GBS Update: Thursday 6th May 2010

Thank you once again, for all you are doing for our family. We are so glad of your prayers, especially for Luke primarily, but also for the cards, mails, letters that keep coming. For the amazing meals, which are such a blessing at the end of the day to come home to. For the home baking – the boys have never had it so good!! And for our ironing all being taken care of too! It all truly makes this journey a lot easier and we thank you from our hearts.

Luke continues to make steady progress, which day after day is an amazing answer to our prayers. When I arrived yesterday he told me he’d had porridge for breakfast and a long awaited cup of tea! He then enjoyed some soup, followed by savoury mince and mash, followed by chocolate mousse at lunch time. He ate another meal in the evening too, which is far quicker progress than we had ever imagined. They have reduced his tube feeding by half, and tell us that if he continues to eat well, they will stop it from tomorrow!

He was more tired than the day before and was off the ventilator for shorter periods yesterday, but this is probably partly due to the fact that he is eating, which requires a lot of energy in itself. He hadn’t slept well the night before either, as he had pain in his feet. They have taken him off one painkiller which was having an adverse effect on his liver, and have put local anaesthetic patches on his feet to help the pain, which has increased – a good sign, but hard to endure.

Please pray

1 For Luke’s steady progress to continue to increase

2 That he would eat well again today. He finds it very hard work keeping the food in his mouth as his face muscles are weak, and co-ordinating the swallowing with breathing – something we take for granted!

3 That he would have enough energy to breathe by himself for longer periods, which needs to happen if he is to come off the ventilator.

4 Please continue to pray for accuracy with pain relief, and that he would sleep really well. This can have such an impact on how he is the next day.

5 Please continue to pray for the effects of GBS to recede and that his nervous system will start to really show it is repairing by the evidence of movement in Luke’s body. Now he is eating it would be wonderful to see him begin to use his hands and arms especially.

Luke has come on in leaps and bounds over the last two weeks, please join with us in crying out to our Wonderful God for more – to see Luke totally healed and restored.

‘Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.’ Psalm 107:28-31

He is the Lord of the storm and the calm and He can be totally trusted with our lives. He has been with us continually throughout this journey and we put our wholehearted trust in Him.

With our love,

Gary and Debbie

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