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Update on My Sister Christine

(image credit: Sarah Dawn)

Thank you for your prayers for my sister Christine. If you haven't read my post about her need for surgery, you can access and read it here. I was able to speak with her briefly last evening after the retinal surgery. She is at home recuperating. She sounded groggy from sedation but otherwise good and optimistic as always. She's overwhelmed with gratitude for all of your prayers and concern.

Chris was in surgery over two hours. There was much scar tissue and the surgeon found thinning in her retina, which he said might be a hereditary condition. My mom had a history of several near retinal detachments. But the bottom line for my sis is that there was much damage and it will take 6-9 weeks for her retina to fully reattach. I don't know yet if there will be any permanent damage to her vision.

In the meantime, there is a disciplined schedule of lying in specific postions. For four hours, she has to lie face down and one hour up and then repeat the process for the first week. The second week is three hours down and one hour up. The surgeon told her this would help with the full reattachment of her retina. Needless to say, this will be challenging for a person used to being very active.

Praise the Lord for good friends who agreed to cover for her at Christine's consignment store Clothes Line Too for at least three weeks. Thank you for helping out like this.

I want to thank each one of you for your prayers for Christine. The outpouring of love and encouragement has overwhelmed both me and my sister. I want to add a special thank you to Philip from Cyprus for posting the request for prayer on his Traveling blog and to BP of Raindrops & Rainbows for sending Chris a get well card.

Much love from,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Oh Debbie! What a scary thing - this retina detaching. I join your friends and family in praying for Chris' full recovery and healing. Must be so difficult staying in those positions for so long...God bless her. Wish I could give you both a big hug! Please let me know how she's doing.

    Love you bunches!

  2. Wow! That is a tough road she is yet to travel but I know the Lord will help her through it, especially with good friends and family by her side!!
    Praying for her my friend.

  3. I will be praying, this is going to be a difficult recovery. And it is not like she can watch TV or read book, uggg. So hard. praying.

  4. Praise God the surgery went well!

    Prayers remain for her continued healing and full reattachment of the retina!

    Hugs and love Debbie!

  5. The sleep/lying schedule will be a tough one to follow but one she can endure w/the help of Jesus. I continue to pray that through her eyes, others will see God. Blessings, SusanD

  6. Dear Debbie,
    these were good news... so far.
    I will continue to pray for Christina.
    From felisol

  7. Oh Debbie I just now saw this. I am so sorry. Praying for your sister now, for complete healing and for ability to adhere to the lying positions. I know I would have a terrible time with that.

    Much love to you.

  8. Your sister is very pretty, Debbie. I am praying for her complete recovery. And praying God will give her wisdom and strength to endure what she has to go through to recover.

  9. Chris has been in my prayers and I will continue during this recovery time. I, too, believe God will heal her. What wonderful friends to pitch in and run her store!

  10. Such a tedious couple of weeks! I will continue to pray for her.


  11. We will keep praying for her to recover fully and be patient with all the laying around. I'm sure that will be tough.

  12. I'm just now catching up on your blog - missed this about Christine - but I'll be praying from now on.

  13. We will continue to lift your sister up in prayer. What a precious relationship sisterhood is. Blessings on you both!

  14. Thanks for the update, my prayers for her continue.

  15. I added your sister to my prayer blog, on my fearless friday post. The link is http://prayersgoup.blogspot.com/

  16. Praying for Chris and for this next few weeks with this rigid schedule but I am believing that complete healing will come and Peace will wash over her as she is obedient in this!

    I am thankful for her family and friends and know they are a gift and touch of the Lords love at this time!!

    blessings to you both

  17. Thank you so much for the up-date on Christine's surgery. Wow - that is a strict regiment she has to go through...Praying that all will be good...How neat that her friends jumping in to help her with her store.

    Grace and peace...

  18. So sorry I didn't know about your sister in time to prayer for her surgery. I'll prayer for her recovery, instead, Debbie. So Sorry I've been absent lately.

  19. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  20. My love and prayers remain for your beautiful sister.

  21. Debbie! So good to hear that she is done with the surgery and that she has support and help while she is recovering! Prayers for a speedy recovery and for patience as she does what is required.

    Blessings & Aloha!


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