Thursday, June 14, 2007


Paul and I are at home tonight. My dear friend, Linda, is staying at the hospital overnight. The nurse’s station has our number but Paul and I left the hospital praying out loud that they will not have to call. Please continue to pray for the grace Katy will need over the next few days. She is back on oxygen tonight and will be having some pulmonary function tests tomorrow. She has complained of a heavy feeling in her lungs and her oxygen levels drop.

Katy has given her blessing to share with you what the findings of her tests have been. The Lord has given her the grace to accept what is happening to her. On Monday afternoon she will be having surgery to remove her uterus and ovaries. The HPS bleeding problems and slow clotting time has caused her to have periods that were ten to fourteen days long. She became weak and as her body struggled to make platelets the bone pain became unbearable. We were finally able to connect the dots! Every time Katy had a period she suffered with bone pain. There is fluid in her pelvic cavity causing the stabbing pressure pain and that also will be suctioned out. Removing the ovaries will spare her a second surgery as cysts would eventually develop. After talking with the doctor at NIH about Katy’s history it became clear that this is her best option. She had tried other methods to control her monthly cycle but she was unable to tolerate them.

I have watched God miraculously heal Katy’s emotions as her dream of one day having babies is not to be. She woke herself up laughing this afternoon during a nap. Her laughter was so unexpected I went to her bed to check on her and she said, “I had a dream that I went to South Africa and took a whole bunch of orphans home by train.” Perhaps it was just a dream, but I’d like to think it was also a gift to remind Katy that babies arrive into a family in awesome ways, and sometimes when we least expect it.

We are trusting in God’s perfect plan tonight. What looks like pain, heartache, and broken dreams, is really His opportunity to show us His grace and mercy. And He has done so. God is who He says He is. He will do what He says He will do. We’re believing God Who said He works all things together for good for those who love Him. (thanks, Beth!)

  1. Lita Long Says:

    Hi Katy!

    It’s the HEART that makes a mommie! Hope you feel better soon.

    Love, Miss Lita

  2. Aunt Lil Says:

    Dear ones, I’ve had you in my prayers much yesterday, tho running around and awoke this morning praying. Immediately the song was in my mindd “I am the Lord, that healeth thee, I am thy God that healeth thee… I believe this surgery will take care of the crushing bone pain, and will heal quickly. Do you still have any Biozn? If you start using it on the surgical wouind twice a day immediately, it will heal in half the time, and leave almost no scar. If you don’t have any, I’ll get Pei-ti to send some. I’ll be overnight in Tampa tonight and back with you tomorrow, praying I can be a blessing and a help. Love much, Aunt Lillian

  3. Sandy Says:

    Thanks for the update. I hope that Katy’s oxygen and pulmonary issues resolve in the coming days. And I pray that the surgery greatly helps with stabilizing her health and reducing bone pain. I have considered having that surgery myself and it is a greatly emotional decision, but I too know that families are made in many ways, and your family is a living example of that.

    Please know that you all are in my prayers, and I send lots and lots of hugs and love to Katy.

  4. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    I am praying for Katy. Your family is teaching me a lot about, well, everything. I want to meet Katy, and for you all to meet our Katie.

  5. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Sometimes I feel your life as if it is my own — I think that’s how God knits His community together to pray for each other and lift one another up before Him. I praise Him that He has given you the peace about what has to be done that most women (including myself) could not handle. I literally cried reading this post, knowing, as a woman, how important those organs are. But I praise Him, Katy — I praise Him for you and I praise Him that He is sovereign and truly works things out to bring all the glory to Himself. In whatever way that I cannot see, this actually glorifies Him more and that is a blessing to know. I’m praying for all of you today… and your South African orphans ;) Love in Christ, Aleah

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Dawn,
    I am so sorry that Katy didn’t have the success with the Mirena IUD that I have written to her about, or didn’t get to the point where she could try it. It has been very helpful with my issues. You have also shared some news that I am confused about as HPS’s clotting problems usually deals with lack of dense bodies on the platelets which emit a sticky substance that causes the blood not to clot properly, not with the lack of production of platelets. The fact that Katy isn’t producing platelets has me quite concerned, and definately has me praying for her for sure. I am also of course concerned about her not being able to breathe, and hope that resolves itself soon. You guys have really had trying days, and I hope the Lord continues to give you the strength to handle it all. Please give Katy my love, and I will continue to check on you via the blog as often as I can over the next few days. Although there are times that I can read, but cannot post due to the things that are going on, please know that I am always either thinking or praying for you.
    Love and prayers for you all
    Karen Tillman

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