Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Start

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed and got Qavah bathed and dressed. While I was getting ready for the day, Katy got up and offered to read our morning devotion. She started out fine and suddenly she couldn’t get her breath. She really struggled like the wind had been knocked out of her. She started to shake and I got her seated. I started praying, not knowing what I could do that would really help much. As I prayed I had a strong feeling that I needed to take her to the emergency room but this time I took her to a different hospital in our area. She was taken back to the triage area pretty quickly and labs were drawn. She told the ER doctor that she had been at another hospital for the past two weeks and felt terribly nauseated. She explained that her amylase and lipase levels got higher every day but she was told to go home, eat, and she would get better. She didn’t.

Her labs came back with her amylase and lipase levels having tripled since last Friday. She was admitted with the diagnosis of full blown pancreatitis and will be seeing all new doctors tomorrow. Their fresh insight is what is needed. While Katy tried at the other hospital to defend herself against the opinion that she had an eating disorder, her pancreatic problems worsened and I knew if I took her back to the same hospital she would have been seen by the same physician upon her admission. Tonight I left Katy in an unfamiliar place, further from home, but she is at peace. It seems that this is a new beginning somehow. We are praying continually for her. She is in a real battle for her health and it will just take one persistent doctor with a bulldog attitude to find the answer. We think we have found more than one at this new hospital. We pray God’s wisdom will fill their hearts and minds as they work with Katy tomorrow.

Paul has been able to set up a temporary office at home and is working from home to take care of Qavah. Today he brought Katy’s doll house out of storage and she played for hours while he worked. They had lunch together and Paul read to her. She is very easy going and is taking everything in stride. When I drove up in the driveway tonight she came out to greet me. Paul Burton was right behind her and I was greeted with hugs and kisses from both of them. I’m a blessed mom. Their love and respect during this time of Katy’s challenges is a gift. I’m so grateful that resentment doesn’t live here. We love Katy, and supporting her is a healing force in her life. As Qavah would say, “Love you sister Katy!”

  1. Aleah Yunger Says:

    Dawn, I don’t know how you do it. One minute fine, the next minute not — the rest of us would crumble. I know Katy said to me when I visited, “When it’s your life, you just live it.” So I know that’s what you’re doing, but believe me… we are all marveling at your strength. And so much for waiting for that new team of doctors — looks like everyone will be jumping in head first! I will be praying for that bulldog of a doctor. I will be praying for your strength and Katy’s. The greatest blessing is to know she is at peace! Rely on the people around you… God has given you a team of warriors by your side to help you so that you can live life too. We all love and pray for you!! Love in Christ, Aleah Marie

  2. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    How wonderful … also that you felt comfortable leaving Katy there tonight. The yo-yo of your daily struggles in mind boggling. What a fabulous support system you have in place and what strengths you are each able to display day by day.
    What hospital is this? Will the physician you have been waiting for to return to the States, have hospital rights at this other hospital??? Hopefully so!
    We’re continuing to pray for insights and wisdom for each of the doctors.
    So glad Qavah is doing well … and that Paul will be able to work out of your basement. I’m sure it’s as inviting as the other one you had so beautifully renovated for him.
    Love you guys! Ib and Patricia

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Hi, dear ones, I’m back after a couple of days at the beach. Stormy days! But this morning as we sat in the 5 Star restaurant of this small but classy motel, we looked through the fir trees way down to the beach and saw miles and miles of breakers foaming up in their restless rhythm, under a dark sky. Suddenly some sun broke through and all that lacey foam turned golden and brilliant, like God speaking to us, putting on a show for us, I said. I pray that the brilliant light of God’s love will put a great beam of beauty onto these ceaseless waves of trouble that are still coming and coming for you all.

    As I watched, I thought of Job 38, where God is speaking of creation, when He gave the waters boundaries, and He said “This far shall you come, and no farther, HERE will your proud waves halt.” Isn’t that beautiful! So He too will set the boundaries for your waves of trouble…But Oh, we wish, we PRAY that the waves will soon turn to a great calm. I’m so glad that Katy is at the new hospital, and I pray that the insurance matters were all worked out so that she is fully covered. Much love, Aunt Lil

  4. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    I am joining you in prayer.

  5. Sandy Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Katy is back in the hospital but grateful that your instincts were to get her to somewhere different. I hope these doctors respect her wisdom as the patient and can push forward with care that will lead to some sustained improvement. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Jes Says:

    We continue to pray as well….If you need extra hands w/Qavah - please call!

    Love you all -

  7. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Oh, Dawn. We are so sad to hear that Katy is back in the hospital! We are praying that these new doctors will indeed become mighty men on her behalf!


  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Dawn and Katy,

    I pray that you are in the right place at the right time - this has to be God’s timing! We need a David to stand up to the giants right NOW! I will be praying for this often. After all Katy has been through and to have it minimized by doctors who don’t know what to do is beyond terrible. I feel your pain!

    Love and prayers to you,