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Dec 26, 2009

Christmas Eve Finally & Abby Challenges Landis to Dance Contest

From Michelle:

Abby and I had a long day but in the end I feel more encouraged than I have in a while. We left for the hospital at 8:30 in the morning and weren't home until 7 PM. The spinal tap itself didn't take very long but Abby didn't wake up until 6 hours after the procedure. I am not sure why it is taking her so long to wake up after the sedation is over. Fighting cancer is hard work and many of the medications she is taking can make you tired. It may just be the pain from the headache is gone and she can finally relax.

Whatever the reason, Abby had a wonderful 6 hour nap at the hospital and when she got home had the energy to run, play and dance. Seeing her beautiful smile again made me thankful we decided to drive through all of that ice and snow.

Thank you for praying for us today. The drive was a little nerve-racking, driving on ice and snow is not a skill I have perfected. Praise God we didn't slip once while we were driving or walking on it. I watched a lot of other cars slip and slide, but thankfully we didn't join them.

Abby was a little nervous as they were beginning her spinal, but over all was very relieved to know they were going to do it. She has learned that they take the pain away for a while and was thankful they were willing to help her.

While in the past Abby has been hard to keep comfortable, today Abby sedated beautifully for the spinal. I was with her the whole time and was very pleased with how it went.

We now suspect Abby's throat muscles are weak from the chemo. When she is sedated the weak muscles become too relaxed and Abby has to work harder than normal to breath. It is hard to listen to the sounds she makes while she is sleeping off the sedation but I am learning that Abby is up to the challenge.

Abby's intracranial pressure is still too high but it is lower than it has been since this started. The Diamox seems to helping some and the side effects are minimal. The on-call doctor, who did the spinal, was willing to increase her Diamox today. I am grateful we are moving towards a solution for Abby. God is good. Thank you for caring enough to pray for Abby.

From Brent
Abby Challenges Landis to a Dance Off
Get the kids, turn up the volume!!!

Abby's smile is back. Tonight Abby left Santa a plate full of sweets and went to bed dreaming of Christmas. I can't wait to watch her open her gifts. Oh yeah, she also challenged Landis to a dance contest... click here to view...

You get to pick the winner... leave your comments about the winner.


Pam, mom, honey, said...

okay i think spidey boy has more movement but abby has more moves. MMMMMMMMMM, how about a tie and they both get a lollipop

rubia said...

lol. That's great. Both kids seem to be having a blast. If I were to pick a winner, I'd have to vote for Landis.

Debbie said...

What an answer to prayer! Praise God. I will update my last post on Heart Choices to share the news with many blogging friends who have been praying for Abby. But I will continue to pray. Yay God!

Jess said...

Loved the dancing! It's definitely a tie! First place to both of your cuties! I am so happy to see Abby with such energy!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to the entire Riggs family! Abby is such an inspiration to all of us as she suffers through pain and cancer and all it brings with it with such grace.
The video is priceless! I am not sure how anyone could possible pick a winner, but if I must -- Landis. Abby's smile and her booty shake is priceless, but it is Landis' expressions that did it for me.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Too cute Brent! Praising God it went well yesterday for Abby!

I think the bottom shake wins by Abby!

Love you all!

Cathy said...

Bless her precious little heart, dancing like that. I am glad she is better.

Jennifer said...

Well, this is a hard one...I think that Landis has a great variety of moves and style. However, seeing Abby in action and knowing what she had been through, I think she may pull it off. I feel confident that she could have busted even more moves on a better day.

I also look at the faces of both and see love, joy, fun, and happiness. With that, I say that their parents and family are the winner to get to have the gift of these two children (They are also blessed to have you). Thank you for sharing.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

So glad you made it safely home!!! :)

Debi said...

So fun to see both. Loved Landis' expression and moves and Abby's "shaking her bootie like a duck"..Too funny.
Continued prayers are going up for sweet Abby and your family.
Love and hugs and prayers,

Anonymous said...

Definitely a tie! Abby has the great booty shakes, Landis has the great arm movement. What a precious, fun video. So glad Abby is feeling good!


Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Praise the Lord for your good report...of Abby's smile and rest! And for all of you to continue to be strengthened!

Yay! I finally have a few free days off to read some great blog posts! Boy! Sure have missed that!)
Hope your Christmas was a very blessed one!
Mele Kalikimaka & Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! (Hawaiian for Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!)

Blessings & Aloha!

pinky said...

What I really want to see is Brent and Michelle doing this same dance!!! PLEEEEZE!!

Be a sport guys! It's for the kids,right! And blog the video please ;)

Jerry and Christy said...

Abby's little bottom shake is so cute.
Just wanted to let you know our whole church prayed for Abby today. My husband is an elder and he felt led to pray for her before communion. We always have a prayer for a special need just before communion. I have been praying for Abby ever since I saw your blog. Glad she had some relief today.

hannahshope said...

What wonderful news! We are rejoicing with you. We pray that your Christmas day today will be filled with joy and that you will feel God holding you all so close. We will continue to pray that God will bring healing to Abby's little body! We love you guys!
Sam (Hannah's mom)

Heather said...

They are too cute. I am glad that she is home and feeling a little better.

Landis has some moves, but Abby's little booty shaking is hilarious. She reminds me of my own 5 year old Abby who shakes her booty when she dances. It must be the age!

Bobbie Bailey said...

Okay. Here it is. If I was a "legit" judge, I would have no choice than to give them BOTH a FIRST place for different reasons! This is why...Landis, I'm convinced that Landis could well be a "natural" at dancing! Oh, yes, that little guy definitely can move!
Abby, on the other hand shakes her little "BOOTIE" like no one can! And, she had the most smiles showing she throughly enjoyed dancing; therefore, making it great fun to watch her! She caused me to smile! Both had me laughing and laughing and laughing!!!
I am going to keep this one in my "favorites!"
I do wish I had been there to see them perform in person! It had to have been even better!
Thanks for sharing, Brent!
Praying for Abby.

Bobbie B.

Tisha said...

It is a tie! They both just made my day. :) So glad that Abby is home!

Kimmie said...

You guys are a hoot. Landis and Abby are great dancers, I think Abby's but wiggle is a riot. I'd have to say you had my kids mesmerized with your dancathon.

Glad Abby is home and that the spinal tap helped with her headache. We will continue to pray. We look forward to the day that all of this will be behind her (and you) and healed will be the only word you have to type when speaking of cancer.

mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted
*expecting again...from Ethiopia!