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.

  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!!

  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

  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!!!!