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Dec 29, 2009

Update - 5.50am

From Brent

I'm back at home trying to get a couple hours of sleep and then trying to catch up my work responsibilities. After that, Abby needs some new prescriptions so I'll go get those and then bring the babies home.

The final tally:

Garrett: pelvis broke in two places, non-operative, probably a back brace; fractured L5 vertebrae, non-operative; fractured thumb; nose not broken; ankle sprain, shoulder contusion, eight stitches in right wrist, other lacerations... Admitted to hospital. His injuries were not life threatening but he may feel like death for a few days.

Michelle’s brother is stable, admitted too; internal injuries and facial lacerations. He also has a fractured L5 vertebrae.

Michelle's little sister was banged up a little but released after a couple of hours, sore. Being the only one not knocked out in the wreck, she had quite a story to tell. She actually crawled halfway out a window to look around right after the crash, and got stuck. She hung halfway out a window for half an hour until help arrived. It was about 30 degrees out and she got mildly hypothermic. Ironically, Garrett had a lap full of snow and got extremely cold during his 45 minutes of being pinned but the snow probably helped keep the swelling down on his injuries.

They all had to be cut out of the vehicle. Thank you for all your kind messages and concern and prayers.

Abby, Landis and Sami are with some of our best friends. They are well cared for. Abby will probably be back in the hospital in 3-4 days. Her spinal pressure is going up noticeably. I have to be gone for 4 days next week because of my job and it is unavoidable.

Please pray for us to have wisdom, health and finances to figure out how to care for Garrett and Abby… oh yeah, and our three other kids at home. Even for us, it's going to be a special challenge to juggle work, house, cancer, car wreck and tying our shoes for the next couple of weeks.

We covet your prayers… it has been a Christmas full of opportunities for faith. God is good and the more difficulties we have, the more He has the opportunity to bless and show His unfailing provision.

35 comments:

Pam, mom, honey, said...

praying, i can not imagine trying to juggle everything. praying for wisdom and for you to be able to get everything done

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

AMEN BRENT!

Philippians 4:4-9

We will continue to pray over your family!

Trusting God to show up and off in big ways - even ones you don't see!

Love and blessings,
Jill
Phil. 4:13

Farrellsx3 said...

Dear riggs family. O found you through Aimee Freemans Womens ministry blog though I have read about your incredible faith and passion and friendship with them for a while. I will pray diligently fr everyone and will share on my blog blog as well.you are all loved!

Becky said...

omg I can't believe I'm reading this, how awful. I will pray that everyone gets better as quickly as possible (Abby included), and that you and Michelle have the strength to deal with this added strain. I really hope you do. When you're thrown into things like this you need to find a way to cope, and you've proven, with Gods help, that you can cope so far. So I'm sure he will not fail you this time. God bless!

Keith and Kris said...

You are all in our prayers. We are so sorry to hear of your latest challenges!

Kendra said...

Just saw this whole series about the wreck. So sorry to hear. I am praying for everyone involved.

The Thornton Family said...

Oh my goodness! I'm glad everyone is (for the most part) okay. I will be praying - please keep us posted.

Stacey

Ann Brown said...

Oh Michelle and Brent,

sorry just doesn't seem to cut it when looking at what you all are dealing with right now. Frequent frequent prayers are being prayed on your behalf -- after all, only God can truly help you through this.

If you can think of ANY way that people far away can be of practical help, PLEASE let us all know. You all are much loved from near and afar.

So glad everyone survived and is now stable -- praise God! Now just the truly difficult part of letting the healing and rehab begin....

Sending cyber hugs,

Ann (Elke's Mom)

"Lolli" said...

You and your family are a huge source of inspiration to a world that needs positive influences! I don't understand the mind of God when one family keeps getting hit with painful circumstances, but this I DO know...when He brings us to it, He will bring us through it! Thank-you for your faithfulness to HIM and for your transparency with us. Thanks, also, for the privelege and honor of standing in the gap for you and your beautiful family. I am praying that 2010 will bring much more health, safety, joy, happiness...and complete healing for Garrett and Abby!

Be blessed,

Lolli (aka Lisa)

Rhonda said...

Praise God!!! It could have been much worse. How amazing that God provided snow to keep Garrett's body temp down and help avoid more swelling. It is a miracle that they are all going to be able to recover!!! I will continue to pray for their healing and comfort, while also praying for God to carry the rest of the family through in whatever way needed. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

libby @ ninesandquines said...

brent and michelle, all of my thoughts and prayers are dedicated to you and your family right now. i pray for your strength and for God to heal everyone quickly.....if you need anything, we are all here for you....

libby

Sabrina said...

Oh good grief! I don't come here for a couple of days and all of this craziness happens! Praying for your family, adding in healing for Garrett's injuries and Michelle's siblings. Also praying for her father's recovery and healing.

Redeemed1 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. I will be praying for all of you.

Oh well, hey! said...

Your family will be in our prayers this week. The love of the Lord is evident in your writing - may He continue to give you the strength you need to get through this trial. In addition to prayers for healing I will pray for prayers of peace in your heart and mind - so that when you have a moment to rest you are able to do so completely and be re-energized for the day ahead.

Ana's Mama said...

Wow! So glad that you are all okay. It is amazing what strength you all have. I know that God only gives you what you can handle, but goodness gracious! I am having a hard time just keeping up with my injured dog. God Bless you all. I still pray for Abby frequently. I am always anxious for new updates, especially happy ones. The dance challenge came at a really good time. I was up late very sad because I thought I was going to lose my dog, and saw sweet little Abby who has been through way worse dancing it up. It made me smile. She is a blessing. I will continue to pray for her and for the rest of your family too.

Hopesrising said...

Your entire Family is in our prayers Michelle and Brent.

luci said...

Thank God things were no worse than they are. I am praying for your family Brent and Michelle.

Michelle said...

Simply..we are praying
Much Love,
The Mann Family

Leslie said...

PRAISE GOD for this good news...yes, it's good because they all survived! We will continue to pray. Your faith astounds me! Praying for multiple blessings to be poured out on you all - first and foremost complete and total recovery for Garrett and Michelle's brother and sister, complete healing for Abby, and strength, guidance, wisdom, and financial blessings to you and Michelle. I know God is blessing your faithfulness!

Love you guys!
Leslie Hutsler
Bella Vista, AR

Kat said...

Praying!!!!

Tammy On the Go said...

I wish I lived near you to help care for your family,praying that the body of Christ comes out in full force for all of you.
Tammy

Cindy said...

Praying constantly for everyone.

Thank you for your testimony of how these rough times are opportunities for God to bless you.

Holly said...

I will be praying.
May your faith remain strong as you brace against these trials.
Praying for God to use what the enemy has meant for harm for GOOD...as only HE Can do!
Praying breakthroughs for Abby and healing for Garret and his Aunt and Uncle.
Supernatural provision as you travel for work....no needs will go unmet in Jesus' name.

harmonysong said...

I am SO sorry to hear all this!! Will be praying for your family!! HE is able!

LADYHIGHTOWER said...

Praying for God's Grace to wash over all of you!

Pineapple Princess said...

I am so sorry. I am praying along side of you!

Debbie said...

Oh my, just learning of this accident. As if you already didn't have enough on your plate. But yes, another time to trust our God. He is faithful and nothing is impossible for Him. I will be praying for Michelle's family now too.

Cathy said...

Thank God they are going to be alright and for answering our prayers. Praying in agreement with you for those needs to be met ~

waitingarms said...

I was up late last night praying for Garrett and Michelle's brother and sister and I am so thankful for this morning's update.

Please let us know some of the practical things we can do to help. Would someone in the house taking care of the kids at home free you up a little to care for Garrett and Abby's medical needs? I cannot even imagine just how overwhelming everything must be for you and Michelle as well as for Michelle's dad and family.

purejoy said...

so thankful to hear everyone will be okay, and will be praying for your family and all the trials you have/are going through. we will pray for speedy healing for ALL of you…

Bobbie Bailey said...

I'm thanking and praising God, that although substancial injuries occured, none were life threatening!

You still have your loved ones with you...truly a gift from our mericful, gracious, and faithful heavenly Father!

Your faith is evident to all! How it must please our Lord!

Prayers continuing...

Bobbie B.

Leah said...

Praying for you all during this difficult time. Hang in there!

Courtney Kay said...

OUCH! I am praying

Sara said...

Sometimes it's hard to believe that God only gives you what you can handle, but WOW!!! Praying that God's comfort surrounds you now. Take each day one at a time and know that so many are praying for all of you.

Debi said...

Just got a chance to get the update and will be praying for all involved. Snowed in in Beaverton, OR.
Praying for peace and healing and God's presence to cover you.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi