GBS Update: Wednesday 4th August 2010

After 5 days of walking with the gutter frame, Luke was given a normal zimmer frame to replace it. This is because his walking has come on so well, and the physios felt he no longer needed the extra support of the gutter frame. Whilst he is still using the wheel chair for most moving around, he walks to the toilet using the zimmer, and to the lift when he is going to physio. He also uses the zimmer to transfer to the wheelchair rather than a banana board, and we are hoping to have a trial run, transferring into the car using the zimmer instead of the banana board. The physios are amazed at the pace of his improvement in walking, and we just stand in awe at the faithfulness of God and his Father heart towards us. It has been a long journey, but we are so thankful that Luke is recovering and that every day we see the impact of God’s hand on Luke’s life.

His aunt and uncle and cousins are coming to stay today for the weekend and Luke will be coming home to be with them and his brothers. This will be another step towards ‘normal’ life, as the lads have spent a lot of time with their cousins over the years, so it will be like old times and it is something he is very much looking forward to. Gary and I are having three days away which we are very much looking forward to, but will seem odd after being at the hospital every day since March 28th! Life has not been at all what we expected when we entered the New Year, yet here we are in August with so much to be thankful for, and a new normal life enfolding before us, at least for the time being. When you spend a lot of time in hospital you see how much pain and sickness there is in our world, and our hearts overflow with gratitude to a God who holds us through it all and intervenes when we call on Him.

Thank you for running this race alongside us. Your prayers have been so effective, and we continue to need the hand of God on us, so please pray with us

1 For Luke’s ability to walk to go from strength to strength. Please pray that God would protect him from falling or any setbacks, especially whilst we are away

2 For his trache wound to heal. It is looking better, but the tissue viability people saw him yesterday, and are continuing to treat it as it is not yet fully healed

3 That pain relief would be at the right level and for wisdom for the doctors in working that out for him. His pain has increased recently, and we are seeing the impact of it being ‘good pain’ in his increasing recovery, but it is painful for him!

4 That God would be preparing all of us for Luke’s return home. That the new, albeit temporary, life enfolding before us would work well for all of us, and that we would be a blessing to each other

5 For this weekend to be a time of rest and relaxation for all of us. That God would speak to us about the future He has for each one of us, that we would recognise His still, small voice

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD’ Jeremiah 29:11-13

With much love and grateful thanks

Gary and Debbie

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