Luke had a quiet day yesterday. He was quite tired after his outing on Monday, but he did manage the trache mask and speaking valve for over an hour, which is big progress in terms of his lungs. And he enjoyed a Burger King meal for tea – not something he often eats, but there is an outlet at the hospital and one of the nurses suggested he might like a bit of junk!
The main item on Luke’s agenda yesterday, however, was trying to go to the toilet. He was very uncomfortable for much of the day, with lots of contraction/spasm type pain in his stomach. This is probably partly due to his body getting used to real food, but is very painful for him. So painful in fact, that he is willing to forego the embarrassment and ask for you to pray for a successful bowel movement and for his digestive system, including the bowel to adapt to proper food and function well. It’s not easy when you are stuck in one place/position, your whole system gets sluggish. We also think that there may still be some paralysis in this area which means it makes it difficult for him to pass what he needs to. Sorry if it’s a bit early in the morning for such graphic info, but he’s desperate! They are giving him medication but not a lot has moved so far. Apart from the distraction of bowels, Luke feels good in himself, and his body is strengthening slowly.
1 For Luke’s bowels to work properly, not just once, but in a continuous manner. That the pain/spasms would go, and that the enjoyment he gets from eating again would not be marred by badly functioning bowels.
2 That he would feel up to another trip today in the chair/bed around the hospital
3 That his breathing would continue to strengthen, especially for longer and longer periods of time off the ventilator.
4 That he would see marked improvement in movement of his whole body. We are grateful for small improvements, but long for more. Please continue to pray for complete healing.
5 That Luke would know Jesus close, even when or especially when, he’s in pain.
‘Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask Him.’ Matthew 7: 7-11
Let’s keep believing our Wonderful God for miracles for Luke. We have seen much progress so far. The bible tells us that our prayers are powerful and effective and we believe it. So let’s go for it in faith, believing that God will bring about the very best for Luke, He loves him far more even than we do!
With great love and thanks
Gary and Debbie