Hospital Day 7

I’m in a lounge area on the 6th floor of Theda Medical Center. This has been a second home for the past week. Heidi is still here receiving care for her injuries from the accident and the surgeries that she had. She’s a good patient. We are preparing for a long recovery. We are grateful for the many visitors who came in past days.

We have begun discussions with hospital personnel about next steps related to long-term rehab and care. I don’t have details to share at this time other than we are working through this stressful process best we can and hoping for the best outcome.

Megan is hurting and each day is bringing a new pain somewhere in and on her body from the crash. She is resting and recovering at home. Continued prayers for all of us for physical, spiritual, and emotional healing are greatly appreciated. I also want to acknowledge our daughter, Erin, who is entering finals week at Illinois State University — she was my personal helper for a few days. Our daughter, Andi, and son-n-law, Andrew, helped so much with Megan after the accident and numerous family members from the Johnson clan (Heidi’s family) have been reaching out and loving on us — thank you! A tragic and traumatic event like this requires so much of so many people and we are truly blessed.

A dear friend sent me the following message a few days ago, I would like to share it with you:

I feel compelled to tell you that God knows. He knows and He sees everything you and your family are going thru. He cries over you and loves you passionately. At some point could you blog your needs and give the family of God a chance to respond to them?

I think the best way you could help would be gift cards for gas, groceries, or department stores. There are times when I’m on the run and just need to pick up something that was not expected. I am doing a lot of driving to the hospital and taking Megan to appointments. My main transportation is our old “beater” Astro van that gets 14mpg. We don’t have a routine yet, so it’s hard to do anything with meals right now, but we have local friends who are waiting to serve us in this area at the right time 🙂

We are simplifying our lives, getting rid of clutter at home, and doing what we can to prioritize the important things. We love visitors and helpers, but a phone call or text ahead of time is most helpful to coordinate. As we get our routine back we look forward to receiving all kinds of love and help.

Philippians 4:13


14 thoughts on “Hospital Day 7

  1. Can you share the gas stations, grocery stores & other stores that are nearby so we can buy gift cards accordingly?

    He’s got you all in the palm of His hand.

  2. I’m so glad you feel free to share you needs here! I agree completely with your friend who encouraged you to do so.

    Jehovah El Roi – the God Who Sees. I have been thinking on this for a while. This name for God was used when Hagar fled from Sarai because Sarai resented and was abusive towards her. God revealed Himself to Hagar as the God Who Sees her and knows her plight. He IS Jehovah El Roi – He does see you and knows your plight, and He cares! Love you all, and continue to pray for you all!!

  3. Continued prayer for your entire family. 2 Cor12 comes to mind. His grace IS sufficient for us. But darn it gets stressful and just plain hard sometimes! Will pray that God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

  4. What address is the best for mailing gift cards? Gas cards for where? Grocery stores to where? I have a lot of people from here in Iowa asking me too. I also have a few other things I am wanting to mail. Please advise.

    Your whole family is in our thoughts and prayers duting this difficult time. Huge hugs to all.

    Monica Janelle and Family

    1. Hi Monica, thanks so much for your encouraging comments. Our address is 720 S. Westhaven Pl, unit G, Appleton, WI 54914. Since you’re not in the area any if the basic box stores like Walmart or Target would be great. We typical use Kwik Trip for our fuel.

  5. Thinking of Heidi so much and praying for her and for Linda Burkhalter everytime their names come into my thoughts. God bless your efforts of holding the family together throughout Heidi and Megans healing.

  6. Brian,

    Just wanted to let you, Heidi and the girls and Andrew know that my sister Laura and her husband, my dad, Stephanie and our son have been getting all the updates and want you all to know we are thinking of you and praying for you. I haven’t wanted to call and be a bother but I really did want you to know you’re in our thoughts often. We’re all so glad Heidi and Megan made it through the accident and the many surgeries. We’re very glad.

    Very best,

  7. Brian–had been following and praying from the moment you posted on FB. Found your website today and thankful to hear that you guys are progressing, even in the midst of such hardship and the long road ahead of recovery. May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Will keep laying you guys before the Father. Would you like me to post in the worship leaders FB page or pass anything along for you?

    1. Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for reaching out. Please post an update to the WL page and reference my website for updates. I have pulled back from social media as I care for my family. Appreciate the prayers.

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