Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Please Pray for Courtney
This is a picture of my second daughter, 10-year-old Courtney. She is autistic and mostly non-verbal.
Courtney has struggled with GI issues (mainly chronic constipation) for her entire life. In recent months, she has been dealing with increasing amounts of pain from her belly, mainly caused by impacted waste in her colon and her inability to have normal bowel movements. In the last couple of months, she has had to go to the emergency room twice, and neither time resulted in her problem being fixed.
(I'm leaving out a lot of other problems Courtney has had due to lack of time.)
During the last two nights, Courtney has woken up repeatedly, crying out in pain. Last night, she was holding her belly and even screaming at times. Jennifer (my wife) called her doctor today and explained the situation. The doctor looked at an X-ray that was taken last Saturday in the ER, and said "She has large amounts of air in her colon. Take her immediately to the emergency room (at Texas Children's Hospital)!" So, she and Jennifer are heading up there even as I write.
Please keep Courtney, Jennifer, and all of us in your prayers. Please pray specifically that Courtney's doctor will be able to find a cure for Courtney so that her GI system will work properly and so that she won't have to deal with any more pain. The pain Courtney has been experiencing has greatly affected her behavior (negatively) at home, school, and church.
Thank you for your prayers. I'll update you when there is a change in her situation. I hope to have the next post on St. John's Gospel tomorrow.