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doodle5
October 1st, 2010, 4:56 am
This thread is like reading about a miracle one second at a time!!
A history of God's grace!!

Jeff Darlene,

Take care of yourself eat well try to take walks breathe and take deep breathes!!

Working puzzles is good for Mitch!!
The brain is a miracle!! Mitch has good care... He has gone far since the injury. For a teenager to go through this must be hard.

My prayers for for all of you and all the therapists doctor.
Would Mitch have the patience to listen to some music?
Classical music helps me, I took lessons and played the organ and piano when I was 16. What is Mitch's favorite?

Our son still has bipolar Joann is always there I deeply appreciate that!!
Jamie is in pre school.
Twins are standing now.

Dear ones look up to our LORD!! He is holding your up by his everlasting arms!!
Read the last chapter of Deuteronomy when the Egyptians started for the children of Israel, God caused the wheels of the chariots to fall of in the Sea.
We have a huge God that is a in the business of miracles!! Joshua 1:9 Be of good courage my friend!! Go enjoy some flowers and their smell. They keep blooming year and year for us to enjoy!! God's grace is the same!! We don't hold faith in a test tube... BUT WE KNOW FAITH IS IN OUR HEARTS, we know that until we meet him face to face!!

Read psalms 1-8th chapter. I read this to Gary, he still remembers.

Love and hugs.
Is.58:10-11

doodle :hug::hug::hug:

Proud Mom and Teacher
October 1st, 2010, 10:25 pm
Mitch wound up at the ER and they say his CT scan was normal, well as close to normal as it could be for a person with that injury. No bleeding or anything like that though. They bgave him some meds for the migranes and basically said there isn't much they can do. They are amazed he hasn't had seizures and say that the surgeon who did the operation the night of the accident did brilliant work. They say his CT scan looked like something out of a textbook for that injury. If you look back at the first few pages of the thread you will see where I said that our first answer to prayer in all this was getting Dr Murray as a surgeon. Well that is what happened and this scan proves God's Grace and mercy in that regard. He is a little better tonight, they gave him some meds for the pain and his stomach..

I pray these migranes are not going to be permenant, he has been though enoughb and has enough to deal with. His courage and stamina inspire me.

Please keep praying for us

Good to hear regarding the scan!

Caffeine is often found in migraine medication, so perhaps he can sip on something caffeinated to help.

Good to hear he is doing puzzles. I was in a roll over accident 7 years ago and cracked the left side of my head pretty severely. For a year I had very little short term memory. It made it very difficult to work, and for the most part, I masked my problem by leaving post it notes all over the place. I didn't want to lose the job I had at the time. I started doing a lot of puzzles which required deduction, etc. Over time, it seemed like my brain returned to its pre-injured state. It takes a lot of patience and work.

In regards to hand-eye coordination...it's going to be Christmas before we know it. If your family engages in gift-giving, perhaps you can find something he can work on that would help him in that regard. My daughter did word burning a couple of years ago that took a lot of detailed work and concentration.

Just a thought if he is one that thrives on having something to show for his efforts.

mysticbeauty_nbeast
October 2nd, 2010, 11:34 am
Mitch wound up at the ER and they say his CT scan was normal, well as close to normal as it could be for a person with that injury. No bleeding or anything like that though. They bgave him some meds for the migranes and basically said there isn't much they can do. They are amazed he hasn't had seizures and say that the surgeon who did the operation the night of the accident did brilliant work. They say his CT scan looked like something out of a textbook for that injury. If you look back at the first few pages of the thread you will see where I said that our first answer to prayer in all this was getting Dr Murray as a surgeon. Well that is what happened and this scan proves God's Grace and mercy in that regard. He is a little better tonight, they gave him some meds for the pain and his stomach..

I pray these migranes are not going to be permenant, he has been though enoughb and has enough to deal with. His courage and stamina inspire me.

Please keep praying for us

To spiritual funk's and head injuries:

The funk first....we all get there at some point or another. We are human and therefore prone to get in the slumps every now and again. Everytime I get there, I say to myself, "God is working change in my life..and it's just gonna take some time to catch up to Him!" :hug: Fastest way to get out of the dumps...re-read your favorite book in the bible...or....re-visit something you've conquered that you never thought you could have won over....or....and my favorite....just let everything go and allow yourself to feel just for a moment that everything in our lives has a purpose..even the dumps and funks. ;)

Head injuries (and the what sounds like a nice little flu): One of my dearest friends had a sever head injury just after highschool. She changed dramatically from the person I knew her to be. Whenever she got a cold or flu...it was as if she got it 10 times worse then an average person. Sometimes people with head injuries have this result due to the nature of their injury. I pray Mitch will come out of this and able to get back to the great leaps and measures of healing. :hug: I love the puzzle idea...absolutely brilliant!

Once Mitch is back to his stable little self...get him surrounded with guys his own age and in his condition. There's nothing like a little camaraderie with 19 year olds....it can work magic on their sore souls like salve to a burn.

You and Mitch are in my daily prayers and thoughts,

~Mysty

historynut
October 2nd, 2010, 1:16 pm
Good to hear regarding the scan!

Caffeine is often found in migraine medication, so perhaps he can sip on something caffeinated to help.

Good to hear he is doing puzzles. I was in a roll over accident 7 years ago and cracked the left side of my head pretty severely. For a year I had very little short term memory. It made it very difficult to work, and for the most part, I masked my problem by leaving post it notes all over the place. I didn't want to lose the job I had at the time. I started doing a lot of puzzles which required deduction, etc. Over time, it seemed like my brain returned to its pre-injured state. It takes a lot of patience and work.

In regards to hand-eye coordination...it's going to be Christmas before we know it. If your family engages in gift-giving, perhaps you can find something he can work on that would help him in that regard. My daughter did word burning a couple of years ago that took a lot of detailed work and concentration.

Just a thought if he is one that thrives on having something to show for his efforts.

I was injured too and had short term memory problems. I did the post it note thing too.

I've found the computer games help, they also can help with hand-eye coordination. The fact your having fun often covers the fact of how hard your working at it.

Plus you (your son) can talk to others with the same problems. It helps. Don't know if there are any groups in your area but that may be something your doctor will know.

rhet 2
October 2nd, 2010, 1:36 pm
To spiritual funk's and head injuries:

The funk first....we all get there at some point or another. We are human and therefore prone to get in the slumps every now and again. Everytime I get there, I say to myself, "God is working change in my life..and it's just gonna take some time to catch up to Him!" :hug: Fastest way to get out of the dumps...re-read your favorite book in the bible...or....re-visit something you've conquered that you never thought you could have won over....or....and my favorite....just let everything go and allow yourself to feel just for a moment that everything in our lives has a purpose..even the dumps and funks. ;)

Head injuries (and the what sounds like a nice little flu): One of my dearest friends had a sever head injury just after highschool. She changed dramatically from the person I knew her to be. Whenever she got a cold or flu...it was as if she got it 10 times worse then an average person. Sometimes people with head injuries have this result due to the nature of their injury. I pray Mitch will come out of this and able to get back to the great leaps and measures of healing. :hug: I love the puzzle idea...absolutely brilliant!

Once Mitch is back to his stable little self...get him surrounded with guys his own age and in his condition. There's nothing like a little camaraderie with 19 year olds....it can work magic on their sore souls like salve to a burn.

You and Mitch are in my daily prayers and thoughts,

~Mysty

Good sound counsel.

One thing I've found: getting a person to focus on only one small part of any task is a primary part of the "funk" remediation process.

To a person challenged with hand-eye coordination problems, the ENTIRE task of dressing himself or showering looks overwhelming.

If he or she focuses only on one thing, for example, just getting the shirt out of the closet and laid onto a flat surface -- that single tiny thing should be celebrated as a VICTORY -- then concentrate on ONLY getting that shirt off the coat hanger and the hanger back into the closet -- celebrate than teeny tiny part of the entire process as the victory it really is.

Break down every complex and challenging ANYTHING into teeny tiny bits of challenges -- and celebrate each tiny bit as a victory -- that teeny tiny victory then becomes motivation for the next teeny tiny bit of achievement -- and the terrifying and overwhelming "big picture" dissolves into teeny tiny manageable bits of victory instead of collapsing into "I caaaaaaaaaaan't" misery induced by seeing a huge task that is overwhelming.

Entire glorious gardens created by concentrating on just pulling one more weed or planting just one more bit of ground with just three more seeds or one more tiny plant.

Peaches
October 4th, 2010, 6:57 am
bump

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:23 pm
This thread is like reading about a miracle one second at a time!!
A history of God's grace!!

Jeff Darlene,

Take care of yourself eat well try to take walks breathe and take deep breathes!!

Working puzzles is good for Mitch!!
The brain is a miracle!! Mitch has good care... He has gone far since the injury. For a teenager to go through this must be hard.

My prayers for for all of you and all the therapists doctor.
Would Mitch have the patience to listen to some music?
Classical music helps me, I took lessons and played the organ and piano when I was 16. What is Mitch's favorite?

Our son still has bipolar Joann is always there I deeply appreciate that!!
Jamie is in pre school.
Twins are standing now.

Dear ones look up to our LORD!! He is holding your up by his everlasting arms!!
Read the last chapter of Deuteronomy when the Egyptians started for the children of Israel, God caused the wheels of the chariots to fall of in the Sea.
We have a huge God that is a in the business of miracles!! Joshua 1:9 Be of good courage my friend!! Go enjoy some flowers and their smell. They keep blooming year and year for us to enjoy!! God's grace is the same!! We don't hold faith in a test tube... BUT WE KNOW FAITH IS IN OUR HEARTS, we know that until we meet him face to face!!

Read psalms 1-8th chapter. I read this to Gary, he still remembers.

Love and hugs.
Is.58:10-11

doodle :hug::hug::hug:

yes it is a miracle my friend. God bless you and yours C

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:26 pm
Good to hear regarding the scan!

Caffeine is often found in migraine medication, so perhaps he can sip on something caffeinated to help.

Good to hear he is doing puzzles. I was in a roll over accident 7 years ago and cracked the left side of my head pretty severely. For a year I had very little short term memory. It made it very difficult to work, and for the most part, I masked my problem by leaving post it notes all over the place. I didn't want to lose the job I had at the time. I started doing a lot of puzzles which required deduction, etc. Over time, it seemed like my brain returned to its pre-injured state. It takes a lot of patience and work.

In regards to hand-eye coordination...it's going to be Christmas before we know it. If your family engages in gift-giving, perhaps you can find something he can work on that would help him in that regard. My daughter did word burning a couple of years ago that took a lot of detailed work and concentration.

Just a thought if he is one that thrives on having something to show for his efforts.

That's a good idea. I think we can get him to do that for his grandparents, thanks for that.

They gave him some pain meds for the migranes but he hasn't needed any in a couple days, praise God. It does have a high level of caffine in it but I can't spell the name without the bottle.

Thank you and God bless

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:35 pm
To spiritual funk's and head injuries:

The funk first....we all get there at some point or another. We are human and therefore prone to get in the slumps every now and again. Everytime I get there, I say to myself, "God is working change in my life..and it's just gonna take some time to catch up to Him!" :hug: Fastest way to get out of the dumps...re-read your favorite book in the bible...or....re-visit something you've conquered that you never thought you could have won over....or....and my favorite....just let everything go and allow yourself to feel just for a moment that everything in our lives has a purpose..even the dumps and funks. ;)

Head injuries (and the what sounds like a nice little flu): One of my dearest friends had a sever head injury just after highschool. She changed dramatically from the person I knew her to be. Whenever she got a cold or flu...it was as if she got it 10 times worse then an average person. Sometimes people with head injuries have this result due to the nature of their injury. I pray Mitch will come out of this and able to get back to the great leaps and measures of healing. :hug: I love the puzzle idea...absolutely brilliant!

Once Mitch is back to his stable little self...get him surrounded with guys his own age and in his condition. There's nothing like a little camaraderie with 19 year olds....it can work magic on their sore souls like salve to a burn.

You and Mitch are in my daily prayers and thoughts,

~Mysty

I don't think I have ever been in this bad a spiritual slump before. I have had to real desire to study the Word or pray constantly like I usually do. My Pastor says this happens to all Christians at some point, like you say. I'm gonna just have to work through it. Man up and realize this is where my bread is buttered. God is what I am about, without Him and the burning desire I usually have for His Word and Prayer I have no identity. I'm pretty much lost at this point but I am working on it. Things are improving but our situation makes things all that much harder. I have to get over it, that's what I am gonna do. I love God and God loves me, the last thing in need in my life is to not be in fellowship with Him.

Thank you and God bless you Mysty

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:37 pm
I was injured too and had short term memory problems. I did the post it note thing too.

I've found the computer games help, they also can help with hand-eye coordination. The fact your having fun often covers the fact of how hard your working at it.

Plus you (your son) can talk to others with the same problems. It helps. Don't know if there are any groups in your area but that may be something your doctor will know.

Mitch can operate the computer mouse and is getting pretty good at texting. He sold his game station though.

Thank you my friend, God bless

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:40 pm
Good sound counsel.

One thing I've found: getting a person to focus on only one small part of any task is a primary part of the "funk" remediation process.

To a person challenged with hand-eye coordination problems, the ENTIRE task of dressing himself or showering looks overwhelming.

If he or she focuses only on one thing, for example, just getting the shirt out of the closet and laid onto a flat surface -- that single tiny thing should be celebrated as a VICTORY -- then concentrate on ONLY getting that shirt off the coat hanger and the hanger back into the closet -- celebrate than teeny tiny part of the entire process as the victory it really is.

Break down every complex and challenging ANYTHING into teeny tiny bits of challenges -- and celebrate each tiny bit as a victory -- that teeny tiny victory then becomes motivation for the next teeny tiny bit of achievement -- and the terrifying and overwhelming "big picture" dissolves into teeny tiny manageable bits of victory instead of collapsing into "I caaaaaaaaaaan't" misery induced by seeing a huge task that is overwhelming.

Entire glorious gardens created by concentrating on just pulling one more weed or planting just one more bit of ground with just three more seeds or one more tiny plant.

He is not showering and getting himself dressed with no help from us except the shoes. It was not all that long ago we were praying for those things, Praise God. This has been a long road we have all traveled together Rhet. I cannot imagine where we would be without this forum, and this thread. There have been so many answers to our prayers, so many indeed.

God bless you and your sis

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:41 pm
bump

God bless you Blazer

jwil59
October 5th, 2010, 9:43 pm
I forgot to say this but Mitch starts back monday in occupational therpy three days a week. Praise God for that good insurance.

I cannot thank you guys enough, we've been through so much together. If this forum went away tommorrow I can honestly say I would never forget any one of you. I love you all, God bless you.

HeyJude
October 5th, 2010, 11:08 pm
I forgot to say this but Mitch starts back monday in occupational therpy three days a week. Praise God for that good insurance.

I cannot thank you guys enough, we've been through so much together. If this forum went away tommorrow I can honestly say I would never forget any one of you. I love you all, God bless you.


My dear Jeff, hang in there. I can't remember the quote exactly: Job. "Yea though he slay me, yet will I trust Him." Oh my dear Jeff, I know how hard that is. Many years ago, I asked myself if I could have such faith. I didn't know. And then I was hit with such horrors, the murder of my dad, and I knew, my only hope was to trust Him. It's all we have. We travel a road that not many folks travel.

jwil59
October 11th, 2010, 10:23 pm
My dear Jeff, hang in there. I can't remember the quote exactly: Job. "Yea though he slay me, yet will I trust Him." Oh my dear Jeff, I know how hard that is. Many years ago, I asked myself if I could have such faith. I didn't know. And then I was hit with such horrors, the murder of my dad, and I knew, my only hope was to trust Him. It's all we have. We travel a road that not many folks travel.

Yes we should all look to Job for strength. Thank you and God bless

jwil59
October 11th, 2010, 10:25 pm
The first day back in therapy went well. Thank you all for your prayers

They say he is getting stronger, which is very good. They also say his walk is better than before. These are improvements.

We still need some serious prayers for the decision making and cognative issues.

Thank you and God bless

rhet 2
October 11th, 2010, 10:43 pm
The first day back in therapy went well. Thank you all for your prayers

They say he is getting stronger, which is very good. They also say his walk is better than before. These are improvements.

We still need some serious prayers for the decision making and cognative issues.

Thank you and God bless

Cause for praise

and

Cause for petition

you've got mine on both counts

:hug:

Calibabe
October 13th, 2010, 4:46 pm
The first day back in therapy went well. Thank you all for your prayers

They say he is getting stronger, which is very good. They also say his walk is better than before. These are improvements.

We still need some serious prayers for the decision making and cognative issues.

Thank you and God bless

Sorry I haven't been in here in a bit, but have been just hammered at work and by the time we all get home at night, get dinner ready, and then begin to relax, it is time to go to bed! Geez, time certainly doesn't stand still. That being said, I always would stop by and read what was going on, I just wasn't able to post anything because there was either a call coming in for me or a patient with suture removal that needed to be seen.

Don't get discouraged about your spiritual funk. We have all been in that position before. I have gone through struggles with my faith as has my husband as has our son. We have all sat and asked "why" many, many times, and without an answer. God doesn't let us in on His "plan" he justs has us place our trust in Him that He will take care of what needs to be taken care of and the rest of everything will fall into place. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of Mitch and not say a prayer for him, for your and for Darlene and your entire family. You guys have such a special place in all our hearts that we certainly could not forget any of you. I hope that you know that. Last night when we were sitting and watching the first of the miners come up my husband said "That is God's work right there, no question in my mind". I had to agree. Imagine the "good luck" you would have to have had to be eating in an escape chamber in a mine 2,300 ft below the surface of this planet and all of a sudden a collapse happens and you are stuck. Pretty good place to be stuck in if you look at it. Being 20 ft in either direction could have spelled death to anyone of those men. Yet somehow they managed to stay alive for 69-70 days underground. If that is not the hand of God working, well then I guess it is something else. I know in my heart that it is certainly God. Just like I knew in the beginning of this that God was with your son from the moment everything happened till now. He never deserts us or leaves us, even if we get mad at Him. He has been there every step of the way and will continue to do so. I marvel at all the things Mitch has been able to do since this all began almost 2 years ago. Hard to believe that it is that long. I know it must feel like it has been much longer to you and Darlene as you are there every day. Just as we have to nourish our spiritual soul, we also need to feed our other relationships as well. Life is like a plant in many ways. If you withhold the water, it shrivels up and bears no fruit. If you don't use the right type of plant food for it, the fruit is smaller than it should be and maybe not as sweet. Well the same thing with our lives. I think you know what I am getting at. If you take care of those around you, God will take care of the rest. That is how it has been and always will be.

My prayers as you know and that of my family are always with you, even if I am not here to post all the time. May God continue to shower you with even the tinest of blessings each and every day.

jwil59
October 15th, 2010, 9:26 pm
Cause for praise

and

Cause for petition

you've got mine on both counts

:hug:

Thank you Rhet.

Mitch was sick today and missed therapy. he is having the nausea and headaches again. besides that he did have two very good therapy days. Wensday he worked with his old occupational therapist, who says there is much improvement in his condition. His has been pretty much about 99% unable to do anything at all with his right hand. She said that the tone in that armm wrist, and hand have improved in the past few months, and that the biggest problem she sees with that hand are the fingers so that is what they are working on. She thinks it is possible that he could maybe regain at least partial use of that hand over time. I praise God for that good news.

God bless you my friend, you guys are in my prayers.

jwil59
October 15th, 2010, 9:30 pm
Sorry I haven't been in here in a bit, but have been just hammered at work and by the time we all get home at night, get dinner ready, and then begin to relax, it is time to go to bed! Geez, time certainly doesn't stand still. That being said, I always would stop by and read what was going on, I just wasn't able to post anything because there was either a call coming in for me or a patient with suture removal that needed to be seen.

Don't get discouraged about your spiritual funk. We have all been in that position before. I have gone through struggles with my faith as has my husband as has our son. We have all sat and asked "why" many, many times, and without an answer. God doesn't let us in on His "plan" he justs has us place our trust in Him that He will take care of what needs to be taken care of and the rest of everything will fall into place. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of Mitch and not say a prayer for him, for your and for Darlene and your entire family. You guys have such a special place in all our hearts that we certainly could not forget any of you. I hope that you know that. Last night when we were sitting and watching the first of the miners come up my husband said "That is God's work right there, no question in my mind". I had to agree. Imagine the "good luck" you would have to have had to be eating in an escape chamber in a mine 2,300 ft below the surface of this planet and all of a sudden a collapse happens and you are stuck. Pretty good place to be stuck in if you look at it. Being 20 ft in either direction could have spelled death to anyone of those men. Yet somehow they managed to stay alive for 69-70 days underground. If that is not the hand of God working, well then I guess it is something else. I know in my heart that it is certainly God. Just like I knew in the beginning of this that God was with your son from the moment everything happened till now. He never deserts us or leaves us, even if we get mad at Him. He has been there every step of the way and will continue to do so. I marvel at all the things Mitch has been able to do since this all began almost 2 years ago. Hard to believe that it is that long. I know it must feel like it has been much longer to you and Darlene as you are there every day. Just as we have to nourish our spiritual soul, we also need to feed our other relationships as well. Life is like a plant in many ways. If you withhold the water, it shrivels up and bears no fruit. If you don't use the right type of plant food for it, the fruit is smaller than it should be and maybe not as sweet. Well the same thing with our lives. I think you know what I am getting at. If you take care of those around you, God will take care of the rest. That is how it has been and always will be.

My prayers as you know and that of my family are always with you, even if I am not here to post all the time. May God continue to shower you with even the tinest of blessings each and every day.

Thank you Cali, it's great to see you my friend.

I too believe that God intervenes in the lives of people. Like you say He has certainy shown His mercy and grace in our case and we are thankfull.

So how is your son doing? I remember not all that long ago we were all praying like the dickens for him. I pray he is well.

Peaches
October 17th, 2010, 9:24 am
stopping by to leave love and prayers!

jwil59
October 30th, 2010, 1:54 am
Geez I just realized I have not updated this thread in awhile. I'm sorry yall.

Therapy is going really well. It looks like they really hit the sweet spot with the last round of Botox injections. They think his gate is straighter and steadier since the last time there. There is also vast improvement in the mobility of his right hand. His muscle tone is still building in that arm and the occupational therapist says the main problem now is in the finger joints, which is improving with the therapy. Each visit there is improvement and she (the therpaist) says she can tell he is excersizing those fingers. This month is turning out to be a very productive month therapy wise. My insurance changes Jan 1 so we are conspiring with the therapist to get all the treatment we can this year, maybe including another round of the botox. I would really appreciate your prayers on that.

Cognativly not much has changed. He still seems to be making some bad decisions and hanging with what we think to be the wrong people. He's an adult though so I have to let it go somehow. The Lord is still in complete control and has blessed us so much thus far. He has taken care of Mitch and I know He won't stop now. By His Grace we will move forward.

I love you guys and you are all in my prayers constantly. God bless you all

doodle5
October 30th, 2010, 4:04 am
Glad to hear everything is going so well!! Mitch will make decisions some good and some not so good. THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.

David is in study and Tim and me. I have nearly completed a business book by Donald Trump... a lot of head sense and what works in business. I will order a course, take an exam and be certified, they may even help me find a job.

We plan to take a day trip down the coast, sounds like fun.

doodle

Peaches
October 30th, 2010, 7:43 am
glad to hear the good report about therapy! I will pray about the other!

rhet 2
October 30th, 2010, 12:48 pm
Geez I just realized I have not updated this thread in awhile. I'm sorry yall.

Therapy is going really well. It looks like they really hit the sweet spot with the last round of Botox injections. They think his gate is straighter and steadier since the last time there. There is also vast improvement in the mobility of his right hand. His muscle tone is still building in that arm and the occupational therapist says the main problem now is in the finger joints, which is improving with the therapy. Each visit there is improvement and she (the therpaist) says she can tell he is excersizing those fingers. This month is turning out to be a very productive month therapy wise. My insurance changes Jan 1 so we are conspiring with the therapist to get all the treatment we can this year, maybe including another round of the botox. I would really appreciate your prayers on that.

Cognativly not much has changed. He still seems to be making some bad decisions and hanging with what we think to be the wrong people. He's an adult though so I have to let it go somehow. The Lord is still in complete control and has blessed us so much thus far. He has taken care of Mitch and I know He won't stop now. By His Grace we will move forward.

I love you guys and you are all in my prayers constantly. God bless you all

He is still very young, my brother in faith -- and the damage to the frontal lobes did not help the normal struggle to achieve mature judgments.

But, just as the LORD has arranged the physical therapy to repair his hands and his walking ability, so He has arranged the growth of that portion of the human brain required for emotional and social maturity.

Slowly slowly slowly -- but ever more steadily -- your treasure will grow according to the Plan of God for him -- and you and his mother will grow in the nurture and admonition of the LORD in watching him grow.

But, then, you know that. For you help me to hold to that premise, myself.

:hug: and rejoice together in watching the LORD set right that which Satan tried to destroy.

Gabby
October 30th, 2010, 4:36 pm
The road to recovery is a long one. It sounds like he's making progress all the time. That's a good sign. Where there is progress, there is the ability for more progress.

As for him picking freinds you are not pleased with. It's not unusual for a person to do this. I wonder if you could spend some time with him and his friends. You might end up being a good influence on his friends. You have a lot of offer.

Hang in there... you all are in my prayers.

czzzaar
October 30th, 2010, 8:22 pm
Glad to hear Mitch continues to progress. You are in my thoughts & prayers as always.

smyrna
October 31st, 2010, 6:54 pm
http://bestsmileys.com/thumbs/3.gifon the progress with therapy.

:pray:for Mitch.

jwil59
November 1st, 2010, 9:37 pm
Thank you all so very much. I cannot imagine where we would be without your prayers and support.

Things are going pretty well this week. The therpist today used the term "that's awesome" several times. They are working that right hand hard, very hard, and it's responding as it should. Praise God

Please keep praying, we are making progress. God bless you all

rhet 2
November 2nd, 2010, 12:04 am
Thank you all so very much. I cannot imagine where we would be without your prayers and support.

Things are going pretty well this week. The therpist today used the term "that's awesome" several times. They are working that right hand hard, very hard, and it's responding as it should. Praise God

Please keep praying, we are making progress. God bless you all

:dance:

we should stop praying NOW? not a chance -- too much fun saying Thank You and begging for still more. :)) :hug:

Stuball
November 3rd, 2010, 10:00 pm
Great News pal

czzzaar
November 3rd, 2010, 10:44 pm
Glad to hear the good news on the right hand. I am amazed by how much strength I have lost in my left hand since my accident only 9 weeks ago and how painful it is to get those ligaments, muscles, and tendons working again, so I can imagine how painful it is for Mitch coming up on two years since his injury.

I hope Mitch knows what great parents he has and that a lot of people are still praying and rooting for his recovery.

Stuball
November 3rd, 2010, 10:55 pm
Glad to hear the good news on the right hand. I am amazed by how much strength I have lost in my left hand since my accident only 9 weeks ago and how painful it is to get those ligaments, muscles, and tendons working again, so I can imagine how painful it is for Mitch coming up on two years since his injury.

I hope Mitch knows what great parents he has and that a lot of people are still praying and rooting for his recovery.
Sorrry to hear Czaaar Ill be rooting for you too

stoked
November 4th, 2010, 1:50 am
I'm rooting for Mitch and for you Czzzaar. It's amazing what they can do with botox nowadays.

Calibabe
November 5th, 2010, 2:51 pm
Thank you Cali, it's great to see you my friend.

I too believe that God intervenes in the lives of people. Like you say He has certainy shown His mercy and grace in our case and we are thankfull.

So how is your son doing? I remember not all that long ago we were all praying like the dickens for him. I pray he is well.


Our son is doing great. He is working with my husband a couple of days a week, making some money. Then he is home three days a week and does some work for the fire company here with their online stuff. He has a good relationship with a captain on the fire department so that may come in handy when the time for interview comes for him. Right now with the budgets and how out of control this state is, no one is hiring right now. However he is only 20. He has plenty of time. Every time he gets a call that he does online he wishes like all get out that he were on that engine responding. He doesn't want to do for the pay, for the pension or for the benefits. He wants to do it to help people. We were talking about it the other day as we had a huge commercial fire about a mile and a half from us. He and I were talking and he said "You know Mom, I would do the job for nothing. Seriously, if they gave me something to eat, a place to sleep and the chance, I would ride tomorrow. I want to help people. That is the only reason why I want to do this. That has always been why I have wanted to do it." I was so proud of him for saying it. He has his head on straight and his priorities set. He knows what he wants and he has a time line that he is sticking to. I just hope that some of this budget stuff starts to clear up and they start opening up for positions. He cooks dinner for us three nights a week and I have to say that whatever fire station gets him, if he gets near the stove and cooks, he will be in there more than on an engine :D He makes a chili that is just killer. A meatloaf that is really good and Russian Chicken cutlets that are outstanding. So he has gotten to be quite the cook. He is even thinking of taking kung fu classes as he knows some friends of his that are in the beginning of opening up a studio not too far from us. It would be good for him and a great cardio work out as well.

As always keeping you Mitch, and your entire family in our prayers.

Proud Mom and Teacher
November 8th, 2010, 11:20 pm
Prayers this will be a good week for your family, Jeff.

jwil59
November 9th, 2010, 9:43 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Things are clicking along pretty good for Mitchell physically. For the first time that I know of since the accident he got up this morning and got himself ready to go out by himself. He even got his shoes on, he wasn't able to tie the laces but he did get both shoes on. It looks like we have been approved for more therapy, but he is ready for another break. I am praying his stamina holds up because this round of occupational therapy (hand therapy I call it) has been very productive. This Christmas will be 2 years since the accident and he continues to make progress physically, which is a total miracle from the Lord. Thank you God

Cognativly things are not improving much, not much improvement attitude wise either. All I can do is trust the Lord on all that. He is talking about going back to Nashville soon but I dunno. We are still working on getting him tested vocationally but the best people to do that is the state and the wheels turn very slow for them.

God hasn't brought him this far for nothing my friends. We await His will.

Thank you so much and your continued prayers are very much appreciated. Yall are the best.

Peaches
November 10th, 2010, 6:32 am
Still praying about the attitude! And the other! :hug:

doodle5
November 13th, 2010, 4:11 am
Mitch,

We are so proud of you and your improvement!! congratulations my friend!!
And your parents as well!!

May The Lord surround all of you with His peace and Joy!!

My prayers always

Carlene

jwil59
November 22nd, 2010, 10:03 pm
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I pray you all are well and healthy this year.

I am sorry I have not been updatiing this thread but there isn't all that much new to report. Mitch is still very much in need of your prayers. The Lord has blessed us but there is still much room for improvement. He isn't doing very well mentally at all. He has said some very disturbing things in relation to life and death. It's almost like he has given up on life. I don't really know what to say except that it's a heartbreaking thing to watch. I really don't know how to help him except to get him the best physical and psychological help that I can and to be there for him. Its as if we are all waiting around for the next shoe to drop or something. He was able to get away for awhile back to tenn with friends, but had to come back yesterday for therapy today. Please pray that he finds something in life that makes him happy and content. We are trying to keep him busy but a 19 year old will only hang with his parents for so long, then it's back to the wrong people and places for him. I really wish I knew how to explain this, all I know is that I am getting too old too fast, we all are. Please pray for us as the injury seems to be taking it's toll on him, actually all of us, mentally.

Physically he continues to improve, more slowly now but improve nonetheless. We have another week or two of therapy and then another set of botox shots. I pray this round of injections is as productive as the last. He still has practically no use of his right hand, but slowly that is improving ever so slightly. It's better than it was, and this round of therapy has been especially productive. I am guessing he might be up to maybe 15-20% use in that hand. The left hand isn't that bad. His walk is still lopsided but after his injury that is great so we will take it. The therapists are talking about maybe someday him being able to drive again, which would be great. Your prayers have helped to bring us this far and we are forever gratefull.

I am sorry i have not been around to support you guys in the other threads lately. I have still been praying for you though, every day I am on the board I read the updates and pray for yall. To be honest I have been in this big black hole lately. I don't know what is going on. All I know to do is keep studying the Word and Praying, but i will be honest and admit that isn't all that easy right now. I am gonna have to work through it, man up and face the fact that being a Christian isn't always the easiest thing in the world to do, even for a man as blessed as me. The wife seems to think we are both dealing with some depression but I dunno. If it is like this for me I can only imagine what Mitch feels and that breaks my heart. The one constant in all this is God's Grace, and deep in my heart I know it is all for His Glory and our good. Without that I would be dead in the water. Thank you Lord for that hope, real hope that one can count on and believe in, and hold on to even in the midst of despair. He never promised me a rose garden in this life, and each and evry time I feel as if I am about to break I see His face, I hear His voice, and I make it through. His Grace is sufficent. I pray the same for each of you.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends, I love you guys more than you can know.

rhet 2
November 23rd, 2010, 8:08 am
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I pray you all are well and healthy this year.

I am sorry I have not been updatiing this thread but there isn't all that much new to report. Mitch is still very much in need of your prayers. The Lord has blessed us but there is still much room for improvement. He isn't doing very well mentally at all. He has said some very disturbing things in relation to life and death. It's almost like he has given up on life. I don't really know what to say except that it's a heartbreaking thing to watch. I really don't know how to help him except to get him the best physical and psychological help that I can and to be there for him. Its as if we are all waiting around for the next shoe to drop or something. He was able to get away for awhile back to tenn with friends, but had to come back yesterday for therapy today. Please pray that he finds something in life that makes him happy and content. We are trying to keep him busy but a 19 year old will only hang with his parents for so long, then it's back to the wrong people and places for him. I really wish I knew how to explain this, all I know is that I am getting too old too fast, we all are. Please pray for us as the injury seems to be taking it's toll on him, actually all of us, mentally.

Physically he continues to improve, more slowly now but improve nonetheless. We have another week or two of therapy and then another set of botox shots. I pray this round of injections is as productive as the last. He still has practically no use of his right hand, but slowly that is improving ever so slightly. It's better than it was, and this round of therapy has been especially productive. I am guessing he might be up to maybe 15-20% use in that hand. The left hand isn't that bad. His walk is still lopsided but after his injury that is great so we will take it. The therapists are talking about maybe someday him being able to drive again, which would be great. Your prayers have helped to bring us this far and we are forever gratefull.

I am sorry i have not been around to support you guys in the other threads lately. I have still been praying for you though, every day I am on the board I read the updates and pray for yall. To be honest I have been in this big black hole lately. I don't know what is going on. All I know to do is keep studying the Word and Praying, but i will be honest and admit that isn't all that easy right now. I am gonna have to work through it, man up and face the fact that being a Christian isn't always the easiest thing in the world to do, even for a man as blessed as me. The wife seems to think we are both dealing with some depression but I dunno. If it is like this for me I can only imagine what Mitch feels and that breaks my heart. The one constant in all this is God's Grace, and deep in my heart I know it is all for His Glory and our good. Without that I would be dead in the water. Thank you Lord for that hope, real hope that one can count on and believe in, and hold on to even in the midst of despair. He never promised me a rose garden in this life, and each and evry time I feel as if I am about to break I see His face, I hear His voice, and I make it through. His Grace is sufficent. I pray the same for each of you.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends, I love you guys more than you can know.


okay, Jeff

I continue to pray, which is the best gift I have to offer you -- and all I can say is that 19 is a hellish age for everyone -- and with his struggles, its got to be even worse -- yet he is a child of God and God knows what is His own, including the Prodigal Son who ran with the wild ones for a time -- and returned home in due course. sometimes the coming home takes a long time with two steps toward home and one step back again, occasionally two steps back again and only one step home, sometimes three steps toward home and none backsliding -- but the LORD is the Shepherd who will surely get him home in due course.

tell Darlene I said Happy Turkey Day -- may it be a day of true rejoicing for you all, with rich memories built that will console the time worn heart for all the weary days between this one and the next Day of Thanks. May the Joy of the LORD re-energize all our aging weary bones, for I know what you say about the getting too old, too fast.

Spiked101
November 23rd, 2010, 4:37 pm
Jeff I am praying for you, Darlene and Mitch. I wish there were words I could say that could comfort and help, and yet I know there aren't any. The Lord asks us to bear one another's burdens. It does sound like this is a burden at times and I trust and hope there are those around you who can help assist you in physical ways.

We are with you in prayer Jeff. I will pray that there are those around you who can help as well.

Calibabe
November 23rd, 2010, 6:39 pm
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I pray you all are well and healthy this year.

I am sorry I have not been updatiing this thread but there isn't all that much new to report. Mitch is still very much in need of your prayers. The Lord has blessed us but there is still much room for improvement. He isn't doing very well mentally at all. He has said some very disturbing things in relation to life and death. It's almost like he has given up on life. I don't really know what to say except that it's a heartbreaking thing to watch. I really don't know how to help him except to get him the best physical and psychological help that I can and to be there for him. Its as if we are all waiting around for the next shoe to drop or something. He was able to get away for awhile back to tenn with friends, but had to come back yesterday for therapy today. Please pray that he finds something in life that makes him happy and content. We are trying to keep him busy but a 19 year old will only hang with his parents for so long, then it's back to the wrong people and places for him. I really wish I knew how to explain this, all I know is that I am getting too old too fast, we all are. Please pray for us as the injury seems to be taking it's toll on him, actually all of us, mentally.

Physically he continues to improve, more slowly now but improve nonetheless. We have another week or two of therapy and then another set of botox shots. I pray this round of injections is as productive as the last. He still has practically no use of his right hand, but slowly that is improving ever so slightly. It's better than it was, and this round of therapy has been especially productive. I am guessing he might be up to maybe 15-20% use in that hand. The left hand isn't that bad. His walk is still lopsided but after his injury that is great so we will take it. The therapists are talking about maybe someday him being able to drive again, which would be great. Your prayers have helped to bring us this far and we are forever gratefull.

I am sorry i have not been around to support you guys in the other threads lately. I have still been praying for you though, every day I am on the board I read the updates and pray for yall. To be honest I have been in this big black hole lately. I don't know what is going on. All I know to do is keep studying the Word and Praying, but i will be honest and admit that isn't all that easy right now. I am gonna have to work through it, man up and face the fact that being a Christian isn't always the easiest thing in the world to do, even for a man as blessed as me. The wife seems to think we are both dealing with some depression but I dunno. If it is like this for me I can only imagine what Mitch feels and that breaks my heart. The one constant in all this is God's Grace, and deep in my heart I know it is all for His Glory and our good. Without that I would be dead in the water. Thank you Lord for that hope, real hope that one can count on and believe in, and hold on to even in the midst of despair. He never promised me a rose garden in this life, and each and evry time I feel as if I am about to break I see His face, I hear His voice, and I make it through. His Grace is sufficent. I pray the same for each of you.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends, I love you guys more than you can know.


Oh my friend, how I wish I could just hug you and Darlene at this moment. I so much feel you sadness in what you have written, but I also see you thankfulness and joy in the chance that Mitchell has been given.

It may be depression that is creeping in, but also think of this. It is 2 years since the accident. Maybe Mitchell in his own way of thinking is going back to what was before and now what is. The mind is a curious thing. When we think that we don't remember things, they come in. Sometimes flooding in. Maybe a psychologist would not be a bad thing for him to see on either a weekly basis or an as-is basis. Maybe there are things he needs to discuss with someone other than you or Darlene. Like I said the mind is a curious thing.

I wish I had the words to make this situation better for you. I know that you know that your faith has been the glue literally that has held everything together. It will continue to do so. As far as you not being around here, we all fully understand. None of us can be at two places at the same time. As for the black hole thing, wow can I understand that. This time of year especially for me is not the happiest. This is when I found out my mom's cancer was inoperable, that my dad was also suffering from metastatic disease and on and on. I have often said if I could pack myself away in a box with cotton until the new year, I would be a happier person. I however just do what I do for my family. I can't let them down. So I go through the motions of cooking dinner and all the other things that go along with it. In some respects my husband has forgotten and that is fine. My son, it is more complicated as he was extremely close to both my parents so it hurts him but he keeps it bottled up inside.

My thoughts, my prayers and those of my family are with you always. I know that Our Lord will always be there for you. He has been for these past 2 years when you needed him most and he will not forsake you now. He knows what you need, what Mitchell needs and he will see to it that it. He has been this far with you and will not just leave you now.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friend. You have much to be thankful for. Again my prayers are with you as always. God bless.

czzzaar
November 26th, 2010, 3:02 pm
Hang in there, Jeff. God Bless you all.

Peaches
December 7th, 2010, 6:10 pm
I am still praying for your family!
:hug:

jwil59
December 13th, 2010, 5:25 pm
Hellp my friends and Merry Christmas to you all.

Not much has changed for us. The therapy has ended for now unitl the next round of botox injections later this month hopefully. At that time they will give him a new script for OT/PT and this time we are going to ask for some cognative therapy. It seems like he is having more memory problems and such than a month or so ago. Your prayers for that would be greatly appreciated as he really has some work to do in that area. He has temporarily gone back to Tenn again to stay with his friends and I have promised to go pick him up for Christmas if not before. Seven days from today will mark exactly 2 years since the accident. Those of you that have followed this from the beginning probably would have never imagined, as I didn't, that two short years later Mitch would be able to be able to be away from us. To see that happen is just a huge blessing, Praise God. Of course his lack of cognative skills due to the accident is still a huge concern, but the Lord's Grace still shines through. All of that is due in huge part to your willingness to pray for him and us for those two years and for that I cannot say thank you enough.

We are also looking at a behavorial hospital in Virginia that specializes in dealing with brain injury patients up to the age of 22. That is a whole seperate prayer issue as my health insurance changes in 2011 and I am thinking that care is very expensive on an inpatient basis. If it is to be then the Lord will make it happen, I am confident of that. Your prayers for that would be appreciated.

God bless you all and Merry Christmas

rhet 2
December 14th, 2010, 12:22 pm
Hellp my friends and Merry Christmas to you all.

Not much has changed for us. The therapy has ended for now unitl the next round of botox injections later this month hopefully. At that time they will give him a new script for OT/PT and this time we are going to ask for some cognative therapy. It seems like he is having more memory problems and such than a month or so ago. Your prayers for that would be greatly appreciated as he really has some work to do in that area. He has temporarily gone back to Tenn again to stay with his friends and I have promised to go pick him up for Christmas if not before. Seven days from today will mark exactly 2 years since the accident. Those of you that have followed this from the beginning probably would have never imagined, as I didn't, that two short years later Mitch would be able to be able to be away from us. To see that happen is just a huge blessing, Praise God. Of course his lack of cognative skills due to the accident is still a huge concern, but the Lord's Grace still shines through. All of that is due in huge part to your willingness to pray for him and us for those two years and for that I cannot say thank you enough.

We are also looking at a behavorial hospital in Virginia that specializes in dealing with brain injury patients up to the age of 22. That is a whole seperate prayer issue as my health insurance changes in 2011 and I am thinking that care is very expensive on an inpatient basis. If it is to be then the Lord will make it happen, I am confident of that. Your prayers for that would be appreciated.

God bless you all and Merry Christmas

Oh, Jeff, yes. Your family is never out of my heart and mind and prayers.

short term memory loss
cognitive skills
and a source of funds to see him through to true stability and independence

and strength to continue for you and Darlene

plus a billion tons of total awe and amazement at the Grace of God Himself that so great a miracle has been given the world to cheer and to strength all who endure heavy trials -- watching this miracle unfold in front of my eyes has truly nurtured the hope that grows in my own heart -- for which I thank you, dear brother in faith

Stay warm and safe and full of hope and joy, yourselves.

jwil59
December 20th, 2010, 10:09 pm
Today is the two year anniversary of Mitchell's accident. It was around this time that we got the call. I will never forget the look on the police officer's face as we pulled up to the hospital, and he told us what had happened. The firefighters all had this blank stare on their faces as well, visibly shaken. Of course God used them that night, they did their jobs and thank God for them.

We have came a long way in 2 years, Praise God. Each of you ahve been a huge part of that and we are thankfull.

Merry Christmas

gb2004
December 21st, 2010, 8:28 pm
Today is the two year anniversary of Mitchell's accident. It was around this time that we got the call. I will never forget the look on the police officer's face as we pulled up to the hospital, and he told us what had happened. The firefighters all had this blank stare on their faces as well, visibly shaken. Of course God used them that night, they did their jobs and thank God for them.

We have came a long way in 2 years, Praise God. Each of you ahve been a huge part of that and we are thankfull.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and your family too Jeff. God is good.

doodle5
December 31st, 2010, 8:21 am
I pray for all your family to have a much more progressive year!!

Mitch do your exercises or you will never regain your strength!!

Have a wonderful New Year!!

Carlene

Calibabe
December 31st, 2010, 2:34 pm
Today is the two year anniversary of Mitchell's accident. It was around this time that we got the call. I will never forget the look on the police officer's face as we pulled up to the hospital, and he told us what had happened. The firefighters all had this blank stare on their faces as well, visibly shaken. Of course God used them that night, they did their jobs and thank God for them.

We have came a long way in 2 years, Praise God. Each of you ahve been a huge part of that and we are thankfull.

Merry Christmas


Jeff, I can't begin to even imagine what it would have been like to get that call or to go to the hospital in that type of situation. I do know however from the moment that accident happened that Our Lord never left Mitch's side nor you or your wifes side either. I don't think any of us here can even begin to imagine what that would be like. I have been on the opposite end in the ER at the hospital and have had to tell the family and I know just myself how gut wrenching that can be, so I can't nor would I put myself in your shoes and say I know how you must have felt.

Yes he has come a long way in two years and I still feel in my heart like I did the day I heard about what happened that somehow, somewhere this will get better. Maybe it is my faith, maybe it is my belief that God doesn't leave things unfinished. Sometimes it is just slower than with other things.

As a side note, on Tuesday night, my son spent the night at a fire station in a town about 20 miles from here. He knows the captain there so he asked my son if he would like to do a ride a long. Well I think you know the answer to that. Well he went on 7 calls which is about the average of the station per day/night and he had a blast. Captain said anytime he wanted to come back they would be happy to have him, and they may even have him go to another station that is much larger and has the battalion chief and another captian there that the caption my son knows, is a good friend of. I can't tell you the smile that was on his face when we picked him up but it was brighter than the lights on my Christmas tree. Dad and I are really proud of him and of how he handled himself. Needless to say I think this answered any questions he may have had about his choice of career. He did get a 2:30am call so he now knows what it is like to be sleeping and have that bell go off. Like he said before "Mom all they would have to do is feed me and give me a place to sleep, I don't want to do this to be a hero or anything else, I just want to be there when someone needs some help". Kind of makes me tear up when I think of it and what a really good kid/young man he is.

If I don't get time before the end of the day, may you and your family have a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year. May Our Lord keep Mitch ever so close and may the improvements, little as they may be, keep coming. That is my prayer and wish for you and your family. God bless you my friend.

czzzaar
January 8th, 2011, 9:24 pm
Thinking about you today. God bless you all.

Proud Mom and Teacher
January 14th, 2011, 5:54 pm
Jeff~

How is Mitchell's therapy going?

jwil59
January 14th, 2011, 7:25 pm
Hello my friends and thank you all.

Things have been a tad bit emotional for us since the shooting in Tucson so I have not posted an update, I am sorry for that. All the commentary and such on TV and radio have reminded us of those first few days as Mitch's and Rep Giffords' injuries are almost identical. Both bullets took pretty much took the same path but on opposite sides. I am thinking in Gabby's case she might have had more rim effect where the bullett follows the base of the skull but I have not seen her CAT so I dunno. I am guessing the fact she was alert as she was as soon as she was after the incident. Anyway, the two cases are alike enough to spark some emotion in two senses. In one sense like I said the emotions of those early days are kinda comming back. In another sense all the commmentary and such reiterates how very blessed we are that he survived the trauma. Truth is, there is a very small chance of a person surviving anything like that and mitch and gabby are both very blessed. I know you all are praying for her, as we are, and her recovery. Maybe she will wind up at Shepherd Center, I surely hope she goes somewhere good cause that will make all the difference for her.

Mitch is doin ok physically, but the cognative issues we have been talking about are not improving. he is in a therapy break right now awaiting another round of botox injections, I pray this round is as effective as the last. The key is for the doc to hit the right muscles at the right place, which apparently isn't that easy so some prayers for that would be appreciated. I say he is ok physically but there is regression in the motor skills in his right hand since he has stopped the therapy. Hopefully we will be back in therapy soon but my insurance has changed so we need some prayers on that too.

God bless you all. I am praying for you every day

HeyJude
January 14th, 2011, 8:27 pm
Dear Jeff, my heart goes out to you and Mitch and Darlene.:cry: :pray:

doodle5
January 15th, 2011, 5:38 am
This is an interesting subject!! with mitch and the lady in Tuscon that was injured.

http://wisegeek.com/
msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fusea

When I find anything else on the web I will post it here.

our son has bipolar on medication some symptoms similar but not the same as Mitch, they have three small children and he is content.

Sounds like you are taking care of the problem. Remember the brain is complex so healing will be slow!! He has frustrations and he wants to achieve like the other men his age... the big thing is acceptance of his problem and others have the same thing.
Finding someone with the same problem will help him, there are groups like that here at the research center at several of the hospitals here. Maybe his therapist can find a group in your location.

I pray for strength, courage and peace for you and Darlene.

Carlene

Peaches
January 15th, 2011, 7:05 am
still praying!

czzzaar
January 23rd, 2011, 1:50 am
Prayers out to you, Jeff and Mitch.

jwil59
February 1st, 2011, 10:05 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Mitch has had his next round of Botox injections and things are hopefully getting worked out for more therapy with my new insurance policy. prayers would be appreciated on that.

Also, there is no improvement on the cognitive issues. We wouls appreciate your prayers on that as well.

I have posted the lyrics to a song in a couple different threads this week. The song actually has 2 choruses and this is how I view everything we have been through, and everything we will go through in the future.

snip..

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

end snip....



Thank You God Almighty for the blessings in my life provided by Your Grace. I thank you for the trails, tribulations, the heartbreaks, and everything else that is a part of Your perfect plan for me. I thank you for the strength you provide so that my heart can hold on, and hold on I will, but only by Your Grace. Not by my own power or strength, but only by which you have provided.

Proud Mom and Teacher
February 21st, 2011, 5:57 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Mitch has had his next round of Botox injections and things are hopefully getting worked out for more therapy with my new insurance policy. prayers would be appreciated on that.

Also, there is no improvement on the cognitive issues. We wouls appreciate your prayers on that as well.

I have posted the lyrics to a song in a couple different threads this week. The song actually has 2 choruses and this is how I view everything we have been through, and everything we will go through in the future.

snip..

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

end snip....



Thank You God Almighty for the blessings in my life provided by Your Grace. I thank you for the trails, tribulations, the heartbreaks, and everything else that is a part of Your perfect plan for me. I thank you for the strength you provide so that my heart can hold on, and hold on I will, but only by Your Grace. Not by my own power or strength, but only by which you have provided.
Still praying for Mitch, Jeff.

Rely and lean on God.

Calibabe
February 21st, 2011, 9:17 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Mitch has had his next round of Botox injections and things are hopefully getting worked out for more therapy with my new insurance policy. prayers would be appreciated on that.

Also, there is no improvement on the cognitive issues. We wouls appreciate your prayers on that as well.

I have posted the lyrics to a song in a couple different threads this week. The song actually has 2 choruses and this is how I view everything we have been through, and everything we will go through in the future.

snip..

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

end snip....



Thank You God Almighty for the blessings in my life provided by Your Grace. I thank you for the trails, tribulations, the heartbreaks, and everything else that is a part of Your perfect plan for me. I thank you for the strength you provide so that my heart can hold on, and hold on I will, but only by Your Grace. Not by my own power or strength, but only by which you have provided.


Doesn't take much for me to tear up this week and that song is beautiful. I think it sums up exactly what you have been feeling and what you continue to feel and how strong the ties and bonds of a family truly are. I think it drives it home for all of us.

God bless you my friend. You are never far from our throughts or prayers.

midatlantic
February 21st, 2011, 10:36 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Mitch has had his next round of Botox injections and things are hopefully getting worked out for more therapy with my new insurance policy. prayers would be appreciated on that.

Also, there is no improvement on the cognitive issues. We wouls appreciate your prayers on that as well.

I have posted the lyrics to a song in a couple different threads this week. The song actually has 2 choruses and this is how I view everything we have been through, and everything we will go through in the future.

snip..

Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You

end snip....



Thank You God Almighty for the blessings in my life provided by Your Grace. I thank you for the trails, tribulations, the heartbreaks, and everything else that is a part of Your perfect plan for me. I thank you for the strength you provide so that my heart can hold on, and hold on I will, but only by Your Grace. Not by my own power or strength, but only by which you have provided.

Jeff:

Still thinking of you guys...prayers going your way.

Jane

doodle5
February 22nd, 2011, 1:47 am
prayers to you Jeff Darlene and Mitch.

Remember FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND. When there were only one set of footprints that was Christ carrying you and me in the low points of our life.

That says it all.

Hebrews first chapter... Better than the angels or anything on the earth.

Carlene

jwil59
February 25th, 2011, 2:51 am
Hi yall.

Things have not changed much for us. Some time back the cops stopped mitch and a couple of his friends and they had some beer. Mitchell was charged with "minor in posession of alcohol" was had to pay a small fine. To keep the offense from being permanent in his record he had to do 20 hours community service. There were a list of choices for him as to where the community service could be done, various charaties as well as the animal shelter and such. Most of them turned him down cause the jobs were heavy lifting and other stuff he isn't capable of, but a kind woman at a clothing charity took him on. One of his tasks were to mate up mismatched shoes, and attach a rubber band around each pair. Easy enough for you and me but Mitch not so much. She said he did great, and noted that on the paper she signed for the court. My prayer is that the Lord has used that traffic stop to maybe give mitch some confidence that he can maybe someday work again. He seemed to enjoy it and this is the first time he has worked outside our home since the accident, except for the therapy. He really needs some confidence right now, and the strength to keep working. I thank you for your prayers, The Lord has blessed us beyond measure, and He never promised us a rose garden.

Praise God and thank Him for it all, both the good and bad, the happy and sad. By His Grace

jwil59
March 15th, 2011, 2:21 am
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless

doodle5
March 15th, 2011, 3:31 pm
Hi Jeff and Darlene,

Brain injuries take time some a long time and some never recover a little maybe.
Seems to me you have done everything possible for him!! Getting him with other people with his problem might help. Find a hospital or research center ours have a therapy in groups like that.

Gary oldest son has bipolar controlled by medication, they changed medication to curb the worry, it works and the psyche has already arranged transportation for family in case and classes now for Joann and him teaching them what to do next time, she has her hands full twins and Jamie, summerhouse will take Jamie to pre school, everything under control. He calls us if he needs help.

Carlene

Proud Mom and Teacher
March 18th, 2011, 4:28 pm
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless

I'm saddened to hear about Mitchell feels tired. I can only imagine that this is part of a process of dealing with such a tragedy. My sister in law suffered massive brain injury in a car accident where she nearly died. This was in 88. Just this year has she finally said that she accepts that she is disabled, and that she is OK with acknowledging that reality. A coworker's daughter was also in a bad accident three years ago. Her teenage daughter was in the hospital for a year. The daughter is home now, and I have had the chance to speak with my coworker about the depression her daughter is suffering through. I offered her my prayers that over time, things will hopefully become easier for her daughter and herself in dealing with the loss. When it comes down to it, there is a loss, and one that is mourned daily, and doesn't seem to go away.

I hope that Mitchell will continue to improve. He's got great parents that will always be there for him.

My prayers are still with your family, Jeff.

Crossriflesonblue
March 18th, 2011, 8:49 pm
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless

Jwill59 I'm sure you have checked all your options but in Texas we have a state agency, DARS, a State Agency that specializes in getting disabled folks back to work, they provide work searches, work coaches and other things that may be of use Mitchell...I only mention it on the posibility that your state may have something like it...I hadn't heard of anything like it until my daughter became a coach for one of their clients..

Dancer
March 18th, 2011, 9:38 pm
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God blessPerhaps this is an opportunity for him to teach others what he has learned from his experience? I find that the best spirit lifter for me is when I take my own difficulties and use what I have learned from them to help others.

It might be that he needs to stop focusing so much on recovery and start focusing on living. He can continue working toward recovery, but spending our lives focusing on what we don't have anymore is depressing. He might have it again someday, but now he needs to see something positive in his life that came as a result of this. A change he himself has seen that can help him to take joy in the struggles he has faced.

I've followed his recovery since he was injured and prayed for all of you. I am amazed at the great strength all of you have shown through this. I just can see that all that strength could go such a long way toward offering hope to others going through hard times.

I guess all I'm saying is that I am happier when I've reached the end of my rope and done all I can, then it is time for me to help someone else. Where I have no energy for me, I can always find a bit of energy for someone else.

:hug: May God continue to bless you and your family.

doodle5
March 18th, 2011, 11:00 pm
through regional center Gary has summerhouse, they help Joann and him with most everything. They also have helped people with disabilities, call them "Regional Center" in your location call congressman he will help. There are also living facilities "Villas" those that work and those that do not. Give it a try!!

Get him more independent if possible. He will still have his therapy and appointments only summerhouse will take him. He needs to be with people his age. Some hospitals have therapy groups.

Carlene

EmmanuelGoldstein
April 13th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless

You remain in my prayers. God bless you all too.

Spiked101
April 13th, 2011, 9:44 pm
You remain in my prayers. God bless you all too.

:hug:

Miss ya Deb. Hope all is well.

Calibabe
April 14th, 2011, 5:22 pm
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless

Oh Jeff, I can hear the tiredness in your writing. I so wish there were some words of wisdom that I could offer you. I can't say that I know what you are going through or feel the pain you are experiencing because I don't know that depth of pain in seeing your child that injured. I do know that however trusting in God is really the only way that you, Darlene and your family will get through this. Maybe this is just a plateau that he has reached and then after being there or a while, there will be some more improvement. We can always hope because we always have faith. Without faith we have nothing.

May God take you in his arms and hold you and your family close and provide his healing hands on Mitch. Always know that you are in my prayers and thoughts.

Say a prayer for my son. He goes through CPAT (Candidate Physical Ability Training) on Jun 6th, I believe. I so want him to pass that because that means the academy is this August and that 18 week grind is gonna put him through the wringer. However he is ready. He is gonna be doing another ride along in May with the engine company he rides with so that will be good. He always enjoys that and the guys really treat him good, but they also take care of him so I have no worries when he is there for 24 hours. So it looks like a busy summer for him if things go right on Jun 6th.

God bless you.

doodle5
April 15th, 2011, 5:25 am
I was wondering what I would find, not expecting this!!
This has been going on for a long long time of no improvement.
1. Why is Mitch tired?
2. Medication no activity.
3. Is there a group therapy at a near Hospital, to at least communicate to guys his age.
4. Call his previous therapist, tell her what is happening.
5. Does his medication need adjusting or change completely?
http://mayoclinic.com (http://mayoclinic.com/) physician on call 24/7.

I will pray for Mitch, Darlene and your wisdom.

doodle:pray: :pray::pray:

EmmanuelGoldstein
April 15th, 2011, 5:58 am
:hug:

Miss ya Deb. Hope all is well.

:hug:

Miss you too. It's been an ... interesting ... couple of years. I pray you all are doing well.

I check this thread for updates, and I know it sounds like a cliche but it seems like this was just yesterday. Praying for all.

nortman
April 15th, 2011, 6:29 am
Not much new to report from us at this point.

Things are somewhat worse cognativly. It has been a long 2 1/4 years and he don't have much drive anymore. I am sure some of that is the fact that he is tired. They first said the window for improvement was about a year after the accident, but he progressed a lot after that window. We are kinda stuck in limbo so to speak. I hate the thought that he won't get any better cause at this point I am 100% sure that he could not work without some type of specialized training, specifically because of the cognative and motor skills issues. So we trust God as to what the future holds and defer to His judgement, doing the best we know how to do our own part.

Thank you all and God bless
I keep hoping and praying for your family. Sorry, Jeff, I really don't know what else to say.

jwil59
April 15th, 2011, 9:30 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I cannot express how much we appreciate this forum's willingness to support us all this time. Not ever having been a chat room or message board kinda guy, I now know why God sent me to this board. I cannot even imagine having to take this journey without you guys.

Mitch has been spending some time with his girl in Nashville. With his disabilities, those trips to Tenn have been his only hint any any sort of independence away from his mom and I so far. Each time he goes it seems he comes back in better shape motor skills wise than he left. I will probably drive up and get him tomorrow so I pray that is the situation I find this time as well.

As Dancer and other have said here it is time to move forward with life.

We have pretty much been hung out to dry by our state's rehab program. They got stimulus money to help disabled people, specifically brain injured people, but they say there is a 2 year limit from the time of injury limit on this benefits. The problem for us is that those two years have been spent doing very productive therapy and other medical stuff. Stuff he had to do just to be able to walk. He even spent most of that first year in a hospital of some sort. Now that we are at the point he can concentrate on something besides therapy they say there is nothing they can do. His psychotherapist says they have all the resources for this type specialized job training so there really isn't anywhere else to go. I ask for your prayers in that regard, that we can help him find something he can work at. He has done some volunteer work and did ok, but he still lacks confidence in his ability to do anything meaningful. We humbly ask for your prayers on that.

Not much has changed as far as progress goes with the motor function and cognitive issues. Like I said it looks like these are things we are just going to have to learn to live with, by His Grace. I know He has a perfect plan for Mitch, and for that we thank and praise Him.

Prayers and such for his future job prospects and some good peer influences in his life would be very much appreciated. Mitch seems to be stuck in the mud at this point.

We love you guys, God bless you

Peaches
April 16th, 2011, 7:14 pm
praying still! :hug:

Stuball
April 23rd, 2011, 3:51 am
We love all of you too and like my sig says

RayMan
April 23rd, 2011, 12:08 pm
I keep hoping and praying for your family. Sorry, Jeff, I really don't know what else to say.


Ditto.

Proud Mom and Teacher
April 29th, 2011, 2:38 pm
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I cannot express how much we appreciate this forum's willingness to support us all this time. Not ever having been a chat room or message board kinda guy, I now know why God sent me to this board. I cannot even imagine having to take this journey without you guys.

Mitch has been spending some time with his girl in Nashville. With his disabilities, those trips to Tenn have been his only hint any any sort of independence away from his mom and I so far. Each time he goes it seems he comes back in better shape motor skills wise than he left. I will probably drive up and get him tomorrow so I pray that is the situation I find this time as well.

As Dancer and other have said here it is time to move forward with life.

We have pretty much been hung out to dry by our state's rehab program. They got stimulus money to help disabled people, specifically brain injured people, but they say there is a 2 year limit from the time of injury limit on this benefits. The problem for us is that those two years have been spent doing very productive therapy and other medical stuff. Stuff he had to do just to be able to walk. He even spent most of that first year in a hospital of some sort. Now that we are at the point he can concentrate on something besides therapy they say there is nothing they can do. His psychotherapist says they have all the resources for this type specialized job training so there really isn't anywhere else to go. I ask for your prayers in that regard, that we can help him find something he can work at. He has done some volunteer work and did ok, but he still lacks confidence in his ability to do anything meaningful. We humbly ask for your prayers on that.

Not much has changed as far as progress goes with the motor function and cognitive issues. Like I said it looks like these are things we are just going to have to learn to live with, by His Grace. I know He has a perfect plan for Mitch, and for that we thank and praise Him.

Prayers and such for his future job prospects and some good peer influences in his life would be very much appreciated. Mitch seems to be stuck in the mud at this point.

We love you guys, God bless you

Still praying for Mitchell and you guys. I hope that he finds something that helps him to build confidence and which he can find satisfying as he continues to move forward.

Although I don't know which avenues you have exhausted, maybe you could set aside one day a month to "pester" people into action if you feel like there is more help needed. (A letter to your Congressman, etc.) You never know when a door might open.

How did it go when you picked up Mitchell?

doodle5
April 30th, 2011, 2:18 pm
Call congressman in your state, FAX email as well.
Attorney general as well. Regional center could help, they specialize in handicap people.

doodle

historynut
April 30th, 2011, 2:43 pm
Call congressman in your state, FAX email as well.
Attorney general as well. Regional center could help, they specialize in handicap people.

doodle

Also call local and national handicap groups. A lot of the time since they have the same handicap they can tell you where to go for help.

Most local groups are very helpful in helping familes get though things but are often overlooked as a source of knowledge.

jwil59
May 11th, 2011, 5:12 pm
Thank you guys for all your prayers, support, and good advice

Darlene is waiting for a call this afternoon from the SS/Rehab dept. We are praying they will have a program to help with some specialized job training, well we know there are programs but it seems getting in might be a problem, which is beyond stupid considering his disabilities. They are the ones who have all the resources for this type thing though.

Mitch is changing mentally. Some of it is just being 19 years old, but much of it is a loss of logic and reasoning ability as a result of the injury.

God's mercy still reigns, it could be much much worse. We know He has a perfect plan so we wait.

Your continued prayers and support are appreciated

Peaches
May 11th, 2011, 5:24 pm
still praying bro!

doodle5
May 12th, 2011, 2:14 am
Has rehab called?

doodle

FoxGranadaChuck
June 2nd, 2011, 1:42 pm
Hey Jwil, how is Mitchell doing now?! I read earlier where he was having to readjust his logic concerning his circumstances. How is he doing physically?!

Merely curious.

Sponge Bob
June 2nd, 2011, 2:09 pm
I'm very sorry to hear of this accident. Best wishes to you and your son in his recovery.

jwil59
June 2nd, 2011, 6:45 pm
It looks like the motor skills and cognitive issues Mitch is having will be permanent. The dept of rehab isn't helping all that much although they do they are lining up some more testing for job prospects. He is going this weekend back to nashville to stay with friends for a week or two. These trips are the only bit independence he has, as he is dependent on us for most of his necessities such as preparing food and such. The folks there help him too, thank God.

We are blessed that he is alive and does have some quality of life. The motor skills in his right hand are to almost nothing now. Like I have said his reasoning ability to process logic and memory have also gotten worse. The therapists are saying they have done about all they can, but it is possible that as time goes on there could possibly be some improvement. I dunno though.

having said all that...........I sometimes rumble through this thread to remind myself what those early days were like after the accident, and even further down the line too. They first said he had no chance of surviving, then they said he would probably have severe brain damage and loss of all speech, and movement, never walk. As he recovered many of you will remember our concern over him not being able to go to the bathroom. Some will also remember my post from Shepherd Center the first day he did take some steps. We have been blessed beyond measure. This is the path the Lord has chosen for us, a path He wrote our name on before the world began. We still walk that path knowing his plan is perfect and for our own good, and for His Glory and not ours.

I praise my Lord and Savior for every inch of this. Every tear that He caught in his own Hands, every blessing, every trial. I praise and thank God for giving me the people of this message board, for their prayers and support and devotion, for their personal visits, e-mails, and everything else. I remember loggin' in a day after the accident and all the sig lines on the board had been changed urging prayers and support for Mitch and me. We have our squabbles and such over political issues but in the end that is what we are about. I would encourage any new poster reading this to go through this thread because in here you will see what the people you will be discussing politics with are all about, being people and helping and supporting each other. In the end all the political mumbo jumbo changes and will eventually go away altogether, but love is eternal and everlasting. None of us are promised tomorrow my friends, none of us, not even one. Don't take the people you love for granted, and never assume you will have a later chance to make things right. Please, please love the ones you love with all your heart, love them like today is your last.

I love you all more than you know, God bless you.

Please keep my dear Sister in Christ Rhet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

rhet 2
June 2nd, 2011, 9:57 pm
It looks like the motor skills and cognitive issues Mitch is having will be permanent. The dept of rehab isn't helping all that much although they do they are lining up some more testing for job prospects. He is going this weekend back to nashville to stay with friends for a week or two. These trips are the only bit independence he has, as he is dependent on us for most of his necessities such as preparing food and such. The folks there help him too, thank God.

We are blessed that he is alive and does have some quality of life. The motor skills in his right hand are to almost nothing now. Like I have said his reasoning ability to process logic and memory have also gotten worse. The therapists are saying they have done about all they can, but it is possible that as time goes on there could possibly be some improvement. I dunno though.

having said all that...........I sometimes rumble through this thread to remind myself what those early days were like after the accident, and even further down the line too. They first said he had no chance of surviving, then they said he would probably have severe brain damage and loss of all speech, and movement, never walk. As he recovered many of you will remember our concern over him not being able to go to the bathroom. Some will also remember my post from Shepherd Center the first day he did take some steps. We have been blessed beyond measure. This is the path the Lord has chosen for us, a path He wrote our name on before the world began. We still walk that path knowing his plan is perfect and for our own good, and for His Glory and not ours.

I praise my Lord and Savior for every inch of this. Every tear that He caught in his own Hands, every blessing, every trial. I praise and thank God for giving me the people of this message board, for their prayers and support and devotion, for their personal visits, e-mails, and everything else. I remember loggin' in a day after the accident and all the sig lines on the board had been changed urging prayers and support for Mitch and me. We have our squabbles and such over political issues but in the end that is what we are about. I would encourage any new poster reading this to go through this thread because in here you will see what the people you will be discussing politics with are all about, being people and helping and supporting each other. In the end all the political mumbo jumbo changes and will eventually go away altogether, but love is eternal and everlasting. None of us are promised tomorrow my friends, none of us, not even one. Don't take the people you love for granted, and never assume you will have a later chance to make things right. Please, please love the ones you love with all your heart, love them like today is your last.

I love you all more than you know, God bless you.

Please keep my dear Sister in Christ Rhet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Your own faith and ability to give thanks in such a heavy test of your own sure does help keep me from jumping into the flames of despair, that it does.

Mitch is predestined to the Resurrection in Christ our LORD: this body is NOT permanent, since the day will come when he surely gets a new one, incorruptible and indestructible.

And until that time, Christ walks with him hand in Hand, no matter what.

My prayers for you all shall never cease -- and I shall surely rejoice with you all, including Mitch, during the Feast to Come.

doodle5
June 3rd, 2011, 3:32 am
Hospitals have groups for handicap people, also states have special help. Oldest son has lots of help from summerhouse, regional center especially since he is married with small children!!

I will call regional center here any suggestions I will email you. Even though two of our sons are handicap they are content happy and the married one(Gary) is in his glory!! He adores his children and Joann. He loves buying gifts for the crew at Christmas!! What a blessing!! I taught him love and how to love in spite of circumstances, my father and parents and mothers showed me so much love when my mother passed, what a blessing they were and beyond. My aunts had cancer positive attitude!! uncles both were content, he continued to teach me about investing like my father did!!

Have you called therapist about this? She has lots of contacts!!

doodle

midatlantic
June 4th, 2011, 8:58 pm
It looks like the motor skills and cognitive issues Mitch is having will be permanent. The dept of rehab isn't helping all that much although they do they are lining up some more testing for job prospects. He is going this weekend back to nashville to stay with friends for a week or two. These trips are the only bit independence he has, as he is dependent on us for most of his necessities such as preparing food and such. The folks there help him too, thank God.

We are blessed that he is alive and does have some quality of life. The motor skills in his right hand are to almost nothing now. Like I have said his reasoning ability to process logic and memory have also gotten worse. The therapists are saying they have done about all they can, but it is possible that as time goes on there could possibly be some improvement. I dunno though.

having said all that...........I sometimes rumble through this thread to remind myself what those early days were like after the accident, and even further down the line too. They first said he had no chance of surviving, then they said he would probably have severe brain damage and loss of all speech, and movement, never walk. As he recovered many of you will remember our concern over him not being able to go to the bathroom. Some will also remember my post from Shepherd Center the first day he did take some steps. We have been blessed beyond measure. This is the path the Lord has chosen for us, a path He wrote our name on before the world began. We still walk that path knowing his plan is perfect and for our own good, and for His Glory and not ours.

I praise my Lord and Savior for every inch of this. Every tear that He caught in his own Hands, every blessing, every trial. I praise and thank God for giving me the people of this message board, for their prayers and support and devotion, for their personal visits, e-mails, and everything else. I remember loggin' in a day after the accident and all the sig lines on the board had been changed urging prayers and support for Mitch and me. We have our squabbles and such over political issues but in the end that is what we are about. I would encourage any new poster reading this to go through this thread because in here you will see what the people you will be discussing politics with are all about, being people and helping and supporting each other. In the end all the political mumbo jumbo changes and will eventually go away altogether, but love is eternal and everlasting. None of us are promised tomorrow my friends, none of us, not even one. Don't take the people you love for granted, and never assume you will have a later chance to make things right. Please, please love the ones you love with all your heart, love them like today is your last.

I love you all more than you know, God bless you.

Please keep my dear Sister in Christ Rhet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Beautiful, thoughtful post. Prayers still going out to Mitch, Darlene, you and the rest of the family.

Sponge Bob
June 4th, 2011, 9:21 pm
OP, I recommended this service to another poster, and I am going to recommend it for you, too, for your son: the medic alert service at www.medicalert.org. I subscribe, and he will get the emblem of his choice with a card to carry in his wallet. You inscribe in your words what problems he has on the emblem, and a 1800 # in CA logs all his info, including you guys' phone # in case of an emergency. It'll speak for him and give you peace of mind when he goes on little trips for whatever level of independence he is able to acheive.

ExDem
June 5th, 2011, 10:21 pm
More prayers going up for your brave son and all his family. What a struggle this has been for you all, but your faith and strength has sustained you. God continue to bless you.

Oklamama
June 6th, 2011, 3:42 am
It looks like the motor skills and cognitive issues Mitch is having will be permanent. The dept of rehab isn't helping all that much although they do they are lining up some more testing for job prospects. He is going this weekend back to nashville to stay with friends for a week or two. These trips are the only bit independence he has, as he is dependent on us for most of his necessities such as preparing food and such. The folks there help him too, thank God.

We are blessed that he is alive and does have some quality of life. The motor skills in his right hand are to almost nothing now. Like I have said his reasoning ability to process logic and memory have also gotten worse. The therapists are saying they have done about all they can, but it is possible that as time goes on there could possibly be some improvement. I dunno though.

having said all that...........I sometimes rumble through this thread to remind myself what those early days were like after the accident, and even further down the line too. They first said he had no chance of surviving, then they said he would probably have severe brain damage and loss of all speech, and movement, never walk. As he recovered many of you will remember our concern over him not being able to go to the bathroom. Some will also remember my post from Shepherd Center the first day he did take some steps. We have been blessed beyond measure. This is the path the Lord has chosen for us, a path He wrote our name on before the world began. We still walk that path knowing his plan is perfect and for our own good, and for His Glory and not ours.

I praise my Lord and Savior for every inch of this. Every tear that He caught in his own Hands, every blessing, every trial. I praise and thank God for giving me the people of this message board, for their prayers and support and devotion, for their personal visits, e-mails, and everything else. I remember loggin' in a day after the accident and all the sig lines on the board had been changed urging prayers and support for Mitch and me. We have our squabbles and such over political issues but in the end that is what we are about. I would encourage any new poster reading this to go through this thread because in here you will see what the people you will be discussing politics with are all about, being people and helping and supporting each other. In the end all the political mumbo jumbo changes and will eventually go away altogether, but love is eternal and everlasting. None of us are promised tomorrow my friends, none of us, not even one. Don't take the people you love for granted, and never assume you will have a later chance to make things right. Please, please love the ones you love with all your heart, love them like today is your last.

I love you all more than you know, God bless you.

Please keep my dear Sister in Christ Rhet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Your words of wisdom are certainly a tremendous inspiration, jwil.
I'm sorry you've been through so much.
Prayers from Oklahoma going out to you and yours for the continuing peace that surpasses understanding ...

Peaches
June 8th, 2011, 4:37 pm
You just blessed me more than you can know when I read this! Amazing and wonderful to be able to call you friend! :hug:

Peaches
June 8th, 2011, 4:38 pm
If I get depressed and feel sorry for myself, I will just come back here and read your words of wisdom and inspiration!

jwil59
June 16th, 2011, 10:45 pm
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers and encouragement.

To be honest today has not been good, actually very bad. I will spare you the details but your prayers and thoughts would be appreciated. Things are spiraling down for Mitch on the cognitive issues, and that makes it rough around the house, very rough. He does not know when he is about to step off the cliff, which wasn't true before the injury.

I still thank God for this pain but I do hope something changes soon. I know He has a Plan but the truth is I am almost at the end of my rope.

God bless you and thank you

Dreamy
June 16th, 2011, 11:12 pm
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers and encouragement.

To be honest today has not been good, actually very bad. I will spare you the details but your prayers and thoughts would be appreciated. Things are spiraling down for Mitch on the cognitive issues, and that makes it rough around the house, very rough. He does not know when he is about to step off the cliff, which wasn't true before the injury.

I still thank God for this pain but I do hope something changes soon. I know He has a Plan but the truth is I am almost at the end of my rope.

God bless you and thank you

I read your thread, Mitch's thread, every so often,because your faith and devotion is so comforting. I remember the those early days and feeling the pain of a parent. I know so many here with their words,prayers and more have helped you and your family so. Your prayers for so many at Hannity are plentiful and so heartful good man. I wish to offer you and Mitch and the entire family my heartfelt prayers once again. May your faith and the love of those around you keep the light of hope steady and the burden of worry light. God bless you all.

Election Watcher
June 23rd, 2011, 2:55 pm
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers and encouragement.

To be honest today has not been good, actually very bad. I will spare you the details but your prayers and thoughts would be appreciated. Things are spiraling down for Mitch on the cognitive issues, and that makes it rough around the house, very rough. He does not know when he is about to step off the cliff, which wasn't true before the injury.

I still thank God for this pain but I do hope something changes soon. I know He has a Plan but the truth is I am almost at the end of my rope.

God bless you and thank you

You and the family continue to have our prayers and wishes.
“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes. (http://thinkexist.com/quotation/if-god-sends-us-on-strong-paths-we-are-provided/372877.html)”

midatlantic
June 23rd, 2011, 8:29 pm
Thank you all for your kind words and prayers and encouragement.

To be honest today has not been good, actually very bad. I will spare you the details but your prayers and thoughts would be appreciated. Things are spiraling down for Mitch on the cognitive issues, and that makes it rough around the house, very rough. He does not know when he is about to step off the cliff, which wasn't true before the injury.

I still thank God for this pain but I do hope something changes soon. I know He has a Plan but the truth is I am almost at the end of my rope.

God bless you and thank you

Jwil: my daughter had a catastrophic event at age 14 that turned a healthy child into a young adult child who will probably have a lifelong disability and not able to live independently. She is 24 years old now. Praying constantly has become a habit for me. Good days, bad days. Good months, terrible months.

Not sure if it is true that God gives those of us who can handle it the hard road as parents....I like to believe it is true and a blessing.

In many ways, based on your posts, Mitchell sounds like he will eventually overcome the obstacles facing him. Hope Darlene and you get rest at night.

Jane

The Duck
June 24th, 2011, 3:14 am
Jwil: my daughter had a catastrophic event at age 14 that turned a healthy child into a young adult child who will probably have a lifelong disability and not able to live independently. She is 24 years old now. Praying constantly has become a habit for me. Good days, bad days. Good months, terrible months.

Not sure if it is true that God gives those of us who can handle it the hard road as parents....I like to believe it is true and a blessing.

In many ways, based on your posts, Mitchell sounds like he will eventually overcome the obstacles facing him. Hope Darlene and you get rest at night.

Jane

Jane, I'll pray for you & your daughter for a total & complete recovery. She's so fortunate to have someone like you to take care of & not give up on.
My wife is a caretaker like that in the same situation for 6 years now. Lord Blessed us with Angels for sure. Where would we be without you?

The Duck
June 24th, 2011, 5:47 am
I stand on the Atonement in my needs & the needs of my friends to be healed & set free from all sickness & disease. AMEN
It is the blood-bought right, the promised right, the gospel right, and the divine right of Christians to have what is provided through the atonement. FJ Dake.

jwil59
June 29th, 2011, 10:33 pm
Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement and prayers.

Please keep going, things continue to deteriorate a little at a time. It's a long story.

God is in control though and has a plan. He is good and will make all this better in His time. Praise Him

God bless

Jeff

Proud Mom and Teacher
July 3rd, 2011, 5:11 pm
I read your thread, Mitch's thread, every so often,because your faith and devotion is so comforting. I remember the those early days and feeling the pain of a parent. I know so many here with their words,prayers and more have helped you and your family so. Your prayers for so many at Hannity are plentiful and so heartful good man. I wish to offer you and Mitch and the entire family my heartfelt prayers once again. May your faith and the love of those around you keep the light of hope steady and the burden of worry light. God bless you all.
Well stated. Totally share this sentiment. I think most of us get more from this thread than he gets from us at times.




Praying for your family still, Jeff.

czzzaar
July 9th, 2011, 10:52 pm
It looks like the motor skills and cognitive issues Mitch is having will be permanent. The dept of rehab isn't helping all that much although they do they are lining up some more testing for job prospects. He is going this weekend back to nashville to stay with friends for a week or two. These trips are the only bit independence he has, as he is dependent on us for most of his necessities such as preparing food and such. The folks there help him too, thank God.

We are blessed that he is alive and does have some quality of life. The motor skills in his right hand are to almost nothing now. Like I have said his reasoning ability to process logic and memory have also gotten worse. The therapists are saying they have done about all they can, but it is possible that as time goes on there could possibly be some improvement. I dunno though.

having said all that...........I sometimes rumble through this thread to remind myself what those early days were like after the accident, and even further down the line too. They first said he had no chance of surviving, then they said he would probably have severe brain damage and loss of all speech, and movement, never walk. As he recovered many of you will remember our concern over him not being able to go to the bathroom. Some will also remember my post from Shepherd Center the first day he did take some steps. We have been blessed beyond measure. This is the path the Lord has chosen for us, a path He wrote our name on before the world began. We still walk that path knowing his plan is perfect and for our own good, and for His Glory and not ours.

I praise my Lord and Savior for every inch of this. Every tear that He caught in his own Hands, every blessing, every trial. I praise and thank God for giving me the people of this message board, for their prayers and support and devotion, for their personal visits, e-mails, and everything else. I remember loggin' in a day after the accident and all the sig lines on the board had been changed urging prayers and support for Mitch and me. We have our squabbles and such over political issues but in the end that is what we are about. I would encourage any new poster reading this to go through this thread because in here you will see what the people you will be discussing politics with are all about, being people and helping and supporting each other. In the end all the political mumbo jumbo changes and will eventually go away altogether, but love is eternal and everlasting. None of us are promised tomorrow my friends, none of us, not even one. Don't take the people you love for granted, and never assume you will have a later chance to make things right. Please, please love the ones you love with all your heart, love them like today is your last.

I love you all more than you know, God bless you.

Please keep my dear Sister in Christ Rhet and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

I continue to pray for you and Mitch, Jeff. I don't come around the boards that often anymore, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

FoxGranadaChuck
July 12th, 2011, 7:48 pm
I am still thinking of and praying for you and Mitch, Jwil. :) :)

jwil59
July 13th, 2011, 7:11 pm
Thank you all again for all your prayers and encouragement.

Today we had our first face to face meeting with a state rehab counselor. I am encouraged by the meeting. She works with a doctor at UAB who is the best our state has to offer in psych evaluation so they are going to set us up an appointment for more detailed testing. I didn't realize the dept of rehab offered so many services, even job coaching and such. They want to do the total evaluation and go from there. Overall as I said I am encouraged that they finally have the ball rolling. We have been praying about this for a long time, that Mitch be able to work and support himself. The one negative is that the wheels turn slowly and the doctor in Birmingham is hard to get an appt. with, so we keep waiting in Faith knowing that our Lord will provide the Grace to see us through.

As to waiting for the Lord, a weird thing happened today as I was in our pharmacy waiting for a prescription to be filled. They have this huge catalog on a stand that contains book markers, each one with a name on it. Some defined what the names mean, origins and such, and others had Bible Verses on them. I'm thinking the Scripture on the markers were randomly chosen, I dunno, just guessing. Anyway, the book markers with my name (Jeff) and my wife's name (Darlene) had the same Scripture on them. It was this:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I'm sticking with that, God bless yall

Election Watcher
July 13th, 2011, 10:09 pm
Thank you all again for all your prayers and encouragement.

Today we had our first face to face meeting with a state rehab counselor. I am encouraged by the meeting. She works with a doctor at UAB who is the best our state has to offer in psych evaluation so they are going to set us up an appointment for more detailed testing. I didn't realize the dept of rehab offered so many services, even job coaching and such. They want to do the total evaluation and go from there. Overall as I said I am encouraged that they finally have the ball rolling. We have been praying about this for a long time, that Mitch be able to work and support himself. The one negative is that the wheels turn slowly and the doctor in Birmingham is hard to get an appt. with, so we keep waiting in Faith knowing that our Lord will provide the Grace to see us through.

As to waiting for the Lord, a weird thing happened today as I was in our pharmacy waiting for a prescription to be filled. They have this huge catalog on a stand that contains book markers, each one with a name on it. Some defined what the names mean, origins and such, and others had Bible Verses on them. I'm thinking the Scripture on the markers were randomly chosen, I dunno, just guessing. Anyway, the book markers with my name (Jeff) and my wife's name (Darlene) had the same Scripture on them. It was this:

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

I'm sticking with that, God bless yall

Hey buddy,
Its step forward. Regardless of the outcome, its forward movement. And you have to just be happy for that, over stagnation!
Good luck.
EW

jwil59
July 20th, 2011, 12:01 am
We would really appreciate some prayers and good thoughts for Mitch, and us too. This is not a good week for us.

Thank you

doodle5
July 20th, 2011, 5:29 am
Rehab has given oldest son so many many services!!
Summer house before marriage took him to dentist or other appointments, since adjustment of medication he has not needed this.
If Gary has to go to the hospital the psychologist has given Joann the phone numbers she is to call to take Jamie to school, summer school and Joann shopping.
JOB COACH
excellent psychologist adjusted medication of recent.

I am so glad you have Rehab now!! Mitch will be evaluated.

David will be moving out as rehab will find him a place, he will get more money pay car insurance . He will look for a job and attend City college again, he has registered for classes at City college for Businesses classes.

Tim is ecstatic with his new baby!! Yesterday was Tim's birthday.

That verse is one of my favorite verses.

My prayers

doodle

czzzaar
July 20th, 2011, 8:21 pm
We would really appreciate some prayers and good thoughts for Mitch, and us too. This is not a good week for us.

Thank you

You got it, Jeff. God bless you and may he answer you prayers soon.

rhet 2
July 20th, 2011, 9:31 pm
We would really appreciate some prayers and good thoughts for Mitch, and us too. This is not a good week for us.

Thank you

I haven't forgotten you folks for a minute, dear one. And I don't intend to now, either.

Just remember the Bear's surgery on Monday morning, for me, would you?

Peaches
July 23rd, 2011, 6:15 pm
praying again as always!

LucyT
July 24th, 2011, 7:10 pm
Prayers for you and yours.

jwil59
July 24th, 2011, 8:44 pm
Thank you all

Mitch's traumatic brain injury has seriously impaired his decision making ability and it is now approaching cathstrophic levels so we are scheduled for msome testing at UAB in mid september. I ask that you pray for him and us this week. We really can only go up as this past week has been a living hell. I am thinking if things do not improve before sept though we might have to go back to impatient therapy somewhere.

What I plain and simply refuse to do is question God's faithfulness and mercy. He never said I had to understand his plan, He just says I should remain faithful, and that is what I will do. I know that the pain I feel is a yearning for something this world cannot provide, so I wait for Him in faith.

My friends what if the heartaches and pains of this life are His mercies in disquise. I believe with every inch of my being that they are. If you want you can look up and listen to a song called Blessings by Laura Story. I think I have posted it before and have sent it to some of you.

God bless you all

Proud Mom and Teacher
July 24th, 2011, 9:35 pm
Thank you all

Mitch's traumatic brain injury has seriously impaired his decision making ability and it is now approaching cathstrophic levels so we are scheduled for msome testing at UAB in mid september. I ask that you pray for him and us this week. We really can only go up as this past week has been a living hell. I am thinking if things do not improve before sept though we might have to go back to impatient therapy somewhere.

What I plain and simply refuse to do is question God's faithfulness and mercy. He never said I had to understand his plan, He just says I should remain faithful, and that is what I will do. I know that the pain I feel is a yearning for something this world cannot provide, so I wait for Him in faith.

My friends what if the heartaches and pains of this life are His mercies in disquise. I believe with every inch of my being that they are. If you want you can look up and listen to a song called Blessings by Laura Story. I think I have posted it before and have sent it to some of you.

God bless you all
Praying for your strength, Jeff.

Here is the link to the song.

Laura Story: Blessings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CSVqHcdhXQ



Thank you for suggesting the song. It brought me closer to Christ just listening to the words.

jwil59
August 11th, 2011, 7:19 pm
The recent past in our lives have been very difficult. The enemy is personally attacking me, Mitch, and others in my church family.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12


I have never known pain like this. Some of you may think I am crazy but if one believes in God then I do not see how they cannot believe in the evil side. Many families in my Church are experiencing the same thing, pain of monumental proportions brought on by events and such that plain and simply cannot be of this world. It makes the evil one's skin crawl when we send out mission teams and money for the Gospel all over this world. He hates it when we hold summer camps for poor children on our grounds and help feed their families. He hates our testimony and the way we love each other unconditionally. I guess I can understand why Satan would want to take us out, one person and one family at a time. I will spare you the details but I could type a few stories here that would make you dizzy, things that are going on.

Satan has now brought this evil to MY front door. I have studied the above verse many times. I thought it would be someone else though, someone like Franklin Graham or John Piper, someone important to our faith. Not so though. The most offensive thing to me is that this evil wants Mitchell's heart, that is why he came to my door. It disturbs him that after surviving this injury and all he has endured that Mitch might have a Testimony for Jesus Christ. Satan hates that.

My friends I am telling you this cause when this evil knocked on my door I wasn't ready, and I don't want to see the same thing happen to you. Ephesians 6:10-17 describes this evil and what to do to guard yourself from it. Do not be found vulnerable to this evil my friends. I do not want you to know this pain. If it isn't at your front door right now it will be. Please take this seriously.

God bless you all, I am praying for all of you. I have read your threads but don't have the strength to post much. I am in this war and will stand firm and say NO to the enemy.

rhet 2
August 11th, 2011, 7:52 pm
The recent past in our lives have been very difficult. The enemy is personally attacking me, Mitch, and others in my church family.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12


I have never known pain like this. Some of you may think I am crazy but if one believes in God then I do not see how they cannot believe in the evil side. Many families in my Church are experiencing the same thing, pain of monumental proportions brought on by events and such that plain and simply cannot be of this world. It makes the evil one's skin crawl when we send out mission teams and money for the Gospel all over this world. He hates it when we hold summer camps for poor children on our grounds and help feed their families. He hates our testimony and the way we love each other unconditionally. I guess I can understand why Satan would want to take us out, one person and one family at a time. I will spare you the details but I could type a few stories here that would make you dizzy, things that are going on.

Satan has now brought this evil to MY front door. I have studied the above verse many times. I thought it would be someone else though, someone like Franklin Graham or John Piper, someone important to our faith. Not so though. The most offensive thing to me is that this evil wants Mitchell's heart, that is why he came to my door. It disturbs him that after surviving this injury and all he has endured that Mitch might have a Testimony for Jesus Christ. Satan hates that.

My friends I am telling you this cause when this evil knocked on my door I wasn't ready, and I don't want to see the same thing happen to you. Ephesians 6:10-17 describes this evil and what to do to guard yourself from it. Do not be found vulnerable to this evil my friends. I do not want you to know this pain. If it isn't at your front door right now it will be. Please take this seriously.

God bless you all, I am praying for all of you. I have read your threads but don't have the strength to post much. I am in this war and will stand firm and say NO to the enemy.

Good.

YES, the USA is being put through a wringer BIG TIME -- my pastor calls it "system testing" -- and the purpose of ALL such testing is to push us into greater and greater dependence on HIS promises, not man's false and deceptive "solutions" which are never solutions at all.

We're getting wrung out too -- and not just with the Bear's cancer -- a lot of PEOPLE testing, to go with the System testing.

Just remember the promises: HIS ENTIRE RIGHT TO BE GOD depends on Him keeping those promises -- and He has SWORN that those who put their trust in Him will NOT be shaken. He IS ABLE and WILLING to do all He has sworn to do: no bitterness, no desire to hit back and get even, no wrenching of our souls -- as the Book of James says, the LORD wages war against the arrogant believer but protects and blesses the humble who turn the stresses and the angst and the worries and the fears over to Him -- we WILL rejoice in the knowledge of THE ONE WHO GAVE HIS EVERYTHING to buy us free from slavery to the corruptions and deceptions of Satan's world.

And we WILL LIVE -- in HIS kingdom for all eternity.

Calibabe
August 12th, 2011, 10:22 am
The recent past in our lives have been very difficult. The enemy is personally attacking me, Mitch, and others in my church family.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12


I have never known pain like this. Some of you may think I am crazy but if one believes in God then I do not see how they cannot believe in the evil side. Many families in my Church are experiencing the same thing, pain of monumental proportions brought on by events and such that plain and simply cannot be of this world. It makes the evil one's skin crawl when we send out mission teams and money for the Gospel all over this world. He hates it when we hold summer camps for poor children on our grounds and help feed their families. He hates our testimony and the way we love each other unconditionally. I guess I can understand why Satan would want to take us out, one person and one family at a time. I will spare you the details but I could type a few stories here that would make you dizzy, things that are going on.

Satan has now brought this evil to MY front door. I have studied the above verse many times. I thought it would be someone else though, someone like Franklin Graham or John Piper, someone important to our faith. Not so though. The most offensive thing to me is that this evil wants Mitchell's heart, that is why he came to my door. It disturbs him that after surviving this injury and all he has endured that Mitch might have a Testimony for Jesus Christ. Satan hates that.

My friends I am telling you this cause when this evil knocked on my door I wasn't ready, and I don't want to see the same thing happen to you. Ephesians 6:10-17 describes this evil and what to do to guard yourself from it. Do not be found vulnerable to this evil my friends. I do not want you to know this pain. If it isn't at your front door right now it will be. Please take this seriously.

God bless you all, I am praying for all of you. I have read your threads but don't have the strength to post much. I am in this war and will stand firm and say NO to the enemy.


Jeff,

Just know that you, Mitchell and Darlene are always, always contained in my prayers and in my rosary.

You are right about evil. It seems that there is so much of it these days. I don't know whether it is because of the times we are in or if this is truly the beginning of what is described in the Bible as the Tribulation. In any event we all need to remain strong in our faith in God. He is truly our only salvation. Satan will use whatever means necessary to deceive us. We just have to be smart enough to know that the whisper we may here is his voice and reject it with our very being.

May our loving and forgiving God keep you safe and free from harm. God bless all of you. :hug:

Spiked101
August 12th, 2011, 10:49 am
Dear Father we lift up Mitch, Jeff and Darlene to you. We ask that you pour out Your refreshing water on them, strengthening them in spirit and body. Lord we don't know Your ways and our limited minds don't know what You have planned but we do know that in our frailness and imperfection You sent help to us in Your Son who died so that we may live and have faith in You.

We pray for Jeff and his family that their faith would be strengthened and that those around them will work to provide strength and help to them as well so that Your will will be done.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Proud Mom and Teacher
August 12th, 2011, 4:56 pm
Jeff, one of Satan's strategies is to target the "good", especially those that serve as shepherds, as to scatter the sheep.


You have been a shepherd to so many, so it does not surprise me that you are being relentlessly attacked.


I continue to pray for your family. I will pray for your strength.

Peaches
August 12th, 2011, 5:12 pm
yes, my dear friend! I know the evil you speak of. It tries to creep in any way it can and destroy! I am praying for you and yours even more so now then before! :hug:

doodle5
August 13th, 2011, 8:41 am
My prayers as always!!

May Christ give you and Darlene peace joy and complete rest in the Spirit!!

Pray for youngest grandson ill now ok. Wife needs to go to classes, I thought that came with being a mother. I guess not!!

I knew what to do and taught them everything I knew.

We have been soooooooooo busy replacing and having contractors restore our home
painting and replacing doors and much more.

doodle

Bless both of you.

doodle

repchick
August 14th, 2011, 8:38 am
Dear Jeff, Just this weeked we took our daughter to college and moved her into the city of Richmond. I saw things there I didn't ever want her to see. I left there praying that she will remember how she was raised and not fall prey to these things. I haven"t posted much but I still take time to read every post on the O.O. Love and prayers to You ,Mitch and Darlene


Becky,

Unicorn Mayo
August 15th, 2011, 7:13 pm
Dear Jeff, Just this weeked we took our daughter to college and moved her into the city of Richmond. I saw things there I didn't ever want her to see. I left there praying that she will remember how she was raised and not fall prey to these things. I haven"t posted much but I still take time to read every post on the O.O. Love and prayers to You ,Mitch and Darlene


Becky,

Like what?

repchick
August 16th, 2011, 6:07 pm
The homeless .the bumbs. The pain in our wolld. The fact that someone lives in the alley behind her appartment wth only a matress.

Super Iron Patriot
August 17th, 2011, 12:55 pm
The homeless .the bumbs. The pain in our wolld. The fact that someone lives in the alley behind her appartment wth only a matress.

O.o

that's a common sight in New York City subways...

jwil59
August 17th, 2011, 9:37 pm
Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement. maybe things will soon be better for us, but we are in a fight. Please read this

http://forums.hannity.com/showpost.php?p=94109601&postcount=1

rhet 2
August 17th, 2011, 10:28 pm
Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement. maybe things will soon be better for us, but we are in a fight. Please read this

http://forums.hannity.com/showpost.php?p=94109601&postcount=1

James: God Himself wages war in our behalf -- and you, Darlene and Mitch have the perfection of Christ Himself attributed to your accounts in heaven.

When the Father looks at any of you, He sees Christ -- and He WILL NOT hold back when His Own are surrounded by enemies on the attack. Rms. 8:28 -- He WILL turn this around to somehow, by some miracle, work together for your blessings.

My prayers for you all do not cease. :hug:

Peaches
August 24th, 2011, 7:38 am
still praying!

Long Island Bob
August 31st, 2011, 10:36 am
One more prayer going up for Mitchell.

jwil59
August 31st, 2011, 7:42 pm
Thank you all so much. I have read your threads and am praying for you but don't have much energy to post still.

We see some improvement.

Mitch is back in occupational therapy and is also making more of an effort at home to exercise (therapy homework).

He is in counseling with one of the Pastors from our Church, who also has a degree in psychotherapy. They are working together to give Mitch something to do with his time. He has visited with the Pastor at the ICU unit in the hospital Mitch was in after the accident, visiting a Church member of ours who has a severe spinal injury. Phillip fell 5 stories off a building at work a few weeks ago. Your prayers for Phillip and his family would be appreciated. We know is is paralized from the mid-chest down. If he survives then they also plan to do their rehab at the Shepherd Center, at this point it is still touch and go though. Also this Pastor is taking Mitch to one of the local missions shelters that provides services for poor people, as well as jail ministry, our Church supports them. Mitch will be volunteering some time there. Please pray that Mitch can develop good relationships there, that is very important. So far he has worked carrying boxes of clothes and such, but I think what he needs most is to make some good Christian friends.

He is trying hard to stay out of trouble and rid himself of the bad influences, harder than I have ever seen him try. What He needs is a close personal relationship with God, please pray for that above all else. The last thing that satan wants is for Mitch to have a testimony in Christ, and that devil is fighting hard to see that don't happen. We are fighting back with the Armor Of God, the Fruits of the Spirit, lots of Bible study, and lots of Prayer. Mitch isn't really catching on at this point though, so I ask that you stand in the gap for him with prayer til he does. We have lost a few battles in the spiritual war, but we will win the war by His Grace, we know that is what His will is. This war is the most painful thing I have ever endured, my wife says the same thing. Events in our life have piled up like never before. I am not ashamed in any way to ask for your prayers,

In Christ,

Jeff

Spiked101
August 31st, 2011, 10:08 pm
Jeff. We will continue to pray here for you and Mitch as well. I know it has tested your faith, and I know yet your faith shines through to His Glory as we have seen here many times. Praise Jesus for that. We will pray that the enemy be kept away from the door and that your spirit continues in strength.

In Jesus name

Amen

jwil59
September 1st, 2011, 5:25 pm
Pray for us please

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIV

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 KJV

Peaches
September 1st, 2011, 8:37 pm
we are praying bro! :hug:

Calibabe
September 2nd, 2011, 2:33 am
Thank you all so much. I have read your threads and am praying for you but don't have much energy to post still.

We see some improvement.

Mitch is back in occupational therapy and is also making more of an effort at home to exercise (therapy homework).

He is in counseling with one of the Pastors from our Church, who also has a degree in psychotherapy. They are working together to give Mitch something to do with his time. He has visited with the Pastor at the ICU unit in the hospital Mitch was in after the accident, visiting a Church member of ours who has a severe spinal injury. Phillip fell 5 stories off a building at work a few weeks ago. Your prayers for Phillip and his family would be appreciated. We know is is paralized from the mid-chest down. If he survives then they also plan to do their rehab at the Shepherd Center, at this point it is still touch and go though. Also this Pastor is taking Mitch to one of the local missions shelters that provides services for poor people, as well as jail ministry, our Church supports them. Mitch will be volunteering some time there. Please pray that Mitch can develop good relationships there, that is very important. So far he has worked carrying boxes of clothes and such, but I think what he needs most is to make some good Christian friends.

He is trying hard to stay out of trouble and rid himself of the bad influences, harder than I have ever seen him try. What He needs is a close personal relationship with God, please pray for that above all else. The last thing that satan wants is for Mitch to have a testimony in Christ, and that devil is fighting hard to see that don't happen. We are fighting back with the Armor Of God, the Fruits of the Spirit, lots of Bible study, and lots of Prayer. Mitch isn't really catching on at this point though, so I ask that you stand in the gap for him with prayer til he does. We have lost a few battles in the spiritual war, but we will win the war by His Grace, we know that is what His will is. This war is the most painful thing I have ever endured, my wife says the same thing. Events in our life have piled up like never before. I am not ashamed in any way to ask for your prayers,

In Christ,

Jeff


We have come this far with you and will continue to pray for you, Darlene and Mitchell.

In our church we have a saying "When you carry a Rosary, Satan has a headache. When you use it, he collapses. When he sees you praying it, he faints. Let us pray the rosary every time, so that he'll keep fainting. Maybe one day, he'll have a stroke and never be able to work."

So as I always do I will keep Mitchell on my Rosary and your family as well. We will work our best to keep the evil intruder off your backs and as far away as possible.

May God continue to carry you when needed and console you always. God bless :pray:

Long Island Bob
September 2nd, 2011, 9:35 pm
We have come this far with you and will continue to pray for you, Darlene and Mitchell.

In our church we have a saying "When you carry a Rosary, Satan has a headache. When you use it, he collapses. When he sees you praying it, he faints. Let us pray the rosary every time, so that he'll keep fainting. Maybe one day, he'll have a stroke and never be able to work."

So as I always do I will keep Mitchell on my Rosary and your family as well. We will work our best to keep the evil intruder off your backs and as far away as possible.

May God continue to carry you when needed and console you always. God bless :pray:

Pray an entire rosary huh? You set the bar pretty high.


Sigh. I've dug out my new rosary (my real one is buried with my grandfather)
I was going to go to my church tomorrow to light a candle for Cathy anyway,
but now, you've set me to task.

While there, I will pray an entire Rosary for Mitchell (and add a bonus prayer for Rhet and the Bear.)



P.S.
Rhet
Rosaries available for you and the Bear on request as well.

Long Island Bob
September 2nd, 2011, 9:56 pm
Pray an entire rosary huh? You set the bar pretty high.


Sigh. I've dug out my new rosary (my real one is buried with my grandfather)
I was going to go to my church tomorrow to light a candle for Cathy anyway,
but now, you've set me to task.

While there, I will pray an entire Rosary for Mitchell (and add a bonus prayer for Rhet and the Bear.)



P.S.
Rhet
Rosaries available for you and the Bear on request as well.

Alright, I looked it up.

I'm not going to remember which mystery to think about when, so I'm just gonna say the whole Rosary and think about Mitchell getting better during each decade that I'm saying it. The rest is gonna have to work itself out.

This mystery during that decade,
That mystery during this decade.
C'mon I'd have to take a cheat sheet into church.

Nope, I'm just gonna be a Mitchell-hoping prayer-saying fool.

Long Island Bob
September 3rd, 2011, 7:47 pm
Sorry jeff,
I spent 6 hours on the phone with Cathy today and didn't get to say the Rosary yet.


Be patient, I'll make Satan faint.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Missy2
September 4th, 2011, 10:24 pm
Praying always, Jeff, for all of you.

Gabby
September 4th, 2011, 11:26 pm
Praying here as well.

Sponge Bob
September 5th, 2011, 1:59 am
Here's praying:pray: Mitchell gets the guidance he needs and finds the right influences for a path to God. Good to "see" you in the last couple days, and hope you can return before too long.

Long Island Bob
September 6th, 2011, 11:14 pm
That guy in your avatar.
One handsome looking guy.

Peaches
September 8th, 2011, 8:02 am
praying still bro! :hug:

Long Island Bob
September 11th, 2011, 2:51 pm
Hey Jeff,

It's impossible to watch this and be depressed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE
Satan gets a good old fashioned butt-whopping.

czzzaar
September 12th, 2011, 7:36 am
Still praying for you and Mitch.

jwil59
September 19th, 2011, 5:48 pm
Thank you guys........

We had the appointment with the neuro psychologist from UAB that we have been waiting several months for. They did a full round of testing and what we basically got was "there is nothing we can do for him". They will send that data to the state dept of rehab counselor and see what she thinks as far as job prospects go. This doc, who is world renowned in his field, says there is nothing further that can be done as far as the cognitive stuff goes. There's no therapy or anything like that to help in that area, anything further that is. It wasn't very encouraging.

Such is life. God has a plan so I am sticking with that cause I delight in knowing Him through Christ. All this is under His divine providence, which means it is for His Glory and our good.

God bless yall

Peaches
September 19th, 2011, 6:22 pm
As long as you have Christ, You have hope brother! :hug:

Dreamy
September 20th, 2011, 12:00 pm
As long as you have Christ, You have hope brother! :hug:

Amen.

Mitch and your family are in my prayers Jeff.

The brain. An amazing organ. The human spirit under God's watchful eye? An awesome compliment to the brain.

rhet 2
September 20th, 2011, 10:48 pm
Thank you guys........

We had the appointment with the neuro psychologist from UAB that we have been waiting several months for. They did a full round of testing and what we basically got was "there is nothing we can do for him". They will send that data to the state dept of rehab counselor and see what she thinks as far as job prospects go. This doc, who is world renowned in his field, says there is nothing further that can be done as far as the cognitive stuff goes. There's no therapy or anything like that to help in that area, anything further that is. It wasn't very encouraging.

Such is life. God has a plan so I am sticking with that cause I delight in knowing Him through Christ. All this is under His divine providence, which means it is for His Glory and our good.

God bless yall

God does have a plan, you betcha!

And part of that plan is a brand new body for Mitch when the time comes -- which will include a brand new brain just like the one our Resurrected LORD and Savior acquired just to show us what it's like.

Mitch can and will thrive in both this world and the one to come. Bet on it. Christ did -- and He won -- won for Mitch, won for you and for Darlene -- and won for me and the Bear, too. This is just the temporary testing time that teaches us all what Divine Grace is all about.

Peaches
September 20th, 2011, 11:20 pm
amen

Election Watcher
September 21st, 2011, 7:53 am
Thank you guys........

We had the appointment with the neuro psychologist from UAB that we have been waiting several months for. They did a full round of testing and what we basically got was "there is nothing we can do for him". They will send that data to the state dept of rehab counselor and see what she thinks as far as job prospects go. This doc, who is world renowned in his field, says there is nothing further that can be done as far as the cognitive stuff goes. There's no therapy or anything like that to help in that area, anything further that is. It wasn't very encouraging.

Such is life. God has a plan so I am sticking with that cause I delight in knowing Him through Christ. All this is under His divine providence, which means it is for His Glory and our good.

God bless yall

Jeff,
Sorry the news was not as hoped for. You have been, and continue to be in my thoughts & prayers.

Long Island Bob
September 22nd, 2011, 4:52 am
Jeff,

Floating around in an old old old Readers Digest is a story of a Kansas?? woman who discovered her great grandfather’s diaries. He was the original pioneer in their family and quite literally arrived in the great plains via covered wagon. Apparently, they were dirt poor, so poor they could not afford doctors and lost more children than was normal at the time. Then, just as things were beginning to look up in a financial way, a swarm of locusts descended on the county and ate all the wheat.

The true American pioneer gave a prayer and in the prayer he said many things but he also gave thanks . . . . that the locusts had left the stalks and that the stalks were still green enough to sell as cattle feed. “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks” (sic) was the phrase written in the actual diary.
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~Ten years ago I worked as a Janitor at Penn State. It’s a crappy job (literally) but as unskilled labor goes it pays well. One of my fellow janitors was a very pretty, very country (in a Reba McAntyre sort of way) 27-year. She lived in only two hollows over from where I grew up. In fact, I clearly remember that when I was in HS, the bus used to stop at the end of her dirt road and pick up the 3 kids who used to live in the house she and her husband eventually bought.

I think her name was Amy, but I’m really not sure.

What I really am sure of is that the last thing she did every day before she went to work, and the first thing she did when she came home, was to change her husband’s diaper and check his oxygen back-up.

She was married at 25 and at age 26 her husband had some sort of auto collision that left him too dysfunctional to breathe or crap normally, but he was still alive and fully cognizant. Although “Amy” was still a very new wife, she did not dump him off on his parents, she even took up deer hunting on his behalf.
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Jeff,
I wish I could say something, or do something, or cut off my right arm to let Mitchell get back to normal, or at least to a point where he can get a job. But n this day, I am saying “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks.”

In a few hours, after I have sent PJ to school, and gotten Vera safely off to work, lunch in had preferably, I am going to stop by the Catholic Church I pass by as I return from taking my (disabled) wife to work and give a prayer, not of pity, or grace, or mercy . . . but a prayer of thanks. I will thank the Lord that although Mitchell (I remember your old avatar) might never be gainfully employed again, I will thank the Lord that He has spared the stalks . . . . that Jeff has it better than “Amy.”

I wish I could say something that would heal Mitchell’s condition.
I wish I could say something that would heal your pain.

I hope you don’t think I’m being disrespectful, but in a few hours I’m going to give a “prayer of thanks.”

I realize that this post is risky and might hurt Jeff, but something in my gut told me to post it. Mods should feel free to delete it on a whim even if it is not a TOS.

doodle5
September 22nd, 2011, 6:14 am
My prayers and more!!

I still remember Miss Kulhman : I believe in miracles!!

Our oldest has a normal family and Joann is so good to him and the toddlers.
Jamie is learning to fold clothes.

doodle

rhet 2
September 22nd, 2011, 10:34 am
Jeff,

Floating around in an old old old Readers Digest is a story of a Kansas?? woman who discovered her great grandfather’s diaries. He was the original pioneer in their family and quite literally arrived in the great plains via covered wagon. Apparently, they were dirt poor, so poor they could not afford doctors and lost more children than was normal at the time. Then, just as things were beginning to look up in a financial way, a swarm of locusts descended on the county and ate all the wheat.

The true American pioneer gave a prayer and in the prayer he said many things but he also gave thanks . . . . that the locusts had left the stalks and that the stalks were still green enough to sell as cattle feed. “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks” (sic) was the phrase written in the actual diary.
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~Ten years ago I worked as a Janitor at Penn State. It’s a crappy job (literally) but as unskilled labor goes it pays well. One of my fellow janitors was a very pretty, very country (in a Reba McAntyre sort of way) 27-year. She lived in only two hollows over from where I grew up. In fact, I clearly remember that when I was in HS, the bus used to stop at the end of her dirt road and pick up the 3 kids who used to live in the house she and her husband eventually bought.

I think her name was Amy, but I’m really not sure.

What I really am sure of is that the last thing she did every day before she went to work, and the first thing she did when she came home, was to change her husband’s diaper and check his oxygen back-up.

She was married at 25 and at age 26 her husband had some sort of auto collision that left him too dysfunctional to breathe or crap normally, but he was still alive and fully cognizant. Although “Amy” was still a very new wife, she did not dump him off on his parents, she even took up deer hunting on his behalf.
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Jeff,
I wish I could say something, or do something, or cut off my right arm to let Mitchell get back to normal, or at least to a point where he can get a job. But n this day, I am saying “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks.”

In a few hours, after I have sent PJ to school, and gotten Vera safely off to work, lunch in had preferably, I am going to stop by the Catholic Church I pass by as I return from taking my (disabled) wife to work and give a prayer, not of pity, or grace, or mercy . . . but a prayer of thanks. I will thank the Lord that although Mitchell (I remember your old avatar) might never be gainfully employed again, I will thank the Lord that He has spared the stalks . . . . that Jeff has it better than “Amy.”

I wish I could say something that would heal Mitchell’s condition.
I wish I could say something that would heal your pain.

I hope you don’t think I’m being disrespectful, but in a few hours I’m going to give a “prayer of thanks.”

I realize that this post is risky and might hurt Jeff, but something in my gut told me to post it. Mods should feel free to delete it on a whim even if it is not a TOS.

Actually, I hope they don't.

Not only did you say exactly what I want to say myself, but you gave me, too, the courage to "keep on keeping on."

We nearly lost the Bear Tuesday -- he stopped breathing in a bad reaction to the chemo -- and would have left us entirely if the head of nursing hadn't been there at the immediate moment and screamed Code Blue to get him the help he needed. And this coming Friday, it's my own turn for the docs to poke and pry at, trying to solve my own medical problems, which are growing worse, just when my family seems to need me the most. So, yeah, I did need to hear your words of wisdom, too.

"Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God concerning you" -- a Bible verse I'm truly fighting hard to live by these days. Stalks, indeed. Hard to see how these "stalk days" are worth giving thanks over -- but it is in the stalk times that we see the deliverance of the LORD. Without the locusts who eat our hearts out like this, we wouldn't need His deliverance -- and wouldn't put our faith, our hope, our trust in Him, just in stuff that doesn't really count because it doesn't really last in the long run, anyway.

Just as your example of Amy demonstrates.

Mitch's Spring Time of new crops -- and new, lasting, indestructible Joy -- permanent and ETERNAL joy -- will surely come in due time.

So will yours.

So will my own.

We just have to hold on till HIS time to end this winter of hard loss and deep pain draws to its inevitable close.

There IS joy for Mitch out there -- and He WILL provide a "way of escape" so that Mitch CAN give thanks, even in the midst of so hard a pain as this.

Rms. 8:28 and 1 Cor. 10:13: still more words from the Word of Life that have not yet failed those who refuse to give up and let the world win. "There has no testing come upon you except what is common to humanity; and He WILL make a way of escape so that you can endure" these thrice-damned "Stalk Days" in this thrice-damned THANK GOD IT IS NOT PERMANENT field of thorns we pass through on our way to HIS Kingdom.

I pray the LORD show Mitch that way of escape ASAP.

Long Island Bob
September 22nd, 2011, 7:57 pm
Actually, I hope they don't.

Not only did you say exactly what I want to say myself, but you gave me, too, the courage to "keep on keeping on."

We nearly lost the Bear Tuesday -- he stopped breathing in a bad reaction to the chemo -- and would have left us entirely if the head of nursing hadn't been there at the immediate moment and screamed Code Blue to get him the help he needed. And this coming Friday, it's my own turn for the docs to poke and pry at, trying to solve my own medical problems, which are growing worse, just when my family seems to need me the most. So, yeah, I did need to hear your words of wisdom, too.

"Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God concerning you" -- a Bible verse I'm truly fighting hard to live by these days. Stalks, indeed. Hard to see how these "stalk days" are worth giving thanks over -- but it is in the stalk times that we see the deliverance of the LORD. Without the locusts who eat our hearts out like this, we wouldn't need His deliverance -- and wouldn't put our faith, our hope, our trust in Him, just in stuff that doesn't really count because it doesn't really last in the long run, anyway.

Just as your example of Amy demonstrates.

Mitch's Spring Time of new crops -- and new, lasting, indestructible Joy -- permanent and ETERNAL joy -- will surely come in due time.

So will yours.

So will my own.

We just have to hold on till HIS time to end this winter of hard loss and deep pain draws to its inevitable close.

There IS joy for Mitch out there -- and He WILL provide a "way of escape" so that Mitch CAN give thanks, even in the midst of so hard a pain as this.

Rms. 8:28 and 1 Cor. 10:13: still more words from the Word of Life that have not yet failed those who refuse to give up and let the world win. "There has no testing come upon you except what is common to humanity; and He WILL make a way of escape so that you can endure" these thrice-damned "Stalk Days" in this thrice-damned THANK GOD IT IS NOT PERMANENT field of thorns we pass through on our way to HIS Kingdom.

I pray the LORD show Mitch that way of escape ASAP.

Thank you Rhet.

A few days ago as my dear friend Cathy and I were comiserating over our problems, (I ahven't spoken about mine on this board much and do not intend to), I shared the story of "Amy" with her.

We each decided that compared to so many others in this world we have it really good. God is protecting us. He has never left our side.



Footprints in the Sand


One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."

Mary Stevenson

jwil59
September 22nd, 2011, 9:27 pm
Jeff,

Floating around in an old old old Readers Digest is a story of a Kansas?? woman who discovered her great grandfather’s diaries. He was the original pioneer in their family and quite literally arrived in the great plains via covered wagon. Apparently, they were dirt poor, so poor they could not afford doctors and lost more children than was normal at the time. Then, just as things were beginning to look up in a financial way, a swarm of locusts descended on the county and ate all the wheat.

The true American pioneer gave a prayer and in the prayer he said many things but he also gave thanks . . . . that the locusts had left the stalks and that the stalks were still green enough to sell as cattle feed. “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks” (sic) was the phrase written in the actual diary.
.
.
.
.
~Ten years ago I worked as a Janitor at Penn State. It’s a crappy job (literally) but as unskilled labor goes it pays well. One of my fellow janitors was a very pretty, very country (in a Reba McAntyre sort of way) 27-year. She lived in only two hollows over from where I grew up. In fact, I clearly remember that when I was in HS, the bus used to stop at the end of her dirt road and pick up the 3 kids who used to live in the house she and her husband eventually bought.

I think her name was Amy, but I’m really not sure.

What I really am sure of is that the last thing she did every day before she went to work, and the first thing she did when she came home, was to change her husband’s diaper and check his oxygen back-up.

She was married at 25 and at age 26 her husband had some sort of auto collision that left him too dysfunctional to breathe or crap normally, but he was still alive and fully cognizant. Although “Amy” was still a very new wife, she did not dump him off on his parents, she even took up deer hunting on his behalf.
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.
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Jeff,
I wish I could say something, or do something, or cut off my right arm to let Mitchell get back to normal, or at least to a point where he can get a job. But n this day, I am saying “Thanks you Lord for preserving the stalks.”

In a few hours, after I have sent PJ to school, and gotten Vera safely off to work, lunch in had preferably, I am going to stop by the Catholic Church I pass by as I return from taking my (disabled) wife to work and give a prayer, not of pity, or grace, or mercy . . . but a prayer of thanks. I will thank the Lord that although Mitchell (I remember your old avatar) might never be gainfully employed again, I will thank the Lord that He has spared the stalks . . . . that Jeff has it better than “Amy.”

I wish I could say something that would heal Mitchell’s condition.
I wish I could say something that would heal your pain.

I hope you don’t think I’m being disrespectful, but in a few hours I’m going to give a “prayer of thanks.”

I realize that this post is risky and might hurt Jeff, but something in my gut told me to post it. Mods should feel free to delete it on a whim even if it is not a TOS.

Not the slightest bit hurtful, it is the truth.

I also give thanks, especially for the hope we have been given. I see hope as a fact based conviction that no matter how bad things are, that they will someday get better. The facts my hope are based on are the promises of God in His Word. I know we win in the end brother. Not only that, I do find joy in the middle of the pain, during this life. To know Him and have joy in Him is my number one desire.

Thanks man

Long Island Bob
September 22nd, 2011, 10:46 pm
Not the slightest bit hurtful, it is the truth.

I also give thanks, especially for the hope we have been given. I see hope as a fact based conviction that no matter how bad things are, that they will someday get better. The facts my hope are based on are the promises of God in His Word. I know we win in the end brother. Not only that, I do find joy in the middle of the pain, during this life. To know Him and have joy in Him is my number one desire.

Thanks man

Your grace has lifted a burden off my shoulders.
Thank you for replying.

I truly am thankful that neither you, nor Mitchell, nor Rhet, nor Bear, nor I nor Cathy, has a situation nearly as bad as Amy, or her husband, or the pioneer family I mentioned. I truly believe that compared to them, all six of us have been the beneficiaries of God's mercy and protection.

God has not abandoned us, and given that Bear is talking about returning to work, He seems to be racking up secret points on the side of goodness and mercy.

We are not abandoned, we are simply sad.
We are sad because we are sinners.
Our sin is that we could not understand why God allowed the locusts, when we should have been thankful to Him for preserving the stalks.

All major religions acknowledge that. Buddha began by saying "All life is suffering. . . . ."


Fabrizio Quattrochi inspires me. We should go forward through life with his sort of determination and conviction.

jwil59
September 23rd, 2011, 9:23 pm
Yeah the suffering is the hardest part of the Christian life to get a grasp on.

I dunno, maybe it is me that defines the phrase "oh ye of little faith".

Long Island Bob
October 5th, 2011, 10:34 pm
Jeff,

I'm not a psychic (if such folks even exist in any honest sense of the word), but i have been thinking about Mitchell for many days, and all I can imagine is that in the long term, he will be less "productive" than he could have been, but he will be "all right."

God's plan is not about how much we will get in our material lives, it is about how much we will give. Mitchell is not done giving.

In these days of stalks, I am sorry for his losses, I am sorry for the part of his losses that causes your pain.

But I assure you, the cross you have to bear is less than that of "Amy."
I am sorry for your pain. I'm more sorry for Mitchell's, but I assure you there is a method to HIS madness.

The answers to God's great many mysteries might come from many places (prayer, mediation etc.), but they are NOT going to come from Internet postings on the hannity board.

I wish you, and Mitchell, and your family well.
I truly do.
~Bob


PS. Rhet, and I and a few others will be on your side for all the days of the rest of our life. Keep praying for Bear and Cathy, I'll keep praying for Mitchell and Bear, she'll keep praying for . . . .well you get the idea.

I'm trying to convince myself:
The stalks . . . Thank God for preserving the stalks.

(sorry if I rambled on, Cathy had 2 bad days in a row.).

czzzaar
October 6th, 2011, 12:56 am
Not the slightest bit hurtful, it is the truth.

I also give thanks, especially for the hope we have been given. I see hope as a fact based conviction that no matter how bad things are, that they will someday get better. The facts my hope are based on are the promises of God in His Word. I know we win in the end brother. Not only that, I do find joy in the middle of the pain, during this life. To know Him and have joy in Him is my number one desire.

Thanks man

I hold on to that hope with you, Jeff. For Mitch, for you, for all of us.

jwil59
October 6th, 2011, 4:46 pm
Thank you all and Yes we will pray for each other without ceasing.

The hannity.com Overcoming Obstacles forum claims Romans 8:37-39, Philippians 4:6-7 and 19, Psalm 3, Psalm 27, Psalm 62, Psalm 117, Isaiah 40:29-31, I guess that's a start. Please feel free to add to the list as I know there are many more. We claim these and others to be ours, because we know that God is faithful, we will trust in Him and Him alone..

God bless you, and keep you, and give you peace.

rhet 2
October 6th, 2011, 5:59 pm
Thank you all and Yes we will pray for each other without ceasing.

The hannity.com Overcoming Obstacles forum claims Romans 8:37-39, Philippians 4:6-7 and 19, Psalm 3, Psalm 27, Psalm 62, Psalm 117, Isaiah 40:29-31, I guess that's a start. Please feel free to add to the list as I know there are many more. We claim these and others to be ours, because we know that God is faithful, we will trust in Him and Him alone..

God bless you, and keep you, and give you peace.

If life were perfect, would we NEED the grace of Almighty Christ -- and need Him to rescue our butts 24/7?

How else are we supposed to learn WHO He is -- and why we need Him so very much?

He IS faithful: that's the whole point of the tough crap, to give us all lots of opportunities to experience His faithful and perfect Love -- minute by minute by minute.

And in that learning about HIS love for me, I learn how to love you folks, back. I'm just not as good at the Love stuff as He is -- yet. Someday. That, too, is a promise of His that I intend to hold Him to, that He will teach me to be more like Him every single day until the Day I get to look into His own eyes face to Face.

We're here for you, brother in faith. Growing together. Learning together. Through the thick and the thin, the sweet soft meadow grass and the skin-ripping thorns along the Path Home. For this is how we, too, learn the Way of the LORD. :hug:

jwil59
October 6th, 2011, 9:39 pm
If life were perfect, would we NEED the grace of Almighty Christ -- and need Him to rescue our butts 24/7?

How else are we supposed to learn WHO He is -- and why we need Him so very much?

He IS faithful: that's the whole point of the tough crap, to give us all lots of opportunities to experience His faithful and perfect Love -- minute by minute by minute.

And in that learning about HIS love for me, I learn how to love you folks, back. I'm just not as good at the Love stuff as He is -- yet. Someday. That, too, is a promise of His that I intend to hold Him to, that He will teach me to be more like Him every single day until the Day I get to look into His own eyes face to Face.

We're here for you, brother in faith. Growing together. Learning together. Through the thick and the thin, the sweet soft meadow grass and the skin-ripping thorns along the Path Home. For this is how we, too, learn the Way of the LORD. :hug:

Back at ya sis......

You guys are always in my prayers

EnchantedFrog
October 6th, 2011, 9:50 pm
We bystanders at Hannity are still with ya, jwil.
Rest assured that we all praise and respect your continuous display of faith, praise, and love. You have been an inspiration to us all.

Long Island Bob
October 7th, 2011, 7:15 pm
I still think of Jeff an Mitchell often, still pray for them most of the times I think of them.

This song has nothing to do with either of them, but somehow, it's just so inspiring I want jeff to give it a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG3DuCl2Jdw
Lee Dewyze - Hallelujah (Studio Recording, original, with errors)

Mania
October 7th, 2011, 7:39 pm
Thank you guys........

We had the appointment with the neuro psychologist from UAB that we have been waiting several months for. They did a full round of testing and what we basically got was "there is nothing we can do for him". They will send that data to the state dept of rehab counselor and see what she thinks as far as job prospects go. This doc, who is world renowned in his field, says there is nothing further that can be done as far as the cognitive stuff goes. There's no therapy or anything like that to help in that area, anything further that is. It wasn't very encouraging.

Such is life. God has a plan so I am sticking with that cause I delight in knowing Him through Christ. All this is under His divine providence, which means it is for His Glory and our good.

God bless yall

I can't recount all the stories I've heard of doctors telling patients "there is nothing more we can do." Well that is true. Man is limited. God is not.

Miracles do happen every day - in God's time. Not ours.

http://www.mainstreet.com/slideshow/family/family-health/shocking-medical-miracles-back-brink

Long Island Bob
October 11th, 2011, 9:44 pm
Hey Jeff,


You and your son Mitchell are in my thoughts often.
edited for brevity . . .

. . . Anyway, you have spread a lot of good wishes and great prayers on this forum, but umm . . . by my recollection it has been a month since you've given us and update on Mitchell.

You, of course, are not required to send us periodic updates, but the last post I recall about Mitchell's condition was from mid-september and it basically stated a neuro-surgeon said there is nothing he can do to make Mitchell job-ready.

There are many worse things than "not job-ready," and I guess i want ot know what exactly to pray for.

I do not wish to pry (too much) and I want to know things like
- how is Mitchell?
- will he be able to talk?
- will he be able to walk?
- will he be able to raise his arms?
- will he be able to hold a conversation?


Feel free to not answer if you wish. It is your family business and not mine.

But KNOW THIS,
I am praying, Rhet is praying, many of us are praying.

If you can throw us an update now and again without crossing some sort of personal privacy line then, well, it would be nice. Maybe then, we could offer more updated prayers.


Do what you think is right,
but know that we are praying for you and Mitch, and we are eager to hear, as SOON as you deem appropriate, the latest status-report.

Christian love, (and many prayers), coming at ya',
~Bob

jwil59
October 13th, 2011, 9:54 pm
He gets around pretty good Bob, even with the disabilities. His biggest problems are motor skills (using his hands) and thinking skills. He walks pretty good for short distances but he cannot do things that we can, like tie his shoes or open a can of soda. He pretty much dresses himself now, except for the shoes, and is also able to shower by himself with a chair. He can eat things that don't require forks and knives, but most times we have to prepare his food to be eaten. He can type with two fingers on a keyboard and can navigate a cell phone menu. Every few months he gets botox injections to loosen the muscles and they work him with occupational and physical therapy, so hopefully he will continue to progress. He lacks thinking skills like the ability to process logic and reason and has bad impulse control, all the things that go with right frontal lobe TBI. The short term memory is severely impaired. It could be much worse though.

I appreciate everyone's prayers. Last month we went through a full round of neuro testing at UAB. The dept of rehab is in the process of analyzing that data and we have an appt with them next week to hopefully start some specialized job training. As I said before his lack of thinking skills and impulse control had landed him in some troubles of the legal variety, some of which are still pending. Since then he has made significant progress in some areas. He is in counseling with a Pastor from our Church and through that he is doing some volunteer work for one of our local Christian charities, stuffing envelopes and such, along with some classes they teach. He was released this week from a drug court accountability program cause all his tests have been clean. He is also spending lots of time with my mom and dad cause my father has been sick for a few months now with a nasty colon disease. My mom and dad are 80 and 81 years old so he is a huge help to them. He stays with them for days at a time helping out. He is still making some bad decisions but not as frequently now. We are blessed beyond anything I could possibly imagine, even with the hardships.

My friends everything happens for a reason, consistent with the will and within the providence of God. To Him be the Glory and Honor and Praise. None of the pain or pleasure in this life can ever compare to knowing Jesus Christ. A song you yall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxV_Guhq7g

Peaches
October 13th, 2011, 10:24 pm
awesome!

Long Island Bob
October 18th, 2011, 8:46 pm
He gets around pretty good Bob, even with the disabilities. His biggest problems are motor skills (using his hands) and thinking skills. He walks pretty good for short distances but he cannot do things that we can, like tie his shoes or open a can of soda. He pretty much dresses himself now, except for the shoes, and is also able to shower by himself with a chair. He can eat things that don't require forks and knives, but most times we have to prepare his food to be eaten. He can type with two fingers on a keyboard and can navigate a cell phone menu. Every few months he gets botox injections to loosen the muscles and they work him with occupational and physical therapy, so hopefully he will continue to progress. He lacks thinking skills like the ability to process logic and reason and has bad impulse control, all the things that go with right frontal lobe TBI. The short term memory is severely impaired. It could be much worse though.

I appreciate everyone's prayers. Last month we went through a full round of neuro testing at UAB. The dept of rehab is in the process of analyzing that data and we have an appt with them next week to hopefully start some specialized job training. As I said before his lack of thinking skills and impulse control had landed him in some troubles of the legal variety, some of which are still pending. Since then he has made significant progress in some areas. He is in counseling with a Pastor from our Church and through that he is doing some volunteer work for one of our local Christian charities, stuffing envelopes and such, along with some classes they teach. He was released this week from a drug court accountability program cause all his tests have been clean. He is also spending lots of time with my mom and dad cause my father has been sick for a few months now with a nasty colon disease. My mom and dad are 80 and 81 years old so he is a huge help to them. He stays with them for days at a time helping out. He is still making some bad decisions but not as frequently now. We are blessed beyond anything I could possibly imagine, even with the hardships.

My friends everything happens for a reason, consistent with the will and within the providence of God. To Him be the Glory and Honor and Praise. None of the pain or pleasure in this life can ever compare to knowing Jesus Christ. A song you yall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxV_Guhq7g


Then The Lord restored prosperity unto Job, after he had prayed for his friends, and gave to job twice as much as he had before.

If he is making bad decisions and lacks impulse control that has got to be a difficult situtation to process and deal with. My most hearfelt sympathy and good wishes go out to you.

If you recognize that "We are blessed beyond anything I could possibly imagine, even with the hardships," then you shall inherit the earth.

rhet 2
October 19th, 2011, 11:27 am
He gets around pretty good Bob, even with the disabilities. His biggest problems are motor skills (using his hands) and thinking skills. He walks pretty good for short distances but he cannot do things that we can, like tie his shoes or open a can of soda. He pretty much dresses himself now, except for the shoes, and is also able to shower by himself with a chair. He can eat things that don't require forks and knives, but most times we have to prepare his food to be eaten. He can type with two fingers on a keyboard and can navigate a cell phone menu. Every few months he gets botox injections to loosen the muscles and they work him with occupational and physical therapy, so hopefully he will continue to progress. He lacks thinking skills like the ability to process logic and reason and has bad impulse control, all the things that go with right frontal lobe TBI. The short term memory is severely impaired. It could be much worse though.

I appreciate everyone's prayers. Last month we went through a full round of neuro testing at UAB. The dept of rehab is in the process of analyzing that data and we have an appt with them next week to hopefully start some specialized job training. As I said before his lack of thinking skills and impulse control had landed him in some troubles of the legal variety, some of which are still pending. Since then he has made significant progress in some areas. He is in counseling with a Pastor from our Church and through that he is doing some volunteer work for one of our local Christian charities, stuffing envelopes and such, along with some classes they teach. He was released this week from a drug court accountability program cause all his tests have been clean. He is also spending lots of time with my mom and dad cause my father has been sick for a few months now with a nasty colon disease. My mom and dad are 80 and 81 years old so he is a huge help to them. He stays with them for days at a time helping out. He is still making some bad decisions but not as frequently now. We are blessed beyond anything I could possibly imagine, even with the hardships.

My friends everything happens for a reason, consistent with the will and within the providence of God. To Him be the Glory and Honor and Praise. None of the pain or pleasure in this life can ever compare to knowing Jesus Christ. A song you yall:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxV_Guhq7g

yep -- God KNOWS every decision and every choice we make -- from before the beginning of time itself -- and He DOES have a way of escape to turn the bad into blessings for our souls.

To HIM be the glory forever: He LIVES to set us free, one by one by one, from the evils of this world. And in HIS living is our joy made complete.

The Christ lives for Mitch, too. He WILL watch over Mitch even more surely than He watches over the lilies of the field and the birds of the air, for Mitch is one of His precious sheep.

Long Island Bob
October 24th, 2011, 8:54 pm
I was just thinking of Mitchell,
and said a little prayer
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.
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.
.
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and said a little prayer for your father.

Love
~Bob

jwil59
October 27th, 2011, 4:05 pm
Mitch was again temporarily discharged from therapy this week. They have to be very careful and strategic with his therapy because of the insurance. Soon I pray there will be more botox injections and more therapy.

He's not home much anymore, which is an iffy situation for a person with no ability to process logic, no reasoning ability, and severe impulse control. God seems to have a hedge of protection around him. He is still doing the classes and stuff, and next week will be going back to the dept of rehab for some more vocational testing. That is what he needs, a job of some sort, something to fill his time and give him something to do. That is our prayer.

It's been a rough week. A dear friend of mine passed away sunday after about 12 weeks of brutal suffering as the result of a falling accident. Today I am gonna try to post a tribute thread on this forum but it is hard to talk about after seeing what I have since his accident. I am thankful he is home now. Please pray for Phillip's family.

God bless, I love you all

Psalm 131

Spiked101
October 27th, 2011, 5:53 pm
Mitch was again temporarily discharged from therapy this week. They have to be very careful and strategic with his therapy because of the insurance. Soon I pray there will be more botox injections and more therapy.

He's not home much anymore, which is an iffy situation for a person with no ability to process logic, no reasoning ability, and severe impulse control. God seems to have a hedge of protection around him. He is still doing the classes and stuff, and next week will be going back to the dept of rehab for some more vocational testing. That is what he needs, a job of some sort, something to fill his time and give him something to do. That is our prayer.

It's been a rough week. A dear friend of mine passed away sunday after about 12 weeks of brutal suffering as the result of a falling accident. Today I am gonna try to post a tribute thread on this forum but it is hard to talk about after seeing what I have since his accident. I am thankful he is home now. Please pray for Phillip's family.

God bless, I love you all

Psalm 131

Jeff prayers in Jesus name for everything: for you, for Mitch and for Phillips family. I thank the Lord for your strength and faith. God Bless.

doodle5
October 30th, 2011, 11:53 pm
Prayers for mitch and family!!

We are waiting until rehab can place David in an independent situation and help him find a job. He will be happier with a job.

We will be traveling Wednesday to Mountain view youngest grandson four months. The to Woodland three grandchildren.

Seious oral surgery still weak!! Getting better.

doodle

Long Island Bob
November 5th, 2011, 5:02 am
. . . That is what he needs, a job of some sort, something to fill his time and give him something to do. That is our prayer. . .

A dozen years ago there were some startling-high-paying (and startling hard) jobs available loading trucks for companies like RPS and UPS. I know that because I loaded trucks for UPS, making 2-3 times the local unskilled wage plus full bennies.

I've heard the market has changed and that the jobs are now much easier and much lower-paying, but you could check it out.

I wish I could heal Mithcell's pain (and yours). Until then, I'm just throwing out ideas and praying.

Sponge Bob
November 5th, 2011, 7:01 pm
Mitch was again temporarily discharged from therapy this week. They have to be very careful and strategic with his therapy because of the insurance. Soon I pray there will be more botox injections and more therapy.

He's not home much anymore, which is an iffy situation for a person with no ability to process logic, no reasoning ability, and severe impulse control. God seems to have a hedge of protection around him. He is still doing the classes and stuff, and next week will be going back to the dept of rehab for some more vocational testing. That is what he needs, a job of some sort, something to fill his time and give him something to do. That is our prayer.

It's been a rough week. A dear friend of mine passed away sunday after about 12 weeks of brutal suffering as the result of a falling accident. Today I am gonna try to post a tribute thread on this forum but it is hard to talk about after seeing what I have since his accident. I am thankful he is home now. Please pray for Phillip's family.

God bless, I love you all

Psalm 131

Sorry to hear about the death of your friend. I hope Mitchell is able to find something to occupy his time during the day. :pray: for your family & Phillip's.

jwil59
November 10th, 2011, 5:49 pm
Thank you all.

Things are clicking along for us. Our oldest son took Mitch to get another round of botox injections today to help loosen up those muscles. We are waiting for a response from the dept of rehab on the vocational testing. I pray that comes soon and we can get him in some job training classes or something. Not much has changed besides that but as yall know things are subject to change on a dime :lol:

All in all we are blessed beyond measure. Praise God, to Him be the Glory and Praise. All we seek is His will, and the Grace to get through, and He has provided that.

I am praying for you guys and your threads. God bless you and I love you all.

Sponge Bob
November 14th, 2011, 12:00 pm
Thank you all.

Things are clicking along for us. Our oldest son took Mitch to get another round of botox injections today to help loosen up those muscles. We are waiting for a response from the dept of rehab on the vocational testing. I pray that comes soon and we can get him in some job training classes or something. Not much has changed besides that but as yall know things are subject to change on a dime :lol:

All in all we are blessed beyond measure. Praise God, to Him be the Glory and Praise. All we seek is His will, and the Grace to get through, and He has provided that.

I am praying for you guys and your threads. God bless you and I love you all.

Would something that involves pretty much a single task, like stocking shelves, be an option for Mitchell? I know someone who has a daughter she characterizes as having "learning disablities", and this is the work she was doing for awhile at Target. Perhaps it would be monotonous, but could it be something to start with for him? I wish him the best of luck with botox and any physical or occupational therapy.

Stuball
November 14th, 2011, 7:39 pm
Thank you all.

Things are clicking along for us. Our oldest son took Mitch to get another round of botox injections today to help loosen up those muscles. We are waiting for a response from the dept of rehab on the vocational testing. I pray that comes soon and we can get him in some job training classes or something. Not much has changed besides that but as yall know things are subject to change on a dime :lol:

All in all we are blessed beyond measure. Praise God, to Him be the Glory and Praise. All we seek is His will, and the Grace to get through, and He has provided that.

I am praying for you guys and your threads. God bless you and I love you all.
Good to hear from you

rhet 2
November 19th, 2011, 11:26 am
Thank you all.

Things are clicking along for us. Our oldest son took Mitch to get another round of botox injections today to help loosen up those muscles. We are waiting for a response from the dept of rehab on the vocational testing. I pray that comes soon and we can get him in some job training classes or something. Not much has changed besides that but as yall know things are subject to change on a dime :lol:

All in all we are blessed beyond measure. Praise God, to Him be the Glory and Praise. All we seek is His will, and the Grace to get through, and He has provided that.

I am praying for you guys and your threads. God bless you and I love you all.

Know that I, too, have not forgotten your own needs in your own testing time. :hug:

doodle5
November 20th, 2011, 9:23 am
Our prayers and love

doodle JG DAVID

Our son another episode on medication better yesterday.

doodle

jwil59
November 22nd, 2011, 6:33 pm
Things are clicking along for us. We are under Grace, in the shadow of God's wing, so all is good.

Mitch has finished some of his court ordered classes, his drug test was clean. We are still waiting on the results and recommendations on the vocational testing.

For prayer Mitch needs to be able to work at something, and also he needs the Lord to put some different friends in his life, some people his age that really care about him. Thank you guys and God bless

I am praying for you all and your needs

Peaches
November 24th, 2011, 6:42 am
praying about this!

rhet 2
November 25th, 2011, 7:05 am
praying about this!

yep

especially those friends

and a job -- we all need a reason to get up and get busy every single day -- "subdue the earth and have dominion over it" syndrome -- i.e., a reason for living

Long Island Bob
November 29th, 2011, 11:41 am
things are clicking along for us. We are under grace, in the shadow of god's wing, so all is good.

Mitch has finished some of his court ordered classes, his drug test was clean. We are still waiting on the results and recommendations on the vocational testing.

For prayer mitch needs to be able to work at something, and also he needs the lord to put some different friends in his life, some people his age that really care about him. Thank you guys and god bless

i am praying for you all and your needs

+1

jwil59
December 5th, 2011, 6:47 pm
Not much is new from our end. These are trying times for us but the Lord has been Gracious.

Thank you all very much, we still need your prayers.

Long Island Bob
December 5th, 2011, 7:20 pm
Hey Jeff,

I wish I could offer you some solid advice. I wish I could tell you "If you do 'a' everything will turn out better than if you do 'b.'"

But I can't so I am not going to pretend.
You and your family, especially your Dad and Mitch are in my prayers.

I wish I could offer more. I would empty this vessel to help you, if only I knew how.

~Bob

Long Island Bob
December 7th, 2011, 10:52 am
Comfort and joy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCYQL8ouqw

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
(musical interlude)
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

With sincerest care, and deepest love,
~Bob

Long Island Bob
December 13th, 2011, 10:11 pm
.

jwil59
December 13th, 2011, 10:36 pm
Not much has changed in our world. We are covered with Grace and Mercy from our Lord Jesus Christ. My friends it is by His strength that we endure the trials of this life.

As I have said this is a critical stretch in Mitch's life. The Lord knows what He needs so I really appreciate your prayers.

I love you guys

Long Island Bob
December 13th, 2011, 11:02 pm
Not much has changed in our world. We are covered with Grace and Mercy from our Lord Jesus Christ. My friends it is by His strength that we endure the trials of this life.

As I have said this is a critical stretch in Mitch's life. The Lord knows what He needs so I really appreciate your prayers.

I love you guys

Cathy too seems to be entering the slow recovery stage of her life.
I guess now it's just time to hold our breath and hold on tightly to Rhet.

Love you right back.

jwil59
December 22nd, 2011, 7:27 pm
Yes sir you are correct.

A very Merry Christmas from us to all of you.

It has been three years since the accident on Dec 20 2008. The people of this forum have been amazing to us over that time. I don't have words to express our gratitude for your love and prayers and well wishes.

On my worst days I will flip back through this thread to remind myself about those early days after he was shot. I read through your posts and prayers and I always get emotional, most times to the point of getting on my knees and thanking God for each of you. As I have said before I now know why the Lord took my computer mouse and made me google the hannity forum for the first time, because at some point in the future He Knew He would use you guys to manifest His love and grace for me, a call which you answered with pure and unselfish hearts. Our Lord knew that I am a stubborn man, and I would need some support other than my family and Church if my Faith were to remain in tact. My 81 year old mother still reads this thread to this day, so you have strengthened people that have never typed a post here too.

So again this year, by His Grace, there will be no empty seats around our family Christmas table. I know it is different for some of you, and I pray for you with every inch of my soul. For Rhet and her family, and the trials of life that have come down during this Christmas Season. For others of you who this year will celebrate Christmas for the first time without a loved one or special friend.

I don't have words to express how much I love you all, may God bless you and keep you and give you peace this Season.

Election Watcher
December 22nd, 2011, 7:36 pm
3 years.... OMG-d.... I too have come to this thread on various occasions. Most often to add my voice to those much more eloquent than I, in offering a prayer of hope for someone I've never met.
Other times, just to remind myself how fortunate I have been in my life. The trials & tribulations have not escaped me, but certainly not to the extent that some of you have felt. And for that, I thank G-d every day, and continue to pray for those less fortunate... those struggling with monumental issues in their lives.
To you all, I wish you A very Merry Christmas!!!

Spiked101
December 22nd, 2011, 9:50 pm
Jeff I cannot believe it has been 3 years, yet here we are, by the Grace of God. May He continue to strengthen and bless you and yes, a prayer of blessing and hope for your mother as well. We thank God for the miracle that Mitch has experienced and we know that it is for His purpose and glory.

jwil59
December 27th, 2011, 11:10 pm
Mitch has chosen to take a major step this week. He has gone back to inpatient care for his emotional, behavioral, and psychological problems. This isn't an actual physical therapy place, but they focus on psychotherapy. Most of the doctors are saying that things are what they are, so he will be learning some coping skills and things like that. It is also a drug rehab facility and although he isn't a drug addict he will be getting some therapy on that as well, group meetings and stuff like that. His staying off the drugs and changing his friends is about the only shot he has.

This is very specialized care so our insurance won't cover it all but it is one great investment in my mind. I will not bore you with the details but the Lord intervened to make this possible

His decision was also based on something else, one of his friends has been critically injured. I'm going to start a new thread in this forum on Keith and I ask for your prayers on that as well.

Thank you all, please keep praying for Mitch as this next two weeks will be critical, probably more critical than any 2 week stretch since the accident. It has been 3 years, God's Grace is driving everything, has been since day 1. I am thankfull for His Grace and for each of you.

bella-day
December 28th, 2011, 6:41 am
Yes sir you are correct.

A very Merry Christmas from us to all of you.

It has been three years since the accident on Dec 20 2008. The people of this forum have been amazing to us over that time. I don't have words to express our gratitude for your love and prayers and well wishes.

On my worst days I will flip back through this thread to remind myself about those early days after he was shot. I read through your posts and prayers and I always get emotional, most times to the point of getting on my knees and thanking God for each of you. As I have said before I now know why the Lord took my computer mouse and made me google the hannity forum for the first time, because at some point in the future He Knew He would use you guys to manifest His love and grace for me, a call which you answered with pure and unselfish hearts. Our Lord knew that I am a stubborn man, and I would need some support other than my family and Church if my Faith were to remain in tact. My 81 year old mother still reads this thread to this day, so you have strengthened people that have never typed a post here too.

So again this year, by His Grace, there will be no empty seats around our family Christmas table. I know it is different for some of you, and I pray for you with every inch of my soul. For Rhet and her family, and the trials of life that have come down during this Christmas Season. For others of you who this year will celebrate Christmas for the first time without a loved one or special friend.

I don't have words to express how much I love you all, may God bless you and keep you and give you peace this Season.

Jeff,

You have given so much over the years. I read your touching words and tears come to my eyes.

Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Christmases and the best this world has to offer.

Peace be with you my friend. :hug:

czzzaar
December 28th, 2011, 6:23 pm
Mitch has chosen to take a major step this week. He has gone back to inpatient care for his emotional, behavioral, and psychological problems. This isn't an actual physical therapy place, but they focus on psychotherapy. Most of the doctors are saying that things are what they are, so he will be learning some coping skills and things like that. It is also a drug rehab facility and although he isn't a drug addict he will be getting some therapy on that as well, group meetings and stuff like that. His staying off the drugs and changing his friends is about the only shot he has.

This is very specialized care so our insurance won't cover it all but it is one great investment in my mind. I will not bore you with the details but the Lord intervened to make this possible

His decision was also based on something else, one of his friends has been critically injured. I'm going to start a new thread in this forum on Keith and I ask for your prayers on that as well.

Thank you all, please keep praying for Mitch as this next two weeks will be critical, probably more critical than any 2 week stretch since the accident. It has been 3 years, God's Grace is driving everything, has been since day 1. I am thankfull for His Grace and for each of you.

It's been three years, Jeff, but you and Mitch have never strayed far from my thoughts. God bless you and may His peace be upon you.

rhet 2
December 28th, 2011, 10:59 pm
always, my brother in the faith

for you and Darlene, for Keith and his family, for Mitch, for all those "friends" of his still wading through thorn bushes -- may the LORD intervene to show them all a true and solid path to walk

jwil59
December 30th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Thanks you all so very much.

All I can update is that so far Mitch's treatment is going very well. With brain injury though things are subject to change on a dime so we do need prayers.

I love you guys

FoxGranadaChuck
December 30th, 2011, 8:43 pm
Jwil, just let me say that you are a personal hero of mine. From seeing you handle the situation with Mitch during these past few years, I know that your faith has definitely been forged and refined! Like I said a few weeks ago, I felt like a wimp in faith compared to you!

jwil59
January 11th, 2012, 9:34 pm
God has a way of refining us in His own time frame within His perfect purpose. I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch comes home tomorrow and I ask for your prayers. We might very well be on the brink of another miracle. He has an actual job interview Friday or Monday. We would appreciate your prayers, he really needs something to do with his time. This would be a major step, the Lord has blessed us so, even just to come to point where him working is even a possibility. All I can do is fall on my face before Him with honor and praise. Thank you Lord

I love yall, thank you so much

Hadassah
January 11th, 2012, 10:40 pm
God has a way of refining us in His own time frame within His perfect purpose. I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch comes home tomorrow and I ask for your prayers. We might very well be on the brink of another miracle. He has an actual job interview Friday or Monday. We would appreciate your prayers, he really needs something to do with his time. This would be a major step, the Lord has blessed us so, even just to come to point where him working is even a possibility. All I can do is fall on my face before Him with honor and praise. Thank you Lord

I love yall, thank you so much

Thank You, Lord, indeed! :pray:

czzzaar
January 11th, 2012, 11:15 pm
God has a way of refining us in His own time frame within His perfect purpose. I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch comes home tomorrow and I ask for your prayers. We might very well be on the brink of another miracle. He has an actual job interview Friday or Monday. We would appreciate your prayers, he really needs something to do with his time. This would be a major step, the Lord has blessed us so, even just to come to point where him working is even a possibility. All I can do is fall on my face before Him with honor and praise. Thank you Lord

I love yall, thank you so much

I pray that God will help the interviewer see the potential in Mitch and give him the job! Good luck to you all!

Sponge Bob
January 12th, 2012, 7:34 am
Prayers for Mitch in his upcoming interview. Also in finding friends who genuinely love and care for him. Best wishes to jwil and family!

rhet 2
January 12th, 2012, 12:46 pm
God has a way of refining us in His own time frame within His perfect purpose. I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch comes home tomorrow and I ask for your prayers. We might very well be on the brink of another miracle. He has an actual job interview Friday or Monday. We would appreciate your prayers, he really needs something to do with his time. This would be a major step, the Lord has blessed us so, even just to come to point where him working is even a possibility. All I can do is fall on my face before Him with honor and praise. Thank you Lord

I love yall, thank you so much

That's the best news I've heard in days!

Praying for that job situation -- empty days are NOT good -- he needs a purpose in living to give him a reason to get out of bed each day. We all do. :hug:

jwil59
January 12th, 2012, 9:26 pm
Mitch called the company owner today but he was in a meeting and we didn't get a return call. Tomorrow is a new day.

Thank you guys

mryukon
January 12th, 2012, 10:04 pm
Good luck to Mitch in his interview.

Have you guys visited your state's office of rehabilitative services? In my state, that particular office is associated with the workforce commission and they focus their service delivery to workers with disabilities. Perhaps that is another avenue for Mitch to explore if this job does not work out.

jwil59
January 12th, 2012, 10:17 pm
Good luck to Mitch in his interview.

Have you guys visited your state's office of rehabilitative services? In my state, that particular office is associated with the workforce commission and they focus their service delivery to workers with disabilities. Perhaps that is another avenue for Mitch to explore if this job does not work out.

Yes we have but they haven't been much help. They have done a bunch of testing but that's about it. They did talk a big game in the beginning but so far no results as far as an interview or training goes. I am going to call them tomorrow though since you mentioned it.

To tell you the truth though, this is about typical for Gov services in my neck of the woods. Hopefully they will prove me wrong but in the meantime we will try and accomplish this on out own.

In the end the Lord decides and I am completely content with that

mryukon
January 13th, 2012, 12:34 am
I haven't had the opportunity to work closely with our ORS, but I am impressed with what I have seen. I sure hope they can offer something more than testing. You are correct in that the Lord will decide. I will continue to pray for a positive decision not only for Mitch, but you and the Mrs. as well.

jwil59
January 13th, 2012, 9:33 pm
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys

Peaches
January 13th, 2012, 9:53 pm
praise the Lord glory! :hug:

Hadassah
January 13th, 2012, 9:58 pm
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys

Tears of joy are falling from my eyes and words of praise to God are pouring from my lips and heart.

Abe
January 13th, 2012, 10:09 pm
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys
Halleluyah, jwill, Halleluyah, brother! :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:

Sponge Bob
January 14th, 2012, 7:20 am
Jwil, God bless! That is wonderful news!

Years ago I sustained an open fracture & was supposed to lose the leg. But due to God's patience & hearing my prayers he spared me that fate. It took seven months to heal, two procedures, and I walked with a limp for years after, but it's 99.9% healed now.

Little by little, step by step is very often how the body & mind recover from severe injuries like mine & Mitchell's. I hope this job is a good start for him in trying to rebuild his life.

Lisa4Catholics
January 14th, 2012, 4:24 pm
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys:clap::clap::clap:

rhet 2
January 14th, 2012, 11:51 pm
Hebr. 416 "Let us therefore with confidence draw near the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need."

Surely, this news gives me cause for that "confidence" in my own struggles to grab hold of the "throne of grace" and refuse to turn loose -- our LORD is faithful beyond belief! Glory be to the Creator and Author of our salvation!

doodle5
January 15th, 2012, 12:25 am
PRAISE GOD!!

doodle

czzzaar
January 15th, 2012, 1:19 am
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys

Yes!!!

Praise God!

I will continue to pray for, Mitch, as he starts this new chapter! God Bless us everyone!

Election Watcher
January 15th, 2012, 8:49 pm
Today about all I can muster physically is to fall on face before God in humble praise and adoration. God is an awesome God and He reigns now and forever.

Over the past three years I have came to you all many times asking you to pray about specific stuff. I am so grateful for all of you that have prayed for us, lit candles, offered support and encouragement, and all the other stuff you have done on our behalf. In the beginning we often discussed the baby steps and what they meant in a severe TBI injury case, then we've discussed and prayed about major stuff. Today I want to report another major step.

Michell got a job today, a full time job. It will take a week or two to get all the paperwork done but he went in there and filled out an application, which in itself is a feat considering his motor skills problems, and had an interview and landed a real job. It don't pay that much but it's a job, it's a start. Yall when he got home from the interview today there was a light in his eyes that I have not seen since he got shot. I am very emotional as I type this.

Over and over in my heart and brain I keep hearing God say "TRUST ME".

Praise Him and to Him goes all the honor, glory, and praise.

Please keep praying that this works out. I will give you the details at a later date, this is all I can muster for now.

I love you guys

Outstanding, my friend!!!! Wonderful news to start the new year with.

Spiked101
January 15th, 2012, 9:00 pm
To God be the Glory!

jwil59
January 18th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Thank you all so much.

We are still waiting. Since Mitch is classified as fully disabled I suspect there are some tax advantages for the company to get when he starts. If there isn't any tax advantages for a company that hires a disabled person there should be IMO. They are also trying to actually find out what jobs they have that he can do. The company is owned by one of our Church members and this whole process was initiated by the Pastor Mitch is counseling with. He asked them if they would grant an interview just to see if they had anything he could do so Mitch went to the interview and they said yes we will find a spot for him.

There are a couple things about this particular job and company that will be very helpful. One thing is my oldest son works there too and he will be around to help Mitch if he needs it. Another is that it is a 2nd shift job which brings about a couple other advantages. My oldest son works that shift so that eliminates transportation problems as the state took Mitch's DL due to the brain injury and the company site is about a half hour from our house. There is testing he can take to get his DL back but mentally speaking I don't know if he can do that at this point, think clearly enough to drive safely that is. He is 20 years old now though, and all the docs say that until 25 his brain can possibly continue to re-wire itself so who knows what the future holds. Another advantage to that shift is that it gives him something positive to do during those hours at night. The injury severely impacts his decision making ability as I have said in the past. Being at work at night takes away some of the pressure off of that.

This is God at work. Praise Him

Peaches
January 19th, 2012, 6:42 am
awesome!

Long Island Bob
February 1st, 2012, 7:46 pm
Still praying, stilll thanking.

czzzaar
February 1st, 2012, 8:00 pm
I'm with you! God is at work.

repchick
February 5th, 2012, 10:43 am
Jeff my prayers are with you and yours. Been banned and out of the loop. I never stopped praying or thinking about my friends here .

Sponge Bob
February 6th, 2012, 9:22 am
Thank you all so much.

We are still waiting. Since Mitch is classified as fully disabled I suspect there are some tax advantages for the company to get when he starts. If there isn't any tax advantages for a company that hires a disabled person there should be IMO. They are also trying to actually find out what jobs they have that he can do. The company is owned by one of our Church members and this whole process was initiated by the Pastor Mitch is counseling with. He asked them if they would grant an interview just to see if they had anything he could do so Mitch went to the interview and they said yes we will find a spot for him.

There are a couple things about this particular job and company that will be very helpful. One thing is my oldest son works there too and he will be around to help Mitch if he needs it. Another is that it is a 2nd shift job which brings about a couple other advantages. My oldest son works that shift so that eliminates transportation problems as the state took Mitch's DL due to the brain injury and the company site is about a half hour from our house. There is testing he can take to get his DL back but mentally speaking I don't know if he can do that at this point, think clearly enough to drive safely that is. He is 20 years old now though, and all the docs say that until 25 his brain can possibly continue to re-wire itself so who knows what the future holds. Another advantage to that shift is that it gives him something positive to do during those hours at night. The injury severely impacts his decision making ability as I have said in the past. Being at work at night takes away some of the pressure off of that.

This is God at work. Praise Him

I love other than day shift work myself. I can't do second now as Mimi's dad works it, but that is a good shift to start. It's a little unconventional, so most likely the traffic to get to and from won't be that bad, but he can still get home at an hour where sleep is quite likely, so he shouldn't be too fatigued.

I hope this is something that goes well for him.:pray:

jwil59
February 16th, 2012, 7:16 pm
Thank you all so much. There really hasn't been much to update in relation to Mitch.

The job testing and such isn't going well. Maybe we set our sights too high, I dunno. I don't know if it will happen or not at this point. It's very disappointing to say the least. The company is still looking for something he can do so the possibility isn't gone yet, but it has diminished somewhat for several different reasons.

Our home relationships are wound tight and getting worse. I would appreciate your continued prayers. I know God has a reason for all this, we just have to wait.

rhet 2
February 17th, 2012, 12:08 am
Thank you all so much. There really hasn't been much to update in relation to Mitch.

The job testing and such isn't going well. Maybe we set our sights too high, I dunno. I don't know if it will happen or not at this point. It's very disappointing to say the least. The company is still looking for something he can do so the possibility isn't gone yet, but it has diminished somewhat for several different reasons.

Our home relationships are wound tight and getting worse. I would appreciate your continued prayers. I know God has a reason for all this, we just have to wait.

Yes, he does have a reason -- and it WILL work for your blessings, blessings for each of you designed for each of you.

Just trust in his mercy, grace and total omniscience.

And YES I continue to pray for you all. May he soon soon soon give you all the same solution he gave to Job -- without all the bad advice poor Job had to endure at the same time he was losing everything he cherished, in order to give all of us an example of suffering turned to blessing by the LORD's own hand.

:hug:

jwil59
March 13th, 2012, 6:40 pm
Things are still clicking along for us. Your prayers are appreciated.

Not many changes in our lives. God bless yall.

Long Island Bob
March 13th, 2012, 9:01 pm
It's nice to hear from you.
I took the fact that this thread was qiet as good news.

As they say, no news is good news.

jwil59
March 13th, 2012, 10:18 pm
It's nice to hear from you.
I took the fact that this thread was qiet as good news.

As they say, no news is good news.

My brother it is always a mixed bag when dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Long Island Bob
March 14th, 2012, 3:13 am
My brother it is always a mixed bag when dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Thankfully, I can only imagine.

What I imagine is that full recovery is out of the question,
but that Mitch is slowly making progress toward some sort of
regular employment and independence.

doodle5
March 14th, 2012, 5:07 am
jEFF,

WE STILL HAVE MIDDLE SON LIVING WITH US AND NO DISABILITIES.
HE WILL START TRYING AGAIN IN Security, he was in that before he was laid off.

Younger son fills out paper now he has found something better than Regional center. Now middle son will be enrolling in a MBA program, through all of this he takes business courses at LBCC and Ceritos junior college. David quite intelligent but needs a job.

My grace is sufficient for you, I'm trying that now.

I have a slew of business book, investing books and harmony text books, my father was a real estate investor and I am advanced in music theory, back to writing music.

prayers

doodle

jwil59
March 20th, 2012, 5:52 pm
Yes His Grace is sufficient, I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch is kinda stuck and not making much progress physically or mentally. His decision making ability is what is and will continue to cause him problems as we move forward. Those brain receptors can continue to fire off and keep healing his brain til he is 25 years old or so and that is what we are praying for.

In the meantime we lay in His Grace.

Thank you guys for everything, we love you all

Long Island Bob
March 20th, 2012, 7:27 pm
Jeff,

It is good that you keep us updated on this.

You, your son and your father continue to be in my toughts and prayers.

~Bob

rhet 2
March 20th, 2012, 8:19 pm
Yes His Grace is sufficient, I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch is kinda stuck and not making much progress physically or mentally. His decision making ability is what is and will continue to cause him problems as we move forward. Those brain receptors can continue to fire off and keep healing his brain til he is 25 years old or so and that is what we are praying for.

In the meantime we lay in His Grace.

Thank you guys for everything, we love you all


God has a PLAN for Mitch's life, too, that's for sure and certain: Rms 8:28 "no trial has come upon you except what is common to mankind; and He is faithful and just to provide a way of escape so that you can endure it." He'll keep Mitch able to stand up to this crap one day at a time -- and sometimes it'll be one minute or one hour at a time.

Goes for you and Darlene and all of us who've come to care for your family so very much.

:hug: HUGE :hug: just to put a smile on Christ's face because He has made us able to give a flip about our fellow human beings, especially those who are family through the adoption which is in Christ Jesus

Stuball
March 23rd, 2012, 9:24 pm
Yes His Grace is sufficient, I believe that with every inch of my being.

Mitch is kinda stuck and not making much progress physically or mentally. His decision making ability is what is and will continue to cause him problems as we move forward. Those brain receptors can continue to fire off and keep healing his brain til he is 25 years old or so and that is what we are praying for.

In the meantime we lay in His Grace.

Thank you guys for everything, we love you all
We love you too Jefff

jwil59
March 29th, 2012, 9:29 pm
Thank you all for everything you have done for us, your support and prayers mean so much. I love you guys so much.

Not much has changed with Mitch. He has spent the last few days helping out my Mom and Dad at their house. He is still very much in need of your prayers and to tell you the truth so are Darlene and I.

God bless

Long Island Bob
April 2nd, 2012, 11:24 pm
Thank you all for everything you have done for us, your support and prayers mean so much. I love you guys so much.

Not much has changed with Mitch. He has spent the last few days helping out my Mom and Dad at their house. He is still very much in need of your prayers and to tell you the truth so are Darlene and I.

God bless

At the risk of being repetitive:

1 Cor 13


4 Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,

5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,

6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.

7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.

9 For we know partially and we prophesy partially,

10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

11 When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.

12 At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.

13 So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


I'm not sure why this song comes to mind, but it does.

here is the original version of "All By Myself" by one-hit-wonder Eric Carmen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3j_fdSpkmE

jwil59
April 9th, 2012, 10:54 pm
Thank you Bob, that is beautiful............

Mitch is gonna go inpatient for a couple weeks locally. This will be intensive cognitive therapy for the most part. We are praying that the Lord's Will is that this will help him make better decisions. Brain exercise and behavioral science is what this will be...........

rhet 2
April 9th, 2012, 11:01 pm
Thank you Bob, that is beautiful............

Mitch is gonna go inpatient for a couple weeks locally. This will be intensive cognitive therapy for the most part. We are praying that the Lord's Will is that this will help him make better decisions. Brain exercise and behavioral science is what this will be...........

good plan

my prayers go with him as always

jwil59
April 9th, 2012, 11:12 pm
good plan

my prayers go with him as always

Great to see you Rhet, you remain in our prayers as well sis :hug:

rhet 2
April 10th, 2012, 8:49 am
Great to see you Rhet, you remain in our prayers as well sis :hug:

thanks

need $ and NEED A CHURCH big time -- gotta find a new reason for living

Long Island Bob
April 26th, 2012, 1:17 pm
Hey Jeff.
Your name came up on another thread somewhere.

I thought I'd throw-up a post and prayer for you and Mitchell and remind you that folks are still praying for you both.

Sponge Bob
April 26th, 2012, 3:17 pm
Thank you Bob, that is beautiful............

Mitch is gonna go inpatient for a couple weeks locally. This will be intensive cognitive therapy for the most part. We are praying that the Lord's Will is that this will help him make better decisions. Brain exercise and behavioral science is what this will be...........

Can't seem to find the prayer smilie. In any case, prayers and best of luck in Mitch's inpatient therapy.

Stuball
April 26th, 2012, 5:37 pm
thanks

need $ and NEED A CHURCH big time -- gotta find a new reason for living
This Place:D

Long Island Bob
April 26th, 2012, 9:26 pm
thanks

need $ and NEED A CHURCH big time -- gotta find a new reason for living

Well, if you keep living I just might be able to convince my uncle to open up and talk to you. He's got a few stories that are worth sharing.