Good Morning Prayer Warriors!!
Thank you all for lifting this sweet family up. Your prayers are carrying them through this very difficult time in their lives. This has been so tough on them yet as I watch them graciously meet every need Jesse has there is never a complaint, never a pity party. They are embracing this challenge and accepting the path God has set before them.
Nevertheless we as Christ followers are called to bear one anothers burdens and this family has a big one. Galations 6:2 - Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. I was reading in a commentary this morning in regards to this verse and I liked what the writer said: This obliges to mutual forbearance and compassion towards each other, agreeably to His example. It becomes us to bear one another's burdens, as fellow-travelers.
As our family has prayed for the Catrons, done what we can to meet their immediate needs and sought to carry this burden with them we have been blessed beyond words. Blessed to sit at their kitchen table and talk about this struggle yet praising the Lord for all He is doing and will do through this. Blessed to see them surround each other in the darkest of moments as Jesse struggled to keep water down. Blessed to see them weeping with Jesse and blessed to see them laughing when they have every reason to be sulking. Blessed to cry with them because this just STINKS! God is GOOD ALL THE TIME and they are living that out.
Having a child in the hospital and trying to maintain some sort of normal for the rest of the house is a difficult task. The schedule that they have right now is working well. Once flu season is here and Mckenzie isn't able to visit Jesse at all things will change a bit but for now they are maintaining. You'd think with a hospital stay comes nursing care. Not so much. Someone really needs to be with Jess 24/7. There is very little sleep to be had at the hospital and no privacy really. When you're a sweet teenage girl puking your guts out and using a porta potty its not conducive to visitors. This is their reality for the majority of the time they are in the hospital.
I write all of this to give you an idea of what this family is going through but to also line out areas where we can help and engage the body of Christ in meeting those needs. Tangible ways you can bless this family, bear this burden with them, and come along side them as they walk this road of leukemia.
While they are in the hospital it is just easier for the one staying to eat at the cafeteria. This can get costly but it is just easier with all they have going on. Its not a very real option to leave Jesse unattended due to the care she needs while she is on chemo. If you would like to bring a meal we can arrange that but we will just have you take it to the house and the one staying at the hospital will eat their portion the next day. Two adults and McKenzie are always at the house on any given evening. If this is something you would like to help with please let me know.
The Catrons have rising medical costs, an overwhelming amount of money is needed to pay just their co-pays and deductibles. We have opened the Jesse D. Catron benefit account at Wells Fargo for this purpose. Deanna runs a home based business but it can't run on its own and she has consolidated lowering her income significantly which adds more pressure to the financial strain already there. They aren't complaining, they are carrying on in faith. God will provide. This is a huge need as the bills are already rolling in. If there are any questions on this feel free to email me or post a comment here and I'll get in touch with you.
Cleaning and sanitizing of the house will need to be done each time Jesse comes home. We did it the morning before her return last time and that worked out well. If you are available on the day she ends up coming home in the morning and would like to help with this that would be great. If this is something you'd like to help with email me I will add you to the list and when Jesse's homecoming day arrives I'll contact you to see if your available to help.
I will be keeping a running log on the side bar which I will get set up soon so the ever changing needs can be viewed. If you would like to help please email me ( email@example.com ) and we'll get that lined up.
Thank you all for your continued prayers for this family, for Jesse, and for the doctors and nurses overseeing her care. Our God is a great big God! To Him be all glory honor and praise.