Saturday, September 5, 2009


Mike only had a 1/2 hr. of therapy this morning. He was worried that he would lose all of the muscle tone that he has built this past week so he did exercises on his own all day. He stayed in his chair all day... No naps! We spent some time outside in the beautiful sunshine, visited a friend who had a beautiful new baby, and watched some college football...

Tonight was Mike's first shower in a week and a half. He said it felt glorious. I have been giving him good sponge baths every night, but there is nothing like a shower!!! He smells so good and feels so fresh and ready to sleep.

He would love to see visitors tomorrow after lunch. He has no therapy at all tomorrow. We look forward to the staples coming out at the beginning of next week. Showers next week should be even lovlier :)

Mike's brother is showing signs of improvement. We are so pleased with this great news. He is still on a ventilator, but is getting stronger after the surgery. Thank you all for your prayers in his support. This has truly been a trying week for our family.

We feel such gratitude for each beautiful day. We had great conversations today. It was wonderful. Our prayer tonight is that all of us have a good day tomorrow as we rest from our labors.


  1. So happy to hear that Mike had a shower!! Oh, the things we all take for granted. I am sure he will sleep well tonight. Glad to hear the news on Rick...prayers continue. You get a good rest as well and we will welcome Sunday.


  2. I second what Molly says...a new day with new beginnings. Rest my friends as a new day always brings new challenges.
    love and hugs,

  3. Dear Mike and Nancy,
    I'm grateful that there is positive news about Rick. It sounds to me that Mike has made tremendous progress this week. I eagerly read each day's blog and am consistently uplifted and taught through it. Today I was reading this scripture and thought of what a living example the two of you are of its principle:
    "Nevertheless, I did look unto my God, and I did praise him all the day long; and I did not murmur against the Lord because of mine afflictions." (1 Nephi 18:16) My prayer is that you will continue to be strengthened and supported to find joy in this day.
    Much love, Sandra

  4. I use the shower experience often. Twenty one years ago, after major surgery, I went three weeks without a shower. When I was finally allowed to take one I felt like I was in heaven. Knowing the bitter really does help us appreciate the sweet doesn't it? Our prayers are ever with you, Rick and your family.
    With Love

  5. So were like the queen in the Book of Mormon who proclaimed that to her her husband doth not stink? I'm so happy both men are improving!