Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Update on My Niece

Gosh, thank you all so much for your prayers. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them. I'm sorry I wasn't able to update you earlier, but my mom and I spent the day out at my brother's home watching the other 5 kids so my brother and sister-in-law could do what they needed to do to take care of Sarah.

She is being kept another night at the hospital, but has been moved out of the ICU. We are hopeful that she will be released tomorrow.

Apparently she has a fracture of her skull from the base of her skull (by your neck) to the top of her head. It sounds scary (and the doctor told us most people with this injury would have been brought in comatose already), but we are blessed and thankful that there was no bleeding or swelling of the brain. Nor was there any displacement of the skull bone itself, but rather it was more like a hairline fracture.

I am now a firm believer of bicycle helmets. I always knew it was the right thing to do, but it didn't seem really necessary for my kids. After all, they are just cruising around the neighborhood and there isn't much traffic, right? But just that fall from losing her balance caused a major, major injury. In a second, Sarah's life could have been ended, if not tragically changed forever. From this point on, my kids will be wearing their helmets and I pray that you will remember what happened here and make a point of keeping your kids safe.

Again, your continued prayers are coveted and your prayers are making a difference. Thank you so much!!

On another note, we leave tomorrow to go back to Doha. We've got a long trip ahead of us, but I'm anxious to get back home to Hubby. Emily is struggling (as expected) and Daniel has lost his cell phone (grrrrr!!!!), so if you could pray for those two things and for safety as we travel, I'd really appreciate it as well.

Now that I've taken up all of your intercessory prayer time, I'll be on my way. I've got more packing to do and I'm hoping to get to bed before midnight!!


Nancy M. said...

I'm so glad Sarah is going to be okay. It really sounds scary!

I hope y'all have a safe trip home! I will pray for everyone!

ValleyGirl said...

So glad your niece will be fine. That could have turned out SO much worse!

I hope you have a safe trip home ~ and that it won't be too hard on Emily. I feel for her.

Anonymous said...

Glad to here Sarah will be okay and there was a lesson learned, but not the hard way (although this certainly wasn't easy!)

Safe travels and a happy reunion w/dh.

Mylinda said...

I so enjoyed your visit to Miami! It was wonderful to see all of you and we will miss youguys. I'm glad you've had such a nice long visit and are happy to be heading home. I always say that home is where Nicky is. We will be praying for you all tomorrow. Have a safe trip. Love you guys! :-)

Cindy said...

So thankful that Sarah is doing better.
I'll be praying as you travel home.
It was nice to hear you saying hi while in Phoenix.
Don't we just have the BEST weather this time of year.
Safe travels!
Bless you,


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