Mike Cope's blog

Friday, January 28, 2005

There were so many wonderful nurses while we were at Cook's. Chris's hall of fame includes: Steve - He knew how to help Chris get more comfie to sleep with a back brace and a neck brace, thereby making him a hero. Jack - She was the ICU rules-Nazi who was fiercely devoted to her patients and enforced rules (like two visitors at a time) because she wanted the children under her charge to get better. Missy - One night at shift change, Chris whined, "I want Missy . . . ." Had he been in charge of shift assignments, Missy would have been on each evening. Kim - Ah, yes. His favorite. The first time she came in, I had "Mercy Me" going in the Ipod. She asked Chris who his favorite Christian group was. (Easy question for a boy who's just been to an Audio Adrenaline concert.) Her loving spirit matched her nursing skills. One afternoon Kim observed as Chris came out in his wheelchair to a small crowd of supporters. She watched as his aunt fanned him to keep him cool and as his cousin Maddie stood at his side with a drink and straw in hand. Kim shook her head, came over and grabbed the cup, went back to her desk and wrote the words "PRINCE CHRIS" on it, and returned the cup. It was his cherished styrofoam cup for the rest of our stay.

9 Comments:

  • You're up mighty early this mornin'! So good to read about Chris, and the love that surrounds him. Have a blessed (long) day!

    By Blogger Kevin Hammond, at 1/28/2005 03:29:00 AM  

  • I'm crying tears of joy that your son is on the road to recovery. It sounds like your family has a wonderful support team in place. I come here everyday for recent developments, prayer requests, and answers, so I really appreciate you taking the time to keep your blogging family updated. Observing this ime in your life takes me back to our days in the hospital with our little girl last year after a car accident. You learn quickly to be thankful for the staff that makes it their mission to make you comfortable. I'm sure you all left quite an impression on all of those nurses! May God continue to bless your family and to completely heal Chris's broken body.

    By Blogger Niki, at 1/28/2005 08:02:00 AM  

  • peace and rest to you and yours this weekend, my brother. Our thoughts are with you non-stop. We oughtta talk at some point soon about Abilene and Highland Sunday morning. We are really excited about coming. It will be so weird for me. My first trip home with no "home" to go to. We're staying with the Lorenzes--the next best thing! Can't wait to see you and your family.

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 1/28/2005 08:51:00 AM  

  • One of the best things about being a nurse - touching families like yours and having them touch you right back.

    So glad that Chris and the others are now on the road to recovery! We have been praying here in Portland.

    By Blogger jhp, at 1/28/2005 11:08:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    It's so good to read about the progress. My family and I will keep on praying for your family and the others too.

    By Blogger Frank Bellizzi, at 1/28/2005 01:25:00 PM  

  • Chris is a prince in God's court and God's power in Chris' weakness will glorify the King as God has Chris on a mission for Him everyday!

    By Blogger Todd Lollar, at 1/28/2005 02:19:00 PM  

  • Just thinking about you guys, and praying for Chris. On a different note-I'm glad the brothers made it back safely from Pennsacola. They sure do drive long hours, and work hard for a couple of retired guys.

    By Blogger EBC, at 1/28/2005 02:33:00 PM  

  • I am reminded of the song by Train, "Calling All Angels." The chorus is "Calling all angels/ calling all you angels/ I won't give up/ if you don't give up." I see that the Giver of Life sent you the Steves, Jacks, Missys and Kims so that Chris would not give up. I know you must be greatly comforted.

    By Blogger WDS, at 1/28/2005 09:34:00 PM  

  • We often hear that out of our darkest hour comes hope. These past couple of weeks have been very difficult for all of us, and our children, helping us realize that we are mortal. I believe Brody's funeral was a life altering experience for me and my children. Never before have I seen that many people from all walks of life, all ages, but for the love of a child and his family, it was unprecidented. Out of this tragedy, I will love my children more, attend Church more often, be a better Christian and better person in general. These kids have changed my life. Thank you Mike, for allowing us to be a part of your private grief, keeping us posted, and being a good example to all of us. We are elated that Chris is home, and the rest of the kids, and precious Brody, in his eternal home. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to pray for, and love you. In Christian Love

    By Blogger Linda, at 1/28/2005 10:34:00 PM  

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