Qavah has a sweet expression that sounds like a little song when she says it. “I can do it,” is her cheerful reply when we show her how to do something and she wants to take over the task. This morning when she woke up I thought she seemed extra quiet and thoughtful, though she still got up smiling. After breakfast I took her to the hematology lab for a blood test. She came home and made her way out to the swing set. She had a high ol’ time swinging with all her might. Then the phone rang with the news that her blood count was 6.3. When the nurse from hematology said, “you might just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch cartoons and we’ll transfuse her in the morning,” I looked out across the lawn at this sweet little wisp of a girl singing and swinging, and thought, “I can do it,” is a very good attitude to live with.
Katy’s labs came back today with elevated liver and pancreas enzymes. She told me two weeks ago that she knew her pancreas wasn’t functioning right and the pain in her left ribs right through to her back was a telltale sign. At that time, she had labs that indicated “normal” function and we just laughed. It is so often the case. After two weeks of excruciating pain the labs drawn yesterday told the story. The nurse called to tell us not to feed Katy anything but water and maybe Slim Fast. Her GI doctor is going to try to get her liver and pancreas to settle down with a drug called Urso. Katy knew two weeks ago that something was up, but in order to be treated she had to wait until the blood work proved it. She is taking the “no food” directive with a grin because she stopped eating last week. At the rate the methotrexate is working, and the two weeks it will take for the Urso to begin to work, we know we have a rough road ahead for the next few weeks, but as Qavah says, “I can do it!”
Lord, you made these two very dear girls, and their struggles are precious in your sight. Their strength for each day comes from you, the sustainer of life. When the road they must travel is the roughest, give them the grace to say, “I can do it!” I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13.Comments: