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

  1. #361
    Prayers and positive thoughts continue for Sammy and her family.

    "All men are created equal but none of them is equal to a dog." From the "Howard Huge" cartoon..

  2. #362
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Montreal, Canada
    Keep fighting little one.

    Prayers and positive thoughts still going on for precious Sammy and her family.

    R.I.P. my Precious Katie, Katie Pretty Lady.
    Oct. 1991 - Oct. 9, 2005
    R.I.P. my Beloved Wild Hair Wee Willy Winky
    April 8, 2005 - June 19, 2009
    R.I.P. my best friend Buddy.
    Sept. 1993 - Feb. 04, 2010
    R.I.P. my handsome Mooky.
    July 24, 2002 - April 1, 2010

  3. #363
    Still praying for little Sammy!

  4. #364

    More GOOD News ~

    June 07, 2005 at 06:59 PM EDT

    Sam is just now on her way down for the dressing change --
    must have been a busy day in the OR.
    She's having a cat scan done immediately after.

    A physical therapist was in yesterday and today to
    gently work her arms & legs; the guy today got a big surprise when
    he lifted her blanket back to find a big pile o' poop. He patiently waited
    for the nurse to clean her before he worked on her.

    Today she opened her eyes all the way, and looked right at me!
    She was fairly awake for quite a while, and
    we were able to talk and sing to her, and read her a story.
    I can't tell you how it felt to look into those eyes again.

    But the biggest news is that I was able to hold her today,
    for the first time in over a month!
    For about an hour and a half before they came to get her,
    she was in my arms, and I was able to rock her to sleep.
    She'll be heavily sedated when I see her next, of course,
    but once she gets a break from all the surgeries,
    perhaps we can start seeing a more alert Sammy.

    They will also check her lungs again tomorrow, and
    try to determine why part of one is collapsed.

    Well, they should be finished shortly, so I'll post again tomorrow.
    Thanks for keeping Sam in your prayers!
    I'll dream of holding her tonight, and hopefully
    she'll have the same dream!!




    That's all pretty GOOD News!!
    Keep on Improving, Lil Sammy!!
    More Prayers on the way!]
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

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

  5. #365
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Los Angeles, CA USA
    This news just brings tears to my eyes and they are burning.

    My prayers have never stopped. Bless you Jessica..........what joy it must have been for you to hold her and sing to her.

  6. #366
    The new update brought tears to my eyes. What wonderful news. Little Sammy, keep getting better and better. You are such a strong little girl, and God has been taking such good care of you throughout this.


  7. #367
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Off to the races....
    What great news!! glad to hear Sammy is improving!

  8. #368
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Ohio, USA
    What a wonderful update and how great it must have been to finally hold your little girl again!
    I'm glad to hear she's on the right track

    Huney, Bon & Simba-missed so very much
    Remembering all the Rainbow Bridge Pets

  9. #369
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Kensington MD USA
    My eyes are burning as well. LES is just a crazy, happy circumstance. Oh thank you so very much for sharing this with us and letting us share your happiness.

  10. #370
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    OH, this just brought tears to my eyes. I can picture you holding sweet Sam now. What a wonderful feeling that must have been and to see her look at you had to bring such happiness to you.

    I'm always thinking of Sam and keeping her in my prayers. Keep on fighting Sam you can do this. We are all sending positive thoughts and prayers your way still.


  11. #371
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Belgium, near Ghent
    Ohhhhhhh, thank you, God!!!!
    I am so happy for little Samantha!

  12. #372
    ~Kimmy, Chipper, Zam, Logan, Raptor, Nimrod, June, Mei, Jasper, Esme, Lucy Inara, & Morla
    RIP my sweet Kia

  13. #373

    Still MORE Good News ...

    June 08, 2005 at 09:49 AM EDT

    Sam had a restful enough night,
    and we are now waiting for the pulmonary team to take
    another look at her lungs, and
    physical therapy might show up today as well.

    Her cat scan looked okay last night, but the official report was not in yet;
    the attending physician didn't see anything distressing, though.

    Her right hand--which looks good--is undressed and visible now.
    The PT will start working w/it, and getting those fingers moving.
    It's so nice to see a little hand again!!

    She was very active yesterday, and had her eyes
    fully open earlier this morning, too.

    The plastics team will do daily dressing changes at bedside now,
    and some regrafting (most of the grafts took, though)
    will take place over the weekend or early next week.

    I'll post again later if there's any news.



    THANKS for Your Help, God!

  14. #374
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Good news! That most of the grafts took! And that you can see that sweet little hand.

    We are still with you, Jessica and Sammy-girl! Hang in there

  15. #375

    And there IS "more news" ~

    June 08, 2005 at 03:06 PM EDT

    The pulmonary team did their thing and suctioned her out.
    They were also able to "puff out" the collapsed parts,
    so we'll hope it did the trick.

    The attending was in to talk with me prior to this, and give me the current game plan: they want to try and wean her off the breathing tube entirely, as well as start weaning her off some of her (drug) drips, by sedating her less, but still giving pain meds. If they can't wean her off the tube within a week or so, they'll trach her temporarily so she can start rehab. They also want to tinker w/the dialysis, to make it so she can start rehabbing more, by maybe making it intermittent instead of continuous. Even if she needs the trach, they close right back up, so it's not a permanent thing. It looks like she'll do her rehab here at Children's.

    The best part about the whole conversation was that she was speaking in terms of rehab and "when she goes home," which was awfully nice to hear. This doctor seemed to think that as long as we can avoid another major infection setting in, Sam should pull through this, w/lots of love and rehab.

    From a skin perspective, things look good --
    the Dr. said that 85% of the grafts taking is great.

    Keep praying for Sam's continued strength,
    because she's going to need a lot of it for rehab.



    We **LIKE** to hear Good News!!
    /s/ Cinder, Smokey & Heidi

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

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