Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Bike Ride Miracle (Perfect Moment Monday)

We went for a bike ride yesterday.

For most families that would classify as a normal event. Something "good" to do together.

For us, it was a miracle.

My husband was paralyzed from the eyeballs, down three years ago.

Then, a ventilator forced his lungs to bring air in and out of his body. He was fed through a tube. We had to hold his eyes shut so they wouldn't dry out while he slept. His only dream was to walk again.

Now, he holds a full-time job. Not only can he feed himself, he cooks for his family and prepares feasts for any friends who are around. He can hold his own eyes shut as well as he can hold his 5 year old son in the arms.

And he can ride a bike.

Watching from behind as he pedaled up the hill he never thought he'd master, it was a perfect moment.

And it was a miracle.


  1. THAT IS AMAZING!! I am so happy you were able to take a family bike ride.

    I hope the new bike riding activity doesn't take away from the feast-making.


    So happy for all 3 of you!

  2. That is amazing...congratulations to him and your entire family. It takes a committed family with love and support to get through all that together.
    What a blessing- a miracle indeed!

  3. So happy for you all. I know your story though Lori, and am so glad to hear about your husband's progress. Go Gino!

  4. Awwww that is so wonderful!! So happy for your family and for him as a personal achievement. Must be great on all levels!! Congratulations :)

    Ziggy (visiting from Weebles Wobblog)

    PS - I didnt know you had a blog, too! Must run in the family ;)

  5. Congrats you guys! What an accomplishment. So happy for all of you!

  6. I smiled when I read your post because I know what a miracle this truly is!

    I remember the times in the hospital and the texts as to how the disease was progressing those first few days. It was very scary!

    I'm SO glad he is able to ride a bike...and cook feasts...and just be himself again.

    A miracle AND a Perfect Moment!

  7. Thanks, everyone! It has taken a while, but we survived. And now that we are far enough away from the excruciating exhaustion of it all, we are finally beginning to find the lessons and blessings in it all.

    Just beginning to ...

  8. Lori, the bike riding won't interfere with the frequency or abundance of the feast. But I can't guarantee that it will keep them hitting the table on time.

  9. Haha, Sheri. I think I gave everyone a crash course in texting back then! The cell providers should have offered me a sponsorship because everyone I knew was going over their text plan.

    What still brings me to tears of gratitude is thinking of the talks I would have with my sisters on the way home from the hospital. I don't know how I would have survived without you!