“Eclipse” or “Update on Chase 13”

Lunar eclipse
As I left Mott Children’s Hospital tonight, I looked to the sky and was immediately reminded of Andrea’s comment that there would be an complete lunar eclipse tonight. It was about 1/4 complete when I first started watching it and I stuck with it until the midway point–a process that took 20 or 30 minutes (if you’re wondering what the image is, it’s the lunar eclipse. You can’t see much because the moon is… ECLIPSED).

Yeah, I had stuff to do back home and a few final innings of the World Series to watch, but having been out west for a few days, I’ve been reminded of the serenity one can find in nature. So, I just propped myself against my car in the middle of the parking lot and stared at the moon for half an hour. I swear some of the bypassers thought I escaped from the psych ward down the hall from Chase’s room.

Speaking of Chase: He’s doing simply AMAZING. I said in my previous post that his progress is truly miraculous and I stand by that more than ever having spent the evening with him. I could carry a conversation with him, joke with him, play catch with him, watch a Spider Man 2 bootleg with him…everything an uncle would want to do with a nephew.

He gets around now, but his walking isn’t natural yet. It’s still quite jerky. He fell a time or two and struggled to get up, but his spirit is great. He doesn’t seem bothered by his inhibitions. His mind seems to be ahead of his body right now in some areas and his aggressive male nature is shining through.

Andrea and Grant seem to be doing ok, but one can tell the process is wearing on them. All will be glad when the stay at the hospital is over; it should be by the end of next week.

But Andrea brought up that leaving Ann Arbor will be tough to a certain degree. It will be kinda scary in a sense because they’ve had so much professional support around them during this time and will be set free to do it on their own. Chase will see therapists twice a week, but other than that rehab will consist of stuff in home and maybe a special school until he catches up.

So be in prayer that Andrea and Grant and Shelby and Celeste and the rest of us who’ll be involved in the extended rehab process with be granted an extra dose of God’s grace and strength to tackle this head on and pour ourselves selflessly into loving and supporting Chase and one another as we work though this as a family.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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