may 25, 2009

May 25, 2009 at 11:42 am 13 comments

sorry if i freaked some people out from the last post.  in my eyes i was just letting you know the newer challenges within the last few months but i felt like it made it seem like an immediate emergency from some feedback i got.  which is a little bit funny because i feel like what seems an immediate emergency from the outside has become our daily norm.  honestly, thinking about it that way is a little scary!  but my break from home was wonderful and freeing.  we are getting used to if not good at or patient with the scenario of getting everyone fed every day.  my kids are running amok in the neighborhood on the days while i feed mike hoping i will glimpse them through the window every 10 minutes or so instead of wondering about their safety.  and the days where gracious friends feed mike allows me the freedom to at least supervise our 3 and 5 year old as they give in to the call of warm days playing outside.  it is a good thing i am not prone to overworrying or this really might not be working out.  and as mcKaela described to me about my skill of getting everyone fed or cared for in a day, “it’s a good thing God helps you”.  all i could say was Amen.  mike, meanwhile, is great at getting his own cup to his mouth so he can down some liquids at his own pace on his own.  he finished his april round of speech therapy which mostly ended around when he passed his swallow test at easter.  and he is starting up a month or more of occupational therapy where they will hopefully work on more of the daily skills like getting fork and spoon working to his benefit.  mike takes all this in stride for the most part not getting too excited about therapy stuff.  he is proud of his progress getting the straw and cup to his lips but mostly numbers, evangelism, and money still encompass his passions.  he makes me laugh with his very singular focus at times.  he is also still quite confident that his real progress will come specifically through a quick miraculous healing.

so we pray, michelle z

Entry filed under: updates.

may 8, 2009 long awaited semi-update august 13, 2009

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  • 1. LK  |  May 25, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    and we pray with you!

  • 2. Heather Z.  |  May 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Mike and Michelle:
    We pray everyday for that miraculous healing! And until that day comes, we pray for endurance, encouragement, peace, rest, patience with yourself and each other; for Mike, we pray that you will give Michelle, McKaela, Eli and most importantly, the Lord, your very best efforts; Michelle, for you we pray you will get the renewal you need, and we pray for the faithfulness of those amazing local friends of yours to continue to love you practically and in ways that feed your spirit. I pray for the day that my husband’s “little brother”, his best friend will be free of these physical challenges and I continue to pray for my sister-in-law, who I love and admire so much, to get what she needs because sometimes I feel like I can’t pray enough specifically for each of you. Thankfully, God knows what we all need. I love you all!

  • 3. Rachel E  |  May 27, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Interesting post, Michelle. Thanks for the update. Peace and love to all of you! Love, Rachel

  • 4. Anne and Matt Walker  |  June 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Michelle I found myself missing your laugh after reading your post. We wish we could have come out for the Hankins wedding, but Matt left for YL camp Sat. We hope Kenley gets to meet you soon!
    The Walkers

  • 5. Heather Schmidt  |  June 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Hey Guys!

    IT was great to see you last week! School is ending for us soon so we can come over and bug you guys! Have a great trip Michelle! Mike, enjoy having your parents there. I am sure it will be good for everyone! Take care and we are praying for you!

    Love and prayers,

  • 6. Deb Stecher  |  June 5, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Dearest Michelle,
    We miss seeing you and giving you hugs. Please know that you, Mike and the kids are in our daily prayers. You are an amazing person… Much love, prayers and hugs are sent to you.
    God’s peace..
    The Stechers..

  • 7. CarolSue  |  June 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    What a blessing to see you and your kids here praying for Max yesterday. With all that is on your plate, that was great reality check for me. Made my heart go out to you and reminded me how much you still need prayer too. I will step up my efforts.

    Thanks for your encouraging spirit and your mighty faith. You are a real blessing!

  • 8. J Zegarski  |  July 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Well after checking the web regularly and knowing that Michelle has been as always quite busy, I thought I would give you a bit of an update (not nearly as proficient as Michelle, but here goes). Fred and I hung out with Mike while Michelle, McKaela, and Eli went on a lovely vacation with her entire family in early June. Mike was totally fun to be with. We talked, laughed, prayed and did lots of exercising…..Mike did that is!!. He is enjoying holding and drinking out of a glass (with straw—-no problems at all) and eating such things as burgers, fries, chili, lasagne, chicken nuggets, skyline chili and just about anything he could conjur me up to prepare. Now if you know Mike as most of you do, he had a couple of projects lined up for his dad and for me while we were in Naperville. Sooooo, he has decided to give me the project of painting his door frames and baseboards white from dark brown. Now I do not know if you are into painting or not, but Mike kept this a secret until Michelle left for vacation, so there we were, no paint attire with, so I wore my trusty shorts five days in a row painting, painting, painting…..along with the other stuff mentioined above. Mike was my supervisor. He would visit the kitchen area periodically and say “looks great, mom, carry on, keep up the good work”. And so it went. So, to make a long story short, after I thought I was finished, Mike said, “the windows should probably be next”!!! So, I guess this little project will be extended for a bit longer. (Now don’t go thinking all of this was a total shock as Mike wanted this to commence several years ago). Mike kept saying, “Michelle is going to love it. She will be so surprised”.

    Now one other thing that was particularly cool…..Mike’s 15 year reunion from the Univ. of Dayton was the weekend of the 14th of June. So, one of his friends, Greg Ulepic who lives in Glen Elen now, came to Mike’s house and set up this webcam so that he could attend the reunion by internet for a time on Saturday afternoon. So he enjoyed seeing and speeking to several of his friends as they did with him. This was such a wonderful thing for Mike.

    If you get the chance, come visit….Mike would love it, and you will leave smiling. We did!!!

    And, p.s., thanks so much for the continued prayers. You are sustaining all of us. I personally pray for you and your families every night. Love to all, Jill Z, Mike’s mom

  • 9. Diane Fontaine  |  July 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Our God is a God of miraculous healings… and for this quick miraculous healing I pray!!! Outloud for you today, Mike!!!!

    Love you guys.

  • 10. Peggy Lehner  |  July 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I would like to highly recommend a PBS special that premiered last night entitled Love.Support. Music. You can replay it on the PBS website. It is the story of a 34 year man who suffered an identical brain injury to MIkes and covers his two year road back. He is still recovering but has come a long long way back from months in a coma. In many many ways it parallels Mikes story. It also provides some interesting insights into what this this journey is like from the patients perspective as well as the families. Well worth watching for all of Mikes friends, family and even Mike. My son Mark watched it live….I watched it this afternoon on the WEB.

  • 11. emily bishop  |  July 23, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Just checking in as I do so often….Praying for continued recovery from our God….and to thank you for reminding me of what faithfulness really looks like!



  • 12. Kim Johnson  |  July 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Continued prayers for Mike and your family, Michelle. Thank you for Mike’s progress postings, as often as you can. Have a wonderful warm, summer weekend!

  • 13. Matt Koupal  |  August 10, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Like many others, I check the site often also. I am continuing to pray for you guys. It is fun to stop by and see the great progress Mike is making. I would encourage others to stop by also, and not grow weary as we are a couple of years into this journey.


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