GBS Update: Thursday 15th April 2010

Luke was looking good when we visited yesterday. His face was bright and he had lots to tell us! He had several visitors which he really enjoyed, but was very tired by the end of the day. His pain is increasing in his legs, arms and back, but it is ‘good pain’ and they seem to be keeping on top of his pain relief for which we thank God. The move is still on for tomorrow, but as we said before is subject to many things, i.e. no emergencies here or in Southampton, and Luke continuing to be stable. We are so thankful to everyone for their love support and prayers.

We do want to ask all those back at home, who love Luke and want to see him, to bear with us for the time being. He is still very ill and won’t be up for visits for a while. We understand he even has several friends who work at the hospital too, but Luke has asked us to ask anyone who wants to visit to contact us first, and not to turn up out of the blue. We won’t be obstructive we promise, but just want to help him recover ASAP, which will mean limiting visits to close family at the moment. There will come a time when open visiting will be appropriate, but that’s not for the time being. We apologise if that sounds harsh, but are sure that you, like us, want the very best for our lovely son!

Luke asked yesterday for the first prayer request here

1 For increased upper body movement so that he would be able to write. This would be a real sign of recovery and a release in terms of being able to express himself. Humanly speaking it seems a long way off as he can only just twitch his fingers, so please keep praying for this to come more quickly than anticipated.

2 For safe transfer to Southampton. They anticipate leaving early in the morning, and the journey taking 8 hours, because of them travelling at a slow speed.

3 For Luke to adapt to the new ICU positively, that he would feel safe and at peace. That he would know God holding him, protecting him and loving him throughout.

4 For Ben and Joel as they get used to having ma and pa back again!

5 Please give thanks with us for Anne and Chris and Jonnie, Frankie and Ellie, who welcomed us with open arms into their home. They have been so steadfast and supportive throughout our time here and we didn’t even know them two weeks ago. We thank God for the huge blessing they have been to us and ask him to bless them richly!

‘We have an anchor that keeps the soul, Steadfast and sure while the billows roll Fastened to the Rock which cannot move Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life? When the clouds unfold their wings of strife? When the storm tides lift and the cables strain? Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul, Steadfast and sure while the billows roll Fastened to the Rock which cannot move Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love’

We are so grateful for Jesus the Rock, who holds us firm and secure through all the storms of life. He is able and nothing is too difficult for Him.

With much love, and heartfelt thanks as always

Gary and Debbie


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