Archive for November, 2006

11/29/06 11:45 pm

LOVE the game analogy, steve.  i did get all excited and i am not even a big fan of much of anything!  great pep talk!  ok, so here is how things are going.  mike is still staying healthy and day by day he is starting to gain some responsiveness.  he is starting to mumble a little and follow commands like saying AHH and opening his mouth for some mouthwash (on a spongy stick–still nothing to swallow).  he is starting to pick his head up, move his arms and bend his knee a bit.  all of this is pretty encouraging, in my opinion.  he is still keeping his eyes closed for the most part aside from a little peeking open occasionally.

this weekend i am going on our polar bear outreach weekend with high schoolers so mike’s parents will be helping Rafael take care of mike.  pray for a smooth and quiet experience for all of them.  pray that we would not continue to make friends with our amazing neighborhood paramedics.  pray for kids to see Christ in a new, amazing way.  pray for us.  thanks and love,  michelle

November 30, 2006 at 12:47 am 7 comments

11/26/06 1 am

yes, mike is home!  everything went smoothly with him getting discharged from the hospital last night and some late night training on ivs and feeding pumps from a gracious homecare nurse.  we haven’t had much time to spare but we are all doing well.  we are excited to KEEP mike home this time.  we even got some extra help putting up some christmas decor today.  the glow of the colored lights is calming and peaceful.  and everyone is sleeping soundly–so i will join them.  thanks for keeping us covered in prayer!  peace and joy,  michelle

November 26, 2006 at 1:53 am 6 comments

11/22/06 11:45 pm

just an answer to  a question–rafael is still mike’s caregiver–he has been eagerly waiting for mike’s return as well.  he has been visiting mike up in the hospital daily and doing some range of motion exercises with mike to help keep his limbs loose.  definitely thank God for Rafael.  and keep his family in your prayers.  he and his wife, veronica, are both working here as caregivers and are separated from their 7 children still in the Philippines.  he blesses our family while missing his own.

November 23, 2006 at 12:43 am 2 comments

11/22/06 2:45 PM

good news… our doctor called today to announce that mike’s fever is no more and his pneumonia has cleared up so he is scheduled to head home this friday!  he will still be receiving IV antibiotics for a little while and he will be on a perpetual feeding tube to be more sensitive to his digestive system (as opposed to using his feeding tube in meal spurts 4 times daily).  so we will be learning a few new things and will adjust.  he still seemed pretty unresponsive during my visit last night but hopefully time will yield a more “entertaining” michael.  i laughed at the front page story of the naperville sun yesterday with a full page cover story on a family dealing with some medical difficulties.  the neighborhood banded together and has kept them well-fed for 3 weeks.  i am so glad their generosity was being highlighted and praised but it paled in comparison to our 8 months of meals and love, and support.  so thank you thank you thank you for the incredible miracle you continue to share with our whole family.  may your graciousness be returned to you in abundance as well!

wahoo, michelle

November 22, 2006 at 3:43 pm 3 comments

11/21/06 12:30 am

unfortunately there still isn’t much to share in the way of news.  a reminder of the assortment of prayer requests in no particular order of import… continually lower temperatures, continually improving pink eye, prevention of increased sores/wounds… mike’s prone to sores on his feet when he is laying in bed so much because his feet turn in and rub against one another, or even his toes tighten and bruise each other.  also, he loses range in his limbs because it is harder to get him the same amount of rehab when he is incapacitated in bed.  he is also prone to sores forming on his right ear where he constantly inclines his head, smashing that ear folded onto itself.  there is a lot to keep in prayer over but still a lot to be thankful for.  i am glad mike is hanging steady and not getting worse.  i celebrate his incredible progress this far.  i thank God that he is close and accessible to me and the kids.  we are constantly awash in blessing–don’t let the Liar of this world diminsh that truth in anyone’s eyes.  praise God from whom all blessings flow, michelle

November 21, 2006 at 1:31 am 6 comments

11/16/06 11 pm

every day i have to answer someone’s question about how mike is doing.  and the answer is basically, “um, not great”.  he is looking a little better than the worst of monday night but he is still weak and quiet.  he still has lungs clogged with gunk and is running fevers daily only broken up by a cooling blanket and tylenol.  then people ask how i am doing and i answer, “um, pretty good”, and it is weird because there is no reason to be anything but discouraged.  yet my spirits lifted inexplicably.  so thank you for the prayer.  thank you for the partnership.  God is certainly in this place.  with us.  thanks,  michelle

November 17, 2006 at 12:12 am 13 comments

10 pm Monday 11/13/06

the first prognosis for mike is he has a bladder infection which caused the temp which necessitates some new antibiotics and a few more days in the hospital.  but this afternoon he experienced another high fever and some of his feedings came out when they suctioned him.  so they gave him a new trach with an inflated cuff (which he has had before) and are keeping him on oxygen and checking on whether he has some kind of digestive system blockage or something that sounded like an “isis?”.  he is very out of it and wiped and sick.  it definitely felt discouraging visiting him today with no responsiveness.  but i listened to a song a friend of ours wrote about mike early on in this struggle on the way home from the hospital.  the theme is a prayer for the Redeemer to redeem.  and it drew me back to the source of all hope and encouragement, “the anchor for our souls”.  i ache anew for michael’s frailty today.  and i hold onto the savior, for me and him.  amen,  michelle

November 13, 2006 at 11:11 pm 6 comments

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