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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Is there cause for concern

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Ivy has been asleep for a very long time. And while we had moments  seconds of what seemed like she was aware of her surroundings, nodding yes and no, even if for just a few seconds, today her eyes still wander when lifted open. She has a very invasive bi pap mask on that is blowing a hurricane in to her and she does not protest it or even reach for it. They say that the drugs are in her tissue and she could just need more time. However they were very quick to comply to my request of Neurology coming out to take a look at her. I'm so thankful that they include me in every decision and every plan. They never round without me, if I run to the restroom (there are none on in her unit), they wait, knowing I will be here. They always ask me if I have questions or concerns and they always spend as much time with me as I need.
She is getting an Echo right now, just to be sure all is well with her heart, and she will get a full eval from Neurology this afternoon. 
A music therapist came in today and played for her. Thank you Jen for setting that up!!! At PCH they use classical music as therapy for the healing process from day 1. Here they have no such thing. And PT and Child Life were in the room from day one too at PCH. Here we have not seen Child Life or any therapists at all and it's been 2 weeks. I think that is odd for the #1 hospital in the world, but we know they get that rating from the medical aspect. And it is well deserved!! 

Due to not breathing more than just shallow breaths (since she is in this deep sleep) her right lung has collapsed. It is a little better this morning, but still the bottom half is fully collapsed. 

Her body is not urinating on its own, she is requiring a cath again. She was without it for several days but after going all day Monday without making a wet diaper, they put the foley back in Monday night. 

She does move her arms and legs, she does turn her head. This happens every 3-4 hours for a few seconds, then back to sleep with no movement she goes. 

So my prayer requests today are obvious and desperate.

I have sobbed with a very heavy heart this morning. My little girl has been through so much. And she can't wake up to breathe on her own! I'm crying out to God today. I'm asking that He agree that she's been through enough. That He breathe life back in to her little body and reignite her spirit! That we see Ivy come back to us, today!  

My prayer request to all of your are obvious.
That Ivy would wake up.
That from a neurological view, there is no cause for alarm.
That God would continue to breath life in to her lung and her body.
And that God would continue to give me the strength that only He can provide. I have nothing left to give, but every day He makes me new again. I am empty at 1am as I lay my head on my pillow but at 5am I rise anew again. Filled with the strength to get through one more day. 

If you feel led to leave a comment today. I ask that you direct it towards what you will be praying for or towards Ivy. 
Today I just don't have the strength to read things like.. its going to be fine, you can do this, your strong...... 
Until you have sat right here in these very shoes in this very situation at this very moment...You have no idea. 

I will be in great prayer today and my faith will be renewed and I will be reminded that when I am weak He is strong. For faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1


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139 comments:

Katherine said...

Praying for your baby girl!

Laine said...

Dear Jesus please heal Ivy and restore her to full health, according to your will and purpose! For your glory and for Ivy's good....

Anonymous said...

Praying for a good neurology report... Praying that your sweet girl wakes up soon... Praying that you have the strength to continue standing beside Ivy... Praying that she continues to get great care... Praying for continued wisdom and excellent care from her doctors and nurses... Lifting your entire family up as it has to be so hard to not be there with her. I am in awe of your amazing faith. God's blessings to all of you, and especially to Ivy.

Anonymous said...

Praying for sweet Ivy and her recovery, and for your strength during this time. Just prayers for all of you.

The Harlicka Family said...

Mary, praying for everything you have asked for Ivy, you and more! Asking friend's and family to do the same! Much love coming yours and Ivy's way!!!

Rebekah said...

Praying for Ivy. Praying that her strength be renewed and that none of her tests today reveal anything to cause alarm.
Praying for you and your whole family as you stand by Ivy on her road to recovery.

Anonymous said...

Praying for sweet baby girl for wakefulness soon and for breathe to fill her lungs again and praying for strength for you Mary and for your family.

Shauna said...

Praying for your sweet Ivy Joy. Praying she will wake up soon. I pray for peace for her mama that surpasses all understanding.

Trumbullfamily said...

Lord, you love our Ivy as you love all children,
Bring healing to Ivy who is not well.
Stay by her side and comfort her through this trying time.
Keep us ever mindful of your loving presence
Bless us with your powerful healing and comfort us also.
Thank You for hearing our prayer!

Stefanie said...

On my knees for Ivy and her mama.

kim647 said...

May God lift this precious Baby girl to better health. Praying for her.

Unknown said...

Lord we stand in the gap for this precious child, her mama and for all who love her and are caring for her even now. you do not miss a detail but we need you now for strength, for wisdom and above all for healing.
Please God send angels to Ivy's room as we write and pray. That your presence will be felt. Send your comfort, your peace, your healing, your love. We intercede for this precious mama who needs the strength only YOU can Give. we thank you Jesus for holding this little lamb in your hands. Continue to give her what she needs for her full and complete recovery. We thank you for what you have done and FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO!!
we love you Jesus and we know you love this child more than all of us can fathom. THANK YOU for your grace and mercy.

John & Michelle said...

I don't believe for a moment that Ivy can't wake up to breathe on her own!!! No Way! I won't pretend to have a clue what life is like in your shoes right now - I have no idea! What I do know is that princess Ivy has been on such a huge journey {for the Lord} and her little body needs rest right now! HE alone knows the perfect moment to wake her up with a bright smile on her sweet face! HE directed you all to Boston and I'm so thankful for that! Will continue to pray and believe in complete healing for Ivy Joy!

cathy said...

Lord we stand in the gap for this precious child, her mama and for all who love her and are caring for her even now. you do not miss a detail but we need you now for strength, for wisdom and above all for healing.
Please God send angels to Ivy's room as we write and pray. That your presence will be felt. Send your comfort, your peace, your healing, your love. We intercede for this precious mama who needs the strength only YOU can Give. we thank you Jesus for holding this little lamb in your hands. Continue to give her what she needs for her full and complete recovery. We thank you for what you have done and FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO!!
we love you Jesus and we know you love this child more than all of us can fathom. THANK YOU for your grace and mercy.

The Simmons Family said...

Prayers that Ivy just needs more time to get these meds out of her tiny body. Praying that neuro finds nothing concerning and TIME is all she needs. Hugs.

Teresa said...

Dear lord I pray you allow Ivy to start to show signs that she is going to wake up and be the healthy little girl that her family has prayed for! As a nurse I know how hard it is Lord for parents to wait, and watch, and hope and to repeat the process. I also know that Ivy has A LOT of meds on board and what she is doing is normal. I pray Lord you wrap your arms around her mama, let her know you are right there with her and that her precious baby girl, a true gift and miracle from you, is going to perfectly ok:) Amen!

Shawn said...

I prayed for little Ivy as I woke up this morning and am praying for her today - for her to wake up soon, for her lung to inflate on its own, for her to be free from any neurological complications, for her to be free of pain and for her quick recovery. Praying for you too - for strength, resilience, and peace beyond all understanding.
Love to you and Ivy joy!

Jane Doe said...

God, please allow little Ivy's body to heal and for her to wake up soon and give her mom and the rest of her family and friends the peace of mind that they are so desperate for.

Dianne said...

We are all concerned over here. Huge prayers for sweet Ivy and her loved ones! I know God is listening.

Karrie said...

Praying for healing in Ivy. Praying for strength in you. I can't even imaging your struggles. May God breathe life and JOY back into your sweet child.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, where do I begin. I am praying for you and for baby Ivy. She is beautiful girl! I have sat in your seat, I sat there saying all that you said today and more. I cried next to an isolete asking god to heal and telling my sweet baby boy that it was OK for him to give up and go be with God in Heaven. It was ok for him to stop fighting because I didn't want to be greedy and him suffer because I wanted a baby so badly. I have sat where you sit today. I am praying for you and Gods hands to reach down and touch the doctors who will help Ivy wake up and hug you soon.

TDE said...

Dear Heavenly Father, your timing is perfect and I pray that your perfect will be done for Ivy. I pray that she wakes up soon. I pray that when she wakes up that she is not anxious or afraid. I pray that her neurology report is perfect. Strengthen and heal her body, from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet. Heavenly Father, please give strength, comfort and peace that passes all understanding to Mary. Let her feel your loving arms around her. Continue to carry her through Ivy's recovery. Please grant wisdom and discernment for all of Ivy's surgeons and nurses. Give them the actions and words needed to provide the absolute best care for sweet baby Ivy. I thank you Lord for how far you have brought Ivy and for the wonderful future you have planned for her. Please continue to let your light shine through this precious child.
In Jesus' holy name I pray.

Ladyblog said...

Praying for IVY JOY to wake up, breathe on her own, and for her to be healed in the name of our Savior and Lord! Please Lord give Ivy's Mama strength and peace and the knowledge that people around the world are praying for sweet little Ivy Joy and her family! May we prayer warriors be the encouragement to Mary's weary soul and storm the gates of heaven on behalf of the Sammons family. I'm believing in the name of the Lord that Ivy Joy will wake up soon and be herself and you will all be able to rejoice together. I'm also going to fast for the rest of the day and I hope others will too! There is NOTHING more important than blessings from the Lord and Ivy is such a blessing. Hugs!

Sara said...

Praying and praying and praying...
Sending love and hugs your way too!
Sara

Stacia said...

Prayers said and will continue to flow.

Abbie said...

Praying for God to allow Ivy to wake up and open her eyes to see her mama. Praying for strength for mama when you feel completely drained.

Di said...

I will be praying that little Ivy starts to come too - that all the tests show everything is good and she it just about to wake....

Susan said...

God, I speak healing over this situation right now...that Ivy Joy will WAKE UP! That her lung will be healed, that her body will line up with Your Word from her head to her toes and she will be filled with LIFE!!! Thank you for breathing Your breath into her and restoring all that's been asleep. And I lift up Mary to you, God...Thank you for giving her such a POWER-FILLED Mother's heart that never waivers or doubts but rests in who You are in her life!!! I DECLARE a supernatural new wave of PEACE, LOVE, STRENGTH, AND ASSURANCE over Mary, and that You would flood her with Your Presence right now. Thank you for blessing this precious family! In Jesus' Name

dhm78 said...

Praying that both Ivy and and her Momma feel God's healing touch and for peace to felt by the whole family.
God's Blessing,
holly:)

Jennifer said...

Lord Jesus, I cry out to you right now for precious Ivy. God I pray that you will breathe life into her right now. I pray that you will help her to wake up. I pray that the neurology report comes back normal. I pray that Ivy will heal quickly Lord Jesus.

I also lift up Mary to you Lord. I pray that you will help her to rest in you! I pray Lord Jesus that her faith will be renewed!

Psalm 34
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Ladyblog said...

Isaiah 58:8

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Lindsey said...

Mary,

What you are going through requires something beyond the limits of human strength. My daughter had two brain surgeries over the summer, and I remember feeling like the bottom had fallen out underneath me. There were times I didn't know where the strength to make it to the next minute would come from. Your situation with Ivy is longer and more complicated and ours was, so I can't even imagine how you are feeling.

I will pray of course for Ivy's little body: that the echo shows good news, that the neuro team has no cause for concern, that her lung begins to function better, that she wakes up when the time is right and she is calm. I will pray for YOU: the strength to make it through each day, even if you have to take it minute by minute, gratitude, rather than desperation, to fill your heart, and the ability to reframe your scary thoughts and feelings into peaceful ones.

In some of the scariest moments with my daughter's medical issues, when I was overcome with pure fear, I would go back to square one and think of all the things that had gone RIGHT in her life. All the details that had brought us together and to the place we were at currently. When I looked at the big picture, it helped me see that we were just where we were supposed to be. Our little girl had not beaten all the odds so far for no reason, and neither has yours.

Our family has continued to keep yours in our thoughts and prayers.

Lindsey

Living Benson said...

I was praying before falling asleep last night, I woke up praying this morning and will continue to pray for your precious Ivy. Praying for her, for her family. Praying they are all held closely, find peace from worries and that Miss Ivy bless her family with those bright eyes they are waiting to see.

Today I will be sure to stop at church and light a candle for Ivy and one for her mama too. I will have them burn until they go home.

So many prayers sent your way,
Wendy

Lori said...

Thank you Lord, that you never sleep. Thank you that we know that because you watch over even the sparrows, you certainly watch over the treasure of our precious Ivy. Lord, help us in those deep places of unbelief and replace them with a greater faith than we've ever known. Thank you Lord for the glimmers of hope you've given along the way in keeping Ivy alive, not only to get her home from China, but even for the precise number of days she needed to bring her to this place of help.... for the surgeon's eyes to see stiches that needed to be clipped... for the calmness that floods over Ivy when her mommy is near. We choose to trust you today and find comfort knowing that you were involved in every detail that led to this moment. I pray Lord that you would have mercy on Mary in these moments of overwhelming weakness and give her another comforting glance into all you are doing in the "unseen". Thank you, Lord, especially... that your grace is sufficient for this very moment, and for all the moments to come.... for Ivy... for Mary... and for all of us that have come to love her so much! Give us all overwhelming joy in places where it is least expected. And let that joy cause the unbelieving world to wonder at such great a God as YOU! We are convinced that regardless of how You choose to answer our prayers, Your glory will be on full display. May it shine brighter now, than ever!

Praying for you, precious friend! Lori McCary

Anonymous said...

Lots of prayers for Ivy and your whole family.

Sarah said...

I cannot imagine what you're going through. I will be lifting up Ivy in prayer as often as I think of her, which is a lot.

My Little Monkey said...

Praying for you and Ivy!!!!!

Dan and Karen said...

Reaching out to Jesus on behalf of Ivy today. God breathe life into her body, wake her up and bring her back.

LaKasha Strickland said...

Sweet Savior, I bow before you now and ask that you use this journey for Ivy's new beginning. Lord has our creator I ask that you are creating as she sleeps. I thank you for this times when you draw us in so close to you that we are unable to miss the miracle. Show all your glory and power, when all are watching so closely that we see your the giver of life. I pray that you speak over her and command perfect life and function into her body. We proclaim that you are Lord of Lords and Kings of Kings! That you have a perfect plan with perfect timing. I pray for understanding of that in the waiting time Lord God for her family. I lastly ask for the Holy spirit to comfort and strengthen trust in her parents hearts.

Anonymous said...

Today I had a CT scan for a minor should issue. As I laid there staring at the scanner, I used the time to pray for Ivy's healing and your strength. She's come so far - can't wait for God's healing of this little candy corn

Anonymous said...

Praying continually for you, sweet Ivy Joy! (and your family, too)

xoxo Deb

Renee said...

I'm praying right now Mary for Ivy.

Praying she will begin to wake up and responsed to her momma. And I'm praying for the doctors and nurses to have the widsom and knowledge to take perfect care of this precious baby and you to have all the strength and wisdom you need at this time too.

Rachel said...

God, right now I speak life and healing to Ivy's body in the name of Jesus! Your word says that healing is the children's bread and Ivy belongs to you and receives every right as your child. I speak restoration to her heart and lungs. I agree with so many who are praying for her to fully wake up today! I pray strength, peace and grace over Mary and the family. I thank you Lord for what you're doing even as I type this prayer. To you be all the glory, in Jesus Name, Amen!

DiJo said...

Dear Heavenly Father,
I praise you for the way you have protected Ivy Joy. For the family you chose for her, for the journey that led her to the bed she lies in today.. You are the Master Physician.. Today I cry out to you for your precious daughters.. For Ivy Joy who needs your Healing Hands to restore her body, her lungs her heart and her brain to function the way that you intended them to... For her precious mother who needs your strength alone to get through every second of this wait.. It is her hearts desire that Ivy Joy be healed this side of Heaven Lord. Please wake her up.. Please breathe into her tiny little lungs.. Please don't let there be any neuro issues going on... Ivy Joy is fearfully and wonderfully made.. By you!!!! Just as you know every hair on her raven head, you know the inner-workings of her body.. You knit her together... Please Lord, make her whole again... Here, and today! Thank you for Dr. Baird, for his team, for the amazing staff who are caring for Ivy Joy.. Give them the wisdom that only you can share! In all of it, our prayer is to glorify you! Thank you for loving this family Lord.. Now we beg you to do more than that.. Please make all things new today Lord.. This is my prayer.. And, it is Jesus's name that I ask this of you! Amen

The Byrd's Nest said...

Praying for all of you...praying that you can feel our prayers and that we are Aaron to you...our Moses and we will hold your arms up when you are too weary to lift them up any longer. Praying for her precious eyes to open soon so she can see her Mommy. I know she hears your voice! We love you and continue to lay you at the foot of the throne...

Lotte en Eugene said...

All the way from Europe, we are thinking of your little girl. We wish for a long, happy and healthy life, and a lot of strength for her mommy to go trough all of this. A warm hug from a mom who has been trough a lot also with her China-girl

Tracy said...

Mary, Ivy and All, I have not commented yet, but have reading, praying and giving my heart to Ivy's recovery. Dear God, I pray that you hear the prayers of the many, mine included to breathe life into Ivy Joy, to bless us with another of your miracles and hold up Mary and all of Ivy's family as they walk this path. Be gentle Lord with this family and continue to shower them with your love.

DiJo said...

Mary.....

Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Mark 10:27
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

Love,
Diana

grammaC said...

I am decreeing right now (in Job it says to decree a thing and it will be established)...healing rain to fall in Ivy's hospital room. Decreeing by the blood of the Lamb that she will wake up, her lungs will be normal, no negative reports from any tests, and that she will be a radiant testimony of what our God can do. In the name of Jesus. Selah.

grammaC said...

Decreeing for Ivy to wake up, all tests to be normal, lungs strong and healthy, strength and peace for the family, and by the Blood of the Lamb Ivy is healed and whole!

Denise said...

Mary, I am praying that our precious Lord will heal sweet Ivy; that she she will wake up neurologically intact and her lungs will be full. I pray for you that He will wrap his arms around you. Hugs, Denise

3 Peanuts said...

Lifting Ivy up right now that she will wake up with JOY!

stephanie said...

praying to God with all my heart that the beautiful miracle baby opens her eyes to her momma. Praying for strength for you Mary and your whole family....
xo Stephanie

One Happy Mama said...

Prayed for Ivy Joy. We pray for her daily <3 ... God's got this! - Nancy

Anonymous said...

Hebrews 10:23 is what I am praying over Ivy Joy today (and you Mama!)...Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised IS FAITHFUL.

Anonymous said...

Mary, in prayer I am and will continue!! "The Lord gives His People strength. The Lord blesses them with peace" Psalms 29:11Blessings and HUGS,too, Cathy in Illinois!!

Shay Ankerich said...

Dear Jesus! PLEASE heal Ivy Joy and strengthen Mary this very moment. Give them both all they need for right now. We praise You in all things and pray for the team taking care of IJ. Be real to them and let Mary FEEL your presence right there with her. Bless with Your almighty power!!!
In Jesus' Name I pray,
Amen

Edem Up said...

I stumbled upon your blog months ago, as we are looking into adopting from China. I check it everyday and am praying for sweet Ivy. You are one strong mama and I know God is going to do great things for this sweet girl. Praying for you now for strength and for Ivy to wake up and be better than ever!

Heather N said...

I have been praying for Ivy since near the beginning of your journey. This sweet precious child...words just escape me to tell you how much I want her to run, laugh, play, and be well...for this I pray, every time she comes to my mind during the day. I don't even know you in person, but I am an adoptive Momma and we are all in this together as His children. I followed your blog through the first heart surgery and I thought all was fine and I went on with my life. Something told me to come back and take a peek at your blog and it happened to be THE DAY that this round of surgeries started. Maybe you needed just one more prayer warrier. I will pray and pray for you and for her.

Carmen said...

Praying Mary that baby girls wakes up and starts on the path of healing and that God gives you the comfort and strength you need. That you feel His presence strongly carrying you through this time.

cici said...

May God give little Ivy a gentle wake up kiss and Mom a reassuring hug.
Ivy's name is shared in the adoration chapel at Church, so many Angels can pray too.
xoxo

Anonymous said...

Mary, Ivy and dedicated medical staff, my mother taught me this prayer a long time ago. I recite it every day and share it with you today.
May the light of God surround you.
May the love of God enfold you.
May the power of God protect you.
May the presence of God watch over you.
Wherever you are God is and all is well.

I hold all of you in prayer for Gods highest good.

Jennifer said...

Praying that God gives your precious baby girl the strength to open her eyes and breathe on her own. Praying for strength for you and your family during this difficult time.

Suzette said...

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Prov. 3:5-6

May the Joy of the Lord be your strength.

Praying that the Great Physician will heal Ivy Joy and fill you to overflowing with the Love that ONLY He can provide.

Lord Jesus, I pray that you will raise Ivy Joy up for your purpose, that You might show Your power and that Your name might be proclaimed in all the earth. Exodus 9:16


Mary Beth said...

Praying for your sweet girl.

Joanna said...

Dear Lord Jesus we know we never walk alone that you are always with us. I pray that Mary feels your presence with her. That she gains strength as you carry her and Ivy Joy through this hard time. I pray to you for Ivy Joy's healing. Please awaken Ivy Joy, heal her lung and protect her from any neurological problems.
Amen
Mary I have followed your journey since shortly after you came home. Please know that so many are thinking of you and praying for you and sweet Ivy Joy.

Ani said...

I am praying that your baby girl will wake up, that her lungs will be healed and that there is no neurological damage/issues. I am praying that you are bathed in peace and love and strength to endure these difficult days and weeks.
Hugs.

meghan said...

These devotionals helped me when our little girl was in the hospital. I pray it encourages you,too.

http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/20077?src=devo-email

Paula said...

Praying for your precious Ivy Joy, and for her Mommy, that God gives you both the strength you need. One to heal and awaken, the other, to find the peace and courage needed to get through this most difficult and trying wait. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Before He formed Ivy in the womb, He knew her. He knew the plans He had for her. Plans to give her hope and a future.

Anonymous said...

God, Heal miss Ivy as only you can do. We love her and know that you can do all things...I don't doubt that for a moment. Breathe life into sweet Ivy.

Jboo said...

Praying for your sweet baby.

janet

Bebe said...

My Emma (Hangzhou, DOB 12/26/08, Gotcha Day 8/18/10) and I are praying for her healing so "Emma can play with Baby Ivy".

Kelly said...

Oh Lord! You ARE able to do far more than we can ever imagine! Praying for your healing hands on this precious living miracle in our midst! I pray for the peace that passes all understanding for her family as they wait. Lord, in all this, may YOUR name be GLORIFIED!!!

Sharon said...

Oh Mary, my heart is heavy right with yours. Praying specifically for Ivy to open those beautiful eyes and for her to be herself, that she will begin to breathe without assistance except for oxygen and that her collapsed lung would improve and that you Lord would help ease Ivy's mama heart and comfort her family as they are going through this trials. Please Lord help guide the nurses and doctor's in as they help Ivy navigate her way back to us. In Jesus name we pray fervently and unceasingly-Amen!

Hugs to you Mary!

Anonymous said...

My heart is breaking for you and even as I write this I am asking God to bless your sweet Ivy with a full recovery. This tiny girl has already been through more than anyone should have to endure in their entire lives. May you be blessed with many, many years with your sweet Ivy Joy. Sending love and prayers from Prince Edward Island.

Anonymous said...

I have been praying for Ivy and will continue! God is listening!

The Stiffs said...

Praying. Just praying.

Joy Altman said...

Our Jesus, Who created and sustains little Ivy, who knows and sees every cell in her body . . . we cry to You. It is in You, Lord Jesus, that Ivy lives and moves and has her being. Breathe Your breath of life into her. Bring wholeness to her body and mind. Please bring peace and sustenance to her mama as she waits and trusts in You. We praise You, Faithful One, for You are good and You are God.

Jean said...

Praying for your sweet beautiful girl to wake up, open her eyes, and breathe on her own.

Praying, praying, praying

Anonymous said...

PRAYING IN GEORGIA!!!!!

MOM OF FAB FIVE

Lynnea said...

In Jesus name...breathe new life into Ivy's lungs and let her breathe on her own.
Please give her Mama renewed strength and wisdom. And please be with the Daddy and family at home.
Father, this a very hard thing to walk through...please carry Ivy and her precious family in your arms. And may they feel your strong embrace.
In your precious name, Amen.

Anonymous said...

Father God, we come before you in the MIGHTY name of Jesus for precious Ivy, Mary, and her entire loving family. Hebrews 7:25 tells us that Jesus always lives to intercede for us, so Father we ask in His name for healing of this sweet girl.

Kim said...

Prayers from Tampa tonight that Ivy will wake up soon and will continue growing stronger each day.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, Please let Ivy Joy wake up very soon. Please let her be happy and healthy. Please be with her mama and bring her continued peace and comfort. Lord please hear our prayer for sweet Ivy. In Jesus name I pray, Amen

Teachn18 said...

Praying for God to breathe new life and strength into Ivy. I'm praying mightly for no neuro damage, and for all functions to be fully restored. May he grant you the strength to fight this fight for and with Ivy! Continuing to pray for you and your family...in his name always!

Krissy

Anonymous said...

Hoping and praying in Western New York for your miracle girl. My special needs miracle girl (also from China)wants to see "the China Baby" everyday. She says, "awww, she gets that off (meaning tubes and dressings) and be all better".

Lesanne said...

Praying, praying, praying for all your prayers to be answered!!!!! Praying and wishing and hoping that your little one will open her eyes and be smiling at you very very very soon.
Always in our thoughts, Leslie and Julianna

LaRita said...

Praying for a full immediate healing of your sweet baby and strength and joy be restored to you!

Anonymous said...

Come on sweet Ivy, pull through baby girl! Praying for you! You can do this Ivy! We are all pulling for you! Love from another China beauty family in Ohio!

Jen said...

I have prayed for Heavenly Father to heal your sweet girl, to return her to you in full health, and that you might receive the peace and strength you need to make it through this trial. God bless you all, and especially little Ivy.

Anonymous said...

Praying for Ivy for her to be able to breathe on her own and that there are no neurological concerns. Praying for your strength as well. I have been thinking and praying for you all the whole day.
Vanessa

Anonymous said...

Dear God,

Today your strength is needed by this family, in ways most of us cannot comprehend.

Please lend your healing, your love and most importantly, your support to little Ivy and her wonderful family.

Please give them hope and help to bring Ivy back to health.

Please take care of this little girl. She needs you.

Anonymous said...

Just read this during my quiet time today and underlined it. I hope it helps in some way.... Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning." My bible summarized this verse by saying "He poured out his heart to God because he was certain of his love and care--more certain than night watchmen were that night would end and dawn would come." Praying for your family and that sweet baby girl! Brandi in SC

K said...

Praying for healing, comfort and peace.

sierrasmom said...

Dear God...Please use your healing heart to completely heal little Ivy. It is time for her to wake up. I pray and ask that she have no neurological issues and that she begins to breath on her own. this I ask in Jesus' name!!

Hugs to you Mary
Kathie

Hoots Momma said...

Holy most righteous Father, I come to you and ask for complete and perfect healing for Ivy. Lord I pray in Jesus name that your will would be done and that you will receive the honor and glory. Lord I pray that you will bring endurance and comfort beyond measure to mom and dad and i pray that you will surround them with people that will be the hands and feet to them during this time. Lord be with mom and dad so that they can be the light and others will be drawn to you. Lord let that one person see somethign in them that is so good they can't turn away from your light. God I pray that you will guide the doctors and give them your mighty wisdom to work a miracle in Ivy. God we know you are the great healer. Father we know that you never leave us or forsake us in time of need. We are crying out to you tonight in unity to heal Ivy. God in Jesus powerful and holy name heal this child.

Anonymous said...

I believe with my whole heart that this is part of the journey in God's perfect plan for precious Ivy Joy!
I believe He knows exactly what Ivy needs and I am specifically praying that Ivy's doctors will seek and Clearly Hear God's voice as they move forward in caring for Ivy.
I am praying that the peace that surpasses all understanding would strengthen Mary today and in the days to come.

Thank you Jesus for bringing Ivy this far and we ask Lord Jesus that we will all continue to trust you as we wait to see your perfect plan unfold!

Jess and family

Sarah B. said...

Just started reading your blog a week ago, and your little Ivy has snagged my heart. She has my prayers for complete healing and a return of her spunk! And you have my prayers too, for rest and healing to your momma's heart.
God Bless,
Sarah in San Francisco

Fannie said...

God I know that you can do anything and I pray for this family. I pray for this little girl, that you will care for her & heal her. I pray that you will provide comfort and hope to her mommy. Lord help Mary to feel your presence and know that you are right there beside her in every trial. Lord I know that you know everything about this little girl as you know the number of hairs on our head. You know why she is still sleeping and lord I pray that you protect her and heal her little body. I pray that you provide Mary with reassurance through the neurology evaluation. Most Of all lord, take care of little ivy joy. Give her the strength to get through this and to spend her life as a living testament to all you can do when we put our faith and trust in you. Heal her lord.

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Savi said...

I am praying for protection for her little brain, that she would wake up, that her lungs would be healed, and that her heart and body would heal with miraculous speed, and that God will watch over you, Ivy, and your family and strengthen all of your hearts.

Joanne said...

I have in fact walked in your shoes and have been EXACTLY where you are. Mei is from Shaanxi and has extremely complex heart disease. Mei also, had been on so much paralysis, pain and even antipsychotic meds (from being in the the ICU for so many months....) that she would not wake up either. Sometimes she would stare off into space and drool. Our lowest point for sure. Neurology came to see us and explain that she might never improve or that she might slowly wake up. One day she started pushing on my husband with her foot, even while gaze was so removed. Then she started signing g a little bit and finally smiles came. I am not telling you that everything will be fine.....I know the reality too well. However, I am telling you that there is reason for hope. Keep talking to her....Ivy is in there trying to see through a heavy fog of meds and trauma. Please, if you need support or need to ask questions or advice, please contact me. Mei spent three months in ICU recovering from a surgery that very few have survived and none her age. You are walking a difficult lonely road.....I always have felt so humbled that God chose me to love and take care of Mei, but very few understand the roller coaster that recovery is. My email is wheresella@yahoo.com. Be well , my prayers are for your strength and Ivy's awareness. Love to both of you from Mei-Ni and Joanne.

Mandy said...

Oh, LORD God, fill Ivy's room with Your palpable presence. Sing over little Ivy the songs of Your heart for her and hold her mama, too. Lord, guide the doctors and staff in Your power and wisdom. Lord, wake Ivy up...touch her and heal her, breathe strength back into her little body which You created for Your glory and praise.

Zeph 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

In Your precious and powerful name...Amen

Mandy said...

Oh, LORD God, fill Ivy's room with Your palpable presence. Sing over little Ivy the songs of Your heart for her and hold her mama, too. Lord, guide the doctors and staff in Your power and wisdom. Lord, wake Ivy up...touch her and heal her, breathe strength back into her little body which You created for Your glory and praise.

Zeph 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

In Your precious and powerful name...Amen

Sarah said...

Praying for Ivy and have posted this on Facebook as well. I don't know how to quote scripture as a Catholic but surely know how to go on my knees in prayer for your beautiful, precious, miracle of a baby girl! Also keeping your mama heart in my prayers too... I know the doctors can't help you with yours right now...

FROG!

Carrie Lantry said...

Just wanted to let you know that I am praying right now for your little beauty and you. Blessings from the Lantry Family

Annette Duty said...

Mary - you are 100% correct in that none of us truly understand what you're going through. While some have similar experiences, you have been clearly through so much on this one and my prayer to God is that he continue to guide the doctors, help all to know just what this sweet angel needs, and that God breathes live into sweet Ivy Joy. Each day I look at my Alexandria and my heart aches for you because no matter what, your angel is not home and fully healthy. I pray to our God that it is His plan to heal her little body. I pray for little Ivy's eyes to open and for both of you to come home soon. I truly hug Alexandria harder and pray that soon you will be here and all will be well. I have no concept of how you do it but I do pray and pray hard for sweet Ivy Joy to wake up and heal from our Father's touch.

God please heal Ivy Joy and bring them home soon all healthy, safe and sound.

Anonymous said...

Praying for Ivy and for Mary. - Dale in Baltimore

Paige said...

oh sweet Mary, I lift your baby up to our God, that he will continue to work a miracle in her little body, that he will give you perseverance and peace and knowledge that he is right beside you all the way. I ask for good health for you and strength to keep up with the days you are struggling through. I ask that God will totally heal Ivy's lungs and hold each molecule of her being in his hands and direct each and every part of her precious body to work in the way he made it to. Hugs my friend!!!! I am crying with you as you make it through each of these hard days without your family with you.

my3 kids said...

Praying for strength and for ivy to wake and be able to breath on her own. Love and hugs - Janice

Anonymous said...

Praying every time I think of Ivy and that is very frequent. May she wake fully soon to begin to heal. This little girl deserves so much and I pray she will soon be able to recover and fully enjoy the life she so needs without any suffering. I pray she will truly enjoy the love of being with her family. Continuing to pray for the skill of the doctors and nurses to heal her. Dear good God hear my prayers and those of so many wil hold Ivy in our hearts.

Ro, Ro, sa, ta, and so said...

Praying specifically for Ivy's complete healing here on earth. Also praying for strength for her sweet mama. xoxo

the meaklims said...

Ivy Joy... you were given this life, from the Lord. My prayer today is that the Lord brought you your Mommy from the US for a purpose, for a reason, an that reason is so that the Lord sees fit to restore you to a full life, a life that is full of Birthdays and Christmas and Halloween, and playing and laughing and loving and of course, being an imp. Everything that makes your parents hearts soar with joy.

We have prayed SO hard for you, and we continue to... because your poor sweet Mama and Baba... we have no idea what they are going through... but the Lord does.

May he give you grace and strength.

I hate to personalize this, but need to tell you this... just last week we were told that Phebe would probably need minor keyhole surgery to fix her VSD. You know, I knew Phebe would need this and yet, I walked away from that appointment feeling drained and emotional. And then, I thought of you, dear sweet Mary. I did. And I cried for everything you and your family have been through. And I am sitting here crying now, for your sweet Ivy Joy.

I wish you peace in this storm. I wish for the Lord to wrap His loving arms around your family and give you strength and hope and joy.

((hugs)) Praying.
Jill

Jen said...

Praying for sweet Ivy

Ellie said...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13 NIV

Praying.

xo ellie

Jennifer said...

Claiming full healing for Ivy Joy, in Jesus name!
Praying you will feel His constant presence.
Jennifer - mother to two daughters born in China

Anonymous said...

Praying for strength and rest for you and for healing for your baby girl. For her to wake up and smile at you....

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Psalm 107:28-30 "Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and He brought them to their desired haven"

Sweet Mary,
With all of my heart, I am standing in the gap... crying out to the Lord on behalf of Ivy Joy...

Love and blessings,
Robin

Alison @ Notyetwhatweshallbe.wordpress.com said...

I'm praying that Ivy's little body is recovering from all of this trauma and all of these drugs and that she wakes up SOON and continues on this amazing road to recovery. And I'm praying for continued sustenance and strength for you!!

Amy said...

Praying that Ivy wakes up very soon and makes a quick recovery. Praying for you to be refueled. God Bless you and your sweet girl.

Anonymous said...

Praying from CO that your precious baby girl would wake up, breath on her own, and be perfectly healed!

Unknown said...

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Sweet little Ivy Joy, You've been asleep for too long, my prayer is that the loving voice of Jesus will awaken you so you can live the beautiful life He created you to live.

Anonymous said...

Praying for precious Ivy and her family. Praying that she will have a successful recovery, Wendy

ashley said...

Praying tonight for Ivy Joy. Praying that the Holy Spirit bring God's healing power and mercy to her. May she rest in His palm, embraced by His strength, while she sleeps before she wakes.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, come and see what the Lord has done, be still and know that I am God.
psalm 46

love and prayers, Ashley

Anonymous said...

praying for you daughter Ivy and you.

Anonymous said...

Praying for God to stay beside Ivy and bring her gently out of her sleep and restore her to excellent health. Prayers for peace and rest and joy for her family.

Anonymous said...

Praying for healing for your sweet Ivy Joy and that you find continued strength to walk through this. Love to you all-

Heather said...

Heavenly Father, Place your hands around this family. Heal Ivy, guide her physicians, and hold up her family. I pray that she would wake today full of life and joy, and I pray that you would bring peace to her mama. I pray that you would hear the prayers of my heart and of her mama's as words are failing. In your name, Amen.

Sarah said...

Praying for you and your sweet baby girl. Praying she is getting what she needs while she sleeps. Praying God will be abundantly present in every step and that you will clearly see Him at every turn. Praying God will continue to be glorified and those in the hospital and in your family's life will be moved by this living and breathing testimony you are walking out together. Praying for Ivy's full restoration and for your Mama heart!

Shannon said...

OH Lord....
Thank you that you hold Ivy Joy right in the palm of your hand. Please, please, please strengthen her lungs, breathe fresh new life into her heart, lungs and mind. Lord I pray that you would protect her from all damage and that as she is in this state you would be speaking your promises to her over and over that she would feel safe and know that she is so deeply loved.
Amen

....I will be at Cardiology appointments for Miss Georgia Mei and will be praying for Ivy Joy as I go.
Hugs & Prayers,
Shannon

Linda said...

Take comfort that Ivy is a vine. No, she does not look like she has mighty oak trunk, but those thin tendrils are amazingly strong and will send health giving roots into the smallest crevices. Ivy can appear dormant before you discover new growth and healing.

Kristi said...

I am committing to pray specifically for Ivy today. I will pray that she wakes up. I will pray that the neurologist finds nothing wrong. And I will pray for complete healing.

What can I do for you? What do you need? There is only so much one momma can take. I know you have family and "real" friends but is there anything I can do from Chicago for you?

Kathy said...

Praying in Phoenix.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jesus,Please, we all beg you to give IVY the strength to wake up.Lord Jesus I pray that you give the family an extra measure of strength and courage to each and every one of them. All for your glory!!!

Carrie G. in MN said...

I am praying for Ivy. I am praying for her to feel all of the love and the hope that surrounds her. I pray she will find the strength to open her eyes so that at least some of the worry in your heart is taken away. I pray God holds Ivy very delicately in His healing hands and lets her know she will be alright. I pray Ivy knows how strong and how speical of a girl she is.
Ivy has been on my mind for so long now. I hope that our prayers reach her and give you strength.

Anonymous said...

Father, I pause to pray for your mercy in restoring and healing Ivy. I pray your tender comfort for her family and your assurance that there is no greater love for Ivy than yours. I pray that you guide special people into their lives to provide for their most urgent needs. I thanks you in advance for the work you are doing and will continue to do in and through the story that is Ivy.

The Godfrey's said...

Precious Savior- we come to you now seeking healing and hope that only you can provide for your wonderful creation, Ivy Joy. We ask that you breathe life into this precious child's lungs and bring ultimate healing that only can come from you. We seek your comfort for this family as they continue to look to you for guidance and rest. Please God- bring healing to this family; please God make your glory known in all things. We praise you for doctors and nurses who bring earthly help and ask that you continue to guide their steps as they care for sweet Ivy Joy. We thank you for your precious child and pray that you continue to hold her so closely in your healing and majestic hands.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Praying for your precious Ivy and for the Lord's comfort, strength, and peace as only Jesus can give to you all.
God's healing...
Daleea

Wife of the Prez said...

Lord, Please heal Ivy Joy and please provide strength to her Momma right now. Please give them some relief Lord. Please hear the prayers of many crying out to you on their behalf.

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Ps. 147:3

 
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