Day One in Rehab is Over

Well, we made it through the first day of rehab.  What a relief that is!  And as I had hoped, this Thursday was far better than any of the previous ones!

Mike was thoroughly exhausted today after all this therapy.  He is not too thrilled with the occupational therapist, so we’ll see how that goes tomorrow.  It is easiest to see progress with physical therapy, so I think that is what he thinks is most productive.  He was able to take a much needed nap after lunch, and hopefully that will work tomorrow as well.  He’s out again now, so hopefully he will be able to get some sleep tonight.

A friend e-mailed today with the names of some people from our church during the graduate school years who now live in Rochester.  One of the couples actually worked with us in the youth program.  I called them tonight to see if they would be willing to visit Mike when I get to go back home.  It was great to connect with them after all these years!

I’m heading back to the Krueger’s house.  I am hoping to get in a couple good night’s sleep.  Every time someone asked Mike how his day was going, he would say that it was very uneventful.   No one knew quite how to take it.  We assured them it was a good thing.  We’re hoping for another uneventful day tomorrow!


6 thoughts on “Day One in Rehab is Over”

  1. Mike and Karla: You need an “uneventful” day! We are so happy that things are looking up and going well. I am sure that you both want things to progess quicker than they are, but it will all come in due time. Thinking of you!



  2. After receiving my NICHE Newsletter today, I turned the pages to the Patros Logos. It was then I realized I needed to follow up on how your surgery went. Wow! I will add my prayers to the countless ones the Lord has heard and answered.

    Barb from Jefferson, Iowa
    who really enjoys your column


  3. Dear Mike and Karla,

    My church choir — which is also my prayer group — continues faithfully to pray for you. I’ve told them about what Mike was like in high school, when it was already apparent what a special person and devoted Christian he was.

    Hearing about his life over the years has only raised my admiration and affection for him, and now for you both and your family. I have shared some of your posts with choir members, who are keenly interested in you, the challenges you’re facing, and your progress.

    We’re starting to view you all as members of our church family (which, of course, we all are in the broader sense). I wanted to let you know because we aren’t there, where we might do something in person to help. It’s hard to shout words of encouragement from such a distant shore, but I want you to know that we’re out here, lifting you to the Lord, and we’re in for the long haul! Many of us have in our immediate families survivors of strokes and other traumas, so we don’t take what you’re going through lightly.

    Someday, when life is even less “eventful”, I hope that your travels will bring you to Alexandria, where we will welcome you with open arms and hearts. We will look forward to someday celebrating together in person the steadfast love God shows even in the hardest of times.

    Continued best wishes to you for comfort and healing, from the little things to the profound.

    Thank you so much for keeping us updated.

    Yours in Christ,


  4. Dear Karla and Mike,
    I am so happy to hear about Thursday — I hope you will soon be remembering March 5th (which is my mother’s birthday), as trend smashing Thursday. After three shattering Thursdays a Thursday of therapy and progress. A word of encouragement from the Lord is found in 1 Peter 1:6,

    1 Peter 1:6-7 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    Notice that the ongoing genuineness of your faith — which is clearly there, and now with less dross in it than ever before; now that it has been freshly tested by fire — painful burning fire as you know 10 times better than I — this has and continues to work something in you more precious than gold — the metaphor for more precious than anything earth has to offer — and the real value of this — of all that you are going through and all that is happening so as to refine and deepen that faith — this is going to come to light “at the revelation of Jesus Christ…’

    Jesus will get all the praise for having taught you to trust Him deeply and fully — life’s greatest accomplishment. The Lord Jesus has you both in daily advanced therapy — advanced training. Why you? I haven’t a clue. He signed you up — no one voluntarily signs up for where you are.

    Peter is telling me that what I read in your blog each day — and I do read faith there — it is more precious than gold.

    It will only be ‘for a little while’ and it will even seem that way

    “When we’ve been there 10,000 years
    bright shining as the sun.
    We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,
    Than when we first begun.



  5. Karla: Our prayers are with you and Pastor Mike in Minnesota. What a shock to hear about his hopitalization. You are both an inspiration to us, even though we now live in Oklahoma. We have a large prayer group here in Oklahoma at work and the Cowboy Church we attend, you are in our prayers. We can’t believe how fast the kids have grown. We miss all of you.
    Brian, Mary, Rainy and Katie Van Diest


  6. Brother Mike,

    Many of us are praying for you and your family at Timberline Church. You are a faithful servant. Love you brother.

    Tim Hall


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