July 17, 2006 at 9:30 am 8 comments

Mike has been responsive on some days, and sleepy on others.  He is attentive to visitors at times, and he will move his arms.  Not a lot has changed, but Mike’s neurologist has assured us that the time this is taking is not cause for concern.  Mike remains intubated orally, and he is receiving oxygen, but he is breathing unassisted.  If his responsiveness (and ability to swallow and cough) does not improve over the next few days, then it will likely become necessary for Mike to have another tracheostomy, in order to protect his vocal cords and to ensure that drainage can be removed from his lungs.  This is really just a precautionary and protective measure, whereas the alternative of simply removing the tube could put Mike at some risk. 

Mike also continues to receive physical and occupational therapy everyday.  It is possible that he could be released back to Marionjoy at any time.  These transfers usually happen without much warning, though.  We’ll let you know.

Please pray for more continual alertness and strength.

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  • 1. Janelle van Beek  |  July 17, 2006 at 10:34 am

    We continue to pray for you, Mike and the children daily. We will specifically pray for alertness and strength for Mike. May God shower you with His presence and comfort today and in the days to come.

    “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13

    He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

    “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

  • 2. Laura Tarro  |  July 17, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Ps 46:1-3

    “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 42:5

    My NIV study notes for Ps 46 say it is “A triumphant confession of fearless trust in God, though the continents break up and sink beneath the resurging waters of the seas–i.e., though the creation itself may seem to become uncreated…” I want to have a fearless trust in God, despite whatever is going on around me.

    I was thinking of Mike today, and wishing he were in the YL office with his feet propped up on his desk, chatting it up on the phone with a donor, rolling his eyes at an intern, and cursing at the fax machine instead of lying in a hospital bed.

    We’ve had a series of friends undergo various health crises in recent weeks (we’ve decided it’s dangerous to be our friend!), which led Jeff and I to discuss God’s sovereignty, predestination, and the problem of evil yet again–this issue is never resolved but still we feel compelled to analyze it. In the end I always come around to these truths: God is good, and he loves me, and Mike, and all our other friends that are dealing with tough things. I need to trust fearlessly in him, “though the creation itself may seem to become uncreated.”

    As we’re coming up on the four month anniversary of this thing, know that we are praying for you both (plus the kids!) all the time. We love that Mike is so passionate about kids meeting Christ that he pushes and pushes everyone around him toward their best for that purpose. We want him back in that roll. We’re still here supporting you guys.

    love, laura and jeff

  • 3. Karin Rodriguez  |  July 18, 2006 at 7:52 am

    We are always thinking of you and praying for your whole family.
    As always we would love to have the kids again anytime, please don’t hesistate to call.

    “So I pray that God, who gives hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

    Love always,

  • 4. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  July 18, 2006 at 7:59 am

    Mike and Michelle,
    This verse yelled out to me today. Peter wrote it as he was understanding the Transfiguration on the mountain – when God needed to give Jesus some reassurance and strength for the journey:” Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. ” The message is, this group got to see “the light at the end of the tunnel”. God loves us so much, that even in our trials He will find ways to show us glimpses of Himself and help us be joyful by reminding us what our suffering is for. You two have been such a model of this for us. You never seem to let go of that light. (or, the light never seems to let go of you!) I know how proud of you God must be.
    Mitzi and Mike

  • 5. Steve Fisher  |  July 18, 2006 at 2:42 pm

    Hello Michelle and Michael:

    How are you doing, Michelle? This journey has been a long one – three 40-day journeys in the wilderness. I do not know why God allows us to go through these times. It does not seem right or fair, especially for those chosing (or who have been chosen) to be in ministry. But where is that written?

    I remember sitting in an Emergency Room with a campaigner gal, Amy, who just lost her first child. While the pastor was bungling this critical time with her, Amy replies through many tears, “I know that God will not allow us to go through anything that we can not handle with His help! Steve and Patty (my wife) taught us that!” I was dumfounded. I never remembered teaching that in campaigners.

    From the Message

    1 Cor. 10:13 No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

    I don’t know too many that have faced what you have faced, but I am sure there are some. Trust in these words of truth. I pray for you every day! Receive the blessing!


  • 6. Matt Koupal  |  July 18, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Hey Michelle:

    I was just praying for you and Mike and your beautiful kids. I put you squarely in God’s hands.

    We love you!

    Matt and JoAnne

  • 7. Lisa Ratchford  |  July 19, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Dear Michelle,
    I’ve prayed for strength and alertness for Mike, and I’ve also been comforted in knowing that in his sleepiness, these words are true . . . let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:12) We are the beloved. Love, Lisa

  • 8. Beth & Dan Griebel  |  July 19, 2006 at 11:42 am

    We continue to pray and await MIke’s return to Marionjoy where he can concentrate more on rehabilitation. Michelle, Jill, Fred and the rest of the Z clan, we are praying for you to have peace as you walk through this hard time with MIke. We love you all and will continue to pray.

    Dan and Beth


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