Friday, June 6, 2008

Another Step Towards Independance...

Mike...looking through a spotting scope at Mount Timpanogas...he was looking for deer...he actually found one! Later he let Brody look through...Brody said..."I see a cow!" We couldn't see it...but we'll just say Brody's been blessed with the "eagle eye!"



These past few months we've been in a little bit of limbo...and we still have a few weeks left of "limbo" to go. We're still waiting for his brace to come off so he can get going on some serious rehab...and ultimately he can regain he independance back! In the meantime we've been able to see great progress! He's regained a muscle in his upper right leg...at first we had to put our hand on the muscle in order to feel it...but now you can see it working so well...he can sometimes get his entire leg to bounce just by using that one muscle! That's a huge improvement! Also...in his recovery from surgery...he's doing better every day. He's able to stay up longer and longer and he's learning different ways to help with the kids...and boy does he help. He's been able to take Brody to the bathroom (we're still kinda potty training)...he is always willing to hold Jocelyn when I need to dash for anything! He can actually catch Brody faster now...and keeps him safer.... Brody sits on his lap...so he doesn't run off whenever we go places. And when Brody needs some play time...often he has him jump in bed and they make a tent under the covers! Brody calls it his "tunnel!" And those are just a few examples...Not only does he do so much for the kids...but he still thinks of ways to make me happy...a hand when my back is aching...an ear when my mind is aching...and (as cheesy as it may sound...) a shoulder when my heart is aching! Being a good father and husband has always been something that has been important to him...and not once has he let that slip...I love you Mike!


PS

The other day...Mike did something really cool! He was able to transfer into the driver seat of not only our car but our Durango! From there he disassembled his wheelchair...pulled it into the vehicle....then pulled it back out...assemble it again...and transferred back into the chair! This was a huge feat! We didn't know if this would be possible for him...it took a fair bit of muscle and time...but that's to be expected for his first time! But the coolest part was he did everything on his own...which he really liked...another step towards independence!

12 comments:

The Bratt Family said...

We love you guys and are still in our prayers.
-Aunt Liz-

Kaylynn said...

It sounds like Mike is making such awesome progress! I am so excited for you guys. You are very lucky Michelle to have such a helpful and loving husband! I wish you guys the best!

-Kaylynn-

Craig & Nicole said...

Michelle you guys are so amazing. I am glad to hear Mike is making so much progress. You are such a great example to me thank you. You have the cutest little family.
Nicole

Craig & Nicole said...

Michelle you guys are so amazing. I am glad to hear Mike is making so much progress. You are such a great example to me thank you. You have the cutest little family.
Nicole

The Larson Family said...

That's great that he can use that leg muscle now! That must be very encouraging. You guys are such a great couple. I'm always impressed at how in love you are.

Becky (0: said...

Hey guys,
I love the post!!! You guys are so amazing and a great example of faith and endurance! It was so fun to see you guys last week! You are in our thoughts and prayers! Keep us posted!
love,
Becky Ruff (0:
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Becky said...

That is so awesome you guys are coming along more and more every day. You are such an inspiration to us all, and continue to be in our prayers

Jen said...

It sounds like Mike's making incredible progress! Congratulations! Thanks for the updates, I really like reading them! Your little family sounds wonderful and I'm excited you're closer to becoming an independent family again! Keep up the good work!!

♥Jen

Norm, Frances and Family said...

It is so wonderful to hear that you guys are doing so well. You are on your way.

When your mind, heart and back are aching, know that all of your ICU buddies love you all!!!!

The Gomes Family said...

Whoooooo Hoooo. I love muscles that move! Rock on Cuz!

Jen said...

So great to see your spirts soaring. Keep moving forward- we miss seeing you guys on a daily basis and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Wish you only the best. Jen

Taylor Family said...

It was so much fun to talk to you the other night. I'm so happy for the progress being made. That's wonderful.