Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Long night

Kate was moved to an ICU room last night around 9:30 pm (only for observation purposes). She was receiving care from the nurses every hour on the hour. She received many different drugs throughout the night including narcotics, anti-nausea, steroids, insulin, anti-anxiety meds, etc.

The steroids (given around 3 am) made it hard for her to sleep as her heartbeat was around 110 beats per minute. However, around 5 am they gave her another anti-anxiety med and that lulled her back to sleep.

I was able to get about 4 hours of sleep, from 1-3 am and 5-7 am. I'm tired but hanging in there.

Thank you to everyone that is coordinating the details of our family's care during this time. It is really appreciated.

Please pray that the Lord will be preparing Kate and I for the results of the biopsy on the tumor. Also, please pray that Kate will continue the healing process.

God bless all of you who are supporting us with prayer and support.



Starla Blake said...

Dave and Kate,

I have been catching your entries "on the fly" but am unfamiliar with this "blogging" thing so haven't left any comments. I'm going to give it a good college try this time!

How wonderful that we don't need to know how to blog to communicate with God! I have cried out to Him many times over the past few days on your family's behalf.

Not having walked the path you're on, I feel anything I say would be trite or cliche, but I will defer to the Word of God which is living and active! This is my prayer for you today from Isaiah 40:28-31, one of my favorite verses of encouragement when I feel helpless or weary:

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. The will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

May your family clearly know renewed strength from God!

We continue to pray for you!

Starla Blake (and Brad too)

The Endraskes said...

"Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise."
Jeremiah 17:14

God led me to this verse this morning and I wanted to share it with you.

To Him be all the praise,

Crista Johnson said...

Dear Dave and Kate,
God is so gracious and I am so happy that he is providing for each and every need as it arrises. Rest assured that we will all keep praying with our whole hearts.
Much love and prayers,
Crista Johnson

the Brasovs said...

Dave and Kate,

Our prayer for you two right now is that you would focus on the the God of peace - unlike Peter who, during the storm, choose to focus on his circumstances rather than Jesus' open arms (Matt 14). We sure are praying for you during this recovery phase!

Laura and Adiel

P.S. Dave, Adiel also left you an a longer message last night on your email that hopefully you can access.

Jennifer said...

I'm with your friend, Starla, in not knowing what to say. Thanks for letting us into your life this way. God brings you to mind, and me to prayer for you, quite often.

Jennifer (and Bill) Hughes

Sean Lucas said...

Continuing to pray for you! Love in Christ, Sean

The Gordons said...

We are remembering you throughout the day in prayer Kate & Dave. Our van radio is "off" these days (uncommon) so that we remember to pray for you often as we commute about.

With much love,
Maria Gordon

Anonymous said...

Dave & Katie,
Our prayers for you both, sometimes we do not understand why the Lord does what He does, but HE is in control! Give it all to Him!
Tim & Trudy Rockhold

Anonymous said...

Dave and Kate,
Our God is so big, continue to trust in him and know we are praying for you in Colorado, too.

Whispering Pines Church

Naomi Becker said...

I am one of the women in your Tuesday morning bible study at E-Free. During the study of I Peter, you have touched my heart and I have loved hearing all that you have to share each week. You have certainly been a blessing to me!
I have a scripture that keeps coming to my mind as I think about you and pray for you. It is from Psalm 46 - "Be still and know that I am God." Knowing you for just 2 short months, it doesn't seem that you are the type of person who is still very often. I imagine that even when you have a minute to sit down (ha-ha), you don't relax. You're probably doing something for someone else - for Dave, the boys, a sick friend, etc. Well, God is imposing this 'still' time on you now. He's stopped you in your tracks and it is neither easy nor pleasant. The path you are going down right now is incredibly hard - none of us would choose to be where you and Dave are (though many of us would have traded places with you had God allowed it!) Yet, God, in His infinite mercy and grace, put you in this situation at this time for a purpose - nothing happens outside of His hand. He was with you at your greatest time of joy and He is with you now. (If only we had eyes to see the mighty army of angels that surround you!) We don't even have to go to Him - He comes to us and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us even when we don't know how to pray or we're unable to pray. Today I'm praying for a clear report from the pathologist, for your pain to be managed well, and for you to have an overwhelming sense of God's love and care.
Naomi Becker

Anonymous said...

Kate and Dave,
My current prayers for the two of you are that God would help you both to feel rested and refreshed, despite your lack of sleep; that you would have clarity of thought, as needed, to process info/make decisions; that the pathology results would be totally benign and would be known quickly; that Kate's pain would be managed effectively, and that you might even share special moments with each other (even in the midst of today) that will become precious memories you'll cherish together in the years to come.... That may seem like a tall order, but not for our God!
It's taking me forever to write this, because my funny two year old, Carly, has interrupted countless times, asking "What's that?", etc. as 2 year olds do. Though I am attempting to continue to parent my children well and keep up with my normal responsibilities around the house, I find myself always coming back to thoughts and prayers for you and the boys. I stayed up till midnight last night just reading all the entries in your blog, waiting for updates, and praying.
It is a strange pleasure, if that makes ANY sense!
Please give Kate my love,
Tiffani Gibbs