Monday, October 08, 2007


The memories we had of yesterday’s drive kept Katy and me encouraged all night. I woke up every two hours to give her pain medication and she was already awake and waiting. We recalled the changing of the leaves and the music and message of Wellspring Presbyterian church, where we worship. We had a one o’clock appointment today to see Katy’s doctor, and he examined her and told us we should not take her home. It was his recommendation to put her back in the hospital, and that is where she is now. Her pancreas and liver function tests have been taken. Her inability to eat, along with her abdominal issues were one thing to consider. But Katy has also developed something on her skin that is suspicious. It was cultured and IV antibiotics are being started before the results are back.

Katy knows her future is secure. She knows Who holds tomorrow. Her faith is unwavering, but she longs for heaven. It is an intense longing for the blessing of rest from what seems like unending trials. She is not contemplating anything horrible. She is not particularly filled with depression. She just longs for the peace and rest she knows is waiting for her and all who believe in the finished work of the cross; the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

This day’s events cannot steal the joy we had yesterday. The earth was filled with His glory and we were together to enjoy all that beauty. Our hearts were mended in so many ways. Thank you for your prayers. We thank our precious church family. We came home to get Katy’s belongings and found a meal in our refrigerator and one hot and ready in the oven. God bless you for that!

  1. Doris Harriff Says:

    Thank God she is finally getting some treatment for the pancreatitis and the infection. And thank God for the good afternoon yesterday!

    Aunt Doris

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Dear Katy!
    So glad that you had a beautiful day with your family yesterday :) I will be praying for you during your stay in the hospital.

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Oh Katy, I’m sorry to hear your back in…you know all these drugs that make our immune system wonky can cause us to catch all kinds of stuff. I hope they get it cleared up quickly.

  4. Sandy Says:

    I’m glad you saw some beautiful things and have some time at home together over the weekend! We will pray you through another hospital stay.

  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy, if I am so desperately homesick to return to Florida to STAY, I can only partially imagine how homesick for heaven you must be, after the time you have spent there. I deeply long to be there, and get a mist of tears of longing nearly daily - yet I have no trials to speak of here. May the Lord Jesus give you comfort and relief from this deep longing. Even mine is not easy to live with, and I, too, do not know how long the wait will be. We know it is promised, and it awaits us. And in the midst of the storm, OUR ANCHOR HOLDS. Do you know that hymn, I wonder? I’ll send you the words.

    Love, Aunt Lil

  6. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    While my heart aches to hear that you are back in the hospital, I am thankful for the brief respite you had at home and out driving yesterday. God knew how desperately your heart needed that encouragement! I am thankful for His provision and mercy and for the compassion of His people. The meals being left for you warms my heart.
    We are in prayer for you and your family.
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  7. Patricia Says:

    I just feel like crying out, “Oh NO! Not another setback!!!” Don’t give up Katy … you’ve had a foretaste, yes, but also you’ve received assurances of a brighter future and being used by your Heavenly Father on this earth.
    Hopefully the meds have given you relief from the pancreatitis you so desperately needed. Pain can wear even the most stalwart individuals down.
    Once again….none of this surprises God …. and may we each trust Him in the present and for the future.
    Love you all!!
    Patricia & Ib

  8. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy - Only one who has suffered as you have and has the love of Jesus as you have would understanding your longing for your heavenly home. Wonderful things await us there and I know I have longed for that peaceful place myself many times!

    You are a precious young lady and I admire you so much. I have a CD to give you when you get home. I’ll stay plugged into the blog so I can track your progress.

    Love to all of you in Christ,


  9. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I am so sry to hear that you are back in the hospital. I pray that whatever this skin thing is will be taken care of soon. I know you feel your journey here is tiresome, as many of us with HPS often do, but remember you are not alone in this. I am here praying for you daily, and understand many of the things you’ve gone and are going through. You are coming into this with so much more advantages than any of the rest of us ever had in the beginning. Stay focused on the positive, and know that somehow your struggle is blessing someone’s heart more deeply than you can possibly imagine. May God lay his blessings on you today, and comfort you always with his unfailing love.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  10. andrea Says:

    I read this prayer a few days ago and want to post it here………

    Oh Lord, incline our hearts to your word and to its assurances that you “work all things according to the counsel of your will” and that ” no purpose of yours can be thwarted” and that you are doing good and acting wisely in ways we cannot now even dream. Keep us in peace, Oh Lord, and forbid that we murmur and complain. Grant us humble and submissive hearts under your mighty hand. Teach us to wait and watch for your final and holy purposes in all things. Grant us that we would “rejoice in hope” even when present circumstances bring us to tears. Open the eyes of our hearts to see the greatness of our inheritance in Christ, and send us with tender hands to touch with mercy the miseries and sufferings of this world.

    In Jesus Name we pray, amen.

    In His grip

  11. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Here is the song: MY ANCHOR HOLDS by W.C. Matthew

    Though the angry surges roll o’er my tempest-driven soul
    I am peaceful for I know wildly though the winds may blow
    I’ve an Anchor safe and sure which will evermore endure.

    Mighty tides about me sweep, perils lurk within the deep
    Angry clouds o’ershade the sky, and the tempest rises high;
    Still I stand the tempest’s shock, for my anchor grips the rock.

    Blow your wildest then, Oh Gale, on my bark so small and frail
    By His grace I shall prevail, for my anchor holds, my anchor holds!

    I can feel the anchor fast as I meet each sudden blast
    And the cable, though unseen, bears the heavy strain between; Through the storm I safely ride, till the turning of the tide.

    Troubles almost ‘whelm the soul; Griefs like billows o’er me roll; Tempters seek to lure astray; storms obscure the light of day; BUT IN CHIRST I CAN BE BOLD, I’VE AN ANCHOR THAT SHALL HOLD!

    See if Paul Burton knows this and can play it on the piano for you. (when you’re home again) It has powerful, evocative music, and I love to thunder it out on the piano (mistakes and all!) There is a wonderful bass part in the chorus. It always blesses me tremendously. May it bless you and help you to feel that anchor holding firmly - and being HELD! - by the Rock! Love, Aunt Lil

  12. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy,
    Just checking in on you before I go to bed. I hope that you’re sleeping peacefully, getting some of that healing rest, and on the mend.

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