Paul went to the hospital this afternoon and took Qavah while I stayed home to get some things accomplished. After leaving the hospital, Paul called me about three o’clock and said, “Dawn, Katy was great, she talked a lot.” (When she is really sick she curls up and doesn’t say much to anyone.) He was expecting her to be feeling quiet today. I asked if he noticed that she looks radiant, and he said, “Yes!” We can’t explain it at all but the glory goes to the One Who made her! Although Katy has this serious thing going on in her body, she looks like she is glowing. I got to the hospital tonight around six o’clock and peeked in her room to see her lying there smiling!
Her new GI doctor visited with us tonight. He just got home from Russia and told us a very moving account of the three little children he and his wife are adopting. Their adoption is still in process so they had to leave the children in Russia, but they will be bringing them home to the United States in a few months. Katy and I were moved to tears by his story. God is faithful. It is a pleasure to be able to speak to a doctor who understands our total reliance on God. We told him that there were a few thousand people praying for him and he very much appreciated it. He had us tell Katy’s story from the time she first got sick, stopping us from time to time to ask questions. Then we watched as he turned things over in his mind. He asked a lot about her last bout of pancreatitis a year ago, and as I was talking I recognized a pattern. So did he. He will be watching what happens to her amylase and lipase levels with just IV fluids over the next couple of days. Then he is thinking of running some very simple tests looking for an overgrowth of bacteria in her digestive tract. No one has ever done that before, but his reasoning was very logical to us. In just one visit he managed to restore Katy’s dignity. He listened.
Katy has some little sponges she uses to moisten her lips but she is not allowed to swallow anything. Her pancreas is completely resting, her amylase and lipase levels are going down, and she already felt a little better today as a result. We worked on the tenth chapter of Daniel tonight and read the account of the return of the exiled Israelites from their Babylonian captivity. Daniel was taken from his homeland at the age of fifteen, and at the age of eighty-five watched many of his people leave Babylon to return home to Jerusalem. Imagine longing for home, knowing God had other plans for you, and you were to remain in a strange land alone watching the backs of your people as they headed home without you, their silhouettes fading into the horizon. I guess we really got into Daniel’s feelings because when I got up to leave for home, Katy started to cry. I came back in the room and wrote these words on her white board from Revelation 19:11. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.” There is no verse like it girls, when your heart is lonely, to think of your beloved coming for you on a white horse, and the Rider is the One who has known you from before you were born and loves you with an everlasting love!Comments: