Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The presence of God.....

The morning started off with cautious news from Alison's teams of doctors. It was one of those days, where we just didn't know what to expect as we waited for Alison to go for a test to take a look at the abscess in her lower abdomen. Upon completion of the test, the doctor told us that Alison now had a fistula, which was potentially serious-not the news we wanted to hear.

While we waited for Alison to be transported back to her room, her nurse called to see when we would be returning. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Father Gerry from Sacred Heart University. We had a nice visit, which included a blessing for Alison. A short time later, one of Alison's doctors walked in and told us there had been a mistake and Alison did not have a fistula-we were stunned. Alison and I both thought the same thing-Father Gerry! I asked the doctor if he was an angel that Fr. Gerry had just sent-he said, "perhaps so". I had to call Father right away-God had certainly sent us a miracle-Father Gerry agreed!

Alison's kidneys seemed to be working hard toward recovery today-we will see what her labs say tomorrow. The doctors just started the feeding tube again, let's pray that she tolerates the feedings better tonight.

Well, we have certainly felt the presence of God many times throughout these past weeks, today was just so startling. My sisters would be happy to know that--"I really felt the earth move". We are truly blessed by all of the prayers that continue to be said for our Alison and, of course, for John, too. Many thanks to all of you.

As always, love to all,
Karen (& Joe, too!)


  1. The power of prayer is an amazing thing. Know that there are lots of us out here saying lots and lots of them. Take a deep breath. Sending lots of hugs

  2. Dear Karen & Alison:

    I am so happy to hear the hopefuless in your words with the "presence of God" yesterday. My faith has always been my rock especially in my most difficult times. I am so happy that you can finally understand and have felt His presence in this very long journey you are travelling. Alison, you are always in my prayers and cannot wait for you to be home and your old fiesty self.

    Karen, how's the rosary beads doing?



  3. So glad to hear the fantastic news. What a true blessing. Unbelievable and remarkable. Thinking of all you as always. May the good news keep on coming your way. Prayers of good health and recovery will continue.
    Love Aunt Sandi

  4. Dear Karen & Alison,
    I just found out about the transplant and your blog. I had no idea you had been going through this.
    It sounds like you have all been through a great deal in the past few months.
    I do hope Alison will continue to progress with her recovery.
    I am thinking of you all and sending good wishes!
    Cathy Mendola

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