We drove up to visit our friend Michael today. As we walked in, we met up with Sally and Sarah in the lobby. It was so good to see them both, as it always is. We caught up on how Michael was doing as we were unable to visit yesterday. On Sunday after church, Mike and Sally were able to go out to the beach for a walk with Cody (the family’s much loved Golden Doodle). They soaked in the sun and even got to see seals out by the ocean. Sally brought back shells for Michael and with a smile told us how he held them in his hands.
Our visit was good and it’s always a nice comfort to be able to see Michael. Depending on the day and time of our visit, he alternates between time spend in his bed or in a special supportive hospital chair. Today he was in his bed getting ready for some tests that would be done later in the afternoon. When I held his hand and told him stories of the past few days, he looked back and forth between Jeremy and I and it was good to see him slowly taking everything in. He responded with movement in his arms and when Sarah asked, small movements in his feet and legs as well.
And later that afternoon, as we were walking back to the van, I reflected with Jeremy just how far Michael’s come over the past few months. On this blog and with a smaller circle of prayer warriors, we’ve watched Michael go through the initial trauma and surgeries of his accident. We’ve prayed through some more intense days of his brain swelling and then days of fevers as well. Most recently, we’ve prayed for the storming that was so strong and for small infections that have been the cause for antibiotics and monitoring.
And through it all, God has been so faithful in answering all of our prayers. And I’ve learned that working through traumatic brain injury, is a bit like setting up a row of dominoes. It takes time and patiences. There are times when something may trigger the dominoes to fall, but then you just work to set them up again and from there you keep on working.
And I have to say that tonight, dear friends, I’m reminded that Michael is a fighter. He’s strong and determined, and he will keep working and achieving the steps that are needed as he moves forward to recovering. And the truth is, that Michael has really come through so much. Sally asked me to share that she is so thankful that even in the past week or so, the storming episodes have been less frequent and less severe. He is also getting less pain medication and he has been so much more relaxed. The biggest thing, is that he needs to get cleared for his shunt surgery so that he can be on his way to rehab.
Sally finished her text with, “Please share that I am so thankful.” And I told her that absolutely I would. Mike and Sally and their entire family have felt the power of the love and the prayers for Michael. They’ve seen God work in mighty ways and they are so grateful for everyone who has come to support them through this difficult time.
Sally shared a picture of the sun setting tonight from the bridge up at Stony Brook Hospital. And it reminded me of this verse in Psalm 36:5 that tells us, oh so beautifully, that “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” And it’s been so true and so evident in seeing how great God’s love has been for Michael and how that love has been shown in the many people who are loving him and praying so faithfully for him.
And as we go forward with prayers for Michael, we can know for certain that God’s faithfulness, which stretches up the to skies, will continue in Michael’s life. God knows the day that will be best for Michael’s surgery and He will continue to work in everything as we continue to ask. Thank you so much for all that you’ve done in supporting this wonderful family.