We send this with our thanks once again for accompanying us on this lengthy journey. We are so grateful for your love and most importantly, your prayers for Luke. He had another good day yesterday, and was off the ventilator with no assistance from the trache mask either, for 15 minutes and coped really well. In other words breathing totally by himself! This seemed like a huge step forward, and is what they will be seeking to increase in the coming days. And is a real answer to prayer!
In the afternoon he went for a ‘walkabout’ in his chair and met with us, and some family over from Sussex, for a cup of tea in the canteen! He had the oxygen mask over his trache and the monitors to record his oxygen levels, suction apparatus etc and the physio and nurse with him, but was able to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with us!
When we left him in the evening he looked exhausted, but had enjoyed his first glimpses of life outside of ICU! We have seen so much answered prayer over recent weeks, so we hope it spurs you on to continue interceding for Luke with us, until we see him fully healed and restored.
Today’s prayer points
1 For Luke to go from strength to strength in terms of breathing by himself – that God would continue to strengthen his lungs and diaphragm
2 Please continue to pray for his bowel movements!
3 He had some sputum on his chest on Sunday evening and they were doing tests to check if he has an infection, please pray that he won’t have. Also, his throat has been a little sore, but last night was apparently his 4th night off the ventilator (I was one behind, I thought it was 3rd!) Luke thinks it’s to do with being on the trache mask for those consecutive nights. Please pray that this will calm down and return to normal
4 That there will be some significant movement returning to his body in general. He sees small movements almost on a daily basis, please pray for more!
5 That he will be able to enjoy more jaunts around the hospital and outside. He managed about half an hour yesterday, but it was very tiring
6 For God’s gracious heart for Luke to really penetrate Luke’s soul and spirit
‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness……The Lord remembers us and will bless us…..May you be blessed by the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ Psalm 115
We know God’s hand of blessing every day and it is to Him we give glory, because of His love and faithfulness, throughout every circumstance of life.
Much love and many thanks,
Gary and Debbie