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Feb 2, 2010

Garrett, Abby and a Baby Blanket

Many have asked about Garrett and said they are praying for him. Thank you. Garrett is doing great. Still in a body brace but has a wonderful attitude and has been a joy to have at home. Normally, like most seventeen year olds, he is in activities every almost every night of the week. I will really miss him once he is able to return to return to his normal routine. His doctors told him to expect to be in the brace for 8 weeks, with a slight chance he will be free of it at the 6 week mark. Thursday is his sixth week check up. I hope for his sake he is able to ditch the body brace but he will handle whatever the doctor decides without complaint.

Garrett stopped taking his pain medication on his own before the doctor suggested he stop. He has found some creative ways to be helpful around the house and has been wonderful with Abby, Landis and Hannah. Abby especially loves to camp out in Garrett's room. Garrett is Abby's hero and truth be told, she is his.

Abby is doing about the same. Her skin color looks awful (pale yellow). The Diamox seems to be hitting her pretty hard again. Diamox, the medication for her intercranial hypertension, can be tough on your liver and bone marrow. Hopefully her blood work will be in the safe range to continue with her current medication.

Abby is complaining about headaches again but they don't seem to be as bad as before. When she is VERY anemic, she gets headaches because there aren't enough red blood cells to carry the normal amounts of oxygen to her brain. This is easily fixed with a blood transfusion. As weird as it sounds, I hope that is causing her headaches.

She is still pretty tired but is gradually improving. She was able to go to school today. She wasn't her normal confident self but she was there and that is a start. Sometimes just showing up takes all the courage she can muster but she does it and is very proud of herself when she is through. Today she was more nervous about going to Pre-K than she is before spinal taps. It is a strange world our family has been thrust into.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) Abby has a oncology appointment, for IV chemo and blood work. Hopefully she will be done in time to go to school. Abby needs her world to settle down and for life to become routine again.

Pray requests for today:

- her energy would return
- protection from damaging side effects caused by the medication she needs
- the remaining cancer cells would be destroyed
- wisdom for us and the doctors as we make decisions about Garrett and Abby.
- Garrett's bones would heal and that he would get the Eagle Scout rank he has been working so hard for.

The pink blanket is from Olivia Mann; a very special gift. She had the blanket when she was a baby and gave it to Abby. Abby carries it around everywhere.


Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2 ... Now 3) said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during the time.

Sweet Joni said...

Go Garrett Go!!! :) So grateful you got off the pain meds & things are be improving!!! :) What a loving big brother you are too... my brother, Steven, was childhood here :D Praying for your healing! Best wishes with Eagle Scouts!!!... my dad was a leader for yrs. :D

Praying for Abby!!! Just MAYBE, she's wanting the "Family Togetherness" more than school now since she's so often hospitalized? Just never know when the next "stay" is going to be???

The blanket is a wonderful blessing!!! :)...Remembering mine with a grin!

Praying for Brent & Michelle!!! What you have walked thru, WOW!!!

And hugs to Hannah too! :)

Bobbie Bailey said...

Good report about Garrett's progress!

How sweet that Abby enjoying camping out in her big brother's room!

Continuing to pray as needed.


Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Thank you for the update on Abby and Garrett. I have been thinking about him as well!

What an amazing young man!

Praying over your requests.

I love that photo of Abby - one of my favorites. Precious!

Hugs and much love,

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the update on Garrett, I've been wondering how he is. So happy to hear that he is handling his situation so maturely! I'm not sure what kind of patient I would be.

Abby's hair, I've been meaning to comment, is looking so beautiful. It looks so thick and healthy. It seems strange that it should grow back so thick when she is still so medicated and sick.

Here's a gentle hug to Abby and all.

Kathy said...

Hi, I'm still praying for your family and I think of Abby daily. I'm glad that you posted about Garrett, and let us know how he is. Keep hanging in there and take things one day at a time. God will see all of you through this. Tell Abby that her penpal "Miss Kathy" says hello! I just mailed her another little package yesterday. Love and prayers from Georgia, Kathy

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Anonymous said...

Riggs family:
Such wonderful news about Garrett.What a sonderful young man in so many ways.Praying also for Ms. Abby.She is so precious.Praying that she starts to feel better and get more energy.She is such a trouper.

Debi said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us and for the prayer request list.
I was glad to hear how well Garrett is doing and continue to pray for a complete recovery.
Love and hugs and prayers,

Garrett said...

Well thank you guys for the prayers, although this has been hard I am just trying to be grateful for surviving that wreck and being able to have a full recov. Please pray for my sis, like my mom said she is being hit hard by her meds.

thank you all,

Garrett S. Brannan

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear Abby and Garrett are doing well right now. Hopefully, the good news continues. I do have to say, my daughter is the profile twin to Abby. I would love to send a picture after I get one at about the same angle, if you're interested. I keep looking at this picture thinking how did you get a pic. of my daughter. Is there a way to e-mail you a picture. I could do it through Michelle's e-mail if that would be ok. If you're too busy, I understand.


Carrie said...

PRayers, prayers, are with them both. Abby has so many features similar to our Elena. When I see pics of her like she is in the one you have it reminds me of Elena's stay in the hospital with Kawaski disease at the end of Oct. It was so hard to be so helpless and see her suffer, but God is our strength and I know he is yours. Blessings and Love to you all,

Elaine said...

I pray everyday that you will be pain free and get better. I also wanted to tell you that even at your young age and my old one (lol) you are truly an inspiration to me.
Abby, You ROCK!!!