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Thread: Johanna (Cataholic) & Sister Jessica continue to Request Prayers for young Samantha

  1. #886
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    Oh my Lord....just look at the sweet face. That smile lights up my heart. Sammy, it's good to hear that you are being a "normal kid" again and enjoying some quality playtime. If only you knew what an inspiration you are to me.

    Phred, good to have you back.

    I have to go now....major LES here.
    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand and strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!
    --unknown

    Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see
    --Polar Express

    Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.




  2. #887
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    Boy oh boy, does that do my heart good to see that precious smiling Sammy!

    Such a good report - and special prayers being said that the reports will continue to be excellent.

    We sure do love you Sammy!

  3. #888

    Life becomes "normal"!

    Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 06:35 AM EST

    Sam continues to do well, and had a good visit yesterday at Children's;
    she won't go back until next month.

    Her final scab finally fell off in the tub a few days ago,
    so she was also fitted w/her "pressure pants."
    She doesn't seem to mind the suit very much.

    She's all over the place now, and likes her home therapy sessions w/Mom
    --
    she's constantly flipping over on her belly and saying, "good stretch!"

    She does the same in the tub, and enjoys pretending to swim from one end to the other.

    She has a little cold, but it's not affecting her too much,
    and she continues to eat and drink well.
    She's also had some success on the potty seat a few times.

    She may start antibiotics soon, just as a precaution, even though her immunology testing didn't show anything;
    her kidney doc also added a few meds --
    mostly vitamin supplements, like calcium.

    She's getting out and about regularly, to the library and coffee shop,
    and we're hoping she can rejoin her preschool friends, at least part-time, in the near future.

    Have a great weekend,

    Jessica
    -------------------------------------------------------

    Seems like Sammy is starting to enjoy Normal Kid Stuff -
    another Blessing to be Thankful for!!

    Go Sammy!!

    {{{Hugs}}} from us all.

    -------------------------------------------------------








    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

    R.I.P. ~ Boots, Bowser, Sherman, & Snoopy

  4. #889
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    Sammy, what good news!

    Sammy, I am so happy for you and your family. I hope your progress will be unlimited and you sail through the next surgery on your hand.

    You seem to know that you are loved by many.

    We are all cheering for your speedy recovery and success.

    Love from Camp Vermont

  5. #890
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    I was close to missing these adorable pics of our Sammy! What a pretty girl she is and what a strong girl she is!
    No adult would look that happy and mischievous after a year like hers.

    I'm so glad she's having fun - Sammy, you rock!!!!!!!

    Kissies to you

  6. #891

    Happy Valentine's Day, Sammy!

    Valentine's Day, February 14, 2006 at 07:02 AM EST


    Yesterday was Sam's first afternoon back at preschool;
    she had a great time!
    She also enjoyed a Valentine's Day/American Girl Tea party at the library on Saturday,
    and a playdate with her pal Jillian the day before
    --
    she's been very busy!

    It's so wonderful to see her back to her usual self.

    I also wanted to point out an article in last Sunday's Enquirer,
    for anyone who didn't see it or lives out of the area:
    a boy named Dustin was profiled;
    he's a high school wrestler who survived meningococcemia in '94,
    and lost all his limbs. He lives in Hillsboro, not far from us.

    It's a wonderful article, and can be accessed via the paper's website: www.cincinnatienquirer.com (Sunday, 2/12/06). It's in the sports section.

    We head back to Lexington late next week;
    thanks, as always, for prayers and support.

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Jessica
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

    R.I.P. ~ Boots, Bowser, Sherman, & Snoopy

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    It's just amazing to hear that Sammy is doing so well and back at pre-school.
    Keep getting better, sweetie!

  8. #893
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    Beautiful pictures of a fantastic little girl! We could all learn a lot from Sammy
    Give 1 for a poundie www.songfordogs.co.uk

  9. #894
    Here are a couple of the Cinci Inquirer articles about Dustin Carter -

    the 16 yo high school Wrestler who lost his limbs to a rare blood infection known as meningococcemia, which is from the same bacteria that causes a severe form of meningitis.

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...602120409/1078

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...602120409/1078

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...602140386/1078

    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...602120410/1078

    Photos >>>
    http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.d...H&Profile=1069

    Dustin will be an inspiration for Sammy.
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

    R.I.P. ~ Boots, Bowser, Sherman, & Snoopy

  10. #895
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    You're a total cutie, Sammy..... I'm really really happy to know that you're doing so well....... (((hugs)))
    Lola, the mutt, 2 years old

    Anita, the dachshund, 7 years old



  11. #896
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    Happy Valentine's Day, sweet Samantha!!!! What a special, miracle girl, you are!!!

  12. #897
    Friday, February 24, 2006 at 09:00 PM EST


    Sam's doing well, and enjoyed her trip to Lexington today;
    she was able to play with some other children, and was measured by the prosthetist.

    Even though she had a late night last night -- and was up at 3 a.m. for a while --
    when I woke her up at 6:00 to leave, she stayed awake for most of the ride,
    watching a Wiggles DVD.

    She was quite the social butterfly at Shriner's, greeting everyone,
    responding with "fine, thank you" to all who asked how she was,
    and she's also telling people she'll be 3,
    which -- unbelievably -- happens next week!

    The casting takes place at our next visit, which should be within a couple weeks, and then the inpatient stay for the actual fitting will follow a few weeks later, and I'm now told it will be 3-5 days, instead of 2 weeks. (The longer stay will occur when she gets legs w/knee joints.)

    She slept nearly the entire way home.
    She had a cold and cough most of the week, but is feeling better;
    she went to preschool one afternoon last week, but rested up at home the remainder.

    I also wanted to let folks know that a local motorcycle club,
    headquartered in Bethel, will be having a benefit for Sam on Saturday,
    March 11th, starting at noon, and it sounds like it'll be quite the affair,
    with news crews, a D.J., food, raffles, and lots of people;
    for those of you in the area, it's at 2845 SR 133, in Bethel, at Hardtail Cycle.
    These very generous folks have put lots of effort into this for Sam,
    and we can't adequately express our gratitude.

    Next Friday it's back to Children's for the kidney check-up.

    Thanks for the continued prayers,

    Jessica

    ------------------------------------------------

    Things just keep getting BETTER and BETTER!!

    Go SAMMY!!
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

    R.I.P. ~ Boots, Bowser, Sherman, & Snoopy

  13. #898
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    I was reading all the post I could about Sam and and the stuggles and then I read about Dustin, and I asked God to forgive me for complaining of the small trials ihave had..Dear God they are an inspiration and their family to..I never did find that Photo gallery for little sam..I hope and pray all continues to be well for her..



  14. #899
    Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 01:53 PM EST



    Sam's check-up at Children's was fine yesterday, and her labs look good.

    She's now a big 3-year-old, and will tell anyone who wants to know.

    She enjoyed some cake, and Daddy helped her blow out her candles --
    and she loved all her presents, too.

    She had a great week at preschool, and seems to be feeling good.

    The silicone "pockets" for the top part of her prosthetics have arrived at Shriner's,
    and we'll go back to Lexington on the 14th for the casting;
    her first legs may be ready in April!
    Lots of excitement for Sam as we head into spring!

    Thanks for the continued prayers,

    Jessica


  15. #900
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    That happy smile brought tears to my eyes! What an amazing story it has been following dear Sammy. I'm glad she continues to do so well, and pray that it continues!

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