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Jun 18, 2010

Abby in the Hospital Again - Serious

From Michelle:

Abby's last spinal tap on Tuesday showed Abby's intracranial pressure was still elevated. The increase in medication to control it did nothing to bring it down. Abby's pressure was 25, the goal is 8-12.

The spinal tap Tuesday did very little to relieve the pressure. The doctor hit a blood vessel as he was puncturing the membrane that encloses Abby's spinal column. Then the needle slipped out of place before he could remove enough extra fluid to help reduce Abby's pain.

Abby is still spiking temperatures at least once a day. Her doctors require that she go to ER and have blood cultures drawn every 24 hours when she is having fevers.

We are back in ER now for headaches, a fever and extreme constipation. Abby is grumpy, hurting and very hungry (they wont let her eat). Usually Abby handles the medical stuff gracefully. Today, she just wants to be home with her whole family.

I am not sure what the plan is or why we are having more trouble handling this last few weeks. It is ridiculous that this is so hard for me. I have a friend whose daughter is in the hospital waiting on her 5th surgery THIS year to "fix" her intercranial pressure. I think this will be her 9th brain surgery over all. Please pray for Avalon, her family and her medical team. They are not sure what to do to help her. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/avalonhavan

We have it easy compared to them. We feel guilty for feeling so weary when little Avalon has it so much worse than us.

From Brent

I'm writing several hours after Michelle drafted the above. Abby has been admitted with a serious impaction, her entire colon packed full. If you know anything about impactions, it's potentially very serious, more so for someone who has little immunity already. Lots of infections and junk can come from it. It's kind of amazing given all the mineral oil and Miralax we've been pumping down her.

Michelle and I didn't even want to post yet another "hospital again" blog post. It's getting to sound like a broken record that's been broken. But we know that so many people have been following Abby and praying for her over a couple of years, and we owe to you to keep you updated.

To make matters more pressing, I have a planned and extremely important business trip this week. One the one hand I would never leave a child in the hospital; on the other hand, when you've had a kid in the hospital almost 70 times in two years, you have to pick and choose your battles because I still have entire family to provide for.

Thank you for your prayers for wisdom, provision, health and peace.

36 comments:

James 1:27 Family said...

Brent and Michelle - I hope you will be covered in peace and know that you do not have to apologize for posting another hospital visit. People read your blog because we love you and want to lift you up when you need it. Times can really stink even when someone else has it worse off. It's still OK to feel sad and run-down. No one is judging you (well, if there are crazies out there that are judging you.... just block them from your life.:) ) The rest of us love you and feel pain when you feel pain. We love Abby and we want to pray for her.

Dear Heavenly Father, We come to You today with heavy hearts for our friend, Abby and her tired family. Please touch her body with Your healing hands. Please be with her mom, dad, brothers and sisters. Please lift their burdens. Please provide the finances needed for their family right now. Please give wisdom to her doctors. We thank you for the Cross. We praise You and love you. We thank you for holding the Riggs Family. In Jesus name, Amen.

Much love and prayer,
Amy

Lisa said...

Father God we come to you and offer Dear sweet Abby up to you for healing. Father you know what her needs are right now. But as we voice them outloud so that others may also pray for healing. Father relive the pressures in Abby's brain, we need it to be 11, we need to give Abby some peace from this pain. Father we ask that you move Abby's bowels for her, you are mighty, you are amazing to heal. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for Abby and this dear family. I ask that you bless and annoint them as they go throuhg this hospital stay. We ask for blessings for all the doctors and nurses taking care of Abby that you bless them with massive wisdome to give her the right treatments.
Thank you Jesus, Thank you Thank you Thank you.

amy.lee716@gmail.com said...

I am praying for Abby and your entire family. I pray for peace and healing. I hope that Abby is able to rest and get some comfort.

Keri said...

Thank you for the post. I'm a quiet lurker that found you from Jennifer Mckinney about a year ago. I'm sad that Abby is in the hospital again and pray this stay is short and sweet. Please know that we are praying for you and your family.

Michelle said...

Thank you for posting. I will pray accordingly and please, please give Abby a HUG from the Mann family.
We all have to make choices and of course you would never WANT to leave a sick child in the hospital and go on a business trip, but speaking as the wife of a soldier, he does what he has to do (leaves us, etc to provide for us and serve his country) so I understand completely.
Much Love,
Michelle Mann

Holly said...

I can't even pretend to understand guys. I feel weary just reading all that Abby has endured.
All I know to do is pray.
love,
Holly

Kay said...

Brent and Michelle I am so sorry to hear that Abby is back in the hospital again. I keep praying for her every day to be able to be well so that she can go out and have a fun summer with all the other kids and not be stuck in the hospital or on restrictions because of her immune system.

Sending up more prayers for all of you to have strength and courage in this your time of need and for the doctors to have wisdom to know the best course of treatments for Abby.

God bless you.

Rhonda said...

Please dont hesitate to post that your daughter is in the hospital..I know I have been in the hospital with our son for the past 3 months.We will be praying for abby and your whole family..God Bless

whenpigsfly said...

Thank you for updating us so we can pray as specifically as possible! Impactions are so treacherous, and I bet Abby having fever has taken any extra fluids she had in her body and diverted them from her digestive system to her coolingsystem, setting the stage for that impaction thing regardless of meds. Sweet baby I'd want to just be with my whole family at home too! She is so amazing' You ALL are!!! Please do not feel guilty for sharing. What God has for you to lean on HIm and press in to Him for is not what He has given someone else, and we all need to be held up by each other. Right now our journey has yet to begin and it is my prayer that I will be as gracious and God-strong when Daniel's "stuff" starts as y'all have been!!
We love you and we ARE praying with you! Big hugs from all of us in Stillwater!
Linda

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Brent and Michelle - please never feel bad for sharing what is going on and helping us know what to pray for specifically.

I am so sorry to hear this news. We will be lifting you up in prayer and trusting God to give you all the grace needed to see you through another hospital stay!

Love you all,
Jill

LaVon Baker said...

Agreeing in the Spirit with all the prayers going out for Abby and you all.

Nancye said...

We are praying for Abby here in Kentucky

The Davis Family

Courtney Kay said...

praying for sweet Abbs!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

NEVER feel bad about posting!!!! Abby is very much important to us all- as bloggy family. WE love your family- and therefore want to know when and how to pray for ABBY!! Please don't ever feel bad. We are praying....now!!!!! Also praying for Avalon. Lord we lift these beautiful children to you! They are soo precious and we pray you help heal them- give them all strength from you, and give their families the strength to help them heal. Give them wisdom in hard circumstances, and help them to make decisions that are helpful to their families. In your Son's HOLY NAME- AMEN! We love you guys- hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for keeping us updated. I, for one, do not mind at all. Far from it, I want to know how to pray for Abby. I've been following your blog for some time as well as Avalon's for a few months. We pray for both of these sweet girls every single day.

Brent, if you had to stay in town every single time Abby was in the hospital I'm not sure how you'd even keep your job. It is so tough on all of you to endure all these difficulties, especially when you are gone, but as you say, you have an entire family depending on you. I will say extra prayers for Michelle for endurance, strength, patience, peace, and some SLEEP, which I'm sure neither of you get nearly enough of.

You are loved, Riggs family. We will continue to pray.

Marina@EBMR said...

Father, show mercy on this precious child and show up in her room even now. Lord you said NOTHING is too difficult for You and we pray right now that you would extend Your Hand of Healing and do a miracle for darling Abby. Lord we seek Your Face for this and we ask that you embrace Michelle and Brent at this time. May they know that even through this storm You Are Master and in control.

We trust You Lord

In Jesus Name we pray

Amen

Denise said...

My heart aches for Abby, and for all of you. Thank you for the "Hospital Again" posts; even my youngest children want to know where Abby is and how she's doing. They've formed a bond with her and love praying for her, especially when she's in the hospital.

Ann Brown said...

Michelle and Brent,
you ALL are in my prayers. I'm so sorry things have been so rough with Abby lately.

154 days... . Now if we could just remove the "5" and the "4"....

Kat said...

It isn't a broken record, but a call for prayer warriors. We are praying for sweet Abby....

Sweet Joni said...

OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! Dearest Abby!!!

Drink Water water water
Heating Pad on Abdomin & Massage


Lord Jesus Our Almighty Healer, I pray & ask that you relieve Abby's discomfort, remove all toxins & fecal matter. Lord, I ask that you make her whole with no complications. Relieve all intracraniel pressure from her brain. Give her strength & energy to KEEP Abby fighting for YOU Lord!

KEEP Michelle & Brent in your Loving Arms & Words... Allow Brent to maintain his journey with work to KEEP providing His family that you've chosen to give him. And Lord, I ask that you would encourage your Children's hearts to send whatever we can to provide for proper nourioushment for Abby's special & restricted diet. In Jesus name. AMEN!

Gail said...

Like many others before me, I am glad you let us know when Abby is in the hospital and needs more prayer. Johanna and I will be praying extra for her and for your whole family.
Gail and Johanna Faith

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

So so sorry. Praying for you all.

Debbie said...

Brent and Michelle, I hope you won't feel bad about sharing updates like this about Abby. So many people pray for her and we want to know how to pray. May the Lord comfort you and your family in the midst of this challenging journey.

Much love and prayers,
Debbie

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Sarasota, Florida for your sweet Abby.

Matushka Anna said...

Thank you for posting updates. It's never a "downer" to read, no matter what the news. It only gives all of us more specific things to pray for.

Lord have mercy.

Anne Toth said...

Praying for poop. Lots of healthy poop. I hope Abbie is feeling better soon.

Anonymous said...

As soon as I read this post's title, my heart sank (for the thousandth time!!) I can't believe it, well I can, but I don't want to. It seems like someone is always worse off than yourselves, but at times it feels like no one could ever feel worse!! I can't imagine how y'all are feeling, this being the 70th hospitalization in 2 years. I'm praying for healing, wisdom, safety, comfort, and peace over all of you. Tell Abby I miss her and I'm praying for her. Poor little Avalon, I can't wrap my mind around 5 surgeries this year! I'll be praying. I love all of you and can't wait until we can get togeter again!
Mattie Patterson

Kelli said...

"Broken record" or not, we love you and ALWAYS want you to keep us posted on what is going on. I do know how serious an impaction is as well as pressure on the brain and I am praying for God to do miracles in Abby and give her relief in Jesus name.

Sandi Lerman said...

Thanks for letting us know what's up, and we'll be praying as always. Enough with all the guilty feelings about your feelings! God can handle it, and so can your friends and blog followers who truly care about your family.

This song comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD_pCr_Xrnc

Anonymous said...

OH please don't ever feel guilty about giving us all the opportunity to pray for Abby and your family. Our kids ask about her every night before we say our bedtime prayers . . they WANT To know what to pray for and I feel honored to be able to give this opportunity to learn to prayer for others. Please know prayers are being said all over for you all!!!

Sioux

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

You have every right to feel weary. Thank you for taking time during a very stressful day to keep us updated so that we can lift your precious girl up in prayer. I really can not imagine what you are experiencing. Even more, I can't imagine what Abby must be going through. Some things are difficult to understand. A child that suffers is one of them. May God wrap peace, endurance, and mercy around your weary family and may He bring relief and healing to your Abby girl.

Love and prayers from St. Louis,
Robin

Kristi said...

We pray for Abby every single day as a family. That has not waivered over the last year or so. Thank you for taking the time to keep us udated. I am sure you are all exhausted and just trying to figure out your next medical plans of action for Abby. So not only will we pray for Abby we will pray for your family and for the doctors.

brenda in seattle said...

Don't ever feel bad writing updates about Abby. I just want to know how to pray for her.
I pray that the doctors can figure out how best to treat all of her difficult problems and make her comfortable.
And for strength and wisdom for you guys.

BobbieBailey said...

so sorry to learn abby is facing so many medical issues. so many are praying for your little girl, and will continue to do so. we have a God of the impossible!

Nati @ I will praise Him said...

Please never feel like you are whining or complaining. This isn't a broken record at all.

Thanks for sharing so we can all pray for Abby and the rest of you!

Wendi Taylor said...

You do not "owe" us anything but we do appreciate the posts, at least I do, because I want to know how Abby is doing and be able to pray for her more specifically. I follow Avalon's mom's journal also and yes that is a hard, hard story to read. But that doesn't make your own struggles any less important.