Sunday, April 29, 2007

Being Honest

I read over the notes I had taken when Katy last spent time with Jesus in Heaven. He told us to be honest in the blog writing about Katy’s condition but to not let people pity us, because everything we are going through will one day bring great blessing. So here with Katy’s permission I will write honestly about Katy’s issues of the past week and you will know why we have great reason to rejoice.

Last week, even with the Remicade treatment, Katy began having profound diarrhea which is typical of the HPS Crohn’s-like problems. Then she started bleeding. The problem became so intense that her electrolyte levels were thrown off, so much so that at times she would start with muscle spasms and I would literally cry out to God and ask, “Please show me which one of the minerals to give her!” Too much magnesium causes extreme fatigue and muscle weakness to the point of collapse. Too much calcium doubles the intensity of the spasms and adds to Katy’s misery.

One day last week just before dinner, Katy suddenly stiffened and her entire body was gripped in a full-body muscle lockup. Paul carried her to the sofa. Her body was like a stiff mannequin. This time her breathing was in short gasps and I quickly called her doctor. He gave us some things to do (blood pressure check, etc). We put a bag to her face to breathe into to get her oxygen level stable because she was hyperventilating, and when her breathing became regular she was able to open her mouth just a little bit. The phone rang again, it was her doctor, and while we were talking, Katy began to repeat “Bananas, bananas, Jesus said eat bananas tonight!” Paul went to the store for bananas. Her doctor, who understands that Jesus is the Great Physician, said joyfully, “Potassium! And the bananas will help with the diarrhea!” After more research he discovered that bananas also have magnesium in them. Two and a half bananas later, Katy was sitting up chatting happily and has had bananas every day since. They are keeping her electrolytes stable and today she is doing great. We had a terrific weekend and have not only captured a few hundred more dust balls, her walk-in closet is being remade into a small office. Now she will have her computer and all her school-related materials right in her very own room. She has a “project” and is extremely happy to have a new goal.

This is such a remarkable change from just a few days ago when I woke up, looked in on Katy, and knew it was going to be a rough day. Katy was crying softly and felt so bad. I prayed for something good to happen for her. An hour later, someone I had not heard from in a long time called and offered to bring the dramatic radio presentation of At Home In Mitford for us to borrow. When she brought it by she left the CDs on the back porch along with a beautiful card and fresh flowers for Katy. Again, I was a witness to the tender care the Lord sends Katy’s way just when she needs it most. His love and compassion are new every morning. So we rejoice over hearing directly from the Great Physician, restoration for Katy, and God showing us His love through a caring friend. That’s a marvelous way to start a new week.


  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m so glad you all updated. I was starting to worry that Katy had taken a bad turn again (and it appears she had). I almost cried reading that. I got scared at first thinking something bad had happened, and then rejoiced and praised God for creating bananas!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!! His goodness is mind-blowing. I’m continually in awe at His provision. :) Thanks for sharing and for being honest.
    With love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. andrea russell Says:

    Katy and Dawn,
    I feel the same way a the person above me..LOL

    bananas who wouldve thought!!!!!!!! :)

    Dawn, you asked me about coming to your small group on Sundays and you have no idea how much I really want to! But I promise you this, whenever I am able to have another car I will be there every sunday night for your group. I love you and your Family so much even though we dont know each other that well yet, but I hope this will change. I am very impressed with your Families faith, and cant wait to get to know you all MUCH better :)
    For some reason I feel so drawn to you guys!

    Love and lots of Blessings

  3. Aleah Yunger Says:

    It’s a relief to read an update - I had been worried as well! Hopeful that things were just going so great, there was nothing to tell… but also worried. I am so glad to hear about God’s great provision for you — I’m thankful you obeyed Him in His call for honesty. You continue to minister to me (and I’m sure everyone who reads this) by your honesty — I know why He asked it of you — it is part of the power of this blog! My prayers are with you, Katy, for health, and with you, Dawn, for strength and God’s presence. I really plan to come see you soon — I will give you a call in the near future! Love in Christ, Aleah

  4. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Me, too, I was getting concerned, tho I knew from my phone call that Jesus ordered Bananas! And I know they are high in potassium. I have to get my Pastor to read this one. For some strange reason he thinks bananas are God’s worst food! They are wonderful in Africa ’cause even the tiny tots can eat them and they come in sterile packs with the cover to hold on while you eat, in case there are billions of germs on your hands which is mostly true there!

    We are packed and will be out of here by 10 AM tomorrow, Lord willing. :-)
    I’ve sent you the two e-mails we can be reached at while in Brazil, and I’m taking yours, too, and hope to check in on the blog a few times.

    May the Lord, the precious Lord Jesus, lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, PEACE.

    I love you all, Aunt Lil

  5. Jes Says:

    Hey guys!
    This is the first time I’ve been able to be online since Saturday and I’m so thankful for the update and for our Great Healer!

    We arrived in FL for a much needed visit w/ Josh on Saturday night. The kids were WONDERFUL on the plane - never cried, played the whole time…on Sunday morning - Noah had diarrhea. Sunday afternoon - Lydia started vomiting. We were off to a rough start! But before bed, Noah and I prayed for Lydia…she was just a limp little rag w/ no energy, laying between us. (Josh is working 3rd shift so he was gone while all this was happening!) We prayed for God to help her stop vomiting and to help her have a better day. This morning - she was so much better! Noah and I talked about how God answers our prayers and how He healed her over night and sent his angels to watch over her and help her get better. It was the sweetest moment to see his eyes light up when we talked about how Jesus helped her. When Josh got up this afternoon - Noah wanted to tell his Daddy about our answered prayer. I know you guys can relate to this story - our God is so big and it’s so fun to be able to share that with others!!!! We rejoice with you over healings!!
    Love you!

  6. Beth Sprankle Says:

    I can’t read the updates without having my heart touched. Praising God for His goodness, for His presence. Praying for you all today…..