July 9, 2006 at 5:43 pm 5 comments

Mike is doing better now.  His fever has been under 100 for a couple of days, which means that the antibiotics are working.  Apparently, Mike had a rather severe throat infection which eventually caused him to go into toxic shock. He is still sedated and on a ventilator, though he may be relieved of vent support sometime mid-week.  It is expected that Mike will remain in the hospital through this coming week.  A spinal tap (rather than a shunt tap) was performed yesterday.  Test results to determine the presence of an infection in the cerebrospinal fluid are not back yet, but, having discovered a serious infection in Mike’s throat, it may be unlikely that a further problem exists.

On another positive note, when Mike returns to therapy, this event may by then have allowed the botox injections to take effect, and to enable him to make some better progress.

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  • 1. Matt and Anne  |  July 9, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    We’re praying hard for Mike. When things calm down a bit, we’d love to come visit. We’re both constantly amazed by you and by Christ in you.

  • 2. Heather  |  July 9, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    Continued prayers. Please let us know if you need anything. There are days when I feel so helpless because I feel like I haven’t done enough. God Bless!


  • 3. j  |  July 10, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Mike and Michelle-

    I hope that these scriptures will encourage your hearts today.

    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

    “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” 2 Sam. 22:31

    “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:21

    “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:8

    “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8

    “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” John 14:1

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    The other day I read this from Nancy Guthrie in “The One Year Book of Hope” and found it very powerful.
    “…A hammer can be used to build or to break apart. The difference is in the intent of the person using the tool. Likewise, experiencing suffering can build up your faith and force you to go deeper with God, or it can crush your spirit and squash your soul’s longing for God. That is certainly what Satan wants to do with the tool of suffering in your life. He wants to hammer away at your thoughts of the goodness of God and replace them with dark thoughts about God. He wants to chisel away at your confidence in the character of God and cause you to question his authority in your life. Don’t let him do it. Cling to God in your suffering. Refuse to let the devil devour you or destroy your faith.”

    We are praying for you daily and were so glad to hear that the infection is under control. We are now praying for Mike to be able to come off the ventilator and return to Marionjoy to continue his treatment progress.

  • 4. Debbie Dixon  |  July 11, 2006 at 7:24 am

    Love, thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you as well as those who care and minister to each of you as this journey continues. I continue to be blessed by this site, the wisdom, the words, the scripture and the worship for our God. Grace to you today, Debbie

  • 5. Carol Reeve  |  July 11, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Michelle, I have been praying for uninterrupted, peaceful rest for you. I hope you have been able to rebuild some reserves. You remain an inspiration to so many of us. Don’t let that pressure you, though. It’s OK to be scared, frustrated, weak and tired. We will continue to pray for you, that God’s strength will remain your strength. I’m not even sure how that works, but I’ve seen it happen in your life, so I know it’s real.

    Peace and blessings,
    Carol Reeve


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