7/22/07 11:30 pm Weekend visit with Mike

July 22, 2007 at 11:45 pm 2 comments

I had the chance to visit Mike this weekend. He seemed to be in good spirits. He was also very alert and in very little discomfort (from arm cramps) while I was there.

Mike’s range of motion appears to be improving, along with his upper body strength. Don continues to stretch him daily, and Mike continues the exercises he was doing in connection with physical and occupational therapy. It is really an unspeakable blessing that he can continue to push himself in these areas. (I truly cannot put into words here how thankful I was to see it.)

Sunday morning, I could hear Don leading Mike through some speech exercises, practicing certain sounds, etc. I have to say I was impressed by Mike’s volume and clarity. Although his speech is not always understandable, it is improving. I find myself often able to understand him now, frequently without asking him to repeat himself, whereas even a few months ago I felt helpless to understand much of what he would say. Please pray that Mike can be relieved of the trach soon. I have to believe that he will be able to make a huge leap forward in his speech after it is removed.

Speaking of prayer, I would like to ask that everyone renew their prayer requests for Mike, in your churches, Bible studies, and prayer groups/chains. I am sure that Mike is not far from the thoughts and prayers of any of us who know him and who watch this site for news. I just felt prompted to encourage renewed and fervent prayer for him, and Michelle. I doubt very much that even one in 100,000 people could very accurately imagine what Mike is going through, nor begin to realize the frustration and demand for patient faith that confront him every hour of the day. (I know that I couldn’t.) A year and four months after Mike’s injury, his recovery is still in its earliest stages, and the need for prayer is as real as ever.

Thank you for continuing to be there for him and Michelle. And, as always, if you are in the area, and can minister to Mike with an occasional visit, please do so. He needs to feel connected, and re-connected, to people. And please don’t be worried about what to talk about – you won’t be more boring than me!

Thanks again. God bless.

(Dan Z.)

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  • 1. Matt Koupal  |  July 24, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Dear Mike and Michelle:

    I blew out my L-4 and C-5 vertebra about two weeks ago. So my back, legs aand hands are in constant pain, limiting my activites to a scarce few. So following your example I’m focusing on my blessing — my wonderful wife and family patiently serving me, my ability to speak clearly, my mobility, my ability to go to church and worship, my ability to go for a hobbled wlak, my abiliity to eat food, my ability to ride around in a ca.

    Your example has helped me see the light in dark times.

    In Him alone I trust,

    Matt Koupal

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  • 2. Heather Schmidt  |  July 24, 2007 at 8:31 am

    Thank you so much for the update. Mike, Michelle and the kids are never from my thoughts and prayers. We continue to be in awe of what God has done and we will continue to pray for them and for the rest of the family. Praise God for all that He has done and what He will do. I will definitely let our church know what is happening and put him on the prayer chain. Thanks again for letting us know what is happening. God Bless.

    Love and prayers,
    Heather

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