GBS Update: Wednesday 28th April 2010

We begin again by thanking you for continuing to intercede alongside us. Luke is progressing day by day, for which we thank God – that is in itself a miracle! The doctor told him yesterday that they are pleased with his progress. He said Luke is doing well and that he knows it’s easy for him to say as doctor, and not the one experiencing it, but Luke will be OK. They can still see traces of the autonomic response to GBS in his heart rate, and there is a slight risk that he will have some permanent loss of movement. They have told him that recovery will take months rather than weeks. The doctor also told him that GBS patients can be prone to depression, as it is so debilitating over such a long period of time. He asked Luke if he thought that applied to him. Luke replied, ‘No, I’m very upbeat! Just ask the nurses – I’ve been annoying them!’ That has to be the grace of God on a man who has been paralysed for over a month, and unable to speak for nearly as long! (Especially difficult for Luke as we all know!) We have an awesome God who not only cares, but answers us when we call on Him.

Please continue to pray with us

1 For the autonomic response of the GBS to go, and for no more traces of it to remain.

2 That Luke’s recovery will take weeks rather than months as the medical staff predict.

3 Pray for his bowels to keep functioning – some of his medication can interfere with this.

4 Luke has a flicker of movement in his inside left thigh, but apart from that his legs are totally paralysed. Please pray for them to start to come to life and function as they were intended to.

5 There is still no movement in his abs, please pray for them to start to work.

6 Please pray specifically for his index fingers and thumbs. He is moving his other fingers quite well, but there is only a flicker of movement in the first fingers and thumbs.

7 For general strengthening of Luke physically, that the overall paralysis will start to disappear, that his body might become strong and healthy. That there would be no permanent loss of movement.

8 For the ongoing work God is doing in Luke. That he will know God’s heart for him and direction for the future.

Luke has an absolute certainty of God’s sovereignty in this, and it is humbling to see the grace with which he is handling this trial. We know that it’s God’s enabling, and Luke would willingly tell you that if you asked him.

‘In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.’ 1 Peter 1:6-9

We know God is working this out for our good. What is faith in the good times, if it does not endure through the bad?

Heartfelt love and thanks

Gary and Debbie

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