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Feb 5, 2009

Update to the Thursday Abby Update...

Abby is doing worse this evening.

Her lungs have become “junky” and she is having a hard time breathing, and taking quick, choppy breaths. Her oxygen levels are down some. She has no immune system at all at this point. Her sores are worse today. Not sure what the docs are going to do, but we are watching her closely.

Without trying to over alarm or be melodramatic, it is COMPLICATIONS that are usual cause of death for kids in Abby’s situation. So every complication that arises at this point is very concerning.

God is in control and we rejoice in the opportunity to depend on Him and observe His mercy and goodness.

We appreciate your prayers. We appreciate you letting other people know to pray. We appreciate are blogger friends posting to their readers when they can. We’ll keep you updated.

Blessings,
Brent & Michelle

130 comments:

Leslie said...

Praying for sweeet abby!!!

hugs,Leslie

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

Praying, praying, praying for sweet Abby!

Kristina said...

I will continue to pray for Abby as well as the family in general. It is my hope and prayer that God would continue to be merciful and pour out grace upon you all, as well as to use all of this to bring Himself honor and draw the lost to repentance.

kellymc said...

I love this family. I love sweet Abby. I love how God is perfect in his plan for us, even we cry out in frustration to him and have no idea why he does what he does... still, he is perfect!

My prayers are going up to God for Abby. Know that someone from Texas is sending you all the love she has. Remember, everything is bigger in Texas- prayers included. ;)

lkalivoda said...

Hi, I am new to your blog, but i want you to know I am praying for all of you. I cannot imagine how tough this is. I pray the Lord gives you all peace and rest and I pray for wisdom for the Doctors.

The Schwant Family said...

we are praying!

Anonymous said...

Abby is in my daily prayers and will say many extra prayers tonight. May God be with all of you and give you strength and bless Abby with healing and strength.

Sending many thoughts, love and prayers from Illinois

whenpigsfly said...

As my eyes fill with tears over Abby's discomfort levels, my heart stayed fixed on the fact that God is in control. Please know that we are all praying for Abby and for each member of your family !
Love,
Linda

Anonymous said...

Brent and Michelle, My heart is breaking for you and for precious Little Miss Abby. I cannot imagine the pain that you are experiencing as you sit and watch helplessly as you precious child suffers.We all know in our head that God is completely in charge of Abby's future (as He is of all of ours) but it hurts our heart so very much. Of course I do not know you personally but I feel a real kinship and closeness to your family for I have followed Abby's blog for quite a while. I just wish I knew you and could be close enough to help . There is nothing that I can do or say BUT I can continue to pray.
I cannot get ABBY off of my heart and out of my mind so I will pray that God will give you HIS PERFECT PEACE. Please give her a little kiss for me.
God Bless,
Ellen (GA)

Melissa said...

I pray that God comforts Abby in this difficult time. I pray that God gives you and Michelle the strength and endurance you both need as such a trying time. Have faith knowing that LOTS of people are knocking on God's door asking for blessings over sweet Abby. May God take care of each and everyone of you.

Here is a prayer I prayed when my mom was sick with Cancer:
Praying for Coping With Cancer
Ever abiding One, I need you in my life now more than ever.
Each day brings its own set of challenges for my vulnerable spirit and body.
Help me to live with the conditions of my illness without giving in to discouragement or despair.
Do not let the questions and the unknowns drown out the voice of your tender presence.
Guide the physicians to make good decisions.
Give me courage and wisdom to make my own good choices in treating this illness of mine.
Teach me to embrace the gift of each new day and to give thanks or those who help me through the ups and downs of this process.
Constantly assure me that You will not forsake me.
You will be by my side, my Trusted Guardian.
Help me walk the delicate balance of hope and surrender.

May God bless each and everyone of you!
Praying in Louisiana,
Melissa

Midwest Mommy said...

I am praying. You have such a sweet, beautiful, little girl there.

Juls said...

We continue to pray for your entire family...daily. Your strength is an inspiration!

Marlene said...

All my prayers are with Abby and her family.
Marlene

Danita said...

We will continue to keep Abby and your family in prayers *hugs*

Lindsey said...

I read about Abby every day, and she is in my prayers daily as well. I will continue praying and asking others to join me. Michelle- I will pray for peace for you as you rock your precious daughter to sleep. I hope you feel the peace and grace of our almighty God wash over you. I am encouraged by your blog and by your unfaltering faith in our Lord. You have so obviously touched countless lives and I know God is using you to bring glory to His name. I am thinking of your family tongiht, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. You are not alone. Grace and Peace, Lindsey in California

Nancy and Isaac McGee said...

Hey just checking in to see how Abby is doing. I check on her everyday and pray for your family all the time.
Michelle,
I hope you are doing ok. I can;t even imagine what you are going through watching your baby go through all this. Your faith in God is an amazing thing to watch and read about. Hang in there and continue to look to Him for your strentgh and refuge. God Bless you all

Shellie D. said...

Brent aand Michelle, I am praying for Miss Abby. Know that you are being lifted up as well. A sister in Christ, Shellie D

Kelli said...

I'm posting it everywhere...praying without ceasing!

Lindsey's mom said...

God Bless and keep you during this time!!!
Kathy

Anonymous said...

She is in my prayers :)

Jill said...

More prayers...
Bless her sweet heart.
Hugs, Jill

jody said...

praying-and we prayed for you all tonite at small group. oh i am pleading on abby's behalf to the great Jehovah Rapha tonite!!

Kit said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Abby. Thank goodness they are giving her something for the pain. It is to bad that they can't give you something for the pain comming from the heart. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength for this very hard time.

Faithful Froggers said...

Please know that Abby has been on my mind all day. We are praying for her comfort . . . and her precious family! May God wrap you all in His peace.

The Dyess Family said...

Praying!!

Sarah said...

PRAYING tonight.... as always.

Sarah said...

Praying without ceasing for dear sweet Abby!! Hang in there, little mariposa!!

Jennifer said...

So sorry hang in there!!!!!!!!!!



Jen

peggi said...

Just wanted you to know that I am praying for Abby. I check the blog a few times a day and pray whenever God brings her to mind. Will pray for you also, for strength during this time.

Alex(andra) said...

Praying, praying, praying here in KS.

Carrie said...

I just came across Abby's story tonight, and I am so sorry for everything she is going through. We are going through a similar situation, and I am just now trying to figure out how to sort everything in my head about it.

She's in my prayers, as well as the rest of your family.

Melissa said...

A friend and I have gathered here in CA tonight to pray for 2 solid hours for Abby, your family, and her doctors. May Gods will be done and his plan be clear to you and Michelle, to ease your decision making and to comfort you.

Vanessa said...

I will be praying for Abby when I go to bed tonight.

Kelli said...

Praying so hard and put updates on Facebook and ugottafriend.com. Hang in there and know that we are here for you as best as we know how!

Amanda said...

praying, praying, praying... constantly.

Jennifer said...

Praying

The Burk Family said...

Heavenly Father,
We come to you with praise and thanksgiving for all the miracles that you bestow, and Right now, We lift little Abby before your throne and stand on the promises that you have given us. Thank you Jesus that you took Abby's infirmities and bore your sickness and pain. Thank you Jesus that you suffered for Abby. Therefore according to Your Word, we refuse to allow sickness and pain to dominate her little body. You said that your word is life, and that you would create the fruit of our lips, so right now as we speak, the life of God flows within her bringing healing to every fiber of her being. Father we resist the enemy in every form that he comes against Abby. Her body is strong and healthy in the name of Jesus. Abby shall live and declare the works of the Lord! In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
(scriptrual references: Matt.8:17, John 6:63, James 4:7, Isaiah 57:19,Psalm 118:17

If you are not already..Psalms 91 is an excellent scripture to quote, for those well or ill. We spoke it over our daughter constantly while she was sick and still do over our entire family regularly.

We will continue to pray.

Love in Christ,
Dana Burk

Eddie, Leslie and Sutton said...

We are fervently praying for Abby. We are also asking God to give you guys strength.

Joyce Williamson said...

Dear Riggs Family, especially Abby,
We are very sad to read tonights post. So sorry that Abby has continued to get worse. We Pray for comfort, peace and healing.
We know that GOD is in control and we ask for Abby to be healed. We also know that He knows what is best for her.
We Pray that He wraps His arms around all of you and holds you tight.
We Pray for Abby!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love and Prayers,
Joyce and Nick

Owain's mommy said...

Sending lots of prayers Abby way!

Amber

April said...

Abby has prayer warriors in Oregon. We will be praying for Abby and your family during this difficult time. Hang in there and God bless you.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for your dear Abby! And your whole family too!

Stephen said...

praying for you all.

The Redman's said...

Many prayers for your sweet Abby.

Anonymous said...

My heart and prayers are with all of you. But more important than that is that God's wonderful love and promises are with all of you - especially Abby. Psalm 91 says that "under His wings you may seek refuge" and "He will give His angels charge concerning you. To guard you in all your ways." That is so comforting. To know that God's wings are wrapped around Abby in comfort and strength.

Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Kelsey Lantz said...

Praying so hard tonight....Praying for wisdon for the Doctors, comfort, strength and peace for you and your family and especially comfort and restful sleep for Abby so that she may have the strength to keep fighting. Praying you continually feel Gods presence with you through this no matter what you face.
Blessings

Stacey said...

Michelle,
I am praying like crazy for you and your sweet Abby girl.
God Bless YOU!

The Snyder's said...

we are continuing to pray

Desert Mom said...

Fervent prayers for Abby and your family.

Susarah said...

Lifting your family in our hearts and prayers all through this night.
Keeping fighting for her, God has more plans for her life

Rissa said...

We are praying very hard for abby tonight. May god give u all peace during this time.

karina said...

Heartfelt prayers for Abby and your family. I cannot begin to imagine how this must feel for all of you.

Heavenly Father, God of miracles, draw near to Abby and her family. Live and breathe in their lives. You alone are worthy of our praise. You alone can heal and restore life to Abby's body. We trust You alone. We trust your will. Amen.

blessings, Karina :o)

Anonymous said...

Praying for your sweet little girl.

Andrea said...

Praying for your family in Idaho. Many blessings, Andrea

Naomi said...

I have been following your blog for a month or so now. Tonight I can't seem to stop crying for you guys.
Bless you all.

Annie said...

God is so good. He has given Abby a wonderful family to walk this painful walk with her. I pray that you are all strengthened at this time and that you know the Lord's love, peace and healing.
Annie,
Australia.

nicole_dib said...

I am continuing to pray for Abby and for your family. I have posted to my blog and am just getting started with Facebook (so i will post when I figure that out)

Michelle, it's such an awesome feeling that kids want their moms to rock them when they are sick. (This also takes a toll on mom.. because we just soo bad want to make them feel better) I am praying for strength for you through this trying time. Know that the comfort and love and endless rocking you are giving Abby means everything to her. I am praying for a quick recovery from these complications and please know that our hearts and prayers are with you.

hugs,
nicole

Rhonda said...

I will be praying for Abby..as we also sit with our baby here in SCCA this week,I see what Complications can do to these babys from the medicines...

Our Family of 5 said...

Lifting sweet Abby up in Prayer!!

Lana said...

Praying for Abby.
Lana, Bloomington, IN

~*Michelle*~ said...

Lord

We are on our knees asking You for a miracle with Abby. We know You have this all under control and have Abby's life written in Your Book.

Please give Brent and Michelle (and their family) all the strength, courage and wisdom during this time and all the days ahead.

You are a faithful God....You can give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf....make cancer disappear.

We ask You to heal Abby, one delicate cell at a time.

In Your Holy Name~
Amen

julie said...

Praying for Abby and the rest of the family. Trust in the Lord!! He is faithful!!!

Melissa said...

Abby is always in my prayers. Many more coming her way .

The Gotch 5 said...

Heading to my knees now. May God give Abby an easy day she deserves that. I will pray for Gods wonderful healing hands to reach down and embrace Abby and you today and give the peace that only he can provide in hard times like this. All our love from Illinois.

Anonymous said...

I am praying even more for all of you. I pray that God comforts and heals Abby, and that he comforts you as you watch your precious girl suffer through this nasty disease. I'm putting a post on my blog right now!

Brianne

Jill said...

Praying for the Riggs family and for our sweet Abby!!! Dear Lord, help lay your healing hands on this sweet baby girl!

Following Him said...

PRAYING HARD for MISS Abby! Hang in there and prayers go out to you guys too :)
~Elyse~

Alex and Sam said...

praying for a better day for Abby..
I would love to send Abby a package. if you could email me at lexa94@aol.com with your address..

alex

Debbie said...

I have been and still praying!!!

God be with you!
Debbie

Jennifer Thomas said...

Michelle,

You are in my thoughts and prayers as you stay with Abby in the hosptial. I know how hard those days are, as I've spent many of them myself at my daughter's bedside during her heart procedures. Trust in God and He will strengthen you and Abby.

God bless,
Jennifer Thomas
Havre de Grace, MD

heatherkmd said...

Praying for Abby, I just posted on my blog on well.

Terri said...

Praying for Abby now and always.

Donnetta said...

Praying hard for Abby in Georgia.

Cindy said...

Still praying, and sharing with my blog readers.

Anonymous said...

Praying hard for Abby in Montana

Marci said...

Keeping lil Abby in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Marci

fmattso said...

Every time I woke up last night Abby was in my prayers. And I woke up a lot.Still praying like crazy in Colorado! Faith

Anonymous said...

I've never left a comment before, but I wanted to today. I have been praying for Abby and I will continue to do so. I'm praying God completely heal her little body.

Shelly
(son adopted at Eagles Nest in '06- '07)

Lisa said...

Praying so hard for little Abby. She is such a gift and I know how much she is cherished. Praying also for you and your family to stay strong for her.

Rachel said...

Praying in South Dakota!

Megan said...

Praying for all of ya'll.

Stacie said...

i read this while working last night and immediately prayed for abby and for your family. may you feel the peace of God during this hard time. i pray abby is without pain and that if it is indeed time for her to be with her Jesus, that the road to Heaven will be swift and painless. i would love to hear, instead, that she is healed as quickly as she became sick, and am praying for God's sovereignty in all things.

Greg and Felicia Huff said...

We are praying for your precious Abby and your family.

Greg and Felicia Huff

Anonymous said...

Praying... Praying Hard. Hang In There.

Amy said...

Praying for Abby and you all

Christy said...

Praying right now for Abby... acutally last night around 2 am I was woken by the Lord to pray for you and your family. I know that right now she is being Held by our Lord in His Mighty hands... I am praying that you are also held by those nail scarred hands... He loves you and He will be your comfort. He will walk you all the way through each moment, and each step with your sweet Abby!
Praying,
christy

KM said...

Praying for you guys!!

Christy said...

last thing I tried to put the magazine on my side bar on the blog... I don't know how to do it... it would work ... and how could I receive one of those magazines each month. Please contact through my blog... or email me at sleepytoes@carolina.rr.com Thank you.

Kerri said...

Keeping Abby and all of you in my thoughts...

Tina:0) said...

Praying that Abby & your family have peace & strength to endure this leg of your journey.

Anonymous said...

Praying. We walk by faith and not by sight.

Love and prayers,
Holly in OKC

Anonymous said...

Praying for her

Carol said...

PRAYING!!!

Marianne said...

Brent and Michelle,
My prayers are with Abby, your family and the doctors who are caring for her. It breaks my heart to read of her suffering and I cannot imagine how difficult this time is for your family.
With love,
Marianne

precious 3 said...

I am praying for Abby, and my girls are praying for your family too. I am praising God that your family leans on Him, and you glorify His name during this time.

Dawn said...

continuing to pray!!!!

Dawn

emily said...

Lifting Abby and your family up before the Father throughout the day- keep us posted please.

Sunday said...

Brent and Michelle,

I will continue to pray for sweet Abby. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers,

Sunday

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

I have been praying for your dear sweet Abby for awhile, but this is the first time I have visited your blog and left a comment.
Just wanted you to know that our hearts are with you here in Texas. :)

~Michelle~ said...

Praying for Sweet Abby ... praying for all of you.

~Michelle in Cincinnati

justlori2day said...

I will say many prayers today for Abby - what a beautiful gift she is!

I hope today is bringing better news.

Beth in NC said...

This brings me to tears for you all Brent. I pray great comfort for dear little Abby. We are praying for all of you.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

Praying here in Owasso! Total healing in Jesus name!

The Pyrat Family said...

I just read your blog when I was directed to it by the freeman's link. I am so sorry that your beautiful daughter is fighting this battle right now. I am praying for her. I rejoice that Christ is with you in this battle. He is the healer and restorer and his strength alone can carry you through.

MelanyTN said...

Dear Brent, Michelle and the rest of the Riggs Family,
I read your updates constantly. I appreciate you posting so much so that we can always keep Abby in the forefront of our minds and prayers. My heart is breaking for all of you as Abby struggles with pain and this horrible illness. I am so glad that your faith is helping you through. It is amazing. Seriously. My prayers are for Abby's healing and continued health and strength for all of you. I see my own daughter in Abby's beautiful Guatemalan eyes - and marvel at your whole family. I know you give all credit to God... but you guys definitely doing something right. Much love.
Melany

AnnaLee said...

Praying....

God bless sweet Abby, her doctors, her family...

Heidi said...

Praying for you Miss Abby.

Holly said...

So sorry. Praying and hoping you are feeling the strength of our Father's arms as He holds YOU.

Audrey said...

Praying for all of you and posted this update to my blog. Calling all prayer warriors!

The Thornton Family said...

praying....



Stacey in Missippi

mrsrubly said...

this is terrible. abby i will bring you at the feet of Jesus this morning, beautiful lil one. i am so sorry sorry that each and every one you has to go through this.i pray that your immunities get as high as ever and fight this nasty aweful disease! thoughts and prayers from Katy TX michelle i too will also being praying for peace and comforting for you. will be checking back often for updates.
in Christ
bonny

kelliebean said...

We continue to pray for sweet Abby and your family.

-Kellie

Marla said...

Covering her in prayer.

Ethioguatemama said...

We are praying for your family...and we are grateful for your faithfulness. You are so inspiring and Abby has touched so many!

CAC muffin said...

I'm pray double for you! Hang in there!

Jane said...

I continue to pray for Abby, both of you and your children at home.

I work with infants and toddlers with special needs. I realize how difficult it is for both of you, as parents, to watch your child suffer. I also understand how torn you feel leaving your other children at home.

Please know that the example of parenting a child in poor health is not going unnoticed by your other children. When they become parents they will remember the example you're setting and parent a child/spouse in need with as much love and caring.

Hugs to all.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Praying and love you all right now.

Greta Jo said...

I am on my knees praying for Abby.

Gina said...

Thank you for giving all of us in Blogland an update. We continue to pray for Sweet Abby, as well as your entire family. My sister is a Leukemia survivor (twice) so I know what you all are going through. God's blessings to all of you.

Gina

mommyof2sons said...

I am praying for Abby, her Drs and you. I hate it that she is dealing with such pain and complications!

god bless
Tina

Stacey said...

The LORD woke me up in the middle of the night to pray for you guys. Just wanted to let you know HE is working in amazing ways for your sweet Abby.
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Darlene said...

praying and praying and praying, sweet Abby.

Darlene and family

Just Me said...

Dear Brent and Michelle,

I have not posted before and have been very much a lurker on your blog for some time. My heart is aching for Abby and I am and will be remembering your sweet little girl in my prayers.

Lisa C.

Anonymous said...

Prayers, hugs, and more prayers.

Stephanie (Maya's mommy) said...

Hi Michelle and Brent. I was heavy duty in prayer for your family all through the night last night. I felt like the Lord gave me a vision that I wanted to share with you.

Last weekend I attended a leadership meeting for small group leaders in our church. The topic was prayer, and we ended talking about intercessory prayer. Someone made the comment that she thought of it as a bridge connecting the person needing prayer and God, and that when she is involved in intercessory prayer, she visualizes an actual bridge.
Last night, over and over again, I kept getting a slightly different vision as I prayed. The Lord showed me many people (all of the people around the world who are praying for you all)on each other's shoulders- some standing and some sitting, but making this giant "ladder" up toward heaven. The two of you were at the top, holding and hoisting up precious Abby to the throne, in petition for Holy healing- whether on this earth, or in heaven, where there is no pain, there are no sores, there is no cancer. It was beautiful, and in my state of being half awake and half asleep, I wondered how far up towards heaven this "ladder" of people would go, knowing you must have hundreds of thousands praying for you all.

My daugheter sleeps on her bed in my room, and because we have a loud dog, and have had hard wood floors, she started needing to sleep with a sound machine.We still use it, and the sound of choice is rain. I awoke a number of times last night, hearing the machine, but somehow hearing it differently this time, keenly aware that the Lord was "raining down" healing upon Abby. I continued to pray for an end to her suffering- selfishly that she would miraculously start to produce the white blood cells, that the sores would heal, that her breathing would become "unjunked" and that the cancer would be gone...and that this miraculous healing would bring even just one person to know the love of Christ. But if that was not his will, that He would call her home and restore her body to perfect health.

I thank you for sharing your story and your faith with the world. It continues to be my hope, that in these most difficult times for you, that one, or that a multitude, would come to know the Lord!

My prayers continue. Wishing you many blessings and miracles TODAY!
stephanie

Kristi said...

Just know that we are all walking with you through this very difficult time. We are praying for Abby, and we are also praying for your entire family. We send you hugs and prayers...

Kristi

Rosheeda said...

I hardly ever comment (maybe only once before), but I have been following you guys almost daily and want you to know that I am praying for you and Abby and your family. God is so absolutely perfect and sovereign in what He allows to happen and how. Just rest in Him and trust His Character.

rosheeda

Robyn said...

Praying for Abby and your family!!

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking with you and for you. Abby, i love you so much, little one, you have touched the lives of many.Praying, praying, praying...

David and Sarah said...

Praying for your precious girl.
Blessings,
Sarah