Tuesday, July 29, 2008

~Update on Isabella~

Photo taken of Isabella by Isabella :-}

Handmade splints by Doctor/therapist for two fingers.
Isa & Sam being silly

My 11 year old Granddaughter Isabella was diagnosed with Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis 3 years ago. Because of this disease she's endured flair ups, surgery, test after test, blood work, medications with shots, splints on hands, wrist (now fingers), braces, shoe inserts, therapy 3 times a week and lots of exercise.
She must now go back to extensive therapy on her hands and wear splints on 6 fingers all the time. If she does not do this she could loose the use of her hands/fingers....
For now the Doctor made temporary splints (more to come) until she gets permanent ones.
So far Isabella is fine with all this. Her Mama is worried sick about her. Poor Mama has not been able to sleep. Say a prayer for her too!
So for now Isabella's not in remission, maybe she will be some day. Until then we pray and Isabella works hard to keep active. Bless her sweet heart, shes such a great kid!
Read about this precious 7 year who wears ring splints and whats she been through....


The Urban Chic said...

Mary, I will pray for Isabella and her mom. She is so beautiful and each time I see a new picture, I feel like I have known her forever. My son and grandson got their mohawk for the summer only, which my generation of boys did 50 years ago. Love and Hugs, Pat

Jackie said...

Mary, my prayers are with Isabella and her mom.

God bless.

Becky said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date. I will continue to send my prayers to all of you.
Hugs and Love

bj said...

May God hold his loving arms around your little Isabella.
Both kids are sooo cute...I know how much you love 'em 'cause I have some, too...
hugs, bj

Julie said...

She is such a brave girl. In her pictures she looks very happy.

I am sending prayers your way - for her, her mom and you.

May she go into remission soon. By the way, I know it is nothing like RA, but splints have really helped my carpal tunnel syndrome. I wear them faithfully every night.

The Urban Chic said...

Mary, forgot to say that I just love your new banner. Wish I could do them like you, but most of my tubes are country and cuties. More prayers for Isabella. Love and Hugs, Pat

Sherry said...

Isabella is such a beautiful girl!! My little sister (who's 40) was dx with rheumatoid arthritis 4 years ago. I know she has been in a lot of pain and I can only imagine what it must be like for a child. God Bless all of you!


Jillian said...

What a little trooper she is! I pray that she beats this someday! She has a strong spirit.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Mary! Prayers have already been said by me for Isabella & for your daughter AND for you, too. It is sometimes harder for the grownups, don't you think? Isa is such a beautiful young lady & STRONG, just remember that!

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Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Mary ~
Thank you for updating us on Isabella ~ It is amazing how fast she is growing ~ I remember when I first met you in blog world and love to see how your grandchildren are growing ~
I will pray for her and her journey ~ I have a cousin who is in her late 40's who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ~ she has 3 children and is a very successful pharmacist at a hospital in California ~
Isabella can be anything and do anything she wants to do ~

Mary said...

Hello Sweet Isabella,You are in my thoughts and Prayer Always. I think you should put some Bling on those fingers. Start a new fashion statement? Smile and say these are more expensive than Diamonds!
Give your Mom and Dad lots of hugs, they just worry about you because they Love you so very much!!!
And that Wonderful Grandma does too...Sending lots of Love, hugs and Prayers. Mary:)

Anna T said...

Hi Mary,
So sorry Isabella is not in remission.She is a lovely girl and has the most beautiful smile.
I will definately pray for her and your daughter and you.

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh Mary I hope that things will soon improve for sweet Isabella
She will be in my thoughts

BugsMom said...

Hi Mary!

I just thought I'd pop by your blog and check it out. :) You have beautiful grandchildren!!! And Isabella looks happy, which is wonderful! I know it can be a struggle for kids who have special medical needs to stay upbeat. Obviously you and her Mother are doing a great job supporting her.

Best of luck with the splinting! Hopefully it will be as helpful as it has been for Bug.


Joyce said...

Hey Mary,
Good to hear from you!!! I love the photos of the kids....Pat's right it does make you feel as if you "know them" when you see their photos. Helps us to pray for them better I think as well because we can "see" them. I know that sounds odd but it's true.

I hate that she's having this flare up. You know I can totally RELATE.....especially since I have been in a battle myself for about the past week. Ugh. This stuff "comes and goes" as it pleases. I don't get it.

I hope she will be doing better soon. Good thing they are "on it" and watching over her.

She's going to be okay. Sounds like she has a very good Dr. that is concerned too!
Keep us posted and I will be praying for her.
I'm thinking of you as well.
Hang in there!!!
Joyce M.
P.S......My nephew just got a mohawk the other day, I dropped him and his sister off at the Mall while I went to physical therapy and when I came to pick them up...there it was. He's made me swear not to tell his Mama....so she can be shocked at the airport when they pick him up Sunday.
EWwwwwww! HA!

a said...

ahh such a beautiful smile;) she's a strong kid Mary:) I can see it, she will be ok!

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Mary,
Continued prayers for precious Isabella, she seems like she has such a sweet sweet spirit about her. I will also keep her Mommy in prayer bless her heart. Hugz Lorie

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Hi Mary,
I will keep your precious Isabella, her Mama & you in my prayers. Bless her heart, she is such a sweet & beautiful little girl, I just love to see her pretty smile!

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Love & Hugs sweet friend,
Carol Anne

Mary said...

The kids look so cute and happy and I know they are in your beautiful garden Mary. Love your plate border edging, teacups and the birghouse fence - your plants looks healthy too!

I was shocked at the cost of the splints - that is unbelievable! I hope things improve soon for Isa, we are remembering her in our prayers daily. What pretty hands and nails she has - and that Sam with his Summer haircut is a cutie pie!

Blessings for the week ahead.
Love, Mary.

Cottage Rose said...

I will keep Isabella in my prayers, she is such a brave girl. She does not show it at all in the photos. She is an inspiration to all. God Bless her. I will keep her Mom and family on my prayer list also. She is so pretty. Have a Blessed week.


Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

There is nothing like a sick or hurting child to just break your heart! I hope things work out for Isabella! She's a real charmer!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh I pray that God will give her a miracle and totally
heal her.
love to you

Amy said...

She is so adorable and such a strong person. She will be looked out for, I know!!

Carol said...

My prayers for this doll-baby! She's just beautiful, Mary!

Donetta said...

Oh sweet child. Oh I feel for her. The Pain to have as a child. She is gain great character in this I think. He ability to have a greater depth of compassion will mature in the struggle. My thoughts and prayers are for and with her.


Hello sweet Mary,
I havent been by in so long and when i finally did today i was thrilled to see Sam and Isabellas gorgoeus faces smiling at me.
Im sorry to hear Isa is having pain and trouble again though. I pray that she will stay strong and that a cure will be hers one day.
She is such a beaituful young lady. I cant believe how much her and Sam have grown :)
They are such beautiful children.

Take Care Mary

Love Shannon xx

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Oh Mary, My heart just broke when I read this. I have a daughter that's 12 and cannot imagine what you all must be going through. I'm amazed at how strong SHE looks...children are like that though aren't they? Both she and Sam are just beautiful. I will remember you all in my prayers! Do drop in to visit with me again soon.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Mary, it is very difficult to understand why children have to endure the health issues that should only come to those as they age. I pray for Isabella and for God to make her better. She is such a lovely girl!!


Lori said...

Beautiful Isa! I hope for the best for that beautiful doll of yours! Lori