Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Judy Goes Home Today... from Mom:

Judy was able to go home today!! She will have the wound vac on but will be able to take oral antibiotics for the strep infection ... yes they finally figured out what the infection is. Pray for her rapid recovery at home ... safe in her comfortable house with her loving family around her. Hospitals are so impersonal! Thank you and all the CM's for bearing with our pleas for prayers. God loves you Moms very much and is listening!

Love and God Bless, Sylvia x,o

Update from Mom:

Judy is still in the hospital hooked up to IV and with wound vac in place. She was supposed to come home yesterday but they Doctor is still waiting for the results of the culture to come back before he sends her home. Pray pray pray for them. This has been marathon of pressure for them all.

Love, Hugs, Kisses and God's Blessings, Sylvia x,o

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Update from Mom:

Judy has had her surgical procedure this morning. Their was an infection requiring a wound vac which Dr. R put in place. It will need to stay there for about 2 weeks but Judy can go home Monday and a nurse will visit her at home to redress it when needed. Dr. R said the idea is to fight this infection. Please continue praying for our Judy!

Love, Hugs, Kisses and God's Blessings, Mom xxx,ooo

Feel Free to write me here...


Here I am again. Thought I would say "hi" before I go to surgery. I am hoping that there is no infection and we can just drain what is there.Pass this email along, I do not know how long I will be here, but it is nice to get mail. Peace xxoo Judy

Friday, December 10, 2004

Update from Judy's Mom

Judy will be going into the OR at 8 AM tomorrow where Dr. Ricorelli will make an incision over her last one. If their is infection he will use a wound vac to remove it. If it is not infected, he will put in 2 drains. Her white blood cell count was good. She was told to walk around while in the hospital to avoid blood clots. She is very happy with Dr. R and his whole staff who are very kind and attentive to Judy. One of his nurses on her day off went by the hospital to bring Judy a gift! Praying for our Judy ... and fasting, a great suggestion by Mary!

Love, Hugs, Kisses and God's Blessings, Mom xxx,ooo

From Judy's Mom:

She has been admitted into Sentara Careplex Hospital Room 519. So far nothing notable on CT scan ... doing a culture on the fluid ... they have started an iv of antibiotics ... draining excess fluids as needed ... PRAY PRAY PRAY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Thanks for the prayers

Thanks everyone for your prayers. I had fluid build up around the incision. He said it was normal and to expect it to keep coming back for a while. I just have to keep going back to get it drained. Thank God it was not another hernia. We are still concerned about the fever so please keep the prayers coming. Thanks so very much!


Another Divine Mercy experience in our home...

(I finally took the time to write this on Good Friday, Marcy 25, 2005)

Dear Friends and Family,

I want to share with you another Divine Mercy Vision in our home. It was in December 8th*, early a.m.

I was awoken by a sharp pain on my right side. I flew out of bed and grabbed my right side. I was woken more when I saw red and white light brightly flooding our bedroom I shouted to Rick who was sound asleep. There was a loud noise like wind, but silent at the same time. Very hard to explain this. I shouted Rick's name over and over but he did not wake. I don't think Rick could hear me over the sound, & I could not hear my own voice. I finally just stood and watched until it ended. When it ended the room grew quiet and dark, and I was exhausted. I was not scared. I knew right away that it was the same light that I see in the picture in my living room, from St. Faustian. I was afraid I would fall asleep and forget that this happened. So I noticed that the little green light on my laptop was on which meant that it was not shut down, so I proceeded to shut it down and I arranged something's on my laptop table to prove to myself that I did not dream it. I know this is sort of silly, why didn't I just write myself a note, but at that hour of the morning I was so tired, I wasn't thinking straight.

When I woke up the next morning I saw my rearranged laptop table, and I told Rick everything. We both talked a bit about our thoughts on why it happened. It happened that I was going to see my surgeon for a follow up on this day. So, Rick thought the vision meant that I had more difficulties to follow, I thought it meant that whatever was ahead of me, Jesus would be there to see me through.

As it turned out we were both right. I went to my follow up appointment and was entered back into the hospital. You all know the rest of the story so I will end it here. I did not relay the story right away because I literally went into the hospital that day. When I came home I was busy recovering from surgery and I kept putting it off. This week I have had this nagging inner voice to share this, to put it into writing.

I wanted to draw a picture of what I saw so I could share it. But I never did. I wish I had a camera to take the picture. But since I've done neither I will try to relay exactly what I saw. I have 3 windows, I was facing 2 of them when I flew out of bed. The shades were closed. The top half of the window had bright red light flooding through it, sending it all about the room, the lower half of the window had white light flooding through it as well. Just to let you know, these windows face a dark back yard and not a street. I hope that explains it well. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. I am not sure why the light was not side by side like the picture but that is how I saw it.

** Later I realized I was laying on my side when I saw the light, which would put it side by side **

I also wanted to get this message out by today because today, Good Friday, is the First day of the Divine Mercy Novena.

This ends on Divine Mercy Sunday.

*The Immacualte Conception is celebrated on December 8th.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Off to the Surgeon, again

I am off to the Surgeons to have him look at a large mass sticking up out of the right side of my abdomen. I've had a fever all week and I feel miserable and of course I'm feeling sorry for myself. I promise to snap out of it. It is possible it is another hernia or it could be fluid that needs to be drained around the last surgery. I hope it's the later.
Praying and thinking of all of you.

Monday, November 29, 2004


I've been in a real slump the past couple of days. I can't do anything... not even lift my 11 month old. I just lay around. Depression which I fought as a teen seems to hit me in waves and then I battle it out and then it smacks me down again. Here I go bringing you down more... sorry
suffice to say I need prayers because this whole episode has me crying in private at every turn. More surgery is in the future, they could not do everything because of the gangrene. I'm just such a mental wreck. And I can't share it with anyone in my family, esp my kids. They need to at the very least be free of more mommy burdens.

Friday, November 19, 2004

Hi everyone...

I have not been able to check mail. I'm slowly recovering. thanks for your prayers. I was fortunate that I had a strangulated bowel in some ways, because the gangrene was not able to spread through my system because the blood supply was cut off. They told me I nearly died, and I was lucky. I know I was blessed, because of your prayers. thanks for all the prayers.
If you could pray for me to relax and believe that I will heal I would appreciate it. I have not lost hope, "Jesus I trust in you" is my mantra, but I am human and I keep thinking that it will happen again and maybe I won't be so lucky.
anyway thanks
I'm praying for all your needs.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

the visit

Rick brought all the kids to see me at the hospital, I'm recalling this later, but it was truly a pathetic scene. I'm hooked up to all kinds of stuff laying on my back. Rick walks in and lays little 11 month old Julia on my chest, and I can barely put my arms around her and when I do she squeenches up into a tiny ball and silently sobs. I look around and everyone is tearing up. Poor little Julia. She is the one who is affected the most by all of this. I was nursing her just a few days ago and today she is totally weaned and being fed by Daddy with a bottle.

**note: later when I arrived home from hospital, Julia would not let me feed her and she cried for daddy all day long. Poor sweetie, breaks my heart, she just can't count on me. **

Monday, November 8, 2004

Update on Judy,

I have not been able to talk to Judy yet ... and visiting is out of the question because I have a dreadful cold! UGH! But she is out of surgery at last! The problem had nothing to do with the mesh which was working fine and was not involved in this infection. From what Rick told me, I gather that the problem was from a different hernia. A loop of dead bowel had to be removed it had become gangrenous. It had been pinched off by a hernia. The surgeon has said she must do NO lifting ... none at all. He is suggesting another surgery in the future to help prevent these hernias, but I'm not sure what that surgery would involve. She has come through this surgery without a problem but will need to be in the hospital for several days. God is Good! The prayers are working, dear friends. We love you all!

Love and God Bless, Sylvia x,o

Sunday, November 7, 2004

Update on Judy

I just heard from Rick. Judy will be going in for surgery between 2 and 4 PM today ... to repair hernias, remove the mesh that was placed there in December because it can be a cause of infection, and do whatever else necessary to take care of the problems in the small intestine. Please beg the Catholic Moms to pray for Judy and her family. I thank you from the bottom of my heart

Love and God's Blessings, Sylvia. xxoo

Judy in hospital, from Mom:

Judy is in the hospital with severe pain in the area of her stomach hernia tonight. She has been given morphine and is undergoing tests to see what is causing the pain. Please pray for her. Pray that she can be healed without further surgery. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. She went via ambulance.

Love and God's Blessings,Sylvia x,o

Saturday, September 4, 2004

My Wonderful Experience

Hi all. I want to share with you something that happened to Rick and I in our home yesterday. Believe it or not, that is your choice, but I feel the need to share this with all of you.

I was sitting at my computer fixing up my desktop, reading email, etc. I was enjoying my short bit of quiet time. Julia was having a short evening nap in her crib upstairs, and Mary Catherine was watching Beauty & The Beast in the game room with the door shut. Shiela, Elizabeth, & Warren were at the High School Football game. Rick was on his way home in the car from work.

Something made me look in the direction of our prayer room. I heard a quite noise, nothing that I could repeat, it was not specific, just the old sounds of a quiet house, but I looked up to see a warm orangey yellow glowing light flickering brightly from my prayer room doorway. I was startled and thought a fire had started so I ran to the room, but there was no fire. It was just my calm quiet room. I tested the lamps and checked the overhead light to see if that was it. Then I decided it was my imagination and went back to the computer.

A few minutes later some creak or noise made me look up and this time I KNEW it was not my imagination. I ran quickly and again nothing. So I went outside to make sure there wasn't a tow truck or ER crew out there with lights going off. But the neighborhood was quiet. I had the strong sensation to sprinkle Holy Water and bless our home, but I didn't, I just sighed and went back to the computer.

Well later that evening when I was in bed, I had Shiela turn on and off my bathroom light quickly. When Rick asked what I was doing, I told him the whole story. He turned to me and said, "I saw the same light." He was at the kitchen table and he could see the light coming down the hallway, outside of the prayer room. I half jokingly said, "Rick, could that have been the Holy Spirit." And he said, "I guess, I'm not sure."

Well he was able to just go to sleep and I was up just thinking about it and closing my eyes and wondering what it could be. I went online to see if my late night buddy, was online. She was not so I just read email and hoped that she would come online so I could tell someone else. Well just as I was going to sign off, she came online and tells me that she was sound asleep and something made her come online.

I explain the whole story to her. She is as perplexed as I am. Then all of a sudden I remember something that sets the hairs on the back of my neck up!

Warren and I had been cleaning out my hallway closet. He found a picture that Mom and Dad had given me. It was a framed picture of Jesus, from the visions of St. Faustina, with the words, Jesus I trust in You. I had warren put it in the prayer room. We had given the picture to Rick's dad to hang while he was ill. When he died we got the picture back. I had always meant to hang it.

Well, She and I concluded at the same time, that Jesus was letting me know he was in my home, and he was leading us all.

Naturally I had the strong sensation again to bless our Home. I also knew that that picture needed to be hung right away and not left leaning against a wall. I went downstairs, took down the Monet (lol) and hung the picture just below the crucifix, and in the same place Mass was said. I then found the Holy Water and proceeded to bless everyroom and everybody, even cousin Oliver who was spending the night. I said this prayer that I say many times a day, "Come Holy Spirit, Fill Our Hearts, and Kindle in us the Fire of your Love."

I have not been totally devoted to saying the Divine Chaplet, I say it often but certainly not daily, but after this, we will be saying it nightly, daily, whenever we can all gather in my prayer room. I hope this will inspire you the way it has inspired me.

Here is a similar picture that we hung in our room:

Thursday, August 5, 2004

Ant Theme Park

I was upstairs balancing check, paying bills etc, and up comes Mary Catherine... followed by 2 older sisters trying to catch her. She jumps up on my bed and I feel ... what seems to be sand (we do have a sand box) and I'm yelling GET OFF MY BED NOW! ... 2 sister finally reach my room
MOM MOM ... Mary found the sugar and was playing in it... it is all over the kitchen!!!
We have an ant theme park going here ...