Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Updates and Prayer Requests

Thank you so much for allowing me to be open and for sharing words of encouragement! Please don't think that I have ever not been honest on here, but sometimes it is difficult for me to openly share some things. I don't want to be complaining, we have so much to be thankful for. I also try to be careful about not focusing on the negative. It is much too easy for my mind to go places it shouldn't when I think of my concerns instead of focusing on God and who He is and what He has done.

Yesterday I had an appt with my chiropractor. I have been going to him for awhile, but this was the first time I have seen him since the accident.  I have been having a lot of pain in my neck, shoulders and up into the back of my head and behind my ear. He told me that my atlas bone (which is the very top of the spine) is tilted up into my skull. The skull sits on top of the atlas, and their is another small bone that comes off the atlas and the scapula muscle is attached to that bone. The scapula muscle runs down the neck and shoulder! That would be why my neck and shoulders have been hurting!! I was so excited to know what the problem is and that he can try to move it back! It was the first time an adjustment was painful!

Ryan had an appt with the ear, nose, throat surgeon today. Scott, Liz's husband, took him and gave me the day off! The surgeon said Ryan was looking much better than the last time he saw him! Ryan had crushed cheek bones and also a broken eye socket. The surgeon said he had a difficult time pulling the eye socket out of the eye...ughh! He put 3 plates around the eye, one on top, on the side and one below. He also worked on the nose and sinus cavities. He said it seems as if the bones are healing nicely. Ryan had a broken ear drum in the right ear. His hearing is still not as clear as before. The doctor checked his ear and said the eardrum looks good, but there is scar tissue. He will go back in 6 wks for a hearing check and xrays. Please be praying for his hearing in his right ear, and the vision in the left eye. He is going to be seen by an opthamologist yet on that. Apparently Ryan was feeling a bit like himself today, Scott said that Ryan was cracking jokes with the doctor and the nurse. The nurse asked if his wife was in the accident also. Ryan said that I was and told her of my injuries. Ryan added, "She's still beautiful! It's too bad that I didn't come out looking as good as her!"

I didn't see Ryan today, but we talked on the phone. It's like our dating days again!! He said he is ready to feel even just a little "normal" again. Funny how that seems to be a theme with our family lately! Please be praying for him in this area. He healed so quickly at first, that I think now as all he can do is wait until he can begin to bear weight on his legs, or wait for his mouth to be open, it may be easier for him to become discouraged or frustrated. Only a few more days until the jaws are open! I can't wait for him to be able to have those wires cut!


  1. I'm continuing to pray for you and your family Michelle. Each time I read your blog, I know that it can't be as "easy" as you make it sound. ;) But I do so much admire your strength and your ability to stay positive through all of this!

  2. Steve's only been gone for a few days, and it's been difficult on us. I can't even imagine the amount of stress you have. Continue focusing on what God has done, that is certainly what is getting you all through. I admire your strength, Michelle!! We'll continue praying for Ryan...hopefully he can be back in the kitchen making chili again!! :)