Getting Settled

This is our fifth day home, but we are definitely not in any routine yet!  The best part for Mike has probably been sleeping in his own bed!  He doesn’t even need Ambien to get to sleep.

Tomorrow Mike starts outpatient therapy, so we will have a better idea of how exhausting it is to drive to Des Moines, do three hours of therapy straight, and drive back home.   Well, I guess we won’t know that till Thursday.  He only has two hours of therapy scheduled for tomorrow!  I am taking him this week and we’ll call in the driving volunteers to start helping next week.  I want to get a feel for how these therapists will be before he goes without me. 

The medication routine is also challenging.  We’re used to having a nurse bring in whatever he needs whenever he needs it.  The morning and evening meds aren’t so hard to remember.  It’s the middle of the day one that we forget when we’re busy doing other things!  I set the alarm on my cell phone, without the help of any teenage sons, and that seemed to work today.  I think it’s still set for tomorrow.  There’s still a little bell at the top.  We’ll find out tomorrow!

By the end of the week, we will have taken Mike in twice to get coumadin levels.  They were low on Monday, which did not surprise me.  Apparantly your levels can be affected by many things, one of which is the manufacturer of the pill you take.  He had a different one here than in the hospital, so it will take a while to get those levels right again.  The coumadin book they gave me was the largest of any of the information booklets we recieved, and I was told to be sure to read that one.  It is a rather scary drug to be on, so I am hoping he won’t have to be on it too long.  There is a possibility it will be a life time thing.

The kids are adjusting quite well, for the most part.  All of them are good at helping Jared keep his toys picked up so that Mike does not trip.  Jared is trying, but sometimes forgets.  Elisabeth had the great idea of taking Jared’s trains to the attic, so they won’t be in Mike’s way at all.  Jared also has gotten Mike to play many rousing games of Snail’s Race.  They set up the board on a t.v. tray next to Mike’s recliner and then both can play.  Jared is very animated when he plays this game, so he is fun to watch.  Overall, we are all just glad to be home!


4 thoughts on “Getting Settled”

  1. Hi Karla and Mike,

    Bill and I are so happy that you are home. We will continue to pray, and that God will work out all those every day challenges so that healing will continue.

    We still thank God for complete healing.

    Love to you all,
    Bill and Barbara


  2. Karla,

    On the coumadin, does your insurance allow you to select the kind you get? Our doctor has told us that it is very important to NOT get the generic, as that is the kind that is not consistent in dosage per pill. I’m sure the book has probably told you this (or maybe Mayo or your pharmacist) but if it’s thick, you might not have gotten to that part.

    There are so many questions we never thought to ask…and we have found being an informed patient can be the difference between a relatively uncomplicated recovery and a complicated one.

    I LOVE to think of how the Lord moved in this trial. Makes me think of Stonewall Jackson’s statement, “…my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me.” Who knew you’d experience a battle while in a bed but the Lord! And yet…you have already passed from death to life!



  3. Dear Mike,
    The highlight of my day yesterday day was seeing you Mike; seeing you standing, walking, talking, smiling, and I hope even now remembering that I saw you yesterday; the last time I saw you before seeing you yesterday none of these things were true of you except smiling — and don’t even remember any of your smiles from that day. But on that Sunday evening you were not able to stand or walk, or talk. What a blessed change; what a ground for praise and thanksgiving. In second place yesterday was seeing Karla in her baseball cap, and coming in third place was the delight of riding down to Earham with our mutual friend, the genial, lovable and remarkable big John Mochel himself.

    Thinking of you and praying for you as you go off to therapy today. Do I really believe that the Lord Jesus goes with you to therapy each day? I hope I do, because He has promised that He does. He goes with you ‘all the days’ even to the end of the age. That would include exhausting days when you drive to Des Moines, go through the hours of therapy and then drive home; He never leaves you and will never forsake you.

    I am struck in Luke’s Gospel by the often repeated phrase after Jesus has said something — the phrase goes — ‘and it happened just as He said…’ Everything will turn out just as He said. And therefore Jesus will go to therapy with you every single day that you go — for He has promised to, and everything will always turn out just as Jesus has said.

    I love you both and think of you very often.



  4. Afternoon meds are always the most frustrating to administer in our home as well. As you discovered already, a cell phone alarm works best or you just get too busy doing regular life and forget. Then a few hours later you are kicking yourself and having to adjust the schedule of the evening med after quickly giving the afternoon meds. 🙂
    Three hours of therapy staight plus driving will definitely be a test for Mike. To this day we haven’t been able to get Joey to accomplish three straight without a very exhausted little boy on our hands. Thankfully in our case there have been times when OT and SP or OT and PT can team up and do therapy at the same time and take the time down a bit but still get great productivity from him. Currently Joey has a break from therapy. He hasn’t had therapy since the last week of January (except for SP which just began last week again) and will not have PT for at least 6 more weeks. OT should start in a few weeks again as well. But we are blessed to have home therapy so no traveling like in the past…
    Dean and I see all your great progress and am excited that so much is coming back so quickly. Keep pressing on. 🙂

    “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Pet. 1:6-7


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