7/23/06 11:00 pm

July 23, 2006 at 11:12 pm 3 comments

oh my gosh, i get more attention than i can fathom.  thanks for all your encouragements, all your care, all your prayers most of all.  mike is still what i describe as just ok.  (though his brother tom was in this weekend and thought he looked great!)  i say mike’s ok because he is much more awake and alert than last week but he is still not able to communicate in any way yet.  he is starting to move his right hand a bit but he has not blinked, squeezed or moved in response to a command as far as i know.  he does seem to be regaining some facial expression but won’t specifically smile if asked or anything like that.  his doctor seems accepting of the slow progress and says that they are doing everything possible and now he just is using time to heal from the severe infection.  he could get discharged at any time since he is medically stable.  i am not sure he is ready for marianjoy again and may have to find a new destination.  I will need to talk to the discharge planner at CDH about the options and timeline.  Praise God for mike’s progress and stability.  Ask for continued strength and capacity to get back to rehab.

as for me… by grace i really experience much more contentment than disappointment.  transfers are the hardest time and lead to the most moody back and forth bouts of discouragement.  but i call for an extra babysitter and an extra nap and journal and pray and go someplace fun with my kids and thank God for how incredibly well he takes care of us.  there is no moment when i have found any of us out of his hands.  frustration certainly comes and comes like an avalanche of griping but just as quickly is washed away by the truths of God’s goodness evidenced in each day of my life.  i am not afraid to be honest or angry or discouraged.  that happens.  i credit your prayer for our family for how fleeting such moments are.  i am not kidding when i say God has been and is SO GOOD to us.  i am surprised by new revelations of it as the weeks fly by. 

Psalm 94:22
    But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge.

thanks, michelle

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  • 1. Heather  |  July 24, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Praise God for small miracles and of course big ones! Each day is a miracle as we have witnessed. Prayers for continued alertness and strength for all. Prayers for the best place for Mike and for all those caring for him.
    Love and prayers,

  • 2. Brett Hersma and Rob Hankins  |  July 24, 2006 at 2:14 pm


    Rob and I are praying for you from out here at WildHorse Canyon. Thanks for your honest heart – we love you and will continue to lift the entire family up in our prayers.

  • 3. j zegarski  |  July 24, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Just a gentle reminder to all of you wonderful people. In addition to your prayer time for Mike and Michelle, please also lift Mike in prayer at 7 p.m. each day for more strength, becoming more alert and freedom from infection. This will enable him to get back to rehab and back to his wonderful family (Michelle, McKaela, and Eli). Thank you again and again. Mike’s mom and dad


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