Saturday, March 24, 2012

Update Saturday morning 3/24

Just a quick couple of notes:

The young man who injured his arm during a basketball game last year is doing well.  He still attends PT to increase muscle strength and range of movement in his arm.  I'm not sure how long he will continue to need PT.  When I was talking to him recently, he showed me that he will never be able to fully extend his arm to a straight position.  He can move his arm, pulling it in to his body and extending it almost completely out again and, I imagine, rotating it well.  Otherwise, he is in good health, although he probably has dealt with/will continue to deal with the frustration of not being able to move his arm the way he used to.  I'm sure he and his family appreciate your prayers for him.

Katie's headaches have become manageable.  She is able to handle them a bit better, taking medicine as needed and getting more rest.  These headaches do not occur constantly, just often enough to be a pain.......pardon the pun!  Her back aches at times as well, leading us to believe she is simply entering the more womanly part of her life.  Thank you for your concern.

Dear Barbara Williams Melton, I am not ignoring you, though I can see why that might appear to be the case!  I left you a reply a couple of weeks ago, but I think you may have missed it due to my delayed reply time.  If you already have my phone number, I'll tell you the best time to reach me is at home in the evenings.  If you do not have my number, I'll try to find a way to get it to you without posting it here on the blog for the world to obtain!!!  Either way, I would love to talk to you.

A quick prayer request:  without divulging too many details, Dale's PT is facing some tough medical decisions concerning her son.  He is just a boy, full of life and sweet, according to her, and she and her husband are trying not to worry while they wait for the doctor's assessment.  Please pray that God will do exactly what is best for this family who have, by proxy, become important to us because she (the mom) is Dale's PT and has done so much for him.  I'll give you updates if I can.

Lastly, if someone asks a question or voices an opinion in a comment and I don't reply to it immediately---or ever---please don't feel slighted.  I am terrible about returning phone calls, replying to letters, or even remembering someone asked me a question to begin with!  (It took me two weeks to remember to write The Columbian and ask for a copy of the paper in which they covered the Real Heroes Breakfast.  See?)  So, it's not that your questions or comments are unimportant to me or my family's situation, it's more that I'm just scatter-brained!!!  I would claim blonde roots, but those disappeared long ago.  ;-)

I cannot say enough how much everyone's prayers and support have meant to our family.  There are times when I feel all alone and times when I know my wonderful husband just gets overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.  It is at these times that our loving Heavenly Father brings to mind something one of you has said in a comment or something recently preached about at church.  We need not feel alone; we know our God is with us always, and we feel your prayers and love encouraging us too.  God bless you caring people for continuing to care about our son and all of us.

Philippians 1:3  "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."


  1. I will certainly make the additions to my prayer list. It's funny, though my list keeps getting bigger and bigger, there is always room for more. As for replying to my comments, no worries. I couldn't even imagine the list that you need to respond to, I just get a joy out of replying to your blog. And you are so right, God is always there for us. He has pulled me through many a anxious situation in my life, and I know that he is there for you and your family. We are all on an incredible journey to our final reward with our Lord and Savior, and some journeys are bumpier than others. But the end result is the same and I am looking forward to it. I continue to wish you an your family all the very best, and continue to hold you in my prayers. I remain yours in Christ, Eric

  2. Kirsten,
    With the boatload of things that you have to juggle as a mom of many kiddos ( I am a mom of 4), PLUS. having the many additional things you have to do with and for Dale, while trying to be attentive to your other kids and your husband, its a wonder to me how you even keep up this blog! No apologies necessary, never! I appreciate your humor, your openness, your vulnerability to share your thoughts and fears, and most importantly, your faith in God.Thank you SO much for keeping up with this blog. It has really helped us to put things in perspective when things don't go the way we planned. Like Eric, I too, add to my bigger and bigger prayerlist, and the biggest concerns are for people we haven't even met, but know through Caring Bridge! We "know" you guys when Dale drowned and they posted the pictures on MSNBC, as well as this blog site and we were hooked ever since. It is an honor and privilege to be able to pray for you guys.

    Thanks for the Philippians verse. That has always been one of my favorite for fellow believers. I will close with one of our PAstor's benediction favorite verse:

    Romans 15:13 Now may the God of HOPE, bring you all JOY and PEACE in believing, that you may abound in HOPE, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    God Bless!
    Saralee and Paul from Baltimore

  3. Gee, I never expected a reply! I am just glad to be able to keep up on Dale's progress, to know my prayers are working to help and to read and absorb your amazing faith....of which I had even a small portion of!! You help me to put things in perspective and increase my faith and need to hold onto God in all things. I am glad to be a part of this miracle and am amazed that you even have time to update us on Dale!!

  4. No replies necessary. I'm glad to be in touch with your lives without intruding on them. Cultivate the friendships near at hand and smile occasionally at the thought of cheerleaders from afar.

  5. Thank you for the updates. I'm so very sorry the basketball player has limited range of movement. I will continue to pray for him. I'm glad Katie's headaches have subsided somewhat, and I will continue to prayer for her as well. Dale's PT is now on my list too.
    By the way, I watched the video of Dale's rescue shown at the Real Heroes Breakfast. I definitely teared up. But it seems Dale is talking much better than when I last heard him talk, which I think was at Thanksgiving. He is definitely progressing, maybe not as fast as any of us would wish, but God's hand is clearing on him.
    Here is a joke for Dale:
    A teacher was giving a Torah lesson, telling the story of Lot's wife. He explained that as Lot's family left Sodom, his wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. One young child says, "Adults have to be careful. The other day my Mother looked back as she was driving the car and turned into a telephone pole."