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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

Prayers for Carrie & family ~Pandora~


2,551 posted on 05/29/2007 6:38:51 PM 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; ...

Update May 28

From Carrie's sister and brother-in-law

Greetings all,

The 4 month mark from Caroline’s accident was May 25th. There are so many remarkable accomplishments taking place and we certainly want to express our tremendous thanks for standing with us during this trial. What a blessing in spite of all the overwhelming difficulties to have faith and to have friends.

- Nurses have been instructed to leave her alone at night, and as a result, she is more active during the day and is showing stronger sleep/wake patterns overall

- She is re-learning how to swallow and therefore has not needed to have extra secretions in her lungs suctioned. This procedure used to be done nearly every hour, and she hasn’t needed it at all in more than 2 weeks!

- She has been able to crush ice cubes in her mouth and swallow

- Her body is accepting organic blends of fresh food – which is much better for her than processed nutritional drinks

- Carrie had a successful surgery Tuesday to install the portion of her skull plate that was removed the morning of the accident!!

- With the skull plate fully in place, Carrie holds her head in a central position, rather than leaning to the right, and her eyes seem more focused. Dad says Carrie seems “more there” somehow =)

- Both of her eyes are open at the same level, and her pupils are equal in size.

- She seems more responsive to her surroundings – she even seemed startled when a door in the other room was slammed.

- Friends stop by every single day to pray over her, read to her, exercise her muscles and even help with grooming.

On a cute note: last Tuesday night, when Carrie had to spend the night in the hospital after her surgery, the nurses fixed her bed to an armchair position and they turned American Idol on in the room, so Carrie could catch up on the big season finale even in this state. She’s able to hold her head up by herself in this position and even though her legs were dangling off the edge of the “chair” she seemed perfectly comfortable and her vitals remained stable.

Let’s thank God for bringing Caroline this far!

Father, you are all knowing and all powerful. Thank you for resting your hand on Caroline during these past 4 months and breathing healing into her body. Thank you for the many baby steps toward recovery. We ask that you will continue to send a spirit of faith and comfort to the home. Surround Caroline, every family member, and the many friends that love her, with your peace.

We give glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen. [Ephesians 3.20-21]

I have felt an especially strong and insistent prayer rising out of me more and more lately that God will restore Carrie's eye sight completely. If you have a particular prayer that you find yourself praying, a specific prayer target, please feel free to post it. I think that will help and encourage others.
2,552 posted on 05/30/2007 12:20:31 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

Somehow it doesn’t surprise me that Carrie is doing so wonderfully. With her strength combined with the love and care of loving people and the prayers of the faithful, how can she go wrong? We’re still with you, Carrie!


2,553 posted on 05/30/2007 12:29:50 AM PDT by derllak
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To: GretchenM

Continuing prayers!


2,554 posted on 05/30/2007 2:39:24 AM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: GretchenM
More prayers up for Carrie and family,

Notre père, qui êtes aux cieux!
Que votre nom soit sanctificié. Que votre règne vienne.
Que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donnez-nous aujourd'hui notre poindre ce jour.
Pardonnez-nous nos offenses, comme nous pardonnons aussi a ceux, qui nous ont offensés,
et ne nous soumetez pas à la tentation, mais délivrez-nous du mal.
Car c'est à toi qu'appartiènne, le régne, la puissance et la gloire, pour les siècles des siècles.
Amen.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces,
le Seigneur est avec vous, vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant, et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi-soit-il.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

2,555 posted on 05/30/2007 3:29:22 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: GretchenM
Thru many dangers, toils and snares

We have already come

'Tis grace hath brought us safe thus far

And grace will lead us home

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

Thank you for your update on Carrie!

2,556 posted on 05/30/2007 4:07:46 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue


2,557 posted on 05/30/2007 5:18:12 AM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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To: GretchenM

PRAISE GOD FOR IMPROVEMENT,PRAYERS CONTINUE!


2,558 posted on 05/30/2007 5:39:25 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

All great, good news!


2,559 posted on 05/30/2007 5:43:58 AM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: GretchenM

Wonderful update! Thank you!


2,560 posted on 05/30/2007 5:46:38 AM PDT by jdm
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To: GretchenM
More excellent news!

And special prayers for the restoration of Carrie's sight.

2,561 posted on 05/30/2007 5:54:53 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: GretchenM

Thanks so much for posting these terrific updates—we praise God for the wonderful progess she’s making, and we pray for further healing daily.

It must seem so slow, to those who live each day with Carrie, but how far she has come in four short months! Praise God, He indeed answers prayer.

I pray for a word, from Carrie. A “Hi,” or “Mom” and I believe it will happen.


2,562 posted on 05/30/2007 6:10:57 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: GretchenM

God can do anything and I have complete faith through prayer that she will continue to do better and the pace of her recovery will rise.

God bless her and her family and friends.


2,563 posted on 05/30/2007 6:28:11 AM PDT by HonestConservative (<just a racist xenophobe Christian radical homophobe with a dream >)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for sharing such great news! My prayers continue.


2,564 posted on 05/30/2007 7:08:12 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: GretchenM

Keeping Carrie and her family in my prayers, Gretchen. God bless you all.


2,565 posted on 05/30/2007 7:59:26 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD --- VOTE FOR FRED!!.)
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To: GretchenM
My Heart is Gladdened by Every Good Update! Glory to our God our Grace and Love!

Thank You, our Dearest Savior, our God Who Loves Carrie with Endless Love. We Stand Together for our Sister, through Your Name, Grace, and Blood. Be Pleased, Your Excellency, to Cover Your Lamb in Spirit-Peace. May she be a Testimony to Many of the Power of Your Healing Grace. We Praise You, Loving Lord, for All You are Doing for Your Child. Thank You for Holding her in Your Tender Care.

Be Exalted Forever, my Glorious King, for Your Compassions and Eternal Love. In His Majesty's Name, be Loved and Adored my Father, amen.

2,566 posted on 05/30/2007 8:03:38 AM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: GretchenM
Praise God!!! Thank you for the update. Prayers continue...
2,567 posted on 05/30/2007 8:06:04 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GretchenM

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

WE continue to pray for Carrie......and trust in the Lord with all our hearts!


2,568 posted on 05/30/2007 8:20:23 AM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Trust the Lord with all your heart.......)
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To: GretchenM

What wonderful news....continued prayers for Carrie.


2,569 posted on 05/30/2007 8:36:55 AM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for continued progress.

Prayers of gratitude for the distance she has come so far.


2,570 posted on 05/30/2007 9:50:46 AM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM

Such good news, Gretchen ... we finite individuals with our short attention spans (read: impatience, like *I* want it done yesterday!) need to remind ourselves of what great progress Carrie has made over these four months. We are not blessed with infinite vision to see His full and complete plan for Carrie ... but He’s doing pretty well so far, isn’t He?

I especially enjoyed the American Idol story ... it’s yet another manifestation of the love everyone who knows Carrie and her family hold for them. There is something very special there. I am grateful we can participate with our prayers from afar.


2,571 posted on 05/30/2007 10:01:52 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for this great update Gretchen.
Carrie, her family and you remain in my prayers!

((hugs))


2,572 posted on 05/30/2007 10:08:46 AM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM

Praise the Lord!


2,573 posted on 05/30/2007 10:15:37 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: GretchenM

Thank-You so very much for this wonderful update. Continuing in prayers for Carrie!


2,574 posted on 05/30/2007 10:30:00 AM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: JulieRNR21

Thank you, Julie and hubby.
The fervent, effectual prayers of righteous people avail much!


2,575 posted on 05/30/2007 10:39:29 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

prayer bump


2,576 posted on 05/31/2007 8:46:26 AM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & Family ~P~


2,577 posted on 05/31/2007 12:18:47 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Wonderful news! Prayers continue.


2,578 posted on 05/31/2007 9:49:38 PM PDT by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & Family ~Pandora~


2,579 posted on 06/01/2007 9:33:51 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM
My prayer is that God will open Carrie's eyes that she may see His wonderful creation, open her ears that she may hear the voices of those who love her and are caring for her, and open her mouth that she may sing praises to God for healing her.

In Jesus Wonderful Name, I pray this.

2,580 posted on 06/02/2007 11:17:55 PM PDT by DrewsDad (PIERCE the EARMARKS)
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To: GretchenM

I’m praying for Carrie’s overall well being, and especially to keep away any infections.


2,581 posted on 06/02/2007 11:27:11 PM PDT by BykrBayb ("We will not be silent. We are your bad conscience. The White Rose will give you no rest." )
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & Family ~Pandora~


2,582 posted on 06/03/2007 11:54:17 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Sunday prayer bump for Carrie and her family.


2,583 posted on 06/03/2007 4:03:22 PM PDT by silent_jonny (staying & praying)
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To: GretchenM

Amen and AMEN!!! I am slowly doing a catch up after being down myself for a few days. Praise be to God, the GREAT PHYSICIAN!!...
I cannot tell you how exciting it is to read these progress reports. My heart overflows with gratitude to God.
We will continue to pray for her eyes!
Polly


2,584 posted on 06/03/2007 9:28:20 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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prayers that everything is going well since surgery


2,585 posted on 06/04/2007 3:40:33 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & Family ~Pandora~


2,586 posted on 06/04/2007 8:36:02 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 ~Pandora~


2,587 posted on 06/06/2007 8:00:36 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen how is Carrie doing? It has been over a week now and no update? How is Gretchen doing?


2,588 posted on 06/07/2007 6:19:38 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Dear AmericanMade76, thank you for asking. I have been doing simply awful all week and still am not up to par. The only news of Carrie I rec’d was that she is able to eat almost a whole popsicle. Her parents are getting ready to host a themed, open house graduation party for Carrie’s sister, the high school senior, to be held jointly with a neighbor’s daughter. The whole family is very busy right now, going every which way, which I think accounts for the very brief info relayed by my uncle and aunt. I’m hoping for more specific news this weekend.


2,589 posted on 06/07/2007 6:29:53 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

Gretchen, I am sorry you are not feeling well. Just take care of yourself. I am just glad Carrie’s family is busy and involved, and that she can eat a whole popsicle.


2,590 posted on 06/07/2007 6:40:09 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & Family ~Pandora~


2,591 posted on 06/08/2007 6:57:59 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

get well soon Gretchen. I will add you to my prayer list too. I am thrilled that Carrie can down a popsicle. That must taste good to her.
Polly


2,592 posted on 06/08/2007 9:00:58 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 ~Pandora~


2,593 posted on 06/09/2007 6:55:34 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 ~Pandora~


2,594 posted on 06/11/2007 9:12:29 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: pandoraou812

Continued prayers today from Los Angeles.

Polly


2,595 posted on 06/11/2007 3:52:48 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 ~Pandora~


2,596 posted on 06/12/2007 7:30:40 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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Update June 13

From Carrie's parents

Many people continue to pray for Caroline and wonder how she is doing. We certainly appreciate all the concern and prayers for her and for our family.

Carrie is doing well. She has been home now for a longer time than she was in the ICU. I certainly like the home situation better. I am not counting days and dreading doctor visits like I was before. Plus, I have more of a say in what nurses I like!

She has 24 hour nursing care and we have adjusted to having extra people in the house all the time. The younger kids have been amazing and flexible with all that is going on. I am proud of them.

We encountered some problems with respiration since we got home that I wasn't anticipating. It was VERY frustrating. Carrie needed her airway suctioned or got oxygen treatments pretty regularly. However, since Mother's Day, we have seen a huge improvement in this area. She is breathing very well and keeping the oxygen level in her blood at the high levels it should be. This means that she is swallowing well, too. We were very happy to see this development. She hasn't needed backup oxygen for more than one month and hasn't needed suctioning more than a handful of times. Prior to this, she needed her airway suctioned out at least 3-5 times per 12 hour shift. It has been a HUGE improvement.

Her eyes are both open and sometimes they really seem to focus together. She has a new trache in which allows her voice box to work. So we can hear her sigh and cough. It is a delight when we haven't heard her voice in so long.

She is receiving therapy from several angles: physical therapy, occupational therapy, sensory awareness trials, etc. Now that her needs have shifted away from primarily medical, I am anxious for her caregivers to provide her with as much stimulation during the day as she will tolerate. We are trying different techniques such as reading and talking to her, playing music, massages, exercises, smelling different smells, showing her photos and bright colors, and so forth.

She still receives her food through the stomach tube. About once a day, we have been giving her some flavored ice chips or part of a popsicle. She does well with this. She also gets some nutritional supplements that will help her brain to heal.

We had a graduation open house for our daughter, A, [in combination with a neighbor who was also graduating] on Sunday. [My uncle built an ice cream cart which was emptied and refilled right away ;=) and built some junior-sized picnic tables for the younger guests; they put up three tent canopies; Carrie's mom and helpers made 150 croissants, etc., for around 300 people; what a way to honor the grads!]. Many people paid Carrie a visit as well. Our oldest daughter, L, had done her makeup and Carrie looked especially nice. We were able to get Carrie outside for some fresh air and sunshine. This was her first time out for the enjoyment of it. Usually if she went outside, it was to be loaded into the ambulance. It seemed to agree with her, as she was very relaxed for the 2.5 hours that we were outside. The nurse even did one of her feedings outside, so we could say she had a picnic.

Many people ask us if she is responding, and I have to say, not in the usual sense that we would like to see. But we have learned that she responds on some level. We can tell if she is relaxed or not, for instance.

We are learning many things that we never anticipated, and certainly wouldn't choose this trial. Head injuries are not fun. But we remain hopeful that things will change for the better, and we unashamedly put our complete trust in God.

With appreciation,
M and D

I am especially grateful to God for giving Carrie's family so much peace in such a taxing time. "Hear my prayer, O LORD, Give ear to my supplications! Answer me in Your faithfulness, in Your righteousness!" Psalm 143:1
2,597 posted on 06/13/2007 11:39:59 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 and her loving family and friends.


2,598 posted on 06/13/2007 11:43:44 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

God bless Carrie and all those that are providing the support she needs.


2,599 posted on 06/13/2007 11:43:55 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers sent


2,600 posted on 06/13/2007 11:44:08 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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