Thursday, March 5, 2009

Congratulations Mike...One Year...A lot of Progress!

I just wanted to post congratulations to Mike for making it to his one year mark since his accident. He has come so far! Right after his accident...there was hardly a thing he could do without help. He couldn't sit up. Couldn't even leave the hospital...or see his own kids. Then once he could sit up, he had to keep his brace on all day covering his entire torso. which was itchy...and a little stinky. Then once he could finally try a wheelchair...he constantly was tipping from the lack of being able to bend his back...because of the brace. He couldn't drive...go to work...or even school. Now he races everywhere...in fact many comment they think they saw Mike racing by...but they weren't sure because he was like blur going so fast. He's driving now...going to school...and even...finally learning to use his leg braces! I am so proud of him...and all that he has accomplished. His determination to continue despite so much strife...inspires me daily. He has such an ability to stay positive...not to look back...and move forward with...really...zeal!

Some days I think..."Could things go any slower?"...but then all I have to do is think how much has happened in just a year! This whole experience has taught us a lot...and we are learning more each day. We have learned to depend so much on eachother...family...friends...and most importantly the Lord. Where would we be without the love of so many amazing people. Seriously...Mike and I ask ourselves that all the time? Our circumstances could have been so much different. Thank you so much everyone. Really...where would we be without you?

Here's a list of things we've looked forward to this past year for Mike's progress...in this order...crazy to think about...here we go:

Talking to Mike on the phone after he was hurt...

Seeing Mike after he was hurt...

His surgery...

His back brace...it meant sitting up...

Sitting up... A wheelchair...

Leaving the ICU...

Mike being able to see the kids...

In patient rehab...

Transferring without help from bed to chair...from chair to car...

Racing Mike in a wheelchair...

His transition room...which meant I could stay with him...

Mike coming home for an overnighter...

Mike coming home...

Dr.'s appointments...and progress...

Brace coming off...it stunk...and he hated it...

Mike being able to roll on to his belly...

Out patient rehab...at Neuroworx...

Swimming...

Being able to drive on his own again...

Crawling...

School...

Getting leg braces...

Hugging and kissing Mike on my tippie toes...

Walking...

Our future goals:

Walking...

Mike finishing school...

Mike starting a new career...

Moving into a place of our own...

Walking...

Love you Mike...thank you for all that you do...I don't know what I did right to get you...but I'll take it...and there's no "givzie backzies!"....you're stuck with me!

22 comments:

Craig & Nicole said...

You guys are amazing! Thanks for being an inpiration to all of us. What a cute family you are.

Anonymous said...

Love you Michelle! You're fantastic!
mk

Em and Jorg said...

Such an incredible love story between two fantastic people!

I think I need a list like that...I like the idea of looking back on the things I've looked forward to in life.

Congratulations to you both on all Mike's awesome accomplishments!

The Lewis Family said...

Congrats on an amazing year :) May the next one surpass it :)
~C

Moss Family said...

You two are so cute! As always I love your posts.

mckenna said...

He's so lucky to be stuck with you!! You're always posting about how incredible his progress is and how wonderful he is. And it's all true!! But there's no one to post about how amazing you are, Michelle!! The things YOU have had to undertake in the last year in order to support your kids and Mike are just astounding. You are such a strong wife, mother, and person. I look up to you so, so much!!

Morgan said...

You guys are really amazing! Truly an inspiration. I hope one day to have the faith you guys do. Congratulations to all of you for everything you've overcome and endured this year. Brice and I sure do miss our Brody-man! Can he come play sometime?

Beth James said...

You have both been such an inspiration to all of us as we've watched and read of this past years journey. Thanks for sharing it with us. I can't help but notice the smiles on all of your pictures, they've reached out and touched me!
Love,
Aunt Beth

Oh Babe COBABE said...

you amaze once again...all of you!!!

Love you guys!!!

Oh Babe COBABE said...

PS... Beautiful pics!!! You are amazing

Wilson Family said...

It is such a reality to watch the video and think what we take for granted in our lives, something as simple as walking. We love you guys and continue to pray for the progress of Mike and the comfort within your family

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing this with the world. You write so eloquently. We pray for you, and we draw from your strength.

Michelle--Josh's Sister.

Ashley Dawn said...

Wow, watching that video made me So choked up. We really take so much for granted. Congrats to both of you for all the you have accomplished. May the future hold only the best for you.

Kelli West said...

Michelle I just love ya girl, and am so happy to hear that things keep getting better for and Mike. I know it will only keep getting better. I sent another bride your way! :) I gave her your blog address. You rock!!

The Gomes Family said...

You are soo cute! What a great family you are! You are an inspiration to all!

AP said...

Congatulations! What an inspiring year!

Mycurlyhairdays said...

OH Miche!
Amazing Post! And a totally amazing year! Thank you for sharing it with our family!
We love you guys and miss you!

Heather said...

That's pretty amazing, Michelle. You both have done amazing things in this past year. Thanks for letting us in on this journey your family has undertaken. I marvel at your strength and at Mike's determination. I'm SO glad he ended up getting braces. The first steps are the hardest and I wouldn't be surprised to see him conquer this.

Sachiko said...

What an amazing year you guys have had. Thank you for being such an inspiration. There are so many things we take for granted in life like walking and standing on my tip toes to kiss my husband.

You are your family are constantly in my prayers. I hope that you will keep moving forward with lots of love and blessing!

Jen said...

Words can't express how greatful we are just to know you guys. Your love not only for eachother but also for others is something I admire. So many distractions really can be hard on keeping focused, but you continue to keep your goals in sight. Thanks for all that you are. Jen

Jodi and Josh said...

Wow!
Awesome video! I seriously started crying!

Saralee said...

I'ver been reading all of your blogs since Mike's accident. I wanted to try to keep up with your family. I don't usually leave a comment, but just wanted you to know how much you both inspire me. I know it must be hard sometimes, but your strength and endurance shines through and is an inspiriation to not give in to hopelessness. Mike has done so much in this past year, like you said, it is truely amazing & he's proved you have every bit of reason to continue toward your goals! Michelle, you're an amazing woman too and I love you and miss you. I'm SO impressed with your level of support for Mike. and your photography skills too btw. Wow! Your blog is so fun to follow. Thanks for letting me keep up to date on your life. :)