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!

  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:

    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

    “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.
    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,

  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!


  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,

  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!


  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.

  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:

    Have Fun! :-)


  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 :)

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