Thursday, March 08, 2007

Walking off the stress

My friend, Linda, has been my walking partner for nine years. She and I have a two and a half mile stretch we walk at least three times a week unless the weather is really bad. We’ve been through many pairs of walking shoes! In just a few minutes she will pick me up, walk with me, and we’ll talk about the latest developments in our lives. But the most significant thing happens in the last half mile of our walk. Several years ago one of the houses in our walking neighborhood burned. The family of six had been on vacation so the fire was well out of control before the firemen got there. The family lost nearly everything so Linda and I started praying for them when we passed their house. Then we began to pray about other things. We’ve prayed each other through some tough challenges and words can’t express how joyful we are when we get to walk and talk about all the answered prayer! Today will be the same. We will pray for Katy and hope that tomorrow will be better. Today every cell in her body is in pain.

Paul and I looked into transfusion side effects and believe that Katy’s body is at war right now with all the platelets that were friendly toward her just a few days ago. We don’t know what to do for her but pray. She can’t even tolerate being touched. When she received her platelets last Saturday I looked on the bag and it said, “Volunteer Donor Washington DC.” When I told Katy, she said, “Well if these platelets give me any trouble they may be from a democrat.” She had us all laughing. In spite of the pre-op pain, she was able to keep a sense of humor. We are praying that the same sense of humor will continue to give her moments of relief until her body is healed. Thank you all for praying.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest Katy,

    I am so sry to hear that you are still suffering so, and will do just as your mom and her friend Linda, and continue to pray you through. God bless and take care of you during this time of suffering. And I am sure somehow all this will glorify Him
    Love Always
    Karen Tillman

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    It hurts just to think about Katy’s pain. I send up a prayer for her every now & then throughout the day - and night, when I wake up.

  3. Oma Collmus Says:

    Dear Katy,
    What tears of joy we shed on Sunday. As soon as I returned home from church I turned to your news. Aunt Jackie was here and we hugged each other with such happy news. Now a few days later we are saddened once again at your pain. I will continue to pray that the reason for your pain is found and you will be painfree once again.
    Are you interested in watchng birds? I have many bird feeders and with all this nice snow I have been kept busy filling my feeders and bird watching. It does help to make you happy when you seen such cheerful and fiesty little creatures in this cold environment!
    Much love,

  4. Sarah Meador Says:

    Sweet Katy and Dawn,

    I rejoice with you at the dear gift of friends and prayer that surround you always. I am however saddened that the pain has returned and that you are in discomfort once again. :( God is continuing to work and He is restoring and refining you even through these dark days. I am forever amazed at your ability, Katy, to always bring a smile to someone’s face even when you may not feel like smiling yourself. :)

    “But HE said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

    Continuing to pray for you, my dear friends.
    Much love,

  5. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I’m sorry to hear about this awful setback, and I’m sorry that I can’t offer the religious comfort that you value. For whatever it’s worth to you, I’m thinking about you and I hope that things get better for you soon.
    Cousin Mike

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