11/1/08 — Mike is eating again!

November 1, 2008 at 9:23 pm 26 comments

Great news!  Mike passed a swallowing test last Thursday sufficiently to permit him to now eat foods with the consistency of apple sauce!  So, yesterday we picked up a variety of different flavors of apple sauce and some yogurts.  Mike is enjoying tasting food again, and the swallowing will continue to train and strengthen his throat muscles and coordination.  And, of course, it’s nice to see him get a bit of his normal life back.

We had an exciting Halloween.  Mike’s brother Dan and his family came up, so we all went out trick-or-treating.  Cousins Will and Michael joined McKaela and Eli, and the kids brought in quite a haul of treats. 

Mike’s voice is stronger and his speech faster than ever, too.  So, visit if you can.  Mike would love to see you.

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  • 1. J Zegarski  |  November 1, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    “Whatever you ask of My Father in My name, He will give you.”

    I did and He did!

    Thank you Father God from all of your faithful. We praise you.

    You are continuing to restore Michael each and every day.

    To Mike, Michelle, McKaela, and Eli….You are in my prayers continually. My love for you is forever everlasting. Mom

  • 2. Mitzi Kalin  |  November 2, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Fantastic!!!!!! Yay Mike!!!!!!

  • 3. Rachel E  |  November 2, 2008 at 9:43 pm


  • 4. Matt Koupal  |  November 3, 2008 at 11:47 am

    How cool is that! What a blessing! What a small/huge step! Thank you Jesus!

  • 5. Julia Kindler  |  November 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm


  • 6. Matt and Eli Margaron  |  November 3, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Awesome. We are so excited about the good news and progress. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you guys and are excited about such good news. Keep fighting the fight.

  • 7. Beth Griebel  |  November 3, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Yippee! Super excited for you all! This is the first step to a lot more. We will continue to pray!

  • 8. Jess Lucht  |  November 3, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    That is wonderful news!

  • 9. CarolSue  |  November 3, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    This is soooo huge! Congratulations to you all! The implications are enormous . I praise God with you!

  • 10. emily bishop  |  November 3, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Awesome! I am so excited to hear about passing a really big test! The very simple pleasures of life that are so taken for granted! That is great! What flavor of yogurt is the best????? This must be a great encouragement to all of your spirits too. It was great to see you both at the banquet last night.



  • 11. Dan Veenstra  |  November 4, 2008 at 1:09 am


    What wonderful news, Praise be to our Father. I could see changes in the past few months that your voice was getting stronger. Keep up the hard work! You asked that we pray for a miracle. Isn’t God just wonderful on how He answers prayers?

  • 12. Sarah Nixdorf  |  November 4, 2008 at 11:46 am

    I knew you COULD DO IT. What a great start. I praise God along with you. Maybe by Thanksgiving/Christmas you could be eating more than soft foods. Yes, yes. What a wide prayer community we have.

  • 13. Heather Schmidt  |  November 4, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Praise God! I can’t wait until you can eat a milkshake!! God is good! This is so exciting! We will have that milkshake soon!

    Love and prayers,

  • 14. Jim Hudson  |  November 5, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Yeah – so when can he start drinking Cokes again. Wish I could visit, but look forward with faith for the next time.

    Grace and Peace,


  • 15. Aimee Tucker  |  November 6, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Great news–happy eating! Praying for continued strength and grace for you all

  • 16. Joe Bunge  |  November 7, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Way to go Mike, my prayers are with you and your family!

  • 17. Jean Grulke  |  November 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Hey girl, I love finding out how Mike is doing and you and the kids.
    Praise our Lord for his hand in your life. Sweet Michelle I don’t know how you do all of this. You are amazing and so strong.
    I pray for all of you daily. You may not know that people pray for you who are miles away like me in Charleston ,SC but I do.
    Wishing you each day a better day. Please tell Mike how much I love him and what a impact he made of my life and Lindsey’s
    Love you boat loads,
    Jean Grulke

  • 18. Chris Klonne  |  November 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Wow what great news! This news made my day!

  • 19. Bob Whitney  |  November 14, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Praise God for His faithfulness! Great to hear things are improving for Mike, and I’m sure this change makes life easier for you as well. Continuing to pray for you all.

  • 20. Kim Schutter  |  November 15, 2008 at 7:46 am

    HI guys,
    I am just checking in as you have been on my heart. I am so thankful to hear about MIke’s forward progress.

    With Care from afar,
    Kim Schutter

  • 21. Jean Grulke  |  November 16, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Hey, applesause is good. I have a smile on face hearing about your progess Mike. You, your wife are amazing.
    Pray for you always. It sure does work.
    Love you loads,

  • 22. Christina Matousek  |  November 17, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    hey there! good job on the applesauce! that is great news! 🙂 we’ll think of you every time we eat it now 😉

  • 23. Heather Schmidt  |  November 17, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    Just checking in. Hope the eating is going well. Sick of applesauce yet? I hope not! Can’t wait to hear more good news! God bless you guys!

    Love and prayers,

  • 24. Matt Koupal  |  November 24, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Hey Mike-

    Polar Bear weekend was awesome with the ACCESS kids. A few minor meltdowns, a seizure or two, and a panic attack – none of which dampened the joy and excitement of the weekend. I wish you could have seen it. Troy dancing with the staff, Brian singing “Cherie Baby” for the whole group to huge applause, Luke getting a blast of shaving cream by Randy, dodge ball acts of courage all around – just a few of the great memories. Megan and Justin did a great job organizing the whole thing. They got the kids to do more than I ever dreamed possible. Special recognition to Kurt F (who is now hooked on the Access ministry I think) and Scott, Sushi and John and Tim and Jimmy, and to Kim P who is the best ever with Luke and his friends.

    I hope you can come see the group soon. Luke wants see you and watch a Bugs Bunny cartoon with you.

  • 25. Heather Schmidt  |  November 27, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Z’s! May God continue to grant you strength and peace. You are truly a blessing to us!

    Love and prayers,
    Heather Schmidt

  • 26. Heather Schmidt  |  November 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Z’s!

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! I am praying for you guys! I am going to visit soon! I can’t wait to talk to you Mike! Miss you guys!

    Love and prayers,


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