Archive for April 4, 2006

4/4/06 6:30 pm

Mike’s condition has not changed substantially over the last couple of days. On Monday morning, a tracheostomy was performed to allow for continued assistance in breathing without further stress on Mike’s vocal cords (caused by prolonged intubation). The procedure, of course, requires anaesthesia and pain medication, which can reduce responsiveness, so it is unsurprising that Mike has not been very responsive lately.

Within the next few days, there will be continuing efforts to slowly withdraw ventilator support, so that Mike can breathe unassisted. Already, he is undergoing short “trials” wherein his ability to breathe on his own is being monitored. Pray that Mike will progress quickly in this regard, and that he will soon be entirely non-ventilator-dependent. This would be a preferable condition for Mike as different long-term rehabilitation options are considered.

As you know, the focus of the ICU has been to stabilize Mike’s condition following surgery, and he has been considered fairly stable, for some time. The focus must now shift to Mike’s rehabilitation, and it is likely that he will soon be transferred to another facility that specializes in coma stimulation therapy. Different alternatives are now being considered, including a facility in downtown Chicago which is supposed to have a very good program. Please pray that Mike will be considered to be a good candidate for the program, and that this will be an available option for his ongoing treatment.

Many have inquired as to how they could make a contribution to help Mike and Michelle with expenses at this difficult time. It is impossible to know at this time how long it will be before Mike can return to work, and of course Michelle is taking care of McKaela and Eli. Obviously, there will be considerable medical expenses associated with Mike’s care, both recent and long-term. If you would like to make a contribution, you may send it to:

Michelle Zegarski
c/o Harris Bank Naperville
1284 Rickert Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
(630)527-2144

Any Harris Bank branch may also receive contributions.

Please note that financial concerns are still being addressed, and it may become advantageous at some point to establish a trust or to otherwise change the manner of receiving contributions. If you have any questions or concerns relating to a contribution, you may call Dan Zegarski at (513) 651-4226 prior to sending it.

Mike and Michelle deeply appreciate any contribution and, most importantly, your ongoing prayer.

April 4, 2006 at 6:37 pm 6 comments


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