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wife. mom. adjunct professor. we homeschool. i'm a little bit OCD. i love math. bright colors and geometric designs make me drool. we live with a medical rarity, and Jesus saved his life. through that, Jesus is changing us. The american dream and status quo is overrated...and sometimes just plain wrong. our lives, our family, our careers, our faith are all now filtered through a new lens-- thank you Jesus. welcome to our crazy. feel free to take some of it with you, we have plenty to go around.
It's not the load that breaks you down; it's the way you carry it.
-- Lena Horne

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.-- Jesus Christ

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

i don't know what to title this was fairly uneventful....except for several blockages in Ridge's lines. The nurse who can put in new lines came and looked him over and couldn't find anywhere to put in a new line, except possibly his arms, which were tried yesterday. unsuccessfully. While everything was blocked except one place for his octreotide med to run in, it was time for a blood our nurse, who was absolutely wonderful all day long and a huge help and super nice and definitely made our "good" list :) anyway, she had to draw blood for the test...out of ridge's heel. stick, and he was screaming, but the screaming got worse and worse b/c he wouldn't release much blood...tiny drops, not big drops. so it took a long time to get a little tube of blood. it was excruciating....for me as much as for him. however, the blood test came back with an increase in count-- up from 8.5 to that is excellent news! he is still on the steroid, which i believe helps, but is not beneficial in the long term b/c of some side we want this to NOT be the answer....we want a miracle to be the reason, so we are waiting on that miracle moment that we pray God has in store.

I went to lunch with my dad today; it was good to get out. Assuming things stay calm, I plan to hang with saw-man this weekend for a while outside of the hospital.

I am tired-- as in sleepy tired...and as in just plain old tired of all of this. Perseverance takes on a whole new meaning in light of these events. It is hard to stay patient; some days it is hard to stay positive; it is difficult to figure out how to be proactive....but it is not difficult to remember to pray. That is what most of my "spare" and not so "spare" moments are spent doing. Thank you for filling some parts of your days and nights with prayers for us and for our baby. Continue to lift him/us up...b/c I do not doubt God is just waiting on the perfect moment to answer them with power.

Much love!


Alethea said...

You are still constantly in our thoughts and in our prayers. Many, many people have asked about you today at church and assured us of their prayers for Ridge. We continue to pray for a miracle, and we pray for you and Brandon to have the strength and courage you need to face each situation and crisis. We love you.

Laurie said...

Alisha, Yukon continues to pray and so much is going on to help your little family. We continue to pray for God's healing and we love all of you. Laurie

Anonymous said...

Alisha, you don't know us, but Brandon does. We pray for your family daily, asking God to provide that miracle for Ridge, asking for God to give you peace and strength to face each moment of every day, and asking for God to help the doctors and nurses to do everything that Ridge needs. Keep the faith. Marti and Larry Taylor

Anonymous said...

I am Karissa's sister-in-law. She keeps me updated on baby Ridge as does this website! I can't even imagine the roller coaster ride you've been on. You show such TREMENDOUS courage and faith...I've never seen anything like it. Being a mom myself and going through the very small obsticles that we've faced, I do know that you feel all the pain (and more) that Ridge feels! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family! May God continue to do His mighty work have have mercy on that sweet baby boy. Dustin and Jalyn Sherrill

Anonymous said...

"In this you greatly rejoice even though now, for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, and glory, and honor, at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 1:6-7

Cary family-
You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers daily.

Love and Prayers,
Brant, Melissa, and Ginny Gamble
(step-son, daughter- in- law, and Granddaughter of Millie)

Crystal said...

This is Crystal (Hargrove) Reed, your roommate from the Summer 2003 Mission Trip to Canada. I go to church with your cousin (or maybe Brandon's. I didn't get the details) Courtney Osborne.
Please know Tony and I are praying for Ridge and your family. Our whole Sunday School class is praying. Praying for a miracle, for strength.

Anonymous said...

I am praying for your precious son, Ridge, for his complete healing and restoration, for wisdom for the doctors who are caring for him, and for strength for your family.
Zephaniah 3:17- The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Romans 15:13- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.