Monday, April 30, 2007

Having a Blast

You would think our house could not possibly be so dirty, but trust me when I say I have not deep cleaned or vacuumed in months. The windows needed washing, screens put back into the windows, etc. Every day that Katy feels good is an opportunity to hit the “to do” list hard. Today we cleaned more closets, hauled trash, and enjoyed listening to the dramatic presentation of At Home In Mitford while doing it.

Lately I’ve heard Katy answer the question, “How are you Katy?” in a new way. She’ll say, “very well at present.” Or, “not too well at present.” That is a good answer because her condition can change so fast. Just because a day starts out painful and tearful doesn’t mean it will remain that way. And for that we are very thankful. We are thankful for every good moment. As we work we have so much fun talking about some of the adventures we had over the past year and what we’ve learned. I love these days. I’m happy to report the bananas are still just what the Great Physician ordered and they are still working well, along with another timed-released magnesium supplement that her doctor found for her. We have so much to be grateful for. Here is a breakfast smoothy recipe that I have found to be refreshing for Katy in the morning. Enjoy one yourself!

In a blender, toss in 1 small banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup lactose free ice cream (or plain vanilla)

1/4 cup soy milk or regular milk

Blend until smooth and creamy. YUM!

Comments:
  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    Sry it has been such awhile since I have posted, but I am still recovering from my hospital stay last week. On the plus side, last week I learned that my PFT’s are in pretty good shape, so that is blessed news for sure. I posted to my blog yesterday, so if you want you can look at it under the caption Club Med and the National Institutes of Health. the web address is www.myspace.com/karenshpskorner
    anyway, love the smoothie recipe idea. Thanks Dawn, I will have to give it a try real soon.
    Gotta run and get some more rest. That’s an oxymoron for sure eh? GRIN
    Take care
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad to read these posts that say you’re doing well. :) I got done with my last final tonight–ever!!! I will graduate on May 11. I got out to my car, sat down, closed the door, and screamed my head off. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be done!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been alternately praising God for getting me through and spazzing out for the sheer happiness of it all. It’s going to be a fun rest of the week as it all sinks in. I’m going to deep clean my room tomorrow and show the world that there really is a floor in there! ;-) I’ll try to get out and see you soon. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :)

  3. Donna Wilson Says:

    Hi Katy, I am on an assignment in Georgia working r-e-a-l-l-y l-o-n-g days, but I still make time to check your blog. I love you and continue to pray for you. Hope to see you sometime later this month. Love you both!! ~Donna~

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Being Honest

I read over the notes I had taken when Katy last spent time with Jesus in Heaven. He told us to be honest in the blog writing about Katy’s condition but to not let people pity us, because everything we are going through will one day bring great blessing. So here with Katy’s permission I will write honestly about Katy’s issues of the past week and you will know why we have great reason to rejoice.

Last week, even with the Remicade treatment, Katy began having profound diarrhea which is typical of the HPS Crohn’s-like problems. Then she started bleeding. The problem became so intense that her electrolyte levels were thrown off, so much so that at times she would start with muscle spasms and I would literally cry out to God and ask, “Please show me which one of the minerals to give her!” Too much magnesium causes extreme fatigue and muscle weakness to the point of collapse. Too much calcium doubles the intensity of the spasms and adds to Katy’s misery.

One day last week just before dinner, Katy suddenly stiffened and her entire body was gripped in a full-body muscle lockup. Paul carried her to the sofa. Her body was like a stiff mannequin. This time her breathing was in short gasps and I quickly called her doctor. He gave us some things to do (blood pressure check, etc). We put a bag to her face to breathe into to get her oxygen level stable because she was hyperventilating, and when her breathing became regular she was able to open her mouth just a little bit. The phone rang again, it was her doctor, and while we were talking, Katy began to repeat “Bananas, bananas, Jesus said eat bananas tonight!” Paul went to the store for bananas. Her doctor, who understands that Jesus is the Great Physician, said joyfully, “Potassium! And the bananas will help with the diarrhea!” After more research he discovered that bananas also have magnesium in them. Two and a half bananas later, Katy was sitting up chatting happily and has had bananas every day since. They are keeping her electrolytes stable and today she is doing great. We had a terrific weekend and have not only captured a few hundred more dust balls, her walk-in closet is being remade into a small office. Now she will have her computer and all her school-related materials right in her very own room. She has a “project” and is extremely happy to have a new goal.

This is such a remarkable change from just a few days ago when I woke up, looked in on Katy, and knew it was going to be a rough day. Katy was crying softly and felt so bad. I prayed for something good to happen for her. An hour later, someone I had not heard from in a long time called and offered to bring the dramatic radio presentation of At Home In Mitford for us to borrow. When she brought it by she left the CDs on the back porch along with a beautiful card and fresh flowers for Katy. Again, I was a witness to the tender care the Lord sends Katy’s way just when she needs it most. His love and compassion are new every morning. So we rejoice over hearing directly from the Great Physician, restoration for Katy, and God showing us His love through a caring friend. That’s a marvelous way to start a new week.

Comments:


  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so glad you all updated. I was starting to worry that Katy had taken a bad turn again (and it appears she had). I almost cried reading that. I got scared at first thinking something bad had happened, and then rejoiced and praised God for creating bananas!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!! His goodness is mind-blowing. I’m continually in awe at His provision. :) Thanks for sharing and for being honest.
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. andrea russell Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    I feel the same way a the person above me..LOL

    bananas who wouldve thought!!!!!!!! :)

    Dawn, you asked me about coming to your small group on Sundays and you have no idea how much I really want to! But I promise you this, whenever I am able to have another car I will be there every sunday night for your group. I love you and your Family so much even though we dont know each other that well yet, but I hope this will change. I am very impressed with your Families faith, and cant wait to get to know you all MUCH better :)
    For some reason I feel so drawn to you guys!

    Love and lots of Blessings
    Andrea

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    It’s a relief to read an update - I had been worried as well! Hopeful that things were just going so great, there was nothing to tell… but also worried. I am so glad to hear about God’s great provision for you — I’m thankful you obeyed Him in His call for honesty. You continue to minister to me (and I’m sure everyone who reads this) by your honesty — I know why He asked it of you — it is part of the power of this blog! My prayers are with you, Katy, for health, and with you, Dawn, for strength and God’s presence. I really plan to come see you soon — I will give you a call in the near future! Love in Christ, Aleah

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Me, too, I was getting concerned, tho I knew from my phone call that Jesus ordered Bananas! And I know they are high in potassium. I have to get my Pastor to read this one. For some strange reason he thinks bananas are God’s worst food! They are wonderful in Africa ’cause even the tiny tots can eat them and they come in sterile packs with the cover to hold on while you eat, in case there are billions of germs on your hands which is mostly true there!

    We are packed and will be out of here by 10 AM tomorrow, Lord willing. :-)
    I’ve sent you the two e-mails we can be reached at while in Brazil, and I’m taking yours, too, and hope to check in on the blog a few times.

    May the Lord, the precious Lord Jesus, lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, PEACE.

    I love you all, Aunt Lil

  5. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    This is the first time I’ve been able to be online since Saturday and I’m so thankful for the update and for our Great Healer!

    We arrived in FL for a much needed visit w/ Josh on Saturday night. The kids were WONDERFUL on the plane - never cried, played the whole time…on Sunday morning - Noah had diarrhea. Sunday afternoon - Lydia started vomiting. We were off to a rough start! But before bed, Noah and I prayed for Lydia…she was just a limp little rag w/ no energy, laying between us. (Josh is working 3rd shift so he was gone while all this was happening!) We prayed for God to help her stop vomiting and to help her have a better day. This morning - she was so much better! Noah and I talked about how God answers our prayers and how He healed her over night and sent his angels to watch over her and help her get better. It was the sweetest moment to see his eyes light up when we talked about how Jesus helped her. When Josh got up this afternoon - Noah wanted to tell his Daddy about our answered prayer. I know you guys can relate to this story - our God is so big and it’s so fun to be able to share that with others!!!! We rejoice with you over healings!!
    Love you!
    Jess

  6. Beth Sprankle Says:

    I can’t read the updates without having my heart touched. Praising God for His goodness, for His presence. Praying for you all today…..

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A rest for today

This morning Katy was not feeling well and has not been up to doing much. I have been in touch with her doctor about some problems she is having. We are so thankful for his help. He is trying to get Katy’s electrolytes balanced and happy. The slightest imbalance causes her a lot of trouble. She wants so much to be up and active but today the Lord has given her a day to rest. She has enough energy to pray and we are doing that from time to time.

I went to a beautiful outdoor wedding last Saturday. Katy wanted to go so much but her health wasn’t stable enough to go. There were so many little children there. It was a real family event. Little girls in puffy dresses ran and twirled around the grounds. Little boys, legs pumping, ran for the swings and outdoor climbing toys as soon as the ceremony was over. I stood for awhile watching them run, jump, play, shriek, and roll. Dozens of children were having a ball in their miraculous little bodies. Everything in working order right down to the last cell. I wanted to find their parents and say, “Isn’t your little one a blooming miracle! Look at them go. Every muscle and cell working together in harmony, and here I stand in awe watching this miracle!” For those of us who live with something other than that, won’t it be something when we are in heaven watching our totally mended children run and leap for joy? I can already tell you that my heart will be so filled up I’ll be jumping for joy as well. I’m thankful for so many things; that this life is not all there is, and that there is something so much better in Heaven with Jesus. That should give us reason for doing a little running, jumping, and leaping, right now!

Comments:
  1. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Yes, what joy to see them running and playing! And the the dear elderly ones that we see getting weaker and weaker and shrunken will be strong and healthy again! Speaking of elderly - the 90 year old lady, Esther, that I had here after cataract surgery yesterday is still having a saga. I took her home after dinner and stayed the night, then to the surgeon for check up this Am. To our great disappointment, part of the cataract had been hiding behind the iris, and with the outside cataract removed, it moved up in front, and I saw the big fuzzy thing in the eye scope - AND SHE HAD TO GO BACK FOR A SECOND SURGERY TODAY! She had to go hungry all day again. I couldn’t take anymore time and I got the church secretary to help me find someone. Later she called me and said that her elderly friend Ruth, 96 years old!!! was going to sit with her there, Ruth’s niece would ferry them in and pick them up. Now wouldn’t you like to have seen the sensation that created, when these TWO elderly ladies with canes totter in to the surgery reception. And in fact, I wouldn’t put it past Ruth (Campbell, by the way!) to have given them an earfull! She keeps everyone in church in line including the pastor, and we love her dearly!
    They both live close to the hospital, fortunately, but I’ve been concerned about them. They were going to make her wait till the end of the surgical day - after 5 pm, but they called to say they were moving it up to 4:30… they had to go in by 3, and I’m wondering if Ruth had something to do with the pushed forward schedule! She still drives short distances, somewhat to our consternation…

    Well, I just got Ruth on the phone - she’s finally home, I guess she held her peace - they had to stay a long time afterward as Esther’s BP was quite high. I thought is was too high when they discharged her yesterday…

    Katy, they need to discover a urine dipstick, or something like that, to measure electrolytes and tell you exactly what is needed at the moment - and I bet God has someone working on something of the sort right now. Our God can do that. Cases like yours ought to give someone some impetus.

    Love you and always praying, Aunt Lil

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I hope and pray that your strength returns and you start feeling better. I praise God for your relentless doctor. It’s wonderful to hear how dedicated he is to helping you!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I’m glad to hear of the rest, though the circumstances are not the best. I’ll be praying for peace for you, dear one. Please be praying for me as I finish up the semester - it’s not too long now, but getting toward the end can be hard! I miss you a lot and hopefully I will be able to see you quite soon. Love, Aleah

  4. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Katy, We kept checking your blog to see how things went today. We have been thinking of you and praying that you had a better day today. Hopefully, we’ll catch you online tomorrow. Love you!! Candice & Crystal

  5. Sandy Says:

    I hope your home is filled with peace and restfulness this weekend. You continue to be in my daily prayers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Strength returns

Katy had another good day. Two days in a row we have been able to do a few things on the “to do” list. We have so many things we want to do that we caution each other to slow down. Katy has had very little pain today in her bones and muscles, so she helped me move furniture. I don’t know what it is about us, but when we feel like taking charge of our life we move furniture and try a different look. I guess we feel it is important to have control over some little thing or other in this life. Maybe it goes all the way back to the garden when Adam and Eve were given the authority to take dominion over their surroundings. Katy and I have been taking dominion over hundreds of dust balls and loving every minute of it! Happy spring cleaning to you, too!

Thank you, Lord, for the little things we can control. We feel your pleasure as we work around our home. We joyfully accept this new strength as a gift from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Ahh! New arrangement! My roommate and I did that just last week - even with only 4 weeks left in the semester, we just needed that little change… and oh man, did it turn out to be a big change! We both love it and breathe a little easier in our new surroundings :) hope the change feels good… were you able to enjoy the nice day?? Hope you can get outside while it’s warm! Love in Christ, Aleah

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I’m so relieved that your pain has subsided. I’m thankful to hear how you’ve been up and about. It must feel wonderful to have that painless strength! Praise the Lord for all His mercies!!
    Enjoy this beautiful weather, darlin’!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Hello everyone! The kids and I are back from Charlotte where we took part in the Walk to Cure Diabetes with my neice, Emily. We had nearly 60 walkers in “Emily’s Entourage!” It was a great day and a pleasant weekend spending time with my brother and his family. We’re glad to be home and have also been spring cleaning while David is on “vacation.” So far, David has redone our master bathroom with the help of Larry Harding (new vanity top, toilet, floor, mirror), plus we replaced our mailbox, trimmed trees, and are cleaning out closets, our basement, garages, etc! Some vacation, but it’s stuff we’ve needed to get done for a long time and there just doesn’t seem to be time during our regular routine. Like you said, it feels good to move things around and create a new look!

    We are praying for you always and covet your updates which proclaim pain-free days and nights!

    -Jennifer

  4. Bob Cirba Says:

    Katy’s saga has been one of the most inspirational tales I’ve ever read. Your entire family is in my prayers. It’s funny how when times become difficult we can notice little every day blessings to help us through our days. God is indeed good! Love, Bob

  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Wonderful, Katy and Dawn! I got a mist of tears in my eyes with your closing prayer. How precious to you “normal life” is now. I love you all so much and keep you in frequent prayer. And its so special to be reminded that heaven is all around us - just in a different dimension.

    Today I’ve been at the hospital with one of our elderly ladies (90 this fall!) for cataract surgery. She was expecting to go home and be by herself after the surgery! But I thought “no way”, especially after she was feeling nauseated and looked so pale following the surgery. So she’s had a little chicken noodle soup and is resting in bed - and I’ve re-sched. my perm appt. at 4 Pm till 2 Pm tomorrow… and I’ll spend the night with her at her house - she’ll be more comfortable there - and has to go see each her eye doctors at 9:30 and 11 tomorrow AM. Things going not QUITE according to my plan, but its a privilege to take care of this dear saint. I will tenderly fuss over her! She’s one of several elderly ladies that we usually go to lunch out with on Sundays after church, They all adore Uncle Tony, (doesn’t everybody!) usually the only male among 5 or 6 ladies! She has only a nephew and wife who live in north Seattle, and he is out of state and his wife works. Another lady from the church often does such things for her, but she is also away. So its my turn- I can do the perm and get packing tomorrow. Its 5 pm your time, so I’m thinking dinner will be on soon. Here the temps are up to the high 50s today, but yesterday in Rio de Janeiro it was 91! and humid. It should be coming down a little…we hope!

    Love so much, Aunt Lil

  6. Beth Sprankle Says:

    Thanks for sharing the concept of “taking dominion” over dust balls! That communicates! (and there are some here that need to have dominion taken over them!)

    Just wanted to say how sorry we were to have missed seeing you on Saturday at the shower, and to let you know again that we are lifting Katie up in prayer, and also the whole family.

    Praise God for His provision of caring, diligent doctors. Praise God for thankfulness for little blessings that become huge blessings. Praise God for shining through your lives.

    Love to you all,

Monday, April 23, 2007

Less Pain

Today was such a good day. Katy wrote about it on her Musings. I was sure it would be a better day because she has stopped asking for her pain medication. When things are bad, she begins to ask for help before two hours passes. As she begins to recover, she will start sleeping longer between doses and eventually stop asking for pain relief. Today was a no pain medication day. The pain in her body has subsided, and she smiled nearly all day. Her new regimen of vitamin D was started today. It is a very large dose, but her doctor believes it will aid in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. With better absorption she will have less muscle tension and bone pain. Picture her sleeping peacefully without pain right now, and you can probably imagine how Paul and I feel tonight. We are so grateful. We savor these times.

Comments:
  1. andrea russell Says:

    Dawn, I am so happy to read the good news about Katy. Lets pray that this will continue :)

    Love Andrea

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    That’s great to hear! I always hurt for you, Katy, when I hear you are in pain again.

    Aunt Doris

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Pretty Days

We hope wherever you were this weekend you were able to enjoy the wonderful spring weather. We had such a nice weekend. Katy was not doing very well, and could not make it to anything she had planned, but we gave her some surprises. On Friday night around midnight, Paul Burton returned from a wedding rehearsal. He came to the house and we all went up to Katy’s room where she was sleeping and quietly got ready for Paul Burton’s birthday party. We had the cake and ice cream, gifts, and soft lighting, and then woke her up to join us. She was so surprised. We all sat on her bed and talked about all kinds of things. Paul Burton always has some funny story to tell. After an hour we turned out the light and slipped out of her room quietly. The next morning when she woke up the first thing she said was, “That was a wonderful party last night!” On Saturday we made arrangements to put her soaking tub out on the back deck where she could soak her aches and pains away to the sound of birds singing. We filled it up with piping hot water and got her settled into the tub. While I worked on a painting project nearby she chatted with me. It was great to have her there soaking in the shade of a tree, listening to the birds. Paul Burton made the remark that it looked like a “redneck hot tub”. We all laughed, but I got to wondering what he meant by that!

I wish I could say things are great for Katy physically, but she is not there yet. Please pray for her doctor, who has been tirelessly researching ways to help her. He is going to be trying something this week that may give her some relief from all the muscle and bone pain. Pray for his family, as he is investing this extra time on research. We appreciate his help so much.

There are so many things we are thankful for tonight. These pretty spring days are right on the top of our list of praise to our God. I was on the back deck this morning looking into the woods. There is a woodpecker going after an ant colony in one of the trees on the hill. I was imagining banging my nose on the side of a tree for an entire day, and I just had to laugh and say, “Lord, I don’t know how you hold all this together but you sure have given us interesting things to ponder!

Comments:
  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    I’ve often said that God has an awesome sense of humor!!! I am sry that Katy isn’t doing well, and my prayer is that her doc will find some answers to the question we all have, and that is: how to best control Katy’s pain. At this time I request prayer for traveling mercies as I have to fly out at 6:30am Monday for a hospital visit, I am not really looking forward to as there are some questions that need answering, and I am hoping the answers are to my liking otherwise my procedure may not be so pleasant. I will try to keep up with you sweetie, but please forgive me if it is awhile before I post. It will all depend on the time factor, and how I feel after a long day of poking and prodding. I know if anyone can understand that it is you. Don’t worry though, as I will continue to pray for you in my quiet time.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  2. Jes Says:

    Good morning!
    I’m sorry that Katy isn’t doing so well…Dawn - you guys never cease to amaze me with the creative ways you come up with to keep her spirits up and keep your family united! You really are such a great role model for the younger moms! Thank you!

    Josh is traveling this week again - we only have 5 more weeks left and I’m so thankful for our friends who are keeping us going when the days get long! Please pray for us - it’s hard but we are making it! :)

    We love ya’ll! Looks like another beautiful day!
    Jess

  3. Patricia Says:

    Gollu, you are so creative!!

    Living here next to Arkansas, I can elucidate you relative to redneck jokes: people there do all sorts of things in weird ways, from the perspective of the rest of the world (???!!) People from that state are called “rednecks.” Anyway, a redneck hot tub wouldn’t mean she had a red heat ring around her neck. No, it would mean that a tub filled with hot water, outside, not hooked up to any jacuzzi mechanism (hot jets) or even to a spigot or electricity, would be an Arkansas red-neck’s definition of a “hot tub.”

    Patricia

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    Hooray for redneck hot tubs! I wouldn’t mind one of those some days! :-) I’m sorry you’re still not feeling well, Katy, but praise God for a relentless and determined doctor! I’m sure he will find a way to help you. God will guide his searchings just as He guides you each day. Enjoy this lovely weather and thanks for keeping us updated!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  5. Patricia Says:

    P.S. Paulie was just using the sanitized, politically-correct terminology for a hill billy jacuzzi….but it’s PC-incorrect to use the term hill billy these days….as I’m sure those of in the Appalachians are well aware.

  6. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I’m so glad you got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend - it certainly lifted my spirits. I was so hoping to hear you’d been doing so wonderfully better, but I know the Lord has you in His hands and that is always comforting. Praying for you on yet another beautiful day! Love to you all, Aleah

  7. andrea russell Says:

    Hi ,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are not doing well. IF aint one thing its another :( I will be praying for you and your doctor that he will find out what is going on.

    Also I can picture you guys in the yard with the “redneck’ tub…lol

    Love and Blessings
    Andrea

  8. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Well, Katy, dear, you and your family keep soldiering on, waving the victory banner of the Lord Jesus in spite of unexpected “ambushes” and disappoinments. Thank you, Dawn, for keeping the “positive” in brighter perspective, with the surprise midnight birthday party - imagining Katy in a hot tub on a lovely WARM spring day serenaded by the birds - and the woodpecker doing the drum beat, I assume!

    I ache for your continued pain, Katy, but know that Jesus has His wonderful purpose, and the reward will be GREAT in Heaven. I pray for relief soon. “In all our affliction, He is afflicted and the angel of His presence saves us”…something I have quoted before.

    I will probably have a couple more comments, but keep in mind that Uncle Tony and I will be gone to Brazil to visit his family in Rio and our friends from Seminary teaching days in Sao Paulo - from May 1 until May 31. I may be able to get on the blog a couple of times with family/friends there with the ‘net. Then June 7th, Lord willing! to your place!

    Love much, Aunt Lil, for Uncle Tony, too.

  9. Doris Harriff Says:

    Just had to comment on Patricia’s second post - that’s Paul Burton, not Paulie! Paulie is his Dad!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Looking forward

The past twenty four hours have been interesting. Katy was not doing very well, so I called her GI doctor yesterday. I told him Katy was having some severe abdominal issues and he told me that if it got worse to take her to the ER. Well, sometime around 11:00pm last night it was worse. I took her over to RMH and true to form, we were there for hours. The tests that were run determined that she has some things going well, but her kidneys aren’t functioning properly. While it is painful, the results were not enough to check for kidney stones or anything like that. We returned home at 4:30 this morning and I gave her some strong pain medication to help her sleep. She slept four hours and decided it was better to get up and busy herself than to lie in bed in pain. We both got some work done, then went to an antique store where she found a perfect little chair for her writing desk. We went from there to her other doctor where she had a procedure done to find the source of some bleeding issues. It appears that there are some areas where the Remicade may already be at work healing her GI tract.

Looking forward to the weekend, Katy and I are going to have some fun! We have a bridal shower on Saturday. Later in the afternoon we are excited about going to a wedding where Paul Burton will be playing the guitar and viola for the ceremony. The weather looks like it will be perfect for an outdoor wedding! We plan to get out and breathe in the fresh air, because spring has finally arrived here in Virginia. And then there is the Sabbath day. A day of rest. We look forward to that with sweet anticipation.

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

    Katy,
    I pray that the doctors find out why you’re having some of these complications still. I hope you have a blessed, joyous, restful weekend!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :)

  2. Sandy Says:

    I’m glad you have some fun things to look forward to after a rough day. Hang in there! Prayers continue.

  3. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    I’m so sorry about the pain and the trip to the ER. I read the blog last night and my heart just sank for you! I am praying that you guys will be able to go and enjoy your outings today - it’s such a beautiful day!

    We love you!
    Jes

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    I hope that “no news is good news.” I’ve been faithfully checking the site to see how you are and since there isn’t anything, I’m praying that means everything’s ok. Hope you had a blessed and restful Lord’s Day!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Katy Slept!

The Remicade is working very well and quickly. Katy slept the entire night without waking for more pain medication. She is too tired to get up this morning, but she looks so relaxed and peaceful. God has given her such a wonderful gift in that the Remicade works for her. We are rejoicing this morning!

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

    Wonderful!! Our prayers are being answered right before our eyes. What a blessing! Uninterrupted, peaceful sleep is such a great thing. :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Sandy Says:

    That’s wonderful! I hope today is filled with peace! Lots of hugs and prayers from here.

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    Nothing like a good night’s sleep to make you have a fresh new look on life eh? Take care katy and thanks to your family for constantly keeping us updated.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  4. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    We are rejoicing with you!!!! I am getting ready to go out of town with the kids until Monday in order to participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes in Charlotte with my neice. You’ll be in my prayers. See you next week.

    Love,
    -Jennifer

  5. andrea russell Says:

    Well I was going to say the same thing as Jennifer B. “rejoicing with you”!
    Hmmm she took my line…lol

    But yes we are rejoicing with you and praise Him so much for His goodness and kindness, and His everlasting Love for us!

    So happy to hear your feeling better!
    Sleep our Angel

    Love Andrea

  6. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    I’m so glad that Katy is getting some much needed relief! What an answer to prayer!

    Ok - so funny story from yesterday - We were eating lunch and Noah looks across the table at me - very seriously and says “Momma - I love you.” Usually I say “Thank you Noah, I love you too!” but I was interested in what he might say so I asked “Why do you love me Noah?” to which he replied “Because yous pregnant.” I told him that was a VERY good thing to tell a pregnant person and I appreciated it. So later - during bath time I said “Noah, I love you and do you know why?” and he said “Because I’m pregnant?” :) He is just too cute!!!!

    Hope you all have a good day and that the Remicade continues to do the job! Love ya!
    Jess

  7. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Oh, sleep is SO good! I’m glad to hear the pain is at least gone, even if you aren’t your 100% perky self once again :) that will come in time, no doubt. I hope last night was just as restful. Praying for you and hoping for a fantastic Friday! Love in Christ, Aleah

  8. Aunt Judy Says:

    Hey Katy,

    I haven’t posted for a while but you know I am always praying for you!

    I was asked to do a devotion tomorrow for our Secret Sister brunch. After much prayer and muddling I decided to talk about you! Specifically your “bonus days” and your fellowship of suffering with Christ, using Romans 8:16-18. Please pray for me that my words will be a blessing to the ladies who attend.

    We hope to see you this summer!

    love always,
    ~Aunt Judy~

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Remicade Day!

EVENING UPDATE 7:30 pm Katy’s treatment today went smoothly. She has already had some relief. She said she is very tired and plans to go to bed early. She has not asked for any pain medication since the treatment started at 1:00. We are so grateful!

MORNING POST 11:30 am
This morning Katy woke up at 4:30. We prayed for more people and events. We thanked the Lord for the prayer times we’ve had in the middle of the night knowing without the pain there would be no prayer. We have had some conversations lately about two words, “eternal rest.” It sounds so sweet to those who soldier on in trials with the knowledge that there is sweet rest coming for those who believe.

By 5:00 am we decided it would be fun to have an early breakfast to celebrate “Remicade Day.” We got our coffee and biscuits and sat in the living room facing east. At first we could see the sky brightening, but then it turned pink, orange, purple, lavender, blue, and white. It changed hue every few seconds and we sat whispering with amazement at the gorgeous display of color. What a show! We thanked the Lord for His awesome display, finished our coffee and went back to bed. We will be leaving the house in a few minutes for the hospital. Thank you for keeping our spirits light through your prayers and humor. James, if we have another pet, we’ll name it “Peeve!” Thank you so much for all the laughter. It was a gift!

Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

Ever lift Thy face upon me
As I work and wait for Thee;
Resting ’neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus,
Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory,
Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting,
Fill me with Thy grace.

Jesus, I am resting, resting,
In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness
Of Thy loving heart.

Comments:
  1. Sandy Says:

    What a wonderful way to spend the wee morning hours! I love sunrises and sunsets. I hope Remicade Day goes very smoothly. You’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

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

    Thanks for posting that verse and chorus. I had never heard of “Jesus, I am Resting, Resting,” until you mentioned it… Now it’s a favorite (though I’m still searching for the music).

    We had a “God is Faithful” moment this weekend: We had gotten 2 of 3 ordered chicks 4 wks ago. Abby latched onto one, and Meredith another, but I knew that Emily wanted a brown egg layer, and that was the one that Meredith latched onto. After some discussion, Meres gave the chick to Emily (aaaaww). Meredith had talked about having a Rhode Island Red named Rhoda for weeks, but the last one to come was a white leghorn. Except, the next week, they were still back ordered, and two weeks later, the order was canceled (eek!). Having two chicks and three girls is not good, but the lady with whom we combined our order found another lady who would sell us a chick of the same age. She came to the door on Saturday and handed Meredith… a Rhode Island Red! Her name is Rhoda, and everyone is doing fine.

    “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

    Bob, Amy & girls

  3. Patricia Says:

    Congratulations! You both (all) made it!!….and with such grace, good humor and trust….it’s quite the witness to His faithfullness!
    We pray all will go well today and that the desired Remicade results bring relief.
    Patricia

  4. andrea russell Says:

    KATY, DAWN I am so happy that the remicade did the trick AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow………

    Love ya
    Andrea :)

  5. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    HOORAY!!!! I’m praising God. I’ll be praying that it sticks around longer this time. :-)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  6. Colin & Jenn Says:

    Hi Katy!

    We’re so excited that the Remicade started working already! Blessed relief! We love you.

    Colin, Jenn & Annelise

  7. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I am sooooo glad Remicade day went well. Yeah! I sent to the best folk music concert Monday night. I have a feeling you all would have enjoyed it too!

  8. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Katy,
    That I said sweet dreams, and I am so glad that she is having some relief yet again!! PTL for his goodness in all this.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Prayer time

Katy made it through another night and eagerly looks forward to tomorrow. The Remicade treatment should help within a couple of days, her pain levels should drop, and she will be able to do the many things she has been longing to do. Thank you for your prayers. Last Friday when this all started I knew it was going to be tough to make it to Wednesday, but hour by hour, we have experienced the mercy of God.

We spent several hours during the night praying for the students, parents, and faculty of Virginia Tech, as they struggle with the reality of yesterday’s shootings. Paul Burton arrived home late last night after spending eight hours in the ER helping with the surgery of an unidentified student. Her parents had not found her as of last night. Many of the students who were injured or killed were not carrying any ID. We prayed for them and with tears streaming down our faces begged the Lord to surround that family with His love and peace because they still did not know if their baby girl was dead or alive. What a joyful day they will have today when they find she is alive. But for many it will not be the case and our hearts are broken for them.

While we have struggles here at home dealing with Katy’s pain, we are so keenly aware that others suffer, and need our prayers. The time spent with Him in the calm quiet of the early morning has strengthened us. We’ve prayed for your strength, too. We can face uncertain days, because He lives. (From the hymn, He Lives.)

Comments:
  1. andrea russell Says:

    Hello you all!!!!!

    Well Katy I cant wait for tomorrow to arrive so you can get your treatment!! :)
    I been praying my heart out for you, and hope you can reap what I am sowing here.

    I feel so bad for the students and their families. But I strongly believe it couldve been avoided with more security in place, like a alarm system. IF they would had a alarm system and would have send the signals throughout the campus right after they found the first crime scene, it probably had saved many lives.
    I will elaborate on my blog about that today probably.

    Anyways, I came here only to say “I’ll See YOU Sunday” I am sure!

    Love and lots of Blessings
    Andrea

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    A hardy Amen!!! Just having Katy with you and alive is far more than what the parents at Va Tech have at this moment. That is truly a blessing to us all actually.
    While I am horrified by yesterday’s events, and even with the recent shooting that took place on my own daughter’s college campus recently, I can rejoice that God is in control, and will not leave us nor forsake us.
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman

  3. LInda Burk Says:

    HI Katy, well you asked for funny..here goes..my sweet smart 5 year old Asian student wrote that he had two pet fishs in his journal yesterday. I told him fish is an unusual word. You do not need to add an s to the word fish to make it mean more than one. He didn’t believe me. In walked the vice principal so I told Mrs. Morris maybe she could explain to Cole that fish didn’t need a s. Mrs. Morris tried but he didn’t believe her either. Cole was frustrated and decided in the end to change his sentence.Cole’s new sentence was ,”I have one fish that died.” Last night I shared this story with my daughter , Julianna, who is a first grade teacher. Julianna suggested I read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, one of Dr. Seuss’ favorite books, to Cole. I did exactly that today. I said “Cole even Dr. Seuss knows Fish is an unusual word and he does not use a s on fish.” I think maybe I was successful but am not sure at this time. My students keep me on my toes!!!!!!!!!!!
    My second daughter, Maggie, is a nurse and works in a syliac (sp.?) clinic at University of Maryland hospital. Maggie tells me they use remicade with their patients all the time. We all hope Katie finds relief very soon.
    Hugs to everyone, LInda

  4. Beth Sprankle Says:

    For humor, the most recent joke I’ve been told is from Josiah.

    A gentleman walks into a restaurant, sits down, glances towards another table at the restaurant, and tells the waitor, “I’ll have what that guy is having.”

    The waitor replies, “All right, sir, but I don’t think he’s going to be very happy about it!”

    Josiah says he’s going to draw the cartoon illustration for it tomorrow…it was too close to bedtime to draw it this evening. It’s very nice to have children around…to them, all jokes are fresh and new!

    I am praying for better days ahead….very very soon!

  5. Kristin Dunker Says:

    YAY!!! It’s Wednesday FINALLY! I’m sure you’re counting the minutes to treatment, and looking forward to the wonderful relief it will bring… I pray it will take effect fast, and last a little longer this time. Look forward to hearing about you up and at ‘em again soon!

    Love,
    ~Kristin

  6. Doris Thompson Says:

    CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH

    A little boy was attending his first wedding.

    After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?”
    “Sixteen,” the boy responded. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly.
    “How do you know that?”
    “Easy,” the little boy said.
    “All you have to do is add it up, like the pastor said,
    4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

    After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister when I grow up.”

    “That’s okay with us, but what made you decide that?”
    “Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”

Monday, April 16, 2007

Keep us Laughing!

Your comments are great! We’ve had several laughs, and all were just what we’ve needed. The pain Katy is experiencing is the same as before the last Remicade treatment. We can not miss a dose of pain medicine so we set the timer every two hours. Paul is going to take the night shift tonight. I am so thankful for the good days Katy had after the last Remicade because as bad as this is we know it will get better.

The doctor helping us with pain management is also doing a great deal of research into the vitamin and mineral imbalance that occurs in people with inflammatory bowel disease. He has sent us several articles describing the symptoms Katy is having. There is a delicate balance. We are trying to increase those vitamins and minerals until hopefully there will be a balance. The balance will help prevent the muscle cramping, spasms, and tetany, which adds to her pain quite a bit.

We are thankful for your prayers, and humorous writing. Being able to laugh at your humor is an indication that our hope is alive and well. Hope and humor often go together.

Comments:
  1. Sara Says:

    Well let me start off with saying hi. By the way this is James. Ok i thought this story was pretty funny:

    I walked into the locker room for gym today and one kid had his head shaved. I said, “Richie, what happened to your hair?” He said, “Well i went to get my haircut. I told the guy what i wanted done. The guy didn’t speak English though. So he just shaved it off.”

    I was laughing at that for so long.

    My parents got a kick out of this:
    I said to them, “When i get older and have a dog of my own I’m going to name it Peeve. So then I can have my own pet peeve.

    This is something that Happened between Laura and myself:
    I was doing impressions of different people. I can do a lot of different voices. I don’t think as many as Paul however. Well anyway I was doing these voices and then Laura said, ” I wish I could do voices, I can only do my own.”

    Here is a joke my science teacher told me:

    There was this guy sitting in a bar.
    He said to the bartender, “If I show you something really cool will you give me a free drink?”
    The bartender said, “Sure”
    So the guy takes out this mini piano and sets it on the counter then pulls out a frog. The frog starts to place the piano.
    The bartender said, “That’s amazing!”
    So he gave the man his drink.
    Then the man says, “If I show you something else that’s cool will you give me another drink?”
    The bartender said, “Ok”
    So the man pulls out a mouse. The mouse starts to sing this amazing song accompanied by the frog.
    Thsi other man comes up to the man with the frog and mouse and says, “Hey, I’ll give you $5,000 for that mouse.”
    The man said, “Sure!”
    The one man gives him the money the other gives him the mouse.
    Then the bartender said, “Man you could have made a lot more money with that mouse.”
    Then the one man said, ” No, the joke is on that guy the frog is a ventriloquist.”

    Well I hope something there made you laugh.
    I hope you fell better soon Katy.
    Keep on laughing,
    James

  2. Aunt Carrie Says:

    Katy,
    I thought I would tell you some news from Woodinville. Dave’s band Back Burner played at a mall in Bellevue on Friday. It was a great concert and everything went well. (They practiced at our house a couple of times to get used to the different mic arrangement. That was a treat for me.)

    Sometimes the band puts on hats to signify a change in the tunes. There is one where they wear berets and sunglasses (for bluesy cool numbers) They have some sombreros for the “South of the Border” songs. One of the audience members (with Down’s Syndrome) was quite enamored with the sombreros so they let her wear one and she was so tickled! That pure joy is so precious!

    Laurel was with us and she had borrowed Savannah’s sketch book to draw in. (Savannah and Raleigh stayed home.) We found a lovely poem that Savannah had written (once we had decifered her handwriting) It goes:

    How should I know the earth is round?
    How should I know that Pluto is cold?
    A fact?
    A picture?
    An astronaut’s mind?
    (Savannah Campbell, age 11)

    I was chatting with the new technical writer who started at work today, so I had lots of time to watch my bird feeder. Today I saw red-winged blackbirds, house finches, chickadees, and a goldfinch (Washington State bird).

    I brought in Snickerdoodles and my boss said they were too hard, the new writer said they were too soft. I said, “Boys, that is no way to get me to make you more cookies! (Luckily Dave said they were just right! Which, of course they were!)

    Katy, you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.

    Blessings,
    Aunt Carrie

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Cheering Katy On

While all the HPS symptoms have attacked Katy’s body at once, she is holding on. I am giving her pain medication every two hours throughout the day and night. Her abdominal issues are back also, so she is doubled up in pain when she tries to eat. We know this will all work itself out when the Remicade is at the right levels so we have been trying to help Katy fix her sights on Wednesday (her next treatment). If you have any funny stories to share, or any interesting things you have done recently please share those things in the “comments.” It is amazing how much your comments keep her going. It is a gift. We’re staying the course for now, and getting through each hour by the grace of God. Come on Wednesday!

Comments:
  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Ok, so I am all about spreading some cheer :) after church today, I spent lunch and the afternoon at my “adopted” family’s house - our church has families adopt college kids while we’re in class so we have somewhere to go for a nice, hot meal every now and then! it’s wonderful. When my roommate and I got back, though, we both just really felt like we needed a change. So after much debate as to what to do, we decided to give our room a makeover! All we really did was move the furniture around, but I must say, it is so nice to have a different perspective on the room now! It seems like such a small change but it really is wonderful :) now I know how you feel having redecorated! that must really be wonderful! I’ll be thinking of some funny stories to post later :) prayers for you, sweet one. Hope you are able to get some sleep. Love, Aleah

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    I found a cute story for you. Hopefully it will make you smile. We’ll be praying you through this so hang in there!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)
    The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story
    of Elijah the prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She
    explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut
    the steer in pieces, and laid it upon the altar. And then,
    Elijah commanded the people of God to fill four barrels with
    water and pour it over the altar. He had them do this three
    times.

    “Now,” said the teacher, “can anyone in the class tell me
    why the Lord would have Elijah pour water over the steer on
    the altar?”

    A little girl in the back of the room started waving her
    hand, “I know! I know!” she said. “To make the gravy!”

  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Katy,
    I think you know that I volunteer at the hospital. Well this past Friday we had a carnival to raise money to help patients with costs. They had asked me to be a fun fortune teller. As I would never nor do I believe in telling the future. Anyway, I put on my best southern jamaican accent, and said that I was the blind albino gypsy, come let me see your fortune!! Betty (our chairperson) later told me that people were asking where I was from. I thought it was a hoot!! GRIN Anyway, I am sry that you are still not feeling well, and will be praying for you.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

  4. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Hi Katy! We’re sorry its been a rough couple days for you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. The Lord will give you the strength to make it through until Wednesday. We miss talking to you online. As for funny stories, hmm….. I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but if I do I’ll most def share it with you. Thanks for keeping our family in your prayers. We had a GREAT Lord’s day.

  5. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy, I don’t think I have any funny stories to contribute, but I can tell you what helps the time fly faster for me when I’m in physical pain. I turn on the radio & listen to oldies & as each song ends, I think there went another 2 minutes. Lately I’ve needed to be reading some “escape” literature & I’ve started reading the Mitford books for the 4th time. Those books always lift my spirits & take me to another place, one I wish I lived in right now. I’ll come over & read to you if you’d like. I really miss you & your family, but be assured you’re never far from my thoughts & prayers. I eagerly check tdhe blog daily. I’m praying you’ll get through the next 2 days quickly & that the next dose of Remicade will last longer than the last.
    In the Lamb,
    Trisha

  6. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    I don’t know if ya’ll will think this is as cute as I did this morning….but here goes! :) Lydia loves to have chocolate milk in the morning - and since she has boycotted regular milk…I let her indulge in one glass of ‘YumYum’ per day…if you call it milk - she KNOWS and won’t drink it. *laugh* Kids are too smart!!
    Anyway - she had her YumYum in hand as we went to wake up Noah. As he was laying down, letting me dress him…she decided that he would be the ‘baby’ and started trying to feed him her YumYum out of her sippy cup. He’s always a good sport so he obliged…pretending to cry…drinking the milk and even giving her a fake burp when she patted his back! It was so cute to watch the two of them interacting and playing! I think it’s just amazing how God has given her a nurturing spirit - she’ll make a great big sister for this new baby!!!!

    We are still praying for you daily! I’m sorry that the pain is back - hang on until Wednesday! We love you!

    Jess

  7. Scotti Says:

    Hi Katy,

    I am praying for you for your comfort and healing. I am praying that the joy of the Lord will fill your heart today and always. I wrote a poem called ‘no more tears’ on my site that helps me focus on heavenly things.

    All blessings to you in Christ,
    Scotti

  8. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    We dog-sat this weekend for the Bengston’s. Their poodle, Rambaldi, is very sweet and he and Jack get along well. Watching them interract, however, was like babysitting two-year-old children at times. At one point, I gave each dog a rawhide to chew. A few moments later, Rambaldi left his on the floor and went off to do something else. I soon noticed Jack with it. I looked around for Jack’s rawhide and couldn’t find it anywhere. So, since Jack had stolen Rambaldi’s chewy, I gave Rambaldi a new rawhide. This one was smaller than his original which Jack now had, about half the size, but Rambaldi was very happy and began vigorously chomping and enjoying it. Jack, upon seeing Rambaldi enjoying his new chewy, looked up and immediately began coveting what Rambaldi had been given. The big one he stole from Rambaldi and was so proudly prancing around with in front of his adversary, now didn’t seem so great. He dropped his big chewy and began circling around Rambaldi, who ignored him and continued to chomp away. Jack sat in front of Rambaldi and longingly watched him eat his chewy. You could just see the little gears in his head spinning as he coveted Rambaldi’s new treat!

    What a picture, I thought, of our own sinful human nature! We sat laughing at this display and cheered Rambaldi on as he never gave in to Jack’s persistent glares and pacing. It was a great teaching moment for the kids (and us) on covetousness and contentment. :-)

    We love you all and we’re praying for Wednesday to come quickly for you!

    -Jennifer

  9. Mike Theesfield Says:

    Dear Katy,
    with this call for humorous anecdotes, I remembered a cartoon that was on the back of one of Mom’s church bulletins. It showed (I presume) a preacher addressing the congregation, saying: “During the next hymn, please disregard the music director’s admonition to ‘clap your hands, stomp your feet, and boogie till you drop.’”

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Cousin Mike

  10. Doris Harriff Says:

    A story I once heard was about a University Professor (I think - possibly even in a Christian school) talking about the escape of Israel from Egypt. He talked about the crossing of the Red Sea. From the back of the from came a voice saying “Praise the Lord!” The professor said there was nothing to “Praise the Lord” for, because where they crossed, the water is never more than 3 or 4 inches deep. Later on, he mentioned of the destruction of the Egyptian army as they tried to follow Israel across. Again, from the back of the room, came the voice, “Praise the Lord!” The professor said, “Now what was that all about?” The person responded, “God drowned Pharaoh’s armies in 3 or 4 inches of water!”

    Aunt Doris

  11. Doris Harriff Says:

    Another story on the same subject. Little Johnny came home from Sunday School and told his mother, “We learned about Moses in Sunday School today.” His mother asked, “What did you learn about Moses?” Johnny said, “Moses and the Israelites were at the Red Sea and had no way to get across and Pharaoh’s army was right behind them. So Moses called together all his engineers, and they built a bridge across the Red Sea. When all the Israelites had gone across, the Egyptians started across, so Moses took some dynamite and blew up the bridge, and drowned all the Egyptians.” Mother: “Is that really the way your teacher told you that story?” Johnny: “No, but if I told you the way she told it, you’d never believe it.”

  12. Sally Says:

    Hi Katy,
    I had rejoiced in your relief and pray that more doses of the wonderful medicine will bring it back permanently.
    We have a new dog. He is 6 1/2 months old, and is part lab, part beagle. He has wonderful floppy ears. He is mostly black with white on his neck and tummy and some brown on his legs. Hi tail is long and black with a little twist of white at the very end. He is very interested in everything, especially birds flying over. We wonder if he has some “bird dog” in him as well. He also is showing a great interest in the watering hoses, and we find the hoses pulled out of the hose reels. I greatly fear that all our hoses will be perferated when we turn them on when it gets warm. I think he thinks he is playing tug of war with the hose reels. He is very affectionate. I know you would like him.
    I hope relief comes quickly and you have more wonderful days.
    Sally

  13. Carrie Thompson Says:

    The wind is blowing really hard here. It blew over part of a tree and flung the shed doors open. Anyway, Nicky looks down at Dusty(our dog) & said, “Oh dear! I hope the wind doesn’t blow over Dusty’s dog house.” Tommy replied, “Not with Dusty in it!” The boys giggled at thought of the dog house rolling around with Dusty in it! Haha. ;-)

    If you’d like something to do, go here:

    http://www.ChristianLegacy.info

    Have Fun! :-)

    Love,
    ~Carrie

  14. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy, yes, indeed, laughter helps. One of the funniest things I ever saw an animal do was my elegant white cat Twinkle, that I had at Nundu in Africa. I usually made her an old, wormy rice and mini-dried fish combo, but sometimes I gave her some scraps. One day I had something I thought she might like and put it in her dish. She came over,
    got ready to take a bit, then sniffed, looked up rather bewilderedly, and turned around and tried to cover it up!

    Talk about wordless communication! I keep praying for God to give you His promised sufficient grace, your folks as well.

    I’ll be away with my dear friend Helen Nelson near Boise, Idaho until Saturday. I think I told you her husband Al, died a couple of weeks ago and I need to go down and spend a few quality days with her. Al was a dear big brother to me for 30 years. I’ll check the blog from there, but I wasn’t able to comment on it from Stef’s, so I don’t know.

    Much love, Aunt Lil

  15. Laura Says:

    Well I’m sitting here trying so desperately hard to come up with something funny. When I try to hard well it just doesn’t work. But my whole life is filled with random funnies because well, I’m kinda a klutz. So I figured I’d paint you a picture of me during gym class (I can see the laughter already). So on Friday, it was FREEZING cold outside and the gym teacher decided that we had to go run over to the middle school to do the high jump. Why any one should get graded on how high they can jump is beyond my understanding. So to do the high jump, you run up to this huge mat with a bar across it, the whole point, jump over the bar without knocking it over (and people go to the Olympics for this? weird). Well I’m highly uncoordinated and can’t even begin to think how I can even run and jump at the same time, off of one foot that is because using two feet is bad I guess. So it’s finally my turn to go and I do this “run” (if you can even call it that, it’s more like a penguin waddle) and I “jump” over the bar. Only I don’t really go over. It’s more like a run, stop, jump straight up, flop face first into the pole. Then the mat is highly squishy and well what do I do, I get stuck. So I’ve hit my ankle (the bruise is still there by the way) and then I’m stuck in the mat with some other kid running at the mat. For the sake of this story being funny I’ll tell you that the kid ran into me, but he didn’t. I got out of the mat as safely as possible and went back in the line for a second try, only to do the exact same thing.

    Wow, well that was a really long story for about a 5 min event. It probably took you just as long to read about it as it did for me to actually do it.

    Oh I thought of more funny stuff. Yay me!
    So today in psychology class we were talking about psychological disorders and today’s topic was Obsessive Compulsive disorder. A few classes ago we were talking about phobias and guess what this one girl has a phobia of? Wet paper towels. Yes you read that right, wet paper towels. I think that has got to be the silliest phobia I’ve ever heard of. And this other girl has this eyebrow fetish. She can’t stand looking at people’s eyebrows and when the stick up, even if it’s a total stranger, she’ll walk up to them and tell them to fix their eyebrows because she just can’t stand it.

    Ok, now I’m all out of funny. At least for now. I’m sure I could keep going but I think that I hear the shower calling my name. I hope that you feel better tomorrow!

    Love ya bunches of bananas
    Laura :)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Prayer request

During the night, Katy awoke in the same terrific pain she had before the Remicade. She is not able to move or eat without pain. We are giving her the maximum amount of pain medication, and it is not really helping. We know that the first dose of Remicade is a light one. It may have worn off. Please help us pray Katy through this difficult time. Her next treatment is not until this coming Wednesday. I have left a message with her doctor. Being the weekend, I hope and pray something can be done, but if not, she has been through this before and with patience and prayer we can get through it.

Comments:
  1. Sandy Says:

    Oh boy, what a shock that must have been. Katy is in my prayers as always. I hope something can be done to help before Wednesday.

  2. Trisha Ferris Says:

    The see-saw must be getting uncomfortable, but it sounds like the up times are increasing & lasting longer. I’m praying daily for you & all the family. Yeah for the remicade & for the God who enabled many people to develop it.
    Trisha

  3. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’ll be praying the doctor checks his voice mail! Hang in there Katy, they’ll get this figured out. We’re praying for you!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Just found this after I wrote with the prayer request. Oh, Oh,…Oh my! That hurts. Theonly redeeming thing is that Jesus is in the suffering. You are getting a lot of the experience of “sharing in His sufferings”, as Paul said:

    “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish…”

    “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings…”

    “But our citizenship is in heaven, and we EAGERLY await a Savious from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power than enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Phil 3:8,10,20-21.

    Praying for you all, much love, Aunt Lil

  5. andrea russell Says:

    We are all in prayer with you Katy and Dawn. You hang in there you went through so much, it will get better!!!!!!

    Love you
    Andrea

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest katy,
    My prayers are definatley with you right now, and I hope that youcan feel everyone who is praying for you over the pain, but if not just take comfort that we all know God is with us no matter what the valley we are in. Take care and please keep us posted.
    Love
    Karen T

  7. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Don’t get too discouraged. This is just another “bump” on the journey. I haven’t been online much lately because my joints have been bothering me and it’s made typing hard. They are better, thank the Lord - but I’m behind as a result. I haven’t forgotten about you Katy! I pray for you daily!

  8. Sheena Says:

    Hi Katy

    I don’t know if I shared this with you before or not but its my fav poem, I hope you feel better real soon and we are praying for you here in NL as well. The poem is called Don’t Quit………..

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road your trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and its turns,
    As everyone of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about
    When they might have won, had they stuck it out.
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the struggler has given up
    When he might have captured the victors cup;
    And he learned too late when the night came down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when your hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!