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Mar 2, 2010

Abby Update: Fever, Praise God & Some Pics

From Michelle:

Abby has had a respiratory infection for the last couple of days. Her low grade fever finally rose to 102, which bought her an automatic trip to the ER for blood cultures, blood work and fluids.

I never imagined I would be thankful for a fever but today I am praising God for one. While at the ER we discovered Abby's electrolytes were dangerously out of whack. Abby is in metabolic acidosis. Normal CO2 is 23, Abby's CO2 was 7 and we were increasing the medications that probably caused this problem. ER doctor said this is "very dangerous". I Googled it and came up with coma and death as a possible outcomes. I have got to stay away from Google.

For those who are interested, when CO2 is very low your body starts breathing very slowly in order to retain CO2 . Problem is you still need oxygen. Abby was having apnea right before we brought her in. But Abby has been having apnea a lot so I don't know that her doctors would have brought her in for only apnea. Only apnea... good grief. This is like living in the Twilight Zone.

We have hundreds of new pictures to sort through and share. Abby's limo ride and art show was magical. And there are more medical things to relate. I have so much to tell you but right now all I can focus on is how thankful I am that Abby is still here.

Thanks for continuing to pray.

From Brent

Here's a couple of pics. I'll try to get more up quickly over the next few days.

Abby and Sami waiting for the limo to
go to the art show.

Rough life... I have to look at these beautiful
ladies every day.

The limo's arrive...

Sami playing basketball... she's getting much better.


MB said...

I recognize Sami's dress! Beautiful x 3!

Sweet Joni said...

WOW! Absolutely Stunning! That is a rough life :D I'm so thankful Abby was brought in & tested!!! Still praying over & over & over!!!! Even when I'm down, thinking of You All keeps me from hitting bottom 'again'... Hugs!

Debi said...

So glad that Abby and Sami got to attend the special art show and limo ride!!
Praying daily for Abby and your family.
Love and hugs and prayers,

Wendi Taylor said...

Yes, it does seem like the Twilight Zone when you are thankful for a fever, and an ER visit... but you know what it really is? Proof that the hand of GOD is in your life. I'm so glad that this problem was caught before any harm came to Abby because of it. ((( hugs )))

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Praying for you as you care for Abby!

Praying for healing!

Praying for wisdom!

Praying for rest and peace!

Praising God for the beautiful children you have and the joy on their faces!

Blessings and love,

Pam, mom, honey, said...

i love the pictures and updates. but please know we (i) understand you are busy and have a life. can not wait for more updates

Nora S. said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Abby's situation. I'm thankful a serious unknown problem was discovered and will pray for her recovery. You are on such a roller coaster ride from day to day, hour to hour. I will pray for strength for you and Brent as you continue walking faithfully.

LaVon Baker said...

So glad Abby got to do the limo/red carpet thing.

LOVE the picture of Sami playing basketball!!

Live to love and laugh said...

How did you get so lucky to have three beautiful ladies living with you????

Anonymous said...

Keeping you on my heart and in my prayers Abby....i love you and ask God to always be with you and to heal your little body. You are a very strong little girl, you have endured more than what most of us adults could not have done. I truly believe God has special plans for you...He is using you now for a very special reason....He will never leave you, He will be with you through it all. I know He is always there, but some times are still very scary.Praying for strength for Mommy and Daddy....can't imagine how your hearts feel as you have to watch your baby go through this, but it is wonderful to know that you truly trust God for all things. One day we will understand it all, God has promised us this if we have Him in our hearts and believe, trust and live for Him. I thank God for that hope.

Merrill said...

What a beautiful picture of Mom and the two girls!!! Wow! Continued prayers for Abby.

Chrissy said...

Hi Riggs Family,

Sorry to hear about the trip to the hospital but praise God for it since it resulted in the discovery of another problem before it became more serious. I agree totally it is very strange the things we find ourselves being thankful for nowadays but maybe we are just more aware of how blessed we really are. Prayers and love to you and your family.

Hugs, Chrissy

Kelli said...

I have been in acidosis (RTA) and hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HKPP) for quite some time so I know exactly what you're talking is a very rough road to walk. I pray that Abby's condition is reversed ASAP.