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Apr 16, 2010

Bad News Update About Abby

From Brent

Well rats… we’re allotted a sentence of whining per month, so here it is:

Today is not the best of days (humanly speaking). Abby’s immunity is virtually zero; after a trip to post office to get the now predictable stack of medical bills and insurance letters, Abby’s fever went from normal to pushing 102 in less than an hour (and climbing still, fast). She was already quarantined; now it’s back to the hospital for immediate admission. Whine complete*.

Okay that was two or three sentences. Sorry. Give an inch, take a mile.

Michelle is on the way to the hospital. I’m holding down school, work, house and kids here. Same routine as the other 62 (literally) times. We covet your prayers that:

  • The antibiotics will work. Kids with Leukemia don’t die from “cancer”… they die from secondary infections. That’s why these episodes are so serious and intense.
  • Strength and health for the rest of the family so we can deal with this.
  • Wisdom and alertness to handle all the details of hospital, medical bills, insurance and the rest of “life”.
November… that’s when Abby is done. We can see daylight, but it’s like the last 6 miles of a marathon… we're wore out, but the finish line is in sight. God has seen us through every step so far, and there is zero doubt He’ll carry across the finish line.

Zero doubt. 100% joy.

*I honestly feel guilty about ANY whining... I know full well there are a lot of cancer families that are having a MUCH worse time than us, AND I know full well there are millions upon millions of people all over this planet living in misery. All I can say without guilt is: Lord come quickly.


Sarah said...

Prayers for sweet Abby today. You have every right to whine... no child should have to go through this.


Jules said...

As always, praying for Abby...such a sweet girl.

Kat said...

Okay, so you don't even know us, but we wish we could just pack into the car and come and help. With five (soon seven) kids, I'm a natural juggler. We are praying so hard here....all seven of us.

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Praying right now Brent!

AMEN! to how you finished this post!

Sorry you are going through this yet again!

I don't think you are whining at all. I believe in the power of prayer and all of us coming together to love one another is what He desires.

Let us carry this with your family! It is our honor and privilege to stand with you!

Hugs and blessings,

Bobbie Bailey said...

Brent all "I" have to say to your..."Lord come quickly," is AMEN!!!

You and Michelle along with other parents of children with cancer are all heroic! You cause all other parents to count their blessings even more.

You are fighting the good fight. The Lord promises to give strength "for each day" and no more.

Nothing is harder than to see children suffer. But, it is even harder to see "one's" child suffer. Not only is it physically draining but it is all emotionally draining and can be spiritually draining as well. BUT GOD... God is there in the midst of all that you are experiencing day in and day out.

Find comfort in knowing that you are pleasing the Lord in being the best parents for little Abby as one could ever hope to be.

Always praying,

emily said...

I would have read a few more sentences of whine......Hang in there. Praying!

Wendi Taylor said...

I think it's okay to feel bad & just want to whine & have a pity party every now and then, so long as you realize that's all it is and pick yourself back up when you're done - and that's exactly what you're doing. No harm done. Prayers being said for Abby as always. I have a little sticker game I've been meaning to mail... will remember to do that on the way home tonight.

MB said...


Brittani Katherine Clark said...

I will be praying for Abby and strength for you and Michelle! You all are an inspiration to us all! I never look at you as a complainer...they're concerns and it's nice to have the comfort of others! Love you all:)

Love always,

Holly said...

Yes Lord come quickly....but please Lord....if it's within Your will...not before Abby is healed and gets a bald headed baby brother!

Deciduous Heather said...

Praying for sweet, Abby, and for those that love her. I will be thinking about your family, and please keep us posted! Praying that the meds nip whatever is going on in the bud and she is home soon.
Heather in NC

maria said...

Praying for Abby and your family! I'm not sure I would say you are whining, there's alot going on and I think it's perfectly fine to vent..

Maria Jeffries

Shari said...

Oh Brent! It's OK! Seriously! You guys never whine on here! You are always giving God the glory for everything. Don't minimize your situation. It's real to you. You are having a rough time! Know your family is in my prayers regularly! Much love to you.

Heather said...

Praying that Abby starts to feel better soon. I also sent you a personal message today. I guess I should have titled it something other than Hello, but that is what I titled it. So sorry. I hope you all see it. Anyway, feel free to whine. Sometimes it helps just allowing yourself the chance to whine.

Shannon said...

Oh you guys!!!!!!!
I am praying RIGHT NOW for the Lord's hand of protection, guidance, peace and wisdom over every aspect of your lives right now.....
hang in there and keep leaning hard on the Lord....the leaves that will turn colors in November are already growing on the trees! You are getting close!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As soon as I read the title I litterally gasped!!! I can't believe this happened again! It's ok to whine, we're human. Tell Abby that I wish I could be right next to her right now. I love y'all and are praying for y'all.
Mattie Patterson

Sweet Joni said...

I'll not only listen but I will HEAR your whining any day Brent!!!

AND I will be asking for Prayers from Pastor & Congregation of the church that I will be attending this evening. A WONDERFUL person & old classmate of mine. :)

HUGS, LOVE & even some tears,
~Joni Lee

Sandi Lerman said...

Prayers and (germ-free) hugs going out to Abby and the whole family! ((((((HUGS)))))))

Debbie said...

I am praying for your sweet girl and your family as you go through yet another challenge. I retweeted to alert others to pray.

Blessings and love,

living4him5 said...

Yes, Please Lord come quickly!

We're always praying for sweet Abby and your fmaily!

God bless,
Amy <><

Melissa said...

You most certainly are allowed to whine. It's difficult! I will keep Abby and you all in my prayers.

Debi said...

Still here and still praying for Abby and your family. Praying for strength in Abby's immunity and God's wisdom for every step.
Love and hugs and prayers,

JillAileenJones said...

So sorry to hear about this. We have all had a stomach virus since Tuesday-the only person it hasn't hit yet and we pray it doesn't is our Brandon-he is scheduled for his surgery Tuesday and won't have it if he gets sick.
I will be praying for you all. God bless this family and this child of yours.

Our Life With Twins said...

Praying for your sweet Abby....i am new here to the site, but will pray hard and think of you all. xoxo

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Constantly praying! May God carry you every day...across that finish line. And YES may God come soon!!! Until then there is sooo much to do so many people to tell the good news to!

Kelli said...

I can't say anything any better than the above comments, just know that we're on your team and praying for that light at the end of the tunnel to come as quickly and painlessly as possible for Abby. Lord come quickly is definitely on my lips as well lately. Hang in there and know that we love you all.

Misty Rice said...

My heart stops for a second every time I see a post with Abby's name in it. I always fear the worst. Praying..... for her little body must be so tired of all of this.

Marie said...

It's not whining Brent, it's really not. If you were complaining that your car has a cassette player instead of a CD player and Ipod dock, I'd say you were whining. But you're talking about your seriously ill child, that's not whining and nobody would accuse you of that (and anyone who did needs a good slap)

Jan J. said...

Praying for Abby, fervently. Bless her heart and all of yours too - you are all so strong, especially Abby. I would be whining daily, multiple times! God is good and will prevail.

James 1:27 Family said...

I've been doing a lot of whining myself. Our daughter is very sick and it's just tough. Sometimes I stay on the mental road the Lord would like me to be on and sometimes I fall off. Thanks for the reminder.

I'm with you.

I was reading Max Lucado's "It's Not About Me" today and this was great...

"The brevity of life grants us power to abide, not an excuse to bail. " 2 Corinthians4:17 "Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

I'm just imagining the Riggs Family Party that is waiting in Heaven. Wow, I'd love to see that.

Much love in Jesus,