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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: AmericanMade1776

BTTT


2,701 posted on 07/08/2007 9:50:22 PM PDT by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: GretchenM

THE NORTHERN FLOCK IS STILL LIFTING OUR YOUNG SISTER CARRIE IN PRAYER!

Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Php 1:4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
Php 1:19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
Php 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
Col 4:2 ¶ Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
(NKJV)

you got to love paul!


2,702 posted on 07/09/2007 3:37:18 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

I don’t always post here so just want you to know my prayers continue go up for Carrie.


2,703 posted on 07/09/2007 6:08:16 AM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) 9/11: Many of us REFUSE to Forget!!)
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To: GretchenM

Thank-You so very much for the update.
Continuing with prayers for Carrie and her family.


2,704 posted on 07/09/2007 10:40:12 AM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: GretchenM

Prayers ~P~


2,705 posted on 07/09/2007 1:58:50 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for the update
It's good to hear that Carrie has such wonderful Nurses.

Night At The Museum- what a good choice to show her. (:
& I'm glad to hear Carrie is making progress.
(doesn't have to be quick or showy (sp)-baby steps are great!)
2,706 posted on 07/09/2007 4:05:45 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: firewalk; All

Since reading the last update on Carrie, I’ve been asking the Lord to restore the use of her arms, her painting arm particularly, with purposeful movement. When her boyfriend came over to visit Carrie yesterday, he brought a picture that Carrie had been painting of my aunt and uncle. I want to see her inner desire to use her arms rise up and ignite a fire in her healing mind. I believe that the desire to paint again will be very useful in her striving toward recovery.


2,707 posted on 07/09/2007 5:15:58 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: Ladysmith

Thank you!


2,708 posted on 07/09/2007 5:18:06 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
I believe that the desire to paint again will be very useful in her striving toward recovery.

Finding ways to reach her takes some thoughtfulness.
Seems like you have that covered (:
She's blessed to have a family (& a boyfriend) that loves her so much.
I'll keep her & you in my prayers.
2,709 posted on 07/09/2007 7:12:07 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

This is wonderful news!!! Continued prayers for everyone involved...but especially for Carrie!!!!!


2,710 posted on 07/09/2007 8:55:28 PM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for the update. Continuing prayers for Carrie and the whole family and support team.


2,711 posted on 07/09/2007 11:49:37 PM PDT by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces)
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen how is Carrie doing? She is still in prayer here.


2,712 posted on 07/10/2007 5:21:22 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie.


2,713 posted on 07/10/2007 5:25:21 AM PDT by never4get
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To: AmericanMade1776

Hi AM76, did you see the July 8 update here, at post 2689?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773590/posts?page=2689#2689
Very good news in it.


2,714 posted on 07/10/2007 11:03:18 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~


2,715 posted on 07/10/2007 5:19:03 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

I did miss the update, thanks for pointing the way for me. Glad Carrie is still progressing and her senses are sharpening. Prayers continue.


2,716 posted on 07/10/2007 7:32:37 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

This is very inspirational. True heroism. I can’t tell you how proud I am of this family. Heavenly Father must be so pleased. If only I could be half as good.

I pray to Heavenly Father for His comfort, peace and healing virtue to flow, in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.


2,717 posted on 07/10/2007 7:38:42 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!)
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To: Saundra Duffy

Thank you on many levels, Saundra. There is an update at post 2689 from July 8.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1773590/posts?page=2689#2689

She continues to improve in small steps and has come very far since the accident on January 25, when the doctors didn’t expect her to make it through the day.


2,718 posted on 07/11/2007 1:28:53 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~


2,719 posted on 07/11/2007 11:36:55 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~


2,720 posted on 07/12/2007 3:47:27 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~


2,721 posted on 07/13/2007 8:35:57 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; ...

Update July 15

From my aunt and uncle

Dear Friends, Here is an update on Carrie from her sister. We were over there last week when some of these things happened. One of the nurses thought Carrie seemed "different" one day, more attentive and alert.

We don't know when Carrie will recover. It's just a matter of when, but we know she will recover.

Love, [my aunt and uncle]

From Carrie's sister, L

Our family certainly appreciates every single prayer for us and for Carrie’s healing.

Improvements:

- Carrie wrinkled her nose when someone brought a rose for her to smell
- She shows discomfort [at appropriate times]
- Her skin and hair look great!
- Sometimes she makes little sighing sounds when she’s relaxed or happy.
- Her eyes [respond] when a light is shown in each. I remember in the hospital when one pupil was huge and one was tiny and neither would flinch when a light was shown.

[Medically speaking]

- Carrie’s EEG showed brain activity only in her frontal lobe. Interestingly, this is the area of the brain for personality and emotion. The other areas of the brain show diffuse damage and there is no way to determine from this test if she has experienced brain shearing (nerves slicing apart because of the impact of the crash).
- Carrie continues to cough all the time. It is good that she can take care of the extra mucus in her lungs, but we would like her to be fully healthy.
- Carrie is still experiencing tone issues – which mean her muscles are stiff and will contract on their own because they have been out of use for so long. Physical therapists work with her legs, and occupational therapists work with her arms, but it is a regular battle to keep Carrie’s muscles relaxed.
- Carrie is going to see a rehab specialist on Friday. This doctor will run several tests to determine what can be done from this point.

Thank you for your continued support. It is so nice to know that we’re not alone.

Love,
C and L (for Mom and Dad)

Father, I lift the whole family to You, asking for Your peace that goes beyond all of our understanding. I pray You will sovereignly work to focus all their attention on You, not on what the doctors say or expect or don't know. Fill everyone with a higher level of faith. You are the Great Physician! In Jesus' Name I come against all discouragement and I draw into each family member, even each doctor or medical person involved, the wisdom and words that You want revealed at this time. I shut the mouth of any lions on the scene which may have no faith in You, and I loose the truth about Carrie's healing process that You know and delight in, to enter into the hearts of all who love her. You are the Resurrection and the Life and it is by Your hand that Carrie lives and breathes today. Thank You, God, for all Your tender mercies. I pray for a renewing of divine patience for her family as they wait for the day when You raise Carrie up again.


I sent this to Carrie's sister today.

God holds all of Carrie's faculties in His hands. I know they did not disappear into oblivion, for even in death all our mental faculties exist and live in our spirits and souls; they are just transferred to a new domain. My prayers are that God continues to restore Carrie's faculties until a day when He commands her whole being to be reunited and the Carrie you have known and LOVED is returned to you again in a Lazarus-type moment.

2,722 posted on 07/15/2007 3:28:53 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

Thanks so much for the updates. Please let Carrie’s family know our prayers continue each day for her restoration.


2,723 posted on 07/15/2007 3:34:43 PM PDT by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: GretchenM

I think and pray for her often Gretchen,...I have not forgotten her.


2,724 posted on 07/15/2007 3:36:26 PM PDT by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie!!!


2,725 posted on 07/15/2007 4:06:48 PM PDT by Perdogg (Support the President's Policy in Iraq)
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To: GretchenM

I join your prayers Gretchen. May Carrie be whole and strong soon.


2,726 posted on 07/15/2007 4:18:01 PM PDT by McGavin999 ("Hard is not Hopeless" General Petraeus)
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To: GretchenM
Prayers up for Carrie and family for continued improvement.

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)

2,727 posted on 07/15/2007 4:19:31 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: GretchenM
+ To God be the Glory ... Great things He has done, and continues to do.
2,728 posted on 07/15/2007 4:24:26 PM PDT by Pegita ('Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word ...)
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To: GretchenM

Holy Father - we continue to ask that Your spirit sustain Carrie and her family and caregivers, and restore the tissues that were ripped apart. Thank you Lord for all You have done and will continue to do - we know You are faithful. You can be no other.

In Jesus’ name - the name that is above all other names.


2,729 posted on 07/15/2007 4:33:18 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: GretchenM

prayer bump


2,730 posted on 07/15/2007 4:33:25 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Live Earth: Pretend to Care)
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To: Judith Anne

I will (and gratefully!).


2,731 posted on 07/15/2007 4:39:33 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

More prayers for Carrie and her family.


2,732 posted on 07/15/2007 4:41:47 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (Gryffindor '88 Arthur Weasley will be named the Minister of Magic...)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for the update, Gretchen!

I want you to know that I have not stopped praying for Carrie, or thinking of her often.

Her family is always in my thoughts and prayers also.

The things you listed that she is doing..or has changed, sure sounds good to me...and reason for optimism.

sleuth


2,733 posted on 07/15/2007 6:17:30 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: GretchenM

Keeping Carrie in our prayers.


2,734 posted on 07/15/2007 6:36:39 PM PDT by baseballmom
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for another update. Reading Carrie’s improvements made me smile. Continued prayers being sent your way. Like you said, recovery is just a mater of time. The body sets its own pace or schedule for recovery - not doctors or family or friends (probably for the best, even though it may not always seem or feel that way) - with “gentle” and “gradual” (recovery) being two key words, I believe. Thanks again for keeping us posted!


2,735 posted on 07/15/2007 7:26:07 PM PDT by jdm
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To: GretchenM
Thank you for Every Update, and my Prayer is that Carrie will Paint Again, and will be Specially Blessed by our Lord of Gracious Love.


~Behold, I Make All Things New~ (Rev.21:5)

2,736 posted on 07/15/2007 7:32:58 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue to go out for Carrie and all her family, friends, therapists, helpers,etc. Every bit of good news is a blessing!!!


2,737 posted on 07/15/2007 7:34:47 PM PDT by FlashBack (WoundedWarriorProject.Org)
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To: GretchenM
Father, I lift the whole family to You, asking for Your peace that goes beyond all of our understanding. I pray You will sovereignly work to focus all their attention on You, not on what the doctors say or expect or don't know. Fill everyone with a higher level of faith. You are the Great Physician! In Jesus' Name I come against all discouragement and I draw into each family member, even each doctor or medical person involved, the wisdom and words that You want revealed at this time. I shut the mouth of any lions on the scene which may have no faith in You, and I loose the truth about Carrie's healing process that You know and delight in, to enter into the hearts of all who love her. You are the Resurrection and the Life and it is by Your hand that Carrie lives and breathes today. Thank You, God, for all Your tender mercies. I pray for a renewing of divine patience for her family as they wait for the day when You raise Carrie up again.

Praying with you in agreement for Carrie's complete restoration and for the patience and wisdom needed by all of her family and caretakers. The Lord is faithful and His timing is perfect.

2,738 posted on 07/15/2007 7:41:48 PM PDT by Faith
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To: GretchenM

Good evening Gretchen.
So good to hear from you again.
My hopes continue for Carrie and your health as well.

I love how your family hasn’t given up on Carrie.
It’s been a long time now hasn’t it?
When was the accident?

((hugs))
Kristin


2,739 posted on 07/15/2007 8:08:17 PM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM
Praise God!!! Thank you for the update! Prayers continue...
2,740 posted on 07/15/2007 8:37:08 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: MeekMom

The accident was January 25 (the day following her sister’s wedding anniversary). So it’s coming up on six months now.


2,741 posted on 07/15/2007 9:24:31 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...


2,742 posted on 07/15/2007 9:36:17 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue for Carrie and her family each and every day. We await that glorious day when she is made whole in our eyes. We know she is whole in His eyes.


2,743 posted on 07/15/2007 9:42:26 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue for Carrie and her family.


2,744 posted on 07/15/2007 9:52:15 PM PDT by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT)
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To: GretchenM

Praise God for this report. I just leaped for joy when I read that her nose wrinkles as if smelling roses. What a marvelous healing balm for recovery.God’s Perfumes!

May the Holy Spirit so surround and flood Carrie that her heart will be filled with song.
I pray daily for her. Often God brings her to mind and the most unique times... as I work around the house.

Polly


2,745 posted on 07/15/2007 10:05:01 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

Will keep keepin’ on in prayer for Carrie and all. Interesting update.

Eager to hear more!


2,746 posted on 07/16/2007 2:50:05 AM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, NIECE)
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To: GretchenM

To Carrie’s Mom, Dad, Sister, and Gretchen

Thanks for the update on Carrie. Prayers continue for the complete healing for Carrie, Prayers continue for Carrie’s faithful family, and circle of care givers. How nice that Carrie can smell.


2,747 posted on 07/16/2007 4:23:26 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

I will continue to hold up Carrie and her family in prayer.
God Bless all of you!


2,748 posted on 07/16/2007 4:27:23 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: GretchenM

Continued prayers for Carrie’s recovery


2,749 posted on 07/16/2007 8:03:05 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: GretchenM

Thanks Gretchen.
May God keep you healthy and that you will soon see the day Carrie will return to you healthy and whole.

((hugs))


2,750 posted on 07/16/2007 10:15:33 AM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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