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.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

UPDATE ON KATIE

Katie has been in the Hospital most of this week and is expected to stay there through Monday. She was given another unit of blood early this week ( There was a shortage of blood last week. So why didn't they ask Michele to donate for Katie?) They then put a catheter in her leg vein at the groin in preparation for stem cell collection. They began collection on Thursday, and continued on Friday and Saturday and will collect again on Monday. A CAT and PET are next.

Edward and I (Michele), with the three boys, drove up to Houston on Saturday to see Katie. She was in the Hospital. We had hoped for a visit outside the Hospital and wanted to take her out to China Bear and hopefully a theme park. The boys wanted to have some fun with her. We have no schedule of her planned treatments or consultations with the doctors. CPS is providing us with absolutely no information. Yet the judge said we could participate in her treatments. We have no visitation schedule. We have not got a copy of any of the medical data samples from M. D. Anderson yet.

We enjoyed our 4 hour visit with Katie. It really helped to cheer her up. The boys hadn't seen her since June 19th. She has been so traumatized, depressed and stressed out from all the events and separation from her family lately. It has been too long a separation for any child suffering from cancer. How much longer will she be able to bear it? Please return her to our home. The entire visit was supervised and a security guard was present. We had no privacy.

Katie was noticeably thinner, weaker, and had no hair from the chemo treatments. She was not as energetic as normal. Her body bore the long scars of the surgery and so many needle puncture wounds she looked like a drug addict. Her arm viens were shot from drawing so many blood samples. Aside from that she was our wounderful and loving Katie.

They don't have her enrolled in a homebound program yet and school has already started. Edward would have already had all of that done for her. They took her last hope and joy by removing Katie from the Banquete school and away from her friends. She is to be enrolled in Houston. Hope is the thing that cancer patients need most to keep going. Dr. Alter and CPS has destroyed and taken away all of the things that Katie needed and wanted, thus she may lose all hope.

Edward and the family prayed over Katie before we left for home and gave her hugs and kisses.

Michele