August 9, 2006 at 9:48 pm 16 comments

Mike has been back at ManorCare, and making some good showings in therapy, all week.  The most important thing for now, it seems, is time.  Time to work in a rehabilitation environment, uninterrupted.  This is the critical time: the time during which Mike can make real progress in his recovery.  So, please pray that this opportunity will continue for as long as Mike needs it, and that he will remain safe from infection and other potential setbacks.

We’ve all responded to the emergencies Mike has encountered over these past months, and it is good to know that another one is finally behind him.  But the “emergency” now is that there be time for Mike to work — free of these exhausting emergencies.  He is showing that he is ready for it, that he wants to work hard, and that he’s not quitting.  Let’s match his effort with our own. 

And don’t hesitate to visit, of course.  Mike would love to see you.  (Thanks for being there when we can’t.)


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  • 1. Connie Bultema  |  August 10, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    To all of you who prayed for Michelle at camp last week in Michigan, THANK YOU. She had a wonderful experience. ” It was a great trip!” She promises to let you know that herself when she has a computer working. Currently, she is without and can’t go online at all. So, she can’t post, but asked me to let you all know that. She will post as soon as she can. Mike is improving a bit daily, but is experiencing quite a bit of pain in his legs. They are giving him Tylenol, but are reluctant to give him anything stronger. The doctor is not surprised by this pain, but it is difficult to see MIke so uncomfortable. So, pray for freedom from pain and infection as well as perseverance and determination for Mike. Thanks again for your faithfulness.

  • 2. Gretchen  |  August 10, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you Connie for the update. I was very intrigued to hear how Michelle’s time at camp went, and excited that Mike did so well while she was away. I praise her, admire her, and see GRACE in her to do what she is doing every day. This entire family is an ispiration to me, a GOD MOMENT in my life that I hope to share with Michelle and family soon.

    In HIS NAME!
    Gretchen, God Bless all who are fighting right along with the Zegarski’s

  • 3. Debbie Dixon  |  August 11, 2006 at 7:41 am

    United in prayer for the Zegarski family. Am encouraged by Mike’s progess, Michelle’s good week at camp AND continued specific prayer requests. Are we all still cognizant of lifting up Mike at 7 pm. Chicago time each eveinng? What an awesome display of love and petition if we are gathered on Mike’s behalf at the same tiime. Of course keep the prayers throughout the days and nights as well. Love to all concerned, Debbie

  • 4. Steve Fisher  |  August 11, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Hey Michelle and Mike:

    Michelle, I was reflecting on what you wrote on August 5th while I was praying: “I just believe that as soon as he is standing on his own, nothing will be able to stop him”. The verse came into my head from Psalm 30, verse 11a.:” You (God) turned my wailing into dancing;” Some translation use the word “sorrow” for wailing. Websters says that sorrow is sadness due to a loss. Mike has lost his good health, and his ability to stand (for now.) My vision was Mike dancing with you, Michelle. I don’t know if he was much of a dancer before but he will be!

    The rest of the psalm:

    ” 11b. you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
    12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
    O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

    As I envision the dance between you and Mike, you, Michelle, are dressed in a beautiful gown of JOY!



  • 5. Emily Bishop  |  August 11, 2006 at 11:17 am

    Will pray for time for hard work, and for Mike to feel progress! I wake up and go to bed with all of you on my heart.

    God bless you and keep you every moment.



  • 6. Jo Vaughn  |  August 11, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    I’m sure my name means nothing to all of you, but I have been following Mike’s situiation & condition for a while, 1st thru my church’s weekly prayer list and now online. I was given this site when I requested the Zegarski’s address to send them a note.
    We are quite familiar with brain injury since our oldest daughter suffered a brain injury at 24, while a high school teacher. She was at Central DuPage Hospital then Marianjoy and received EXCELLENT care and attention. Her injury was not caused by an AVM, but there are many similarities. I’m sure that Mike and the rest of the family has found the same in these hospitals. We have gotten to know som who had an AVM thru support groups.
    I want to encourage you all that even tho even the very earth sometimes to be shifting beneath you, God is right there with you, as well as with Mike. And He is the One in control of when, where & by whom Mike is being treated. We have been down the road you’re traveling. Our hearts and prayers will continue to be with you. (this is so neat to be able to keep up to date practically daily.)
    We have been involved in support groups for over 10 years now and we hightly recommend your participating in 1 as soon as you are able. Marianjoy has 1, which has been very helpful to us and many others. The location would probably be quite convenient for you.
    If you’d ever like to talk, just let me know.
    In prayer,
    ~ Jo
    (hope this isn’t too long)

  • 7. Heather Schmidt  |  August 12, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    We continue to pray for Mike and all of you. Each day we are amazed by what God has done in your lives. May He continue to be the ever-present strength you need right now.

    Thank you for the update. I can’t wait to go and see Mike again and see his progress. May there be no more emergencies, may the pain in his legs subside and may there be time to really “get into” therapy so he can come home. Pray Big!!!

    God Bless! Love and prayers,Heather

  • 8. michelle zegarski  |  August 13, 2006 at 10:50 pm

    hey, dan, i am writing this at the office whil i have annie & jordan babysitting so i don’t have the login info with me… but if you want/ are able to put it as a post-fine. otherwise, people, pray-ers, here are my thoughts in the comment spot!
    oh my gosh, what an amazing 2 weeks it has been. camp was more than good or great. i am stunned at how much fun, how much ministry, how much energy i enjoyed. kids had a great week of adventure and saw Jesus. i have never come home with so much energy, and refreshment before. your prayers are amazing at upholding my family. it almost seems shameful that it takes such extreme difficulties to call us to live by prayer because more people than just me could be using this kind of power! mike did not seem to suffer too much setback from his brief Edward hospital stay while i was gone. he has been back at manorcare for more than a week and is doing wonderfully. he is using a (i have NO clue how to spell this) pacymere valve on his trach during speech therapy so that he can still utilize the trach and verbalize at the same time. they are also impressed with his swallowing which is great for his muscles and will help with speech. Monday will include more practice with this as well as getting mike into a wheelchair for the first time since he left marianjoy. I just got back from hanging out with mike tonight. we talked a while (me talking, him sometimes mouthing a word and nodding his head to answer questions) and then we watched tv together. he said he was feeling ok physically and emotionally. i told him there is sometimes concern for his emotional outlook and he said he is basically not great but ok. i figure it is hard to really be great in a hospital bed all day so i figure the ok seems like abundant grace to me all the same. he definitely seems relaxed and comfortable. i haven’t seen him in pain all week.
    i have been teaching mckaela simple songs like “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me. he loves me so…” and i enjoy her very bad singing along with my very bad singing. but i also enjoy the chance to proclaim the truth of those words out loud, over and over. he is so good. wow and thanks for being tools of his goodness to us.
    by the way, what a distinct and unique pleasure to catch up on 2 weeks of encouragement through your comments all at once. a broken computer does have its perks after all.
    love and joy,
    michelle z

  • 9. Debbie Dixon  |  August 14, 2006 at 8:34 am

    PRAISE GOD for lack of pain for Mike, wonderful uplifting times for you Michelle and voices proclaiming in unison “God is so good” Music to God’s ears to be sure. The power of prayer, a loving God and faithful followers of Jesus are an incredible show of strength, encouragement and energy for everyone. May God conitnue to be in your midst helping Mike to heal and continue to progress. May God’s grace cover all the “Z’s” and caregivers in the week ahead. In His marvelous love, Debbie

  • 10. Heather Z  |  August 14, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    We will be thinking about you and MIke tomorrow as your little nephew enters the world! We are so excited that he will share your birthday!! (To all of you reading this: Yes, tomorrow is Michelle’s birthday!)

    I am thrilled and give thanks and praise to God for how Mike is progressing! At church a couple of weeks ago, our pastor was talking about having victory in Christ. He made a statement that I needed to be reminded of that “Jesus is the only One qualified to be an All-sufficient Savior”. That pricked my heart, reminding me that He is all we need in the midst of this difficult time for our family. He IS all-sufficient!!!!

    Thank you, Michelle for sharing Dan’s and my joy and excitement, in the midst of trying times, as we bring another little Zegarski into the world! We will call you as soon as possible! We love you so much. Please tell Mike how much we love him, too.


  • 11. Chad & Melissa Perry  |  August 14, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    What a clear picture of the reality of the world we live in and the God we serve this website and the journey you are all on has been to me.

    In my life and I would say most of us who live in suburbs, houses, have jobs, “the american dream” etc., the stark contrasts of tragedy vs. victory, life vs. death, great joy vs. deep sorrow has never been so closely intwined and intermixed. And never have I witnessed a journey so closely related to that of Joseph and how in the midst of great struggle, dissappointment…the Lord and His grace, power, joy, peace, goodness, and sovereignty have been so evident and glorified.

    To God be the glory for how you his children have persevered in His grip these past months.
    Happy Birthday, Michelle All of you our in our prayers.
    Congratulations on being an aunt and uncle, what a gift. I will pray all goes well with the delivery.

  • 12. Michael & Beth Ann Hunter  |  August 14, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Michelle, Just wanted to send you a HAPPY Birthday greeting for tomorrow! We have you in our prayers and are inspired by you. I’m thankful that your week at camp went well and pray you will continue to see God working in amazing ways in Mike’s recovery and in your life.

    Happy Birthday. May God bless you beyond belief with His peace, comfort, JOY and laughter tomorrow.

    The Hunters

  • 13. Heather Schmidt  |  August 14, 2006 at 5:03 pm


    It was great seeing you yesterday! Thanks for opening your eyes and listening to me ramble on and on about nothing! You look great! God is truly working in your life. Keep it up! Prayers to all who are working with you! We love you!

    Love and prayers,

  • 14. Peggy Lehner  |  August 14, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    Happy Birthday Michelle! Jim and I are so looking forward to seeing you and mike on Friday. I will call you on Thursday to let you know when we will be at the hospital as we really want to see you both! So glad to hear your week was so absolutely wonderful and powerful.

  • 15. Mom and Dad  |  August 15, 2006 at 12:00 am

    “I love you because you are MY little one, my very own child. From the moment you were born, I cared for you, and wanted what was best for you…. I love you all the time, because you are mine….That’s the reason. And it is so simple. But that’s the way mothers are.” Your Father in heaven loves you for the same reason. It has nothing to do with acts, but with who and whose you are. Your dad and I are grateful you know who you are and who you belong to and have experienced the unconditional love of your heavenly Father. We are so proud of you! We are especially proud of the way you have responded to His outpouring of grace in your life at this time. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” (Psalm 127:3) We thank Him for placing you in our care. It’s been quite a trip! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE ONE! We love you!

  • 16. Karin Rodriguez  |  August 15, 2006 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday Michelle!! Please call so we can take the kids for you and maybe you could have some time for whatever on your birthday.

    Keep up the great work Mike, you all continue to be in our prayers everyday.

    Karin and family


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