Many Thanks

This morning is a new day and both Shane and I got some rest overnight. I wanted to just take a moment to give some direct thank you's to the many friends and family members that have been supporting us through this extremely tough time. We are so grateful to each of you have given in his/her own special way.

We have many friends in Fayetteville that are faithfully taking care of some of the things we hold dear and I want to thank you for all the work you are doing. I know my daughter is happy, my dog gets a walk, and the flowers in my yard are watered. I think of you all every night and am eternally grateful for all you have given.

As for those of you who are here with us, we have no words to express the gifts you give. All of the support from Tradehome Shoes... thank you for allowing my husband to sit by my side with no questions asked. Everyone in Dr. Wendel's office, each of you precious ECMO technicians that keep our daughter as safe as possible, all the friends that have helped translate the medical portion of this journey, every single nurse and physician that has been a part of Avery's journey, our family members who have sacrificed their days to sit with us...and many many more who have sent prayers and thoughts our way. Please know that you help in more ways than you could ever imagine.

As for Avery, this morning she is still doing well. The team has made some adjustments to one of her IV's in hopes that it may decrease the occurance of her rapid heart rate. She still looks good and appears to be readjusting to her newly placed organs. We are getting close to the 24 hour mark of surgery so we will continue to wait and practice patience.

Again, please feel our appreciation and gratitude!



  1. So glad to hear things are ok! Will continue to pray for you all and especially for your sweet little Avery to heal!! She is just precious!! May God Bless and give you rest, peace and total healing for Avery!!

    Nashville, TN

  2. judi barbaraMay 21, 2009

    love you sweetheart.

  3. Thinking of you and precious Avery!! Praying for a good day...keep fighting Avery!!

    (((HUGS))) - Tracy, Ian's mom

  4. I am sending so much love to you my sweet Carissa, and would do anything in the world for you. Please let me know if there is anything here in Fayetteville or in LR that you need.....it will be done or sent to you in two shakes of a lambs tail! xoxoxoxoxo

  5. AnonymousMay 21, 2009

    Wrapping you all in a big hug. Knowing God and all of our prayers are with you all... H

  6. AnonymousMay 21, 2009

    We are praying faithfully for Avery and the rest of your family! If there is anything we can do please let us know.

  7. aww! that's great to know that sweet avery is doing good. i hope the adjustment period for the organs is god speed. i hope her little body accepts everything and continues to do their functions as nothing ever happened. poor baby girl. god bless you, til next update, prayers are blanketing your family and Miss Avery. ((((hugs to all)))bonny

  8. Carissa, you are an amazing woman.

    Thanks for the update. I've had several of my friends here tell me that they are praying for sweet Avery.

    Hang in there, all of you!

  9. praying for you all.

  10. I am so glad to hear she is holding her own. We will continue to pray for Avery and your family in hopes she is the miracle we all need! Do not give up hope, as once you choose hope, anything is possible.

    Sending much love, Jaime, David, Reggan, and ^Ryann^

  11. So glad she's doing well. Still praying!