Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Persevering

* UPDATE: Katy is in RMH. She is being given Salumedrol by IV and will be there until she is stable. She hopes that means a couple of days. Thank you, Julie, for pulling another all-nighter!

Persevering is not for the faint of heart. It is a quality that requires a great deal of discipline. Tonight Katy is back at Roanoke Memorial, and Julie is there with her. I had been giving her round the clock care since the week before Remicade and tonight, with her electrolytes so out of whack, I called her physician and it was decided that I had done all I could at home. Katy is now over at RMH having some tests done to determine her adrenal function and electrolyte levels. I am home praying for her. She is so discouraged. She is forced to keep her medical care a top priority when she would rather be doing for others. Every day away from her computer is another day of falling behind in her studies. I ache for her. She is trying so hard in every way to beat these setbacks. She trusts God so completely and would much rather be free of the cares of this world, but she perseveres knowing that her tasks here are not finished.

We are praying for divine revelation for Katy’s doctors. We wonder why her cells are not using the huge amounts of potassium, magnesium, and calcium we are giving her. We wish with all our hearts that someone somewhere would take enough interest to take the knowledge we have gained over the past year, and study it. We suspect many of these problems are related to the steroids and would like to pursue every method of getting her off of them. We have more questions than answers right now. We appreciate the many words of encouragement on yesterday’s post. You have also hung in there with us and persevered in prayer. Tonight our prayer is as simple as this, “Lord, show us your glory; wow us with your power for your own name sake!” Amen

Comments:
  1. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Oh how our hearts ache for Katy and for YOU TWO!!! (not too … meaning you two parents!!)

    Just got internet access up here in the hills of Wisconsin for a few minutes.
    I wish we could help point you in the direction for help …. but then, you KNOW where and WHO the help is!!! Yet, it requires human knowledge, and human hearts and human hands to accomplish HIS perfect will.

    Please, oh please, remember that God is not surprised by any of this …. even when you are and Katy is …. this once again rears the ugly question of the whys of suffering … only know that it will work for His good and His purposes.

    Our human arms around you …. encircling the computer …. just visualize, P & D. Love all of you guys. And praying also for Qavah through this stressful time for her new sister … it HAS to be unsettling for her in her new surroundings. Prayers for you … that you won’t be faint of heart AND that he will give you the peace and calm and strenth to face things one step at a time!!

    Patricia

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    I am praying, too, for a revelation to Katy’s doctors. I wonder if there isn’t something else that could replace the prednisone, and would not have the serious side effects. I don’t know if it’s Katy’s disease, or something else unique in her body that has caused the prednisone to have more than the normal side effects; a lady in our church is taking prednisone, the same strength as Katy’s for her arthritis, and she was told you can take it for a year with no lasting side effects. We know this is not true in Katy’s case. Let’s hope that the Lord will use her suffering to cause discoveries to be made that will help future sufferers from this disease.

    Aunt Doris

  3. Sandy Says:

    Please tell Katy she’s in my thoughts and prayers, and I’m sending along lots of hugs. I hope the doctors can get to the bottom of all this soon. I have had electrolyte issues myself because of a pituitary disorder, so I know how sick a person can feel when things are out of whack.

  4. Sandy Says:

    Dear Campbell Family,

    Last year on 10/10/06 I receive your blogsite as an urgent prayer request from a Moms In Touch friend of mine, your friend Sara. Since that day I’ve checked the blogsite faithfully, although not commenting, but praying for and with you, and rejoicing over the good days with you too.

    Today I read your site and as I often do afterwards I checked www.LIVINGPROOFMINISTRIES.BLOGSPOT.COM
    I wish I could copy the whole post and send it, but I don’t know if that’s allowed, so I will send the scripture Beth used today. I hope this will give you courage and strength.

    “So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised.” (Hebrews 10:35-36 NET)

    ….”All surpassing power abides in your jar of clay. Do not shrink back. The God of the Universe looked the world over and found you” (as posted)….

    “But you, keep your head…endure hardship, do the work…discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5

    to read her whole encouragement go to the blogsite and the post on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2007
    “A QUICK WORD ON MY WAY TO THE MOUNTAINS”
    POSTED BY BETH AT 5:34 PM

    With Love and Prayers for perseverance, deep confidence, hope, endurance, peace, healing and sweet rest in the Arms of He who is able.
    ~Sandy

  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    I say a big AMEN to my sister Doris’s last sentence. And I remember again that “In ALL their affliction, HE was afflicted and the angel of His Presence saved them.” I pray that Katy and all the family will feel the loving Presence of God the Father and Jesus the Son as a warming glow around you and in you as you struggle through these days. I pray for a wonderful night’s sleep for you Dawn, for peace for Paul, away on his trip, and a good night for Katy, Qavah and Paul Burton. I pray that the louse problem is behind you and I pray, Dear Lord, for a whole row of those wonderful, marvelous, blessed NORMAL DAYS! Love, Aunt Lil

  6. Doris Harriff Says:

    My friend “Preacher” posted this on the discussion board Spiritually-Speaking (formerly The Upper Room) after reading the previous blog entry:
    “People that “think” they have problems, can really be brought down to earth in a hurry by reading this.”
    Aunt Doris

  7. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    My family and I will be in prayer for ya’ll tonight. God is great and He will bring you through this valley. :-)
    love and prayers,
    Jen :)

  8. Aunt Carrie Says:

    Katy et al,
    My colleague at work was feeling pretty tired after working until 10:00 two nights in a row to finish a project. Sounds pretty pathetic after your all-nighters. How disappointing to have the Remicade work :~) but have the endocrine system not work :~( Balancing the teeter-totter is frustrating. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love,
    Aunt Carrie

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