11/3/06 9pm

November 3, 2006 at 10:17 pm 9 comments

every little thing gradually falls into place.  i have been watching and learning more intensely than ever during these last few days of therapy at marianjoy.  yesterday we maneuvered to get mike into his wheelchair using this big hoyer? lift which is a lot like a little carnival ride from bed to chair.  it is harder than you might think with a guy whose one leg really prefers sticking straight out in front of him.  i commented that mike is a lot like a puzzle piece and you have to figure out what fits where…(i tend to lose and squish his arm when i am doing his tranfers).  the more i thought the more i figured everything about mike is a puzzle piece in a sense–physically, carewise, therapies, whatever.  each piece has  a place, a time to squeeze in a hospital stop, then a big piece of inpatient therapy, now we are holding the homecare piece trying to figure out which way it goes and becoming accustomed to its shape and how it fits in comparison to the pieces we have already placed.  i like this analogy because it makes me feel less nervous about the newness of the next piece and instead eager to see how it will contribute to the whole picture, every single juncture.  I interviewed a couple of caregivers today and felt very good about one in particluar.  i am encouraged to see God work through this new figure.  and always i give praise to the wonders of those who have invested in mike.  you would think i could get used to miraculous people, but not really.  i am in awe of the grace administered by so many at Marianjoy from sports scores to babysitting offers!  their giftedness is a glory to God.  so still a busy week ahead… a ramp going in tomorrow morning, more care training on monday and tuesday and an appointment with a gentleman working on a medical benefits trust.  wednesday is still the due date for home. 

informations sake… after much discussion regarding mike’s trach we decided to keep it in and accessible but capped 24 hours a day.  he has some scar tissue from having it removed (oh so briefly) last july and if he repeats that in and out again he uses up his chance to get it out again.  so we will bide time with it by now as a precaution should he get sick enough to need his airway controlled again.  he will not be utilizing the trach but will retain access if necessary.  also, he was eligible to have the skull cap put back in but we were advised by mike’s marianjoy doctor to let that surgery wait as well to decrease risk of infection accompanying a significant surgery.  also, there is no medical necessity for it–in fact, they consider it cosmetic!  so keeping trach and hole in the skull for now. 

 love and thanks,    michelle

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  • 1. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  November 5, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Michelle and Mike,
    We are so excited for this next step in the process to take place. Already so much progress has made – can you imagine what this time next year will bring? “He gives us more than we can ask for or imagine”… Our prayers and thoughts continue.
    Love Always,
    mike and mitzi

  • 2. Emily Bishop  |  November 5, 2006 at 2:55 pm


    I had to read your post a couple of times to “take In” what you are doing….and I literally thanked the Lord at breakfast today for the temperament that he has given you…..Praise be to Him that you are equipped to do what you need to do on a day by day basis. He HAS given you manna for today and the abiity to focus on the task directly ahead of you….The present is now, and we must all let HIM handle the future….I have you on my mind and heart always, and you continue to have an army of prayer warriors and doers beside you as this next phase begins. Thank you for showing us endurance and perseverance and wht love TRULY is…



  • 3. Heather  |  November 5, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Know that you are covered in prayer as this new journey begins. I know God is carrying you and Mike every step of the way! God Bless you and God Bless the caregiver coming to your home.

    Love and prayers,
    Heather Schmidt

  • 4. Barbara Gobrail  |  November 6, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    Michelle, Many prayers during this time of transition. Yes, it is scary facing the unknown, but you are not alone – He is with you.
    have my own memories of the Hoyer lift. After a serious car crash 15 years ago, I needed to use a Hoyer lift for a period of time. I was anxious to be somewhat mobile, but I will never forget the time that the hospital personnel was not familiar with the assembly of the lift and did it incorrectly. I thought I was being squeezed to death! The frame for the lift was missing! And I remember wondering whether the amount of time that it took to assemble and then get me into it prior to moving, was worth the effort! I now can say it was! Give the kids and Mike a hug from all the Gobrails in Dayton, Ohio!

  • 5. Steve Fisher  |  November 7, 2006 at 10:29 am

    Hello Michelle and Michael:

    Home is a good place. A place of refuge and strength. It will be hard to have Mike at home but it will be also very good. Hang in there. There will be so much more for Mike to look forward to. A familiar place, familiar smells, pleasant memories. And to see you and the kids every day – no greater joy for a husband and father. Praise the Lord for this next chapter – what a book! Still praying daily,


  • 6. Sarah Naffziger  |  November 8, 2006 at 11:46 am

    We are lifting all of you up on this day of Mike’s homecoming! Praise the Lord for all He has done & all He has yet to do!

  • 7. Debbie Dixon  |  November 8, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    Thoughts and prayers with you today as we all look forward to the news of Mike’s returning home to Michelle and their children and God’s leading you to the right caregiver. I am reminded of Romans 12:12 that spoke to so many of us back in March and throughout this journey, as it continues: Be JOYFUL in HOPE, PATIENT in AFFLICTION adn FAITHFUL in PRAYER. God Bless, Debbie Dixon

  • 8. Beth Griebel  |  November 9, 2006 at 11:38 am

    We have been praying for this new transition home. I am sure there are a lot of unexpected surprises and we will continue to ask the Lord to pour out extra amounts of grace and strength to every one of you. I can’t help but think Mike watching his kids at home will be the best dose of medicine he could have ever received. We will continue to pray for good progress.
    All our love
    The Griebels

  • 9. Lynn Zak  |  November 10, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Michelle, this is from my devotional this morning and it was something I wanted to share with you. You are in the prayers of so many as you transition with Mike into this next phase. We are thinking of you both all the time!

    “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

    * “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

    * “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).

    * “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory forever and forever” (Philippians 4:19).

    * “Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

    God is good. He does not abandon us. He is always there. He cares more about us and His work then we do. Don’t fret, listen to Him whisper promises in your ear. God is there. He will take care of you.

    ~Father God, you are so amazing. So tender and caring. Thank you for supplying all of our needs. Amen.


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