GBS Update: Thursday 20th May 2010

Luke had a good night’s sleep and when I arrived yesterday was looking much brighter. The physios are pleased with his increase in movement in his arms and say that the movement in his knees is coming from his quads and not just from the hips, which Luke is delighted with. His abs are also beginning to show signs of strength, so all over he can see very small movements which indicate new life in his nervous system, praise God! With his palm of his hand facing down he was able, with great effort, to flip his wrist over so that the back of his hand was lying on the bed. He only managed to do it the one time, and only his left hand but that felt like a bit of a milestone.

We spoke to the Consultant Neuro Anaesthetist who is looking after Luke last night, and he told us that Luke’s wee output is absolutely nothing to worry about. It was the junior doctor yesterday, who was concerned, and told us that Neurological patients can get another type of syndrome, that affects the brain and tells it to excrete excessively, which was why she was ordering these tests, and she was very urgent about them. The Neurologist was also concerned, but the tests came back fine and Luke’s Consultant reassured us that he was not in the least concerned, but felt with Luke’s stage of recovery and the amount he was drinking his output was perfectly OK.

What a roller coaster! We are so grateful that God has put around us an army of pray-ers, and thank you for your ongoing messages and encouragements. They are so heartening when the road takes an unexpected twist or turn, and always help us to keep looking to Jesus. We are sorry that we don’t get a chance to reply to most, but we do read every one and they mean so much.

Please pray with us today

1 Thank God so much for His protection of Luke, and for the very real progress we have seen so far especially the increases in movement throughout Luke’s body

2 For Luke’s weaning off the ventilator to progress. He’s almost back to where he was last Thursday, but they haven’t yet restarted periods of time off the ventilator, please pray for this to happen at the right pace

3 That Luke will see, day after day, movement returning throughout his body, but especially to his arms, hands and fingers, in readiness for his move to the ward

4 For God’s continued presence with Luke, that Luke would hear His still small voice with clarity and constantly know God’s passionate heart towards him

‘Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the LORD, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him and He will help you.’ Psalm 37: 3-5

In a situation like this, everything is out of our control. We cannot make anything happen. The only choice of will we have is whether we will trust God or not. Our experience over the years has shown us that God is ALWAYS faithful and that there is no safer place to be than in His hands. We do love and trust Him.

With our love

Gary and Debbie

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