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Dec 30, 2009

Taking Abby to the Emergency Room

From Michelle:

Abby...

Abby is complaining of a bad headache and asking for a back poke (spinal tap) to make the headache go away. There has never been a time when she has complained about a headache that her intracranial pressure wasn't sky high.

Abby's doctor wants us to take Abby to ER. Abby's airway has been compromised after the last two spinal taps and it has taken her 6 hours to wake up from the anesthesia. Please pray for safety during the spinal good pain relief and sedation and that we find a better way to keep her pressures down.

Garrett...

Garrett's back brace is here and he is placed in it now. He will start PT as soon as it is adjusted. His doctors expect him to be in a lot of pain and he is. Please pray that his pain will be controlled and he will adapt to the brace quickly. His doctors warns that most patients are not able to use this type of brace but to avoid surgery and/or spinal cord injury they must try to make this work. He's going to be in this contraption for eight weeks apparently.

The roads here are still a slick in the evening from refreezing melted snow. Please pray for safety as I drive Abby to the hospital.

Abby's birthday was yesterday. She would love to hear birthday wishes from you if you have the time to write her. Thank you for praying for our family.

From Brent

Abby looked so pretty today headed out the door. Usually, she can produce a wonderful expression even when she feels bad but this is the best I could get today even trying hard to get her to smile. Can you see the weariness on her face?



The Nintendo DS she is holding was a gift from our wonderful
Christian fellowship at Wildwood Community Church. They wanted
to get Abby something to help her pass the hours at the hospital.
They got Sami one too because they know she is often there with Abby.

57 comments:

Michelle said...

ABBY WE LOVE YOU! WE ARE PRAYING RIGHT NOW FOR YOU!
CAN YOU FEEL OUR LOVE!
MICHELLE & OLIVIA MANN

Anonymous said...

Praying for Abby and Garrett and the rest of the family. My heart goes out to you. Such difficult times.

croleyc69 said...

Praying for Abby and all of you !!
{{HUGS}}
Caroline

The Thornton Family said...

continuing to pray for y'all.

what a great gift idea! i'm sure the girls loved them!

stacey

Bobbie Bailey said...

I'm praying as you requested prayer. God be with Abby, Garrett & you both, Brent & Michelle.

Bobbie B.

Farrah said...

That picture breaks my heart! I will be praying for Abby

JuJu - said...

praying for all of you - Happy Birthday beautiful girl. Your strength and your fight inspires me Abby. My family - the McKenzie Crew - we are praying for you and cheering you on. We are both fighters Abby - and we both fight in the same army:)You are so precious and I am so sad deep in my heart that you are hurting - again! Right now - there is a song being sung over you by the most high - and you are loved more than you know precious Abby!

Rochelle said...

Oh, Abby! What a beautiful, brave girl you are! Happy, happy birthday! Praying you will have a fantastic year being 5! You are such an amazing girl, enduring so much with a smile on your face. Many birthday blessings to you!

Rochelle, Kaia (6), and Bailee (2)
Topeka, KS

Anonymous said...

Dear Abby - I am praying for you right now, that the God of all comfort will wrap you in His precious arms and give you relief from your headache. You, my little sweetie, are an inspiration to me every day and I will continue to pray for you until you are all well! As in every Wednesday night at church, we will lift you there as well. Be strong little one!

The Bunn Family

PastorMac's Ann said...

Happy Birthday Abby! Praying your upcoming year brings you loads and loads of fun & friends, laughter, tickles and hugs, games and good things, and LOVE. Praying and praying.

as written by Barbara said...

Abby,
Your Daddy is soooo right! You look so beautiful today. Sure hope all your men doctors are very cute and appreciate the time you took to look so nice for them. We are all praying here at my house and our church home (Bethlehem Lutheran), especially as we go to a special carol singing service tonight.
Make sure you give Garrett an extra gentle high 5 from us. And hugs to Sami, Mommy, and Daddy... to Landis, well you can give him a tickle... okay?!
Love & Prayers to you all,
Barbara Lyman :-)
Marysville, WA

ps Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday all week long

Cindy said...

I'm praying for all of you!

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

Abby,
This is Bailey and Brooklyn Gobble... our mama just told us your birthday was yesterday... and we wanted to send you special Birthday wishes... We love you Abby, and pray for you all the time.. hope the Dr's make your headaches go away.. we are asking Jesus to help them go away too... Hope you had a good birthday yesterday.. Happy Birthday!!
Your Friends,
Bailey and Brooklyn Gobble
(Lanetta)

Mrs. Mark Arni said...

Jesus, we just lift this precious family to You. Draw them up close to Your heart and meet their every need. Minister to them deep within their spirits as only You can. May they know Your presence in a intimate way today. In Jesus' all sufficient Name, amen!

Linda Clemens said...

Abby and Family
We have just prayed for you. May God continue to be merciful to you and make this time smoother for you. We also have prayed for Garrett. May we all remember this verse as I God is awesome!
Love Jack & Linda
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1

Rod and Amy said...

Happy Birthday Abby! I am so glad that you had a nice one! I LOVED your Cinderella cake...YUM!! I will keep praying for you and your family!
Amy Sharp from North Carolina

sierrasmom said...

Oh golly...you guys are going through alot!!! Birthday wishes to you dear Abby.. You are so very brave and a delight to watch!!! Praying for you all!!!
Kathie in NY

whenpigsfly said...

OH sweet Abby!!! COntinuing to hold you ALL up before the Father's Throne!!!
LOve
Linda

Lianna Knight said...

Praying traveling mercies over you and your family.

Hang in there Brent...2010 promises miracles, blessings, and happiness :)

Kelli said...

Love you Abby...hang in there girl. You're my hero.

Deb said...

Happy Birthday Abby. we hope the doctors were able to relieve your headache and the pain is gone.

Garrett- we are praying for yur healing.

Michele and Brent- Sending you some hugs, also some for your entire family.

Love and hugs,
Deb and Little Bug

Rebecca said...

Hi Abby...I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. I think you are beautiful! My family lived in Guatemala as missionaries for 10 years and I love seeing your face as it brings back so many good memories of friends we had there. I'm praying for you every day.

auntrene said...

Praying for Abby and Garrett and for their parents and family. Hoping that the "back poke" can make her feel better.
I just saw the pictures from the Truck that Garrett was riding in.. Wow.. all I can say is God is good. How scary that must of been for them to be trapped in there.
Happy Birthday Miss Abby!!

Marina said...

Sweet baby Abby...we love you and know that you are sooo precious to God.We're praying sweetheart

Dottie said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!
Love Dottie and Kylie

wvamom said...

Abby,
Happy birthday to you! Our two boys from Guatemala also have December birthdays-Joseph's is the 5th and Bryan's is the 23rd.So they get to celebrate all their special days close together, like you! I sure hope you feel better! We say prayers for you every day.

Masto Mama said...

Hi Abby,
We hope you have a really happy birthday, and many, many more! I'm praying that your headache will go away so that your head won't hurt anymore. We love you!
Love,
Masto Mama and Family

Megan said...

many prayers for your family!!

Jerry and Christy said...

Happy Birthday Abby!!!!! We love and care about you even though we have never met you. We are praying for you and your family. We want to see you happy, well, and pain free.

Sewconsult said...

Abby, A big birthday wish that you will be feeling SO much better very soon. I am praying for you to have a speedy time of recovery.
Beckie in TN

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday beautiful girl! I'm so excited for you that you got a DS!! How cool is that?! I hope you have a few good games for it! I'm praying for your back poke today and that you will feel much better after it. I don't know you in real life, but I am a child of God too so we're family anyway. ;-)
Hugs and lots of love and birthday wishes!!
Laurie McCoy in California <3

Pam, mom, honey, said...

that pictures does show us the reality of what real life is like. praying for safety, praying they can help her quickly and she will wake up quickly

kellyb said...

Prayers are going up for your family!! Also, big birthday wishes for Abby - you are a whole hand now!

Shari said...

I scrolled down and saw the ER post about Abby! Praying and so is our church family.

Please, Dear Jesus, help the Drs. find a way to relieve this pressure in Dear Abby's head without having to constantly poke her. In His Name, Amen.

Courtney Kay said...

I love you Abby! I pray that the pokes won't be so bad and that they help your headaches!

Jodi said...

Happy Birthday sweet Abby!!! I pray that you and your brother will be healed soon and feeling better.
Hold you hearts up high during these difficult times!!!
Jodi

suzanne said...

Hey Abby,

Sorry that the headache is back. Hope the spinal goes well and you get relief quickly!

Happy Birthday! I loved the pictures of your party. Elizabeth liked your cake.

Prayers for you and for Garrett and your aunt and uncle!

Elizabeth and her g'ma Suzanne

erinz said...

Happy belated birthday Abby!!! So glad Garrett, Michael & Michala are alive! God IS good!!!

Debbie said...

Continuing to pray for Abby and your family. I'm getting the word out.

Sending you all hugs,
Debbie

Phyllis said...

Abby, I am so sorry that you are not feeling well. I am praying for you and your family, and I hope you can feel the love that all of us are sending your way.

You are such a beautiful, strong girl. You are being so brave. I wish that I lived near you so that I could spend some time with you and get to know you.

I have 5 grandchildren around your age and I have so much fun with them.

Do you think the snow is pretty? We had lots of it at our house in North Carolina last week. Some of it still has not melted.

I pray that you will feel better soon.

Alex and Sam said...

abby... happy 5th birthday.. we are praying for you as well as Garrett & the rest of your family..
big birthday hugs from New Jersey..

Garland Family said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time. Abby and Garrett are both is my prayers. Happy Birthday to Abby! Have you thought about doing a card shower? She would be receiving belated birthday cards, but might still be nice.
Melissa

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, you beautiful girl. I'm so glad to pray for you and know you thru your blog. Kathy Clements

mia said...

Praying for all of you!! We would love to see Abby again soon. You are in our thoughts.
Sending you all His love, Maria and Anna

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Brent and Michelle - we are so sorry to hear she is in this much pain again!

Our prayers are with you tonight! We will continue to cover you in prayer! Praying over the doctors and nurses as well.

Happy Birthday Abby! You are such a beautiful maiden of God!

We love you!
The Samter's

Julia said...

Abby,

I wanted to wish you a happy birthday!! I follow your daddy's blog and read about you all the time. I am praying that Jesus heals you and makes you better. There are lots of people all over the world that love you and pray for you.

Happy Birthday! YOu are a beautiful girl.

Love, Julia in Indiana

MB said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Everyday, Abby! My little boy said that God always fixes it, no matter how long or how short it takes. :) Hang in there pretty girl!

Anonymous said...

Praying Riggs Family...
That Abby and Garrett feel relief from pain, stamina for the fight to recover ahead, and complete healiing...
May all of you feel Jesus near...
Kim from Alabama

Cori said...

Abby, you are a VERY special girl and I hope you feel much better soon!! You handle things like back pokes much better than people much bigger and older than you. Praying for you!!

Elaine said...

Abby I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I am sorry you are hurting so bad and had to get a back poke. hang in there honey. God has you in His hands right now!

Garrett...wow what can I say! God was in control the day of your accident! I praise Him for taking care of you and the others in that truck!

Anonymous said...

Hi,praying for the entire family,praying all goes will for Abby and Garrett.

be_a_Mary said...

We are praying for you all!!

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Abby! I am so sorry you are not feeling well today. I am praying you feel better very soon. Enjoy your new Nintendo DS. I have a little girl almost the same age as you and she likes to "borrow" her big sisters DS to play games on it. Her favorite is the Neo Pets game.

Much love,
Julie

Becky said...

Dear Abby,
Happy birthday!!! Wow, you are a big 5 year old girl now! We are so glad that you got to have a nice birthday cake and lots of fun gifts. But did you know that YOU are the biggest gift of all? Your family and friends love you so much, and so many people all around the world! How great is that???

You are such a sweet girl and we are praying for you all the time. We are so sorry that you have owies and hope that your headaches get better very soon. We also hope that you can feel a great big hug from Jesus right now, because He loves you so very much and wants you to feel better, too.

We love you!

The Marruffos

Brook said...

Abby we are praying for you and hope you feel better soon.
We are also praying for Garrett and the rest of the family as you deal with your son and daughter being in the hospital.

Cindy said...

Happy Belated Birthday Abby!!!

We hope you are feeling better after this next spinal tap! Hugs and prayers from Trevor and his Mommy, Cindy.

nhlees@gmail.com said...

Bless her sweet little heart. I pray for her often!

What kind of cover does she have on her ds? looks very stable and protective.

God Bless You!