The event to celebrate from yesterday was Luke being able to lift his right arm! When I came back in to see him, after him being turned in the afternoon, he asked me to lay his right arm across his chest. From there he lifted his arm out to the right, with his elbow on the bed, and dropped it down onto the bed! He cannot lift it from flat on the bed, but from the elevated position of it being laid on his chest he can lift and lower his right arm. It was so heartening and very moving – it felt like a new party piece, and he showed everyone who came along! His hand is floppy at the end of his wrist, but when he showed the physio last night, she said they will get him splints to keep his wrist in shape, and this will enable him to grip more easily. This really feels like a sign of things to come, so thank you from our hearts to you and to our Mighty God.
Luke is now tube free from anywhere in his body, and all is functioning well! The only intrusion into him is the tracheostomy. He says that he is feeling so much more normal as a result. He had a couple of sessions of 5 minutes off the ventilator with the speaking valve yesterday and sat in the stretch chair for about 20 minutes too. Even these small amounts of exercise will help to strengthen his lungs, so even though he is back on the ventilator pretty well 24 hours a day, they are still in the process of strengthening him, but in other ways.
Please continue to pray with us for more healing for Luke
1 For the returning strength, in his arms especially, to increase. Luke’s dearest wish is to be able to use his arms, before he comes off the ventilator and goes up on to the ward
2 His legs felt very tingly yesterday, please pray for this to be the start of the return of movement to his legs and feet. He still has no movement in his toes.
3 For God to continue to use this time to speak out His heart for Luke and His direction for the future to him
Right at the beginning Gary said to me ‘We’ve had 27 wonderful years together. Why shouldn’t we face trials?’ No one is immune from difficulties in life, and we cannot choose whether or not we will face them. But we can choose to turn our faces to God in them and learn from Him all that He would teach us.
‘We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.’ Romans 5: 3-5
With our greatest love and thanks,
Gary and Debbie