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Mar 10, 2010

Abby Update & Art Show Pics

From Michelle:

Boy, Abby is one complicated booger.

Her PA said that if Abby was any other kid, she would order her an inhaler. Abby wasn't wheezing during her appointment but the list of doctors who have heard it is growing weekly. I hate the thought of Abby being diagnosed with Asthma. Enough is enough. But I can't wish it away, especially when it would be dangerous to ignore.

I still have no idea what they are going to do about it. Inhalers would increase her intracranial pressure and oral steroids are not a good idea because of her cancer/chemo. Abby's specialists are debating treatment options. It is always a little unsettling when a medical debate is for your sweet little girl. I know their concerns are valid BUT if they don't treat her asthma she could die. One of the hardest things for me is to know when to push for help and when to let go.

We really love the PA we saw yesterday. She is smart, experienced and has a heart of gold. Abby has many serious problems, with few good answers. Pam ended our visit with "well we just need to pray that _____, _______, and ______ don't happen." She is absolutely right.

Our one piece of good news was that a doctor was able to talk the pediatric pulmonolgist into seeing her the middle of April, instead of July.

Before this week is finished Abby will have had 5 medical appointments this week. Today she picked out the cutest glasses and handled a dental appointment beautifully. She is doing what we ask of her but she is exhausted and misses her friends at school. Hopefully by next Tuesday she will get a break.

Today, Abby will see an ear doctor. Abby is complaining that her ear hurts but there is so much scarring it is hard to tell what is wrong. Bless her heart. The chemo keeps her immune system so low even an ear infection is a big problem. The last time Abby had an ear infection she ended up in the hospital with septicemia and on IV antibiotics for 3 weeks. Stephanie, Jeff and Wayne thank you for getting Abby in quickly and taking such wonderful care of her.

Thank you for continuing to pray for Abby. Your prayers and comments are a huge blessing to our family and a wonderful reminder that we are not alone.

From Brent

Would you pray for Michelle? She has been sick all week. I have to go out of town all next week for my job. Normally I take care of things when Michelle is taking Abby to all her stuff, but I won't be here next week.


The Art Show...


Miss and Little Miss Hollywood.... don't they look SO shy?


A nice shot before the sun went down and all the people arrived...


Abby's art sold for $250.00 I think...


Abby started out the night tired but perked up later.


My beautiful girls... I loving taking photos of them.

19 comments:

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Brent her artwork is GORGEOUS!

Love the photos you took too - both the girls are beautiful!

Praying for all the decisions being made for Abby's care and for Michelle's health!

Blessings and love,
Jill

Debi said...

Thanks for taking the time to update us.
So fun to see a glimpse of the art show and Abby's star.
Praying as always for Abby and your family. You are never alone- God is with you and you are surrounded by prayer warriors that are here to pray and encourage you.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi

Courtney Kay said...

I am so glad Abby got to go!

Kat said...

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and also for health for Michelle....

Morgan Paige said...

So glad she had a good time at the art show! They look beautiful!!

Kelli said...

Just wonderful!!! Thanks for posting photos of the show, and Abby's beautiful work. I pray that God will guide the docs and Abby will get some relief from her constant pain. I know it is so tiring for her.

Nora S. said...

Michelle--Thanks so much for the update on Abby and I'll keep praying for the right answers and treatment. I pray she gets some relief soon.

Try to get some rest yourself.

Brent--Thanks for posting the pictures of the art show. I loved Abby's painting and the picture of Abby and Hannah is beautiful.

Safe travels next week.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, I can't help my heart from breaking every time a read about the Abby that I love so much. I must have a thousand band-aids across my heart! :-) I'm so glad Abby had a night of fun for a change. Her artwork was adorable! They are truly beautiful, inside and out. As always, tell Abby I love her and I will be praying for Michelle's health also.
Mattie Patterson

Holly said...

I know they are probably grown out by now---but do you think Abby can cut MY bangs like she did hers? I've been trying to find SOMEONE, ANYONE who can do mine kind of shab like. no one can and I noticed in these pics that Abby's are!!! Precious. Praying God's healing around you all!

Donna said...

Praying for Michelle and praying for Abby and all'yall in general!!

LOVE the art show pictures. How simply precious! The girls look AMAZING! So pretty! Look out Hollywood!

Ann Brown said...

Praying for Abby, Michelle, and the entire Riggs family.

Trennia said...

You are right they are beautiful girls!
Praying for Abby.

Tricia said...

Abby's art was beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

What a tiring fight it is. Prayers coming your way! So sorry too about Michelle being sick. Mommas just don't have time to be sick, especially this one!

J&L said...

Has Abby's medical team considered nebulized inhaled steroids for her instead of inhalers? Not sure if that would help but, maybe worth the question.

I am a pharmacist, and that is what we would do up here in washington state I believe.

Stacie said...

so sorry to hear abby is still struggling with so many health issues. i don't hate many things, but i hate cancer. i still continue to keep abby in my prayers. on a happy note, i love abby's painting and the girls looked beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi, continuing to pray for Abby and the rest of you family. Hope the other kids are do great. The girls look so very beautiful. I love Abby's picture of "herself" as a very shining star. :)

God's blessing of all of you.

Ron Cooper said...

Lovely girls and photos!

Jodi said...

I saw your post about concern for Abby's asthma. My son was prescribed an inhaler and a nutritionist recommended a natural product that my son takes as needed. It has completely replaced the inhaler! I am not a expert so I don't know if the herbs in the capsules would interfere with the drugs or chemo or anything that Abby is needing right now, but if you want to check into it, it's called "Clear Lungs" by Ridgecrest Herbals. They are capsules, so I don't know if she can swallow or if you could somehow put them in her food or drink??? My son is 6 and can swallow them, but alot of kids have trouble with that. But I just wanted to let you know as it could maybe be something that could help Abby. :)