Sunday Morning, February 22

I thought I’d better put the date in the tag line, because these days are all starting to run together for us.  Mike will not be at all impressed with what I call each post, but he’s the creative one, not me.

It has been a very busy morning!   When I walked in at 7:45, Mike informed me that as usual, he had not slept.  However, his night nurse had spent time working with him and discovered that when his right leg is bent, he is able to have good resistance against a hand on his foot.

During breakfast, the infectious disease doctor showed up.  I get the feeling that they are very bothered by not knowing where exactly this infection entered Mike’s body.  His temperature is down and he’s improving, which is the important part from the surgeons’ perspective.

We started to watch a John Piper sermon on the computer, only to be interrupted by physical therapy (PT).  Mike never turns down therapy, so we put the sermon on hold!  He is actually starting to get some slight movement in both his hand and leg.  I want to emphasize that this is slight and is not an indication of what the final outcome will be.  We were both very happy about it though!

Immediately after PT left, they started getting Mike ready to transfer him to the regular neuro floor.  This makes both of us little nervous, but the nurses have been made aware of the problems last time we were here and I feel good that it won’t happen again.

Dr. Fogleson stopped in after the transfer to let us know that the latest round of blood cultures did not grow the bacteria after 48 hours.  This means Mike can get the permanent IV in and not have to get new ones every 3 days.  That will be a relief!  They will also be able to do blood draws out of this line, so the end of being poked is in sight.

The doctor also said that the bacteria is responding to this antibiotic, so unless something changes, we will stick with this. The plan now is to keep Mike on this for 2 weeks and then stop and see what happens.

That part is a bit worrisome to Mike. The worst case scenario is that the infection returns. If that happens, they will assume it is in the brain and reopen the site and clean it out. Both surgeons feel quite confident that they won’t have to do this, but it is a possibility. I am thankful that we have chosen to have rehab at Mayo so that the doctors can follow him. Please be praying that the antibiotics will work and that will be the end of the infection.

On the home front, my sister is coming to spend another week with the kids. I think that my parents are most happy about this! Gabbie is doing better and no one else has vomited, so maybe they dodged that bullet. Jared had a slight temp last night, so I am guessing Kara will get the pleasure of taking him to the doctor tomorrow to see if he has an ear infection. I am very grateful to all the people who have helped out with the kids!

The song that has been going through my head today is, “You (God) are always good and loving, merciful in all your dealings.”  I have been trying to focus on how God has been good and loving and merciful through this trial.  We’ve probably said these things before, but they bear repeating.

We found the AVM after a seizure, not a hemorrhage that could have led to Mike’s death.  We live close to Mayo Clinic, which is one of the few places in the country that it could have been treated.  We switched insurance last March.  Our previous insurance would not have covered treatment at Mayo Clinic.  Our insurance will cover rehab here as well, for more days than most insurance companies will.  We have many friends and family members who have helped us and walked through the whole ordeal with us.  Mike is in great shape physically, which will make rehab go much better.  Our kids have held up amazingly well, even with Mom and Dad gone for two weeks now, and more time to come.

As you can see, God has been good and loving and merciful to us.  I wait to see what more He does!


9 thoughts on “Sunday Morning, February 22”

  1. Looks like Mike will be geting a port under the skim? If it works as easily as Chloe’s it is a good deal. No pain and no worries about finding a vein. It is a good deal.

    Blessings this Sunday afternoon.



  2. Karla, God has been merciful and you have been faithful. You and Mike are an amazing testimony to God’s grace and sheer goodness. I know you have a journey ahead. We are still praying at St. John UMC in Atlanta, and will continue to do so. Laurie and I are also praying. We watch the blog closely, and look forward to more positive reports. What a mighty God we serve!

    Brent, Laurie, and Hunter


  3. Many praises…. hang in there.

    Let Mike know the Word was boldly preached at Crossroad Church this morning and very encouraging to the flock.

    We miss you and our prayers never stop.

    Grace & Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

    T, A, E, & J Fletcher


  4. “Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.” Psalm 41: 1-3

    Praise, praise Jesus ! You are our hope !


  5. I have been trying to fashion duct tape that has antibiotic properties for your use but alas, have not had much success, probably to your gain :-).

    Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. Ps 147:5



  6. Dear Mike and Karla,
    I am so glad to hear that Mike is feeling well enough to be bored. I will be praying that the Lord empowers your antibiotics to remove your infection and keep it away so that no return surgical trip inside your head would be necessary.

    I have been in and out visiting with a friend here in town who is in ICU — he is 81 and unlikely to leave that place alive this time around. I go in and out of there and from time to time realize that I may very well be in there myself one day — and very possibly sooner than I think. Then there is a young vital, strong, handsome, bright, winsome, righteous (at least so you tell me) — need I go on — guy like you in the ICU. How tenuous this health I assume I have a right to actually is — when I think of you I am sobered.

    Mike you are teaching me to number my own days. May the grace be with both of you as you walk these frightening paths that you have been walking.



  7. Keep sending the good news reports, they are much easier to read than the bad ones. So glad that everything is going well or at least better.

    You all are constantly on our minds, and we look forward to your return!

    May God continue to bless your family.

    Janet Wilcox


  8. Dear Mike and Karla,
    Even though I am not present with you two, you are daily in my thoughts and prayers. Karla, wish I could be there especially with you these days. I love and miss you both. We can praise God that the infection is under control and will continue to pray that it would not reoccur. Praise God that you are at the best place you can be. Praise God that your kids are being so well taken care of. God is good. Please know that I am here for you both. Karla, call anytime if you need to talk. Just want to end with this scripture.

    Psalm 100. Shout fo joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

    God bless you both. Kathy


  9. Mike and Carla,

    Our prayers are with you and your family. My favorite verses have always been Proverbs 3:5-6 Tonight I read Proverbs 3 :3 which says “Let love and faithfulness never leave you: bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” You are both the example of that verse and you have been an inspiration to us and many more people around the midwest and around the world. Remain forever faithful. Take care and God bless.

    Kirk and Camille


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