Saturday, March 10, 2007

Joy in the Journey

Today about three o’clock, we took Katy for a stroll around the yard. There is a patch of daffodils with a couple hundred of them blooming all at once. We picked her a big bouquet and we were thankful for the few minutes she had to enjoy nature. Her pain level is very high. With her big bouquet in hand, we came back to the house. I’m thankful that she has a vase of them to look at tonight. They are the brightest yellow, as though they soaked in the color of today’s sunshine.

Paul and I are doing everything possible to make Katy comfortable. We set the timer to keep up her pain medication faithfully through the night. We’ve soaked her in hot towels even in the middle of the night. One night I asked Jesus if He could see us there in the bathroom trying to relieve her suffering. My heart answered, “I am the God who sees!” I praise Him for writing His word on my heart just as He promised through the prophets long ago. It was precious to find that answer written in my heart! We believe when the time is fulfilled we will see the sweetness of the Lord in everything that has taken place. I talked to the hematologist on call this evening and he gave us some direction to take on Monday morning. He didn’t think Katy’s pain is related to the transfusions, but with a simple blood test we can rule that out for certain on Monday.

By God’s grace there is a pain medication that we give Katy that helps her sleep for two hours before the pain wakes her up. Because of that, she does have times of physical rest. We are also pleased that since her gall bladder has been removed, her appetite has improved greatly. Anything with the least amount of sweetness had been making her sick. Now she is able to eat almost anything, and is especially enjoying fresh blueberries and ice cream.

  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    I was eager for some news today, so sorry that the pain goes on… Yes, “the God who sees “- from the scene of a suffering child and a suffering mother. A sweet purpose to pain sound like an oxymoron, yet it so often is true. Do the surgery, open the boil, spank the child, pull out the splinter - imagine how much sweeter the purpose by the One who is Love, Agape - perfect, unconditional, everlasting… “and when you have been tried, you will come forth a PURE gold…”

    Love and prayers, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Oh Katy, my heart goes out to you right now. I can’t imagine how hard it is to feel so much better after surgery and then go through this pain again. I wish I could say I know why the Lord is allowing this, but I don’t. Just keep your sights fixed on the Lord and His wondrous love, and He will bring you through this. :-)
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hello there! Glad to see you all are doing okay. I was debating about logging into my work e-mail just to be sure I wasn’t missing something. I’ll have to do some reading on the platelet issue - that’s a new one on me, but then again, I’m not a doctor. I’ve never had that kind of a reaction to platelets. But, coming off of steroids can make you sore. I am thrilled to hear you’re eating well Katy!

  4. Karen Tillman Says:

    Daffodills (I call them buttercups) are one of my most favoritest flowers on the earth. I wish I had some in our yard, but alas I haven’t been able to do much gardening for the past few years like I’d like too. But that’s ok, I just look down the street at our neighbors little patch they have growin around their mailbox. I have many pleasant memories of buttercups, as my grandmother had them and would always let me pick them when I was a little girl. How I miss those times with my grandmother, but she is in heaven and someday maybe we can walk hand in hand again to pick more flowers together.
    Anyway, I am so sorry that you are in so much pain, and I wish I knew of something to say to make it better, but I will continue praying, and am certainly glad that your mom was able to keep us updated. You hang in there, and we’ll just keep praying.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman.

  5. Donna Wilson Says:

    It hurts my heart to know that you are still in pain. Glad you are able to enjoy God’s little pleasures; flowers always help to make life better :) Rhonda, Bryanna and I will continue to pray for you until Princess Katy is herself again. Lots of Love, ~Donna~

  6. Martha Harrison Says:

    Katy, I am so sorry you are having so much pain. My prayers are with you, and I hope that relief will come soon! I know your mother and dad would take the pain for you if they could. There have been times that my children were suffering, and it hurt me as much as they were hurting. I sincerely pray there will be a breakthrough very soon!
    The beautiful daffodils are a reminder from God that spring is almost here!! Praise Him for his goodness, mercy and grace! Love, Martha H.

  7. Doris Harriff Says:

    I was late getting my copy of the daily devotional, “Our Daily Bread,” so I have been playing catch-up since yesterday. The entry for March 3 was about Hagar, and the God Who Sees.

    Then, I usually skim through it, reading the poems/hymns/words of wisdom at the bottom - and on the entry for April 15, I came upon this little nugget:

    Why must I bear this pain? I cannot tell;
    I only know my Lord does all things well.
    And so I trust in God, my all in all,
    For He will bring me through, whate’er befall. - Smith

    Katy, I do hope the tests you are having today reveal the cause of your pain and the remedy.

  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Dawn and Katie,

    My heart just hurts for you. We know that the God of all grace, will restore you and make you strong and steadfast - that is His promise! I Peter 5: 10. It is my prayer that this restoration will come soon!!

    I pray for competent doctors, accurate tests, and good, restoring sleep for both of you! Know you are being prayed for in this home!!!

    Love in Christ,


  9. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Just checking in to see how things went.

    Stay well, and get better Katy - that’s an order….grin! giggle.

No comments:

Post a Comment