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Mar 6, 2010

Weary but Blessed

From Michelle:

Thank you for praying for Abby. It was a rough, tiring week but we are home. Abby is still sick and running a low grade fever (100.0). If it reaches 101 she has to go back to ER. Poor kid has had her temp taken a million times today.

Abby's doctors decided to not do the spinal tap/chemo for 10 days. I hate the delay because we want the cancer sells to be destroyed but it is a relief that she will get the chance to heal before they bathe her brain in more chemo. The breaks from chemo really seem to help to help her intracranial pressure normalize.

Normally, Brent and I both make all decisions quickly, confidently and never look back. We are as comfortable waiting on God's timing and direction as we are making and acting on big decisions.

It is a very strange day when I am thankful someone else is making a decision for me but I was very glad the decision about the lumbar puncture was taken out of my hands.

We would have loved to spend today relaxing and regrouping but with Abby's temperature slowly climbing all day our focus had to be on getting housework done in case Abby is readmitted to the hospital. Pretty boring, I know but little things like clean socks make the hospital days much better. Fortunately Brent works hard and fast, while making it fun for the kids. I am blessed to have him for a husband.

Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to get back to making memories. Thank you for all of your prayers and encouraging words.

Well, it is 3am and I am off to give Abby her chemo and take her temp one last time.

21 comments:

Gena said...

Hugs and Prayers for you all. Take care of yourselves, too. You are all in GOoD hands.

hannahshope said...

I will be praying so hard that every trace of Abby's temp will go away so you can enjoy these few days of reprieve! You guys remain in our prayers! Love you guys! Sam

Sweet Joni said...

Welcome back home Michelle & Abby! - What a life - makes me even more Thankful to be home & at least partly healthy!!! Have you guys ever thought about moving closer to the hospital??? ;-)

How do you give Abby chemo at home??? Excuse my unknowledge brain but I thought chemo had to be done through IV. ?.?.?

"For I know the plans I have for you." declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Michelle - big hugs sweet friend!

Trusting God to continue to give everyone taking care of Abby divine wisdom!

My love and our prayers are with you now!
Jill

James 1:27 Family said...

Still praying for rest, healing and peace. And clean socks too. :)

May our great big God be with in the little tiny details of each day.

I really love how you both have placed your marriage on a pedestal above the reach of the enemy. You constantly compliment one another. So many times marriages fall under attack when a child is seriously ill. You are an example to many. Praise God.

Much love to the Riggs family!
Amy

Marlo said...

Praying for endurance.

Vanessa said...

We continue to pray for Abby each day!!! May God provide comfort in her times of pain, healing when she is ill, strength and wisdom for you and Brent as you have to make those tough decisions!! HUGS

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praising God you are back home, and praying for some healing & rest!

"Lolli" said...

AMEN, James 1:27 family...whay a beautiful, living testimony Brent and Michelle are to us all...standing in the gap for you all.

Blessings,

Lisa

nikki said...

Praying that her temp goes down, and that this break is enjoyed by all of you!!!

Masto Mama said...

Oh, sending you huge hugs michelle! I know it doesn't make it any easier, but know that you guys are loved, cared about and prayed for. You're going to have a zillion jewels on your crown in heaven!!

xoxo

harmonysong said...

Stay strong!! Praying for your little girl!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Prayers for strength, peace, and that you all receive a much needed rest for the days ahead. Standing in agreement for Abby's healing.

Blessings & Aloha!

Courtney Kay said...

praying for the fever to stay away!

Anonymous said...

Glad that Abby is home and I pray that her temp will keep going down. I know that you all want to get the chemo going again so that it can rid Abby of any cancer that is left.

You are so right about having to take care of the "mundane" and daily tasks. Clean socks and a clean kitchen and bathroom seem to make being in a hosptial easier. I love my husband, but he isn't the neatest person in the world. He is a great cook, but leaves a mess to clean up. He said that having to keep the kitchen clean while I was in the hospital was the hardest thing on him. He is so happy that I feel well enough to keep the kitchen cleaned up now. (I am too)

Even though I haven't commented a lot over the past 2 months, I have kept up with Abby and all of you and have lifted your names to God every day.

love and prayers...

Ann Stegall
Wake Forest, NC

Amber Schmidt said...

I feel tremendously for Abby... inter-cranial pressure issues are the worst... and the headaches... ugh. I am praying for you guys daily!

Kelley said...

I have a small prayer shall that an elderly woman named Rose has made for Abby after hearing of her cancer. I would love to send it to you-it is pink and purple, soft yarn, with a button to make it stay on...I realize she gets many items, but we all prayed while making it. Please let me know.
Kelley
wildwatergirl@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

Lord,
Be with this sweet, sweet family...be tangible, right there, right now. Lord I pray for Abby's body, for every spot where there are cancer cells. Lord stop them right now with Your mighty hand. You see each and every one. I pray that in these 10 days where chemo cannot be administered, You would step in and be the one eradicating every single cell.
Be with them as they love their children, as they lay their heads to rest either on their own pillow or one at the hospital, wrap them in your campoassion and love. I pray for deep rest for the whole family...deep healing rest.
Thank you LOrd for how much you carry us, carry them now.

KM said...

I continue to pray that you all will get
the much needed rest you must need!
This has been such a long journey for
you all... and it just seems to go on and on...
but we know that God works all things for
the good .....

Hang in there!

Michelle said...

Still standing with you in prayer!
The Mann Family

Wendi Taylor said...

You are in my prayers as always. I hope the lack of updates isn't because Abby is back in the hospital. ((( hugs )))