Standing With Julie

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Standing with Julie (by Kevin Muir)

​Recently I posted a progress report on how far Julie has come with God’s help and yours over the past year. I also promised that I would soon share details of what Julie and I hope to accomplish in the months ahead and how you can help us if you are inclined and able.

Here they are:

GOALS

The (2) overriding goals for the next 6-12 months are:

1.            For Julie to stand and walk without assistance.
 
 2.           For Julie to regain full strength and function in the use of her hands and arms.

In other words, by next May and with God's help, we hope to see Julie’s complete recovery.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. Pray

Prayer remains the best medicine. I am grateful for the many prayer warriors among you who have made Julie’s cause your own, some of you not knowing Julie directly but growing to know Julie in her journey through redemptive suffering and God’s power to heal. If you can continue to pray for Julie daily, and encourage others to pray for Julie, you will be helping Julie in an immeasurable way. Only God knows the rate of Julie’s recovery in the time to come. However, it is reasonable to believe that this past year’s significant progress will continue and be more substantial over the next 6-12 months, even to the point of being of a miraculous nature; hence, the stated goal and prayer aspiration of a complete recovery by May 2019.


2. Donate

Your financial support makes it possible for Julie to be cared for by the right people, in the right place, with the right skills. Her progress over the past year is a reflection of their efforts and your indispensable support of their efforts.

From all appearances, the same will be true, and the need will remain, in the months ahead.

Here’s why:

The biggest driver of Julie’s current medical costs remains the ongoing necessity of 24-hour care and daily therapy. My family medical insurance provides very limited coverage for most of the costs associated to the highly-specialized brain and spinal cord injury recovery consortium of neuro-care and outpatient residences where Julie has made such wonderful progress over the past year. I rely upon finite personal assets and your many generous donations to continue to make available to Julie the opportunity to experience life-changing medical and therapeutic care.  

From my perspective, Julie’s future will continue to brighten if we can keep her under the umbrella care of the people who have already done her the most good, who know her the best, and who are experts in brain injury recovery, until such time as she is able to “graduate” out of need for their care.  A promising sign is Julie recently was able to discharge from 24-hour nursing care to a 24-hour outpatient home, an indication that Julie continues on the road to recovery.

For the foreseeable future, payment of Julie’s medical expenses will continue to rely upon the extent of our family’s limited resources, my medical insurance (for those costs that it can cover), and the generosity of donors like you. Your donations can be made through the Go Fund Me online fundraising process, or, if you prefer, you can send me a note that you would like to donate offline and I can provide you with the needed guidance. 


3. VISIT

Julie benefits enormously by having visitors. Your smile, your humor, your conversation, and your loving concern help Julie in multiple ways. Your visit eases the burden of confinement during the many hours when Julie is not in therapy or resting. If you can, please plan to spend time with Julie and let me know in advance so I can help coordinate your visit.

4. SHARE

Bring Julie's cause to other people by sharing this post, future posts, the Go Fund Me fundraising page, or your own message, via social media. In addition, expand the scope of prayer for Julie by placing Julie's name on a prayer list at your church or on prayer lists elsewhere, even to online prayer intention websites.

Thank you in advance for your help in the time ahead as we await God’s continued healing of Julie.
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Dinner Date with Julie

Today Julie came home for a visit, the first since January 2018, and only the second visit since being injured in early 2017. Thank you, God, for making today's visit possible and wonderful.

One sign of the progress Julie has made, even since her previous visit in January, was immediate sight recognition of everything.

She commented on her pre-injury pruning efforts when rolling past the plants and bushes in front of our house, and described everything inside with specificity as to its origin and her memories associated to it. (In some cases, Julie remembered more than I did, and her memory was accurate.)

While technically a "second" visit, today was a first in an important way:

Unlike in January 2018 when she was companioned by an aide from her facility for a visit that lasted less than an hour, today's 2.5 hour-long visit was just Julie and me. The aide who drove Julie went back to the facility, and a dear friend of ours had James over to her house for a pool play date with her children. Julie and I had time to ourselves, in our own home, for the first time since the day she left for the hospital in January 2017. We had dinner delivered (which Julie ate with very little assistance) and we spoke about the opportunities and challenges for a hoped-for discharge to home this fall. We also did some home occupational therapy in the form of Julie opening and closing kitchen drawers, turning on/off light switches, etc. It was a full visit, and the first of weekly visits planned over the next 4-6 weeks. Over that timeframe we will have a fuller understanding of the challenges and opportunities involved with coming home.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and other kindnesses as we push forward with trust in God's will for Julie's future.
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Miracles of Grace and Beauty (by Kevin Muir)

Julie went to a hair salon yesterday for the first time since before her injuries in early 2017. Not just any salon, but a place where she had her hair done previously and where Julie's late mom had her hair done. She participated fully in style decisions, was able to tolerate having her hair done in a wheelchair, and the entire experience (and her hair) turned out beautifully.

Today, during a wonderful visit to the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit for its monthly Sunday healing service, Julie asked me to write down the following intentions and to leave them by the casket of Father Solanus:

For Julie to walk.

For Kevin to be strengthened.

For James to thrive.

Beautiful in their simplicity, these intentions speak directly to the types of graces we need in each of our lives.

This weekend's events are reminders of God's steadfast goodness and mercy. In answer to your prayers and mine, Julie continues to experience lovely miracles of grace and beauty as we continue to seek miracles of physical healing.

Blessed be God in all His designs.
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Decision Points

While I wait and pray for Julie's miraculous deliverance, I also must continue to steward Julie's care until there is a new development.

As was the case about 6 months ago, I am rapidly approaching a series of difficult decisions associated to Julie's future care that must be made in the coming weeks.

Each of the options, then and now, is laden with much uncertainty and will require what appears to be much new effort on my part to implement. The Lord will need to provide a way, for what I have to offer remains stretched very thin.

I trust in God's providence and I believe in the power of prayer, which is why I am asking for your prayers for wisdom and strength so that I can do what needs to be done as a guardian of Julie's and James's well-being.

Thank you for your prayers.
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"Neither Silver nor Gold," spoke St. Peter

(by Kevin Muir)

One of the readings that Julie selected for our Wedding Mass was Acts 3: 1 - 16. It was a beautiful and surprising choice, perplexing many in the congregation and even the priest who officiated (who observed somewhat humorously that this wasn't a usual passage for a wedding.)

I think often about Julie's selection of that passage and how it relates to our current circumstances. I read it again to Julie today on this, the Feast of St. Peter.

It is rich in meaning, too rich for a summary that does it justice, and I encourage you to read it. However, the heart of the passage is St. Peter's response to a beggar who had been crippled since birth:

"I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!"

I dream - and literally have dreamt multiple times - of the day when Julie will be freed from her infirmity, stand on her own, and walk away from her wheelchair.

Some put faith in the power of medical science or the healing power of the passage of time. There is value in both, but not as much value as faith that God can heal anyone, at anytime, of anything - even of death itself.

In my heart, the question of Julie's restoration is not one of whether, but of when.

Remember that the beggar was crippled since birth and was a grown man when healed.

Remember the woman who was afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years and who had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had, yet she was not helped but only grew worse. Yet, she realized, "If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” When she did, immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Remember that Lazarus was dead and buried for four days when resurrected by Our Lord.

The beggar, the woman, and Lazarus each played a mysterious role in furthering God's work on earth, and so is Julie.

There is nothing that has happened to Julie that cannot be healed if God wills it.

There is nothing that will happen to Julie that cannot be healed if God wills it.
My daily prayer and steadfast belief remains that Julie will be restored in the fullness of time, thanks to the devoted prayers of many and the mercy of God.
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