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April 15, 2006 at 7:32 pm 17 comments

Mike had a great day.  On request, he was able to squeeze both his right and left hands.  (He appears to be doing better with his right hand, showing better consistency.) 

Mike also surprised his nurse and his dad this morning by shaking his head, "no," in response to being asked if he wanted to listen to a particular music CD.  This head motion came in response to the verbal question alone, without other prompting.  (He was not asked to shake his head.)  In addition, this response was given twice to the same question, asked at two different times, separated by some other questions designed to prompt a nod, "yes" (which he did not show). 

We've been told previously that something new in the way of responsiveness is always good.  This response was certainly new, not only as a type of motion, but also in the sense that it represented an expression of preference, and not mere compliance with a request.  (We like those too, but this may suggest a bit more than that.)  The fact that he made the same response on two separate occasions also provides a clear answer to another question, telling us plainly that Mike does NOT like the UD Flyer Band's basketball music CD. 

This is very exciting and encouraging.  Mike's nurse stated "I almost fell over when I saw it."  (Those are medical terms.)

It's a joy to share this with everyone.  Thanks for looking in on Mike.  Happy Easter.

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  • 1. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  April 15, 2006 at 8:17 pm

    I read something I wanted to share with you and Mike from a John Ortberg book:
    God tells us to “be patient and wait on (Him)”. The author reports that in the Bible, waiting and faith are so closely related that sometimes the two are used interchangeably. (That was plagiarized by me!) A quote by Lewis Smedes struck me also:
    “Waiting is our destiny as creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they hope for. We wait in the darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot write. We wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not ever’. Waiting is the hardest work of hope. God is sharing with me lately the theme of “confidence” in Him, not as a nice personality trait, but as a commandment. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”. So as you wait this Easter weekend, for more of the miracles that lead Mike back to you, and to us, know that you can wait with confidence, with expectancy, and that God is on your side, working even while you sleep. Know that we all are here to help you wait, in any way we can, and that our prayers are with you guys this holy weekend as you continue to wait on the Lord. Mike and Mitzi

  • 2. Takila Shaw  |  April 15, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    Hello Mike and Michelle you probably won’t remember my name but it is me from YL at East Aurora Just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you guys and hope that Mike’s health gets better. This verse always reminds me of strength so i hope this will encourge you guys.

    Ph:4:13 I Can Do Everything Through Him Who Gives Me Strength

  • 3. Debbie Dixon  |  April 15, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Michelle, Dan, and extended families of Mike-We rejoice at this news of Mike’s continued progress! What a precious gift this Easter Weekend for each of you and all of us who love you and pray diligently for God’s healing hand on his servant and our brother in Christ Mike. Blessings to each of you as we celebrate our risen Lord and Savior. To God be the Glory. Amen.

  • 4. Chad & Melissa Perry  |  April 15, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    Wow!!! Praise to the Sovereign, Powerful, Mighty to save, Risen, Living Lord.

    This has been my prayer for you all today from Jude 1-2
    …To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

    Maybe you should try The Best Damn Band in the Land CD. Go Bucks!!!!!
    Thanks for the laughs and the wonderful news.
    Continually in our thoughts and prayers,
    Melissa and Chad

  • 5. Rob Suter  |  April 16, 2006 at 12:06 am

    Man that is great news. Sounds like Mike is progressing- I know that he will fight through all of this. He is tough as nails and always has been. I can only imagine that it will only be a matter of time before he raises up out of that coma and has that Mike Z grin on his face. I hope and pray for Psalm 91 to become reality in and around Mike’s room right now and for the duartion of his recovery. May you guard and protect him Father under your mighty wings, as your Spirit truly strengthens his inner man. Thank you for how far you have already brought him Father.

    Rob Suter

  • 6. Bob and Becky Williams  |  April 16, 2006 at 5:06 am

    We give praise for Mike’s progress.

  • 7. Deb Stecher  |  April 16, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Michelle,
    As I sat in church both last night and this morning, you and Mike and the children were so a part of my prayers and celebration of our risen Christ. It is a blessing to read about Mike’s progress and your strength. My prayers continually come back to Psalm 46:10 “Be Still and Know that I am God”. I suppose this is a time to trust in God as we are still. God is our refuge and strength an ever present help in trouble. .. God is always at our side we need not fear being still. My heart wants to do so much and all I can do is be still and pray. Know that we love you and pray for you as we wake each morning and as we drift to sleep each evening.
    Happy Easter …
    We love you a lot,
    Deb, Bob and Jen

  • 8. Beth & Dan Griebel  |  April 16, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    Our Reedemer LIVES!! We are so excited to hear of Mike’s most recent improvement. He knows what he doesn’t want, that shouldn’t surprise us! Keep fighting Mike, we are cheering you on from CA. We wish we could be there to tell you how proud we are of you for all your effort. Keep your eyes focused on Christ Mike, we are all lifting you up in prayer. We love you so much and the praying has not ceased in the past weeks. Can’t wait to see you again!
    Love you so much!
    Beth and Dan

  • 9. Bob Hill  |  April 16, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    As I finish prayers, I’m always amazed how they are answered. What I find is it’s God’s will, not mine, that I need to focus on. Mike, you and your family are marked as Christ’s own, and are heirs to the kingdom of God. We are bound together as a family and sealed by the wounds, death and resurrection of our Savior. The prayer answered for me was the community that has surrounded you and your family, even in the worst of times. We all can count on the fellowship that binds each of our lives together while on earth. The message is clear, we are not alone. Whatever is instore for you and your family, know in your heart that it is Christ and all your family and friends who will see you through. Alleluia, Christ is Risen!!

    Love to you, Michelle, McKeala & Eli
    Your midnight prayer guy.

  • 10. Julie Dlugokecki  |  April 17, 2006 at 1:04 am

    Hi Michelle,
    Your family is continuously in my prayers. I am so excited to hear of Mike’s progress! What a blessing! Tell Mike I say “HI!” … I will be home from school in a couple of weeks and would LOVE to help in anyway possible!
    Happy Easter.
    God Bless You

  • 11. Mike and Lynn Zak  |  April 17, 2006 at 7:26 am

    Hi Mike and Michelle,

    What great and awesome news about Mike. I am reading a book right now called 90 Minutes In Heaven. Most of it is about a man’s recovery from what should have been a fatal accident. He is a pastor and he recovers very slowly, every step of the way wondering why this was God’s plan but knowing our Father was there. I have thought of you both over and over as I read. We think of you each and every day, and pray, pray, pray! I always think of the simple verse in Phil 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strenthens me”!

    Good job Mike, keep it up! Love, Lynn and Mike

  • 12. Tom Cole  |  April 17, 2006 at 10:10 am

    I heard the following poem:

    I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day,
    I’d rather you walk with me, than merely point the way,
    The eye is a better student, than will ever be the ear,
    Advice is sometimes confusing, but example is always clear.

    Michelle, my prayer is that your continued faith (and that of the many many people praying for Mike and your family) will be a magnet that draws everyone in our community closer to Jesus. Thank you for showing us all what true faith looks like. May God continue to sustain you and your family at this challenging time.

    Tom Cole

  • 13. mark lehner  |  April 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

    THis is great news. Everytime I read about progress it makes my day. Keep fighting Mike.

  • 14. Bob Walsh  |  April 17, 2006 at 2:55 pm

    Amazing Grace……..

    Mike, we’ll be golfing before you know it!

  • 15. Liz Fay  |  April 17, 2006 at 5:12 pm


    It was so good to see you on Friday; so good to hear and join you in your squeals of overflowing delight as Eli’s sweetness poured from every wrinkle and roll of his happy little body. I praise God for giving you moments like that to remind you that he is ever-present and looking to care for you as you wait patiently for this experience to unfold.

    I am so blessed that you are a part of my heart. I am praying for you, Mike, & those sweet little friends of mine (one picky and one who knows no preference; I love them both! :-).

    Continue to bask in the provision of the body of Christ. I love you.

  • 16. Mark Tait  |  April 17, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you, Jesus!!!!

    Mike keep on fighting.

    Psalm 56:3
    When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

    Mark and Emily Tait

  • 17. Emily Bishop  |  April 17, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    And our God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine….and we will continue to ask for total healing for our friend and brother, Mike.

    MIchelle, you and Mike are on my heart constantly – what a gift it is to all of us who care for you that YOU ARE SO LOVED AND PRAYED FOR BY SO MANY……God hears the prayers of the righeous people.

    Love to all four of you.



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