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Jun 6, 2010

Big Chemo Day


Abby, with her first crush, when she was first diagnosed with cancer.
It is hard to believe she has been fighting the beast for almost 2 years.

Just for you know, "your Abby" had the very
same expression when she saw
Logan last night.

From Michelle:

The dance recital went wonderfully. Hannah did a great job and loved being on stage. Landis and Abby now can't wait to start taking lessons. I love that they will all be enjoying doing something together.

Today, Monday, Abby has her big chemo day. She will have a spinal tap to check her intracranial pressure and then they will inject chemo into her spinal fluid. Abby has been complaining of headaches for a couple of weeks but we (her doctors and I) are hopeful they are from sinus pressure. I am a little nervous because there have been a few signs her pressure is climbing but they could also be symptoms of other, less tragic things. The cancer moms reading this know headaches can be a sign of relapse but I am going to that for now. They will be testing her spinal fluid for cancer cells tomorrow, so soon that question will be answered anyway.

Please pray that Abby will be comfortable and not scared during the procedure. For wisdom for the doctors/nurses and Brent and I as we discuss the headaches, breathing problems and her cancer treatment plan.

Abby is also loosing weight again. With her history of malnutrition, which lead to a feeding tube, I am concerned. She eats more calories than our 17 year old son but still can't gain weight.

Please also pray that Abby would be honest with the doctors. Every time she reports problems or pain to them, they schedule painful tests or procedures. She would rather stoically handle the pain than talk to them about what she is going through. Who can blame her.

14 comments:

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

Prayers that all goes well with Abby's procedures today. I can understand her not wanting to tell them what hurts if it causes more pain.

I am so glad to hear the recital went well. Nico also had his recital this weekend. They did a Michael Jackson mix. He takes Hip Hop and LOVES it. He has definitely shown improvement over last year. His little brother Luca loves dancing too. Our blog has Nico's photos on it.

I hope your day goes as smooth as can be expected.

Kelli said...

I've been away on business for three weeks and just now catching up. Abby is in my thoughts and prayers all the time. Her spirit and perseverance gives me more strength than you'll ever know.

Love,
Kelli

Tracy Grubb said...

Keeping Abby and your family in our prayers today...

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Praying for your strength today Michelle!

Praying for Abby too!

Lots of love,
Jill

Wendi said...

Awww... poor kiddo. She's so young, she's learned by association, that telling her doctors what she's feeling leads to more pain. I will pray specifically for that, as well as the other requests you mentioned. Thanks for the update.

Nora said...

Hi Michelle,

I'll be praying for all you, Brent and Abby are facing today.

Nora

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Thank you for the update- we will be praying specifically!!!!

PJ said...

Hey Y'all! Just wanted to let you know I updated y'all's prayer on the Prayer Line section of my Blog. If you want to see it, just click on the Prayer Line Tab. It is the first one after my personal prayer. I tried to send you an e-mail, but it wouldn't go through because I don't know what my pop3 or imap or whatever that stuff is. I don't understand all of that computer jargon.

God Be With You during this time of anxiousness. Keep the faith and remember that Worry is NOT of God.

God Bless!

PJ

gianna said...

I think cancer is one of the worse curses from the fall. This goes without saying, but Abby is a huge trooper. Jumping out of a plane with a parachute attached to my back would not be scarier than what she is experiencing. I hope that she is truthful. She is so much OLDER than her fews of life should make her!

Karen said...

Thank you for letting us pray with you and for Abby! I will be praying!!

Ann Brown said...

praying for low pressure and that everything else goes smoothly. Always thinking of you!

Ann (and Elke)

To Love Endlessly said...

Adorable picture of Abby and her crush. I'll be praying for her and for your family. She's one heck of a fighter. I do very much prayer that she'll tell the doctors when she hurts so they can help her the best.

Wendi Taylor said...

Yay, comments work again. You are in my prayers.

Lynnette Kraft said...

Hello Riggs Family,
It's been way too long since I've said hello. I'm so sorry for what you are going through with Abby and her lungs. I will pray for her - and you - just as soon as I hit send.

You are an amazing family who has been called to endure so much. Thank you for being a testimony of God's love and peace.

Love,
Lynnette