Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hooray for Normal Days!

The Remicade is wearing off and Katy had a hard night. However, when we visited her endocrinologist he told me how to handle flare-ups using the Prednisone, potassium, magnesium, and pain medication. It took two and a half hours, but she got through it without the muscle tetany and breathing problems. Giving her the right medication at the right time is an art, and thankfully the things we’ve learned in the past year have helped us manage things better. Because of the interrupted sleep, Katy took extra time waking up this morning. But when she did wake up, she was so filled with joy and her abdominal pain was low enough all day that she was able to go out with friends to the White Oak Tea Tavern in Fincastle. It was such a treat to see her return with a huge grin on her face. I thank my dear friends and former neighbors, the Williams, for thinking of it and making it happen.

While Katy was having tea, Paul Burton had the day off to hike up to Roaring Run with Whitney who is celebrating her birthday today. The pictures they took were very beautiful. They said the cool shade of the forest and the cold mountain stream water made the hike very pleasant in this very hot dry spell here in Virginia. Happy Birthday, Whitney.

While Paul Burton and Katy were off doing their thing, I played with Annelise, who is just getting ready to crawl. We had so much fun today. I love the way she watches everything so carefully now. She is observing Ellie a lot these days, and likes to try to follow after her. She is not afraid of our big black dog whatsoever. There are times that the dog will settle down on the floor right beside Annelise and it makes me smile. There were so many things about today that made my joy complete. Katy cheerfully answered the phone and took a message for her brother, I was able to clean a closet, and Katy was able to eat a little dinner although her body is not wanting to digest food at this time. The Imuran is definitely helping bridge the gap between the Remicade treatments. It was such a marvelous day that I am getting teary as I type. God has shown us mercy and I have felt His sweet presence all day.







  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Praise God for His goodness!! He does all things well. I’m so glad to hear about the continued good health! I pray it keeps up. :)
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :)

  2. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy and Family,

    I am rejoicing with you and thanking our sweet Lord for this turnaround! Katy, you are looking so beautiful and healthy in these latest photos. Just glowing! Your Mom has this medication business down to a science, doesn’t she??!! You’re doing a great job with this Dawn. Trial and error and the Lord’s perfect grace.

    The pictures in the woods are wonderful and refreshed me as I pondered them. Thanks!!

    Love to you in Christ,


  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    How was the Tea Tavern? I see it every time I drive by there and always want to go in! Roaring Run is also one of my favorite hikes — you all did my favorite things! haha :) It fills me with joy to hear good news like this. What a blessing! To consider Job and all the trials he endured while remaining faithful to God, it’s so amazing to realize that these periods of peace and joy and health and blessing are a gift from God. I know it pleases Him that you all appreciate that so much! I’ll be calling you soon :) I want to see you! Love in Christ, Aleah

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