Gabs is doing a little bit better each day. She has had two surgeries for skin grafts, and the healing is happening. One of her grafts didn’t “take” but the hope is that her skin will regrow underneath the failed graft, which will protect her new skin and keep it clean.
Meanwhile, we are hoping she will be able to come home this week. She has been discharged from the hospital, but between the frequency of appointments and the need to return to the hospital if there is any sign of infection, she has been staying with at least one parent (mostly both) at the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital. Currently daddy is with her, but assuming she doesn’t return this week mommy will be going back down today to be with both of them.
In the meantime, the other three girls are doing well but missing their sister and their parents. Mark and Allison have been going back and forth a lot. Thankfully she is at a Shriner’s hospital, where they don’t charge families. And Ronald McDonald House provides food for them, plus the hospital while Gabie was admitted also provided meals to one parent. So other than gas, they’ve not incurred any expenses, which is a blessing.
Please keep praying for her. Healing will be a long, slow process, and she will be missing out on some things over the next several months. One of the difficult things for her will be avoiding any sun exposure over the next year, along with missing so much school and needing to stay away from ANYONE who is sick since her immune system is compromised.
Amy Medeiros said:
Thanks for the update. I’ll keep praying for them!
Mary Kaufman said:
I will keep her on the prayer list at St. Paul’s in Amherst, WI. My heart goes out to all of you.
Miriam F Maas said:
My Dear Pittocks,
I have finished the quilt. I learned so much from begining to end. I have to say it is absolutely beautiful. In a perfect world I wish I could come to Texas & give it to you in person or even meet you half way but we don’t live in a perfect world. I have had it finished for a couple of weeks but have had a difficult time putting it in a box & trusting UPS with it. It is so precious & pricless & can never be replaced.
I said I wouldn’t charge you anything & I won’t for the time I put into it. That is a my gift to you for allowing me to be a part of Your & Samantha’s lives. I was able to get 20 of the top squares out of the blankets you sent & then used 1 of your tops & a piece of the shirt you sent. There are 72 squares on the top & 72 on the bottom & that many of fleece in the middle. I have about $135.00 in it & I went to the store that handles UPS here in town & they estimated that it would cost about $20.00 to send it out. I will take it back to that store on Monday & hopefully you will get it then sometime during that week. Please let me know when you get it.
It has been a privelege & a blessing for me to be able to do this for you. I sincerely hope it will be a blessing to you also.
Love to all! Miriam
Jim Riddle said:
Hi, Steph. How’s Gabs? Missing your writing – I need a good dose of anything besdies absurd political ads. Please. Thank you.