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Sep 29, 2008

Prison Break

Update 9-30-08: Abby and I (Michelle) are home. It is wonderful for our family to be together again. I walked into my home to find happy, well groomed kids, a clean house and all the laundry done. I love my husband. I REALLY love my husband.

Thank you so much for praying for our family and for encouraging us. You are all such a blessing.


Kristen and her mom, Phyllis, http://kristensjourney.spaces.live.com/ visited us at the hospital on Saturday. Abby was in a lot of pain and pretty weak, so the visit wasn't as much fun for them as I wished that it was. They were both so sweet to Abby and me. They cooked us a delicious supper. It was the first time that Abby ate in a week. She LOVED every bite. Thank you both so much.
A week and a half with out seeing the sun is a lifetime to a 3 year old. We dressed her in "real" clothes and sprung her from the clink for a few minutes. Man I hope that Dr. M. doesn't read our blog. ;-)

Together again

Abby and Landis are very close. Abby was very excited to see her brothers and sister.

Big brothers are the best. We love you and miss you Garrett.
Abby thanks God for "my Garrett who loves me" You are a great big brother.

Garrett and Abby

Sami, Abby and I miss you so much that it hurts. We love you.

Thank you so much for praying for Abby during her CAT scan. She cried for a few seconds when I placed her on the gurney, but then fell into a deep sleep. She didn't wake up until the test was done. She did the test with no sedation. Prayer is always the best help. What a blessing.

Her doctors were concerned that she might have a fungal infection in her abdomen. This would have been VERY hard to treat. Praise God the only "problem" they found was that her bladder was full. :-)

Yesterday, Abby's smile and energy returned. She went from only being able to take a couple of steps on Saturday, to dancing and doing laps in the halls on Sunday.

Abby received several care packages from some special people. Thank you so much Doreen, http://foreverhugs.blogspot.com/, Melinda http://devenougesfamily.blogspot.com/ , Carol http://thevoiceofadventure.blogspot.com/2007/03/okay-heres-what-we-have-been-up-to.html I saved the gifts for those really tough moments. What a blessing to have new things to distract her with when Abby was scared or hurting. She loved ALL of the gifts and I really appreciate you all sending them.


Carol http://thevoiceofadventure.blogspot.com/2007/03/okay-heres-what-we-have-been-up-to.html (the link is to a great story) thank you so much for adding a few things for me as well. You pack a bag like only someone who has been there and done that can. You are such a blessing.

John and Lori thanks for the great reading material. We miss you both so much.

Abby and Grandmother Baker on Saturday.
Abby loves her Grandmother very much.


I took Abby down to physical therapy on Sunday. They are masters at making exercise fun.

Abby's temperature is down, she is off all antibiotics, and her sores are all healing nicely. They are weaning her down on the pain medicine, with plans to go home tomorrow.

She needs more blood today, even though her bone marrow is working better. She was one sick little girl and every bit of extra support is helpful.

Her doctor decided to wait another week to start her chemo. It is a little scary for us, because we don't want the cancer to come back, but we also want her sores to completely heal. Praise God that He doesn't need chemo to heal her.

Her doctors and nurses said that Abby's sores were the worst they had ever seen. We have been warned that it is likely that she will go through this again. Some children go through this almost every time they get chemo. It is very unusual, but Abby has shown that she has the tendency to get them, so they are preparing us.

Thanks again for all of you prayers, comments and emails. It is such a blessing to know that others care about our daughter and are praying for her.

38 comments:

Pam said...

it is soooo good to see smiling pictures of Abby Again!! Continued prayers for strength and grace...

Kerri said...

I'm so glad to hear Abby is better. Hoping she continues to improve.
Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

steffenboysmom said...

Praise God she's smiling! I'm smiling just to see her smile! God is so so so Good!

Jocelyn said...

It is so good to see Abby's beautiful smile...and great to hear that she is going home!!

Amy said...

Her precious pink hat rocks! That cancer better fear that little girl and GOD because I know He is going to heal her completely. Love you guys and love knowing that so many people are taking good care of you! Miss you so much!!!! Amy

MelanyTN said...

I have tears in my eyes just reading that Abby is feeling better. Thank God. We will continue our prayers always.

Anonymous said...

Love see Abby smile again!

Becky said...

I love the hat...and the SMILE :-) I can only imagine how tough it is to hear that this may happen again - so be assured that we will not cease in praying for Abby's healing.

Terri said...

I have missed that sweet smile!!!

Maria and Family said...

I am so happy to check in and see Abby smiling a bit ! I hate thinking she is hurting so much. I will continue to pray...pray this will not happen each time :( How is Sami doing? Is she feeling better ? Michelle many prayers for you to. Maria

Tracey said...

Hooray! It is so nice to see that beautiful smile! Praying that all goes well from here on out!!

Rhonda said...

What a blessing it is to see her up and feeling so much better. Sending many prayers and hugs for the upcoming days at home! How wonderful to be planning on going home. Yea Abby and your strength and courage.
Blessings always, Rhonda

Stacey said...

I love that smile on Abby's face! I am so happy that she feels better. Praying the next round won't be so hard! Stacey

Deborah said...

Thanks for sending us your site. Know that many folks at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are thinking and praying for you guys as you fight this battle. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Glad Abby is doing better.
Deborah Welch

Leslie said...

PTL its great to see Abby up and moving!!!!! YIPEEEE

Hugs,Leslie

Our journey said...

What a beautiful smile on her face! Praise God that she has good days too. Sending you many prayers.

waitingarms said...

Glad to see Abby's smile again! Keeping you and your family in prayers.

The Engelhardt 4 said...

HOORAY FOR A GREAT WEEKEND! Praise the Lord that Abby is doing better!

Hauswife said...

Look at that glorious smile! WOW, that's a precious sight! So glad to hear that she'll be going home and is feeling better. So glad she made a "prison break", too. I bet that made such a huge difference for her. Praying and praying for you all. Blessings.

Paul and DeeDee said...

So happy that you guys are home! We are praying daily for your family!


Oh and I love your blog too;)

jody said...

Oh her hat-I love it!! ANd keep hanging on to the fact that God doesn't need no stinkin' chemo to heal-and He can also just clear that tendency to get sores right up-He's so good like that! ANd you have an army of prayer warriors on your team!!!!

Maria and Family said...

Yippy!!! I hope you both sleep good in your own beds :) Such great news...sounds like your hubby is a winner ;)
Maria

Phyllis said...

I'm so glad you are both home!!! What a great hubby you have. So happy to see that beautiful smile on Abby's face again :) I know being home with her family will make her feel even better.
Phyllis & Kristen

Teabo Chica said...

Praise God for smiles one her precious face. I am so happy to see a sweet picture of her today. Praying for you without ceasing!

DebbieT said...

I'm so happy to see that Abby is home! She is amazing - still smiling that smile after all she's been through!! I don't post much but I "check" in with you on your blog and pray for sweet Abby and the rest of you every day! Hugs, DebbieT

Kathy said...

So glad you are home and all together as a family. I hope Abby continues to improve. And how nice to come home to an orderly home!!

John and Heather said...

WooHoo! So happy to see that sweet smile. I'm so happy that Abby is feeling some relief and getting her dancing feet back:) In our continued thoughts and prayers~The Needles

Marian said...

I'm so glad to see you guys are home! It is so hard being in The Big House so far from home and away from family. Sounds like you had a wonderful reunion! I absolutely love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Marian & Joshua

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that you are out of "the big house"!

I know it's always worrisome when they hold chemo but remember, if her system is doing so poorly that she can't fight infection, you don't want to throw chemo at her. Our Oncs always likened it to a dance...you want enough chemo to kill those nasty cancer cells but not so much that it decimates her body.

(Marielle had chemo held for as long as 28 days at one point...we are now almost a year off treatment and so far, great!)

Marie
www.caringbridge.org/visit/marielle

Ashley Griffin said...

i linked to your blog from your comment on mine and MAN!!! What an incredible story. I have only been able to read a few of the posts from yours AND your husbands because I just can't make it through them. It really just puts things into perspective. We KNOW that every trial is to teach and to grow, but it still tugs at our hearts sometimes. I will add Abby and your whole family to my prayer list. Also, I LOVE the fact that you have adopted, more than once. I am an adopted kid(well, I'm hardly a kid anymore :( ) myself and I am grateful for that everyday.
Thanks for stopping by, and Fireproof IS awesome, and not just because I might be just a tad bit biased... It has truly been amazing to see God choose to work through those movies. Have you ever seen Facing The Giants??

Holly said...

Thank you Lord for sunshine and even more for the FREEDOM for Abby to go out and see it for a short while. Please continue to comfort this precious girl and her amazing family Lord and be glorified in her healing.

Rhonda said...

OMGOSH, praise the Lord, sooooo happy to read this post and praying that Abby continues her path to better health. Prayers and love, Rhonda

nikki said...

So nice to see her smilingand in the sun!!! Continued prayes for Abby and the whole family!!

Outdrsycple said...

I have been reading some of your posts about your little girl, and my heart just breaks. I wanted to share a link with you that I feel like God has shown me in order to share with others. Please take the time to watch it, and pray about if this could help your little girl.

http://video.aol.com/video-detail/dr-lou-niles-speaks-about-monavie/1043252469

If you can't get it to work I'd love to email it to you!

Whitney

The Gresham Clan said...

Look at that beautiful smile! Praise God for some good news. I will continually be praying for your incredible family!

Kristin

Meade family adoption said...

Know that we are also praying for your famiy. We're so glad to see Abby get to go home. Hang in there guys. You have many prayers going up everyday.

Jill said...

PRAISE GOD you are both home again Michelle!

I'm brought to tears seeing her smile back!

Oh how sweet that is!

God is soo good all of the time!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Anonymous said...

Happy Spidey Birthday Landis. Hope its a great one!!!!