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Hannah update

Keep those prayers coming, because God has blessed Hannah in a phenomenal way!

My friend Joanne and I got the chance to go down to All Children’s to see Hannah and her family. We went bearing “treasures” for Hannah (she always has her little treasure box full of pretty, sparkly trinkets) and food money for the adults. My heart was so heavy at the thought that it would be the last time I saw Hannah. I cried my tears on the way so that I would be dry when I talked to Lisa and prepared myself for the sight of Hannah with all her tubes and lines, if we were allowed to go see her in the PICU at all.

We ran straight into Lisa in the hallway and she took us back immediately so see Hannah. She looked wonderful! I mean, I don’t know what I was expecting her to look like, but her color was so good, she was sleepy and sedated but could acknowledge us when we talked to her and she would respond with a head movement or a leg kick. I dug into my pocket for the sparkly treasures that Kay Bertoch sent to make her happy and her eyes actually lit up and when one was placed in her hand, her little fingers just closed over it and she held that treasure so tightly the entire time we were there.

She did have a lot of tubes going in and out of her, the numerous beeping machines and monitors, but nothing mattered except seeing her look up and and recognize me. Her hands were restrained so that she wouldn’t pull out any tubes, but she’d kick her little leg out to get attention or to show her excitement and she seemed really happy that we were there.

Most importantly, God has worked a complete 180 in Hannah’s case!!! I would love to tell you that she’ll walk out of there a perfectly healthy child, but that isn’t the way her story goes. However, we accept the blessing that more time is and treasure every moment of every day with her. The doctors decided that since she was doing so well healing from the pneumonia that they would take the vent out today (I haven’t heard how that went yet) and they were 90% sure that she would do fine with that. They also suggested that if she continues to do well with the antibiotics, she could go home in 4-5 days!

She’ll be monitored so very closely so that she doesn’t choke on her tongue or aspirate, but she will be leaving that hospital when yesterday it seemed that her time was about to end. I don’t know what the Lord will bring, but today we are joyful for this turn around and we continue to pray that Hannah will be painless, happy and that her family enjoys this precious time.

Yesterday, when I got the news that Hannah was doing so poorly, Peyton and I were at Target. That’s a bad place to be when you get sad news! We had to trek across the store to find a box of Kleenex, and Peyton, bless her heart, just sat in the cart and handed me tissue after tissue. She finally worked up some tears and cried along with me. When I asked her why SHE was crying, she said “Because you’re making me cry, mama!”

That’s so sweet.

But she’s a pretty tricky little monkey.

I was pretty out of it mentally while we were in the store (no comments on that one, I can already see them coming!). So out of it, that when I got home, there was a pair of pink cowboy boots, a brown purse and a book in the bags. Do I remember buying them? No. Did I approve the purchase? Apparently! I even had to go back and check the receipt to make sure we paid for them because I don’t even remember putting them on the checkout. I drove home….feel safe on the road now?

f.r.o.G….fully relying on God

3 Comments on “Hannah update”

  1. #1 Amy Nasworthy
    on Sep 26th, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the update!!
    I love good news.

  2. #2 basi
    on Sep 26th, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Anissa,
    I'm so glad to hear this update. Miracles come in all forms. I will keep up my prayers for little Hannah.

    thanks, love, basi

  3. #3 Julie V.
    on Sep 26th, 2007 at 9:28 pm


    Thanks for all the updates on precious Hannah. She's been on my heart and mind often. I'm so glad you got an opportunity to see her at the hospital.

    I'll be lifting Hannah and her family up in prayer. May the Lord wrap His arms of love, peace, comfort and strength around them.

    Take care.