Archive for April 12, 2006

4/12/06, 5:00 pm

Good news: Mike has been breathing on his own since 6:00 a.m. this morning, and it is hoped that he will be able to continue for a 24-hour trial.  Tomorrow, he will undergo a follow-up CT scan, to determine whether any surgical intervention is necessary to relieve fluid build-up.  Of course, we pray that no surgery will be necessary, and that Mike can soon move on to a rehabilitation clinic.

Mike has opened his eyes in response to a physical stimulus at least once today, and he may be trying to track visually, but it is difficult to determine.  He has not shown responsiveness to verbal requests today, as of this posting, though one of Mike's visitors reported to the nurse that he may have shown some finger movement in response to a request.  (The nurse did not see this at one of Mike's checks, so it could not be reported as such.)

That's all they could tell us at this time.  I don't like "bumping" Michelle's letter, so make sure you read it below.  And thanks for checking in.

April 12, 2006 at 5:29 pm 10 comments

4/12/06, 10:00 am (Letter from Michelle)

Always so many fleeting thoughts so late at night, and so little time to sort them out. So here is a taste of what has gone through my head:

I visit the hospital mostly late at night after I have put McKaela to bed. It has been a gift to have quiet with God as I continue devotionals and also quiet with Michael as I read to him or sing or steal some room on his bed to be close.

1. Thoughts today consist of a nervousness of people seeing my pettiness. People seem a bit more impressed with me than I deserve and I remind them that God's grace leads and carries me. Any good is from such an inexhaustible Source. But I do get nervous that the part that is me might come through and catch people off guard. I am still enjoying God's peace and calm but be sure to assign appropriate credit, please.

2. In my quiet times I have been going through 1 Peter and hit 1 Peter 4:7-11:

… be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

As I read these words aloud to Mike and then tried to digest them I thought about the variety of talents and gifts so many have shared with us in these past weeks. The nurses and doctors certainly administer God's grace in a particular form (especially when coated in cough congestion, right?), and each meal delivered to my family testifies to another set of talents. I look out my window and someone is fertilizing my lawn, or delivering a green plant that celebrates life. My mailbox gorges itself on letters of love. And I am almost embarrassed that I check the website as often as anyone else to catch the latest prayer or scripture.

I relish the variety of ways God has creatively taught each of you to share his grace. Thank you. You each point me to praise. Thank you.

3. I pulled out Easter decorations in early March trying to figure out how to explain the connection of eggs with Easter with Jesus for McKaela's benefit. I stretched to emphasize that the eggs she was so passionate about hatching had to do with new life, and so did Jesus. Jesus came to give us new life, just like eggs remind us of new life. She is also currently obsessed with butterflies and cocoons so I wove them into the symbolism. After all, a caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly practically begs to be compared to Jesus to tomb to resurrection. Yet my explanations become deeper to me as I sit with my husband, seemingly buried in his own cocoon. And I wait longer than a weekend to see God bring new life to his body.

I pray that we would celebrate Easter, celebrate the sacrifice of the King this weekend, and wait in eager expectation. Each day, each victory, confirms the promise "that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion." (Philip. 1:6).

I read your cards and notes and letters to Mike every night. I am sure it speaks courage into his weakness. And reminds him of a Savior's love.

– Michelle

April 12, 2006 at 10:21 am 16 comments


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