Friday, November 21, 2008

Hi friends.  We feel so connected to you guys and when I don't write for a couple days, I'm itching to get back on and let you know what has been going on here.  We know many of  you well, but others we only know from your comments or from being a follower of our journey.  We consider you all our friends though.  Everyone with kids knows that when someone does something for one of your children, you instantly love them and think they're so great.  There's something about people investing into your kids, whether is by praying for them, or sending words of encouragement their way, that gives you this bond with them.  You just look at people differently, with this sincere appreciation when they've cared for your child in any way.  We know you guys are praying for Abbey. We love you for that.  We know your hearts have broke with ours as we've had hard days.  We have seen you praise God with us as we've had many victories over these last seven weeks. Abbey has looked at hundreds of pictures colored and drawn for her and we have read countless cards and Bible verses to her that were given to us by you guys.  We are forever grateful that you guys have carried this heavy burden with us, and have been there for us over these last seven weeks.  Thank you for loving our Abbey.  Thank you for being our friends. 

We had a small bump in the road last night.  She had a low grade fever that was hovering a little above 100.  The doctor had us take her to the ER to get her blood checked and for her to get an antibiotic in case she has an infection in her blood.  We will not know for a couple days what the blood culture shows, but we were able to come home after she got her antibiotic.  We got home at 2 a.m. last night and today is our clinic day so we basically took a nap and just got up to go right back.  We have to be there at 8:30a.m. for a blood check and then we will be off to sedation.  Her procedure is at 10:00a.m. We don't know exactly what today will look like after her procedure.  They may give her another antibiotic due to her low grade fever.  Please pray that they would find the source of it quickly and that it wouldn't end up being an infection in her blood or any big deal.  

Other than that last night, things have been going well.  She had a good week and has been feeling pretty good.  Her oral chemo is starting to kick in with some side effects, the worst at this point being that her appetite has really diminished and she isn't wanting to eat much of anything at all.  Please pray that we would at least be able to get her to eat a little at each meal and that she would continue to drink her milk in the morning and fluid throughout the day.  It's hard to see her not wanting anything to eat and are just praying for her to be feeling as normal as possible on this new medication.  

We are looking forward to this upcoming week.  On Saturday, Jim's parents are coming into town and they are staying through the following Sunday.  We are so excited for them to be here and know they are anxious to see the kids (and us too).  I know it is hard for them to be so far away as Abbey goes through this.  To not get to see her smile and play and to not be able to sit with her when she isn't feeling well.  Abbey has a very special bond with her grandmom and it is good for her when she's around. We're sure Grandmom and her will spend hours on the couch snuggling and reading books.  It is their favorite thing to do together.  Please pray for a good weekend and week for Abbey. That she would be feeling really good.  

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we have so much to be thankful for.... of course our sweet Abbey tops the list (along with our two favorite guys).  Blessings to you and your families...


Anonymous said...

I just want you to know that I saw your van facing out last night (Thurs. 11/20) with the lights on when I was walking the dog. I immediately started praying for you all because I knew that it wasn't normal and I wasn't sure why, so I just started praying in the Spirit. Know that everytime I take the dog out or drive by your house you are being covered in prayer! We love you all! We will be praying for you today! I will pray especially for safe travels as the roads look bad today with all the snow!

Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you.

We love you!
the Ortega's

The Liegel Family said...

So glad to hear she is doing well even with minor bumps in the road. I wear my bracelet everyday. People constantly ask me about it, and it constantly reminds me to continually pray for you guys. Also a blessing to hear the boys are holding up amidst all of this.

Have a blessed time with the Grand-Colberts. And tell them we said hi.

In HIM...


Keith and Jen said...

We haven't ever met you guys - we are friends of Kris and BJ Gontkovsky and they sent us the link to your blog asking for prayer, etc. We've been following it ever since - we have two little girls, one is Abbey's same age, so it's both hard and easy to imagine what this journey is like. Thank you for your openness and authenticity in sharing with all of us.

It's beautiful to see, even from such a distance, how loved and surrounded you are by people who are invested in your lives for the long haul. Lean on them - they are the presence of Christ in bodily form. Hope Abbey and the boys have a wonderful week snuggling and playing with grandparents - enjoy it!

Keith and Jen Johnson
Portland, Oregon

The Rosses said...

I just wanted to pass this along as a way that God puts you on our hearts...This morning I was running in the basement with my ipod blaring when I had this overwhelming urge to pray for Abbey and your family. The prayers covered everything from energy for today to protection from infection. I realized as I reading today that it was almost exactly 10:00 am. It amazes me over and over how God has us praying specifics for you even when we have no clue that that is what we are doing. We'll be praying for Abbey and hope to see you for a little bit at the Feast next Tuesday :o)

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys! We're still praying and hope you have a great time with Grandmom and Grandpop. We love you and hope to see you face to face hopefully sooner than later. We pray for you daily, Sophie in particular always insists on praying for Abbey. Just wanted you to know we love you and are ALWAYS thinking of you.

Alicia for the 7

Greers said...

Shelley--what would be helpful at this point in terms of THINGS? Gas cards...Target gift cards...what is most practical?