Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I got to the hospital late this afternoon and found Katy looking radiant. This morning her doctor ordered meat in puree form. She had protein for breakfast and again this evening. If her amylase and lipase levels don’t change very much after that test, she may be able to come home soon. The food stayed down and she had very little nausea. That is quite a change from two days ago.

Tonight when her GI doctor came to check on her, she told him how much better she felt. He discussed with her the possibility that much of her pain, nausea, and GI trouble for the past year could be coming from an overgrowth of bacteria in her small intestine. He and his partner had decided to start her on a course of antibiotics four days ago that targets the bacteria in the bowel without circulating through her entire system. Yesterday, that “poisoned” feeling she has been complaining about for weeks had subsided. Her food, although just a few bites, was actually enjoyable for her today. When her doctor talked with her about the overgrowth of bacteria, he said, “Katy, I’ve been thinking about this and praying for wisdom for the last four days.” And at the end of the conversation he said, “I just want you to know that my partner and I are really excited that we are able to take you on as a patient.” Then he talked to her about being sure her Remicade treatments are given when they are needed; not waiting until things are so bad. He gave me the homework assignment of finding a home health care agency we liked and trusted so that he could make arrangements to have her receive Remicade infusions at home. I don’t want to be afraid of enjoying this turn of events. We’ve all seen how quickly things can change. But tonight I feel like jumping for joy. If so many of her troubles have come from a simple bacteria, then there may be an equally simple solution to get her feeling a lot better. There is no “cure” for HPS, but we have been told all along that it is possible to live a much more normal life with HPS than what Katy has experienced so far.

Thank you, Father, for giving us a doctor who knows where to go to acquire wisdom. Thank you for the loving care Katy has received at this new hospital. Thank you for the peace and radiance that Katy has because of her total faith in your plan for her life. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

  1. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    That the Lord for somebody who cares enough to think “outside the box” and who relies on the Great Physician’s wisdom and guidance. We just pray that this is no “fluke”, but that, indeed, it is the answer for which all of you have been searching. Dannon has some yogurts which get balance in one’s system, I believe: DanActive with probiotics and Activia (both available thru Wal-Mart Supercenters and some supermarket chains). Ellen first got Lisa started on these several years agofor her IBS.

  2. Jennifer Wellington Says:

    You have started my day with great encouragement and awe of our wonderful God. No circumstance is wasted…ever. Praise the Lord for the Christian doctor!

  3. Jes Says:

    I agree with Jennifer - what an encouragement! The fact that the doctor has told her that he is praying about her situation - that is just AWESOME! I’m rejoicing with you all this morning!


  4. Barbara Walker Says:

    More answers to prayer for the right doctor/doctors for Katy! Makes me want to shout, “My God is an Awesome God…..”

    Love to you Katy and Family,


  5. Sandy Says:

    Wonderful news! Praise God!

  6. Anne Poler Says:

    Praise God that Katy is feeling better, able to eat, has a doctor who prays, and that this doctor is willing to work with you. All answers to prayer!

    Continuing to pray for all of you.

    Anne and Mark

  7. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Our hearts are leaping for joy at this post! We are praising God that He has sent you doctors who not only want to take on Katy’s case, but actually seek God’s wisdom in doing so!! I can’t imagine how good that little bit of food must have tasted, and how your burdens seem lighter in just a matter of a day! We are praying that Katy continues to improve and her doctors continue to be vigilant in their efforts! Hope you’re able to come home today, Katy!

    In His grip,

  8. Martha Harrison Says:

    Dawn, I’m just SO THANKFUL for this encouraging news about Katy, her new Dr. and the response from this hospital. Bless you for keeping us posted. God truly is answering prayers. Love, Martha

  9. Aunt Julie Says:

    Pureed ham! Yum!! We are just so thrilled with your new Doctor and his humble attitude, who knows that God is the One who heals. God is holding you firmly in His hand. Even when you feel like you can’t hold on any longer, just continue to let Him hold you. He won’t let go!

  10. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    You must have posted so late, Dawn! I went to bed at 10 - 1 Am your time, and you still weren’t there! Well, I guess its time to really start planning a Hallelujah Party! even if we’re not quite there yet. Its hard to believe that there are people who think that God is not there and that these answers to prayer do not come from One who deeply loves us. Love much, Aunt Lil

  11. kim rose Says:

    Praises going up down the street….

    We are continuing to pray for your entire family daily. Some day when you are feeling better, I hope to be able to share with you the Multitude of what your story has done to minister to so many. I have shared your story with several, both saved and non saved. I can not begin to tell you how your story has inspired each one that has heard it. You have a lot of prayers going up for you… and you have a few people on the road to seeking the Lord after hearing your testimony.

    Your entire family is a wonderful inspiration to us all… Know you will remain in our prayers.

    God Bless
    Kim Rose