GBS Update: Monday 17th May 2010

Luke was looking much more his usual self when we went in yesterday. The ventilator oxygen levels were back down to 28% and the two other measures they use were almost back to where they were too, prior to this blip. He was in very good spirits, and could see some increased movement in his forefingers. He has also started to be able to move his legs slightly from side to side from the hip, and noticed yesterday that there is slight movement actually in his knees. These are all tiny things, but lead to huge celebration for him and us. So although we are aware, especially after the weekend that he is still very reliant on the ventilator to breathe, he is seeing improvement in his physical strength every day. His nurse yesterday told us that she has nursed many patients with GBS and that Luke’s progress is very rapid, compared to those she has nursed before. We told her that he has thousands of people praying for him, and she remarked, ‘Well, their prayers are obviously working!’

The prayer requests today are really the same as Luke gave you yesterday

• That he would get to the point of breathing by himself, and that the medical team would pace it well

• That he would get back movement in his arms, hands and fingers very soon

• For continued regular bowel movements

• For God to continue to renew Luke’s strength, physically and spiritually, day by day

When you walk a path like this, it makes you realise in increasing measure how fragile you are and how big God is. He really does hold us in the palm of His hand, and we can trust Him to work all things together for good in our lives.

‘…..the LORD will display his glory, the splendour of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Isaiah 35: 2-4

We so thank you for praying with us. We know God with us today, and trust Him for the future

With our love,

Gary and Debbie

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