3/29/06 10:00 pm

March 29, 2006 at 11:42 pm 7 comments

Theresa is caring for Mike tonight.  She reports that Mike is, again, holding steadily.  He has not shown a lot of responsiveness today, but he continues to raise his head in respose to oral care and he is showing eye movement, though he is not tracking right now.  She states that Mike continues to do very well with tests of his ability to breathe with less ventilator assistance.  She also reassures us that Mike is holding — and he is not moving backward.  She reminds us that, right now, Mike's doctors are trying to move him forward physically in a few areas, and that this is probably causing some stress to his system.  She offered that this is very likely why we have been seeing a little less neurological response.

The doctors are slowly trying to move Mike off of the ventilator, which will effectively return his lungs to a normal "environment."  In addition, other measures are being taken to slowly return Mike's brain to its normal operating environment, and to withdraw the artificial means of assistance put in place during surgery.

The point that Theresa was trying to make was (I think) that Mike's entire system is in a delicate balance right now, and even in that delicate balance we've seen a lot that is encouraging.  But in working to move Mike forward, that balance is going to be disturbed from time to time, and he might not always be able to perform exceptionally on every test.  His breathing tests are great right now, so his responsiveness might be a little off.  This is not unusual.

As the prayer vigil begins, we want to encourage everyone to pray for increased physical stability, for continued adaptation of Mike's brain to the increasingly normal bodily environment he's returning to, and for protection from complications, specifically infections, which could create obstacles or real danger.  Of course, we have so much for which to offer praise and thanksgiving, as well. 

I doubt very much if any single person will be praying alone throughout the entire prayer vigil.  Thank you, everyone, and thank you again, Anne.

Entry filed under: updates.

3/29/06 10:30 a.m. 3/30/06 2:00 pm

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Liz Fay  |  March 30, 2006 at 7:22 am

    “Protect Mike, O God, for in you he takes refuge. He says to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'”

    “The Lord is his chosen portion and his cup; you hold his lot.”

    “He blesses the Lord who gives him council; in the night also his heart instructs him. He keeps the Lord always before him; because God is at his right hand, he shall not be moved. Therefore his heart is glad, and his sould rejoices; his body also rests secure.”

    “You show him the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleaseures for evermore.”

    Psalm 16: 1-2, 5, 7-9, 11

    this Psalm was my prayer for Mike this morning. love, liz

  • 2. Greg Wenhold  |  March 30, 2006 at 10:50 am

    As I was leaving for a Mission Trip to Africa I heard of Mike’s need for prayer and God’s guiding hand. Please know Michelle that prayers are being lifted up for Mike and your whole family by many people here in Nairobi.
    Our Love to you all –

    Greg Wenhold

  • 3. Mary O'Brien  |  March 30, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Your friends at State Farm are praying for your continued steady progress and pray for strength and Gods hands to guide you to awaken to see how much love that has been given to you and your family. It is just amazing to see how the community steps in to help in a time of need, you have touched so many in your life. Your family is sooo blessed. May all the prayers today help to comfort Michelle, Mikaela and Eli , guide the doctors and comfort the caregivers.

  • 4. Lisa Haid  |  March 30, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    Praise God for small miracles. I pray that we all come together to sing of God’s streghth, love & refuge!

    Psalm 59:16
    “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”

  • 5. Jennifer Knaak  |  March 30, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    It’s March 30th, and I’m joining those who are praying right now from 3:00-3:30. “Lord Jesus, have mercy.”

    Jennifer Knaak

  • 6. Colleen Harrington  |  March 30, 2006 at 4:29 pm

    God be with you and your family and all those around you. Wishing you the best and a steady recovery.

  • 7. Julia Redford  |  March 31, 2006 at 12:44 am

    God rocks. and tonight he told me so. i am amazed at the power of prayer and how it can bring together so many people in the Lord’s name, and that so many people can be moved by what he has done through the zegarski family. and i know that he answers prayer, so keep it up!

    do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to god. and the peace of god, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in christ jesus. -philippians 4:6-7


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