Oh sweet praying friends. I am so humbled by your continuous outpouring of prayers and love for our family. I check messages, or have them read to me, and am overcome by the love and the time and thoughtfulness that has gone into blessing this family. Your prayers have not been offered up in vain. God is beginning to answer each prayer and petition one by one. Last night was day 5 (and the last day) of the expected time frame for the fluid to rebuild itself. If I did not start to feel better on this day it would have meant they punctured the spinal column which would be months of recovery. I am so pleased to announce I sat up for the first time last night without screaming in pain. They removed the drain tube. And staples and sutures. Not. One. Tear. My head is still attached to my shoulders. They sent some fluid off to be tested for meningitis. I have had consistent temps in the 99.1-99.8 range. No one is too concerned, so that is a good thing. Please pray that I would recover so quickly I would have the chance to point everyone back to the gracious nature of our faithful God.
This last week has been the most frightening of my entire life. Having pain escalate to the highest degree imaginable, too high for tears, and not responding to the highest doses of narcotics was terrifying. Highest praises go to our Lord and Savior who has heard all your loving prayers for deliverance. I am on the upswing. I am only able to sit up for about 20
minutes at a time before feeling like I am on the teacups. The doctors hope to send me home in the next couple of days but I need to be able to use a walker to get around like I was before. Which will be hard as I have been bed bound for 7 days unable to move anything. Hopefully by tomorrow, I can begin recovering at home! Thank you praying friends for taking the time to say a prayer on my behalf. God heard you, and He is responding. Please don’t stop praying. I have a long road ahead.

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  • Reply Sam Graham May 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Oh praise the Lord for answering prayers! I will continue bringing you and your requests and your family into the throne room of our mighty and powerful God Who’s love and grace is unfathomable! Love, Sam Graham (CBC True North)

    • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you Sam! What a sweet message:)

  • Reply Sharon Miller May 22, 2014 at 10:48 am

    PRAISE THE LORD! Praising God right now for hearing our prayers for you! I will not only be praying for you, but your family as well <3

  • Reply Kristi Carlson May 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Praising God for answering our prayers in the affirmative! We will continue praying for sure!

  • Reply Lucia Fernandez May 22, 2014 at 11:01 am

    God is so good and we will continue praying HE finishes the work he started. I think it’s safe to say we all had a scary week on your behalf. You’re so loved lady!

  • Reply Erin Tukua May 22, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Praise God! So happy things are improving Michelle! Continued love and prayers for a full recovery! lots and lots of love!


  • Reply Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    We have never met before but my family lives in the same neighborhood as yours. I began reading you blog that was shared by our dear friend Stacey Pollack. You are in my thought and prayers everyday. You have reminded me to take nothing for granted and be ever so grateful for every blessing we receive. Hang in there, be strong and continue the fight!
    Amie Hofmann

    • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you Amie! He is the giver of every good and perfect gift. Health is one of them:) Look forward to meeting you soon!

  • Reply techgirl1234 May 22, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Praise God for his faithfulness! I will continue to pray for your speedy recovery and for some rest for you and your faithful family.

    Diana Murphy

  • Reply Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    So glad to hear this update! Continued prayers from the Birmhall family…..we’ve never met but you and your family have been on our hearts and minds.

    • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much! What kind words. Thank you thank you!

  • Reply Anonymous May 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Praise the Lord for your faithfulness and your continued example of His mercys and grace. I read your blog, and have never met you but your name is on my bathroom mirrior as a constant reminder to me when having a very petty and rediculous “bad hair day”
    You are a true inspiration to me and I am thankful our paths have crossed through the help of Compass Church and a dear friend of mine. I thank you, and lift you up in prayer dear one! God is so good.

    • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you Melissa! Indeed, He is so good all the time. Your prayers are being heard. 10 fold. Be encouraged!

  • Reply squarebreak May 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    This is Great news, thank you Lord for answering our prayers. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
    -Steve & Debbie Fabarez

    • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      So grateful for your prayers! They mean the world to me!

  • Reply D.K. Maxwell May 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Dear Michelle,
    With my last comment earlier this week; I was crying out of sorrow while reading all that you were going through; tonight….. tears of joy! So grateful to God for sparing you from this nightmare. So happy to hear it’s not a punctured spinal column! I know there were many calling out to God on your behalf…. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering.
    Just to hear you were able to sit up…. Praising God tonight along with my brothers and sisters in Christ!
    With much gratefulness to God,


  • Reply Trisha W May 22, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Tears fill my eyes as I read this sweet girl. We have not stopped holding you in our prayers and crying out on your behalf. His grace is sufficient and He has carried you through! Sending you so much love!

  • Reply Nicole Collins May 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I am praying for you and would love to bless your family with a meal. Nicole Collins (friend of Victoria) 949-677-4891

  • Reply Michelle May 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you Nicole. So sweet of you to offer!! Bless you sister.

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