11/9/06 11 am Home!!!!

November 9, 2006 at 12:16 pm 29 comments

Mike is HOME!  Hurrayyyy!  The last 24 hours have been a whirlwind of procedures and medications.  We had some complications getting all the medicine at the pharmacy and had to calm our nerves and troubleshoot a bit with the homecare nurses help.  But day 2 has begun and we will continue getting organized regarding mike’s care.  Rafael is mike’s live-in caregiver.  he is incredibly attentive and caring.  we are figuring everything out as a team.  and mike himself is a little hard to pin down.  he won’t say how he feels about being home specifically.  so even though that’s the question on everyone’s mind, he is holding out on expressing feelings.  his speech is mostly mumbles with a very few thoughts out more clearly.  but he is very alert and mostly comfortable.  he had some stress with some muscle spasms in the evening but they passed and then he felt better.  as hard as it is to see him in any pain, i was glad they were not the worst i have seen.   my favorite highlight has been waking up from a loud noise around 4 am and creeping into mike’s room to check on him.  his little red trach cap was on the floor–he must have had a strong cough, blown it off, and kept right on sleeping.  i stopped and watched him snoring happily away after putting the cap back on.

i am driven to worship.  God is so good.  glad to be home together again.  in christ,   michelle

oh, p.s.  my quiet time this morning talked about life and death and focused on Philippians 1:20-24  here is part…  “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death… (by ability or by disability is what i want to add on)… so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.”

i believe God is redeeming all things for his glory and our good but i also see that it takes immense courage and trust to allow God to use all things, either our health or sickness, our life or death.  i pray that mike will be a living example of this verse, that these words would become his own.  i pray that he would “in no way be ashamed”.

a last addition… thanks Marionjoy family for the hugs and goodbyes and well-wishes and utter wholehearted care.  what a blessing.

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  • 1. Joanne Redford  |  November 9, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    YAY!!! =)

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  • 2. Steve Fisher  |  November 9, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    Hello Michelle:

    Wahoo! I am praying that Mike will live out that verse so you and Mike will continue to be equally yoked, since you are already living out that verse. Immense courage – that is what we see in you! Hang in there! What a gift to be able to waken at 4 a.m. and see Mike and go back to bed. A simple thing I take for granted each day and something you have not had for almost 8 months.

    Bless you, Mike and the kids!

    Steve

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  • 3. Sarah Naffziger  |  November 9, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    We are so excited your family is all back together under the same roof. Praise the Lord!!!!
    Hugs to all of you,
    Sarah & Chad

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  • 4. Julia Redford  |  November 9, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    hooray! 🙂

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  • 5. kathy z  |  November 9, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    THanks be to GOD!!!
    We’ve been praying since March for this day! We will continue to pray for healing, pain free days, positive moods, and good health for all.
    Take Care
    kathy

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  • 6. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  November 9, 2006 at 4:14 pm

    Praise!!! We are all celebrating this most recent step in the journey.
    Love,
    Mike and Mitzi

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  • 7. shelly  |  November 9, 2006 at 6:48 pm

    REJOICE!

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  • 8. matt and eli  |  November 9, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    YES! how awesome. we can’t wait to see you guys at christmas and continually pray for strength and renewal.

    you all are a continuing inspiration to so many people every day!!!! don’t ever forget it.

    matt and eli margaron

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  • 9. Heather  |  November 9, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Praise God. What else is there to say? You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

    Love and prayers,
    The Schmidts

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  • 10. angela reeves  |  November 9, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

    PEACE
    ANGELA REEVES

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  • 11. Ashley Loan  |  November 9, 2006 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome to hear that Mike is finally home!

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  • 12. Leah and Ryan  |  November 9, 2006 at 9:20 pm

    Happy to hear Mike’s journey home is restful. Blessings to all of you!
    Home sweet home!

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  • 13. Jess Lucht  |  November 10, 2006 at 7:41 am

    Praise God that you can all be together again! I can’t wait to visit!

    XOXO,

    Jess

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  • 14. Kevin and Carol Reeve  |  November 10, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Fantastic! It has been and continues to be our prayer that your home environment will stimulate his development and rehabilitation in a dramatic way. Peace be with you.

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  • 15. Gail and Phil Ebersole  |  November 10, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Dear Mike and Michelle and kids, we are thrilled for you all and will be praying as this new journey and adventure begins.
    Blessings to you all….Love, Gail and Phil

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  • 16. Melissa & Chad  |  November 10, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Yeah, Praise the Lord His love endures forever. What a great passage, thanks for sharing it. I will pray that for Mike as well.

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  • 17. Stacy Schmelzel  |  November 10, 2006 at 11:37 am

    I’m so excited!!! God is so GOOD!!!

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  • 18. Matt Koupal  |  November 10, 2006 at 12:14 pm

    What a blessing and miracle! I feel so blessed to have been able to watch God work this out. More work is ahead, but please know that many, including me and Luke and Joanne, are still in prayer for you and ready to help.

    But won’t you miss the rides to the hospital(s)?

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  • 19. Ann-Marie  |  November 10, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    I am so hapy Mike is back home again, Praise God!

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  • 20. Emily Bishop  |  November 11, 2006 at 12:08 am

    …..and the journey continues…and YOU are equipped for the tasks that God has laid before you…..Just looking at the posts above mine are just a glimpse of the love and support you have – We are all in your corner……please try to be kind to yourself as you adjust to this new phase of HOME.

    God continue to bless you and keep you and make His face shiine upon you….May He lift up his countenance upon you, and give you PEACE….now and forever more…..Our love to Mike.

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  • 21. PATRICE  |  November 11, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    Tears of joy and thanksgiving flow from me right now. I am forever in praise of our awesome God!! I pray that He continues to strengthen Mike and you, Michelle, as you both move on down the recovery road. Our love to you, Mike, Michaela, and Eli

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  • 22. MELISSA RIDGEWAY  |  November 11, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT MIKE WENT HOME. WE ALL MISS HIM HERE AT MARIANJOY. I WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK. I PRAY FOR HIM EVERYDAY. PLEASE KEEP US POSTED ON HOW HE IS DOING. THANKS FOR BEING SO KIND TO US MICHELLE. TAKE CARE.

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  • 23. Mary stadler  |  November 11, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    I am so happy for all of you! Although I asked about visiting schedules previously, I never made it out to see Mike. (I’ve had a very heavy travel schedule). But, here I am asking the question again now that he is home. Will you post information concerning how you feel about visitors for Mike. Are there going to be hours? Do you want folks to call to see if it’s a good time for your family? Is visiting helpful? Maybe you will need time with him at home before you can answer these questions. Please just us all know.

    Your in my prayers as always,

    Mary

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  • 24. Rachel E  |  November 11, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Michelle,
    I am so happy to hear of the progress. Please tell Mike “welcome home” for me. I continue to pray for you and Mike and your whole family. While this is such a happy and joyful time, it is also a time of great change for everyone in your family. You have a lot to adjust to and I can imagine that things feel overwhelming in both good and crazy ways. I pray for peace, patience, courage, and strength for you and Mike and your kids and Rafael as you get used to living together again…but in a new way. I also pray that you are able to find some moments to yourself to reflect, relax, re-energize, and hey, even eat some chocolate and some ice-cream. I look forward to hearing about your continued journey. Love, Rachel (and Mitch and Caden)

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  • 25. Kim and Dave  |  November 11, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    We join you in a hearty “Thank You Lord!” And we continue to lift your whole family before the King.

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  • 26. Matt And Anne  |  November 12, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    So good to hear.

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  • 27. Mark Lehner  |  November 12, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    Welcome home Mike. I pray that this big step leads to less stress and quicker healing. I will be coming up that way the week after Christmas. I hope we can stop in and see you guys. Love,
    Mark

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  • 28. Sharon Bollinger  |  November 12, 2006 at 11:53 pm

    We just got home from a weekout of state and one of the first things I did was to check in on Mike! I was hoping we would find him back home as planned while we were gone. Seeing the ramp go in last week down the street was very exciting in and of itself as preparations were being made. We praise God for Mike’s return home, for Rafael, for adjustments already made and those in the making, and for all that God has done and will continue to do for all of you. We will keep lifting your family up in prayer, for God is the best at meeting those needs unspoken, isn’t He? Please be patient with yourselves as you adjust to yet more changes, as wonderful as they are. May God continue to meet you where you need Him most. We are VERY happy for you all being together once again!!!! Praise God!!!! Much love- Sharon

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  • 29. Jim and Sandy Briggs  |  November 13, 2006 at 8:20 pm

    We are so happy for you and your extended family. At Thanksgiving dinner we always asked our son before prayer to tell us what he was thankful for the past year. You have a wonderful reason to be thankful for this year. MIKE is home!! We know all your friends will join you in this glorious blessing and we want to share in your happiness. God Bless and Peace be with you and the family. Jim and Sandy Briggs

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