Ashley's Story

She will leave fingerprints all over your heart

12/13/2007

Join with us...

...as we wait and pray. For Monday.

Today's appointment went well. We made some changes in hopes of moving home next week. That's right, I said next week. Its possible, not probable but possible. What needs to happen?

Let me explain. We are switching Ashley Kate's replacement fluids from IV to enteral in hopes of pulling her line. If she can handle the switch without becoming dehydrated then we have a real shot at leaving. Monday mornings labs will play a huge role in deciding if we can leave. Next, we need her bowel to tolerate the extra fluid without increasing her stool output. Her stool output is still higher than it had been running this week, but it did go down a small amount from yesterday. The doctor then said, "You can start making a tentative plan to leave, but I want you to be prepared to be disappointed because as it stands she has a 50-50 chance at leaving. Just be prepared in case her cold takes a turn for the worse or some other little bump comes along causing a delay. I don't want you to be disappointed, but I want you to be prepared for it."

Hummm... how do I feel about that? Yeah, it was a little discouraging, BUT I want to think about the 50% chance that leans toward moving home (Something about living in the land of daisies and rainbows along with Dave just sounds appealing to me.) I think that is a much better attitude to take, and since it is the first glimpse I've gotten of actually leaving here then I am going to concentrate on that. So tonight I am asking you to please pray, to please ask anyone that you know to pray, to please ask anyone that you may not know to pray. I really believe that God is capable of taking us home. It really could happen. In time for Christmas. I was completely shocked by the response I was given today. Usually I am met with discouraging comments, set backs, and heads that shake no when I ask to go home. Today the doctor stepped in the door and said, "So I hear you want to move home. When would you like to do that?"

"As soon as you say "go", was my reply.

"Well lets sit down and see what needs to happen first."

Then we came up with this plan of switching her to enteral replacements and hoping her cold doesn't turn into something viral, or pneumonia, or something along those lines.

I had prayed all day for the Lord to prepare the heart of whichever doctor came in today. I asked Him to please let them be receptive and to soften their heart. He did just that. I was so grateful.

Now we wait and of course we pray. Home in just 4 days. I can't believe it. Please, please pray for Ash. We are so,so close.

55 Comments:

At 8:55 PM , Blogger Rob & Amy said...

Praying without ceasing tonight Trish......come onnnnn Ash!!!! We are soooo very close :)

 
At 9:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying, praying, praying!
Beth

 
At 9:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praying...
Whitnee

 
At 9:17 PM , Blogger sarahdodson said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to be at home with your family?! I do hope and pray that for y'all!

 
At 9:23 PM , Anonymous lori said...

We are praying!!!!

Blessings,
Lori and family

 
At 9:26 PM , Blogger Sheryl said...

Praying for a Christmas miracle.

Sheryl Phillips

 
At 9:37 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

praying praying and praying some more! We were just able to return home after 4 days due to the horrible ice storm here in Oklahoma so I was so thrilled to read your post!! I am sending this on to everyone I know to pray too!! I just KNOW you are going to get home for CHRISTmas!!

Michelle in Tulsa!

 
At 9:39 PM , Blogger CrownLaidDown said...

Praying like mad! Thankful that God trumps all form of chance. Asking for a YES!
Love,
holly

 
At 9:41 PM , Anonymous Nan said...

My darling baby girl,Just home from the children's concert, it was great! We enjoyed it so very much. Allie was adorable in that beautiful sweater, you have such great taste. Blake is very handsome in red, he should were it more often. The songs were so beautiful about our Lord and the Christmas season all about Christ. Most dramatic was when they sang, Mary Did you know? The tears flowed, when they said "Mary did you know your kissing the face of God" I lost it as always. I think the love you have for your babies is so beautiful, next to kissing the face of God, I know of nothing greater. I love you so Trish, I too pray for that Christmas miracle with all my heart. Good night sweet girls, you were truly missed tonight. Love Nan

 
At 9:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am here and praying....Pleading in fact....Thoughts are with you both to remain calm, I would need prayer myself to get to Monday...Luv in Ohio, colleen

 
At 10:26 PM , Blogger Candy said...

Praying with all that is in me. Home for Christmas, what a wonderful blessing.

 
At 10:32 PM , Anonymous Vicky said...

Praying that Ashley's cold goes away, her output decreases, and the fluid thing works.  I seem to recall a while back when you were talking about being home for Christmas, the doctors thought you were crazy.  And yet we prayed.  To go from 0% to 50% is amazing!  I am praying that you will soon be home with a happy and healthy Ashley.

 
At 10:36 PM , Blogger Morgy's Mama said...

praying

 
At 10:40 PM , Blogger Laurie said...

I will keep praying for that miracle that will take you home, once and for all Trish. Stay hopeful and calm, fearing nothing, and let all of us out here do the praying for you and Ashley. God will keep His promise to watch over you all. Keep your eyes on Him as He has his eyes all over you girls.

Love you and praying you home!!!
Laurie in Ca.

 
At 10:46 PM , Anonymous Julie in KC said...

Praying for you. Hoping you get to be home where you both belong.

 
At 10:59 PM , Anonymous Tori said...

I'm praying for you!

Tori

 
At 11:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trish,
I am praying with all of my heart!!! God is so good!!!

Love,
Lisa

 
At 11:34 PM , Blogger Gretchen said...

Praying! Lord, Thank You for Your faithfulness!!!!

 
At 11:58 PM , Blogger Jenny said...

Praying!! Oh, that would be soooo wonderful for you guys to be home for Christmas!

 
At 12:50 AM , Blogger Toni said...

I immediately prayed.
Blessings,
~Toni!

 
At 12:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trish,
I'll continue praying her in Monterey, CA. It would be so wonderful to be home for Crhistmas.
Mary from Monterey

 
At 2:14 AM , Anonymous Janiece Baldwin said...

Dear Gracious Heavenly Father, I praise Your name above all names. You are Almighty God and there is none like You.
You tell us to ask and so there are many, many people who are asking, boldly, Father that You work all things out in little Ashley's body so that she and Trish will be granted their wish and that is to be home with all their family in time for Christmas.
I pray for that nasty cold to disappear, Father so that it won't turn into something worse. I pray for the new replacement fluids to be just what she needs and that she would not become dehydrated and Father, I pray that the extra fluid would not cause an increase in her stool output.
In all of this, dear Lord, I pray that You will turn that 50-50 chance of them returning home to 100 yes, you can pack your bags cause you are going home. How awesome that would be!!! No more bumps on this road, homeward bound~~~that's what we would love to hear. Thank You, Jesus, for hearing our prayers. May Your name be glorified, and I pray in the name of our precious Savior, Jesus~~~~Amen.

Much love and prayers~~~Janiece

 
At 3:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trish, Keeping all you wrote in prayer..Baby steps..then one giant step to home.God Bless..Karen

 
At 5:35 AM , Anonymous Andrea b. said...

Praying!

 
At 6:22 AM , Blogger missy said...

Praying! Going to gather whatever troops I can to pray with me. Have hope!

 
At 6:34 AM , Anonymous prayer mom said...

Lord God, In the Name of Jesus heal Ashley completely and loose this family and set them free! We will praise you for it forever and ever. Amen and amen.

 
At 7:11 AM , Blogger ManyBlessings said...

Praying praying praying!!!
d

 
At 7:36 AM , Blogger Alicia said...

Wow! Praying and hoping right along with you.

 
At 7:44 AM , Anonymous Courtney said...

Of course, we will pray! What a great gift that would be - home for Christmas with time to spare:)

 
At 7:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers continue for your beautiful family. With all this faith and all these powerful prayers, i feel God will lead this miracle, Ashley, home for Christmas. I pray for the souls of your sweet children as well as they struggle even more right now. Strong powerful prayers with your family. Corey, Missouri.

 
At 8:27 AM , Blogger Dennis, Rose and our Clan said...

Prayers being sne tup this morning and always for you and miss Ash to get home! I sent a box out to your TX address for Ash I hope she can get it soon!

 
At 8:34 AM , Anonymous Cari said...

Wow! What a wonderful Christmas present to be able to take Ashley home! I will continue to pray and wait patiently for Monday. May His name be glorified.

-Cari in Arkansas

 
At 8:35 AM , Blogger Fiffer said...

Oh you bet I will be praying this weekend! I am excited just thinking about it. The thought of you & Ash being home for Christmas gets me equally excited for each member of your family...what an incredible gift it would (no -- WILL!) be! Love, Martha

 
At 8:55 AM , Anonymous Jule White said...

Praying

Love, Jule White

 
At 8:58 AM , Blogger Susie said...

I'm praying for little Ashley right now.

 
At 10:32 AM , Blogger Sherri said...

Praying you all the way home! I'm so thrilled for you guys!

Many praying Montana....

 
At 11:04 AM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I am praying wholeheartedly!!!!!!! I will let as many people as I know to pray for you and your sweet Ash. It would be wonderful if you guys could go home.

 
At 11:06 AM , Anonymous Kathleen said...

Definitely praying!!

 
At 11:20 AM , Blogger julie said...

Praying, Praying and more praying. What exciting news!!!

 
At 11:28 AM , Blogger Monique said...

Praying like crazy here in WA for you! God Bless!

 
At 11:49 AM , Blogger Keri Ann said...

So, so encouraging! Believe me, I will be praying!!!!!

 
At 12:22 PM , Blogger Sun said...

we are praying and praising God for His faithfulness - He is so good! Sunshine

 
At 12:43 PM , Blogger Linda said...

Trish,
Praying for you & your sweet angel. "Now unto Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think ..." Home for Christmas ~ that's the "exceeding" (over, more than, beyond) abundantly that I'm praying and believing for you and your amazing family!

Blessings,
Linda

 
At 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praying. Always. We love you all!

 
At 1:31 PM , Blogger Sarah's In the Midst of It said...

Trish, I've been out of town but am back and am getting caught up on what's been going on with you two! I'm praying for great results and a Christmas miracle!

 
At 1:54 PM , Blogger Robyn said...

I'm praying....I'll put a post on my blog too.

 
At 2:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES we are joining you! Praying!!!!! Thanks for the beautiful post.

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger Dee Dee said...

Well, He got you guys home once this month. He can sure do it again! This time, we pray it is for good.

 
At 4:53 PM , Blogger Shari's Page....... said...

Trish--praying, praying, praying! I will put a post on my blog too.

Love,

Shari

 
At 5:01 PM , Blogger camille said...

That would be so so wonderful!!! Praying for you!!!

 
At 5:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praising God for hearing your prayer, for preparing the heart of the doctor, for the plan and the victory!! God has a special Gift..He stands waiting to give it to you...Praying Ashley..home for Christmas, in Central IL

 
At 8:03 PM , Anonymous Molly said...

OUT OF HERE! That is what I am praying to read one day next week!
Praying for that pickle to come down to her yellow house!

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger Sun said...

I don't know what happened but I tried to post a comment and lost it - so if this posts twice - I am sorry :)

I just wanted to let you know that I have linked my blog with this request and even though not many people read my blog, those that do will lift you guys up in prayer! Sunshine

 
At 3:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots and lots of prayers going up from here!
May God Bless you all!
~Okla

 
At 10:02 AM , Blogger Momto13 said...

We are praying!!
Blessings,
Sarah

 

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