Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Tuesday Afternoon

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Kathryn's infection and subsequent use of antibiotics put her body in a state of unrest. Her cells do not look favorably upon antibiotics! As a result she has had an abundance of abdominal pain, cramping, and reflux. Her body now seems to need an anti-fungal medication to strike a balance. All of this is new territory for us. There isn't a number to call to ask what her cells might do with a simple round of antibiotics, so we research and pray for wisdom. Kathryn was unable to go to her college today. Since she was looking forward to a visit with her instructor she was disappointed to have to cancel her plans. Even with this new hurdle she has steadily worked on her research paper when she feels good and is making progress.

Qavah is needing another transfusion and it is set up for tomorrow morning. I am feeling stretched thin by the process of trying to get her port removed. I suppose everyone thinks their problem is an emergency so we have to wait like everyone else. It is hard to see Qavah struggle, know that things can change, and have to wait on the system for something to happen.

Equally important to the medical issues is playtime. Qavah has her rice box in the kitchen filled with dry white rice. With her imagination and a few utensils she can busy herself for hours without a care in the world. Kathryn still gets up and puts on lipstick no matter how bad things are. My girls are teaching me that smiling, playing, and wearing lipstick can help keep things in perspective.


  1. I'm sorry to hear that Kathryn has a fungal infection now. My body doesn't like antibiotics either, and I often end up with thrush and have to take anti-fungals for some time. And for me, the thrush often made me feel worse than the original infection!

    I hope things get worked out with Qavah's port removal. I hadn't thought about how many hoops there might be to jump through when the child isn't yet adopted, and though the rules are for their protection, it is frustrating when she needs the help now!

    I'm glad I was able to comment today! So often, I end up with an "error on the page" when I try to even read the comments from a Blogger powered blog.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers!


  2. I agree with Sandy - I hope and pray that things get resolved quickly with Qavah's port issue! I love the idea of a rice box - we may have to 'copy' that one! The kids LOVE sand, so rice is just 'indoor sand'!! Thanks for the idea!!

    Kathryn -
    I'm sorry that you are having issues with the antibiotics! I hope things go better with the antifungals - you are always in my thoughts and prayers!


  3. H. P. S.!

    As I was memorizing my section of Revelation this morning in prayers, I came across a new way of thinking of HPS.

    When there is a sequence of words to memorize, I often make an acronym of short sections which makes them easier to recall. This morning I was memorizing this wonderful praise doxology that was spoken by angels "thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand."(5:11)
    Then 7:11 "They fell down on their faces and worshipped God, saying

    Praise and glory (pg)
    And wisdom and thanks (wt)
    and HONOR AND POWER AND STRENGTH - (HPS)! be to our God forever and ever, Amen!'" Wow! Because Our God is indeed receiving HONOR AND (you and many others are receiving) POWER AND STRENTH, through your condition, Kathryn! So I think we need to start calling it the "Honor, Power and Strength" syndrome.
    :-) Much love, Aunt Lil

  4. This kind of post reminds me of the saying, "Fake It Til You Make It" I think it is something that those of us who have a chronic illness are very well aware of. I was glad to see in the earlier post that Qavah's hospital visit went off without to much of a hitch, and can certainly understand the sobs. I am also glad that God has put such a loving family in her life, as every child deserves someone here on earth to love them too.
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman