Friday, July 15, 2011

He Believes In Me

Kari had her spinal tap and chemo today. Things went well! She had the "Magic Milk" as they call it here and was out in about 15 seconds. Magic Milk is the stuff they put in her IV to knock her out when they do procedures. I HATE seeing her put to sleep. Heavens to Betsy. It's even worse coming back in after the procedure and watching her come out of it. Kari couldn't eat all day and I didn't eat either so she wouldn't be alone. I'm so glad I didn't because, quite frankly, all that stuff puts me in the bathroom.

Kari did receive platelets before the procedure since her counts have to be at least 50 and hers were 20. She is beginning to help the nurses and techs do things like put her blood pressure cuff on and take her own temperature...they are loving it! The nurses and techs have really been good to Kari and tonight Kari and I made them cards and little bead thingies to attach to their badges.

We've also had a blast running around the hospital playing and letting Kari be a kid. Today, they actually took Kari back for her spinal a little sooner than planned and the doctor found us running around the lobby going in and out of the revolving glass doors. LOL!! He was pleased to see Kari so active though. They are slowly weaning Kari off of the antibiotics and fluids to make sure she holds her own without fevers and infections. We are praying that she does great with this because that means we get to go home for a while!!! We long for home but are honestly settling into a routine and I'm thankful for that. It's hard to settle into a hospital room but there are people in here that are in worse situations than us. Some have the same size room as we do and have the whole family staying. We are doing well in comparison!

I know I refer to songs a lot but various songs come to mind at different times when I need them I think. This one helped today during Kari's treatment: (I'll only do a brief part of it)

There's not a problem He doesn't know about
And before He allows me to go in
He's already made a way for me to come out
Everything that we go through has a purpose and a plan
And before I get discouraged I'll just place it in his hand
When I'm up on a mountain or through the world below
I must believe He's got it all in control

And if He thought it was too much
He would have never let me go through this trial
If He didn't think I could take it
He would have stopped me long before I walked this mile
But the thing that keeps me going while the wind and rain is blowing
He approved this long before it happened
He believes in me and that's enough for me to make it all the way


  1. Heavens to Betsy? That's a new one to me! Ha! I hope Kari does good. I know there are a TON of people praying for her. Love you guys!

  2. I want you to know I am praying for your little girl. I don't personaly know you but God does and he has everything under control. Look up to the heavens...God is so nigh you and yours...May God Bless you

  3. Thanking God for a good day. Hope you can go home soon. Love you!


  4. Love you Ashlee! Praying for you all!

  5. Geez(Jeez?), you make me cry every single stinkin night when I get home from work and read your blog for the day!!! We're gonna have to work on that!! Seriously though, I'm so glad my baby is still feeling pretty good right now. I'm even more glad that you may get to go home soon--Sissy is wanting to spend the night with you!! Love you guys, see ya soon!!

    P.S. Where'd that song come from?

  6. I love you all so much! Can't wait to see you all later today! Hope Kari has a wonderful one!! Continually praying!

  7. So glad to hear the good reports :). Our family is praying for lil' Kari. It's so encouraging to read how God is carrying you all through this.

  8. Hi, I am with Brandi I cry every time I read this blog! I love all the pics. We are praying for you girls and all the family. God be your strength today.

  9. I think of you & Kari so much. I understand living in a hospital room. It does sort of become a home to you. But I know you will be glad to sleep in your own beds again. Just know that we love you all so much & are praying for you both.

  10. I just feel so humbled when I read your blogs. Kari is such a little doll and so is your little boy. I know it has to so tough on you right now, but you are facing it in a positive faithful way and that is so important, not only for you, but also for Kari and your family. I pray that all this will soon just be a memory of a victorious time in your life, and that little Kari is completely well soon.

  11. I agree with Judy-you know families seem to take on the attitudes of their mama's. Your kiddos are in great hands:) The way you rely on God and see beauty in the situation is so important to K and M.

    love you all! Hope you get to go home soon and hope to see you soon :)

    Good night

  12. Ashely....your sweet beautiful little girl is in our prayers. I know that God is with you every step of the way. When you have a bad day.....continue to trust! He is the only way we can get through lifes many struggles. We just have to KNOW that He loves us and keep trusting by of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he TRUSTS in YOU." Dana Minton

  13. We have been praying for your little girl and your family. Nothing is bigger than the God we serve....praying in Alabama.


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