Sunday Update

After the big ending to yesterday, I was actually able to sleep last night.  Of course, I had to be at the hospital by 6:30 should the surgeon feel a need to get there early.  He didn’t.

That has go to be one of the most frustrating parts of being in the hospital.  Couldn’t the doctors have decided on Saturday that they wouldn’t be in until 9:30 and let someone know?  I could have slept for 3 more hours!  Probably not, but at least a little bit longer. 

We did have a bit of excitement this morning.  Mike indicated that his chest was hurting, which was immediately followed by a pulse of 160 for a few seconds.  That brings everyone running in the ICU.  He then said, “My heart hurts.”  He did not mean his physical heart, but rather his heart is heavy with all we are going through.  I told him to quit being poetic, and never say that your heart hurts in the ICU unless it is physical!

Needless to say, he had an EKG anyway and some followup.  I am assuming tonight that we will hear it was just one of those blips in the process. 

He is talking more, but still quite worn out.  You might be amazed at the number of medications he has been on.  He has steroids to reduce the swelling, insulin because the steroids affect blood sugar (although he’s off this now), something to keep the blood pressure low, iv’s, anitbiotics, and morpine when he needs it for pain.  Whew!

It’s time to get back to Mike!  I may actually post again later about some of the more interesting things around here.


6 thoughts on “Sunday Update”

  1. Karla
    Thanks be to God…for the GOOD news of today. All worthy of “shouting from the rooftops”. Our thoughts go to you and Mike…many times a day! This morning as Larry and I went to worship service here in St Cloud, my thoughts went to the wonderful people in your congregation at home in Earlham…as they pray and care for you. It is such a pleasure to be acquainted with some of those folks. When our brother-in-law Sam Y was ill…our family was on the receiving end of your congregation’s “servant heart” and of their prayers and many kindnesses. And now you, Mike and your family are certainly experiencing their deep compassion and faithfulness…in a profound way. God’s faithfulness to his children…awesome. Thanks be to God for signs of healing. Prayers continue!
    Ruby Ralston Olson St Cloud, MN


  2. Mike and Karla,
    Left comment from the day before. I missed this last update. Keep strong you to. Know how much you are loved and lifted up in prayers. Miss you. Love Kathy


  3. Karla,
    Thanks for taking the time to post… being on this side I wait and ck every few hours for news.
    Will continue to pray…..
    I have kept this verse out.. and have memorized it….

    Romans 15: 13
    May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit…

    Jer 29 :11… was the verse we stood on during our difficult times and it is always appropriate to reflect on. what a promise….

    Karla, he has prepared you for this time…. he will give you every strength to walk this path.
    the best way I remember, is that you just know you are putting footprints in the sand in action and you know God is carrying you!!!!

    Much love and pray,
    Peg mMler


  4. Karla,

    Just so you know, not all doctors try to keep family members from sleeping. Must of us try to give family an idea of when we are planning to round. That’s more of a surgeon thing, I think. 🙂

    We are praising God with you for Mike’s words. Probably one of the sweetest sounds you had ever heard!!

    We will keep praying for daily progress.

    Craig, Angie, and all


  5. Mike, Karla and family,

    Thank you for keeping this post for those of us who are concerned and praying for all of you. I was relieved to read your latest posts and to know that Mike is stable … and even talking!!

    Mike, you are in my prayers for continued healing and for many many more years of you and Karla sharing “I Love You” hand squeezes. You have always been an inspiration to those around you and here you are again – when you’re the one that we’re to be supporting – providing inspiration to us by sharing your courage, strength and faith.

    God’s peace,

    Stacey Koeppen
    NHS ’83


  6. Tell Mike that he doesn’t have to compete with my heart at 173 bpm right before Christmas! But EKG documentation is good…mine was like a finicky old car with electrical problems before December. Now we know what it is and can work with it better.

    Do you have the “Sleep Sound in Jesus” CD or any others with you? Bethany likes to sing, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You…” Ps. 56:3-4 when it storms.



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