Luke has had two very tiring days. Yesterday he had a session in the stretch chair, and two one hour sessions off the ventilator. He was aiming at four, but was shattered after the second session. He had a fluctuating temperature and lots of sputum on his chest, so they have taken a sample of sputum, took blood samples and also took an x ray of his chest, to check for any signs of infection. This second time around of trying to wean him off the ventilator is proving to be long and arduous for him. It would seem that the relapse a few weeks ago has really had a negative effect on his lung strength and it is taking time to regain it.
He feels the pressure of expectation by the medical staff that he needs to be transferred onto the ward ASAP, but they cannot transfer him until he is off the ventilator. And yet there is nothing he can actually do to hurry it along!
We know we’ve asked on many occasions for prayer for his breathing, but we press on and ask for more. God is the God of the breakthrough and we would ask all of you to cry out to God with us to breakthrough in Luke’s breathing. Without a miracle this looks like it could take weeks if not months just to come off the ventilator. We are all weary, but especially Luke physically. In himself, he believes as we do, that if God is delaying then He has purposes in it, yet our deep longing is that God will bring a significant measure of healing soon.
‘Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’ 2 Corinthians 4:13-18 We look to Jesus, our wonderful Saviour, who is the only One who can give us peace in our hearts in the midst of adversity.
With our love and grateful thanks for continuing with us.
Gary and Debbie