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RE: Prayer Request For army56mike: Please Read the Entire Link and Respond
We are all pulling for his recovery every day, thank you for the updates! It sounds like he's in good hands with the medical team and family.
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I want to take a moment to commend Michelle for her strength as well. The updates have a bit of levity and humor thrown in; two things that can be hard to find or feel in dark times. Continuing to pray for Mike's recovery. Small improvements are improvements nonetheless, and this virus is a tricky bastard.
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Michelle’s update

7/12 30/22/12

Good morning saints-another shift with no calls. I have arrived at the hospital to get today’s plan in person. I am praying for favor today as multiple people were sure to caution me that come Monday-I may not be allowed in. Pray that the bleed will be stopped. For his intubation (today is day 14 I believe). protection for his heart and healing for his kidneys. For wisdom, discernment and creative insight for his medical team, and that God get all the glory!
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Jim, do you have any other updates? Been a couple days, and I hope this "no news" cycle means good news. Thanks for posting these updates as well, Jim. Really helps someone like me that is rooting for Mike, but doesn't have social media or know him or Michelle personally.
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I have been praying for his recovery. Let us hope that he pulls through!
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(07-15-2021 08:09 AM)AssyrianDuke Wrote:  Jim, do you have any other updates? Been a couple days, and I hope this "no news" cycle means good news. Thanks for posting these updates as well, Jim. Really helps someone like me that is rooting for Mike, but doesn't have social media or know him or Michelle personally.

Jim has COVID fyi.
https://csnbbs.com/thread-925175.html

Continued prayers for Mike.
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Wow! Prayers all around. This virus is insidious.
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Michelle’s updates

7/14- 4:00 sorry for the radio silence. But they got him stable enough for a scope and now I’m waiting for a update from the docs regarding scope and next steps.

Ok: just spoke to GI doc, they found an active bleed and cauterized it, in a spot that was clear two days ago. Praying it was THE bleed. Time will show, still waiting on MICU (medical ICU to learn their next steps).

While I was in with Mike earlier it suddenly all became too much and I needed to get out before I upset Mike. I went into the hall and cried/breathed with the kids. We then went to get lunch and after lunch I felt the tears all over again. The Chapel and Chaplains offices are right next to the cafeteria. So I want to their offices (chapel was in use) to find a quiet place to just cry out to the Lord. I swear two minutes in and I felt this firm quiet voice in my gut say “Ok, you’ve had your cry now get your butt upstairs.” I arrived to the floor right before they began the scope. (Never know exactly when these things will happen) I’ve been at peace again ever since.

I finally got to go and see him. He was calm, resting, and all his numbers as they should be. So we are now home, calm and resting as well. His nurse from the last two nights should be caring for him tonight. Saints, let us praise God for carrying us through another day. The plan tonight (and I hope tomorrow) is to let him rest.
And we will ask God
1)that this bleed remain stopped.
2)His heart, especially right side be protected
3) his lungs continue to heal
4) his kidneys recover
5) no new issues from fluid embalance or anything else.

May God bless you and keep you.
May his face shine upon you and give you peace. Thank you thank you for being our stone and arm raisers!

7/15/21. 33/25/15

Good morning Sweet friends.
BLUF-he had a stable night. The nurse called me this AM just to give me the stable update. No evidence of continued bleeding. And they are gently pulling fluid. I did get good sleep, but I’m going to lay down and try to get some more.

After the nurse called, this is the song that was running through my head: exodus 14:14 continues to be my battle cry. The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.

Update: 2:30. Mike is stable, aware and uncomfortable. The plan is just to rest, start IV nutrition, and pull fluids. He asked his nurse this morning if he was going to die and also for me. I was later than normal in arriving. She told him no, he’s not going to die. Communication is challenging, he and I finally figured out he can spell on the back of my hand. And I was able to ask the nurses for pain meds. In our communication gaffes I managed to get a HUGE eye roll from him, which made me laugh. I also enrolled him in a study today to help in the search of answers.

Update 9:25 I left Mike about 8:30 sleeping. Today was a stable day. They were able to start pulling fluid at a higher rate and he’s tolerating it well. He participated with some PT on his legs. I’m so grateful to have the privilege to be with him. The doc came this evening and asked Mike if he would like to remove the vent. Mike declined and the doc and I both agreed another night of supported rest would be a good thing. Thank you for praying us through this day and every day prior and the days to come.

Could you please add Jennifer, and her father Lauren and Mother Linda to your prayers. She is here in San Antonio alone, her mother is a patient on the second floor and father was admitted to ICU this evening.

7/16/21 33/26/16

It’s 7:30 AM and I received no phone calls!! Heading over soon to learn today’s plan and see how the fluid draw went. Keilah and I sat up a bit last night and processed the last 48 hours, well the last month really. The overwhelming theme again was just that of being loved, and we spoke especially of Mike and how loved & respected he is by his fellow service members. We are so grateful to call him husband and father and all of you brothers and sisters. God is so good to us.
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(07-16-2021 01:31 AM)domer1978 Wrote:  
(07-15-2021 08:09 AM)AssyrianDuke Wrote:  Jim, do you have any other updates? Been a couple days, and I hope this "no news" cycle means good news. Thanks for posting these updates as well, Jim. Really helps someone like me that is rooting for Mike, but doesn't have social media or know him or Michelle personally.

Jim has COVID fyi.
https://csnbbs.com/thread-925175.html

Continued prayers for Mike.

Thank you for the heads up, Domer.

Jim, hope you and your fiancee get better soon! Thanks for continuing to provide updates on Mike while dealing with this yourself.
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Michelle’s update

7/17 34/27/17

Good morning friends, yup another night shift no calls. I slept a little rough, a weird dream about tubes and breathing early on. I’ll shower and head over to get a report and hang out with my love for the day. I forgot to mention, I asked Mike if he new how long he’s been in the hospital. He nodded yes, then I rattled a series of numbers:5-eye roll, 10-no, 20-no, 30-yes. So he knows he’s been in for nearly a month. Which can I just say, time has never had so little meaning for me? It feels like yesterday and last year that all this began. Thank you, thank you for your endurance and perseverance and choosing to run this race with us. We made our decision and vow nearly 25 years ago for sickness and health, better or worse. But, oh, that our brothers and sisters are standing in the gap for us is so wonderful! It may be in heaven, but I hope someday to hug each and every one of you!

Update: 9:13 during a procedure to replace an Arterial line this morning Mike began to vomit. This requires intubation to protect his airway (after making sure he had not aspirated). His blood pressure remains unstable and antibiotics have begun in case of sepsis shock. The boat continues to rock, but I rest in Jesus. Declaring what I may not feel. Oh how deceitful our heart is.

Update: 5:20 Mike is sleeping a drugged sleep, his anxiety has subsided for a minute. If it weren’t in an ICU, it would be quite pleasant sitting and reading a book while my husband sleeps. I am stepping out for meals, bathroom breaks and going home to sleep. I am grateful for the opportunity to be by his side and am even more grateful he requests my presence to calm his anxiety. Given that I’m the one prone to anxiety, I’m glad God is using it to provide empathy and has stilled my own. The what-if’s have left and I’m able, by God’s Grace to focus on what is-my husband is still here, and I get to serve him in a special and unique way that no other human can. That is precious and I thank God for it.
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I am praying for Mike and his family tonight. I lost my father to this a year ago and the lady I’m seeing lost her husband to it. It has been devastating to our families and I pray no more families have to endure this hideous disease any longer than we have to. God, please be with Mike and please be with his family to remain strong though this fight. To everyone else, please do your part to do the right thing. We have to get this under control. God Bless you all
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Michelle’s update

7/18/21 35/28/18

Good morning-no calls from, although I did call them before I fell asleep. He had a minor issue with low blood pressure, which his nurse and ecmo specialist were able to correct. Seems they may have gotten a little aggressive on pulling fluids, but it was corrected. I did have a little anxiety threatening me as I tried to sleep. So I took one of my “happy pills” ( I have needed so few of them) and focused on the word peace with each breath as I laid down. It kept all other thoughts out of my head and I felt my body’s anxiety reaction ebb away. I did have a few tears as I hugged each of the children goodnight, looking forward to a hug from Mike Hieb. What a beautiful day that will be. (I’m a hugger-FYI) -now let’s praise God through these next 12 hours. As you go to your place of worship, please remember us in ours.

10:37 update-just finished rounds, 5 L of fluid pulled last night, so a little less aggressive today, but still pulling. His chest tube is coming out today (from the collapsed lung several days ago). And some fine tuning of meds is the plan today.
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7/20/21 37/30/20

Good morning saints-I ended up staying with Mike much later than I usually do. Just really hard to settle him down for the night. But, no calls! So thankful for his nurses. My boys fly back to FLW today. So if you could please pray for their travel mercies and my mama heart. They need to be there, but it’s hard to have us separated.

Justus has papers to act as parent and I encouraged them all to make appts with the doctor if they need anxiety/depression help or with our family life chaplain to have someone to talk to. I also know we have a tremendous support team at FLW which relieves my heart tremendously.

I also realize I’m not allowing myself to enjoy the not hard/improving days as much as I did. More a self-protection from the rollercoaster stomach drop of hard days, I believe-I’ve always hated that feeling. Perhaps it’s my natural pessimism creeping in. Either way, I think I need to focus on joy for a bit. The Joy of the Lord is my strength.

And as part of that Joy-It was 10 years ago today we broke the news to Keilah that she had been diagnosed with cancer. So grateful for all God did in and through that diagnosis, not just for her healing, but for our entire family. I think God knew we would need these reminders as we walk through today’s trials. He’s so good to always be preparing us for what is coming and refining us to be more like Him.
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I stopped doing these everyday because Mike’s condition wasn’t changing. Today Michelle says Mike is getting mad and frustrated. They said he’s got plenty of fight and that’s a good thing.

Michelle’s update

7/23/21 41/33/23

Good morning saints, I slept well. I hope you did as well. When I called for an update before going to sleep, Melissa said Mike was still awake and frustrated. I think Keilah said it best -you’d be mad too if strangers made you stand in your sick bed for 30 minutes and then came and cut a hole in your neck.

Overnight they were just pulling fluids and hoping to wean him from the blood pressure meds.

The staff were happy to see he had some fight in him, he’s going to need it they said. Their goal is that he walks out of the hospital. No additional rehab necessary. During rounds yesterday I learned of a gentleman who was going home after 51 days in the hospital.

Update 1: I’m at the hospital, Mike is awake and alert, but mad. He’s mad at me, the staff, and God. (I asked) I should have expected this, but it is so different from how he normally is. Please pray with me, that the he will hear and respond to the Holy Spirit whispering to him, retain his fight and release the anger. Still waiting on rounds.

Update 2: Mike had PT today and spent 30 minutes standing and then was sitting when I left, he’d been sitting for an hour. The panic had returned and replaced the anger. So I believe some of this is medically induced, and some is natural. Time will help us sort it out. But right now their will definitely be panic as he comes off one of the meds and we just have to ride it out.

Update 3: got to his room just in time for him to roll out for a CT-he’s been bleeding from his neck since the trach. His nurse is really looking out for him.
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Glad he is slowly improving. I hate this disease. It took 2 friends of mine including my neighbor and adopted aunt of 40 years.
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Michelle’s update

7/27/21 45/37/27

Good morning saints. Yesterday in rounds I told them I’d stay through the night if need be to help Mike off the sedative. Well, it was needed. He came back late-nearly 9:30, the procedure itself went very well. However, through the night his hemoglobin kept dropping. He couldn’t get sleep medicine because it’s oral, so we tried to help him sleep with the sedative. However, that just made him anxious. Keilah and I sat with him helping to answer questions he had. I sent keilah home sometime after 4 and he finally fell asleep after 5 for about an hour. It looks like he’ll be going back to IR to see if they can identify what is happening.

Update 8:09: He delivered us from deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11.
So not to IR, he’s headed to nuclear medicine. He’ll get a tagged RBC scan. His red blood cells are tagged with a radioactive tracer and then sent back through and watched as it moves through his GI track. Then results will determine next steps. This trip will take several hours, so I’ll use it to get a nap and maybe a shower ?. God is good, I have peace. This feels very similar to all the tests Keilah went through to get to her diagnosis. How good is he to have prepared us before hand?
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We're still praying!
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Prayers for a good recovery.
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