Day number six in the hospital

Abrielle has been admitted to UT Southwestern Hospital for almost a week now. Initially there were talks of Abrielle being discharged tomorrow, but as of now she will still be in for at least a few more days.

The last two days have been really difficult. Abrielle became really tired, wanting to sleep all the time. Then she developed mental fogginess which turned into confusion. She was only responding with yes, no, and a few other short phrases. She always knew her name, and my name, but other questions she could not answer. The medical team would first ask her name and then ask simple location and date questions and she would often respond with "Abrielle Braxton" for all questions.

Many tests have been done to determine the cause and they believe they have found the cause. Thankfully all her CT and MRI scans have had nothing concerning on them, but her ammonia levels tested very high. According to a health encyclopedia, too much ammonia in your body can cause psychological problems like confusion and tiredness. 

If her ammonia levels continued to rise it could be dangerous but it is at a manageable level now and she is being given medication to remove the ammonia from her body. Hopefully, if the ammonia is the cause, Abrielle's confusion and tiredness will be gone in a few days. Today she has been conversing again, although too many questions becomes overwhelming and difficult.

We have had great care from the medical teams working with us through the past two years of treatment. It has been such a blessing to have knowledgeable and caring health providers. That care has continued at UT Southwestern and I am so thankful to have friendly and patient and medical teams caring for Abrielle.

Arrival in Texas

We arrived in Dallas Sunday morning. We have had some really great family and friend visitations since arriving. Life has been busy trying to manage hospital visits, seeing everyone possible, and get everything coordinated for treatments.

Today, November 15th, Abrielle is being admitted to UT Southwestern hospital. This is a planned, and necessary, step for treatment. While admitted they will be giving chemo which requires careful watch to ensure Abrielle's body is receiving it well. This is a medication she has received before and handled well.

We are so blessed to be surrounded and loved by so many. We don't even know how many are praying for us, but we know it is a great many. Thank you for all of the kind messages of encouragement, help, and prayer.

Family gathering upon our arrival on Sunday, November 12

Family gathering upon our arrival on Sunday, November 12

Abrielle's father, David Hughes, and brothers Barak (left) and Zechariah (right)

Abrielle's father, David Hughes, and brothers Barak (left) and Zechariah (right)

Fun times with cousins

Fun times with cousins