Learning Curve

We are all on a huge learning curve. But we are learning. Learning what parts of the day are best for Mom. Learning some of her ‘tells’ for when she is in pain because she NEVER complains! Learning new nurses (so far we have yet to have the same nurse twice), learning how this rehab works, learning what Mom can and can’t do, learning how to help her do simple things, etc.

We are learning that the moving around has increased Mom’s pain significantly (primarily in her head and shoulders). Today her pain was severe and a level ten (and she has a very high pain tolerance! she has only had a ten once and that was after brain surgery). But we are learning what meds work, what things can soothe, etc. And also learning that we can trust Jesus with those things. At our lowest point today my cousin and aunt walked in and prayed with us, brought lunch and held Mom’s hand through the worst of it!

We are also learning in a new way that Mom is a hard worker! Our ‘Ebenezer’ today was that in the midst of her pain PT was gracious and worked with her in bed and we saw her foot move more than once. It was slight movement but it was movement! We thank Jesus for these baby steps that encourage us on this journey!

Jesus is helping us! Hour by hour day by day. As life has ‘moved on’ so many of you continue to write, text, call, read the blog, and most importantly pray. Please know that we do not take that for granted! Especially as we enter week 4 of this journey! We are humbled and eternally grateful for those of you who carry my Mom (and all of us) so faithfully!

A verse that was sent to us and strengthened us through our day was II Tim.4:17a “The LORD stood at my side and gave me strength…” He stands with us even when we can’t stand on our own! And He gave us strength for today! Trusting Him for tomorrow!

 

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18 thoughts on “Learning Curve

  1. Our almost 5 year old grandson Ransom lives with us. He prays for Katy at every meal, asks me for updates, and has a genuine concern for her. Baby steps. Baby steps. Out of the mouths of babes tonight, “Please bless Miss Katy and help her walk again.” Blessings,
    Bobbi Graves, for Jack and Ransom, too.

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  2. Praying for your Mom daily as she fights this battle with our Almighty God right with her. Her courage and yours are an inspiration to me, as I fight my extra long recovery from open heart surgery, which has not gone well. Reading about her non complaining spirit …I feel guilty, yet very inspired….please let her know that in the midst of her trials, she has witnessed and been an example to so many, but especially to this sister in Christ. May she experience God’s supernatural healing quickly and may you, her family , find peace and hope and rest in Jesus. In Him, Rena Doran

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  3. It was an unpacking day for me and a clean up day! I had my granddaughters (3&5) for 11 days before Xmas, then flew with them straight to tx for Christmas and New Years. It was a quiet day so Katie and her PT sessions were on my mind most of the day. Every time I lifted or carried something , I was reminded to pray for her as she relearns how to move. Praying Jesus would restore movement. Patience. My Katie who is a doctor said that lots of things depend on lots of other things…. And the brain is so ‘wired’ to sometimes creatively draw from other parts when some parts are damaged. Creative restoration by God! That’s how I prayed for Katie today. I prayed for the therapist. Wisdom, discernment. Reading every word of your updates…. And praying !

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  4. Oh Katy my heart is so broken as you suffer so greatly through this journey. I cry out to God believing that He hears our prayers and answers. He loves you so deeply and so do I.

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  5. Thanks again Anna for so faithfully giving us these updates on your mom. He has gifted you with words and being able to communicate them for us.

    Been reading this the past couple of days, praying for Katy..
    “I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-8‬

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  6. One of my favorite verses is Nehemiah 8:10…Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
    “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Read it carefully…it is not OUR joy, but it is the Lord’s joy that is our strength! How do we give the Lord joy? It is all in print for us & how to serve Him. Putting His Word into actions is what gives Him joy. Scripture says to hide His Word in your heart so that you may not sin. Mother Teresa said it this way, “The joy of Jesus will be my strength—it will be in my heart. Every person I meet will see it in my work, my walk, my prayer—in everything.” We need to be “everything” believers.
    Katy, Stanley, ALL of you have given the Lord great joy. I believe that Katy will show all who know her God’s glory & honor as she is healed. This is a testimony to being an “everything” believer…
    (Thank you, Anna, for your blog writings. Your sharing has helped many understand how strong our faith needs to be.)

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  7. Praying fervently for the Lord’s presence to be felt in every moment of the day and night. May you know He goes before you–each of you as you are all processing through a journey you never dreamed you would take. God is truly our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT HELP in days of trouble. Continue to lean hard, and trust His heart for He knows the plans He has for each of you. God bless you tonight with peace and rest.

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  8. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go to the heights. Habakkuk 3:19
    He is the one who enables … praying and trusting for freedom from pain, better communication amongst care providers, courage for each moment, miracles. Do not lose heart, He is Jehovah Jireh.

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  9. Each day will be different and new things crop up and accomplishments will be made. We continue to pray for you all and for the family who went back to homes and schools and routines. Coming from a former rehab. center employee, this will be the hardest thing your mom has ever done………rehab requires a lot from her, physically, mentally, emotionally……etc. But it is so important for the long road of getting better. He is Able! So glad you have so many around you who are close to stop in and give encouragement and help. Gail and Judy McQueen

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  10. I wake up everyday to see how Katy and you all are doing; I am amazed by your faithfulness and I can feel your beautiful soul and will continue to pray, thank you so much for the updates. Love in Christ – Chrissy

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  11. Still praying every day for your precious mom. This morning I prayed again for complete and total healing…a full blown miracle that would show all the people who know your mom’s story, would instantly recognize it as nothing less than a miracle from God and that believers would give God the full glory, not because of our prayers, but because of His majesty…and for unbelievers to become believers.

    Love in Christ, RK​

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  12. Wanted to say a special thanks for Liz and Anna for so faithfully keeping us informed with daily blog updates and letting us know how we can pray. You’ve done an amazing job. You guys are great writers, just like some other folks in your family! 🙂 Our kids check the blog faithfully everyday and it’s been a privilege to pray for you as a family.

    Katy, love you so much. You are continually in our thoughts or prayers. I have a little figurine you gave me a few years ago right by my sink. It reminds me of you and reminds me to pray!

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  13. I am so thankful that the Wiggams invited me to the David Study at the FAS. I was reunited with my Asbury colleagues Katie and Stan. They welcomed me with so much love. One Tuesday night Katie taught the lesson and I learned and experienced Katie’s love for God’s Word. Having experienced this I know Katie’s strength comes from her faith and trust in God and the love of Stan and their children and friends. What a witness this is for me. It strengthens my trust in the power of prayer. Blessings to all. Peggy Welch

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