November 7, 2007 at 3:38 pm 9 comments

I was just watching 10 minutes of the movie John Q where they tell this couple their child will soon die as his heart gives out & they cannot do surgery without paying in cash. I was sick as I finally realized how gargantuan maxing out on your million dollar insurance policy is. How insane to have been gifted with the means to pay each bill and not worry about our next meal (it’ll just show up on our porch, right?). How even in my deepest gratitude, I can never fully fathom the depths of God’s grace as he continues to care for us, calm us, challenge and lead us. How he has shown us his face in an army of prayer warriors who battle on even more than a year and a half later. I don’t know. Just hard to imagine facing this struggle and then not getting the very care your life depends on as the characters in that movie. it just highlights the magnitude of our blessings.
Anyhow, mike has had 2 checkups on the baclofen pump in his belly/spine. Like I said, he has no pain and he is visibly looser in his muscles but his stiffer leg while not hyperextended, still sticks out. Each appt they have increased the dosage 20%. The marianjoy doctor said that we will continue increasing 20% a week until mike’s leg is sitting where he wants it. He said that could hopefully be finished by Christmas. It is longer than I had hoped but it is hard to gripe about waiting when you have seen such miracles.
When the baclofen dosage is deciphered, we will look into tendon releases which is a surgery they would use to lengthen? taut tendons. I might be off in my understanding since it is still a distance away from now. But that might be next in the list of goals and then, maybe, we will get a crack back at marianjoy. But I could finagle no guarantees or even predictions from the doctor. So meanwhile we will simply do our best at home. Pray for mike’s perseverance, his vision, his purpose. Keep praying for grace for me. I think it might even work when you pray because I have felt overall better/nicer lately. Just thought I would let you know!
Thanks and praise, michelle

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  • 1. Kim Johnson  |  November 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks again for providing us with Mike updates! You know we all check this website so often to see how he is doing. I will ask for prayers for both you and Mike today at youth bible study. I want you to feel our prayers! Give Mike a hug……..hoping to stop by some time soon.

  • 2. the albaughs  |  November 7, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    …”we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life…….but this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead….On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” –2corinthians: 9-11………………..”giving thanks today on your behalf” for all the answered prayers, and miracles so far, and especially for Mike’s progress and the grace we hear in you; and setting our hope that he will continue to deliver you all, in body, mind, and spirit, as with you we keep on trusting in this God who raises the dead!
    -grace and peace,
    katie and dick

  • 3. deb baddorf  |  November 8, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    I’m so glad that this is managing the pain! That’s got to be a huge help. Prayers wll continue for both of you 🙂

  • 4. Heather Schmidt  |  November 10, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Prayers for all of you in the coming weeks. Just know that you are constantly covered in prayer. God Bless!

    Love and prayers,

  • 5. Jim Meyer  |  November 10, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Michelle, thank you for your diligent updates. Please know that you bring the light of God to each of us through your postings. Your honesty and heartfelt emotions are appreciated and touch all who read them. I have thought of you often during these last few weeks, mostly as I completed the applications for the Illinois CHIP program for my family. As you know it is quite a confusing process. You went through it and had it completed in record time. It took me three weeks to get it done and I am on the Board. Michelle, you are amazing in so many ways. Please know that even though I have not stopped by, nor written, I think of you often and pray for you all regularly.


  • 6. Emily (aka "Little Barrett")  |  November 10, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    If it counts for anything, your posts always give ME strength and patience! I’m so glad Mike was able to get this pump and I know that the joy of the Thanksgiving & Christmas season will surely provide both incentive and levity for your whole family.
    So much love and prayer —
    Emily Barrett

  • 7. Charlotte Shelor  |  November 14, 2007 at 10:42 am

    The prayer group at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, Texas has been praying for Mike since March 2006. We are amazed by your continued faith and your ability to turn everything over to God for his will, however hard waiting seems to be. Our prayers continue for the entire family but thank you for your continued ministry to us. I know I am inspired by your faith.

    Charlotte Shelor
    St. Monnica’s Guild

  • 8. Matt Koupal  |  November 16, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    What a great visit with Mike today! Man alive, if you haven’t seen him lately you’re missing out. It’s been a month or so since I’d seen him. Clear, strong speech-totally with me-huge grin when I told him I was going to be a Grandpa (yikes!). It was really a joy just to stop in, chat, and pray. We lamented about our favorite Caribou closing and remembered the great times we had there. And we talked about future trips to a new java joint- whenever and wherever. 🙂

    I look to the hills from whence my strength comes…..

  • 9. Emily  |  November 18, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    As always, my prayers and thoughts are always with you…I cannot tell you how many time a day you guys float to the front of my mind….Since I spend the day in the classroom with those crazy teens, I am constantly reminded of the work you and Mike have done and continue to do in their lives….Glad to hear of the progress… and will continue to ask for perseverance and patience for you….You continue to humble me.




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