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  1. #1
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    Default More news about Jackson

    Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:03 PM
    Subject: update on Jackson


    Hey family and friends. So many of you have asked me recently if
    there is any new news regarding Jackson's health and progress. It means so
    much to us that you are continuing to pray and remember our son. I was
    waiting to speak with our rheumatologist in Birmingham yesterday while
    Jackson received his IV treatments so that I might have new information to
    share.



    Thankfully, the appointment went very well. The doctor is encouraged
    by Jackson's progress, just as we are. Jackson is now able to walk up
    multiple stairs, to walk longer distances and even run in short bursts of
    energy. He goes to Physical Therapy once a week for stretching and light
    strengthening, and he even asked his therapist to marry him at our last
    visit. He told her that if she would marry him then they could dance at
    their wedding. He is making new friends everywhere we go, and I am so
    blessed by his positive and infectious spirit.



    Jackson's doctor said that his bloodwork came back with more normal
    muscle enzyme levels this time, and by his own assessment, he sees lots of
    improvement in strength and function. Jackson is gaining more weight from
    the high levels of steroids that he takes, but the doctor thinks it is
    within reason and that Jackson is keeping a good diet. Jackson has that
    cute little "moon face" that is so typical of kids on lots of steroids.



    I am especially grateful that the doctor is lowering Jackson's steroid
    dose from 40mg a day to 30 mg a day- still alot, but at least it is moving
    in the right direction now. I am still giving Jackson a shot once a week,
    and as much as he hates it, he is so strong. The shots do give him a little
    fatigue each weekend and some digestive problems, but I am hopeful that his
    body will adjust with time.



    So many of you have asked how to pray specifically for Jackson and our
    family so I want to give some very specific requests for prayer:

    1) Jackson's doctor detected a slight contracture in Jackson's arms.
    Contractures are basically when the muscle shortens permanently due to
    weakness and disuse for so long. A contracture at the elbow means that
    Jackson could potentially not be able to straighten his elbows out as
    completely as most people do. Please pray that with home stretching and
    more aggressive stretching in therapy that this movement would not be
    limited in his elbows, shoulders, hips, knees or ankles.



    2) There is a small percentage of children who do go into remission
    within 2 years of the onset of this disease and who remain in remission for
    the rest of their lives. Please pray with us that this would be the case
    for Jackson. There is no way to predict if a child will have recurring
    flare-ups for the rest of their lives or go into permanent remission, but
    Jackson's positive response to the medications so far is a positive sign.



    3) Pray for me as I go to Romania on Sunday! One of Robert's job
    responsibilites is to help coordinate a group that comes from Alabama to
    Romania to meet with educators, medical teams, orphanages, defense, and
    various other areas to exchange ideas and knowledge. They were gracious
    enough to extend an invitation for me to come on this trip. We will leave
    on Sunday and return on Friday. Jackson and Tanner will be staying with my
    parents in Florida for a few days. Please pray that Jackson's strength and
    energy would remain good, and also that Tanner would do well with his first
    time apart from his momma!



    4)Please pray for us as we are undergoing lots of "little" problems
    lately that just make life more fun! Our bathtub upstairs leaked into our
    downstairs and caused mold in a wall. After weeks of inspections, now a
    mold remediation team is having to come out and demolition our downstairs
    wall and bathroom and use a germicide cleaning agent on everything
    downstairs. Then a contractor can come in and replace the tub upstairs and
    repair everything downstairs. I am told that this could all take weeks, and
    due to Jackson's suppressed immune system, we have to evacuate our home for
    the entire course of the procedure. It is really just a headache, but the
    little things add up and sometimes make us feel a little overwhelmed.



    5)Lastly (yes, there is an end in sight), please pray for our
    Ukrainian babysitter, Violeta, who is coming to live with us at the end of
    June! We miss her so much, and she has graciously accepted our offer to
    come and stay until October just to be a help. She will come after she
    graduates college and pending her visa approval, so please pray with us that
    the details will work out and that she will be able to come soon. She will
    be a big help especially until Robert returns at the end of July.



    OK, that is it for now. Thank you all so much. We are so blessed to
    have the support of wonderful family and friends who do so many unexpected
    things to help us each and every day. We love you all!



    Love, Tracie Griggs




    --
    ************************************************** *********
    Don't worry about tomorrow. God is already there!



  2. #2
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: More news about Jackson

    Prayers are headed your way. God bless.

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    Take out the FISH to email me.
    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:63684$48514166$45491df5$[email protected]..
    > Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:03 PM
    > Subject: update on Jackson
    >
    >
    > Hey family and friends. So many of you have asked me recently if
    > there is any new news regarding Jackson's health and progress. It means
    > so
    > much to us that you are continuing to pray and remember our son. I was
    > waiting to speak with our rheumatologist in Birmingham yesterday while
    > Jackson received his IV treatments so that I might have new information to
    > share.
    >
    >
    >
    > Thankfully, the appointment went very well. The doctor is encouraged
    > by Jackson's progress, just as we are. Jackson is now able to walk up
    > multiple stairs, to walk longer distances and even run in short bursts of
    > energy. He goes to Physical Therapy once a week for stretching and light
    > strengthening, and he even asked his therapist to marry him at our last
    > visit. He told her that if she would marry him then they could dance at
    > their wedding. He is making new friends everywhere we go, and I am so
    > blessed by his positive and infectious spirit.
    >
    >
    >
    > Jackson's doctor said that his bloodwork came back with more normal
    > muscle enzyme levels this time, and by his own assessment, he sees lots of
    > improvement in strength and function. Jackson is gaining more weight from
    > the high levels of steroids that he takes, but the doctor thinks it is
    > within reason and that Jackson is keeping a good diet. Jackson has that
    > cute little "moon face" that is so typical of kids on lots of steroids.
    >
    >
    >
    > I am especially grateful that the doctor is lowering Jackson's
    > steroid
    > dose from 40mg a day to 30 mg a day- still alot, but at least it is moving
    > in the right direction now. I am still giving Jackson a shot once a week,
    > and as much as he hates it, he is so strong. The shots do give him a
    > little
    > fatigue each weekend and some digestive problems, but I am hopeful that
    > his
    > body will adjust with time.
    >
    >
    >
    > So many of you have asked how to pray specifically for Jackson and
    > our
    > family so I want to give some very specific requests for prayer:
    >
    > 1) Jackson's doctor detected a slight contracture in Jackson's arms.
    > Contractures are basically when the muscle shortens permanently due to
    > weakness and disuse for so long. A contracture at the elbow means that
    > Jackson could potentially not be able to straighten his elbows out as
    > completely as most people do. Please pray that with home stretching and
    > more aggressive stretching in therapy that this movement would not be
    > limited in his elbows, shoulders, hips, knees or ankles.
    >
    >
    >
    > 2) There is a small percentage of children who do go into remission
    > within 2 years of the onset of this disease and who remain in remission
    > for
    > the rest of their lives. Please pray with us that this would be the case
    > for Jackson. There is no way to predict if a child will have recurring
    > flare-ups for the rest of their lives or go into permanent remission, but
    > Jackson's positive response to the medications so far is a positive sign.
    >
    >
    >
    > 3) Pray for me as I go to Romania on Sunday! One of Robert's job
    > responsibilites is to help coordinate a group that comes from Alabama to
    > Romania to meet with educators, medical teams, orphanages, defense, and
    > various other areas to exchange ideas and knowledge. They were gracious
    > enough to extend an invitation for me to come on this trip. We will leave
    > on Sunday and return on Friday. Jackson and Tanner will be staying with
    > my
    > parents in Florida for a few days. Please pray that Jackson's strength
    > and
    > energy would remain good, and also that Tanner would do well with his
    > first
    > time apart from his momma!
    >
    >
    >
    > 4)Please pray for us as we are undergoing lots of "little" problems
    > lately that just make life more fun! Our bathtub upstairs leaked into our
    > downstairs and caused mold in a wall. After weeks of inspections, now a
    > mold remediation team is having to come out and demolition our downstairs
    > wall and bathroom and use a germicide cleaning agent on everything
    > downstairs. Then a contractor can come in and replace the tub upstairs
    > and
    > repair everything downstairs. I am told that this could all take weeks,
    > and
    > due to Jackson's suppressed immune system, we have to evacuate our home
    > for
    > the entire course of the procedure. It is really just a headache, but the
    > little things add up and sometimes make us feel a little overwhelmed.
    >
    >
    >
    > 5)Lastly (yes, there is an end in sight), please pray for our
    > Ukrainian babysitter, Violeta, who is coming to live with us at the end of
    > June! We miss her so much, and she has graciously accepted our offer to
    > come and stay until October just to be a help. She will come after she
    > graduates college and pending her visa approval, so please pray with us
    > that
    > the details will work out and that she will be able to come soon. She
    > will
    > be a big help especially until Robert returns at the end of July.
    >
    >
    >
    > OK, that is it for now. Thank you all so much. We are so blessed to
    > have the support of wonderful family and friends who do so many unexpected
    > things to help us each and every day. We love you all!
    >
    >
    >
    > Love, Tracie Griggs
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    > ************************************************** *********
    > Don't worry about tomorrow. God is already there!
    >
    >




  3. #3
    ANN M Guest

    Default Re: More news about Jackson

    It sounds like he is doing a lot better. Will pray for a complete
    recovery for the little guy.
    Ann


  4. #4
    Squirrely Guest

    Default Re: More news about Jackson

    Prayers still coming that way. I hope things continue to recover for him.
    Take care of all of you.


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    I am nuts about you.
    >
    > Hey family and friends. So many of you have asked me recently if
    > there is any new news regarding Jackson's health and progress. It means
    > so
    > much to us that you are continuing to pray and remember our son. I was
    > waiting to speak with our rheumatologist in Birmingham yesterday while
    > Jackson received his IV treatments so that I might have new information to
    > share.
    >
    >
    >
    > Thankfully, the appointment went very well. The doctor is encouraged
    > by Jackson's progress, just as we are. Jackson is now able to walk up
    > multiple stairs, to walk longer distances and even run in short bursts of
    > energy. He goes to Physical Therapy once a week for stretching and light
    > strengthening, and he even asked his therapist to marry him at our last
    > visit. He told her that if she would marry him then they could dance at
    > their wedding. He is making new friends everywhere we go, and I am so
    > blessed by his positive and infectious spirit.
    >
    >
    >
    > Jackson's doctor said that his bloodwork came back with more normal
    > muscle enzyme levels this time, and by his own assessment, he sees lots of
    > improvement in strength and function. Jackson is gaining more weight from
    > the high levels of steroids that he takes, but the doctor thinks it is
    > within reason and that Jackson is keeping a good diet. Jackson has that
    > cute little "moon face" that is so typical of kids on lots of steroids.
    >
    >
    >
    > I am especially grateful that the doctor is lowering Jackson's
    > steroid
    > dose from 40mg a day to 30 mg a day- still alot, but at least it is moving
    > in the right direction now. I am still giving Jackson a shot once a week,
    > and as much as he hates it, he is so strong. The shots do give him a
    > little
    > fatigue each weekend and some digestive problems, but I am hopeful that
    > his
    > body will adjust with time.
    >
    >
    >
    > So many of you have asked how to pray specifically for Jackson and
    > our
    > family so I want to give some very specific requests for prayer:
    >
    > 1) Jackson's doctor detected a slight contracture in Jackson's arms.
    > Contractures are basically when the muscle shortens permanently due to
    > weakness and disuse for so long. A contracture at the elbow means that
    > Jackson could potentially not be able to straighten his elbows out as
    > completely as most people do. Please pray that with home stretching and
    > more aggressive stretching in therapy that this movement would not be
    > limited in his elbows, shoulders, hips, knees or ankles.
    >
    >
    >
    > 2) There is a small percentage of children who do go into remission
    > within 2 years of the onset of this disease and who remain in remission
    > for
    > the rest of their lives. Please pray with us that this would be the case
    > for Jackson. There is no way to predict if a child will have recurring
    > flare-ups for the rest of their lives or go into permanent remission, but
    > Jackson's positive response to the medications so far is a positive sign.
    >
    >
    >
    > 3) Pray for me as I go to Romania on Sunday! One of Robert's job
    > responsibilites is to help coordinate a group that comes from Alabama to
    > Romania to meet with educators, medical teams, orphanages, defense, and
    > various other areas to exchange ideas and knowledge. They were gracious
    > enough to extend an invitation for me to come on this trip. We will leave
    > on Sunday and return on Friday. Jackson and Tanner will be staying with
    > my
    > parents in Florida for a few days. Please pray that Jackson's strength
    > and
    > energy would remain good, and also that Tanner would do well with his
    > first
    > time apart from his momma!
    >
    >
    >
    > 4)Please pray for us as we are undergoing lots of "little" problems
    > lately that just make life more fun! Our bathtub upstairs leaked into our
    > downstairs and caused mold in a wall. After weeks of inspections, now a
    > mold remediation team is having to come out and demolition our downstairs
    > wall and bathroom and use a germicide cleaning agent on everything
    > downstairs. Then a contractor can come in and replace the tub upstairs
    > and
    > repair everything downstairs. I am told that this could all take weeks,
    > and
    > due to Jackson's suppressed immune system, we have to evacuate our home
    > for
    > the entire course of the procedure. It is really just a headache, but the
    > little things add up and sometimes make us feel a little overwhelmed.
    >
    >
    >
    > 5)Lastly (yes, there is an end in sight), please pray for our
    > Ukrainian babysitter, Violeta, who is coming to live with us at the end of
    > June! We miss her so much, and she has graciously accepted our offer to
    > come and stay until October just to be a help. She will come after she
    > graduates college and pending her visa approval, so please pray with us
    > that
    > the details will work out and that she will be able to come soon. She
    > will
    > be a big help especially until Robert returns at the end of July.
    >
    >
    >
    > OK, that is it for now. Thank you all so much. We are so blessed to
    > have the support of wonderful family and friends who do so many unexpected
    > things to help us each and every day. We love you all!
    >
    > Love, Tracie Griggs





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    Nann Bell Guest

    Default Re: More news about Jackson

    how wonderful to hear Jackson is maing progress! I'll continue praying for
    him and his family. They certainly have a lot going on. i admire his mother
    for keeping this all going while looking out for Jackson. They sound like a
    very strong family.

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  6. #6
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: More news about Jackson

    On Jun 16, 10:30 pm, Nann Bell <hanbellGOGAT...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > how wonderful to hear Jackson is maing progress! I'll continue praying for
    > him and his family. They certainly have a lot going on. i admire his mother
    > for keeping this all going while looking out for Jackson. They sound like a
    > very strong family.
    >
    > --
    > Nann
    > remove the Gator cheer to email me
    > Change everything. Love & forgive.


    I am so glad there is improvement and will pray that he is one of the
    remission kids.

    m

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