thursday update…

I wish I could say the reason for the lack of updates was because Emma was doing so well, but that is not the case.  Yesterday was a really hard day full of total shock.  She was still having seizures throughout the day, so the neurologist came in and discussed with us  putting her in a medically induced coma to give her brain rest, so they did that last night.  We suspected, when she was awake, that she could not see because she would not track.  That was confirmed yesterday by the Neurologist who said she has cortical blindess caused by the swelling/seizures on both the left and right side of her occipital lobes.  We do not know how much of her sight she will regain.  She is vocal but will not respond to questions. When we asked the neurologist if this was permanent or could be recovered over time, and he said that we would know more once we get the seizures under control.  Her brain is “firing” like it is on “adhd with speed” so you cant base anything on what she is doing/saying now… we just have wait and see.

Right now we just need alot of prayer.  Both Mark and I are numb and trying to deal with how very different our lives are going to be.

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  1. Sherri Caguit says:

    Heather and Mark – we are lifting you both and Emma in prayer. God is still the Great Healer and He knows right where you are, and what you need. Isaiah 40:31″…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint…”

  2. Prayers are lifted up for all of you.

  3. Alana Lewis says:

    Praying for your beautiful baby girl to sleep deeply and have peaceful dreams. Praying she will feel and know the comfort of Our LORD. Praying for you and your husband and other children as you wait. Our hearts go out to you!

  4. Continued prayers for all of you. May you feel His presence more than ever.

  5. Praying for your sweet girl. And for you.

  6. Lord, please touch this family…they need your strength and healing and protection!! Please, Lord Jesus, give them some idea of what Your big plan is.

    Heather, I’m so sad and sorry for all that your family is going through. We pray for Emma every night, and we surely won’t stop now!

  7. Dear Heather – we have been thinking of you and praying for you throughout these difficult days. We continue to pray and to send you much love. Our hearts hurts with yours.

  8. I was looking through my Bible for a scripture to share with you and as I perused Psalm 62, Shane & Shane came on Pandora singing . . . Psalm 62. I pulled the lyrics to the song to share with you here as well as audio of the song here. It’s a beautiful song and I pray that it’s an encouragement for you and Mark.

    Continuing to pray for all of you.

  9. Praying..<>

  10. Heather, continuing to pray for your family and especially for your sweet Emma. May you feel God’s peace right now through this very difficult time filled with uncertainty. Know that many people that you have never met (as well as many that you have) are lifting you and your family up in prayer.

  11. praying for you and mark and the family and emma.

    love to you, my dear friend.

  12. Heather – One day at a time… Tomorrow will take care of itself – you are surrounded in prayer.

  13. *Praying* for you, Heather.

  14. What can I say but you and yours have my prayers…

  15. heather,

    I cannot imagine what you are going through. I know that the Lord alone can understand. I am praying for you all during this time, that you will feel Him closer than your breath, and His loving strong arms will uphold and carry you through.

    Much Love and Hope,

    Grace and Peace,


  16. His grace is sufficient. It was for me in the death of my husband. I was left with a 3 and 5 yr old. It was AWFUL. But Jesus is enough. He is. He is. He is. Praying for you and your dear family.

  17. Praying that God’s comfort and peace will surround you and your family as a shield.

  18. Just began reading your blog today and caught up on your sweet darling. Will be praying for you and your hubby. I am on Keppra for seizures as well so if I can offer you any feedback please e-mail me. Praying for wisdom for the doctors and that God would wrap His loving arms of comfort around you!


  19. You all are in our hearts and in our prayers.

  20. Robin in New Jersey says:

    I am so sorry that Emma has encountered more obstacles to her recovery. My prayers are with all of you tonight.

  21. Oh my goodness friend, I am so sorry to hear about all that is going on…my mama heart breaks with you and as a mama of a child that has seizures I know it is. I will be joining you all in prayer for His miraculous healing, wisdom for the doctors, peace/comfort for you all.

    xoxo, Melissa in Mel’s World

  22. Praying for you. What a difficult time for a parent.

  23. my heart breaks for you…you all are in my prayers.

  24. Stopped back in to say I’m still thinking of you, Mark, the kids and praying for Emma.

    I made “PRAYers FOR EMMA” buttons that people can download from Lisa’s blog:

    I encourage people to grab it and throw it on their sidebars, facebook to recruit more cheerleaders for Emma.

  25. Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us and allowing us to pray for you and your precious family. I’ll be praying for you all and doing my bit to spread the ‘prayer request’… I can’t help but be shedding tears for you all right now. Sending loads of love and prayers from Australia – Joni xo

  26. We love and are praying for you.

  27. All I can say is that I’m continuing to lift Emma and the rest of your family to the Lord in prayer. This trial has to be the most heart-breaking thing to go through, and I pray He will give you strength and hope.

    Love & hugs,
    Loretta in GA

  28. Hope she is recovering, praying that way…

  29. I just found your site through mutual mito friends. I will pray for your little one.
    God bless
    Heather Laurie

  30. I have been praying like crazy for Emma and for you and Mark. I can’t imagine what a complete shock this is for you Heather. Asking God to give you strength for the moment and hold you together tight in His loving arms. Praying for a miracle.

    Love and Hugs, Laurie

  31. Culpepper says:

    Praying for you. Worried about you and Emma. When you can, please post an update. I realize you are busy…I am simply concerned. Please know you are being lifted up.

  32. Praying for your family {{}}

  33. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. This difficult road you are on may take you to places you never expected, but you will get through.

  34. Heather, I’m so sorry–what a terrible blow. Praying for peace and rest for you guys.