I can’t tell you how many times we checked your comments yesterday and today. We even debated whether or not to update the blog because we enjoyed your contributions so much and didn’t want to change the topic. Sometimes your comments about the things you do and the places you go help take us away from here for a little while, just as Aunt Lil said. Please keep sharing your stories with us. You made a lot of your childhood memories come to life for us, and we certainly enjoyed thinking about you all when you were little. Sometime we would like to hear Kendall reading Huck Finn! I am so happy for those of you who wrote about having a child to read to. It is one of life’s joys and if you need a child to read to remember those young moms in your neighborhood or church that could use an hour to get something done while you enjoy reading to their little ones!
“The Katy” is feeling hopeful right now. Today the hematologist took a good look at everything and concluded that Katy could use some help. It took twenty-five minutes for her finger to stop bleeding when she had her blood checked at his office today. He looked at the sores on her body that are not healing and decided to try a drug to improve her clotting time. His diagnosis was vasculitis. We looked it up on the internet and so many of her symptoms were consistent with that diagnosis. All of her problems of rapid heart rate, body aching, fever, chills, inflammatory problems, unbearable pain, and generally feeling sick were listed under vasculitis. This afternoon she will begin a new treatment (new for her) called Methotrexate. It is a drug to replace the Imuran that was so helpful but problematic for people prone to having pancreatitis. Her GI doctor and Hematologist agreed on the dosage today, and we will be starting that tonight. The medication takes awhile to work in the system, so Katy may not feel much relief for three weeks. We are praying that her body will not only tolerate the drug, but it will work very quickly. We are all very hopeful today, but cautious. We are really being super careful about disinfecting sheets and towels because of Katy’s open wounds and MRSA. MRSA is always around, but with a compromised immune system we know how diligent we all must be.
Winter is fast approaching and at four in the afternoon the sky is already darkening. We long for better days for Katy, and hope they will arrive before spring. We thank you for your many acts of kindness that continue to flow from your hearts. Friends dropped off fresh chicken for dinner tonight and again I will not have to cook. Thank you for putting the warmth and light into these shorter winter days.Comments: