September 16, 2006 at 3:01 pm 5 comments

some weeks are easier to sit than others.  i think i even hear eli waking up right now so i will be brief… WOW what fun visitors have been.  Wow, how you have stepped up to the plate.  please continue to stop in.  i say feel free to read anything, talk, pray, play, watch tv anything.  even when i am not in the mood, any kind of diversion is a blessing for at least a little while.  if you are unsure whether he is enjoying himself, then just keep it brief (like 10 minutes) and at the very least it will be a change!  Rest assured, he is more than capable of being clear if he is uncomfortable or in pain or irritated.  That is when he practically shouts.  if it is hard to understand him then the truth is he is probably being a bit noncommital.  so i say unless he shouts NO at you loud and clear, feel free to interact any way you want to try.

mike has been extra sleepy this week and did have a slight fever one night.  he is doing ok and has been capable of participating in all of his therapies but we are hoping he perks back up soon.  Monday night he had a short seizure which is not uncommon or unexpected with any head injury.  he has been on anti-seizure medicine all along but this is the second seizure in the last 2 weeks so they did adjust the preventative medication which is a possible explanation for the sleepiness. 

they are tentatively planning for him to be reevaluated and sent back to Marianjoy in Wheaton in 2 weeks or so.  he will partake in some more agressive therapy there and we are excited for his return.  Manorcare has been an incredible blessing full of excellent and compassionate caregivers.  please praise God yet again for surrounding us with skilled and sensitive people who go above and beyond.

while listening to a favorite mix cd on wednesday i noticed mike saying something.  a lot of what he says is too mumbled to understand so at first i couldn’t follow.  then i realized it was in synch with the song playing.  he was singing along to the random verses in “american music” by violent femmes.  it made me laugh, brightened my day.

thanks and praise,    michelle

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  • 1. Laura Tarro  |  September 16, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    “Do you like American music? We like all kinds of music. But I like American music best . . . baby. I need a date to the prom. Would like to come along? Nobody will go to the prom with me . . . baby.”
    Those are profound words. Good to know Mike hasn’t lost his sense of humor, or his exquisite taste in music : ) Thinking of and praying for you guys every day.


  • 2. Bessma  |  September 16, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    It was good to be with you & Mike even for the short time. I have to say that the visit blessed me at many levels but most importantly, I was able to see God at work in how He is sustaining Mike & how He is covering you with His abundant and free gift of Grace every step of this journey.

    Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

    —2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

    Your Sister in Christ,

  • 3. Rachel E  |  September 17, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for the update, Michelle. Say “hi” to Mike for us! Lots of love to all of you, Rachel, Mitch, and Caden

  • 4. Erin Strong  |  September 18, 2006 at 9:36 am

    Im down at school in Kentucky and I have been praying for you and your family nonstop! The leaders here, especially Matt Harrison our area director ask about Mike and you guys from time to time. You are in all of our prayers and I continue to admire your strength and trust in the Lord. I won’t be home until Thanksgiving, but i would love to come visit sometime that weekend! Take care and God Bless

    Love always,
    Erin Strong

  • 5. Matt Walker  |  September 19, 2006 at 10:50 am

    We’ve been missing you guys here in Colorado. It’s hard to be far away, but encouraging to hear that Mike is making progress. We love that we get the privlidge to pray for you. Tell Mike we said hi and can’t wait to see him in December. You are both examples of the ways in which God continues to amaze me.


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