Intensive Care Update

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Health,PTSD,Self-Development  

I can not thank you all enough for your prayers. I am so filled with gratitude that Alyssa is alive that words truly escape me. I have been told by numerous physicians, especially given the petite size of my daughter, that it is truly a miracle that she is living. I know that God had his hand in her life and that she has more to do before she leaves this earthly existence.

At this time she is under constant care. She does not remember anything about the last month and no details about any other part of her life. From day to day she forgets everything that happened on the day before. I have to keep explaining to her things that have happened. Alyssa is upbeat and says that she feels as if we are all talking about another girl in a movie because she simply remembers nothing.

Alyssa has lost twenty pounds and appears small and frail almost like a first grade child. As wrought with sorrow for all that has happened, I am so grateful that she is alive.

Please continue to pray for her. It is still too soon to know when she will return home, but I will keep you updated. She has the best doctors caring for her and they are hopeful that this will have a happy ending. I guess I really am weak because my faith waivers in spite of the miracle of her life so far. Thank you again for your well wishes, faith, hope, encouragement and prayers. I hope God blesses each of you.

A happy picture of Alyssa on my birthday this year…

My daughter, Alyssa

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1 Traci May 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

She is in my prayers. May God bless you and grant you both the strength you need to come through this difficult time. All my best to you both.


2 Andrea @ See it! Love it! Win it! May 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

How scary. I'm glad she seems to be out of the woods! Keep us updated as much as you can and be sure to take care of yourself!


3 Vicky May 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

I will continue to keep her in my prayers! I am praying for strength for you and for her sweet spirit to continue to persevere!


4 Home's Where My Heart Is May 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Praise God!!! I will keep praying.



5 Tim @ Families Again May 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I am so glad that she seems to be doing better. I will keep praying!

Tim @ Families Again


6 Chantal May 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

I will continue keeping you both in my prayer. You have a very pretty girl. Take care of yourself.


7 Anna L. Walls May 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I am so glad things seem to be looking up. I have been so worried. I am curious to know the details, but I'll not ask and I'll never mention it again. I know the detail were painful the first time around and to relive them to satisfy my curiosity would be just cruel. You have my best wishes and I'll continue to worry now about both of you since your back is hurting you so much, as if things weren't difficult enough for you.


8 Pam May 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Your beautiful daughter and you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God's Blessings!


9 Rachel May 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Continuing to pray.


10 labbott May 23, 2010 at 1:38 am

Praying for her & for you. Many, many prayer wishes in your BlogFrog post too.


11 Kristen May 23, 2010 at 2:29 am

I'm glad that she is on the mend.


12 KellieS May 23, 2010 at 2:53 am

She is going to be alright…a full recovery. Just wanted to let you know that I feel strongly about this. I see her dancing in a field with all vibrance and life force ready to take on the world.

Love and prayers to you,



13 Teresha@Marlie and Me May 23, 2010 at 3:10 am

Thanks be to God that Alyssa is alive. I'm still praying for her full recovery. I wish so bad that I could be there with you. hang in there lady.


14 Swizz May 23, 2010 at 3:38 am

Great news! Keep us posted when you get a few minutes.

Hugs to you…


15 Tim King May 23, 2010 at 3:51 am

Sounds like a horrific experience, Sherry. I don't know what I would do if something like this happened to one of my daughters. I'm in awe of your strength, and my prayers are still with you. -TimK


16 Marie May 23, 2010 at 4:07 am

That is good news, despite the complications. But those are common after such an experience.

Hang in there and try not to get discouraged when things are hard. 🙂 And if you do feel overhelmed, come here online. Isn't the support amazing?!


17 Vicki May 23, 2010 at 4:23 am

Thank God for his mercy and grace!!

We will keep both you and Alisha in our prayers.


18 kelly May 23, 2010 at 6:15 am

i had been thinking about you and your daughter today. may the healing continue and your faith continue to be strong.


19 Marg May 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

Lots of prayers coming your way for your daughter. This is our first visit to your blog so we missed what happened. We just hope your daughter recovers in good shape.


20 Iosif May 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

I will send my family and enjoy good health than I found your blog! We will read and comment with great pleasure!


21 Natacha May 23, 2010 at 11:20 am

So sorry to hear this has happened, but very happy to hear there is progress in her recovery… you remain in my prayers..


22 Lin May 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

You will both continue to be in my prayers. I hope with each passing day she continues to get stronger.


23 Tree May 23, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Keep that faith, sweetie! I know it's hard when things look so bad, but God is good, and he does work miracles. I know…my mom was told she would die soon…Stage 4 appendix cancer, but through love and prayer from her family and friends, she was found to be cancer-free!!

I'm so glad Alyssa is doing better, and I will continue to keep her in my thoughts and prayers!! 🙂


24 Jess May 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I am glad to hear that your daughter is on the mend. I pray she has a full recovery. God bless you and your family.


25 Oh Sew Good May 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I am believing for a miraculous recovery. Praying that God's peace never leaves your heart and mind during this time. (((hugs)))


26 Elisa V May 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I'm so happy to hear things are looking better. I didn't see your post about your daughter until recently but prayed intensely for her nonetheless. Please keep us updated.


27 Cynthia Schuerr May 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Red, I haven't been on the internet for the last couple of days, so I am just now reading about your daughter. I am so sorry and I am praying for you both. So happy to hear she is out of the woods, but will pray for her continued well-being.


28 Lori May 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

We will continue to pray for your beautiful Alyssa. I think of you every day.


29 Pammy pam May 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

so glad to hear she is on the mend.


30 samsstuff May 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I'm glad to see that she is doing better, we'll keep her in our thoughts!


31 Banteringblonde May 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm

I popped in here straight from Blog Frog – my hope was to find some better news, relieved to hear that things are moving in the right direction. ((hugs and prayers))


32 Amy May 24, 2010 at 12:21 am

Glad to hear she is recovering- will pray.


33 Dena E's Blog May 24, 2010 at 1:38 am

Just decided to pop in here as there were no updates on BF that I could find anyway.. I am SOOOOOO RELIEVED and THANKFUL to The LORD Almighty for His Mighty hand in all of this as He has been the whole time.. My Hubby and I have been praying each night too.
So,,HUGS and Love ya Red,,we will continue to send up prayers for this situation..
Dena in Iowa listening to a storm pass over us..Its a reminder of God and His strength..


34 Barbie May 24, 2010 at 1:50 am

Lifting you up in prayer.


35 a whole lotta love May 24, 2010 at 2:12 am

My love to you and your daughter. May God's love flow through you and may you feel that presence even in these difficult circumstances.


36 bluecottonmemory May 24, 2010 at 4:06 am

Praying, still, for both of you – healing for your daughter – and peace beyond understanding for you and rest – yes, you need rest – good, solid, peaceful refreshing rest!


37 Shawn May 24, 2010 at 4:16 am

Glad she is doing better—I haven't been around in a while—my life is soooo wicked crazy—-but I'm glad that I got over here to catch up. I hope everything continues to look up!


38 Donna1264 May 24, 2010 at 4:29 am

I did not know your daughter was so ill. I will pray for her and you. May God richly bless you.



39 Sr. Ann Marie May 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm

We will be praying for Alyssa's continued recovery–and for strength for you.


40 Michelle, Muffin Tin Mom May 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Oh my word, I had no idea. Have I been living under a rock?

I am so sorry this is happening to you and your sweet daughter.praise God she is alive!

I think it's okay to question our faith. how will we know it will stand the test of a trial, if we don't?

And I think there is a common misconception about Faith-that it is wishing something into existence.-that if we just believe hard enough or want it bad enough it will happen. Not so. Did you know that the same word for faith and belief in the Bible is the word trust? So, having faith is about trusting God, leaning on Him instead of our own strength.

My prayers are with you and your family.


41 mimito5 May 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Sherry, you are not weak in your faith dear, you're just physically and emotionally exhausted. It's times like these that we need to rely on others to "edify" or "lift us up", as we are too tired to pray or read. I've been there, I know. Thank you for keeping us posted on how Alyssa is doing and will continue to improvement in her memory and strength in her body each day.


42 Robyn May 25, 2010 at 2:12 am

I will pray for you and your daughter. It is encouraging to see you leaning on Jesus.


43 Stacey May 25, 2010 at 2:48 am

I will keep you and your daughter and family in my prayers!!!


44 Xmas Dolly May 25, 2010 at 3:52 am

The first time I started to read your blog I had started a Novena, which is nine days of praying, and praying for something special. I hope with everyone's prayers, and all of us keeping on praying our rosaries, novenas, and prayers that not only will things pick up for your child, but that she keeps on rising in health, and happiness. Many Blessings


45 bleep May 25, 2010 at 4:15 am

i am truly sorry for this great trial you are right now in to. though i am dying to know what happened, it being my first time to know about your alyssa.

if you have the time to visit, see my site and hope to be linked as well. I plan to participate in your tell the truth thursday…and loved it so much that I am linking it in my header if you will notice.

will pray for you and your daughter. god speed.


46 Connie May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I just found your blog and read about your daughter. I'll remember her in my prayers.


47 Suzie May 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Just stopping by to say I'm thinking of you.


48 Deila May 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

Hope all is getting better–hang on. so scary it is hard to keep the faith.


49 Christine:) May 26, 2010 at 12:54 am

God bless you and your beautiful daughter. Alyssa is in my prayers.


50 Julie May 26, 2010 at 4:34 am

So glad to hear that your daughter is O.K. Now..on to praying for a full recovery.


51 Dangerous With a Pen May 27, 2010 at 1:40 am

Your beautiful daughter is in my thoughts and prayers.


52 Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points May 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm

So very very glad things are going better.

Will keep thinking good thoughts for you.

Take care,


53 Amy Howson May 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I'm praying for your daughter. A friend of mine is dealing with her husband's closed head injury. The glimmer of light is that he is finally starting to remember that the family had told him certain jokes before. I hope the doctors and God guide you in the right decisions for your daughters care.


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