August 29, 2006 at 8:28 pm 4 comments

Miike went to Edward last night for some attention relating to the fever which he has had for about a week-and-a-half.  He did not have a “spike” in fever, or anything alarming occur.  It appears that his doctor was just not willing to wait any longer to see the matter resolve on its own, having allowed it sufficient time to do so.  Anyway, he’s doing fine.  He has been placed on antibiotics, and he should return to ManorCare on Thursday.  Mike continues to be awake, alert, and responsive.  He has been making some good showings in therapy, so it will be great to see him return to it.

I was reminded today of how thankful we can be in all of this — even for these trials that we see Mike encounter, and which appear, more and more, simply to be a part of this process.  I ran into a former work associate who relayed a haunting account of her friend’s husband suffering a cranial hemorrhage a couple days ago.  This young man, just 31, had complained of a headache behind his eye which grew progressively worse, until he asked his wife to call an ambulance.  Paramedics worked with him in his home for awhile before transporting him to a nearby hospital, but efforts to save his life were unsuccessful.  There was no mention of surgery having been attempted (maybe it could not have been performed fast enough, or maybe they didn’t know what was happening).  He had two little girls.

We all know how many things had to come together back on March 21st (and even earlier, considering the AVM diagnosis), in order for Mike’s life to be saved.  I’m just so indescribably thankful for a brother like Mike, and that he is still with us.  I am so sorry for this other family, that they are living out the tragedy that we escaped so narrowly (or, so it appeared).  I don’t know their names, but I hope that you will say a prayer for them as they endure their loss.  And one of thanks for all we see in Mike’s progress.  We have so much to be thankful for. 

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  • 1. Suzanne Riddle  |  August 30, 2006 at 7:42 am

    Amen. Continuing in prayer for Mike and family. In His love,

  • 2. Steve Fisher  |  August 30, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Michelle:

    I had a chance to visit my mother last week in Virginia and she told me a story about my grandmother that I had never heard. When my mother was twelve years old, which would have been 1941, her mother suddenly collapsed and was in a coma for three months. When she regained consciousness, she had no visible response to the outside world. She was finally stabilized and sent home to recuperate in this semi conscious state. Later, she began to cry out for my grandfather. When he came in the room, she did not recognize him and can continued to call his name. This lack of recognition about killed him.

    Then one day, a couple of her sisters were giving her a ball off when she commented, out of the blue, that the neighbor, Mrs. Francis, was walking her dog. They went and asked my grandfather who that lady was walking her dog and he responded, “ Mrs. Francis. Why? “

    Even though she was still not able to respond to questions, it was obvious that much more was going on. Within the next month, my grandmother recovered completely. She lived a normal life for the next 25 years.

    My mother went to nursing school and tried to determine what my grandmother had been suffering from. The best she could come up with was encephalitis. In those days there were no antibiotics and the human body was the only defense against infection. And, in spite of the three months in a coma, my grandmother fully recovered. I believe that this story came up on my visit because the Lord wanted you to have another message of hope. I continue to pray daily.


  • 3. Janice  |  August 30, 2006 at 10:25 pm

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

  • 4. Liz Fay  |  August 31, 2006 at 7:53 pm

    hello dearest zegarskis.

    I just love you guys. Like, tons and tons. I haven’t been able to read through the site for a while, and those are the thoughts overwhelming my heart at the moment. I am so glad to be a part of your lives; so glad to be home with you close by (despite the whole “my-life-is-crazy-as-a-first-year-teacher” deal). I got a new Discipleship Journal today, Michelle, and there were some things in it that reminded me of you & Mike– mainly an article about the faith of Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego which focused on Daniel 3: 17-18.

    “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

    The author not only addressed their incredible faith and loyalty to God, but their specific, joyful committment to honoring God’s absolute wisdom, regardless of his decision to rescue them from the fiery furnace, through their use of the phrase, “But if not.” He says, “These three words do not ask how a loving God can treat us so unfairly or why He chooses not to intervene in our tragedies.” “The words ‘but if not’ recognize that we are unable to advise God or to criticize His ways. He alone possesses absolute wisdom. He is the just and merciful one. He is the power that sustains and rules, and we depend on Him completely in all things. He works our everything for His glory, and He deserves our praise–whether or not He frees us from difficult circumstances.”

    I see that same faith and loyalty in the words and actions of both you & Mike, Michelle. I always have, but am filled with joy at the opportunity to be reminded of it in your postings here, your phone conversations, your honesty, your mail. Thanks for being such incredible examples of faith to so many people, and to me!



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