Friday, October 19, 2007


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!

  1. Jes Says:

    Katy - Isn’t it amazing to have a mom who KNOWS scripture? I was sitting here reading, moved to tears by the description of yesterdays events. Your mom has such a gift for writing and for comforting those in need! I’m so thankful that God placed you in this family. Hang in there sweet girl - the new doctor is on the case and it sounds like he’s already starting to think of things!!

    Love you!

  2. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    I enjoyed visiting with you yesterday! I agree with your mom and dad, you looked great and were much more animated than I expected. Take care and have a restful weekend.
    Mrs. K

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy, Dawn, that was, indeed, a very moving note from yesterday! My eyes are moisted, too. And how DEEPLY GRATEFUL I am, and I know we all are, that Katy is doing better, with Christian doctors who understand, care and will be dedicated to finding the best treatment for Katy! What a relief to know she is in a new place where she is treated with dignity and respect. How wonderful it is to know that she is aglow with the Spirit of God! I’ve seen that glow on many faces from time to time, and it comes from the presence of the Holy One of Heaven setting up a burning joy in the heart; it brings healing, rest and hope. God bless you, Katy, dear! May things go uphill for many moons now! Love, Aunt Lil

  4. Sandy Says:

    It’s always a great sign when a doctor not only wants to hear the whole story and listens to it, but also asks questions along the way. Praise God for this encounter! I hope today has been a good day with continued movement in the positive direction. Please give Katy a big hug from me!

  5. andrea Says:

    Now that is God working for us. Our prayers concerning Katy and her doctors have been heard and are answered as we speak. He is so great!!!

    And I felt goosebumps reading the part of Revelation 19:11. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.”

    An EVERLASTING LOVE….ahhhhhhhhhhh how sweet ! :)