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8/14/06

Mike was up in his wheelchair today for a couple of hours, and he was in good spirits during a visit with Michelle and the kids.  He and McKaela were copying each other’s facial expressions back-and-forth, goofing around.  When Michelle asked how he was doing, he answered that he is okay, specifically in response to her concerns that he might be feeling depressed.  Therapy is also going well.

Michelle posted in the comments the other day, so you may have seen this already, but maybe not, so she’s being syndicated here …

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

August 14, 2006 at 11:52 pm 10 comments


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