Monthly Archives: April 2008
and gave her great strength during the tough times;
and a soul that is magnetic and true.
God made an extraordinary mother,
And He gave that amazing mother to me.
First off, you are the best! You’re kind words, thoughts and prayers are hard at work and I know they are making a difference. I’m in such awe over the overwhelming support I’ve received – your comments, e-mails, and some wonderful surprise gifts sent to our room have just brought me to tears. You all don’t know how much your friendship and support means to me and my family- thank you sooooooo much!
The doctor’s at Children have come to the following conclusion – her lab results show that she has contracted Shigella (similar to E-Coli – yuck!) coupled with nephritis and HSP (the disease mentioned below). That’s the reasons for her high fevers, added stomach pains, and other not so fun symptoms. Then we got the exciting news that she could leave the hospital after getting a round of antibiotics to start treating the Shigella (her HSP just has to run it’s course – there’s no treatment except for monitoring her kidneys with weekly urine tests and then with monthly tests)!! Brielle is coming back to her little happy-go-lucky self; she’s talkative and giggling, she’s walking well (although she’s wobbly on her legs and has fallen more than once scaring her a bit), and she’s eating & drinking more. I’m so glad to have her out of the hospital (although I’m sooooooo thankful for the wonderful care she received). And I am selfishly so happy to see things outside of little B’s hospital room. We sat outside tonight just soaking up the beautiful sunset here in Arizona, then bathed and now she’s soundly sleeping.
Anyway, sorry for all the details, we are just so happy to be discharged and will be heading home back to South Carolina on Tuesday! It will give Briella time to be up to traveling and if she regresses, we are close to the doctors who treated her.
Thanks again so much you all!!!! You don’t know how much your words, prayers and support have meant to me and my family. I wish I could give back to you – really… it’s meant the world to me. I’ll hopefully be back to posting soon. It kills me not to be posting more, but I will certainly be making up for it when I get back home! Thank you and XOXO’s to you all.
Life has a way of changing things up on you….I’m not home and won’t be home for several days unfortunately. Briella has been pretty sick most of our trip and it got really bad the morning we were supposed to leave (she lost a lot of blood) and not to be gross but the morning we were supposed to leave she woke up with her diaper completely full of blood. We took her to the ER and Jeff and Tyler traveled back to South Carolina. She also has developed 50+ bright red lesions all over her body, her joints are swollen, and her gums, lips and mouth have been bleeding and she hasn’t been able to walk (I think her joints just hurt too bad). They have diagnosed her with a disease called HSP ( Henoch-Schönlein Purpura). Kinda rare so I’m so glad that we’re being treated at the Children’s Hospital in Phoenix where they have specialized care. Seeing my little girl in this much discomfort is heart-breaking but I know that she will get over this rough time and that she’s in good, caring hands. Anyway, we’ve been in the hospital for 3 days and it sounds like we won’t be going to South Carolina till after the weekend. I just wanted to keep you all posted since I mentioned posting pictures and session sneak peeks soon. Thanks to those of you who have sent me e-mails and left sweet comments on my blog after hearing she was sick You’re thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
I’ll post more updates as soon as I can.