Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A favor, please?

My friend Katie who suddenly lost her mother last week is heading to the hospital this morning with her son. Jake is 8 years old and he weighs roughly the same as KayTar. He gets his feedings through a j-tube, but it hasn't been working well. He has lost 6 pounds in the last month. He needs surgery on his j-tube site, but because he is now nutritionally compromised, they cannot operate. They will be putting in a PICC line today at 1pm, to attempt to get him nutritionally stable and build him back up enough for the surgery he is in need of. Yesterday, his nurses at the care facility had to start him on oxygen because the whites of his eyes were going gray and his oxygen levels were falling between 63-83. Katie was in the hospital with Jake at this time last year, too, and it was so very difficult for all of them. I can't imagine having just lost my mother and having to face what lies ahead of them now. They know for sure he will not be out before Thanksgiving, but they don't know exactly how long it will be. Jakie has 5 siblings who just lost their grandmother and now have their brother heading to the hospital for an extended stay, please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

Katie is strong, but no one should have to bear the weight of all of this. If you would, please, leave her a few kind words today. When we were in the hospital, and all of you stopped by from jen's it was such an incredible comfort. In that moment, I felt much less alone. I wish that I could be there with Katie today, but since I cannot, I'd love it if we could all stand beside her in spirit. And please, send all the spare thoughts and prayers you can gather in her direction. She needs to be lifted up today, because the weight she is under is truly too much to bear. No one should lose a parent and wake up the next day in mortal fear for her child. It is just too much.

Katie's blog
Jake's CaringBridge


Katie and Jakie on Mother's Day.

23 comments:

slouching mom said...

It will be done.

Julie Pippert said...

On my way.

And that photo is breathtakingly beautiful. The love in his eyes looking at her. It has created a lump in my throat. YOU! I have to go teach now!!

Julie
Using My Words

Kristin said...

I'm on it. :)

Janet said...

Done.
You're a good friend to have.

Family Adventure said...

I'm going now Kyla, but I'm already crying...

Heidi

Mommy off the Record said...

Heading over there now...

kittenpie said...

Going over there now, but first I wanted to tell you how wonderful itis of you, with all your own cares, to be so caring of others, too. You are the best. I'd hug you, if I weren't so germ-riddled. (And far away.)

jen said...

of course, honey.

Hetha said...

You're a wonderful person and friend Kyla. I'll head on over now...

Amy said...

I was just visiting her blog.

My heart is just aching for Katie.
No one should have to go through so much.

Ben & Bennie said...

Consider it done, my friend.

carrie said...

What a friend you are Kyla.

Sarah said...

Prayers for Katie, Jake, and the entire family. I will definitely be stopping by her blog and carringbridge page.

Aliki2006 said...

I'm heading over there now.

flutter said...

You are so sweet.

Lisa b said...

You are right, no one should have to bear that weight.
I am headed there now.

Jenny said...

I'm on my way.

Junie's Blog said...

my thoughts and prayers are totally with Katie and Jakie today.

~aj~ said...

You are such a good friend, Kyla. I'm glad you are mine as well.

NotSoSage said...

I'm going too, but not without saying that you always inspire and amaze me. You give and give and give...and I'm so glad to know you.

And I've missed you.

Kelly Malloy said...

Heading that way!

Oh, The Joys said...

My heart hurts.

Anonymous said...

This is Katie's husband-David. I would like to say Thank You for your love and support that everyone gives to my family.

God bless and thank you.

The luckiest man in the world