Hebrews 12:1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

So much to be thankful for......

So how are we doing? It's a good question that we get asked a lot . Under the circumstances we are doing well but it is a continual adjustment to our new life. 
Sandra has recovered well from her surgery at the end of June. The removal of the hardware has eased her upper back pain and improved her range of motion.

These are great improvements that we are thankful for but she continues to be in pain everyday. Sandra has burning or twitching all the time since her injury. The burning can be in her thighs, her feet  or anywhere in between or all over. She continues to resist taking medication to ease the pain, as they all have some sort of side effect. These side effect can effect the outcome of her recovery, dulling the nerves while they are still try to sort themselves out.

On the therapy side of things Sandra has progressed to wearing a harness that supports her weight on a treadmill. This is exciting to watch her "walk" with assistance. The harness supports her weight and her therapist help in moving her legs to simulate the walking motion on the treadmill in hopes of engaging her muscle memory. It reminds me of a child's development, just at a slower pace, initially after the accident we were excited to see Sandra sit up unassisted, no small feet for having zero trunk. We then saw her move on to crawling in Detroit this was also very difficult for her to do, and actually difficult sometimes to watch her struggle with.  These are simple actions to us but incredibly difficult for her.  
Last winter Sandra moved to assisted standing at our kitchen counter, then to moving (swinging) her leg forward and back, side to side. The story isn't over yet, we (mostly she) presses on working for every bit of recovery she has seen. 

We have so much to be thankful for. Sandra has started back with acupuncture with a new doctor and although she has only had 3 sessions she has started to feel a difference in her pain level. Also, on Friday she received a phone call and has been accepted into the functional MRI trial. This is a huge answer to prayer! We will go to the civic Tuesday and have a meeting to find out more details. God continues to prepare the way for us. 

A few prayer requests for the next while
1) Sandra will continue to improve and therapy goes well
2) The MRI trial will go well and be of great benefit to Sandra and others
3) Sandra's pain and spams will decrease, 
4) improved sleep for Sandra 
5) God's direction in our housing needs 

Happy thanksgiving, we do have so much to be thankful for don't we. Wishing you all a relaxing weekend with your friends and family. Mike


  1. How wonderful it is that you can have eyes to see the good in all of this...with a hope that comes from the God we serve. Glory to Him! Much love from Tom & Greta

  2. Mike and Sandra,
    I read your post on the weekend and have had a heavy heart since. I wanted to respond but just didn't have words.
    I can't imagine what it is like to wake up each morning and face the day in your "shoes" Sandra.
    Living with pain every single day, and yet not taking pain meds with the hope and belief that healing is most probable if the nerves have every opportunity to speak to each other.
    Your faith and hope is amazing and I am humbled by it.
    Your ability to get up each day and face it with a smile is proof that God is alive and his spirit dwells within you.
    I don't understand why God has not yet healed you.
    And yet I know that God has his loving arms wrapped around you, Mike and your family - I know that our heavenly father is sad when we are sad and that going through this suffering he is providing you comfort and giving you Joy.
    I am so thankful that in heaven none of us will suffer any longer.
    Whether our suffering on earth is physical, mental, emotional, spiritual-- in heaven we will all be free from it and enjoy God's all encompassing love for us.
    Thank you for continuing to fight the good fight. For staying true to your faith in God - for remaining in His Hope and spreading his Joy with your beautiful smiles and laughter, despite the pain and suffering.

    I don't know how Job did it, but I know that God is honoured when we love him through our suffering and continue to worship and adore him.

    I pray for you every day Sandra.
    I believe God is going to heal you and I pray believing that he will heal you and that we will all shout from the mountain tops and praise his name for his miracle. I suppose the miracle that we can continue to believe and trust in him through suffering is one to be shouted from the mountain tops too.

    I pray for strength for just one more day. One day at a time --
    Thanking God for the milestones already achieved, for his grace for the days that have been the most difficult for you all, and thanking Him for his love for you and his comfort and peace through this suffering.
    My love to you both - and for the girls as well.
    You are in my prayers

  3. Thanks for the update! So glad for a faithful God:)