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Quick update

“Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything…It is at your discretion that men are…given strength.” (1 Chronicles 29:11-12)

Well, I’m about a day behind in my updates – sorry! This is the news from yesterday…

They did an MRI, and his neck looks fine. (They were worried that he may have strained/damaged some ligaments, but they’re pretty sure he didn’t.) So, they took his collar off. That’s probably more comfortable for him!

The MRI also showed no damage deep in the brain or to the brain stem and no sign of stroke – praise the Lord!

They took the staples out of his huge incision from the neurosurgery. And they took out his central lines and put in a regular IV.

This is the good news – He actually opened his eyes and looked right at the nurse and my mom, by himself (without physical stimulation), multiple times! My mom said he looked at the nurse, and the nurse said, “Hi, David. Look who’s here.” And he looked right at my mom. How cool is that!? So, they’re saying he’s much brighter and more responsive. But they want him to be able to respond to other commands, like sticking out his tongue or wiggling his fingers or toes. Please pray specifically that he’ll be able to do that soon.

Thank you for your continued prayers. Our family really appreciates it. Some days are harder than others, and I think as time goes on it will just get really emotionally exhausting. I’ve been doing well, thanks to the grace of God, but I also can’t think too much about the times my dad was with our kids, because that makes me cry. He loves them so much. I want them to get to know him, too. So, please, keep praying! And pray for my mom, too, because she’ll have some decisions to make in the future (when she should go home and be with my little sister, etc.).

On a happier note, baby Emma went home yesterday! What a sweetheart. And Grace is learning to say “Emma.” Sometimes she says it clearly, and other times it sounds just like “Momma.” : – )


Welcome, Emma! and Home, sweet, home!

Yep, two titles for one post. That is because so much has been happening lately.

First of all, isn’t this face the sweetest? This is my new neice, Emma Jean. She is just a darling, with a head full of black hair. (Poor Melissa had heartburn a lot during this pregnancy!) She was born on Tuesday, September 26 at 11:53pm, and was 7lb 9oz and 20-3/4in. The fun part is that September 26 is also my Grandma Lung’s birthday, so now she has a great-granddaughter that shares her birthday!

I took this picture in the hospital, and then we printed some and brought a bigger one up to the hospital in TC to show my dad. I told him all about her and tried to show him the picture. I don’t know if it registered at all. It looked like he was sleeping, even though one eye was cracked open. It makes me really sad to think that he’s missing this part of Emma’s life. I can’t tell you how much my dad loves his grandchildren. I just hope he’ll wake up to meet her someday.

Well, speaking of my dad, not much improvement is happening right now. I can see that it’s potentially going to be a very long road for us. He’s pretty much the same, except the nurse told me that since he’s successfully been off the ventilator for over a day, he’s in the “step-down” ICU, which is pretty much just a step down from ICU. That’s good news. There’s also been talk of transferring him down here to Mary Free Bed sometime for rehabilitation. That would be great for Luke and I, and probably very hard for my mom.

And the home, sweet, home segment of my post….After 2 long weeks of being away, we’re finally home! Hooray! It felt so good to be in my own bed last night. We got home around 11:30pm, and Grace was SO excited to be at home in her own bed, too. It was cute. I feel really bad about not being up in TC with my family, but my kids especially needed to come home for a while. They’re all out of whack. So we’ll be working on their schedules this week, hopefully getting them back into their routine. (And we’re avoiding the car like the plague, since we’ve been in it for at least two hours every day lately.)

Well, that’s the update. I’d better go start picking up the mess that we brought back with us! Again, thank you for your prayers. Please keep it up! We want to see Dad completely healed!



Today they were able to take my dad off the ventilator. This is good news! That means he’s breathing on his own. They did, however, put a “trach shield” over his tracheostomy, which supplies him with oxygen to ensure saturation. (Honestly, I’m a little vague on what that means, but I know it’s good.)

He also kept his left eye open longer today, and it looked like he was really looking at me. He moved his arms some, too. Every now and then he gets tears in the corner of his eye(s), and I wonder if he’s sad. Can he hear us, but not respond? I always tell him it’s okay and wipe away the tears, and I marvel that I’ve been given the chance to show my dad such care and love even when we haven’t always had a very tender relationship. I look forward to hugging him and telling him I love him again when I know he’s fully conscious of what’s going on.

Caleb and I are leaving tomorrow at 7am to take Melissa to get induced. We’re going to entertain her until Karl gets off work at 11am. (If she happens to progress faster than that, of course we’ll call Karl to come early.) I’m praying for a quick, easy labor and delivery for her. And a happy, healthy baby! Please pray for her tomorrow! I can’t wait to meet my sweet neice Emma!

Again, thank you all for your continued prayers for our family!

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6)



We went up to TC to visit Dad again today. Lately, he’s been moving his left arm. (He doesn’t like it to lie straight out. He bends it over his stomach.) Anyway, Luke and I were in the room with him, talking to him, and his arm was straight out. After a few minutes, I said, “Dad, show Luke how you can move your arm.” And he did it! I’m choosing to believe that he actually heard me and responded. How cool is that?

Also, the nurse said that he opened his eyes and actually focused when he was bathing him today. I wish I could see him open his eyes!

Keep praying! “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16) Pray that he’ll wake up and make a full recovery. Also pray for Melissa and Karl – Melissa will be induced to have baby Emma this Tuesday!

And welcome home to the newlyweds, Dan and Emily! We’re glad you had a great time and want to hear all about the fun time you had!

Thanks for all your prayers and support! I can’t tell you what a difference it makes!


Saturday update

I accidentally lied in the last post. My dad lost 12.9 pounds of fluid from the diuretic, not 14.8. Sorry!

Not much new. They’re going to try to wean him off the ventilator, which is good. It’s better for him to be able to breathe on his own than to have to have the ventilator.

Today when Melissa and I were talking to him, his left eye slid open a crack. It wasn’t much, but it was encouraging. Maybe he knows we’re there? Maybe he wants to wake up?

I really, really want him to wake up before we have to go home on Wednesday. Let’s pray for that! Progress is so slooooooow now. If he doesn’t make some great improvements before Tuesday, they’re going to do an MRI to see if there’s some soft tissue damage that they aren’t aware of. (Let’s hope there isn’t!)

Praise God for our friends and family! I really miss our church family. It seems like it’s been so long since we’ve seen them. They are such great friends to us. The Brewsters, Sturmans, and Perrons made Luke dinners when he was home alone. (They must’ve thought he wouldn’t survive as a bachelor, haha.) Then the Brewsters, Sturmans, and Dows made us the nicest gift box of stuff (gas gift card, water bottles, apples, trail mix, cookies, banana bread, chips and homemade salsa…yum!). Truly, we have the best friends. We thank God for them!

On a completely unrelated note, I just had to kill the hugest spider in my parents’ basement. It was not much smaller than Argi, although not quite as scary looking. Why do spiders seem to follow me around? Ugh.

And welcome home to the newlyweds – Dan and Emily Stauch! We love you two!


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