GBS Update: Tuesday 15th June 2010

Luke is now ventilator free, breathing totally by himself and his oxygen levels are good, for which we thank our Mighty God! The planned move did not take place yesterday, as the bed on the ward had been taken by somebody else, so the aim is to move him late morning today. It was so brilliant to see him without any appendage to his body, and it feels to us like a real milestone for him. It was a little frustrating to not move yesterday, but he was able to visit a friend in the stretch chair in the afternoon, who had come to the Wessex Neuro Centre for some treatment. It was quite something, Luke actually visiting somebody in hospital instead of being visited!

The physios told him yesterday that they could feel some flicker of life in his wrist extension, which is the part that when strengthened will enable him to have control over his wrists, rather than have them hang limp. This is another positive step towards being able to use his hands and arms properly.

So our journey continues, and today we’d like to ask you to continue bearing with us and pray for the next leg!

1 Please pray that the move takes place today and that Luke will settle in and adapt to his new surroundings

2 Please pray that there won’t be any relapses in Luke’s recovery – whenever he has moved so far there has been a downturn in one way or another. We are not superstitious, but would just ask that you pray that God will protect him from going backwards, and that actually the reverse would happen this time and that Luke’s recovery would accelerate

3 Luke’s body temperature was normal yesterday, but parts of him felt hot whilst others felt freezing cold, and it was difficult for him to get comfortable. Please pray that this will settle and that he will feel comfortable

4 The consultant told us yesterday that Luke’s spell in rehab is likely to be as long as he’s already been in hospital. This was actually quite down hearting for Luke as 3 months feels a long time, yet we recognise that for GBS that would actually be very quick, especially considering the severity of his illness at the outset. Our prayer is that God will give him grace and patience whilst at the same time praying for a speedier recovery – our God is a God of miracles!

‘May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.’ Psalm 20

Our greatest thanks once again to all of you for continuing with us. We know that this is proving to be a long race, and are so grateful that God has brought you alongside us – we know the power of your prayers in our lives. May He bless you richly for your faithfulness. He alone is our Rock and our Refuge, and we can trust Him in every step

With our love

Gary and Debbie

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