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May 24, 2007 at 10:57 pm 5 comments

i know i know it’s been a while since i have updated.  i feel like a chicken running around in circles with no head.  there is always something i am late with, missing, forgot or throwing together.  mike is still amazing surprising, annoying,impressing, and frustrating me.  he takes a random and sudden interest in something and then passionately grills me for details from our long unused hottub maintenance, the Young Life golf marathon this week, finances, anything that pops into his head.  he is still slowly but surely progressing with all therapies, physical, occupational, and speech.  and his pain is still mostly manageable with ice packs and position changes.

he goes in for a head CT next tuesday as a followup from his april surgery.  his scar is beautiful and his hair is growing back with highlights on one side from the peroxide i used to clean the wound early on.  he has had a serious cough (with clear congestion) for about a month.  could be allergies but i am hoping to get a pulmonologist to check the trach and its necessity while we are at the hospital that day.  my desire would be that with mike’s strong cough we might be able to risk removing the trach soon.  it has been a non issue since fall that it was better to keep it as a precaution should mike get very sick again.  the advantages would be that it would be less infection risk and would probably aggravate his throat less and produce less congestion.  please pray for continued unhindered progress, for relief from sudden spurts of anxiety, for that monstrous cough and for the right time for trach removal.  we are more than blessed by the amazing people we have been called to run this race with.  oh, i forgot, mike’s sister-in-law is staying with him this weekend while i galavant off for a young life work weekend helping prepare timberwolf lake in michigan for that first batch of summer campers.  it will be a different kind of work and i am excited to be able to go with relief that mike is well cared for.  and our daytime caregiver, Don, is plugging away doing all the new exercises the therapists have been working on.  he is an immense blessing as well.

full of praise (and occasionally that cranky complaining streak),  michelle


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  • 1. Sarah Naffziger  |  May 25, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Hi Michelle~

    It was sweet to hear your voice on the phone last night — and the children in the background too. 🙂 You continue to amaze me by your unselfishness through & through. When most people (with lives much less demanding then your “normal” day in & day out) would desire to get away for a weekend escape at a spa, your heart’s desire is to jump into days of physical labor preparing a camp for high school kids that need to hear the Gospel. What a beautiful example of Christ you are for me to follow. Your faithfulness inspires me always.

    Grace & Peace with you today~

  • 2. Heather Schmidt  |  May 25, 2007 at 10:08 am


    You amaze me as well. You are allowed to be cranky and the fact that you admit it is wonderful too. You are truly amazing. As are your family, and Mike’s, and all of the others that are involved in your day to day care. Prayers for continued good health (hopefully just allergies with the cough), for continued therapy that exceeds your wildest dreams, and that Mike will feel no pain.

    May this weekend bring you much joy and peace. May Mike’s sister-in-law have a wonderful weekend and may you all continue to feel God’s peace and strength daily. Take care.

    Love and prayers,

  • 3. Mike and Mitzi Kalin  |  May 25, 2007 at 8:47 pm


    You have probably already left for Timberwolf, but if you read this, swing by St. Joe on your way home.
    Love, love, love,
    Mike and Mitzi

  • 4. Jenny H.  |  May 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    Wishing you all a good weekend. Thanks for continuing to share the details of progress and prayer needs. Consider yourselves hugged.

  • 5. Debby Baumhower  |  May 30, 2007 at 11:16 am

    Hi Michelle,
    You certainly have alot on your plate; God bless you.
    With all of Mike’s questions regarding daily maintenance has to be frustrating, yet good that he is so aware and taking an active interest in such.
    Is Timberwolf near Cadillac, MI? That is a beautiful area; a nice respite for you.

    Debby Baumhower


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