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Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Hey there purple nation, so it’s been about a month since my last update and maybe that’s a little too long for some,   I apologize for that! I am so blessed to have her so close to home. It’s also nice for her to get visitors, she really likes that. The best time to visit is later in the afternoon. She has had ot/pt 5 days a week and speech therapy 3days a week, her therapists are very optimistic about her recovery, I have been getting weekly updates on what she has been doing in her therapy time. They have had her standing with help by a machine, not really focusing on her walking abilities yet, more focus is on her arms and legs strength and her core strength, balance. Working on transferring from bed to wheelchair without aid of a mechanical lift, that would be huge!! Huge praises for the progress so far!! Last Friday we had an appointment with Dr Kennedy in StCloud, he seems very pleased with her progress so far, he didn’t have any concerns and we need to just stay focused on at least a one year recovery time and then we will kind of know more of what her life will be like. He wants to see her again in 3mnths, to me that’s a good thing!! He also made a prediction that Gail will be walking with the help of a walker at least, the next time he sees her. Dr Kennedy had a little grin on his face the whole time! To me that speaks volumes!! Personally I do not see her stopping progress any time soon!!  Clearly this has been God’s will for her!!! Glory be!! Gail has one therapist who specializes with stroke patients and she has told me that she thinks Gail will walk out of the manor one day, so I’m holdin her to it!! Hah! Gail’s short term memory is getting better also. So lots of good stuff happening!! God is so good!!!

I realized that I can post photos on this site so hopefully next time I will get that figured out how that is done so the people that aren’t able to visit can see her progress.
I promise it won’t be a month!

    
           Love you all!!! Keep praying!!    God’s will be done!!!

                                                                   Steve
         


 
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Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Hello prayer warriors and purple nation supporters     
     It is such a blessing to have Gail so close to home, it’s only a 20min drive to her new temporary home. The bad part about that is it makes it harder to recognize the progress which is a little different than not seeing her for a week or two. I do know there is still plenty of progress, she really likes it in Minneota. She has been really busy with her pt and ot therapy, it seems like the times for this fluctuate from day to day, so when is the best time to go visit is really hard to say. I will say mid to late morning or mid afternoon to early evening has been the best, she is pretty wiped out by 8:30 - 9:00 and ready for bed
      One huge step for her was yesterday, in her pt they had her standing on her feet, not sure for how long but it was amazing to see, my sister who works there sent a picture, praise God!! It is also a huge blessing to have one of the best therapists in the area working with Gail, I think she is in for quite a workout for the next few months, I am soo excited for her progress moving forward!!
  We still have a long ways to go!! God’s plan has been truly evident throughout this journey and I remain faithful and trusting in His plan moving on, Glory be and praise Him!!!   


       Thank you for your continued praise and prayer!!  Love you all!❤️❤️

                  God’s will be done!!

    

Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Hello, quick update, Gail was transferred to the Minneota Manor today, we arrived their at about 2:00 this afternoon. Travel went really well, we stopped in Watertown for some water and she wanted to go to McDonalds for something to eat, I had to say no and she got kind of mad at me, she couldn’t understand why not!!  I got the opportunity to get her myself and my co-pilot Pastor James went with me, what a blessed time it was!! Thank you again James!!

   Now for visiting Gail, I’m hoping we can give her some time to settle in and get a new 
routine down before she gets overloaded with visitors, she still has a lot of recovery to do although she has made some remarkable progress!!! Please be mindful of what is best for her, the manor will have some control of this also, so short visits and rest, she still gets tired quickly with a lot of conversation. Thank you!!! ❤️❤️
   

           God’s will be done!!   He is definitely not done!!!!!   

Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

  Hello again    
   Wow what a weekend!!! I didn’t get to enjoy much of the nice weather we had but that’s ok I had a pretty amazing couple of days as well. Gail did get moved to a different room last week and got some much needed rest. She started off the week with getting the trach removed on Wednesday, as of today the wound is still not healed over completely but is doing very well with that. They did an X-ray of her swallowing to see if that was working ok, but is a little irregular because of the trach wound. They are feeding her some real food during the day making sure she can swallow everything ok, can you imagine not eating any solid food for three months, seems like with every bit it’s “this tastes soo good”!!😃. Doing very well with that! At night she is still on the feeding tube until she can get enough nutrition with food.
   On Friday night she did have a slight fever so on Saturday they did some testing to se what was going on, some infection somewhere, not sure what they found but were able to control the fever with Tylenol and started some extra fluids and an antibiotic just to be safe and get right on top of it if it turned out to be in her lungs or somewhere serious    
    
  Now on to some really amazing stuff!!! Today they used a mechanical lift to put her in a wheelchair for the first time!! You should have seen the smile on her face😂😂!! There is a small waiting area just outside her door with some big windows  so she could see outside a little better, she pushed herself out of her room and when she got outside of her door she stopped “ ta dah”!!  With a big old grin!! It took about ten minutes to go about 20 feet but she did it!! We all sat there and just celebrated, cried, and laughed. It was Gail’s sister Mary that was here for the weekend and Gabbi and Jazzi and I. In  celebration we played the  video of all the elementary kids with there wall of purple shouting “fight Gail fight”. She cried!!❤️❤️  Absolutely amazing!!! Praise God for all of her progress!!  No she can’t walk yet but I believe its a matter of time.


    Now this week if everything is going well there is talk about moving closer to home in a nursing home type setting. We do have some options in this area but I don’t have much information to give out yet, please keep these things in your prayers. Will be updating when I know more about where she is going!


                 God’s will be done!!! ❤️❤️

Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Another quick update, Gail is going to be moved to room 708, we are hoping for a little quieter location so she can get some quality sleep at night, (prayer item).  I would like to ask all my prayer warriors to pray for all the patients at Vibra, some have some pretty heavy loads and also for the nurses, they seem to be running ragged and 1-2 hrs behind on their care. Gail has been one of the easier patients to care for praise God for that!!

  I also would like to extend prayers on behalf of Gail’s sister Mary and her husband Kurt,  Kurt’s dad was riding his  bike and was hit by a vehicle, he has some broken ribs and a broken arm, I’m sure pretty bruised up. I believe he is in his 80s. As you can imagine he can hardly move without being in pain, to try and sleep is worse!!  Thank you!!❤️❤️



         God’s will be done!!!

                
        

Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Hello prayer warriors and purple nation supporters!!

     I would like to recap the last couple weeks, her surgery to remove the brain tumor went really well. They were able to get it all out and it was just a growth and not cancerous, praise God for that! Gail remained in StCloud for a week before she was transferred back to Vibra in Fargo, the same place she was before but now she is in room 722. We are back on the road to recovery!!!    Visitors welcome!!

   Gail has just completed her first week in Fargo, looking at her chart she had some occupational therapy twice this week, I was able to get here about 5:00 yesterday, she was pretty tired at that time of the day so didn’t get to  visit a whole lot. Doctors are talking about removing her trach soon like possibly this week, that would be amazing and a huge step in her recovery. It doesn’t sound like she will be at Vibra for very long, possibly for just 2 to 3 weeks and then on to to a facility with some serious rehab. 
 
 It is soo easy to get impatient with this recovery time and trying to figure things out and do the day to day things. My focus is constantly on God’s will to be done in all things regarding to this journey we are on and I am so blessed and thankful for all the support!! That also keeps me going! The kids are doing really well and praise God for that also!!

  I don’t have any information on where the next facility will be just hope it’s closer to home.


                           Love you all!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Journal entry by Steve Gregoire

Another quick update:  I don’t have the words to describe the feelings and emotions I have had these last few days, what a blessing to have so much support, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! God bless all of you!!!
 
 Gail is doing very well, she was moved out of ICU early afternoon and then had a post-op MRI to make sure that all the tumor is gone. A lot of the swelling has gone down already, she is in really good spirits. She doesn’t have the voice piece on her trach so she can’t really talk right now, which is ok, more rest time that way!!  She is in room 627 in neuro-comprehensive care.


eventually she will be transferring back to Fargo for more recovery since she will still require that level of care, I don’t have any information on this yet.  Visits are the same which means not a lot of stimulation and 2to3 people at a time for 20 to 30 min.

          God’s will be done!!!            Happy Mother’s Day!!!!❤️❤️❤️

Journal entry by Mary and Kurt Krenik

Calling all Gail's People,

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1

From Gabbi & Steve moments ago: "Just talked to Dr. Kennedy.... He says she did very well and that they got it all!  She'll be in recovery and then ICU."

The power of prayer....The power of our God.
The unending love of family and friends...
This is our testimony.  xxoo

Journal entry by Mary and Kurt Krenik

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."    Isaiah 43:1-3

Gail has been resting since her surgery on Tuesday.  She has been up is her special supportive chair, overall doing well. She was moved from ICU to Comprehensive Care on Wednesday evening.

Her surgery for tomorrow, Friday, is scheduled for 8:00a.m. The Surgeon says the surgery will take several hours. 

Steve and family are hanging in there. Your love and prayers keep them going. 

Lord,
We ask a blessing on the hands that care for Gail.
We give thanks for their healing touch.
Lord,
May Your hands guide the hands that perform surgery on Gail.
We give thanks for their skill, that comes from You.
Lord,
All our hope is in You.
We give You all thanks and praise!


 


 

Journal entry by Mary and Kurt Krenik

Gail's family thanks each and every one of you for you outpouring of love, prayers, and support.

Gail had a routine surgery in Willmar on Wednesday and was to go home on Thursday. Things were going well until Wednesday late evening when she started to feel ill. Overnight she was vomiting and complained of a headache.

On Thursday morning, these symptoms continued and the decision was made that she would remain in the hospital. Late Thursday afternoon she was found unresponsive in her room. Her physicians believe she had a massive stroke which caused her to slip into a coma. She had a CT scan of her brain, where a brain tumor was found and the stroke was confirmed. She was rushed by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital. She had an emergency surgery to relieve pressure on her brain and to help with swelling.

After surgery, she was placed in the Intesive Care Unit (ICU). Her condition was stable throughout Friday. Friends, family, and her church community rushed to be by her side to encourage and pray with and for her and her friends and family.

Today, Saturday, she is resting peacefully in the ICU. Her team of physicians and nurses are outstanding and providing for her every need. During her morning assessment, there may have been a slight improvement.

Gail's family asks that you use Caring Bridge for updates.

We ask for continued prayers for Gail, her healthcare team, her family & friends.
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Additionally, Swan Lake Church has set up a location to donate, which will go towards helping Steve and Gail with any monetary needs that will arise.  https://www.swanlakechurch.org/giving

Thank you for your continued love and prayers.

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