GBS Update: Saturday 22nd May 2010

Thank you so much for praying for our boy yesterday. When I arrived he was quiet, but not down. He’d had a good morning, and has decided to ask the nurse every night to wake him in the morning, and put his cuff down on the trache so that he is able to speak straight away. This had happened yesterday, and the sister who was looking after him was very attentive. As the day progressed he became more and more upbeat, and when we left him he was smiling broadly and joking with the nurses. He told us he felt much better and it was evident. It felt like we could see the impact of your prayers as the day wore on. One of the nurses told him that she thinks they sometimes get a bit blasé about him, because he is so well for a patient on ICU/HDU, i.e. he can talk and eat and is normally so bright.

The physio who saw him last night, and hasn’t seen him for about 10 days, told him that she can see massive improvement. She could see/feel movement in his gluts, quads, hamstrings, hips and abs. When working with gravity, he can move his arms quite a lot too, but his hands feel like lead weights at the end of his arms. He had two sessions of five minutes off the ventilator with the speaking valve. His breathing is still not where it was, but the physio told him that his respiratory muscles are being exercised by them and are improving all the time, which will be a great help to his breathing.

Yesterday was such a better day for him, and the only difference was your prayers specifically for God to strengthen and encourage him, and to give him hope. A friend wrote to us yesterday about us being carried by the prayers of others, and we know it to be true. We are so glad we do not face this alone – thank you every one of you!

We expect Luke will want to write to you tonight, but for today please pray more of the same for Luke. That he will continue to grow stronger, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually too. That God will guard his heart and mind in Christ Jesus as He has promised to. We are absolutely certain that God is growing things in Luke at this time that will have lasting consequences; please pray that what Luke learns will be used by God in the present and the future, to bring great glory to Himself.

In every circumstance of life

You are with me, glorious Father.

And I have put my trust in You,

That I may know the glorious hope

To which I’m called.

And by the power that works in me,

You’ve raised me up and set me free;

And now in every circumstance

I’ll prove Your love without a doubt,

Your joy shall be my strength,

Your joy shall be my strength.

We have sung this over many years, and it is as true today as it ever was.

With our love,

Gary and Debbie

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