Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Welcome to Checkinondan!

It's been awhile, hasn't it?
We've struggled to put our thoughts together, so I just wanted to share a few things that have been special.
Although I spent several weeks with Dan when he was at Kennedy Krieger this summer, I didn't do much of his care. When he got home and I started to do his range of motion with him, I was in shock at how much muscle mass he had in his shoulders! His shoulders and upper arms felt so strong! I was so thankful for the therapies in Baltimore and really hope we are some day able to get the equipment he needs to continue the exercising.
Dan recently had a procedure to cut back his toenail to prevent in-grown toenails. He may have some severe spasms for awhile, but then greatly reduced spasms. In-grown toenails have been the cause of most of Dan's spasms. He really is trying to reduce his medication. (Exercising reduces spasms also.) He will have his other toe done soon.
I just asked Dan yesterday how classes were going, and he replied "good." (Same reply as before his accident -- hmmm, real answer or pat answer to appease mom!!! [he usually does well])
I guess my favorite incident was when we took Dan to college. When friends came up to him, welcoming him back, they only saw Dan, not a wheelchair. My heart was enriched.
Thanks for continuing to check for updates. How about if we update sooner next time?!!
(We are not in mourning over our Cubs. There's always next year . . . . ) The truth is they had a great season.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord Himself will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forget you.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear from you. I have a student on campus and I also get that same anwser..."good". But I know that means they have above a "C" or they say "not so good". Cedarville is honored to have Dan back and I know that is how the student body feels.
Praying in Northern Ohio

charlene said...

Thank you for taking the time to share your heart. I do check for updates each week day and I do like hearing your stories and seeing God's good work through your lives. What a great lesson on the body...who would ever have thought that a little insignificant toenail could cause so much stress on the rest of the body. God is so good to allow you to discover that. We continue to pray for all of you. Thank you for taking the time to be open and real with us. We love you and are thankful to God for each one of you. (from your head to your toenail...lol)

Anonymous said...

Thanks too for the update. I have been thinking about you both this fall and how your lives have totally changed again. A different kind of trusting God, I can only imagine, as you are not involved in Dan's daily care. I'm sure it has been an adjustment for all of you. So thankful to hear about Dan's success back at school. Will continue to pray for you all as you see God working in all of your lives.
Beth

Anonymous said...

Just got to say it. "I love you, Dan" and pray each day for you. Good for those muscles. So wonderful to check your blog and find new news! Praise the Lord. Love Gramma

Anonymous said...

Hope you're enjoying being back at college, Dan! Keep workin' those muscles! :) I'm a camper from Mexico

Anonymous said...

It is good to get an update!! I think there are many reasons students see Dan and not a w/c. One is coz Dan is Dan. When we met you all I had said that my teenage daughter did not see the chair but a handsome guy.
I also think this generation is so amazing how they are more accepting of people in chairs or with disabilties. Education as come along way!!! Thank Jesus!!!
Connie

Anonymous said...

It's always a blessing to check in on Dan! Thanks for continuing to update. ~Sherin Austin Portage, MI

Anonymous said...

Glad for the update, sorry bout those cubs and keep working hard. prayin for you, Trish

Anonymous said...

Hey Dan....
Its good to hear that you are doing well back at the 'ville. I'm so glad you were able to get back and be with the OPE guys again. It is encouraging to see the way God has grown your faith and how you have continually trusted for his provision. I know that God will continue to provide for you not only with physical and spiritual needs but also just opportunities to minister to other people. Love ya brother!!!!

Anthony SWADDLE Rutrough

Dan said...

Hey everybody, I'm gonna post myself soon... The line about the Cubs is untrue. I am in mourning. It's all about the playoffs.

-Dan