Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Night

Physical pain is a challenge for Katy, as all the typical medications for pain have been tried and haven’t given her relief. Her sleeping pill worked last night for a while so they have increased the dose for tonight. The day was long and hard. Katy has had only brief times of sleep so she is becoming disoriented about the day and date. I am planning to print out the day and date in huge letters tonight to pin on her wall tomorrow. She asked me what day it was several times.

There will be preparations made tomorrow for surgery. She will be getting a port put into her chest for easy access blood work and for the transfusions on Monday. The port will stay in and will now be used in giving her Remicade treatments as a way of sparing her arm veins. She’ll be sore but it will be one step closer to ending the misery of bleeding and bone pain. She has been very patient with everyone today but by late afternoon she was needing more care and was moved to a floor called “Progressive Care.” They are monitoring her heart and respiratory functions now. It will be a lot easier for me to relax about her care under those conditions because someone else is keeping watch over her breathing.

Paul and I are very grateful tonight for our precious family and friends. Your prayers are strengthening us for the days ahead.

  1. Patricia Says:

    Dear Paul and Dawn….disorientation is common in ICU units (which Progressive is NOT, of course)…and she probably won’t remember much for the next several days…..mercifully.
    Dawn, I’ll email you personally some thoughts.
    Sorry, as of tomorrow and for the next 2 weeks we’ll have to be offering more general prayers because for that period we’ll be without internet or cell phone access anywhere in the Amish communities of s.w. Wisconsin.

  2. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katie and Family,

    You are constantly in our prayers and thoughts - I know you know that but it comforts me to tell you anyway. Most importantly, you are in God’s hands and care right now. We are praying for abundant grace and mercy for all of you at this time.

    Please let us know if there is Anything!! we can do for you.

    Love in Christ,


  3. Karen Tillman Says:

    PTL for those skilled in taking extra special care of us when we are in such dire need of it. Thanks so much for keeping us updated, and again you all of you are in our prayers.
    Karen Tillman

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    We’ll keep praying here in Kansas. Funny story about losing track of time. When I was in the hospital for a long stretch one time there was this wonderful clock in my room with big hands and big numbers. I could actually see it from my bed. I woke up one morning and the clock was gone. I was so upset! It’s funny how little things can be so important when you don’t feel well. It turns out the nurses had given it to another patient becuase, “Someone who can’t see wouldn’t need to know what time it was anyway.” My mom raised a bit of a fuss with patient services, and I got my clock back.

  5. The Williams Family Says:

    Dear Katy,
    We were out of town last week, and were somewhat out of pocket in keeping in touch with your blog, but I have been checking your blog several times each day after learning about this stretch of tremendous pain that you have been experiencing, and your upcoming surgery. Katy, we are so sorry that you are having to go through this difficult valley, yet I know God is using it for His ultimate glory. You are such a shining example of His unfailing love and perfect plan for those around you to watch and witness. Please know that we will be praying fervently tomorrow and in the days to come; I pray that this surgery will give you some much needed relief. Lindsay is also praying and both of us want to treat you to a “girls day” when you get through this next hurdle. We love you and know that God’s hand of comfort will be with you.
    Know that we are standing beside you,
    The Williams Family

  6. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Dear Katy,

    We wanted you to know that we have been praying continuously for you these past few days. We’ve been reading your blog updates and were saddened that you were in so much pain. We are praying your surgery will go well tomorrow and that you’ll have a speedy recovery. May the Lord continue to shine his grace and love on you. May you and your family find comfort and strength in HIM, during this time. Thank you for keeping us posted. We love you much!! Your sisters in Christ, Candice & Crystal

  7. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    We are praying today for the surgery! We pray that our Great Healer will guide the doctor’s hands today and that there won’t be any complications. We also are praying for a speedy recovery and for an END to the pain! We love you all bunches!

    Jess & Josh