GBS Update: Friday 18th June 2010

Just thought we’d send out a quick update before the weekend, and wanted to start by saying how appreciative we are of the messages you continue to send, for all your care and especially of course for you continuing to intercede with us for Luke. We never take lightly that you are all investing your time and energy and are hugely grateful that nearly 3 months down the line, there are so many of you still ‘with us.’ Thank you from our hearts.

Luke is thriving and stood up for the first time yesterday! It was with the help of a piece of equipment that ‘pulled’ him up from the bed, but he twice managed 1 or 2 minutes standing. He said that his legs felt hugely stretched and he spent the whole time concentrating on that, but was thrilled none the less. He also drank from a cup without a straw by himself, brushed his teeth for the first time unaided and helped with the daily wash. He says that he is going to call this ward the ‘just have a go’ ward! The doctors have told him he can expect to receive ‘rehab’ in a matter of days rather than weeks, but that it will be likely to be on the ward he is on, as the rehab unit is transferring there on Monday. Just to say thank you for praying for Luke’s circulation, his hands and feet have been fine since we asked for prayer, praise God!!

So perhaps you could join with us over the weekend in praying

1 Thanking God for the huge strides Luke is taking. One of the nurses said to us that she has never known such a rapid recovery from such a severe form of GBS

2 That Luke will continue to thrive on the new ward and for an ongoing strengthening in every area. His feet are still totally paralysed, but they will be doing another nerve conduction test next week to see the extent of any damage/inflammation in all of his body, but we are particularly interested in his legs and feet

3 That God will continue to protect him, love him and speak to him We are all beginning to see the possibility of life outside of hospital. Whilst Luke was on the ventilator and in ICU/HDU, coming home seemed a long way off. It feels now like there is light emerging at the end of a very long tunnel. We are so grateful to our wonderful God, for holding us, sustaining us and giving us hope even through the darkest of times.

‘The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’ Psalm 23

With our love

Gary and Debbie

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