Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A year

When I think back to our daily lives before HPS symptoms appeared it seems too long ago that Katy was able to sit down to a family meal and really enjoy it. But in other ways it seems that the whole year has flown by. Annelise was a newborn last Christmas; now she’s a toddler. Qavah was not even a thought in our heads, and tonight she is sound asleep in her own room upstairs. Before long we will have another little one running around. Colin and Jenn announced their new baby is due in June so we are happily looking forward to having another little Campbell around next Christmas. As a family we are so grateful for all God’s goodness to us.

We have more good news about Katy’s labs tonight. Her lipase level has dropped and liver function level is also dropping in the right direction. The drug, Urso, is beginning to work so I have been able to cut Katy’s doses of pain medication by half. Her labs indicate that the Methotrexate is doing the right thing in her body and she is adjusting to the drug beautifully. The dose will go up a little bit this week. After that she will maintain with a once a week dose, have blood labs drawn every two weeks, and liver function tests every fourth week. If it offers her a near-normal life for a while we will be so grateful. Her food intake is still less than two hundred calories a day but it seems to be just enough to keep her going. Yesterday she tried Beachnut Baby Food’s ginger chicken with vegetables. She liked it so well she suggested that I consider serving it over rice at a family meal. Perhaps if some of you would try a jar sometime, you can give her your review. She’d like to hear from you about that.

Colin and Jenn volunteered to take care of the girls Thursday while Paul and I get away overnight to celebrate our anniversary. We both need sleep so badly that we are thinking about finding a quiet place to rest and sleep as late as we want. That is our idea of a good time these days. We must be feeling our ages!

Comments:
  1. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    Happy “almost a third of a century” to you two!!

    Christmas cards … whenever did you squeeze in time??? I just began my US ones today here in Annapolis at Ellen’s home.

    So glad you have a glimpse of better days for Katy today!!

  2. Doris Harriff Says:

    So glad to hear the evidence that Katy’s medications are doing the job they should! I pray that they will continue, so that Katy can function normally once more.

    And the coming little one? Another one to add to my prayer list! I have a category on my prayer list just for “the little ones.” The oldest on the list is Lois’s great-granddaughter, Emmah, and the youngest - at this point - is my great-granddaughter, Keely.

    I expect Qavah will seem more like a sister than an aunt to Colin & Jenn’s children!

  3. lburk Says:

    yeah.. an opportunity to get away and sleep..a true gift,………enjoy your anniversary..a wonderful example for your family..hugs to all, Linda

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    I’m putting Beachnut Baby Food’s ginger chicken with veggies on my shopping list, Katy! Sounds delicious! And Paul and Dawn, you know I’ve been praying for you to be able to get away …and now its anniversary time! Wonderful. Let’s all pray they find a truly QUIET place to rest and relax and be together again. Praise God and Hallelujah that Katy’s meds are working! May it bring in a lllooonnnnngggg time of improvement!

    Love, Aunt Lil

  5. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dawn, I want to wish you and Paul a very Happy Anniverssary!!! I am also glad that Katy seems to be improving. I just pray this continues, and finally some peace and normalcy for Katy once again. If I don’t write before…I hope that you all have a very mery ad blessed Christmas!!
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman

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