September 28, 2006 at 11:37 pm 10 comments

i wish i had more definite details to share but mike had a great day therapywise.  he has been increasing his tolerance having the valve put on his trach hole to allow him to vocalize (talk out loud).  i believe he had it on a couple of hours this morning without a problem.  he also is continuing to impress his phyical and occupational therapists with his progress (especially despite his field trip to edward last week).  praise God he has not stagnated but continued to improve even while sick this past week.

 mike did get upset this morning and apparently was “yelling” with the nurse and therapists (before i arrived).  he was very clear in his speaking and shared a variety of sentences with them…  “i want cereal.  i’m stressed.  my leg hurts (muscle cramps and tone issues).  too many visitors…”  yes, i am proud to say that mike has been so lovingly cared for he finally felt a bit overflowing with friends.  now we did have a great visit with Young Life area directors later in the day and mike had no problem getting into the wheelchair and welcoming their time with him so it is possible his visitors complaint was a mood thing coupled with some amount of pain.  so i say, please do not be discouraged but encouraged by that comment.  i only share it in the interest of full disclosure.  if it tells you anything, may it be that mike is more than capable of conveying his annoyance in a loud and clear voice when something actually bugs him so you never have to guess at his feelings.  he will tell you if he needs space.  and, great job with visits… don’t feel like visits have to be long or weekly or anything specific.  just stop in when you have a good chance.

and finally, his therapists indicated that they thought he was doing so well today there is a good chance he may get transferred to marianjoy in less than 2 weeks.  we will have to wait and see what marianjoy says.  the step up will be great for aiming for weening him off the trach again as well as intensifying his progress overall hopefully. 

it is funny but even mike’s anger turns me to praise.  join me,   michelle

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  • 1. Jill Zegarski  |  September 29, 2006 at 8:24 am

    I am grateful, excited, teary eyed, and smiling!! What a wonderful birthday present. Happy Birthday to me from Our Heavenly Father.

    Mike, my love to you always, Mom

  • 2. Steve Fisher  |  September 29, 2006 at 11:07 am

    We are joined with you and Mike!


  • 3. Heather Schmidt  |  September 29, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    Praise God! Mike, glad you are showing your emotions. Take care and hopefully we can see you soon! I enjoyed my visit this week with you. Hope everyone didn’t tire you out too much. God Bless you all and again Praise God!!

    Love and continued prayers,

  • 4. des  |  September 29, 2006 at 4:58 pm

    love you and praising with you, michelle!

  • 5. eli margaron  |  September 30, 2006 at 10:16 am

    Dear Mike and Michelle,

    We miss you guys and are looking forward to seeing you when we come home at Christmas. Michelle, thank you for all the updates about Mike. Even though we are far away, your stories about Mike bring us closer. We can’t wait for y’all to meet Emma! She looks just like Matt!

    Eli Margaron

  • 6. Bruce and Nancy Gervel  |  September 30, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    We love seeing Mike today! He was sleepy, but what an response when we called his name! We saw intelligence, effort, and awareness! We will definitely stop by again! Seeing him in person, gives us an increased determination to aggresively pray, as we see God moving him toward his full recovery!

  • 7. RafaelVI  |  October 1, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    I stumbled across this website totally by chance. All the best in his recovery. May he be watched over.

  • 8. Emily Bishop  |  October 1, 2006 at 7:54 pm


    It was so good to see you and Mike in the same day today. Jeff read the Trib’s article to him about the big Ohio State game last night, and he pumped his fist in response to those Buckeyes killing the Hawkeyes….I felt frustrated that I couldn’t understand a point he was trying to make, and he seemed agitated that we weren’t figuring it out…..But in the larger sense, it was awesome to see him working to communicate with us. I am going to pray hard that he can be weaned off the trach….it must be unbearable sometimes for him to have us “dummies” not understanding what he needs!

    As your mother said so eloquently a few weeks back, God has certainly “punched your ticket” for the work that He has for you to do….And He will not let you fall….You are loved, supported and prayed for…..wear that like a quilt that the Lord is draping over your shoulders….He has woven it with His love to keep you warm in such a time as this…..

    Our visit ended with a circle of friends praying together…the Bishops, Bobbitts, and our dear Mike, all holding hands and petitioning God for healing and strength….and sharing our frustrations that he isn’t where we want him to be yet. It felt good for Mike to be a part of our circle – that in itself is progress.

    We know that He calls us to persevere…for at the “proper time, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up”…….so we press on….

    Love and prayers,


  • 9. Beth Griebel  |  October 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm


    This morning we sang “It is Well with My Soul” in church, and I couldn’t help but think of Mike, the entire family and your strength in the midst of this time. It was even more confirmed as our pastor spoke on “singing even when we don’t have a song in our hearts.” Your example of this rang so true in those words today. I am thankful that we have Christ to cling to in the midst of the times when we don’t feel like singing. I can’t imagine what it would be like without Him. I felt it necessary to pass these words on to you all tonight. Love you and miss you bunches!
    Love Beth

    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
    When sorrows like sea billows roll;
    Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.


    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, with my soul,
    It is well, it is well, with my soul.

    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


    My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    My sin, not in part but the whole,
    Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
    Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


    For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
    If Jordan above me shall roll,
    No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
    Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


    But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
    The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
    Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!
    Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!


    And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
    Even so, it is well with my soul.


  • 10. Matt Koupal  |  October 2, 2006 at 9:26 am

    Just like everyone else, I am so impressed with Mike’s solid if slow improvements. Luke and Puttley (our dog) and I stopped by on Friday afternoon and watched “The Rabbit of Seville”, one of Luke’s favorite bugs Bunny cartoons, with Mike. Puttley almost jumped into bed with Mike, which caused Mike’s eyes to light up and Luke to roar with laughter. Mike didn’t seem agitated at all by our raucous visit. As usual we prayed together, which especially touched Luke this time, and finished with strong double-hand squeezes. I thank God for Mike’s progress and rejoice at the simple joy of Mike’s hands both strong and at his command.

    ps When you visit Manor Care, don’t miss out on saying hello to residents Cliff, Chris and Bob. They hang out on the porch in their wheelchairs and are very fun to chat with. They liked Luke’s DVD player and Bugs Bunny cartoons a lot.


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