Just a short update today. We can’t believe we’re in to May, it feels like we’ve been in a time warp. Luke was chirpy when we arrived yesterday, and he had slept well. He saw himself in a mirror for the first time, and said he felt so much better than he looked. He was surprised that he looked so ill, and we told him he was vastly improved on a month ago! He became very tired throughout the day, and before we left in the evening had an ECG as he had pain in his chest. They think it was muscular, as he’d been breathing with the cuff down on the trache for most of the day, and the ventilator tubes had needed water draining out of them. Because of this he was working quite hard to breathe.
Luke asks that we have just one prayer request today, and that is that he will strengthen sufficiently to come off the ventilator. His muscle strength overall is showing flickers of life, and he feels that once he can get off the ventilator, he can focus on recovering. All the time he is ventilated he is at risk of infection too. He has now been ventilated for four weeks. Please pray for this to happen, that strength will return to his diaphragm in particular and that his lungs will be strong enough to breathe on his own. This is a big prayer, because at the moment he is only breathing for himself for 10 minutes, once or twice a day which he finds tiring enough. BUT we have a Mighty God, who flung stars into space, and who is the source of healing. So please join with us today in praying for this miracle to happen. It is God, who has enabled Luke to come this far, after the prognosis when he took a turn for the worse, and we trust him to complete His work in Luke.
‘But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.’ Jeremiah 17:7-8
Thank you for pressing in to God with us, we are so appreciative of your love, support and most importantly your prayers.
With grateful thanks and love
Gary and Debbie