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Urgent Prayer Request for My Young Cousin, Severe Head Injury - Update at #2982
My family | Thursday January 25, 2007 | GretchenM

Posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:13 AM PST by GretchenM

Edited on 02/14/2007 3:30:51 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

My aunt and uncle sent this out to our family at 6:30 AM today. Carrie is my young cousin, a very gifted artist, and the second eldest among her siblings. She and her family are in Michigan.

Prayer reqeust from my aunt and uncle (Carrie is their granddaughter).

This morning on her way to work Carrie's car slid on the highway and into a tree. She has very bad injuries, especially to her head. Her brain is swelling and she is now in surgery. They plan to open her skull to allow for the swelling, and she is not responding.

They don't give her parents a lot of hope. We are telling everyone so you can join us in praying for our dear Caroline. They called her parents about 7:45 this morning and they're at the hospital now.



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KEYWORDS: carrie; gretchenm; prayer
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To: GretchenM

God bless you, Gretchen. Prayers for your health and well-being.
Prayers for Carrie, her family, and all of those attending her health needs. May she continue to make steady improvement to complete good health.


2,651 posted on 06/21/2007 9:53:25 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: LucyJo

Thank you very much!


2,652 posted on 06/21/2007 10:38:20 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family... Thanks for the update ~Pandora~


2,653 posted on 06/24/2007 3:13:14 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family...~P~


2,654 posted on 06/25/2007 8:26:06 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Continuing to bring Carrie before the Lord daily.
Polly


2,655 posted on 06/26/2007 9:34:04 PM PDT by pollywog (Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family ~P~


2,656 posted on 06/28/2007 10:20:26 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...

Thank you for continuing to pray and for your patience in waiting for news of Carrie.

Today I received a family update from my aunt and uncle, at their home on the other side of Michigan from Carrie, again, with no news of Carrie other than that of events surrounding her. I wish I had more to report than to say that I have no news to pass on. There may be little improvements, or she may be improving slowly but not visibly (such as in growing nerves where they were damaged in the collision).

I know her family is grateful for any continuation of prayers before the day when things do change very much for the better. We are continuing to believe that the Lord is working healing in her.


2,657 posted on 07/01/2007 11:18:35 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers up


2,658 posted on 07/01/2007 11:19:20 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue for Carrie’s healing, Gretchen.


2,659 posted on 07/02/2007 2:51:11 AM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers sent


2,660 posted on 07/02/2007 3:10:07 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers are still continuing for Carrie and her family, Gretchen.


2,661 posted on 07/02/2007 4:00:55 AM PDT by kitkat (I refuse to let the DUers chase me off FR.)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers lifted, Gretchen.


2,662 posted on 07/02/2007 4:31:01 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD --- VOTE FOR FRED!!.)
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen, Carrie is in my prayers always...as well as you and your family.


2,663 posted on 07/02/2007 6:12:02 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: GretchenM

Keeping Prayers headed their way!!!


2,664 posted on 07/02/2007 6:46:38 AM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: GretchenM

I continue to pray for Carrie and her family.


2,665 posted on 07/02/2007 7:37:07 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: GretchenM

Keep us posted though. No news is still good news:’) I hadn’t heard from you in awhile and was thinking about sending you private mail for an update.


2,666 posted on 07/02/2007 7:51:03 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: GretchenM
We are continuing to believe that the Lord is working healing in her.

We are to walk by faith and not by sight. You are all on the right track. Carrie is in the hands of the Great Physician, and were Jesus visibly standing right there beside her, none would deny that He is the Healer. Because believers hold this belief as an act of faith apart from the senses, it makes the truth no less real.

2,667 posted on 07/02/2007 8:57:53 AM PDT by Faith
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen,
Even though I read your updates, I haven’t been posting to Carrie’s thread, but please be assured I have not stopped in my prayers for Carrie, and her family over this time.

Prayers for Carrie bump!


2,668 posted on 07/02/2007 9:00:41 AM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: GretchenM

This is another one of the hard times - the crises are over, and the progress looks slow.

I’m spamming all the prayer threads with my relaxation advice:

Read Psalms 104:14-15, Job 38:4-7, and Matthew 7:11.

Okay, here’s my advice for something to do every time there’s a loud noise, when a TV commercial comes on, or you just need to breathe - it’s good to loosen those shoulders, neck and decrease butterflies in the stomach, too:

Take a couple of deep breaths, let your stomach muscles relax and bring your shoulders down. Now, close your fists loosely, bring your hands straight out in front, with your thumbs pointing down - you should look as though you’re pouring out two bottles. As you inhale, raise your arms straight out in front, keeping your thumbs pointed down. As you exhale, let your arms come down in front. Let your shoulders down even more. Take another deep breath and repeat.


2,669 posted on 07/02/2007 9:34:06 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://ccgoporg.blogspot.com/)
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To: GretchenM

...patience is one of the things I usually have plenty of (:
(as I remember it wasn’t a certainty that Carrie would still be here-everything in God’s time)
prayers & bump


2,670 posted on 07/02/2007 9:39:12 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: Colorado Buckeye

Dear Colorado Buckeye, I am happy to say my PC finally got stable enough for me to download and install Easy Cleaner. It’s worked well and I thank you.

The other quirky things continue to befuddle and amaze me, such as all of a sudden certain keyboard keys don’t strike (such as caps lock, the dash -—, the numbers 5 and 6, the left control key, etc. Then they will suddenly start working again. That, however, is the least of it. Old Gray needs a visit to the shop but it’s beyond my means right now. Thanks for your advice.


2,671 posted on 07/02/2007 9:42:26 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Continuing prayers for Carrie — and for all of you who need strength as you get through this.

I pray for God’s richest blessings for all of you,

Jane


2,672 posted on 07/02/2007 10:10:33 AM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: GretchenM

prayer bump


2,673 posted on 07/02/2007 10:24:01 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: pollywog

I am VERY late in responding to this, ‘I am also impressed with the loyalty and love her boyfriend is showing in watching over and caring for her too.” I agree. It is wonderful to see.


2,674 posted on 07/02/2007 10:48:40 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: DrewsDad

I’m very behind-hand in replying to this but wanted to thank you for posting that powerful prayer @ 2,580.


2,675 posted on 07/02/2007 10:58:17 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: firewalk
as I remember it wasn’t a certainty that Carrie would still be here

You are right, there were those among her medical team who didn't think she would make it through that first awful day. She has continued to surprise and delight those in whose hands her life has been held, and carried forward.

2,676 posted on 07/02/2007 11:01:07 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: pollywog

Thank you very much for also praying for me.

I am glad to say that it has finally happened but embarrassed to say that the last collection of prayers and comments I sent to Carrie’s family was at the end of April. I am just now, finally, for the first time, able to go back through the posts to gather the prayers and encouraging words to send to them. I pray it means more to them now, that some time has gone by, to know you all are still praying devotedly for Carrie and everyone.


2,677 posted on 07/02/2007 11:06:03 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: sockmonkey

Thank you, sockmonkey, very much.


2,678 posted on 07/02/2007 11:10:26 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

God bless Carrie and her family.


2,679 posted on 07/02/2007 11:25:15 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: All
I did it! Got the prayers and comments gathered from here and sent to Carrie's family from April 29 to today!!!! I had been sending them every week or two, then with the PC troubles, and my own health, I had to wait.

Glitter and MySpace LayoutsTO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PRAYED FOR ME DURING THIS TROUBLESOME TIME IN MY CIRCUMSTANCES!!!

2,680 posted on 07/02/2007 11:32:33 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Good to hear from you Gretchen!
Prayers continue for Carrie and for you Dear Lady!

(((hugs)))

Kristin


2,681 posted on 07/02/2007 12:06:31 PM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for your Update, (((((Gem))))), and Carrie will Never be Far from my Heart.


2,682 posted on 07/02/2007 12:35:12 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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Just got this from Carrie's sister 'L" in reply, after sending input from this thread:

This is SO encouraging. Thank you Gretchen for continuing to keep the troops informed.

I do believe your posts are to the family like a pitcher of ice-cold lemonade in a desert place, and even more than that, affirmations of all their dearest hopes and a support to them. It reminds me of how Moses' assistants had to hold up his arms when Israel was fighting, to keep the battle going FOR Israel. The family hasn't grown as weary as Moses did in that terrific battle -- I am sure this is due to the many prayers that continue to be prayed for them.

Exodus 17:8-15
8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek came to fight against them.
9 Moses commanded Joshua, "Call the Israelites to arms, and fight the army of Amalek. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand."
10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded. He led his men out to fight the army of Amalek. Meanwhile Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a nearby hill.
11 As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand.
12 Moses' arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset.
13 As a result, Joshua and his troops were able to crush the army of Amalek.

15 Moses built an altar there and called it "The LORD Is My Banner."

2,683 posted on 07/02/2007 12:54:19 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue.


2,684 posted on 07/02/2007 1:18:46 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM

Thank-You so very much for your updates. Continuing to hold Carrie up in prayers and believing for nothing short of a miracle with complete healing for her.


2,685 posted on 07/02/2007 2:42:12 PM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for continuing to pray and for your patience in waiting for news of Carrie.

You're more than welcome! More prayers on their way for Carrie.

2,686 posted on 07/06/2007 11:53:22 PM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: GretchenM

prayer bump


2,687 posted on 07/07/2007 12:40:50 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

Prayers.


2,688 posted on 07/07/2007 4:17:27 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Gryffindor '88 Weasley is our King!)
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To: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...

Update July 8

From my aunt and uncle

Carrie continues to show improvement, but slowly. We are both impressed by the quality of the nurses who take care of Carrie. They are a very caring group. Some love her as if she were their daughter. They read the newspaper, books, Bible, etc. to her. They talk to her continually, exercise her, and keep her looking beautiful and clean.

Now a speech therapist comes to work with her swallowing. We think he's good and good for her. He will come again next Wednesday. M wants to videotape the Physical Therapist on Tuesday to show all the caretakers just what is done that is what she wants them to do for Carrie.

One nurse came to get us to see Carrie watching a DVD player playing "A Night At the Museum". She really was watching that. The nurse had it near so Carrie could watch it. We saw her eyes move. Great!

That same nurse shined a small flashlight in Carrie's eyes and she blinked. Which again is good news.

MJ, another nurse, brought some sweet peas from her garden and put them right up to Carrie's nose -- she wrinkled up her nose at the scent.

I am very encouraged by all these improvements and it heartens me to put my shoulder to the wheel to keep praying for Carrie's full restoration. Wow!

For all of you who have been standing with Carrie, drawing her through to keep her in life and now, to move her forward in her healing, THANK YOU!

2,689 posted on 07/08/2007 6:59:44 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for this very uplifting post. I continue to pray for Carrie’s total recovery.


2,690 posted on 07/08/2007 7:44:26 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you Gretchen, for you update.
It is encouraging.
I pray for Carrie’s continued healing and that you are well too.

May the Father of us all bless and keep you, Carrie, and your family.

Love,
Kristin


2,691 posted on 07/08/2007 8:10:38 PM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the update, Gretchen.

More prayers for Carrie, for her family and for you too, my friend.


2,692 posted on 07/08/2007 8:18:12 PM PDT by silent_jonny (There's always one more thing you can do.)
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To: GretchenM

May our Heavenly Father continue to bless Carrie and all who are caring for her.


2,693 posted on 07/08/2007 8:18:20 PM PDT by skr (Car bombs and IEDs are the exclamation marks for the latest Democrats' talking points.)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks so much for the update—it helps me in my prayers, which also continue for Carrie’s parents.


2,694 posted on 07/08/2007 8:27:12 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: GretchenM

Wonderful news, Gretchen.

Continued prayers for dear Carrie.


2,695 posted on 07/08/2007 8:34:55 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: GretchenM

How wonderful! Praise God for Carrie’s improvements - He is so good! I’ll keep her in my prayers.


2,696 posted on 07/08/2007 8:43:29 PM PDT by arizonarachel (Our miracle is finally here!)
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To: GretchenM

Continued prayers for Carrie’s healing and for her family and friends.


2,697 posted on 07/08/2007 8:59:53 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: GretchenM
Praise God!!! Thank you for the update! Prayers continue...
2,698 posted on 07/08/2007 9:09:22 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GretchenM

That is really good news. Any improvement is good news, but this is especially good. When my mother was in the nursing home after an undefined episode, she couldn’t speak or communitcate at all, really, but I took her to the social area, where they were doing a puzzel, and my mother pointed to a piece of the puzzel and where it belonged. No one knew she could think that through, but she did. You can never know what is going on in the mind of someone who can’t physically respond.


2,699 posted on 07/08/2007 9:11:39 PM PDT by Eva (I)
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for this Excellent Update!

Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the Heavens!
Praise Him in the Heights! (Ps.148:1)

2,700 posted on 07/08/2007 9:41:36 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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