Today's Inspiration: Faith and Love - it really is just that simple. Amen!
Hello, Prayer Warriors - all of our family and friends near and far!
We greet you on this Feast Day of St. Jude Thaddeus with hope filled hearts in, and immeasurable gratitude for, God's kindnesses and mercies.
All things considered, Katie has had a super great week! All praise and thanksgiving to God!
First things first, that nasty UTI is gone. Praise The Lord! The excruciating pain Katie exhibited during that UTI was heartbreaking. It is difficult enough to watch helplessly as Katie is currently a prisoner in her body, but the pain of that UTI on top of everything else was a real breaking point for those of us watching. (Side note of faith: Many of the Apostles and first disciples of Jesus were imprisoned - prayerfully consider how The Holy Spirit and Angels responded to their needs. What perfect reminders of trust, surrender, and The Glory of God. Amen!)
Katie has looked great; in fact, she is looking better and better with each day! Katie has been sweat free compared to the significant episodes of sweating she has experienced. Her vitals and numbers have been safe and in normal ranges pretty consistently all week. Katie's movements have increased. Her chair therapy has been wonderful and has signs of improvement. She has been stretching really well with the therapy team, and they offer positive feedback regarding Katie's mobility. They have had her sitting up on the side of her bed. She continues to exhibit impressive strength - even with an almost forty pounds of muscle weight loss. Katie continues to hold up her own head - small steps, small victories. Amen!
We have a witness of Katie turning her own head from left to right. We, The Fam, have heard Katie cough and sneeze this week on multiple occasions. Man, it feels so very wonderful to hear her voice! Katie continues to make sounds, and again, in those moments we get to HEAR HER! It is awesome! Amen!
Katie has sporadically tracked us and/or pictures that we have shared with her. And today during therapy, when leaning forward she (slightly) moved her arms to where it appeared she was trying to catch herself. A cognitive response to prevent falling...it leaves us without the right words to express our joy for such a victory in The Lord's Name!
And the greatest news of all...
One of Katie's nurses asked Katie a question about tasting water when a flush was given through Kate's feeding tube. Mom and Nurse both heard Katie say, "No." A distinguishable and decipherable word! Amen! Amen! Amen! You may recall earlier this summer, while at Kindred Hospital, there was an incident where one of Katie's care team members heard her say, "No." It is incredible! What perfect examples of God's majesty and power!
And if all that wasn't exciting enough, this same Regency nurse gave Katie a spoonful of water and Kate swallowed. Another story of swallowing! This is fantastic and purposeful and voluntary! Thanks be to God!
Now, we just need increased and consistent things like these. Voluntary movements and regular, purposeful (medically approved) interactions and reactions between Katie and her environment and various stimuli - normalcy and full functionality for Katie - please join us in these very specific prayers through Christ our Lord, Amen!
We cannot emphasize the importance of the power of prayer in and for and during this journey. Your prayers matter, so we continue to ask for them. Please trust, that we are eternally grateful for your time, efforts and many avenues of support that you offer us.
In closing, we ask you to join us in this prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus on this October 28th, his feast day and day 142 of Katie's journey of full restoration and recovery for the building of God's Kingdom.
"O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honoureth and invoketh thee universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for us, who are so miserable. Make use, we implore thee, of that particular privilege accorded to thee, to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to Katie's assistance in this great need, that we may all receive the consolation and succor of Heaven in all our necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly (here make your request) and that we may praise God with thee and all the elect throughout eternity. We promise thee, O blessed Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favour, to always honour thee as our special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to thee. Amen."
Also, please keep in mind the following:
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2: All Souls Day
November 7: 7 AM Mass at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend is being said and offered for Katie's health needs and intentions. This is Sarah's school's parish. If you are able to celebrate the Eucharist with us that day, please consider joining us - near and far.
November 11: Ryan's birthday
November 13: Katie's birthday
If you ask us, many great opportunities this upcoming month for a biblical proportion miracle! Smiles.
Also this month, an event for TeamKATIE is being hosted in Ironton courtesy of a joint effort between our Rock Hill family and community coupled with our Catholic Community of Ironton family. As we learn more details, we will happily share them with you.
Until next time, peace and love to all of you from us. Please remember: Ducks fly together.