There are many positive points to mention. His spine and neck bones are good. His overall state of his neck will be determined after he wakes up. He has moved all four limbs. He responds to me talking to him and has squeezed my hand 3 times. I think he just needs more time for his brain to heal before he will wake up. It may be days, weeks or months. Then, it will be more months before he is back to the busy Captain Fun that we know.And in an update Saturday:
I know there are many people praying for Steve and that is so reassuring. Thank you for that. Please pray for his body to be healed from head to toe, for patience and endurance for me and his family, and for our 4 children who are waiting for their Daddy to come home. That is probably the best way for anyone to help.
This was simply an accident. Steve is a very skilled rider who was been riding since he bought his first dirt bike when he was 15. He built a dirt bike track with some friends and rides there regularly with them and our 11 year old son, William who also dirt bikes, and our other sons, Andrew and Isaac, who ride ATVs.
Our life has changed in an instant but I am counting on the fact that God stays the same.
Recent days have not been good for me as the roller coaster of emotions has been extreme lately. Yesterday brought the results of Steve's MRI. As I mentioned before there are a lot of positives which had the doctors thinking that he should be waking up soon. Now the doctors know why he hasn't woken up. The MRI shows that Steve's brain has diffuse axonal injury. That is basically when there has been a rattling and shearing of the neurons (the brain cells). This is a severe brain injury where brain cells are damaged. The cells will either repair themselves or die off. We don't grow new brain cells. What this means for Steve is that he will not be fully functioning in some ways, such as speech or movement, memory, etc. We really won't know the extent of it until he wakes up or how much the brain will compensate for the loss and what he can relearn.
As you can imagine, it was tough news to take. There is even more to the report that I can't bear to tell you or even think about.
If you would like to follow the updates, the link is Elmvale Community Church and look for STEVE'S UPDATES. If God lays it on your heart to pray for this dear family, please pray.
UPDATE: Steve opened his eyes on his own Sunday morning while a special prayer and praise time was going on at Elmvale Community Church. Donna Lou is giving thanks for our prayer support and for the slow awakening of Steve.