Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hero

I think we've hit the point where we're going to see pretty awesome improvement on a daily basis now. Zane not only went walking today, but he took FOUR separate trips! The first time he went around the ICU again, and the rest of the times he went around the entire floor. It's roughly a 300 foot walk around- we were SO proud! He was so tired out that he fell asleep around 8:30 tonight.

Today Zane started eating regular meals. He had peaches & Ben & Jerry's Mint Chocolate Cookie for supper.. not exactly balanced meals, but it's a start. Right now, they're just trying to pack in the protein and calories. He's still receiving tube feeds at night to supplement what he's eating during the day. He's still requiring about 3,200 calories per day. As soon as he can get enough calories by eating and drinking, the feeding tube will be removed. I'm guessing it will be a matter of a few days.

Zane's upper body movement has improved drastically. When he first woke up he pretty much couldn't move his arms on his own at all. He's now picking his arms up several inches. He has great movement in his left hand, but is very limited in his right. His right was burned worse and he seems to have some nerve damage as he doesn't have feeling in that hand. His arm mobility is improving dramatically. With assistance, he touched his forehead with his left hand today. His strength is his biggest challenge right now, but he's working extremely hard to get it back. He asks mom and I to help him all the time to stretch and work his muscles.

I truly treasure the moments that I get to spend with Zane alone each day. This morning I read him a few emails I'd received from people telling me that they had either come back to their faith or found new faith because of Zane's story. He looked at me and said, "That makes this worth it". I just stood there, in awe of my amazing husband. He said that all he's gone through and will have to go through is worth it just to have others find a relationship with our Savior. All the pain, all the struggle, the years of negative effects he'll experience because of this accident.... it's all worth it to him. His life is a living sacrifice dedicated in the most powerful way to sharing what we have with others. He said, "Honey, I'm the example and you're the hands of God". We are truly embracing this whole situation as a gift to be able to do more for Christ than we ever thought we could.

{an old one!!}

9 comments:

All the Places I Call Home :) said...

This is so encouraging to hear! Praise God! I have been following your story and praying for you and Zane for the last 3 weeks and I just wanted to tell you that I have shared your story with one of my roommates who does not know Jesus and it has really opened up conversation to talk about my faith and how great our God is! Thank you for giving it all to Jesus and proclaiming it so well! I continue to pray for both of you and rejoice with you too as God continues to blow everyone away!
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Anonymous said...

Amen & Amen

Karen said...

I have been reading your blog since your husband's accident.

Continued blessings to Zane and yourself and your families!

Zane's story has been a true inspiration to follow!

Lorraine said...

Amazing grace and an amazing story! Thank you for the great updates! Lorraine(ME)

Dorothy said...

Thank you for another encouraging post! You are so right about Zane's progress about to accelerate! He has has made so much progress already! It is good to know that you and Zane will use all of this to glorify God.

Dnna M McEachern said...

Dear: Courtney and Zane:
I praise god everyday that you have bought people to god and I praise god that he has been with you and Courtney. I am so glad that you are doing so well. Keep up the good work and I am glad you are walking around and trying to keep ypur strength up. God is your healer and he is your safter and he did saft you and he is healing you really quick and I am so glad of that.
Glory to the god for you Zane and I am glad you believe in God.
God Bless and Take care. Donna M McEachern

Patty Vi said...

Thank you for sharing your story and your faith in Jesus. We are praying for you and Zane every day that he may grow stronger and be home quickly. God bless you both! Romans 8:28

Katie said...

Yes! Zane has so much perspective...You both are truly using the accident. Like that verse says, God works all things to the good of those who love him.

Anonymous said...

Courtney & Zane, I can't seem to stop the tears today. I am so excited about your recovery but Zane, you have changed my life. I have never been more determined to step up and help my husband, John with LTD and getting things done. Many people will not understand this post, but we have learned so much from you and feared so much. It is time to take life by the heart and get things done so we can spend our freedom leading more people to christ. In the end, it is because of your struggles that we have placed a new focus on our purpose driven life. We love you and Courtney and treasure what you bring to the world. God is so proud of you. WE are so proud of you. United, we will all make a difference and lead people to God. How amazing is that? John and Cindy LeBrun from Columbus Ohio