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Oct 31, 2008

Update Prayer request and Favorite Foto Friday and Happy Birthday

These are pictures from today. Can you guess where we are?

Abby at a Halloween party downstairs.

Abby with two of her favorite nurses. Most of her other favorites were
dressed a little scary for Miss Abby.

Abby as I am typing this post.

The last picture is my favorite of the day, not because it is a great picture, but because it shows Abby finally comfortable and resting.

Thursday night we came to the hospital for 2 units of blood. If everything went well, we were supposed to go home after they were finished. As they finished transfusing, at 3 am, Abby's temperature spiked to 101. This guaranteed her at least 48 hours in the hospital.

Friday morning Abby started hurting. She has developed mucositis; canker sores on her digestive, urinary and reproductive systems. The last time she had this problem she was in intense pain and hospitalized for 2 weeks. So far, it is not as severe as last time, but still very painful. I don't know if we just caught it sooner, but we hope things will be less severe this time.

Abby is getting morphine continuously, with extra doses when she pushes a button, so for now she is comfortable. They will increase the dose if things get worse.

We would appreciate it if you would pray that the sores would heal quickly, that Abby's pain would be controlled and that she would be free of infection or other illnesses. Abby is also saying that her neck is hurting a lot. That is something that she never complains about.

Landis and Daddy have a stomach virus that is tough enough on them. I am praying they are better soon and that Abby would not catch this virus too. I hate being away from them when they are sick.

This is one time I am glad that most of you live far away. ;-) I thought that we would just be at the hospital for a few hours, so I only packed a few things to pass the time. While I am glad that I have my laptop and camera, it would be nice if I would have packed a change of clothes, makeup, brush and few other things. Thank goodness that will be taken care of tomorrow.

Abby only wants the pillow her Guatemalan Foster parents gave her. That pillow has was sewn with love and it is a treasure. Today is my Godson's birthday. Happy Birthday Carlos Roberto. We wish we were in Guatemala celebrating with you. We love you so much and are very proud of you.

34 comments:

Sarah said...

Michelle, I am praying for you tonight. I am praying for Abby. I am so sorry to see that she is having to stay in the hospital. I pray that she will feel the gentle comfort of our Father's hands holding her as she rests tonight. I pray that she wakes feeling less pain and that the morphine is helping. I pray for you as you are away from home. I pray you can get some sleep tonight (in a place that is very hard to find good rest...) and wake feeling refreshed tomorrow! :)
With love & prayers,
Sarah Houston

Leslie said...

Poor baby girl we are praying that she gets home soon!!!!

Much love,leslie

P.s all all the nurses costumes!!!

Erica said...

Lifting all of you up tonight.

1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Psalm 28:8
The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.

Rhonda said...

LOVED that picture of Abby at peace and at ease of pain. What a blessing that truly is. So very very sorry to hear she had to spend more time in the hospital with that nasty fever.
Blessings. Rhonda

Laurel said...

So sorry to hear of another tough hospital visit.

Praying,

Laurel :)

~Issy said...

Michelle, know that we keep Abby and your family in constant prayer. I am happy to see that she had fun at the Halloween party and more importantly, was able to get some rest.

Take care of you and if there's anything i can do, please let me know.

Soft hugs....

Kelly said...

Sweet girl, rest easy and let that little body heal. Hope mommy gets some clean clothes soon!

Marianne said...

Michelle,
I am praying for Abby that today she wakes feeling less pain, and that God continues to watch over your family and that you all may feel his comfort.

Kerri said...

Poor Abby! Sending happy, healing thoughts your way...

Phyllis said...

Praying for all of you. I hope her hospital stay is a short one.
Phyllis & Kristen

alex & sam said...

michelle..
my thoughts & prayers are with you & your family....

alex

Magen said...

I will continue to Pray for Abby, she is so strong. I am happy to see that she was sleeping comfortably, and I will pray that the sores go away quickly and her pain is gone.

God Bless

The Engelhardt 4 said...

We are praying for sweet Abby to heal quickly from this. Hugs, Elizabeth

Carla said...

Michelle, Those photos of Abby are so precious, so bittersweet. Sweet sweet baby girl. I am praying for her everyday.

Mare said...

So much suffering for a little one. I will continue praying for Abby and your family.

Brina said...

sweet Abby, we are lifting you in prayer! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Secret Blog Pal said...

Life is just unfair. Children should be trick-or-treating and feeling sick from too much candy...not from chemo. :( It breaks my heart she is in the hospital in pain; please know you and Abby are always in our prayers and thoughts.

Jaime Salas said...

Praying for your beautiful family.

Our journey said...

That last picturre of Abby is so peaceful. We will continue to pray for all of you. My heart hurts for your sweet little girl.

Amy

Becky said...

We are praying for all of you! Hope that this stay is much shorter and much less painful than the last. God bless sweet Abby!

April said...

I felt led to pray for Abby today and I went to your blog and although I pray for her daily, I felt to pray for her specifically today, I went to your blog and know why know...I just lifted her up to the Lord for healing not only of the sores, and for rest but for healing of the cancer, I just wanted you to know she continues to be in our prayers...

Maria and Family said...

Michelle, I am sorry to hear Abby is suffering again. Are the sores from the chemo? It is so much for her little body. I will say many prayers for her body to heal and for Brent and Landis to also feel better. We just had cooties run thru our whole house..it is tough. Please take care of yourself and hug Abby.

Ferrick said...

Michelle, I am so sad to read this today. The hospital is no place for this cutest little witch ever. FYI, our nurses suggested an "emergency bag" that stays in my car at all times for when we have unplanned hospital stays. I have Bella's stuff packed, not mine yet. But reading this post makes me want to get my act together on that. Praying God's peace in to your hearts, I know this is not where you want to be for so many reasons. Hugs Abby and Michelle, Susie and Bella
P.S. "I will not go by how I feel, but only what the truth reveals", keep yours eye's on Him Michelle.

nikki said...

So sorry to hear she has the mouth sores again!! Praying this hospital stay is short and that Abby heals quickly.

Princess Gabby and Prince Hunter said...

I am lifting Abby up today in prayer so that the Lord may heal her sores and ease her pain. I also pray that the Lord continue to give you strength and your family strength! God bless!

Sig said...

:( Oh no.
Did you get the box I sent? LMK.
I'm always praying for you guys.

Live to love and laugh said...

Oh Abby I am so sad you have sores again. You are a very brave little girl. I am not so sure I could be as strong as you are!
I am praying for you. I want so much for you to feel better and get to go home.

Terri said...

Michelle, I don't know how you do it. Every time I read up on Abbie, tears come to my eyes. I tell all my friends about your Abbie and we are all praying.
Lots of hugs,
Terri

Darlene said...

We are praying for your family, and of course praying for Abby. I am so sorry that she is in pain!! Please tell her that a little boy named Caleb, who is also 3, is praying for her every single night.

We will be lifting her up in prayer, faithfully, Michelle!!

Darlene and family

Marlo said...

Please tell nurses Micki and Robin that Anna's mom says hello. I will be coming to the 6th floor of the hospital Monday to take pictures of Anna's Room. Hopefully you and Abby will be home by then.

Amy said...

I'm sorry sweet girl that you are back in the hospital! I hope you are all feeling better soon. Love you guys! Amy

Anonymous said...

We are praying and praying for your little Abby. I can't help, but praying for her when I see my little Guatemalan daughter. We will continue to pray for her and for strength and grace for your whole family. God bless, Liz F.

Vanessa said...

Michelle my prayers are with Abby and your family!! Stand firm on your faith and know she WILL be healed!! Praying for a fulll and speedy healing!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Sweet sister, I am praying for you right now and for Abby that she will be healed.

Xandra