil

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I really do hope you feel well enough to go to the concert, as we all know that music soothes the troubled soul. We will continue to pray for progress, and healing.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  4. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy and Dawn,

    Something to make to smile… I had a wisdom tooth pulled on Monday, and since then my face has been a bit swollen and very sore. I’m sporting a bruise to the right of my mouth. I tease David that people are going to think that he gave me a punch! I asked him if I could use makeup to give him a big false black eye so at least folks will think I won! haha! But, through this minor blip in my appearance and comfort, I have been thinking about you and all that you are enduring, and it squelches any desire I may have to complain or feel sorry for myself! I pop a few Advil and move on! Thanks for keeping me honest! We love you all!

    -Jennifer

  5. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy! I really, really hope you get to go to the concert. Here’s a funny HPS concert story. When I was in college and my bowel issues were really bad, there was this concert I was just dying to go to. The singer was well-known in the area (although he’s from your neck of the woods.) I was excited because I got assigned to cover the concert for the campus newspaper. The line to get in was really, really long. We had to be there hours before the show.

    Wouldn’t you know my stomach started cramping with that horrible pain. I knew I was I going to have a diarrhia blowout! A friend got out of line with me and we walked all around the concert hall trying to find a way in so I could use the bathroom. I felt sicker and sicker, in more and more pain, sweat dripping. We found an open stage door but the lady chewed us out for trying to get in. We explained I was ill and she relented.

    When I got out of the bathroom who was in the hall but the singer. He asked me what I was doing back stage and I explained. He was so nice. He let me stay with him backstage so I wouldn’t have to go stand in line feeling so cruddy. And, he gave me an exclusive interview! HA!

  6. Sandy Says:

    Oh boy, I hope today is a better day. Electrolyte imbalance can make you feel so awful (been there many times!), and it is hard to know what to do. Hang in there. And I hope it’s possible to go to the concert! Music definitely is healing. You all continue to be in my prayers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Katy and I just finished washing and pressing all the clothes we just bought. As part of her bedroom clean-up and re-do we went through her closet and packed away all the clothes that will fit again after the Prednisone is no longer being used. We have found some really pretty things and have just had a total wardrobe make-over. The reason I am writing about this on the “Medical Update” is that Katy is feeling really strong again. She has been able to help around the house a little more and is feeling better than she has in a long time. The magnesium still has to be monitored, however she only needed one extra dose yesterday and today.

Some of you have written and wondered how Katy may have too much calcium in her bloodstream. The doctor visiting us on Sunday suggested that the Prednisone is causing calcium to leach from her bones into the bloodstream. Together with the supplements she was taking to prevent bone loss, her calcium levels were probably too high. Although the calcium she was taking is supposed to be balanced with magnesium and vitamin D for better absorption, it was not balanced well enough. Sheena from Canada wrote that her brother experiences this same thing and needs extra magnesium every few weeks. It is nice to know there are others out there with a similar story and Katy doesn’t feel like she’s the “only one.”

This Friday evening there is something really special coming to Roanoke that Katy wants to attend. Please pray that she will be able to attend a music concert at Hollins University. If you are in the area, please join us! Our family will be attending, even Grandmom and Granddaddy. The publicity poster for the concert reads as follows:
“Rarely has Irish and Scottish music been heard together in a way that compares with the music of Grainne Hambly and William Jackson. Besides contrasting and complementary harp styles and sounds, their concert will include concertina, whistle, and bouzouki. Hambly and Jackson have taken the harp to a whole new level and perform a varied program that will blend the Irish and Scottish traditions.”

“Masters of the Celtic Harp” Hollins University (Talmadge Hall) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, 2007. Admission is Free.

Comments:
  1. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    Dawn and Katy,
    The couple you are going to see at Hollins was in Bedford 2 weeks ago. I was able to see them and thought they were delightful. You will be entertained and will leave the concert feeling very “mellow.” Katy, I’m so glad you’re improving; I continue to ask God to allow you to come off the steroids smoothly. Have a wonderful time this weekend and let me know how you like the concert.
    Love,
    Mrs. K

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Wish I lived close. Sounds like a great concert!!!! And thanks for the comment on the blog Katy….yep, it was just one of those days.

  3. Lisa Uotinen Says:

    Hi Katy and mom and dad…I’ve been reading your blog for several days now, but Trisha has kept me up to date on your condition for several months. I went through some rough times recently and somehow you all ministered to me, without you even knowing it. I felt a sense of support just knowing that someone besides myself was suffering, and you were being Biblical and godly about it, which prompted me to also “put on” holiness and righteousness, etc. Thank you all. I’ll stay up to date on the blog now!

  4. andrea russell Says:

    Katy, Dawn…I am so happy that you are feeling better Katy! Praise God!

    I hope you dont mind that I blogged about you on my blog, and linked to your site. But I want more people to pray for you. I want to reach as many people as I posiibly can to support you in this!

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea

  5. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad you’re feeling better. We’ve been praying for you each night in our family devotions. I know the Lord is doing a great work in and through you!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Raising An Orphan

May 27th, 2007

After four-and-a-half years without the securities, boundaries, and affection of parents, our Katy entered our lives like tumbleweed in a windstorm. With poor vision and never having anything to call her own, she came into our lives grabbing greedily at life and all the trimmings. Our first film footage of her after her arrival in the United States is standing in front of a trash bin at the airport in Washington loading her little bag from India with used and discarded paper cups and cans from an open trash can in the terminal. She thought she had hit the jackpot.

My heart cried out, “Little one, if you only knew what is waiting for you at home, you wouldn’t be stopping here to collect trash.” My heavenly Father spoke to my heart with His first clear message for me about my own orphaned state apart from Him. “Dawn, that is how I feel when you fill your life with meaningless things, when I know the plans I have for you.” I can’t look at the footage of Katy’s arrival without remembering His first lesson.

We had to adjust to the fact that Katy didn’t speak our language and therefore we gave her grace as she began to learn a new set of rules. One morning we were all seated at the table eating blueberry pancakes. She ate hers with obvious delight. Before we knew what was happening she hopped onto the table, crawled full speed to little Paul Burton’s plate, grabbed his pancake and stuffed it into her mouth. He looked up in horror while his pancake was being devoured by the little pancake thief. After a few more of those episodes we tied her to her chair. From her perspective I’m sure she felt the annoyance of restraint, but we knew that her behavior needed to change before she was ready to handle freedom. I again heard that still small voice saying, “That’s a picture of learning to live within my loving restraints.” God lavished His love on us when He gave us His word to hide in our hearts that we might not sin against Him. I saw a visual reminder that His restraints bring us freedom from the burden of sin.

After we had lavished on Katy every thing she wanted or needed, including a new name, and some restored eyesight with surgery and glasses, she told us one day that she was ready to go back to India. I was speechless by her callous ingratitude for all she had been given. I knew she had a very hard life in India, but she also lived there without the new rules, which she decided she didn’t like. She thought going back to her former life was preferable to living by a new set of standards, no matter what she had to give up. To our dismay she went to her closet, got her bag, and started packing. I was sitting on her bed watching her pack thinking, “Lord, did it hurt this much when I walked away from you as a teenager? Did it feel this horrible to watch me throw away every good gift you had given me only to grab for something I deemed better?” I knew the answer. I know He grieves when we grab our lives out of His hands, and say, “Thanks, but no thanks!” My little orphan was teaching me more about my own orphan tendencies and I had to confess to my Abba Father that I was sorry for doing the same thing to Him.

One day when I was at the end of my rope, hanging on by a thread, I knelt down inches from her face and said, “Katy, we adopted you. We love you. We want you to love your new life and your new home, but we can’t force you. We have taken you into our hearts where we love you, protect you, and want the best for you, but you have shown us that you do not enjoy that. Would you tell us when you want to be our little girl? We will keep loving you, but when you are ready to adopt us, let us know, and we will celebrate. We would be so happy to be accepted by you.”

Over the next several weeks we reminded her how much we wanted her, and finally, one day she came to us and said, “I want you to be my parents. I want to be your girl.” There was a big celebration that day. I wrote up a proclamation for Katy to sign. She claimed us as her parents and we had her signature in very large seven-year-old printing! Our orphan had finally come home. Her heart and attitude changed dramatically. She became cooperative and seemed remorseful when she made bad choices. It took a few years before she was willing to adopt us, but when it happened, she began to take delight in pleasing us. This lesson speaks to my heart the most because it is the gospel message.

I was a spiritual orphan, adopted by a Father whom I am only just beginning to understand a little. He has loved me when I behaved in unlovable ways. He has held me in the safety of His wings when I was so frightened. He has been patient with me while I learned to speak His language. I love Him because He first loved me, and held on to me while I kept Him at arms length. He shows me grace while I become adjusted to His Rule in my life. Through the miracle of adoption, Katy and I are no longer orphans, and I pray without ceasing that I will no longer behave like one.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

Comments:

  1. Donna Wilson Says:

    Dawn, what a beautiful parallel! I am home from Georgia and hope to see you and Katy soon. I am so happy that she is s-o-o-o much better. Love you, ~Donna~

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    What a great object lesson! And how far Katy has come since those days! I thank God for the day Katy came to live with you and be your little girl. How many lives she has blessed!

    Aunt Doris

  3. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Wow, Dawn! Preach on! I remember you telling me that one sees the gospel so clearly when you adopt a child. Your patience and loving perseverance with Katy is surely a picture of God’s patience with us! The image of little Katy clammoring across the table and scarfing down Paul Burton’s pancake will give me chuckles and smiles for a long time!! Thank you, as always, for sharing!!

    -Jennifer

  4. Helen Mast Says:

    Thank you for reflecting on a time in the life of your family that I remember and shared to some degree. I will never forget Katy when I first met her…so delicate, so fragile. What a blessing she was in those years that I saw her on a regular basis and what a blessing now. I remember some of those early meetings at school when we all worked together to try to plan her educational program. We used pictures because she didn’t know English very well. That was a challenge because she didn’t see very well! I distinctly remember trying to describe the difference in a dog and a cat. We had some fun times!
    Helen

  5. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    Thank you for posting this wonderful peek into your lives. Thank you also for carrying it to the conclusion of how much we hurt our Heavenly Father when we do exactly what Katy did to you.

  6. Jennifer S. :) Says:

    What a neat post!! Thank you for sharing those life lessons as well as the glimpse into Katy’s life. :)
    Jennifer

  7. Bob Cirba Says:

    Bring tears to my eyes, why don’t you, Dawn? (lol) Truly, this is a magnificent, yet succinct story that should be *must* reading for all adoptive parents. There is great wisdom here, the type which could only be sent by God. Many blessings, Bob

Monday, March 26, 2007

Believe it!

There is a word that is used quite often in our culture. The word is “unbelievable.” Whenever something of an unusual nature occurs we hear “unbelievable!” or “no way!” The story you are about to read is “believable” and the Lord himself has made “a way.” We know this is news that will make you smile.

Saturday night and Sunday were torturous for Katy. Without warning her fingers and toes would begin to curl up and her entire body would be gripped by what we call a “charley horse.” This continued happening into the night Saturday so I set a timer to go off every three hours to get up and give Katy muscle relaxers to keep her half-way comfortable. On Sunday afternoon, in spite of how drugged she was, and how little sleep we had, we prepared for our Sunday night small group. Katy complained of muscle pulling and back pain so we sat her in a comfortable padded chair near the table where we were having our Bible study.

Only one other couple in our small group could come Sunday night, which is very unusual. However, they brought their visiting friends from North Carolina to join us for the evening. Their friends are happy grandparents to seventeen grandchildren. He is also a retired surgeon, who spent four of his years in medicine doctoring in Afghanistan. He also served on several medical missions teams to Haiti and Uganda in recent years. He takes his wife along with him, and as he ministers to the sick, she witnesses to the lost.

As our prayer time started, I looked at Katy and saw that she was in trouble. Her hands and arms had curled and she couldn’t move her jaw to speak. Our guest looked over and in a quiet, very gentle voice said, “I’ve seen this before. Katy is having a reaction to too much calcium in her bloodstream. She needs magnesium.” He took his fingers and tapped along her jaw line and asked if it hurt. She shook her head to indicate that it did. I went to the cabinet and found magnesium capsules, broke one open, and we began to work it into her mouth. After about an hour she was able to “uncurl,” open her eyes, and talk to us!

After that I watched for signs of muscle tightening and gave her more magnesium right away. The difference in Katy today is remarkable. She has been enjoying the past few hours and rode with me over to the hospital to pick Paul Burton up at the end of his work day. After all those times she suffered with that problem in the presence of medical people, no one had identified it because it is so unusual. Lab tests did not reveal the imbalance.

I am very sure that when our guests packed for their trip to Virginia, they had no idea how the Lord would use them. Many people have been praying for Katy. They have prayed that “a doctor” would be able to figure out what was wrong when her symptoms were so unusual. On a Sunday evening, in our own home, the Lord brought a stranger to our door who had the answer for us. This is the first time we have ever heard of a doctor making a house call on a Sunday evening, sent by the Lord. We thank Jim and Lynda for inviting them, we thank their friends for coming, and we thank all of you prayer warriors who BELIEVE! Therefore I tell you whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    WOW!!! Again I’m amazed at how wonderfully God works. What provision and mercy!! I’ll definitely be thanking Him for that tonight. I pray that your week continues to get better!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m so glad Katy’s feeling better. This begs the next question - why is the calcium out of wack? That’s very interesting.

    Katy, how’s the redecorating going? I was grinning about your stack of magazines from the library. Working on magazines I sort of see them like books - I can’t stand to throw them out because I know all that goes into creating them. Plus, I love to look at the pictures over and over again. My mom subscribed to Country Living the entire time I grew up and I loved looking at the pictures. In my early 20s I used to subscribe to a magazine called Victoria. I think it went out of print because I can’t find it anymore. I let my subscription lapse because suddenly every issue was everything white, white, white - and it got boring. But, you’re project has had me thinking about redecorating. Well, more like dreaming. Grin!

  3. Sheena King Says:

    Hi There:

    I am really happy to hear that you are feeling better Katy. I haven’t written that much but have been following your blog every day. I was one of the girls who was on the phone when we called you from conference this year. I live in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada actually.

    When I read your blog the other night and it mentioned that you were having muscle cramping it reminded me of my brother Kirk. He was very sick for a long time with his Crhon’s and finally had an ostomy in March of last year. But he too had the same thing happen to him while on a little outing with my mom at the hospital, his just curled up and couldn’t move, that’s exactly what they did for him, got him back to the hospital quick as he was an inpatient anyway and they pumped him full of magnesium. He still up to now uses an IV pump at home every few weeks to give him self a boose of his electrolytes when he needs them. They don’t really know what causes his lytes to drop either but they do and Kirk knows the first sign when his hands and feet start to cramp that he needs his lytes rebalanced.

    I just wanted to share that with you so you guys know you’re not alone in all this, we are all behind you and are all very happy that you are feeling better.

    Take care
    Sheena

  4. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Thanks for sharing another faith-stregnthening miracle with us. I’m becoming more aware of how God uses ordinary means to accomplish his purposes. An ordinary visit, an ordinary doctor, with medical training & experience, an ordinary Sunday night small group meetting. No flashes of light, no unusual event at all. Just an answer to prayer by an extraordinary God. Praise Him.
    Trisha

  5. Sandy Says:

    Oh my, how God works in wonderful ways! What a gift He gave you all, and such a simple remedy too. Prayers continue!

  6. Jes Says:

    Wow - there really isn’t much more to say is there?? I’m so thankful that God has heard our prayers and brought Katy some much needed relief! What an interesting thing - that in your previous quote you said ‘we can’t take her to the doctor for every little thing’ - and God brought the doctor to you! :) He knows EXACTLY what you need and when you need it!

    Thank you for posting - it really is a faith strenghtening thing to watch how He is working in your lives!
    Jes

  7. Gene & Shirley Murphy Says:

    Katy,

    What an incredible story! Don’t you just love stumbling onto something only to discover how provedential it was? Magnesium. How simple. God is good, isn’t He?

    Please know how much “fodder” you are providing for those of us who wish to share Jesus with others. Nothing speaks more to an unbeliever that true life stories of how God meets the needs of His people. I will be glad to share your life with others and how God continues to reveal Himself in incredible ways

    In, through, and for Him are all things,
    Gene & Shirley

  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Dawn,

    Our Lord is so glorious! I know He placed those particular good folks in your home to witness what was happening to Katy. He is hearing our prayers and answering in wonderful, awe-inspiring ways. I just wish so deeply that you didn’t have to go through this - any of you! We at the Walker home pray for your everyday and our Tuesday Morning Bible Study and Sunday afternoon prayer group lift you up in prayer. There has to be a breakthrough soon! I know He is delivered you through this fire!

    Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His! Daniel 2:20

    Yours in Christ,

    Barbara

  9. Karen Tillman Says:

    My my Katy,
    I go away for one weekend, and you just never cease to amaze me!!! I am very curious to who your missionary doctor was, especially since Westover where we go to church supports so many. I guess the big question now is why would your calcium be so weird. I truly would love to know the answer to that. I am so thankful that God provided you with such a unique and special gift this weekend, that’s for sure. The Human Race was a lot of fun this year, and our fundraiser went a little better than expected, especially with so much sickness for people who normally walk with us, but that’s ok, b/c there is always next year, and I will pray that you can visit with us and walk with us next year.
    Continue to believe, and I will continue to pray
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  10. andrea russell Says:

    Hello Katy and Dawn and Family.

    What WONDERFUL, AWESOME news :smile:

    Our God always comes through, hopefully you are now out of the valley and return to the mountain tops.

    Love you Katy and Family
    Andrea

  11. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful example of God’s power and mercy.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Saturday Night March 24, 2007

Katy had two very good days this week. We took advantage of the pretty weather and spent some time outdoors. But today Katy was not feeling right from the time she woke up this morning. She was aching and tired so when we went to the library she was not as interested in being there as she was a few days ago. We came home and she told us that she just wanted to take a nap. We thought she was happily sleeping all afternoon so when I went to wake her up I was surprised to find her unable to stir. I found her in a tight fetal position with all her muscles locked in place. I could tell she was hearing me but was not able to respond at all. I called for Paul and he came to help me with her. Paul Burton was in the house and after checking her over he suggested we try a muscle relaxing drug. I tried to put it in her mouth but everything was locked up. I finally managed to get the drug into her cheek and as it dissolved over the next thirty minutes she began to loosen up. The three of us laid hands on her and prayed for healing. After forty-five minutes she could talk to us and explained that she had been trying to call for help for two hours. So much of what she goes through is so mysterious. We can’t possibly take her to the doctor for everything, so we are just going to watch her carefully tonight and give her medication at the first sign of muscle tightening.

When she could finally ask us questions she asked what time it was. When I told her it was after six o’clock she said, “I am having the missions committee here for a meeting in one hour.” We flew into action and put hot towels on her face and on some of the places that hurt the most. Then we quickly set the table with ice water, swept the kitchen and got Katy ready before the first person showed up for the meeting. At this moment she is in the dining room with five men and one other woman having her meeting! Paul and I have been praying for her strength from time to time for the past two hours. We could hear her reading the minutes of last month’s meeting and reporting on her research. We are thankful tonight that nothing stops Katy. We are thankful tonight that when we saw her in such a condition, the Lord saw it too and has supplied her every need.

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Katy, this is honestly frightening to hear. I am so sorry you have to go through things like this, but it is such an encouragement to hear your response to those things. You are such a beacon of light, a true witness of God’s strength to the world. You are in my prayers tonight! Kudos to the Campbell family for springing into action & relying on the Lord to save the day :)

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    Oh my…this scared me just reading it!! I’m so glad you’re ok and Paul knew what to do. That’s such a blessing to have a medically-minded person around. The Lord has definitely provided for you all in that respect! I hope that things will improve and you will feel better. I’ll be in prayer for ya’ll tonight–especially that the Lord would keep your muscles from locking up again.
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Bravo Katy! I’m so glad you went ahead with your meeting even though you’d had such a scary day. I hope you’re feeling up to church in the morning.

  4. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy, I love how you do not allow your illness keep you from doing the Lord’s work and being a blessing to others! So many people (including me) often allow the issues of our lives (usually much less severe than yours) overrule our desire to keep serving. You and your family inspire me to never cease doing good in Jesus’ name even in the face of adversity. It’s easy to serve with a cheerful heart when things are going smootly. How much more glory God receives when we persevere and continue serving with joy when our circumstances are painful. Thank you all.

    -Jennifer

    -Jennifer

  5. Doris Harriff Says:

    I read this post in our church last night. Afterwards, the pastor asked for more testimonies, adding that that one would be hard to beat!

    Katy, you amaze me time and again! I am proud to claim you as a relative!

    Aunt Doris

  6. Beth Sprankle Says:

    Like so many other of your friends, I am praying for you when I go up and down Laymantown Road, and pass your beautiful house, and when I check the blog and read the updates I am praying for the needs. Be strong and of a good courage…how well you must know that scripture by now….and how well you surely know that the Lord our God is always with you. What a wonderful family God has provided for your care, and for so much love. Praise God for the muscle relaxant working, just in time. Praise God for His abiding presence.

  7. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    Katy,
    What a scary time! I am praising God for your perservance and His steadfast love. You are in my thoughts often during the day; I will continue to pray.
    Love,
    Mrs. K

  8. Laura Griffith Says:

    I’m at a lost for words but want you to know that I’m uplifting you before the Lord. He understands our groanings, how grateful I am for that.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Saying Good-Bye to Helen

I have been given a great gift in my lifetime. I have been on the receiving end of some precious friendships with women who have loved me, taught me, admonished me, encouraged me, and prayed for me. One of those women is Helen. Helen has a tremendous amount of scripture hidden in her heart and is able to speak truth in an instant because she knows Jesus well. In the book of Titus, in chapter two there is a call to older women to teach younger women how to love their husbands and to be “keepers of the home.” Helen has been diligent to teach me by her example and I have had the benefit of observing her life for several years. Not only has she taught me how to apply wisdom to some of the situations in my life, she has shared her wisdom with Katy also.

We stopped by her home today for a final farewell and a cup of tea. Katy and I left her standing at her stairs waving goodbye and we pulled away crying for the loss we feel as Helen and her husband Conley move closer to their family in Ohio. She gave us a few of her books to remember her by. Knowing how much we like to study Spurgeon, she gave us her copy of Spurgeon’s Sermon Notes. We will treasure that.

On the drive home I told Katy that I am so blessed by the number of Godly women who have taught me over the years. When I left home at the age of eighteen to become Paul’s wife, the plan was already in place for me to grow in grace and knowledge. My mother-in-Law taught me how to set a table and cook a meal so that everything was hot and ready to serve at the same time. I appreciated learning to do that and now I love to entertain. I met two wonderful women in New Jersey, Barbara and Mary, who through their Bible studies taught me how to share my faith and how to raise children God’s way. When we moved to Virginia, I met Eunice who taught me how to live and how to die trusting in the mercies of God. After Eunice died, the Lord gave me Helen. Helen has taught me that laying my life down to care for someone is a gift from God. And she has certainly taught me to keep my sense of humor at all times.

I will miss Helen. About the time I was wondering how I would go on without the wit and wisdom of Helen, a woman named Beverly came into my life. A visitor at our church, she was invited to join our small group and the first time I met her I knew she was my next gift from the Lord. She was given a very heavy responsibility in caring for her young daughter, who at the age of eighteen contracted a mysterious illness that rendered her an invalid and eventually took her life. When Beverly looks me in the eye and states, “Dawn, even if it doesn’t seem like God’s grace is sufficient, you will one day look back and see that it was,” I believe her. Her words bring me courage and comfort.

I am certain that Helen will be given another “Dawn” in Ohio. Her ministry will continue. One thing I pray for the younger women in my life is that they will be able to glean something of use and value from me, as I now have become as scripture says, an “older woman.” They will have the benefit of all the wisdom my “Titus 2″ friends have passed on to me.

Comments:

  1. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    Dawn,

    With tears streaming down my face, I want to say I have gleaned much from you! Although you are not much older than me, you are much wiser. Thank you for being kind and gentle, yet firm with me when I have needed it. I don’t know where I would be now if you had not reached out to me/us when we lived next door. Thanks for caring enough to share your life with me! My life will truly never be the same. I even find myself now sharing little tidbits that I remember you speaking to me. Isn’t God good to us?

    All my love,
    Amy

  2. Jess Says:

    Dawn -
    I can’t even tell you how much I have learned from you and your family. Watching you all face these challenges WITH Katy has spoken volumes to me about how much God loves me and how He’s in it for the long haul! I’ve been so blessed to call you my friend and to sit at your “feet” and learn. Being a mom is so new to me and there are days when I feel like I fumble my way through it and at the end have more ‘wrongs’ than ‘rights’…but watching how you tenderly care for your family and how you bring your husband ‘good’ not ‘harm’ has been an encouragement - I know Jesus is working on me, the same way he was working on you 20 years ago…that brings me such comfort! Thank you for being a “Helen” to me in these early years….

    We love you!
    Jes

March 22, 2007

We had a very lovely day. Katy did not have to use any pain medication today so she was able to communicate well, and was much more alert. It was such a pleasant day that it felt like the times we used to enjoy. It was wonderful to see Katy up and walking. It was great to see her in lipstick ready to visit a friend. She has written about that on Katy’s Musings. I am so grateful for all the hours of enjoyment we had all in a row! I’ve told the Lord several times today how much I appreciate seeing Katy’s strength return. It is sweet and we cherish the time.

Comments:
  1. LInda Burk Says:

    HI..all is well here..I am excited to see pictures of your new room..you and your mom are sooooooo talented……..you can make a little go a long way and enjoy the process too……a gift………..good news that Katie is feeling well…….spring has sprung!!!!!!!!!!!! love, LInda

  2. Beth Sprankle Says:

    Hey there…I’m still following along, and praying. Thank you again for maintaining these posts! I so much appreciate knowing what’s going on, and being able to pray with you all. Every bit of positive news is worth celebrating!!! The powerful faith testimony through pain and trials is such an encouragement.
    I’m still thinking about the “through the valleys” comments from earlier…how Jesus walks through them with us, and how *temporary* they really are. His perspective is so much better than mine, when looking at life in its ups and downs.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wednesday March 21,2007

We had a restful day. I went to work this morning for Paul. We are gathering our tax records and business things together for the dreaded weekend tax marathon. Katy stayed home and had a quiet day. She took pain medication this afternoon and we watched an Agatha Christie thriller. Then in the late afternoon a friend of hers came by and the two of them had some “chat” time. It really lifted her spirit. We are expecting much nicer weather for the rest of the week. We have a little more painting to put the finishing touches on a little shelf for Katy’s room make-over. Then we will take pictures. Thanks to all of you who cheer her on and leave encouraging messages. They are needed and appreciated.

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Ahh Katy, how precious those quiet days at home are. I hope your pain is better today. We prayed for you again tonight in family worship. The Lord will be your strength and help. We pray that He will keep you in His everloving care!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Denise Johnson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    we are still praying for you and always amazed by your steadfast faith as well as your Mom and Dad’s. Hannah and Jacob are keeping me hopping. I’m trying to teach Jacob to read, and Hannah is just learning about anything and everything from new words to sharing and having manners. Luke might be getting contacts, if he can put them in himself, he gets to bring them home from the Dr’s office tomorrow. You would not recognize him, he is getting a deep voice and has let his hair grow shaggy.
    My prayer for you is that God will continuously fill you with His spirit, and give you peace, hope and joy, even now as I type, and every day. You are such a sweet blessing to all those who know you and read about you here on this website. God bless you and be with you!
    love,
    Denise

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy!
    Just thought I’d poke my nose in quickly to say hello. I’m anxious to see the room makeover! Want to come do mine? Grin! I think my doctor will be getting the room makeover, and I think I’m paying for it. Grin! When we go to the docs, they must look at us and grin and think to themselves - job security! HA! I had my scope today and got the CT results from last week. Everything looks good and the blood is being officially chalked up to “one of those HPS things.” I’ll blog about it later - just didn’t feel up to it tonight. I haven’t been e-mailing becaue I wasn’t sure if you were up to a lot of computer “stuff” these days. But, I think of you and pray for you always.

  4. Grandma & Granddad Says:

    Dear Katy,

    We pray and trust that you will have a good day again today. We look forward so much to seeing you every other week, when we come to your house for my harp lesson. It is fun and challenging. Granddad and I try to play our instruments every evening together, even as we did, when I was playing the psaltery. Next Friday, when we come, you may rest on the couch in the music room to watch during my lesson. I must be getting more confident to have you do that, but I know how very much you enjoy listening to music.

    We are keeping you in our prayers. We love you so much. You are a beautiful granddaughter.

    Grandma & Granddad

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    I can hardly wait to see the pictures. I just love room makeovers. Katy, I hope today finds you resting and peaceful once again. Take care and know we continue to pray for you daily.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Tuesday March 20, 2007

The day was warm and breezy here. Katy stayed close to her cot again, but after dinner I suggested we make a trip to the library for some mystery movies and she agreed to go. I was so glad she did because it was just enough of an outing to be refreshing. We brought home eight mysteries including a Lord Peter Wimsey series. We watched our first mystery when we got home tonight and it was a lot of fun to have Paul and Paul Burton join us. Katy is still having times of deep bone pain throughout the day, but we are controlling it better. We continue to pray for better days ahead.

Comments:
  1. Sandy Says:

    Prayers continue from here for better days ahead for all of you! A trip to the library is one of my favorite pick-me-ups!

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I sure wish I didn’t have all this school to do. I’d come watch some movies with you!! :-) I’m glad your pain is a little better and I pray that the trend continues. I’m sure the warm weather helps some too. I can’t wait for 70* days again!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy, I pray that the warm days ahead this week will refresh your spirit and give you hope as you witness God’s renewal of the earth in the flowers and butterflies that are reemmerging. You are always on our minds, in our prayers, and close to our hearts! The kids are looking forward to warm, sunny days at “Katy’s Creek!” I just know that you will be there to join them in a good romp very soon!

    Blessings,
    -Jennifer

Monday, March 19, 2007

Monday March 19, 2007

Today was another pain filled day so Katy stayed on her cot downstairs. I do most of my work during the day in the main part of the house and she enjoys hearing me washing dishes, running the washing machine, and making phone calls. Today the first appointments were made for Katy’s Remicade infusions. They will start on April 4th. If all the insurance paperwork is in order she will begin a series of three treatments two weeks apart. There are risks with this drug. We have researched it. We have had to weigh the risks against the quality of life as Katy is living it now. She wants to go ahead with the treatments with the hope that her body will tolerate the drug. If it does, she should begin to feel an improvement within ten days.

We have read her evening devotions to her tonight. Her eyes have been swollen nearly shut because of the steroids and she hasn’t been able to read or sit at her computer today. We know this will pass, so Katy and I talked today about the trips we want to take, and the people we want to see. One thing we talked about doing is visiting all the churches that have been praying for her. We thought it would be fun to meet strangers who became our friends through all of this. We had some happy daydreams about those things and it helped us both to focus on the future. We have the faith that even though today was tough, God is at work, this will pass, and He is keeping her heart in peace.

Comments:
  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Oh Katy,
    I’m so sorry to hear you had a rough day yesterday. I can imagine how frustrating it can be. I really don’t know what else to say other than keep your chin up and hold on to Jesus. He’s the only One that can relieve your pain and I pray that He does.
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Laura Griffith Says:

    I was reading the blog to Lorien and thinking about what to say. She has gone to her room to “make Katy a picture”. It saddens me to see you go up and down on this roller coaster of life. I do pray the Lord will send you comfort.

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I have to say that coming down off high dose steroids is no fun at all. Oh, and be careful in the sun. I used to feel like my face was on fire if I were in the sun for even 20 minutes or less when I was tapering. My face would swell even more and my eyes would water, and no, trust me, it wasn’t allergies!!! We have pictures of me at my step son’s wedding, and I just looked horrible. I tried to hide from the camera as much as possible. Talk about a self esteem deflation!!! but I knew as everyone always says, “And this to shall pass” I will try to check in as often as I can this week, but our fundraiser for the HPS Network is drawing to an end, and there is much still left to do before Saturday. May you begin to feel better and better with each passing day.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  4. Aunt Lil Says:

    Katy, Dawn and all, I am at our daughter Stefaie’s and she a a very odd keyboard, separated in the middle, so hard for me to use! We’ve been playing Uno with our 10 year old granddaughter, etc. With the others who write you I always hope that I will find that you had a good day, and am so sad when you do not. I’m thankful for your peace of heart and your discipline of mind and spirit to look to the future, beyond the misery of today. The verse comes to mind, “When through the deep waters thy pathway shall lie, MY STRENTH, ALLSUFFICIENT SHALL BE THY SUPPLY! I’ll strengthen thee, help thee and CAUSE THEE TO STAND, upheld by my gracious, OMNIPOTENT HAND.” May you feel that Divine strength underneath you as the everlasting arms that are truly there.

    Love, Aunt Lil

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday Night March 18, 2007

It took all day for Katy to get going but once she did she was able to join us for small group tonight. Our time together was so important. The things we are learning together are shared, and the fellowship is so sweet. Katy is having bone pain, but remains hopeful that her body will adjust to the Prednisone tapers. This evening during our devotions we talked about the phrase, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” Paul made the point that the valley is not where we are forced to stay. The valley is something we walk through on our way to somewhere else. The valley doesn’t last forever. And it is in the valley that the presence of the Lord is near. These are comforting words to ponder as we begin another week with hope in our hearts.

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    What a beautiful point about the trials we endure… praise the Lord that they are not meant to stay! It’s uplifting to hear that you have pockets of peace even through the pain. Continuing to pray for you all.

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’ve often pondered the scene in Pilgrim’s Progress where Pilgrim goes through the Valley of the Shadow. It’s such a wonderful part of the book because even though the way is so treacherous and awful, the Lord brings him through it and as he nears the end of the valley, he sees light. After he comes out, he finds a friend to walk with him and encourage him. It’s such a comfort to know that God takes care of us like that, even when we can’t see the way ahead!! I’ll be praying for a pain-free week!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    It’s been a while since I’ve posted - but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about you all and praying for you! Noah always wants to ’see Katy’ when I log into the computer so this is the first site that we visit when I’m online.

    That is such a great point about not staying in the valley - I know when I’m discouraged, I start to think that the valley is my home forever - and it’s such a lie! :) Thanks for the reminder! We love you guys so much! Praying for less pain and for more fun spring outings!

    Jes

Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday March 16, 2007

Katy was able to cut back on her pain medication today. She just didn’t experience the intense pain as much. The hot soaks are working splendidly! Katy was able to join us in the living room while we visited with some of our extended family. Dan, Julie, and Danae came over to greet Mary Louise and Elaine as they stopped in on their way back to Georgia. Tonight Katy was able to play a game of Settlers of Catan. Colin won the game, but I know she was happy just to have a visit from Colin, Jenn, and Annelise, and be a part of what was happening. It is such a simple thing, but after the many times she has had to be in bed or at the hospital it is just pure joy to see her happy in her home doing all the things she has always enjoyed. We are grateful tonight as we settle in, and see that Katy is doing so well. Our day was normal. So our gratitude for answered prayer is filling our hearts. We are looking forward to the weekend, and hopefully an outing or two.

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Comments:
  1. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Yeah! If you all were here I’d give you a high five! Normalicy, every day things, isn’t it great!!!!! Answered prayers!

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so happy to hear that you’re feeling better. I hope it stays that way! What a delight to be able to get down with your family and “hang out”!! I’m still praying so stay strong!!
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Hey Katy!
    What a nice picture! We are so glad to hear that your feeling a little bit better and were able to enjoy some time with your extended family this evening. How exciting!! We’ll continue to pray for many more normal days. Hope to talk to you soon. Love, Candice & Crystal

  4. Sandy Says:

    What a great family picture! Hooray for normalcy! May God’s peace cover all of you this weekend.

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    Katy,
    It is so good to see you up and about, and I am so GLAD that you can be part of the fun, at least for a little while. Funny story abuot games. when I was 13 and very sick, I was in the hospital for over a month, so now when we play Monopoly….I know how much all the properites are from memory. It makes people that have never played with me marvel, at how I know all htat in my head. Yup!! Board games are the answer to keeping yourself occupied when youa re sick, and it creates a lot fun memories along the way. It’s kind of like the silver lining to a cloud.
    take care
    Karen Tillman

  6. Doris Harriff Says:

    What a nice family picture! It’s so good to see you doing so well, Katy - and I have seen a picture of your grandad that Annelise reminds me of. You have probably seen it yourself - in his (my) mother’s lap, with brother & sister LeRoy & Lois on either side.

  7. Julie Wensley Says:

    Hey Katy! I want to tell you about my friend, Betty. She is a Mentor in our Women’s Bible Study. She has never met you, but every week she asks me how you are doing and I know she prays for you faithfully. She keeps up with reading your blog, and says an extra prayer every time she passes your house. She is a woman of God and a great example to the ladies in her group as well as the rest of us. I just thought you might like to know!

    ~Aunt Julie

  8. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Yea! for hot soaks, games and a day we hope there will be many more of. Great to see pics of Colin, Jenn and Annelise, also Paul Burton. Wonder if he isn’t picking up some female interest with this picture! Have a blessed Sunday, Katy! Love, Aunt Lil

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Creative Thinking

I think it is one of the best things God ever did for me to put me together with an engineer for life. Do you know that anything man-made can be man-fixed when it breaks? This is news to most women and an engineer can usually figure out how to fix the problem and which materials to use to do the job. I knew I hitched my wagon to a star when on our honeymoon we were driving my old 1965 Plymouth Valiant from Michigan to New Jersey and my car broke down in sub zero weather. We were on the side of the road in biting cold weather and Paul had his head under the hood looking around while I waited in the car. About five minutes later, he tapped on my window and asked if I had a bobby pin or barrette in my hair that he could use. I did have one and gave it to him. In another five minutes we were back on the road with my hair barrette holding the choke in the right position to keep the car running and we were on our way.

With that sort of creative thinking we have fixed up a lot of houses, cars, and broken down appliances over the last thirty-three years. Our independence and skill made us think we could do about anything we set our minds to until last July when Katy was very sick and we couldn’t fix it. Of all the research we have done, and all the places we have taken Katy to be cared for, we have had to say, “God give us the grace to let go and believe you will handle this for us.” That is one of the toughest lessons we have had to learn, and I’m not entirely sure we’ve nailed that one down. We pray without ceasing that the quality of Katy’s life will improve. While we wait, God gives us creative ideas to bless her with simple pleasures. The plastic bin “hot tub” idea is working beautifully! The medication change is offering a little more relief for the bone pain. And the new bedroom make-over has lifted her spirits. We’re taking each day as it comes and keeping our eyes open for more creative solutions.

Comments:
  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    I left a note to Katy the other day, telling her how creative I thought the bin idea was. As much bone pain as I have had in my life, I would’ve never had that idea in a million years!!! O course most of my bone pain ran down the front bone in my leg, the name of it is failing me at the moment. GRIN I’m glad things are looking up, and truly hope they continue to improve.
    take care
    Karen Tillman

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring Cleaning

Enough about bone pain! Enough about misery! Here is some good news. Today the surgeon who saw Katy checked her out and said he was surprised at how well she has healed considering the high dose of prednisone she is on. That was praise indeed. He also said she can now take hot baths. Paul measured her last night and discovered that if we bought a big storage bin from Wal-mart that was at least twenty-one inches high, we could put the storage bin inside the bath tub and fill it to the brim for an entire body soak. Can you believe we actually found such a tub today? Katy is looking forward to soaking her bones, and we are looking at recipes on line for detox herbs and spices to mix into the water.

Thinking about ways to distract ourselves from the reality of pain, I decided Katy’s room could use a make over. We have been busy spring cleaning her room and I have beautiful lavender fabric for new curtains that I’ll be making. She has gotten into the cleaning mode and is busy dusting and thinking about changing some of her furniture around. God is good. I have to add that because I asked Him to show me creative ways to keep Katy moving forward and plowing through this tough time, and the bedroom makeover was His idea. I’m thankful for a practical Heavenly Father.

Katy wrote an update tonight. Click on Katy’s Musings for her medical report. She has great news.

Comments:
  1. Sarah Meador Says:

    Aww, what a wonderful day it sounds like you have had!! There is definitely something healing about a nice long hot bath. I hope that you are able to fully relax and enjoy it. :) How exciting it is to redecorate a room together! You must post pictures when it is complete. Your house is already gorgeous, so anything changed will only compliment and add to it. :)

    Continuing to pray for you, my dear friends.
    Love and hugs,
    Sarah

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Ohhhh - redecorating! How fun!!!!! I’m anxious to hear about the plans! What a great distraction!

  3. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad for a more upbeat day. That’s good to hear. I’m sure your room will be absolutely beautiful when ya’ll are done with it and as for full-fledged hot baths? Stuff of heaven right there. :-)
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy,
    Just checking in hoping maybe the bone pain is improving. (And that you’re having fun with the redecorating project!)