Pray for Katie

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Katie Suffering Physically and Emotionally

Katie's blood counts are still down even after the blood transfusion. White blood cell counts were 2.8 on August 8, 0.2 on August 11 before transfusion, and now .02 on August 13 after transfusion, nearly non-existent. The possibility of a life threatening infection are great. Before and after transfusion her counts were WBC 0.2, .02, RBC 2, 2.53, Hemoglobin 6.8, 8.4, Hemacrit 18.7, 23.3, Platelets 11, 28 respectively. These are all way below normal values. The blood and platelets didn't help much.

Judging from the number of phone calls and the conversations, Katie is very emotionally distraught. Katie is also having difficulty adjusting to her new foster home. CPS has taken her out of her home environment and has caused this mental harm.

Katie has had to give up everything important in her life now and has nothing left to look forward too. Dr. Alter destroyed her hopes of winning Bible Drill saying it wasn't important and refusing to give her a few days off. She had to give up softball when CPS kidnapped her out of our home in early June. Katie had no summer fun time and has not seen her brothers for months. Her brothers keep her going. Katie has been isolated and removed from all her friends. Katie wanted to be enrolled in her old school in Banquete this fall, and is now being forced to go to school in Houston by CPS. School was very important to Katie and now they have completely taken everything away. Her friends were there, and we gave Katie every opportunity to attend, even if just at lunch time, to see and be with her friends. Katie has nothing left that she enjoyed or could look forward to. School classes do not match between the two schools and so if Katie returns in mid-year she will lose at least 2 classes and be behind in her school work. This too causes stress to Katie. She did read several books for the Banquete schools English course this summer and that was lost. She done the work and didn't get any credit for it. This is a straight A student. She will also be taking classes that are not all adaptable to homebound instruction. Will Katie lose all hope and her will to live?

Can Katie survive having lost all hope and separated from the love and care of her family? We don't think she can take any more. We do our best to encourage her by phone and try to keep her going. She really needs to come home before it is too late.