Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday night

I left Katy around ten o’clock tonight. Her doctor gave her permission to try a few sips of herbal tea today, but it was still too soon for her digestive tract. Every ounce came back up. This inability to eat has happened four times over the past fifteen months. In the past, Katy has received nutrition during these times by having a central line placed into a vein to receive total parenteral nutrition (TPN). However, every TPN line has ultimately led to a serious infection, so she has refused another line. Her doctor started another drug tonight in the hope that she will be able to tolerate a light nutritional supplemental drink by Monday. If that doesn’t help she will be given a feeding tube on Monday that will go through her nose down her throat and into the small intestine (bypassing the stomach) where a steady drip of basic proteins and vitamins will keep her body functioning until the pancreatitis clears up.

We are thankful for the wonderful afternoon we spent together reading a good book. We are thankful her skin problem related to MRSA has cleared up completely. We are thankful that she is resting well, and at peace. It has been almost three weeks since Katy had a normal meal, so in order to avoid tormenting her with the aroma of food I leave the room and go to the cafeteria to eat. When I returned after dinner tonight she was looking out the window watching the sun go down behind the mountains. She said, “Mom, I’m so content.” I’m thankful that by the Grace of God, with all she is going through, she can still say that and mean it.

  1. Laura Griffith Says:

    Qavah was so pretty at church today. I hope you get to see her all dressed up. She will certainly brighten your day. I can not fathom how you can be content in all the struggles you are going through but gain comfort knowing that the Lord does provide grace sufficient for our present needs. I will be praying that the new doctors will gain insight that the others have missed. Take care, and hope to hear you are doing better soon.


  2. Patricia Says:

    Contentment and peace … all through HIS sufficient grace. Wonderful! Oh, that we each might experience that!

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    King James version: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.”

    We know the contentment comes from a perfect trust. You continue to be such an inspiration and example for us, Katy.

    I pray you are having a blessed Sunday. Love, Aunt Lil

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I praise God for your contentment in Christ. I pray that you continue to find strength in Him as your body heals. I’m so thankful that you have a listening doctor now. :) We are praying that you get to come home soon!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  5. Sandy Says:

    Katy has the peace that passes all understanding! I hope things are improving. You all continue to be in my prayers.


  6. Uncle Tim Says:


    Aunt Laurie and I have been following your blog for some time. You and your family are always in our prayers. I know all things are possible in Christ, I’m living proof of that. Please drop me a quick Email so I have your address. Hope you are having a better day.

  7. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    I continue to pray for you, Katy. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. We all need to be reminded of God’s constant goodness to all of his children…including the ability to be content in our circumstances. God is so very good.