GBS Update: Tuesday 6th July 2010

We begin once again, by thanking you for your faithfulness to God and us by continuing to pray alongside us. Luke is going from strength to strength, but there is still the need for grace and patience for us all on a daily basis. Luke was moved at 3am yesterday morning into the next bay along, because the chap he was sharing a room with had an infection and needed to be in isolation. It was a bit frustrating, but he seems to be taking hiccups like this in his stride these days, even in the middle of the night! He went on to have a busy day, but rehab is quite inhibited by the limitations of being on a ward rather than in the rehab unit, where he would have had his own room and access to a wheelchair from his bed. On the ward it is very cramped and means he remains dependent on others to get the wheelchair for him etc.

He was able to stand with the help of the machine for about 10-15 minutes yesterday, and it was wonderful to see him at his full height of 6 feet 2 inches again, the first time I had seen him stand since March! He is also now able to lift each foot from the floor onto the wheelchair pedals. This is only an inch or so, but he has the muscle strength to do it, without the help of his hands – amazing! He has been weighed and has lost 12 kilos, taking him from 12 stone to a bit over 10, a very low weight for his height – he needs building up!

So come with us in prayer to the One who holds all things, knows all things and cares about every minute detail of our lives

1 Please thank God with us for the healing unfolding before our eyes. We have been praying for his legs and feet and they are coming back to life!

2 Please pray for Luke to regain the weight he has lost. We have been given confusing and sometimes conflicting advice re diet from different sources at the hospital, but a dietician friend of Luke’s was very helpful yesterday. Please pray for wisdom for the hospital staff and us in helping him strengthen nutritionally

3 Please pray for his scar where the trache was, to heal. It would usually heal up within 2 weeks, but it has been 3 weeks now and it seems to be over-granulating and not healing. Please pray for God to heal it completely

4 That he would continue to see God’s plan for him and know His peace and love

‘What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?’ Romans 8: 31-32

With our love and greatest thanks

Gary and Debbie

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