Thursday, November 11, 2010

Moving On Up

Today was another big day for Zane. He had his nurse call me at 8am and I heard his "voice" on the other end of the line (his mechanic-like voice from the passy-muir valve). He was wondering why I wasn't there yet. :) Typically, his nurse does his burn care in the mornings, which takes a few hours, and we can't get in until around noon. This morning though, they were waiting a little longer and Zane didn't feel like waiting for me. When I walked into his room he was sitting up in the chair again and had his valve on so he could talk. Apparently, he'd asked them to call me at 5am, but they made him wait a little while and he wasn't too thrilled. Mostly because of the meds, we saw a little feistiness today.. so much so that it was comical.

He sat in the chair for 4 hours this morning & did fantastic. While he was up, they removed his NG tube (one of the feeding tubes in his nose) and gave him his first sips of water from a cup. It went down perfectly, which was a great sign. The other feeding tube remains as a way to continue giving him the needed calories and oral medicine. Zane was only on the ventilator for 3-4 hours today- the rest of the time he was trach-collared & breathing on his own. They'll probably hook it up again tonight while he sleeps, but it's fantastic that he went so long today without it!

This afternoon Zane was wanting to exercise so they decided to try and get him sitting up in bed and dangling his legs over the side on his own. His physical and occupational therapists came in to assist, but didn't end up doing as much as they thought they'd have to. As they told him he could try to scoot to the edge of the bed and sit up, he did much of it on his own! For someone who has been laying in bed for almost 4 1/2 weeks, this is awesome! His physical therapist was amazed and asked me if he was extremely athletic or something. After taking some time at the edge of the bed, they helped him to stand and turn himself to sit down in the chair. He's still needing a lot of assistance to stand, but we didn't even think he'd be sitting up on his own for a while. This is FANTASTIC. Imagine the feeling after running a marathon.. that's about the equivalent of what Zane goes through just to do things like this right now. So, needless to say, he was pretty tired out.

He sat up in the chair for over an hour again & his lungs remained strong. Before too long, he was very sleepy and asked to go back to bed. His nurse asked him if he wanted to use the ceiling lift or if he wanted to try to stand again. He was exhausted, so he chose the lift. Just as they got the lift positioned over him, he said, "Wait, I want to try it". He then looked at the assistant there with the nurse and said, "I'm gonna need your help". Together, the nurse and the assistant helped him stand, turn, and sit back down in bed. Letting the lift do all the work just wasn't in Zane's nature. He's an extremely hard worker, and fiercely determined.. and if mustering all his strength up and doing it himself meant progress, he'd do it! I was so proud of him.

I got to tell Zane about all the people supporting us through this and all the lives his story had touched and his response was, "Praise God". He asked Dad tonight about the details of the accident and dad explained it all to him. He understood everything and accepted it all with no anger, only thankfulness that God had spared his life and protected his face. Since about 4 years ago, Zane has had a goal of bringing 100,000 people to Christ. Dad told him tonight that he was well on his way. Zane said, "Well, it's not how I had planned, but.." & shrugged his shoulders. God really does take horrible things and make something wonderful out of them. All we can do is take what we've been given and let Him help us make the most of it. If Zane's accident ends up being a way that he'll be able to reach his goal, I know he'll be happy. We are truly looking forward to the ways that He'll continue to use this situation.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Praise be to God and all his glory! I am so glad that you are able to witness this first hand. Thankyou so much for your updates, and you are both still in my prayers. This is such wonderful news.

Dawn Canan said...

I was Zane's 6th grade teacher and friends with the whole family. After reading today's post, I can truly say that the student has become the teacher. If Zane can have such a God-centered attitude through this, how can I do less? Thank you Zane, and Courtney, for your love and your testimony through this!

Dorothy said...

I just want to cheer you both on and add my Praise to God for his wonderful healing. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, so that the body can be restored! Our God is so awesome! Bless Zane's heart for his attitude! I can't wait til he has the trach out! He has been through so much of the same things my son went through except Joe didn't have to have the trach. Hang in there, it won't be long now!

Lorraine said...

Courtney, You and Zane both have an amazing testimony. You have showed unbelievable strength and reliance on the Lord and Zane's determination and love for the Lord and you is so beautiful despite the hardships your are both experiencing. I agree with your dad that Zane( you,too) is well on his way of reaching many for the Lord. I am sure those reading your blog have been lifted up in seeing how you both are accepting this trial as well as how the Lord's strength, peace, and comfort is guiding you through this journey in your lives. I have shared your story with many, and tell them how you have allowed the Lord to lead. To you and Zane, with your love for each other, for your love for and dependence on our the Lord and determination to overcome this it is an amazing testimony for sure!!!
More praises to our Lord for the accomplishments that Zane is making now. Thank you for sharing!!!! Many hugs!!!! Lorraine(ME)

Karen said...

Praise God for His healing touch!

Sherri said...

Thanking God for his continued touch on Zane. Awesome to read your blogs and the progress he is making.
Sherri Jordan

dimahi said...

Courtney, your writing of yours and Zane's day are truly a gift for all of us to read, and after reading your comment on Zane's wanting to reach 100,000 people the thought that has reoccurred to me over and over after reading your posts, is that you my dear should have this published as a testament to yours and Zane's faith, and God's blessings and mercy's He's showed you day after day. I'm sure others would agree, that reading your posts, we feel like we are right there with you, and we can picture Zane and each new day he has been given. We share in your praises to God as He gives you these little Miracles daily. God bless all of you.

Diane Cobb said...

Hello to you both, after reading your post on zane's goal to reach 100,000 people I just wanted to share a little something with you. Around two weeks ago I had a dream that Zane was standing infront of a large audience and was sharing his story, He was witnessing about Jesus, I'm not sure what will all come from this situation but I truly believe that Zane will have a calling, we love you both ,you, zane and your family are in our prayers with love ted, diane, silas, margrett cobb

Lorraine said...

Hi Courtney,
I have to agree with "dimahi" and "Diane Cobb" about publishing your story. I can only imagine what you are going through because of reading your blog. I, also, feel as though I am right there with both of you. I can't even imagine going through anything like this without our Saviour, and you make that so clear, giving Him all the praise and glory. I have thought all along that you should use this to share with people going through a difficult trial as you both are....either by writing a book or even through speaking. You both could help so many people who feel that they have no hope and perhaps the Lord would use you or Zane to lead them to Him. I was hoping that you have been able to collect your thoughts in a journal. I know you share so much in your blog. You are a very gifted writer as well.....and thank you for sharing both of your lives with all of us!!! If you ever did publish a book, it most likely would be the one I would send to someone who was struggling with life hoping they would see Who provides your strength!! Sincerely, Lorraine (ME)

Zane's Mom said...

Courtney,
After reading todays blog and comments. I couldn't help but cry. Praising the Lord for all that has happened since the accident My whole life after the kids were born was to raise them to love the Lord Jesus. And to share this love with others. First with Lori's life and her miracles and answers to prayer. To be married and have a child. Christi her strength in the Lord and the call to reach others for Christ. Zane,and how the Lord put you 2 together. This testimony of the two of you from this accident. Not blaming God at all and only looking for the best outcome. Then Kelly her witness to young children and their parents and how they have learned so much from her. And I want to thank all the people who has had an impact on all theirs lives. What an awesome God we serve. So many BLESSINGS! We can feel your Joy in the Lord through your writing. We Love You and your family, you all have been a blessing to us.
Linda

Lori said...

Courtney,
I reread todays post and could only think of the song "Beautiful Things", by Gungor, the lyrics go like this:


All this pain
I wonder if I’ll even find my way
I wonder if my life could really change at all
All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found
Could a garden come up from this ground at all

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found in You

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

You make me new, You are making me new
You make me new, You are making me new

You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us


I just keep thinking about how God is making beautiful things our of this situation and out of you!

Dorothy said...

So eager for an update!!
Blessings!