Monday, December 17, 2007

Before I launch into how Annie is doing today, I want to stop and thank you all again for praying for us. I know many of you live near us, and many far away, but I hear over and over that you are praying. Praying is such a gift! I know God hears your prayers, and He answers them, and we are so grateful to you for asking God to help us, and to HEAL Annie!

So, this past week Annie has not been nauseated at all that I can tell, and certainly not throwing up. What a relief that is. But, as usual, when we put a finger in one leak, another springs open. The challenge now is lethargy and weakness--she has taken a real dive in her physical abilities. She can't hold herself up for much longer than a minute and then falls forward or sideways. We need to ramp up her therapy, and all the professionals involved with her care agree that she needs more intense therapy than she can get on an outpatient basis--not that I haven't invited all of them to move in with us! We are just in a difficult spot right now, and need all the pieces to come together to help her regain what she's lost, and then to keep moving forward--asap!

The last thing I want to mention is another thank you for the many people who have reached out to us again after this last hospitalization. Meals, cleaning, sitting with Annie, driving my kids around--Christmas has come early to the Sullivan house as far as I'm concerned. We are so grateful for your support--it makes the load bearable.


Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“ Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb sing. Isaiah 35:3-6

Isaiah's foretelling of the coming Christ, 700 years before the first Christmas


Anonymous said...

May your Christmas bring the greatest gift
since the birth of Jesus
since the birth of your first six
since Bill's healing
since the birth of your seventh

Lord, this Christmas,
please grant our one wish
Lord, this Christmas,
Heal Annie.


Gretchen said...

Lord, I thank You for the lack of nausea. I thank You for your fervent love of this child. I thank You for sacrificing Your own child that we might be able to love You. I pray that You would continue Your healing works in Annie, specifically with strength, stamina, and communication. Thank You Jesus. In Your name, amen.


uncle jeff said...

more pictures please:)

aunt rebecca said...

We all wish we could say just the perfect thing ...
to persuade God to Heal Annie ...
to bring you, Jean, and all your household, perfect peace ...
to solve the problems of the world ...
We're so pitiful, aren't we? No wonder we read "Be strong, do not fear!"
It's because we are weak and terrified.
Dear Father, hear our pitiful wailing, and minister to us in our misery. We LONG for the day of peace and healing and unending worship. Please come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Anonymous said...

Rejoicing with you in the lack of nausea, and praying that God will provide JUST the therapy that Annie needs, and for her increased energy and motivation. Lord, please heal this sweet little girl and give her family Your blessed peace.

Sue Powell

Gretchen said..., please. :)