Tuesday, June 05, 2007

More good days!

This morning Katy had an appointment with her endocrinologist that was very helpful. We were home only a couple of hours when his nurse called to tell me that Katy needed more potassium, so she took some. We may never know why her potassium levels remain low, but Katy has learned to recognize the signs and takes it before there is more trouble. Today her blood work revealed it, but many times she feels a tightening of her chest and begins to feel like it is hard to breathe. Then she knows she has to eat a banana or take potassium quickly. It turns things around in about fifteen minutes.

Katy has been smiling most of the day and feels so much better. It seems the Imuran is working for her. She also keeps a careful watch of her electrolytes. She has stated several times today that she feels her strength returning. Therefore, she has been making plans with friends and finding ways to be helpful around the house. She enjoys housework and cleaning so we plan to get at some of the projects around here that are collecting dust. We are having so much fun doing the ordinary things! The ordinary things of life become extraordinary when the capability to do them returns.

A year ago Katy couldn’t swallow food. Today she topped off lunch with a banana milk shake. A year ago she was not able to get out of bed. Today she needed only a ten minute nap. Today she said that having the blog was so much fun because the good reports have started filling the screen. Katy said, “When people pray you through so many hard times it is good for them to see that God hears and answers and displays His glory in all things.” We know how so many of you were agonizing over her condition. Several wrote to us privately asking if there was anything more that could be done, including volunteering to transport her to the Mayo Clinic. But we did all we knew how to do, including natural foods and remedies. And we all prayed. Now it seems that a combination of medication has been found that is helping and we are seeing little changes daily. We know we need to be watchful, but join us by breathing a big sigh of relief and praise our God who does all things well.

  1. Trisha Ferris Says:

    I continue to follow the Campbell saga & I’m sure many who never leave comments are just as attentive. Whether the news is disappointing or upbeat, I and many others are praying for you daily. Your efforts at keeping us informed are probably tedious for you at times, so I thank you for all the posts.

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Our God does indeed do all things well. Thank you for the encouraging reminder. :-) I praise Him for your continued better health!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    What a year. Katy, I’m so thrilled you’re doing so much better!

  4. Candice & Crystal Sipe Says:

    Dear Katy,

    We are so happy your doing so well. This is such an encouragment knowing your having good days. I’ll bet it feels wonderful to be doing “normal things”, I had to giggle when your mom said you enjoyed doing house cleaning. You must be feeling very well. LOL!! Praise God!! Please know, that we love you and we are praying for you always. Love, Candice & Crystal

  5. lburk Says:

    HI/..I am cleaning too..house guests coming next weekend for three nights…good grief I had to do closets, vanities, etc..yikes…………..
    but today I will have some fun..lunch and a movie with girlfriends..hope you can schedule some fun times too.
    Today is JT’s 24 birthday. He is a big guy now. JT loves driving his little black convertible sports car, hoping to attract a cute girlfriend. Will keep you posted if I hear evidence of his success.
    Hugs to all the family,

  6. Danielle Says:

    I am so glad that things are going so much better. This blog was an inspiration to me. My husband and I are adopting a seven year old little girl, Zoe, from Liberia. She has sickle cell anemia. I have had many sleepless nights wondering how we will manage, but I know the Lord has us covered. Thank you for sharing.

    I will add you to my prayers.

  7. The Pearls Says:

    Hi Katy,
    What wonderful news. The Pearls have been out of town and returning to news of your wonderful days and doing of everyday things is beyond fabulous. We will continue to pray for you and praise God for his goodness.

  8. Colin Says:

    Hi Katy!

    I know I haven’t seen you in awhile and I just wanted to let you know I’m so glad you’re feeling SO much better! Maybe we can get back into playing Settlers one of these days - and play it at our house!

    Your bro