Monday, July 16, 2007

We Stand

Breathing problems began early in the afternoon yesterday for Katy and her pain levels were too high to manage at home. Her pain is so great that it messes up her breathing pattern. It is all too complicated to go into detail and I don’t want to misinform anyone. The result is Acute respiratory alkalosis and can be found by a google search. Paul and I have had some pretty straightforward talks with some of her doctors today about her care in the future. Paul and I think it is vitally important to stand up for Katy and speak for her when she is down and can’t speak for herself. Paul stayed at the hospital tonight in order to speak to the doctors tomorrow as they make rounds starting at five in the morning. There is more that can be done for her, and we will, by the grace of God, get it done.

I discovered that the machine used in helping Katy breathe is called a BiPap machine and is used by some people in their homes for sleep apnea. Whenever the machine senses Katy’s breathing patterns are not right, it pushes a small rush of air into her nose and mouth and helps to fill her lungs. I’ve asked a few questions today about getting one through home health care and bringing Katy home. The breathing problems will subside when her abdominal pain subsides. Her abdominal pain will subside when it is better managed. The last doctor to make his rounds today said something I have been saying for months. He mentioned having someone really look at Katy’s cells to see if there is an autoimmune disease or abnormal cell formations causing some of these symptoms. I don’t know where that will all lead but he did say he was going to talk to Katy’s hematologist in the morning.

There were a few tense moments last night to say the least, but the peace that passes all understanding was with each one of us and especially with Katy. Her doctor commented to me today that after all she had been through, Katy tried her best to thank people as they helped her. That kind of graciousness is heartwarming to those of us who witnessed it. Lord, please hide Katy tonight in the cleft of the rock and cover her there with your hand.

  1. Patricia Says:



  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m praying for you!! We prayed for you tonight in our family worship. I hope that things take a turn for the better soon. You are in our thoughts and the very capable hands of our loving Father.
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    I put Katy on our church prayer chain today. I’m wondering if the new doctor is in on this? Is he not at the hospital? I think others are wondering,too.. Praying, Aunt Lil

  4. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    We will continue to pray for you, Katy.

  5. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Family,

    We continue in our stand with the Lord for you! Yes, you are a precious and gracious young woman. Everyone who makes contact with you cannot help but see the Lord Himself in you! Hang tough! You know God is in complete control of this situation!

    Love in Christ,


  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had such a tough couple of days! I’ve been away. I was so busy before I left that I didn’t even get to tell much of the HPS world that I’d be out of pocket for four days. I’m so sorry so much has happened in the last few days and I haven’t had a chance to post a little something and let you know I’d be praying for you - but you know I do anyway!

    More later - I’m digging out at work, but had to check up on you while I was eating lunch.

  7. Marlin (Mick) Says:

    I haven’t made many comments here but my prayers are with you always.


  8. Karen Tillman Says:

    Hey Dawn, Sry it has taken me so long to post, but I’ve had a few upheavels myself lately. It seems that everyone on the HPS list serv is having quite a few problems as of late. Anyway, please give Katy our love, and let her know we are all in this together and praying for her. I only wish they would be able to manage her care more efficiently, but unfortunately all this takes time, some more than others. God give all of you peace, comfort, and strength.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

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