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Jan 28, 2010

Ice Storm & Abby Update

From Brent

We are having a massive ice storm. Power out, running on generator. Not sure how long we'll be down.

From Michelle

Abby's inracranial pressure has been down for a couple of weeks but until now I couldn't celebrate. Was I thankful… of course but I couldn’t celebrate. I tried to, I knew I should but a friend of mine was hurting and scared. Her daughter was still in danger and it hurt my heart to celebrate Abby's blessing while Avalon was still in a dire situation. Avalon's mom, Alicia is always first in line to cheer when we get good news about Abby and brilliant writer that she is, I am sure she would have found the perfect words to give me a friendly tongue-lashing, if she knew the thoughts that were roaming through my head.

Avalon had surgery to relieve her intracranial pressure on Wednesday. Because of a huge mistake by a different surgeon, Avalon's surgical options were very limited. Her surgeon prepared her parents for three possible outcomes: 1. she would be mute for the rest of her life 2. she would be permanently paralyzed 3. the catheter her incompetence former surgeon dropped into her brain (several years ago) would shift during this surgery and cause a fatal injury to her brain stem. Can you imagine kissing your daughter goodbye and then handing her over to the surgical team?

I prayed for a miracle. YOU prayed for one too. And God answered. Avalon’s doctor found the upper part of the catheter (VP Shunt) worked perfectly but the valve was malfunctioning. Once the valve was replaced the VP shunt worked perfectly. It was able to remove the excess cerebrospinal fluid and shunt it into her abdomen. If the surgeon had needed to replace the old catheter it would have, baring a miracle, damaged her brain permanently.

So, now I can finally celebrate the fact that Abby’s intracranial pressure is down and I get to thank God for healing Avalon. God is so good.

Avalon is still healing from the surgery. Pleased continue to pray for healing and pain control.

21 comments:

Kris said...

Praise God for blessing Avalon's family with this mini miracle. Praise, Praise that Abby's pressures have stayed down without surgery. May you be filled to overflowing in a deep, deep way today.

denie heppner said...

H.A.L.L.E.L.U.J.A.H.

God is so awesome.

Leanne said...

Praise God! What amazing beautiful news!

Sweet Joni said...

*HUGE HUGS* Michelle!!! God IS Good, He IS Love! And yeppirs, I do have to agree with you on Alicia's writing!!! :)

Power outage :D Love Candles!!! :D

Elizabeth said...

Praise the Lord
for both little girls!!

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

YAY GOD!

Praising Him with you over Avalon and Abby!

Hugs and love,
Jill

Denise said...

I'm so happy for Abby and for Avalon also, I visited her blog last week and said a little pray. I'm so thankful that God works miracles!

karen said...

As you say God is good. I am so happy for the blessing that have been bestowed on both familys. Will keep both girls and their families in my prayers

Leslie said...

PRAISE GOD for the WONDERFUL NEWS about Abby and Avalon!!! Stay warm! The ice storm is hitting Arkansas, too. Global warming, huh??? Yeah, right!

Leslie
Bella Vista, AR

Chris said...

Wow! that is wonderful news about Avalon and Abby... I was trying to put myself in Avalon's parents shoes and all I could do was tear up.

Debbie said...

thank you for sharing the wonderful news about Avalon! Will continue to pray for both Abby and Avalon.

Pam, mom, honey, said...

praying, and praising with you

Carey said...

Praise God indeed!!

as written by Barbara said...

Praise God from Whom All Blessings and Miracles large and small Flow!

Love and Hugs,
Barbara Lyman :-)
Marysville, WA

Jesse, James and Lindsey's mom said...

WONDERFUL news about Abby and Avalon! Please pass on my prayers to her mom! I do know how it is to hand your daughter to the surgeon for those procedures it is horrible. I was having a "downer" day missing my daughter today and after reading this I am uplifted!! This is great! Blessings to you all!!!!
Kathy in Ak

Marielle said...

Praise God!

Debbie said...

Praise the Lord for putting His protective hand over both girls and being with both families during the wait.

Adrianmc623 said...

Science goes so far...then comes GOD!!!!
AMEN!!!

Misty Rice said...

WOW so scary.

What glorious news.

noahandlylasmommi said...

Praying for Avalon and her family. Also praying for Miss Abby!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

AMAZING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Celebrating with you, and knowing that it is so hard. PRAISE GOD for good things happening.