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.Comments: