Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mike is home!!

Mike didn't call quite as early this morning...He waited until 6:30. Now how many of us get up at 6:30 on Saturday morning?? I just know there is going to be a night really soon when I can sleep all night... I am looking so forward to that.

The early call was so we could bring Mike his "junk mail" and his phone charger. I know before we got there he had called as many people as he could remember numbers... Count yourselves lucky that Mike's phone wasn't charged and he couldn't get your number.

Dr. Phookan saw Mike took his bandage off, and gave us a look at Mike's clean shaven head. Amazingly, as scared as Mike was to get his little wisps of hair cut off, he looks quite handsome. His head is beautifully round, no bumbs and I think it may be kind of shiny... just like beautiful body builder types. The bandage went back on before Mike got a peak, but we can take that off on Monday. Mike wasn't even aware when the doc took the drain out...

The pain meds really knock Mike out and the doc thought he needed one after the rebandaging, etc. He got a flower from a friend/client in California and before we knew it Mike was calling his friend Jack on the phone to thank him for the flower. Hannah and I started laughing so hard at some of the things Mike said on the phone that Hannah got choked... He said something about getting off weed... YIKES!!! If Mike calls any of you and asks inappropriate questions, please understand :)

We just got Mike home and settled and he is sleeping. He didn't want to go to bed, but rather wanted to sleep on his leather sofa... Rudy is at his side.

Dr. Phookan has asked that for a few days we keep Mike quiet and really limit visitors. Since we are home, either Hannah, Mike or I will write.

We are experiencing miracles every day and we know it is because of all of our collective faith.

"...but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about His great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls." Alma 37: 6-7

We love you all... Nancy and family.


  1. Welcome Home Mike! Perhaps all 3 of you will get plenty of sleep today and tonight! My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

  2. So glad to hear Mike's home. That's great news. I know how hard it is on everyone to run back and forth between the hospital and home. Thanks for letting us know that he is doing so well. Also, thanks for the humorous stories. How un-Mike to be so talkative, but so completely Mike to be thinking of others first! Take care & be sure to let us know if there is anything at all we can help with.
    Cindy, Jeff & Chelsea too!

  3. I am so glad everything is going well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  4. Mike –
    As per your request, I tried smuggling into your hospital room some Redman chewing tobacco and a bottle of your favorite moonshine but there were too many of your Mormon pals around for me to pull it off.
    Now that you’re home I’ll see if I can get it done.
    The grey fox roams at midnight,

  5. Mike,
    I am so glad you are home. There is no better place to rest and to find peace. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family with stength and comfort.

  6. It's so wonderful that you are home!

  7. I am so glad you are home Mike! I had to leave yesterday (hospital) because you were snoring so loud! Just kidding....please get plenty of rest and let Nancy and Hannah wait on you.
    You are so special to our family and we all love you very much.


  8. Mike,
    Now is the time for you let everyone take care of you for a change! You have always been so good at caring for others, so relax and enjoy the wonderful care Nancy and the kids will give you. Glad to hear you are doing so well, I am anticipating everyday to find you gaining strength. We will keep you in our thoughts and praeyrs.


  9. So glad to hear the happy news of Mike's homecoming! It sounds like he gets more accomplished a day after major surgery than most of us on a good day :)
    Love and prayers -
    Charlotte & Dave

    Nancy - remember us for any leftover meds :)

  10. Home already?! Yay! And--"just like beautiful body builder types."--you crack me up! So glad he is doing well and I hope that you all are able to rest.

  11. Mike,

    Glad you're home. We added you to our prayer book at St. Francis this evening at mass.

    Your professor (Tony) says: Get rest! Don't worry about the office. Forget the phone and laptop, for a few days anyway.

    Tony & Carmen

  12. So Mike has joined the ranks of handsome bald (balding) men! Maybe it will grow back in curly and red???
    Anyway, we are glad you are back in your family's care and love. Home, sweet home! We are amazed and grateful for your progress so far.
    Love, Jill and Steve

  13. Chuck and Ellen BallMay 17, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Mike: We heard about your surgery when we were in Muncie today. Happy to hear you are home, and we know you are getting lots of love and attention from Nancy and the kids. You will be in our prayers, for sure. Nancy, thanks for the blog ... it's a wonderful way to reach so many people!

    Chuck and Ellen Ball
    Granger, IN