Thursday, July 19, 2007

Hope Does Not Disappoint Us

Katy’s body didn’t really want to start making enough cortisol today. She got worse throughout the day and by 5:30 had a dose of liquid prednisone that turned everything around in an hour. It is amazing what can be done with the right combination and dosage of medication. The doctor monitoring her adrenal system will be running some tests tomorrow to see where her cortisol level is in the morning. If it is in a range that looks good, she may be able to come home. Her potassium levels were watched carefully today and she had to take it several times. We will also be coming home with a prescription for liquid potassium. That will be so helpful because it was hard for her to eat very many bananas and dried apricots in one day. Both are rich in potassium but are heavy in the stomach.

All of Katy’s doctors have seen her today. They all have a better understanding of what is happening to her body, although some things can not be fixed. It was nice to finally have a hospital stay when no one suggested this might all be in her head! Katy has endured a lot, and has extended a lot of forgiveness over the past year. I’m very proud of her for that.

On the home front I’ve had many offers of help, and the offers mean so much. I haven’t wanted to wear anyone out so I have not been very good about asking for help. After this last hospital stay I have come to see the need for help and will not turn it down. Katy has to be on strict bed rest for another two weeks. If you’d like to make that time more interesting for her, please feel free to send cards to our home. Finding out what is in the mail is a real high point of the day.

Katy and I studied about Daniel today. We fixed our minds on what it means to trust God to defend us. It is in Him we live and move and have our being. He has carried us through a very hard time. We have been blessed by His presence in our hospital room everyday. He is our hope. And hope does not disappoint us.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Oh Dawn,
    I sure hope liquid potassium tastes better than it used too!!! It is just nasty stuff, I would highly suggest something to chase it with!! YUCK!!! I just feel so bad that Katy cannot take it some other way. Of couse IV is no fun either as it burns like the dickens!!! Just know that I am thinking and praying for strength for all of you, and that the Lord will give everyone the answers Katy needs to give her a longer period of recovery.
    Love in Him
    Karen Tillman

  2. Bob and Amy Collins Says:

    Praising God with you from Slovakia!!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers while we have been here because Bob let me know all that was going on.

    Emily and I are having a great time here. I just love the people. I am a little partial to the gypsies, as they are from Indian descent which you can tell just by looking at them. :0)

    Love to all,
    Amy and Emily from Slovakia

  3. Lisa patterson Says:

    Dawn & Katy,
    It is amazing how you studied about Daniel today, and found just the right thing to get you through the day. I was reading in Ester this morning, and was overwhelmed with the fact that all of the Jews faced death, and they could see no way out, until God intervined. How, we are like that, we feel there is no way and that things are hopeless, but we must always remember that God is in contrlol. We know that the things that seem overwhelming at this point in our lives will seem small with the next event God brings us. Remember when you thought Katy couldn’t get any worse with her foot pain, and now look what God is doing in her life. She is very amazing woman and God truely is working in her. I believe her ministry is with the doctors and nurses she comes in contact with. I am praying for blessings to be showered on you both.
    Love ya
    Lisa Patterson

  4. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m sure Katy will be happy to be home, and pray that she gets sprung soon! I was just talking to Sheena a while ago - she’s also in the hospital and it doesn’t look like she’s getting out soon. She’s also very ready to come home. My internet access at home is down, and the cable company can’t make a service call for a week!!! Ahhh… I have to check up from work.

    It seems whenever I really, really need a verse, God seems to somehow point one out that’s perfect.

  5. Sheena King Says:

    Katy and Family:

    Just wanted to say that you are all in my prayers. Katy I too am in hospital and I hope you win the race to get home before me. I am having Crhon’s like issues which are being monitored daily by my docs.

    I pray you feel better soon. Big hugs from NL Canada


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