Monday, October 07, 2013

One Week into Rehab

Adam has been in Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital for 1 week now.
(I've had a couple of people ask me about this place as they were confused by its name. I assure you it is not actually FREE - but don't worry, we have pretty good health insurance. For a history of why its named Mary Free Bed, click here. What you need to know is that we're at a really great rehab facility.)

This is the picture they took of Adam when he was first admitted to Mary Free Bed.
Five days after his accident.
This was Adam tonight, a week after he was admitted to rehab.
As you can see, his beard is coming in quite nicely and manly.
And in case you didn't notice...he looks way better than he did a week ago.
He has to keep that annoying, yet purposeful, neck brace on for probably another 6 weeks still.
Adam is feeling so much better these days. His whole demeanor is much easier to take in. 
He even wanted to show off for the camera tonight.
Showing that he can lift both of his arms.
(T-shirt courtesy of his Grandma)
Trying to flex his bicep.
Adam had a good build going into this which is helping him out a lot. He has noticed that his arms, shoulders, and legs are all "shrinking" with the dramatic decrease in activity and ability. 

We are so encouraged by the support that we have been receiving. We've been told about people that are praying for us all over the world. I'm receiving notes from people that we don't even know. We are up to almost 2,000 views of my original posting about Adam's accident. And all of the following posts have well over 1,000 views. Our blog viewership before this was mostly our mothers.

Tonight we were read letters from men in Brazil that we met two years ago while on a mission trip. One of the men had asked his friends to pray. A friend's church then held a prayer vigil for Adam - a man they had never even met.

So humbling and so undeserving.
This whole experience is taking humility to a whole new level for both Adam and I.
Adam is having to let himself be cared for by others. 
And well, I am also.
And to think about the people that are thinking of us, praying for us, writing us notes, feeding us, serving us, sending us gifts.... 
We're just blown away.

And let me tell you, those prayers are working.
Not only do we see Adam's physical gains as an answer to prayer. 
We also have an unexplainable peace.
A peace that may not make sense to those looking in.
Sure, life is a bit hectic and crazy right now. 
And there is so much that is unknown about what Adam will recover and how long it may take.
And we can't even imagine what our life could look like in the months and years ahead.
And I have to cancel our 10-year anniversary trip that was booked.
And there are 3 little boys who get to see their daddy very, very little right now.
And there are many unanswered questions.
And this is all still really hard at times.
But we feel.....
p e a c e.

Thank you for your part in that.

And I just keep coming back to the thought of -
"How does anybody weather through difficult times without the hope that Christ offers? 
And without the aid of His Body, the Church, caring for one another?"

I've been thinking about this a lot.
And I don't have a clue.


Craig Brundage said...

Adam & Becca- We are praying for you, for your family/ God's provision of all you need/ healing/ etc... This is Craig Brundage, Adam's youth pastor from wayyy back. Jamie notified me about a week ago of Adam's accident, and this Sunday we shared this w/ City Edge Church (Hazel Park, MI)- and we are all praying for you.
I'm coming to Grand Rapids this Thursday, and would like to visit w/ my daughter Stacia. Would you please let me know if Adam's accepting visits-- we'd really like to see him.
Thanks guys-- and continued prayers & thoughts for you guys-- to the one Almighty God who is able to heal & provide!

Donna said...

We are one of those who have not met you, but we began following your blog since you first posted about Adam's accident. We are friends of Mark's from Ada, and recently moved to Florida. Mark texted my husband Eric the day it happened, and we have been praying since.
I just want to let you know that we are begging God for complete healing for Adam. Also asking for all your family's needs to be met during this crisis, and for Christ to carry you when you have no strength left to walk this road. We praise God that Adam is alive and improving and that there is real hope for recovery.
Blessings to your and your beautiful family.

Aunt Doreen said...

Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for a visual. I have not figured out when we can visit and this post made my day. Adam has some impressive bragging rights with God at his side. Love the beard. Will continue to update our church on him and pray for your family. The power of prayer. Angela Siemen Kunkle, Roxanne England Kaynor and Shelly DeWitt Case all remember Adam from Lake Ann so I'm guessing many others from Lake Ann also are catching these blogs on facebook through friends. Tell Adam Uncle Dan used to feed his mom on his weekly visits and I'm sure he would be happy to airplane in food to Adam's "Hanger".

Danielle Vaughn said...

Dear Becca & Adam,

We continue to rejoice with you through every small victory! We pray for strength and hope to lift you each day. We love you guys!

~ Nathan & Danielle Vaughn

Biggi said...

We are friends of Andrea Ludwig's and have received the news through her. We, too, are praying for a complete recovery and the Lord's peace and comfort in this time. May our Lord supply all your needs and may this time become a time of great blessings. Much love to you and your family.
Brigitte Nelson

Anonymous said...

Keeping all of you in my prayers, your looking great. LuannCurtis

Anonymous said...

Wow! What an improvement! We've been praying for you both and trusting God for good healing for Adam.

Anonymous said...

Becca, thanks for the updates. We continue to pray for Adam and all of you. We are glad to hear how Adam is progressing. May God continue to uplift you, strengthen you, and supply all of your needs. God bless you, Lisa Bollenbacher

Patty said...

I heard about your accident through my daughter, Alli, who works at and attends Kuyper. I only today, was made aware of your blog through a friend at church who "shared" this latest entry of your blog on Facebook. I provide occupational therapy at Mary Free Bed on the weekends and can tell you that you are in the best place possible for this journey that God has allowed for your family to be on! Your absolute trust and faith in the Great Physician is evident! I will be praying for perfect healing for you Adam, and for strength for your family as you work through this together. I will be at MFB this weekend...maybe I will have a chance to meet you!

Hannah DeClark said...

Just finished catching myself up to date with all of your posts. Adam and Becca (and boys) - you are in my prayers! I think of you OFTEN and lift you up in silent supplication. I love you both very much and I am encouraged and my spirit it renewed to read of His strength in your weakness and your progress thru this. I know it won't be a sprint. I know great endurance will be needed. I pray for the Lord to continue to remind me to offer assistance to you in the days and months to come. My heart desires to be a constant support to you. Please know that both Scott and I want to do what we can to help. Ultimately we rely on God for healing and provisions. With Love,

Anonymous said...

We live in Georgia, but my sister-in-law is a member of your church and asked us to be praying for your family and Adam. We have been asking the Lord for complete healing for Adam, as well as peace, comfort, and strength for all of you. The improvement in his appearance after only one week is amazing, and we know it's truly because of God's miraculous healing power! We will continue to lift you up in prayer before the Father!