{very sick little girl…}

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.

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Madison Street PhotographyApril 27, 2008 - 1:34 am

Kara, we miss you! But know that we are thinking of you here in Michigan and pray for your safe trip home. Looking forward to your next post and seeing pictures from your time in Arizona :) Always checking your blog – I’m addicted!

Alex Ryan Art & DesignApril 26, 2008 - 1:50 am

Oh this gets me teary – lifting you and your family up in prayers right now. I feel like I know your little girl from reading all your blog posts. You have a lot of people out there praying for Briella – virtual hugs and kisses.
Keep the faith,

AnonymousApril 26, 2008 - 12:15 am

XOXO to you and little Briella. Breaks my heart hearing about this. Praying for you and your sweet family Kara.
–Lex, NY

Martha BravoApril 25, 2008 - 11:19 pm

I hope Briella gets better soon and that you can go back home safely.
Keeping you guys in my thoughts.
Take care

kennedy & friendsApril 25, 2008 - 11:11 pm

Kara, my thoughts are with you. I know how hard it is for a mom (and dad too) to see her child hurt and not be able to fix her pain. I pray that little Briella will be healed. I know you were at the right place for something like that to happen so she can received the best care possible. Keep us updated when you can. I know Briella will pull through this, especially with so much good thoughts and prayers coming her way. Hang in there girls.

Photography by MarianneApril 25, 2008 - 10:31 pm

So sorry to hear. I found your blog on Beyond and wanted to let you know that she is in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Carrie YoungApril 25, 2008 - 9:03 pm

Sending all my get well vibes to you Briella :o ) May you be smiling & running around again soon. Much love Kara xox

Tara StatonApril 25, 2008 - 7:56 pm

Oh I am so sorry your little girl is sick. Lots of prayers and good thoughts for her! Hope she feels all better soon!

Tanya GabriellaApril 25, 2008 - 6:38 pm

Oh….MY…..Kara…I’m so sorry about Brielle. I noticed that you had not posted anything in a while and thought that you might be on vacation. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We spent quite a lot of time at Children’s here in San Diego with Gavin and they took such good care of him and I’m sure that they will be just as wonderful there. I will check back for an update. Much love and hugs for you guys. Tanya OXOXOXO

Caroline PollardApril 25, 2008 - 2:51 pm

We miss you & Brielle back here in SC!!! Jeff said Brielle is doing a little better today, eating and such…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your little one! Hoping for a speedy recovery!


ginaApril 25, 2008 - 2:41 pm

kara, i hope briella feels better… i sent some balloons & a teddy bear up to her to cheer her up… i don’t know you, but your work has inspired me and i hope that this will put a smile on her face for at least a second… praying for you…

ShannonApril 25, 2008 - 1:40 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. I hope that she gets better soon.

gillianApril 25, 2008 - 1:08 pm

I work at WaMu in Capital Markets, here in Florence. Someone had told me a while back that ‘Jeffs wife’ was a photographer and gave me your website. I was amazed when I saw your work! I would love to see about scheduling a session for my 4yr old sometime, possible a family session too. I was shocked to read about what happened with your little girl! I can only imagine how scared you all were! ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.’ Proverbs 3:5


Photographs By TiffanyApril 25, 2008 - 12:25 pm

Oh I am sorry to hear about this~ I am glad to see from your comment that she is starting to feel a little better~ Keep us posted! My thoughts are with you!

JenniferApril 25, 2008 - 10:48 am

Kara, I’m so very sorry! How terrible and scary. I’ve never heard of that disease before. Our prayers are with Brielle and your and your family. Please keep us posted!!

AnonymousApril 25, 2008 - 10:47 am

Oh I am so sorry she is going through this, I will be praying for her and for you guys to be strong and trust in the Lord during this time, Blessings

Alicia Gould PhotographyApril 25, 2008 - 10:43 am

i am so sorry for all you’re going through! You’re in my thoughts.

Jodi BellApril 25, 2008 - 9:40 am

Kara, my thought, prayers and well-wishes are with you and your little princess. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can do anything at all for you.


cmbresolveApril 25, 2008 - 8:16 am

I’m so sorry your little girl is sick – that must be so scary. My daughter is about the same age and it’s so hard when they don’t feel well. I hope she starts to feel better soon. Courtney

EApril 25, 2008 - 7:57 am

Oh My Gosh.. there is nothing more terrifying then when your child is sick.. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.. Please keep us posted as to how she is getting on.

Much Love


Jessica KettleApril 25, 2008 - 2:18 am

Hi Kara, thanks for your nice comment! I always love getting feedback from other photographers. I am So sorry about your little girl! I cannot even imagine what you are going through or how scary this must be. We’re keeping you in our prayers!

On a lighter note, I was looking at your work and it is AMAZING. I love your style! Then I realized why. You’re a Seattlite! I was born and raised on the East Side (Bellevue/Redmond). Us Northwesterners have to stick together!

LaurieApril 25, 2008 - 1:29 am

great to hear that she is doing better…. so scary when kids get so sick. Hope she gets better really fast. Laurie

LindsayApril 25, 2008 - 1:19 am

Hugs & prayers you way! So sorry to hear the news of briella. But I’m so glad to hear that she’s starting to act more like the little girl she was before she got sick. Take care of yourself and know that I’m praying for you and your family.

LaureenApril 25, 2008 - 12:48 am

gosh – I’m so sorry Kara, what a scary time for you all. So glad she’s starting to seem more like herself – sure hope she’s on the mend and back to normal soon…take care,

Kara MayApril 25, 2008 - 12:36 am

Well, I’m starting to see a twinkle of my little b coming back. She actually ate a bit o dinner tonight – I was thrilled. She also wanted to ‘cheers’ me before taking a sip of her water (her little routine)and she’s getting a little sassy. All signs that she’s on the upswing. This disease just runs it’s course so she doesn’t need any meds except for pain medications and meds for other aspects brought on by the illness like bladder infection meds, etc. Such a strange disease… a lot of the med students here have been coming into our room (since this is ‘teaching’ hospital) in groups of 4 to 8 to look at her, exam her and ask questions. I figure the more they learn about it and the more care she gets, the better. Anyway, thank you all again soooooo much for your support, thougts and prayers. You don’t know how much it means to me. I’m so lucky to have such caring blog friends. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks again you all!

KateApril 25, 2008 - 12:28 am

Oh Kara, you and your family are in my thougths and prayers. Wishing Briella a very quick recovery.

Vintage Lime DesignsApril 25, 2008 - 12:16 am

OMG Kara, I wish I could give you both big hugs right now. Hang in there and know that you have a lot of people praying for Brielle. Try to get some rest and keep us all posted when you get the time.
Take care, Kris

Jenny BApril 24, 2008 - 11:11 pm

I just searched to find out more about what your daughter is going through! It must be so scary to watch your little one in pain. From what I read it is something that just has to go away on it’s own. Please know I am thinking of you and your family. My prayers are with you all. God Bless. Jenny

kymberli q.April 24, 2008 - 10:58 pm

I will keep her in my prayers. I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope she gets better soon. :(

Stephanie StremlerApril 24, 2008 - 10:30 pm

Oh my! That does sound heart breaking–poor little thing! You are in our prayers as well!

Caitlin Domanico PhotographyApril 24, 2008 - 9:06 pm

Oh wow, I’m keeping you in my thoughts….hopefully she feels better quickly!

Abbie Payge PhotographyApril 24, 2008 - 8:55 pm

awe…that poor little sweetie! having somthing happen like that is never easy, sending wishes for a speedy recovery.
With thoughts,

SandyApril 24, 2008 - 8:46 pm

Kara, Please know that you, Briella, and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have three children myself, so I can only imagine what you must be feeling.

Please take care,

MelissaApril 24, 2008 - 7:29 pm

Oh Kara my heart is breaking for little Briella and for your entire family. I’ve never heard of that disease before. Please know that I am crying out to God on Briella’s behalf. I pray He give you all the comfort that only He can give and that the doctors do whatever it takes to speed her recovery. Praying for you all here in Michigan!

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