Saturday, April 24, 2010

Back in the water!

Sometimes a picture just says it all!!!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Please pray for Michelle and Nick

Link: Church Blog Update

Michelle and Nick Cannariato were married on Mission Bay Saturday afternoon, April 17. 
Soon after Michelle and Nick arrived at their hotel in San Diego for their honeymoon night, Michelle's speech began to become slurred and she became unresponsive. She had "seizure-like" symptoms. Nick called 911 and Michelle was taken to Kaiser Hospital at Zion and Mission Gorge Road. Because of Michelle's agitation, the staff was not able to complete a thorough CAT Scan or MRI Sunday morning.

Sunday night, Michelle was able, under general anesthesia, to undergo an MRI. A neurologist was present to read the test. At about 10pm he shared with Dan and Tammy (Nick had gone home to try to get a few hours sleep) that Michelle has suffered a stroke in a deep part of her brain, affecting her right side. As you could imagine, a stroke for a 20 year old is very unusual. Dan asked about the size of the stroke, and the doctor termed it "medium."

Tests on Monday have shown that Michelle has a benign (non-cancerous) tumor about the size of a golf ball in her heart, which they believe was the cause of her stroke. They also found a small hole in her heart. The cause of her stroke is important and good to know so they can work hard to prevent subsequent strokes. Of course it's never good to have a tumor in one's heart, or a hole. Possible open heart surgery--after she begins to heal
and recover from the stroke and it's effects--is difficult, with various complications involved--but we are hopeful. They also discovered that one of her carotid arteries is partially blocked. No dates for her possible heart surgery are known at this time and we would only be speculating to even guess.

The neurologist met with Nick Monday morning and shared that the road of recovery will be long for Michelle being that she has suffered a significant stroke.  He also shared that it is beneficial that Michelle is young, in good health, is determined and has a great support group of family and friends (and our great God!) all of which will aid in her recovery process.  Michelle has been somewhat more responsive Monday, although the stroke has affected areas of speech.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!

Monday, April 19, 2010

another step toward normalcy

Debbie and I are wrapping  a couple of days away in Monterey (thanks to our family for the gift). We are sitting at Peets Coffee doing what we do: Debbie reading a novel and I with my computer open - reading about another friend requesting prayer for one in tragedy. It is Monday and I am anticipating the week. I have a tendency to talk schedules with my family - what is coming up, how we are going to orchestrate the cars, etc. It can be frustrating for them as settling down in the present can be difficult - but what I have come to realize is that it helps me to be present when we have a clear plan for the future. While planning is good, for me it is also a trust issue. On the way to Monterey on Saturday I started talking about this week with Debbie - she indulged me and actually started asking me questions - I felt so affirmed, so valued, so cared for. Crazy how something little that can be such a nuisance can also show that you care. Listening to someone holds value. (Thanks for listening here.)

This week is crazy. I accepted a temp job with the Census. I did it a year ago and really did not like it. I get to meet all these great people in our community and have to ask superficial questions - when so many are dealing with so much. But it is a such an answer to prayer - a provision of faith - as I transferred the last of our savings to our checking last week and have temp job next week. Tomorrow morning I will be speaking to a mission board regarding chaplaincy - I have already been approved as a volunteer chaplain at Valley Medical and hope to expand that to Santa Cruz. It is a step of obedience, a step of faith, a step toward God's calling - to minister to those in the midst of tragedy. I see it as an opportunity not to help tighten their grip on hope - to actually grasp my hand around their hand. God continues to increase each week conversations that provide a wind to my back knowing God is directing.

So for Jake, he was able to work on Saturday at Freeline Design - the first time since June 28th. What an amazing family Freeline has been to Jake and to us. What a blessing it is for him to work their again. What a blessing for Debbie and I to actually go away for a couple of nights and have Jake help take care of Jensen. Steps of normalcy that we have forgotten how sweet.

For those that are in the Santa Cruz area, this Friday is a county-wide worship concert. They asked me to  share a bit of Jake's Journey here is the link: INSPIRE


Gotta run - there is probably more. Thanks for the continued partnership...

grabbing onto hope,

Tom (daddy)