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April 5, 2007 at 12:05 am 6 comments

busy days of ministry and insurance and applications and taxes (thanks greg schultz!) and kids and even EASTER!  a few days worth of news…  i met with one of our neurosurgeons to go over the surgery and he shared that the cranioplasty (putting the plate back into mike’s head) will serve protective and cosmetic purposes but sometimes also increases alertness and verbal ability as well as decreased headaches.  there is not a real medical rationale and it is not always the case but he was hopeful that the surgery might have this effect with mike.  so he recommended moving forward for all of these reasons.  i was simply looking forward to easier hairwashing so i am feeling very hopeful!  then their office called with a surgery date sooner than i though possible… APRIL 17!!!!   mike must stay healthy prior to surgery but it  is only 2 weeks away so it becomes less of a gamble!  (not that anything is a gamble with God!)  i was told there is an inherent risk with any surgery that something could happen where his brain bleeds and we start the whole process of last year over again.  but the risk is small and the gain is great.  also i was told to prepare for a setback for mike which i would expect is similar to when he has been sick.  i expect that he will stop talking for a little while and maybe become sleepy again as he has during any serious physical stress.  he will be in the hospital a few days at least.

other considerations… we will try our best to coordinate putting in a wood floor in mike’s bedroom/family room to replace a much-stained carpet while he is in the hospital.  and i finally got a message from our insurance that mike has at long last reached his lifetime maximum.  my mom has dubbed our insurance the loaves and fishes since i was first thrown into a panic over its diminished resources by our insurance liason in july 2006.  it has kept going and going and blessed me with the opportunity to be cared for by the compassionate and prayerful Christians at the Young Life Service Center and those who worked with us through our long term disability company.  and God has not even finished collecting the baskets–he has thrown some new resources our way to walk us through the next step in insurance as Christ’s ambassadors.  so, my head is a bit cloudy with details about too many things.  but still, again, all is grace.

as for mike right now… he is almost conversational though most conversations revolve solely around how we can help reposition or recushion him to subdue his muscle pain.  a few hard days in a row take the life out of both of us in different ways.  he is enduring so much physically and i find it torturous to listen to his moaning with no ability to help beyond a 5 minute reprieve.  i am finding myself becoming numb to his call when i am trying to finish an application for insurance or finally grab a bathroom break or whatever.  i tried to peptalk him today (instead of yelling at him that i can’t do anything better than i already am) that he worships a God that has risen from the dead and as mckaela says–God lives in you.  so we have resurrection power.  i really have nothing worth offering for pain, but mike can handle this with resurrection power through our God who loves him more than life!  so i cling to that truth–for each of us!  happy Easter.  love, michelle

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barbara Gobrail  |  April 5, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Wow – Resurrection Power! What a great concept and motivator for all of us! Please give McKaela a speical kiss for us – that concept should move many of us closer to Risen Lord!

  • 2. Diane Fontaine  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    HAPPY EASTER, Zegarskis!!! God speed!

  • 3. Chad & Melissa  |  April 5, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    I once heard of a story, which you may have also heard, two men are standing in front of niagra falls admiring the power of which the water plunges down, one gentleman says “this is the most under utilized source of power there is in the world”, the other gentleman responds “No, the Holy Spirit in believers is the most under utilized source of power in the world.” Thanks for the reminder that we can do all through Christ. He is Risen.
    Gods abudant grace continue to be seen by all, the Perrys

  • 4. eli  |  April 5, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    We love you guys! We are praying for Mike to stay healthy for the surgery….thank you for communicating with us through your posts. We check it often and we feel closer to you despite the distance. Happy, happy Easter!

    matt, eli, and emma

  • 5. Gail Ebersole  |  April 5, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Mike and Michelle and kids, I am so grateful that the God who parted the Red Sea, who fed the Israelites in the desert and resurrected his Son from the dead is already alive in you. May his power and peace be with you this Easter season. YOU ARE LOVED BY MANY. Thanks for sharing your every day life with us. Much Love, Gail and Phil

  • 6. Laura Tarro  |  April 6, 2007 at 8:14 am


    Good news all around! Two things: I want to offer my husband’s handyman services for the floor. That fireman schedule comes in handy for these kinds of things (48-hours off at a time). Let me know if you need his assistance (at last something we–or at least Jeff–can DO!). He says he might have access to a nail gun for wood floors too (I’m always amazed at the kind of tools fireman just have laying their houses!)
    Second: I think we have all been more than a bit concerned about your insurance/financial position but are scared to ask too much. It’s good to know that things look good in that department. You will let us know if you have need, yes?
    Tell Mike we’re praying he stays healthy for this surgery!



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