GBS Update: Wednesday 7th July 2010

Luke had a very busy day yesterday, and was very tired by the end of the day, but had been bright and full of energy throughout. He began the day by going to the shops at the hospital and buying his breakfast and then going back to the OT kitchen and preparing his breakfast of poached egg on toast and tea! He did all of this by himself, and it was quite a trek just making that journey around the hospital, quite apart from propelling himself in the wheelchair. He also came to visit Gary in A&E several times. I had taken him in as he wasn’t feeling well, but praise God all was well, and we didn’t have two patients staying overnight at Southampton General!

We have this morning taken delivery of a commode in preparation for Luke’s homecoming at the end of August and for visits in between. We were told by the OT yesterday, that their hope is that Luke will be discharged walking; maybe with sticks, but that they hope the wheelchair will be redundant by then.

Luke has told staff on several occasions, when they keep telling him how well he is doing and at what an amazing rate he is recovering, that it just feels like it has nothing to do with him, but that his healing is just happening to him. That he is just there and healing is taking place, day by day. That is our amazing God!

So thank you for all your support and prayers, and please pray with us today in confidence that He hears and responds to our hearts cries

1 That Luke will make advances today towards those few steps he so desires to take. For this to happen, he needs to be able to stand strongly and for longer periods

2 Continue to pray for the trache opening to heal. The skin around it is quite irritated and sore too

3 For Luke’s immune system to recover and grow strong. One of the concerns is that his immune system which malfunctioned so horribly, is weakened, and they are reluctant for him to put himself in situations where infection is a risk

4 For all of us to remain fit and healthy, and able to support Luke through this prolonged journey

‘I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death…… You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!’ Psalm 30

God called David who wrote this Psalm, a ‘man after my own heart’ and yet David was fallible just like us, but he had an honest heart before God. He cried out often from the depths of despair, but always returned to the fact that God was faithful and loved him, and that he could trust Him. What was true for David then is just as true for us now.

With our love

Gary and Debbie


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