Michael was able to call Josh last night to help us with a firsthand update for you all. This week brings some big changes: Michael will be getting released from Regions and is able to continue his care at home! We are excited to have him nearby and it's a huge relief to reach this step in his recovery, but it's important that we all recognize that he still has a significant amount of healing to do. Michael shared that he has lost 30lbs and most of his strength, and he doesn't have full function of his hands right now. He recently got his phone back but has difficulty using it, so please don't take it personally when he doesn't respond. He still hasn't regained his voice from being intubated, but he made sure to note that right now he "sounds like Clint Eastwood." :)
Michael is looking forward to catching up with everyone in the future but graciously asks that visitors hold off until he gets settled in and adjusts to his new normal. His days will continue to be filled with physical and occupational therapies, as well as daily dressing changes that alone consume most of the morning. He is working really hard and improving each day but it will take time to get where he wants to be. Mike and Jodie have been very busy learning the new skills they'll need as they take over as Michael's main caregivers between appointments at Regions.
As they prepare to leave, Michael, Mike and Jodie would like to give a huge thank you to the staff at Regions for the incredible care they have provided day in and day out. They say they feel like part of a new family with Michael's nurses, doctors, and the other families they've gotten to know in the waiting room. It is a bittersweet feeling to be stepping away from their guidance and friendship. They also want to thank everyone for your heartfelt messages, cards, food, generous gifts and kind words. They haven't been able to respond but we all continue to read your messages and sincerely appreciate all the thoughtful gestures toward our family. The biggest thanks of all is for your prayers. It is so moving to read your comments and hear of so many friends, acquaintances and even total strangers who have been praying for Michael. The prayer chains you've added him to would surely span the globe! We talk every day about how our faith has grown throughout this experience, and we have you all to thank for being a part of that. It has been the biggest blessing to witness God in action through your healing prayers. We will continue to update on Michael's progress as he makes the big transition to home care. Thank you and God bless you all!