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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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To: GretchenM

How wonderful, all the gifts floating to this family.

The mulch really touched me. Silly! An untidy garden is a worry. But who’d a thunk having a beautiful place to step out and breathe deep is a real gift. The wonderful part is......somebody thunk!

May they whole family, especially Carrie, be able to relax and breathe deep.


2,351 posted on 04/30/2007 5:48:56 AM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen, I will pray especially that Carrie’s caregivers can figure out the right formula to keep her breathing at the proper levels. It’s difficult enough with all her family has to deal with to have this frustrating ‘Catch-22’ situation going on ... someone will come up with a solution.

Will also pray her blood tests tomorrow go well and that they can proceed with the surger, and get that behind her on the way to her total healing.

The support the family is getting is just beautiful. In ways big and small, so many are coming together to help Carrie and her family. Some might call it ‘karma.’ I have the distinct feeling Carrie and her family were angels to others in their time of need.

Prayers for you, too, Gretchen, for all you are doing for them and for us at FR. God Bless you!


2,352 posted on 04/30/2007 6:12:05 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GretchenM

PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR CARRIE’S RECOVERY AND STRENGTH FOR FAMILY AND CAREGIVERS!


2,353 posted on 04/30/2007 6:27:46 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

To Carrie’s Mom

I continue to pray for that miracle for Carrie. I am still so impressed with your family, and friends, that continue to surround you. May God hold you up, on Eagle’s wings.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31


2,354 posted on 04/30/2007 6:36:28 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Thanks Gretchen. I’m so glad to hear that Carrie has so many wonderful helpers at her side. I will continue to pray for Carrie’s complete recovery.


2,355 posted on 04/30/2007 6:55:35 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: GretchenM
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for thou art my praise. - Jeremiah 17: 14

O Lord, in the Name of Jesus, we praise You for all You are doing in Carrie's life and in the lives of those who care for her and pray for her. May Your Holy Name be exalted above all the earth. Great is Your faithfulness. Amen.

2,356 posted on 04/30/2007 9:23:56 AM PDT by Faith
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To: CindyDawg

Prayers continue for strength and healing for everybody.

Jane


2,357 posted on 04/30/2007 9:29:37 AM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: GretchenM

Hello dear Gretchen,

My prayers continue for Carrie as they always will. Thank you so much for keeping us informed with what we can pray for, that helps a lot.

Keep up the good work and the good fight.

Much love,
Kristin


2,358 posted on 04/30/2007 9:32:19 AM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM

Continuing to hold Carrie & her family up in prayer. May the Lord bless them all so abundantly during this long & hard road they are on.


2,359 posted on 04/30/2007 10:36:53 AM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue for Carrie!
And God Bless you and everyone doing what they can to help, it seems to be a very intensive ordeal that all of you are going through and we will continue to Pray for all of you as well.


2,360 posted on 04/30/2007 11:20:14 AM PDT by FlashBack (W)
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To: GretchenM
Continued prayers for Carrie and her family.

This really jumped out at me:

D and I are led to do some spiritual warfare on our home and property in the coming days. We are in preparation for it now. Please pray that we would be led and directed by the Holy Spirit in this endeavor. We need discernment and power from on high!

Specific prayers for that warfare. May it be won decisively through our Lord Jesus.

Prayers as always for you too, Gretchen--and your PC :)

(((God bless you)))

2,361 posted on 04/30/2007 8:26:28 PM PDT by silent_jonny (staying & praying)
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for Every Update, as we Look to our Loving Lord of Grace.

Fairest Lord Jesus {Lyrics: Münster Gesangbuch, 1677. Composer: Schlesische Volkslieder, 1842}

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son!
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be thine!

2,362 posted on 04/30/2007 9:04:46 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue.


2,363 posted on 05/01/2007 7:28:31 AM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM

You are still in our prayers.

As for the cuff, ask for the newer plastic ones that don’t use a cuff.

It might just depend if the tracheostomy hole is healed or ot. But you don’t want the trachea to get injured from the baloon.

And ask about postural drainage to help her get up her secretions. Is she able to cough?

Finally, is she swallowing saliva? Some medicines (Clonazepam for seizures) increase secretions. Most medicines that dry saliva also dry the lung secretions and make them so think you can’t get them out, but some docs are using botox to slow down excess saliva.


2,364 posted on 05/01/2007 4:10:39 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family ~Pandora~


2,365 posted on 05/01/2007 6:25:03 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: LadyDoc

I’ll copy and pass all of this on to her family. Thank you very much.


2,366 posted on 05/01/2007 8:20:49 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 ~Pandora~


2,367 posted on 05/02/2007 5:00:57 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: LadyDoc

I sent your information on to Carrie’s parents and got this in reply.

“Thanks, Gretchen, that is some good advice.
Her ENT ordered a couple of new trache collars, and they are the newer ones that don’t have a balloon. But he won’t install them for a couple of weeks. That is an interesting point about botox. She is on an anti-seizure drug called Keppra. I will check to see if it has similar side effects.
Very interesting. Please tell your friend thank you for us.”


2,368 posted on 05/02/2007 10:56:47 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

Prayers for Carrie & family ~Pandora~


2,369 posted on 05/03/2007 5:46:39 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family for the weekend as I will be away ~P~


2,370 posted on 05/04/2007 5:05:38 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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Update Friday, May 4

From my uncle and aunt

On Tuesday Carrie had another blood test to see if her system was proper for undergoing an operation. The results came back favorable, so the surgery to replace her skull piece is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8. We don't know the exact time, but probably in the early morning. We are pleased this can be accomplished. Please continue your prayers for her complete recovery.

Carrie is getting very good care here at home. There are [still] nurses on a 24-hour basis, but there are things here that are superior to being in a hospital. She gets her rest in the night time. She is continually being monitored by some very capable nurses. She seems to be doing well. M has arranged for their family doctor to make house calls for Carrie. Also, a neighbor, who is a pulmonary doctor, made a visit here last week. Everyone really likes the physical therapist who comes twice a week.

D, and A, our high school senior, are on their way to visit ***, a college in a neighboring state, and a university in Michigan today and tomorrow. Both schools have accepted her. This tour should help her make a decision. Yesterday they found out she received a nice scholarship for 4 years. She hopes to study [in a specialized field of science / medicine / engineering].

Love, [my uncle and aunt]


2,371 posted on 05/05/2007 3:13:12 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: Faith
Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for thou art my praise. - Jeremiah 17: 14

I love that verse. We used to sing it in one of those "little hymns" of worship at church and it still runs through my mind at times.

It all really does come down to God saying the word, and Carrie's healing will be fully evident to all.

For that day we wait, and praise You, Lord, now -- and when Your richly healing word comes.

2,372 posted on 05/05/2007 3:16:50 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: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...

I forgot to ping everyone to this update @ 2,371 for Carrie’s surgery:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773590/posts?page=2371#2371


2,373 posted on 05/06/2007 3:35:09 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

prayers continue


2,374 posted on 05/06/2007 3:40:13 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: GretchenM

More prayers going up for her. I updated the headline.


2,375 posted on 05/06/2007 3:41:54 AM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the update, Keeping Carrie in prayer, and especially Tuesday.


2,376 posted on 05/06/2007 3:42:32 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776; GretchenM

I’ll bump that!


2,377 posted on 05/06/2007 3:58:46 AM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: Lead Moderator

Thank you; it really helps to have the latest news so easy to locate via the title.


2,378 posted on 05/06/2007 4:47:19 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

You’re very welcome :)


2,379 posted on 05/06/2007 4:48:14 AM PDT by Lead Moderator
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To: GretchenM

More prayers for Carrie.


2,380 posted on 05/06/2007 4:57:10 AM PDT by Colorado Buckeye (It's the culture stupid!)
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To: Colorado Buckeye

I wanted to thank you for the recommendation re Easy Cleaner. While my PC is (at the moment) working better than it had been, it still is unstable enough that I have been reluctant to download and install new software. I Emailed myself the info you posted about it and when it is working reliably enough I will check into it.

And double thanks for continuing to pray for Carrie!


2,381 posted on 05/06/2007 5:21:29 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

Prayers.


2,382 posted on 05/06/2007 5:28:29 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cheney-Bolton 2008)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you Gretchen. Carrie continues in my prayers every day.


2,383 posted on 05/06/2007 6:08:32 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: GretchenM
so the surgery to replace her skull piece is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8.

Prayers for this surgery and continued prayers for Carrie's total healing.


A little sunshine for Carrie's mom and dad :)

2,384 posted on 05/06/2007 6:31:44 AM PDT by silent_jonny (staying & praying)
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To: GretchenM

PRAYERS FOR CARRIE AND FAMILY!


2,385 posted on 05/06/2007 6:52:52 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

Good morning. Praising and thanking God that the tests are favorable now for this skull replacement surgery for dear Carrie.Our family will be holding Carrie up before the Lord of LORD’S on Tuesday. His Presense will go with her and give her peace and joy, that is a promise!
Polly


2,386 posted on 05/06/2007 7:15:29 AM 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 continue for Carrie and her family . . . especially on Tuesday.


2,387 posted on 05/06/2007 7:40:05 AM PDT by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT)
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To: GretchenM

Appreciate the ping Gretchen - God bless and keep Carrie through another week.

:)


2,388 posted on 05/06/2007 7:44:02 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...


2,389 posted on 05/06/2007 8:14:34 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GretchenM

Continuing prayers for Carrie.


2,390 posted on 05/06/2007 9:29:46 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GretchenM

Continued prayers for Carrie and family.


2,391 posted on 05/06/2007 9:47:34 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the update on Carrie, Gretchen.
My prayers continue for Carrie’s complete recovery.

May the Father continue to bless your family, Gretchen.

Love,
Kristin


2,392 posted on 05/06/2007 11:41:01 AM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the ping....I was hoping to see an update on Carrie.
Our prayers continue for her complete healing!

Psalm 103:3-4
Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.....


2,393 posted on 05/06/2007 12:01:40 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Trust the Lord with all your heart.......)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks so much for the updates, I’m sorry to have been away. Prayers for Carrie, her family, and her caregivers continue.


2,394 posted on 05/06/2007 12:06:42 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: GretchenM
Thanks for the ping to your update
prayers
2,395 posted on 05/06/2007 4:53:17 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

My prayers are with Carrie & all of you!

Head injuries such as these are especially hard for me, as it has been almost a year that we lost Daddy to such an injury. My heart breaks knowing that someone and their family are going through this.

Keep talking to her. There will be times when she won’t be there. She will be in a place recovering, and the medical folks may say that she’s not coming back. Then she will show you something that proves them wrong, like a slight squeeze of the hand, or even opening her eyes. They just don’t understand.

God bless Carrie, and all of you! Stay strong! And please, know that there are going to be things that you all say or do because of the stress. It is the stress talking, and not the reality. Be there for each other, as well as Carrie. Take care.


2,396 posted on 05/06/2007 5:02:55 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops!)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie and the family. ~Pandora~


2,397 posted on 05/06/2007 6:09:27 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers up for successful surgery and smooth recovery!


2,398 posted on 05/06/2007 6:38:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: oneamericanvoice

Dear oav, thank you for praying for Carrie and the family. She has come a long way since January 25 when the accident occurred, is out of her coma, at home now, stable, and slowly continues to improve.

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. I know that time can never really quite fill in the space left when such a close, and loved, relative departs. I pray the Lord is palpably present for all your family in all that you need.


2,399 posted on 05/06/2007 8:16:14 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

Dear Gretchen,
Thank you for your kind words. I am elated for Carrie and all of you that it brings me to tears! I pray that she continues to improve, and for a long happy life!

Here is a interesting part of this story. My Dad’s sister is named Gretchen. And my niece is Carriee. Our Carriee has been through some difficult times too. She is a single mother of one with one on the way. She was married last December, and her husband (the father of the unborn boy)was murdered in January. She, like your Carrie, is a fighter. The both have such strenght, and a strong family support system. God bless all.

Thank you for your condolences. It has been a surrealistic experience that only now has become harder. As the anniversary approaches that he had the accident, and then his passing (Mother’s Day), it is hard. But I will keep telling myself what I did last Mother’s Day...now he is with Mom. What a wonderful gift it was for her!

God bless you! Thank you for your prayers!


2,400 posted on 05/06/2007 8:28:54 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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