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Feb 4, 2009

Abby Daily Update: The Sores Are Back

Looks like the hard part is beginning.

Abby is starting to get sores all over the soft tissues: bottom, mouth, private areas, her G-tube site…. which means that she sores all through her digestive, urinary and reproductive tracts too. She is in a lot of pain, and we having to give her morphine again. The sores are "mucositis" (lesions of the soft tissue).

We are waiting on the Docs to call, but she will most likely be headed back to the hospital today. (UPDATE: yes, already direct admitted; going now...)

This is the most critical and dangerous time for Abby, the most difficult to survive, because of her genetic markers. We will keep you updated, ask you to pray for her healing, her comfort, wisdom for us and the doctors, strength and health for us so we can care for her, God’s provision for the expense and care.

We will keep you posted….

89 comments:

Dawn said...

I will be praying for Abby as well as your whole family!!

Holly said...

I will be prayig for sweet Abby. Those sores are brutal..

Gail said...

Johanna and I are praying.

Cindy said...

Praying, praying, praying.

karen said...

I will be praying for you all, especially Abby. May God Bless you all.

Beth in NC said...

Oh my. Poor baby! I thought she was already enduring the worst part. God bless you all.

Beth

Lynn said...

Praying for your sweet little girl!!! Praying that God will touch her with His healing hands as we know he can do.

emily said...

praying....

Darla said...

Praying.

Anonymous said...

Praying for your sweet girl!


What about the caption winner for the picture of Landis laying on you??

B

Rob and Amy said...

Praying for Abby, your family, and the medical team =)

Natalie said...

Praying for you and little brave Abby!!!!

Jackie said...

Another prayer for sweet Abby!

Anonymous said...

Oh, bless her heart! Praying now....and sending love her way.
Hang in there sweet baby girl!
Oh Lord Jesus, I ask that you ease Abby's pain. Give her the strength she needs to beat this disease and let her grow up to be a woman that lives to bring you glory. Be with her family and comfort them as they go through these painful times with this sweet precious little one.
In Jesus name, Amen.

Lindsey's mom said...

Prayers coming from Alaska!
Kathy

Mendy said...

Praying for Abby and all those who wait on her.

Tessa said...

praying for you guys

Anonymous said...

You are in our prayers.

Christy said...

Praying for Abby and your family right now. Dear Lord, you are the GREAT PHYSICIAN... we call upon you to help Abby. We ask Lord JEsus, that you would comfort her and take away the pain from the sores she has all over her body. Lord we know that in an instant you could heal this sweet girl, Lord may you be absolutely glorified in and through her sweet little life. If it is your will to heal her here on earth, please do so quickly... we rest knowing that one day she will be fully restored, that her body will be whole again... we praise you for that. In this time, give her family the strength to get through the day, keep them from getting sick, and give them the perfect words to say to their sweet Abby girl. We ask that you would place your healing hands upon Abby right now. Thank you Lord for her life.
Amen

ps. I just started to follow your blog... you are an amazing family... I pray blessings upon you and all those you minister to. God Bless you,
christy

Meg B....that's me! said...

I am praying hard for Abby. Get Well Soon sweet girl!

The Q family said...

I'm praying fervently now and will continue.

Stacy said...

What a precious girl, what a beautiful spirit! I will be praying!

Svetlana said...

We are praying for Abby!!!!

Alicia said...

Praying for sweet little Abby!

Brigitte said...

Abby is in my thoughts and prayers. She is a sweet lil girl & I love reading your blog! She inspires me, your whole family does! God Bless you all!

Stacey Tate said...

Always praying for Abby and family, but especially praying now. Love you guys! Stacey

cb4swife said...

Praying very hard for you all...Shannon

Kim said...

Lord, take care of that precious little girl!!!! We are all praying so hard!

Hauswife said...

Yes, we will be PRAYING!

Following Him said...

Praying now for Miss Abby! Hope she heals soon :)
~Elyse~

kelliebean said...

We are praying for you all.

Terry said...

praying...

mommyoflove2 said...

I have seen your blog linked from many other blogs lately so I started reading Abby's Story recently. I pray for her (and family) daily.

Trish said...

Add me to the group.....praying for you, sweet Abby.

Kristi said...

Praying for Abby!!

Faithful Froggers said...

What a sweet, sweet picture of Abby. Please know that our family is lifting you up today . . . praying for Abby's comfort and healing.

Kim said...

Continuing to pray for Abby's healing. Will pray for those working with her, for wisdom to know what is best for her. Praying for strength for you guys and the siblings.
Praying in Michigan

Anonymous said...

I will be lifting you all up in prayer. Thinking of you!

Christine

Toni said...

We've been praying for Abby & your family to find comfort and to guide the doctors. Please know that she in our hearts and minds. The sores sound horrible.

Sara said...

Thank you for the updates. Praying for sweet abby. She is so beautiful and my heart breaks for the suffering she is having to endure. I pray she will get rest and comfort in the hospital. I pray for wisdom and guidance for her doctors and peace for all the rest of the family. God bless you all.
sara

Meade family adoption said...

I'm praying hard for you all here in Virginia. I think about you all and pray for you all the time. Hang in there baby girl!!!!

Chris and Lindsey Wheeler said...

Praying for you sweet Abby!

Leah and Maya said...

YOu are all in our thoughts, I hope they can allow Abby to be more comfortable, so that she can stay good and strong!

Kristy said...

We (along with our church family) are praying for sweet little Abby (and you guys)!!

Brian and Rachel said...

We are praying. Blessings.

Stacie said...

i remember taking care of children with mucositis. it breaks my heart that your sweet abby has to deal with this miserable side effect of her treatment. my prayer is that she remains in as little pain as possible.

Meridith said...

So many sweet prayers for you, li'l Abby. May you have peace.

Meg said...

Praying for you and your family during this time.

Valerie said...

Praying. And I asked my blog readers to continue to join me in praying as well. Hang in there, sweet Abby.

Mare said...

My prayers continue for Abby's comfort and healing.

Hang in there sweet girl!!!

Jesus loves you!

Keith and Kris said...

Praying for Abby...

Kris

Anonymous said...

Abby, hang in there sweetheart, we are praying for Jesus to be with you and to take your pain away. Mom and Dad, my heart is breaking for you, i don't know what to say to even help you. You all know that Jesus is with you, and we trust in Him for all things, but we are human and seeing our babies suffer, ...Jesus we need you, please help little Abby, we are crying out to you for healing, for strength,for comfort.Please wrap Mom and Dad in your arms and help them as they face each minute with Abby. Give the medical staff wisdom they need to help Abby, please help her to be comfortable, and to treat her.We love this little girl so much and i am asking for a healing touch from your great hands Lord.

Anonymous said...

Praying for sweet Abbie.
Praying for all of you.
Storming heaven with prayers.
Lots of love
Jimena
Lima, Peru

Colbert Family said...

Praying like crazy.

JoAnn said...

Praying for Abby daily. My thoughts and prayers are also with your family.

blessedmomto7 said...

Praying for your girl....

Courtney Kay said...

Praying for Abby to be comfortable

Tina:0) said...

Sending many prayers...

Andrea said...

Praying!

wife.mom.nurse said...

Praying for His Comfort...

Annie H. said...

praying...

The Gotch 5 said...

Praying for all of you.

Twisted Serenity said...

Abby is Precious! Will most definatly be praying for her!

Anonymous said...

Praying, Praying, Praying....love you Abby !! Granny in Ky.

Tina said...

praying for healing,

Shanda said...

Praying for you all.

"The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever." - Psalms 121: 5-8

"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:13-14

pcb said...

Praying for relief for Abby, and that she (and all of you) feel the comfort of being held in God's arms.

Vanessa said...

We're continuing to pray for your sweet girl!!

Jocelyn said...

Praying for Abby and you all.

Kelly said...

Praying for you special, brave little, darling girl..sending hugs and kisses - and my little angel baby (Liberty Lee) to watch over her tonight...

Praying for the rest of you as well - God will get you through all of this, lean on Him and He will stand firm! God bless you all..

Kelly and Family
Brett, Aspen (almost 4), Cheyenne Hope (6months) and Liberty Lee (5 months and 3 days old..waiting for us in Heaven..)

Joyce Williamson said...

Dear Riggs Family,
So sad to read your latest post. We are very sorry that Abby has to deal with these sores and pain.
We are keeping you all in our Prayers, especially little Abby.
We Pray for comfort, for healing, for Abby's medical team to have the knowledge needed and for all of you to be comforted and filled with peace.
We Pray that GOD places his hands on Abby and comfort and heals her.
Please know we will keep the Prayers coming. GOD bless you all!
Love and Prayers,
Joyce and Nick

Jennifer said...

Continuing to pray!

Robyn said...

Sending up lots of prayers for Abby and your entire family!!

Lynnette Kraft said...

Dear Riggs Family,
I've prayed for Abby and will continue to do so. I'm so sorry for your precious daughter's suffering. God is faithful and I know he's comforting her through these difficult days.

I've had a sick daughter too - Anna was born with congenital heart defects and died when she was 6. My heart goes out to you as I know how difficult it is to watch your daughter suffer and hurt.

Praying from over here in Kansas.
Love,
Lynnette

Cathy said...

Praying for sweet Abby still and always!

Anonymous said...

We are still praying and will continue praying for Abby and your entire family. Praying for Abby's comfort and for healing. You are such a brave little girl. Hang in there sweet little angel....God is with you!

Hugs and Many blessings,
Tammy (Kayleigh's Mommy)

Carrie said...

Praying for all those things and more. Thinking of all of you.

Love that picture and that little smile.

Jaime Salas said...

Praying, Praying and Praying. I just asked my daughter (almost 4) if she would pray for Abby tonight with me and she said the prayer. She prayed for all that were sick to get better. Our whole family is praying for your family.

CFHusband said...

praying.

Maria and Family said...

Oh sweet girl, I am praying and praying for you. (((HUGS)))) from Florida :)

ManyBlessings said...

Praying sweet peanut. Stay strong.
dawn

Jennifer said...

Sweet, sweet Abby.... I will be praying..for all of you!


Blessings,
Jennifer

PastorMac's Ann said...

Praying for her and your whole family.

Anonymous said...

My first comment to let you know I have been and am praying for Abby and your family. Thank you for the updates.

Lori in VA

Elena's Girl said...

I am praying too for Abby and the doctors caring for her. And you guys. Poor baby...

Netta said...

In prayer !

Jennifer Thomas said...

Brent/Michelle,

I've been reading your blog for quite a while but never left a comment. I really liked your response to the 'Why keep going?' question. You are such a gifted writer and I think you completly and accurately covered everything. I have an 8 year old daughter who was born with a heart defect that required open-heart surgery at 8 1/2 weeks old. She's also been diagnosed with reflux, epilepsy, asthma/allergies, scoliosis, reactive airway disease, has had 2 eye surgeries, 4heart cathaterizations, and faces more open-heart surgeries in her future. Her dad and I are divorced and while he does have visitation, he plays no role in her medical care. I do all the appointments and trips to the hospital on my own or with my parents...all while having another daughter at home (fortunately she's 18). I've often had people ask how I'm able to deal with all her medical issues and I'm quick to tell them it's by the Grace of God that I haven't given up or lost my mind. Kendell has been prayed for many times, but I've always had a peace about me that God was not going to just heal her heart to avoid her having to go through any more medical procedures. Instead, I've looked at this as God building Kendell's testimony one medical problem at a time. Naturally I would love to see her never have to see a doctor or go to the hospital ever again. But I do have peace knowing that the One who died for me is with her every step of the way. He knows her days from beginning to end and there's nothing I can do to change that.

Thank you for letting me share my story and for letting me into your world. Kendell and I pray every night for Abby.

Jennifer Thomas
Havre de Grace, MD

Jennifer Thomas said...

Brent/Michelle,

I've been reading your blog for quite a while but never left a comment. I really liked your response to the 'Why keep going?' question. You are such a gifted writer and I think you completly and accurately covered everything. I have an 8 year old daughter who was born with a heart defect that required open-heart surgery at 8 1/2 weeks old. She's also been diagnosed with reflux, epilepsy, asthma/allergies, scoliosis, reactive airway disease, has had 2 eye surgeries, 4heart cathaterizations, and faces more open-heart surgeries in her future. Her dad and I are divorced and while he does have visitation, he plays no role in her medical care. I do all the appointments and trips to the hospital on my own or with my parents...all while having another daughter at home (fortunately she's 18). I've often had people ask how I'm able to deal with all her medical issues and I'm quick to tell them it's by the Grace of God that I haven't given up or lost my mind. Kendell has been prayed for many times, but I've always had a peace about me that God was not going to just heal her heart to avoid her having to go through any more medical procedures. Instead, I've looked at this as God building Kendell's testimony one medical problem at a time. Naturally I would love to see her never have to see a doctor or go to the hospital ever again. But I do have peace knowing that the One who died for me is with her every step of the way. He knows her days from beginning to end and there's nothing I can do to change that.

Thank you for letting me share my story and for letting me into your world. Kendell and I pray every night for Abby.

Jennifer Thomas
Havre de Grace, MD

Darlene said...

ever praying, sweet girl. be brave, little one!

Darlene and family