3/29/06 10:30 a.m.

March 29, 2006 at 12:58 pm 3 comments

Mike is holding steady.  His responses are unchanged for the most part, and he has remained less active overnight.  He has been able to show what his nurse decribed as a more appropriate response to certain stimuli, in that he will attempt to raise his head at times (in response to oral care).  Mike contnues to have a mild temperature, but this is not of great concern.

Mike recently underwent an hour-long trial of reduced support from his ventilator, to see how he would do.  He did great.  The objective here is to be able to take Mike off the ventilator, allowing him to breathe unassisted (though perhaps still with a supply of air richer in oxygen than normal air).  Know that the concentration of oxygen has been steadily reduced, in response to Mike's improved lung function, and that he is now breathing air only slightly higher in oxygen that the air we breathe.

Mike's nurse indicated that, in terms of his physical health, he appears to be doing very well.  He will be starting some "passive" physical therapy and occupational therapy, to keep his joints flexible.

Mike's EEG test, we are told, was conducted for the primary purpose of ruling out seizures and the risk of seizures.  It was wonderful to hear that Mike does not appear to be at substantial risk of seizures, and anti-seizure medications are not being prescribed.  The EEG results were otherwise consistent with his surgical procedure, but it appears that the EEG was ordered for the purpose of assessing risk for seizure and that it is not really being looked to for more than that.

Please make a special point of praying for the nurses who care for Mike 24 hours a day, and who work with him on his neurological responses.  Pray specifically that they will be encouraged to really push Mike to show them everything that he can.  Mike has seemed to perform best when family members and friends were in his room with the nurse, literally cheering him on, and loudly urging him to close his grip or raise his arm, etc.  It has been suggested that the familiar voices could be a factor.  (I can assure you that if volume is a factor, we had that covered as well.)  Point is, we need to pray that Mike's nurses will be encouraged to really push him hard, and yell at him, just as we have all had to do at one time or another.

You all are wonderful.  Thanks for filling up the prayer schedule.  I know that probably hundreds more will be joining in prayer throughout the day, who may not have been able to commit to a specifc time.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie Dixon  |  March 29, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    Thoughts, prayers, well wishes continue to be with Mike, Michelle, McKaela, Eli and Mike and Michelle’s extended families. The professional caregivers remain lifted up as well. Thank you to Mike’s family for keeping the site updated AND for continuing to share with us SPECIFIC prayer requests for Mike, Michelle, the little ones and other family members. We love you all.

  • 2. Jay Lindell  |  March 29, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    We are praying regularly. The staff in Holland, MI will be praying for Mike, Michelle & family Thursday morning 7:30 central time.

  • 3. Gail and Phil Ebersole  |  March 29, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    We will be praying for you all tomorrow and have invited others in the Division to pray at 4:30PM. I love the picture of Mike trying to raise his head…makes me smile and cry picturing him so driven….but this time it is to be with you, his dear ones. We love you. Gail and Phil and the Division…


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