Archive for April, 2006

4/5/06 10:00 pm

Just a quick update.  Mike is progressing nicely with his breathing, and it appears that he is becoming less and less dependent on ventilator support.  Also, a flashback to yesterday: apparently, Mike was able to show, very prominently, two fingers to one of his neurosurgeons yesterday morning — just one day after his tracheostomy!  (I had not been informed of this yesterday, or of course I would have posted it.)  Wonderful news to share, even a day late!  And what wonderful encouragement to stay faithful in prayer.

April 5, 2006 at 10:17 pm 16 comments

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

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

4/3/06 Post from Michelle:

(from an email sent 4/2/06)

Quick thoughts as I have both kids napping at the same time.

I have never better understood that passage about abiding or remaining in Christ John 15:5

 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

 I never could quite grasp what to DO to abide. My experience over the last (not quite) 2 weeks has shown me that abiding or remaining in Christ seems to be less of what I do and more of what he does. I am content to be cared for by him and those who love him. I am content to leave my worries at his feet. I am content to digest his word of providence and encouragement. I am content to wait out his perfect plan for my family.

We are quick to do (and I am very grateful for this in regard to all who are so eager to serve and love me) but the Lord is showing me how to stop. And it is becoming my delight to see how he is meeting me, Mike, McKaela and Eli in this place. It hit me yesterday that I have been praying that God would be at work transforming and healing Mike's body at this time. Now I also offer thanks and gratitude for the certainty that God is working in his heart right now too. What better time for God to be drawing Mike closer to himself as he is free from ordinary distraction (apart from that regular shouting and finger wiggling).

Though Mike's eyes are closed, God sees through the dark. Psalm 139:11-14:

"If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

 May our gracious Lord be meeting you as you continue to faithfully lift Mike and our family up to his care. Thank you.


April 3, 2006 at 3:52 pm 33 comments

4/1/06 6:30 pm

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Mike had his best showing of the day, at 6:30 pm.  He showed purposeful response to verbal commands, in his efforts to tighten his grip with his left hand.  He also showed some auditory tracking with his eyes, and he responded to touch by reaching toward the sensation with his right hand (which is better than simpler avoidance-type motions).  He was not able to show two fingers, but it appeared that he was trying to do so. 

This was probably Mike's best showing over the last couple days, so it is really great to see.  (And, yes, we did have to yell and carry on a bit, but there's nothing wrong with that!) 

If Mike has more to show later, I'll definitely pass it on.  Thanks for "checking in" on Mike.

April 1, 2006 at 8:34 pm 19 comments

4/1/06 5:30 pm

Mike's condition has remained stable and, for the most part, unchanged throughout the day.  Part of his treatment required the use of a short-term sedative this morning, and Dr. Brayton was not surprised that Mike's responsiveness was off, when he met with Mike this afternoon.  However, Mike's nurse, Angela, commented that she may have seen an effort to show her two fingers around 4:00 pm, so we are hopeful going into this evening that Mike can show us a little more before the day ends.  Please pray that his responses not only strengthen, but that they improve in consistency.

Specific things to pray for could include opening his eyes in response to a verbal request or spontaneously, or any movement of his lips in an effort to speak (the oxygen line would, of course, preclude any audible speech at this time).

I will be with Mike for much of the night, trying to encourage him to really push himself.  Look for another update later tonight!  Pray for exciting news!

April 1, 2006 at 6:56 pm 1 comment

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