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Katie is 13 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease, a lymphatic cancer. This site is a request to pray for her. Call her prayer pager 1-361-333-KATY (5289), enter your ZipCode and # key, to let her know you have prayed for her. Updates of her progress will be posted on the site. The Power of Prayer is Awesome.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Katie is Back in Hospital Needs Blood Transfusions

Katie was put back in the hospital after her last chemo because her blood counts were too low. She needed platelets and a blood transfusion according to the doctor. My wife and I had asked the doctor to postpone her last chemo for one week so Katie could get stronger and so she could attend her Bible Drill competition in Houston. He also knew we were religiously opposed to a blood transfusion. (We are not Jehovah Witnesses but it is Biblical. ) And we had given him other options such as storing Katie's own blood, or getting blood from her mom. He did not act on these requests. He did not postpone the chemo. She still went to the Bible Drill competion in Houston after chemo but was not strong enough to perform at her best and she did not win to go on to state.

The doctor had a hospital social worker call the Texas Child Protection Services and did the blood transfusion without our approval. They told us in Texas ( and most states) we have no right to refuse a medical treatment for our child. The parents have no rights at all to decide on the childs treatments with the doctor. The doctor is playing God. It isn't the cancer that is killing her and making her blood counts low. It is the chemo treatments themselves that make the blood counts low and caused the need for blood transfusions. If doctor Alter had waited another week as we reqested she would have recovered enough not to need a blood transfusion.

The chemo treatments are barbaric, consisting of deadly chemicals that were even baned from war, and work on the premise that cancer is a fast growing cell and if you can kill all the fast growing cells in the body you can kill the cancer, if you don't end up killing the patient too or dying from a secondary infection ( then you didn't die from the cancer). Of course you have fast growing cells in your hair, your mouth and throat lining and your stomach lining and that is why your hair falls out and your mouth, throat and stomach linings slough off and cause all the mouth and throat sores and you through up your insides and get diarrhea.

While she was in the hospital this time her mouth and throat sloughed off and was raw and she had mucositis. Her body was producing so much mucos in her throat she couldn't swallow and was choking on the stuff and coughing it up and throughing it up. She couldn't and didn't eat anything for four days. They had her on IV's, potassium and saline, but no feeding tube. She lost about 8 pounds and she didn't need to lose another ounce. I don't call that proper care. I think of Terrie Schiavo. That woman didn't have to die.

Why was it worse this time? Well my wife found out that they give ever increasing doses of the chemo drugs after each treatment. The doctor and social worker also did not help things by not giving Katie a positive attitude and a will and desire to go on and compete in her Bible Drill and softball. They said "there is always next year". But that is her life, and what she enjoys and looks forward to. They have also taken her out of school and away from her friends. When her immune system is strong enough I take her to the school for lunch so she can be with her classmates and friends. Baseball, school, church, and her friends are what keeps her going. She told me at the beginning that "its only cancer, dad". She didn't want to be informed of what was going to happen in the future and all the possible side effects. She said she would take it one day at a time. She is my brave little christian soldier. Got to quit before I cry.

She got out of the hospital on April 11th. She will beat this. Thanks for all your prayers.

Dad

4 Comments:

  • At Thu Jun 09, 11:25:00 AM 2005, Blogger daly said…

    you seem more upset that she did not make state in bible drill than of the cancer?

    You don't like your doctor, go to another. That is your right.

     
  • At Sat Jun 11, 07:59:00 PM 2005, Blogger Robyn Openshaw-Pay said…

    Mr. and Mrs. Wernecke,

    I am a mother of four, college professor, MSW social worker, and author. Give my best to Katie and know that my family will be praying for you and her. I am writing a book on families like yours who refuse or question a treatment demanded by a doctor and have their children taken by CPS.

    As a parent attacked by the child welfare system, you have fewer rights than an accused murderer or rapist: no rule of law, no innocent until proven guilty, no due process.

    This poster "daly" is operating under the false assumption most have. When it comes to your kids, in all 50 states, you do NOT have the right to go to another doctor. If your doctor reports you to CPS, generally the Atty. General, Guardian ad Litem assigned to your child, and DCFS will all work in concert to take your child (and other children--you aren't the first this has happened to) to force that doctor's will on you with no access to other untainted opinions (even if other doctors agree that the treatment is controversial).

    I would like to hook you up with the Jensen family. The Parker Jensen story in Utah was international news in '03 (our state's third-biggest story that year, ahead of our governor being named head of the EPA). They questioned the cancer diagnosis and the doctor's choice of treatment for 12-year Parker. I have written the story and may not be able to share it with you, as they are beginning a lawsuit against the state of Utah. But they won (at great cost).

    I spent the morning helping Diane Mendez of ABC World News Tonight before your story ran on Thurs. night, followed by the Parker Jensen followup (two years later, he is still free of any signs of cancer, despite doctors swearing in court in '03 that he would be full of metastasized cancer in two weeks without chemo).

    Please contact me so I can send you some of the stories I have written of families who have been attacked as you have in other states. I would like to help you and work with you (free of charge).

    Oncology is truly the most barbaric science within allopathic medicine, and until that doctor can guarantee you in writing that his "cure" will work and not harm or kill Katie, he should have no right to force treatment.

    God bless you for fighting for what you know to be best for your daughter.

    Sincerely,

    Robyn Openshaw-Pay
    robyn@oppublishing.net
    (801) 785-2113

     
  • At Sat Jun 11, 08:00:00 PM 2005, Blogger Robyn Openshaw-Pay said…

    Mr. and Mrs. Wernecke,

    I am a mother of four, college professor, MSW social worker, and author. Give my best to Katie and know that my family will be praying for you and her. I am writing a book on families like yours who refuse or question a treatment demanded by a doctor and have their children taken by CPS.

    As a parent attacked by the child welfare system, you have fewer rights than an accused murderer or rapist: no rule of law, no innocent until proven guilty, no due process.

    This poster "daly" is operating under the false assumption most have. When it comes to your kids, in all 50 states, you do NOT have the right to go to another doctor. If your doctor reports you to CPS, generally the Atty. General, Guardian ad Litem assigned to your child, and DCFS will all work in concert to take your child (and other children--you aren't the first this has happened to) to force that doctor's will on you with no access to other untainted opinions (even if other doctors agree that the treatment is controversial).

    I would like to hook you up with the Jensen family. The Parker Jensen story in Utah was international news in '03 (our state's third-biggest story that year, ahead of our governor being named head of the EPA). They questioned the cancer diagnosis and the doctor's choice of treatment for 12-year Parker. I have written the story and may not be able to share it with you, as they are beginning a lawsuit against the state of Utah. But they won (at great cost).

    I spent the morning helping Diane Mendez of ABC World News Tonight before your story ran on Thurs. night, followed by the Parker Jensen followup (two years later, he is still free of any signs of cancer, despite doctors swearing in court in '03 that he would be full of metastasized cancer in two weeks without chemo).

    Please contact me so I can send you some of the stories I have written of families who have been attacked as you have in other states. I would like to help you and work with you (free of charge).

    Oncology is truly the most barbaric science within allopathic medicine, and until that doctor can guarantee you in writing that his "cure" will work and not harm or kill Katie, he should have no right to force treatment.

    God bless you for fighting for what you know to be best for your daughter.

    Sincerely,

    Robyn Openshaw-Pay
    robyn@oppublishing.net
    (801) 785-2113

     
  • At Tue Nov 01, 12:17:00 AM 2005, Blogger Editor said…

    Wow that´s a great blog that you have there, mine is slightly differnent but it basically covers the same topics.

    I have a colon cancer treatment site. It pretty much covers Cancer related stuff.

    Check it out, you won´t regret it... Cheers.. Roger From Http://www.havecancer.com

     

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