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April 29th

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April 29th

Stacy’s coming HOME!!!!!!!

Thanks so much for your prayers! I know it’s been forever since the last update. Things have been quite stressful and we’ve done a lot of wondering and waiting and praying… and that means we’ve all been growing closer to each other and God.

God wants us to trust by faith and not be sight. We’ve continued to trust in Him knowing that He will see Stacy through and that we will know what’s going to happen when it’s time.

WELL IT’S TIME!

Stacy is coming home for good in two days!!! He’ll be moving out and back home first thing Saturday morning!

We are very excited to move into the next phase of healing. The second best thing to Stacy coming home is that his outpatient therapy will be covered completely by insurance. For some reason, ( my guess is God’s desire to have us grow closer to Him…) Stacy’s insurance is coded in such a way so that when the rehab facilities use the automated systems – it shows he had no speech/ cognitive benefits. No one went further and tried to contact an actual person for information. Upon speaking to an individual and explaining that his injury is that of a TBI—they opened up all kinds of benefits for cognitive rehab!!!

Stacy is very excited to get a week off and then begin Touchstone’s day program. —Thanks to God that we have such a strong and wonderful support system in our parents! This will be a lot of driving but will enable Stacy to be a full time member of the family again!!

This is still going to be a very long road. We are almost at the four month mark and still have several months of cognitive rehabilitation in front of us. Then, more than likely, Stacy will enter a vocation rehabilitation program to help him utilize his newly acquired skills and (as he says), “figure out what he wants to be when he grows up!”

We are so excited and blessed to have all of you on our side! As exciting as this is, there is an undercurrent of fear—our family dynamics have changed. So we ask for continued prayers for patience and understanding in our home, for continued progress and healing and for Christ to be in the middle of it all.

God Bless

The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!
Psalm 126.3

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April 7

God is so Good! We had our latest doctor’s meeting at Touchstone today. Two weeks ago they said Stacy was not ready for outpatient consideration and today they told us that he may be able to come home in as soon as a month!

In the past two weeks God has truly moved in Stacy and he has embraced his therapy and thrown himself into his rehabilitation with a new outlook. Much of the progress is attributed to finding the right therapeutic combination of medicines- which has allowed Stacy’s brain to bridge some of the gaps that were preventing him from progressing.

I think that, although God uses medications to help too, it is more the fact that Stacy has begun regular Bible study each day, has been joining Tuesday morning Bible studies by phone and regularly conversing with many of his friends that has kept his spirit high and his face turned toward God. THIS is what has made the biggest difference. We talked about it today and sometimes God just wants us to be faithful and content to do our best in the current circumstances. Stacy has truly embraced where he is in life right now and wants to be all that God wants him to be.– I believe faith is what has brought about the greatest change.

Our greatest prayer request would be insurance benefits. We don’t know what is covered in terms of outpatient. We are also trying to see if Stacy will qualify for DARS which has a vocational rehabilitation program. Our prayer is that our health insurance will cover his outpatient therapies until the DARS program can take over. That’s a very poor explanation of the situation but in essence that’s it…

Our prayer is that God will lead us in the right direction for Stacy to get the most out of his therapies, with the least amount of time left as an inpatient and the least out of pocket expense for us. Also, please pray for our family to prepare for the transition of being altogether again. Once again, new habits and patterns will have to emerge and our family dynamics have changed.

We are overjoyed to be getting ready to head into the next phase of Stacy’s recovery. Thank you for your continued prayers. God Bless…

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Easter Sunday

HE IS RISEN! HAPPY EASTER!

I know many of you were surprised to see Stacy at church today. It meant so much to him to be a part of our church family again–especially today of all days!

You have all been so supportive, affirming, and uplifting to us throughout our journey. Today was a very emotional day for our family. Stacy and I were truly touched by your outpouring of love.

Stacy was a bit apprehensive about showing up on Easter morning all of a sudden– he didn’t want to be a distraction– but I believe (as many of you also said) that Stacy is a walking miracle. Proof that Jesus truly is alive and working in our lives daily!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

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March 30

Before I go on and fill you in let me be sure to tell you that Sundays seems to be the day that Stacy gets to have a home visit each week. I just want you to know since Sunday is one of the days people like to go visiting. So give us a call and we may be in Cypress!! Also, Stacy wanted me to let all of you know that he now has his own phone back and to feel free to give him a call.

Onto our update– Things have changed quite a bit for Stacy in the last week.

God has opened many doors.

Stacy is enjoying his Tuesday morning Bible Studies by phone. He is filled with God’s grace and is living it out everyday. He is now known around Touchstone as the one to go to when in need of prayer, encouragement or help.

He has embraced this situation and is trying to make the best of it. He told us that he is determined not to let this get him down.

One of the things I forgot to mention is that Stacy had his teeth temporarily fixed. (He gets permanent front teeth put in on the 7th of April.) This has changed a great deal for him, as now he can eat freely and is more self assured.

He still has a long way to go. We were hoping to begin outpatient therapy and maybe vocational training soon. The doctors have informed us that Stacy’s deficits are still quite severe in the recall, problem solving and critical thinking areas. He is not a candidate for outpatient at this time. He has another neuro-psych exam in about a month and we will better be able to gage the progress he is making.

The important thing is that he is making progress!! Once again I am reminded that everything good is done with God’s timing. The brain takes an extraordinarily long time to heal- but, then again, He is doing extraordinary work!

Please pray for Stacy’s continuing faith to persevere. In addition, please pray for the girls. This process is beginning to wear on them. Hannah has begun to keep a feelings journal. On the first page of her journal she wrote, “I feel bad and wish daddy could come home. I feel like half a family.” Please, please continue to pray for our little ones.

Hebrews 11:1, 6
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see…

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March 30

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Care Calendar Updated

The care calendar has been updated with meal needs for the month of April. If you are interested in providing a meal please click on the Care Calendar link on the right hand side of the blog page. Thanks! I know this has been a HUGE help and blessing to the Templetons!

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