Saturday, September 04, 2004

More seizures

Luke had two more small seizures just a few minutes ago. Needless to say, this is not good news. It had been a little over 24 hours since his last seizure. The doctor is increasing the dosage of the anti seizure medicine in hopes of finding a level that will work. If this doesnt work, they would need to go to a more powerful drug, which would probably sedate Luke as well as control the seizures. They will not remove the breathing tube until they can control the seizures. Please pray with us that the seizures would stop for good.

33 comments:

Novotny Family said...

We will PRAY for the seizures to stop for good and the swelling to go down.....Tonight as I was once again reading posts my 2 year old son Nate came in and saw Lukes picture on the computer so he climbed on my lap and looked and touched the differnet pictures of Luke and we talked about Baby Luke...then Nate folded his little hands and prayed for his NEW friend Baby Luke .....God hears the prayers of our little ones...and what a teachable opportunity this is for our families.

Praying for another peaceful night for all of you

Trisha Novotny

Anonymous said...

Praying for no more seizures, and for you and all of your family to be able to place Luke completely in his Father's hands as he recovers and you can rest.
SJC

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord you hear the prays of your children, we ask you Lord to lay your healing hand on Luke. Please bind all the darkness that would try and destroy what you have created. We love you Lord Jesus. We give you all the glory. Please comfort Sue and Gordy. Give the rest and pease in you. Please embrace them in your Holy Spirit. Lord Please guide our prays to your understanding and to your glory. Lord I pour out my soul to you, show me your ways. Lord I ask for your guiding light through this night. Give Luke rest. Your will be done in all of us. We give you praise and honor. Amen

Anonymous said...

Sue and Gordy:
We will be praying with you that this seizure activity will cease for good. Hebert and I feel for you not only for the gravity of the situation but we know from watching Meghanne when she had her seizures how frightening they can be , we understand about eegs , the medication and all , please remain strong as Lukes body is going through it's healing. God Bless!
~Julie Ward

Anonymous said...

Gordy and Sue,
I am here for you. My prayers are with you. I just want you to know that God is using you to teach me to be a man of prayer. I can't stop myself from praying. I wake up in the middle of the night and I just start to pray, to praise God and to worship Him. I wake in the morning and I am singing in my head and heart to God. He is using this situation to reach myself and others to teach us how to come to Him, to be able to talk to Him. I know that when all is said and done I will have a better relationship with God because of the Faith I have seen in you and your family. I know that you are humble enough to know that I am giving God the glory, but at the same time I am thanking Him for you, for what I have seen in you. I can't tell you enough that I love you both, and with God's blessing I will always be here for you.

May you rest in God's perfect peace.

Bob Hart

Anonymous said...

Romans 15:13- "I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope."
Your son and family is constantly in my prayers, Lauren Stephens.

Anonymous said...

Gordy and Sue and kids...

We are all in prayer for you and so are many of our friends at church here in Osaka, Japan. We are praying for the seizures to stop completely and for God's unsurpassable peace for all of you.

I pray for Luke, and for his siblings and parents and all of us that we would be "just as a small child is quiet with its mother. Yes, like a small child is my soul within me... full of hope in the Lord--" Psalm 131

We love you guys!
Kristen, Cam, Connor, Michael, Elisa and Jossy

Anonymous said...

Father noone knows the depth of grief this family is going through but You, Yahweh. Father, you know their every feeling and thought. As the roller coaster continues... Bring scripture to their heart and mind through You Holy Spirit so they rest on solid ground. You know every hair on that beautiful boys head. You knew this day would come Father....it surprises us, but not You, for You are unchanging. We rest in You and trust You completely. We love you Searles

Bert said...

Father God, we come to you agreeing for complete restoration on Baby Luke. God, you love this little baby even more than his own family and all the hearts that this little guy has touched. Breathe Your life into his tiny body, Let it be Your blood that flows to those places that need healing. As Luke slumbers, let your angels minister to his spirit. Lord, and encrease Gordy and Sue's mental, physical and spiritual strength. May everyone that prays to you stand in the gap for our brother and sister in Christ. May we always remember that JOY comes in the morning. Lord you are still on the throne and we come believing for these seizures to stop in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS.

Anonymous said...

AMEN BERT

Anonymous said...

We are praying that the doctors will be able to find the right dosage to stop Luke's seizures and that he is able to rest well tonight. A prayer came to mind that my grandmother taught me as a little girl and one I still love:

"Jesus, tender shepherd, hear me
Bless thy little lamb tonight
Through the darkness be thou near me
Wake me with the morning light."

Blessings on Luke and all of you. The Lord is near.
Love,
Auntie Rena

Leon said...

Gordy - it's 1209 am and I finally got the email off to you. I didn't mention photo's because you are doing so well. These ups and downs are tough but know that many people are with you and Luke.

Anonymous said...

Sue,

I love to sing with you!!! Here's one we missed and I hope to sing with you soon!!

The blood that Jesus shed for me,
'Way back on Calvary;
The blood that gives me strength from day to day,
It will never lose its power.

It soothes my doubts and calms my fears,
And it dries all my tears;
The blood that gives me strength from day to day,
It will never lose its power.

It reaches to the highest mountain.
It flows to the lowest valley.
The blood that gives me strength from day to day,
It will never lose its power!!!!!!

We love you both and your babies (big and small) so much! Shawn and I and our babies pray in the Mighty Name of Jesus for the swelling to go down and for the seizures to stop. We love you Lord Jesus!! Amen.

Anonymous said...

Gordy Sue:
I just chatted online with a friend from NY I told her everything, she promised prayer for your family, her heart goes out to you all! God Bless!
~Julie Ward

Leon said...

Gordy and family.

I have had a tough evening, but I finished Blogging
For Luke 9
. Someone I didn't know sent Luke a Teddy Bear. Anyone who wishes can stop in at Teddy Bears For Luke and leave their name. It is free and fun (especially for the kids) and you have nothing to lose but your time.

Have a good sleep tonight Luke.

Anonymous said...

Gordy, Sue, and kids,

The prayers of our family are with you today and always. We pray for complete healing in Luke's little body, and peace and strength that can only come from God. Cling tightly to the Father's hand. He will get you through this.

In Him,
The Youngs from QF

Anonymous said...

Our hearts and prayers are with you all.....we are believing God for another miracle.....may you sense God's presence in an awesome way around Luke's bedside and give the Doctors and nurses wisdom as only God can give as they treat that precious baby. We love you all so much and even tho' we are not there with you....our hearts are united!! Auntie and Uncle

Anonymous said...

Gordon - It was nice to talk to you on Friday afternoon, you have amazing strength! I just wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you and your family all weekend. CS

Anonymous said...

His mercies are new every morning Great is Thy faithfulness!! We give you today Lord. We ask for your blessing and healing on this precious baby. We pray Father you would stop these seizures completely and do everything necessary so this sweet baby can have his tubes out today. Thank you for the faith of my Brother and Sister. Continue to Shine through them Lord so that You may be glorified..Amen We love you sweet little Luke can't wait to see you running around buddy, CF

Anonymous said...

Heavenly Father, We pray that You would put Your healing hands on Luke and stop his seizures. Lord, please be with the doctors and Luke's family as they go through this difficult time.
In the name of Christ, Amen

Anonymous said...

All of the family are in our prayers here at New Hope Communithy Church. The scripture tells us to pray, believe, and recieve and that just what we are doing, talking to our heavenly Father about Luke and all of the family, believing our Father for "His" healing, and recieving by thanking "Him" for "His" touch in all of your lives. What a strenght and witness all of you are for your faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ! God loves you and so do we! Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in yoiu will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Pastor Ron and the New Hope Church family

Leon said...

Good Morning Luke! You've got Teddy Bears!

Gordy, I have added your blog to my links page and added 'Teddy Bears For Luke' to my links/contents on all pages of my blog. While I was leaving a thank you note in someone's blog 2 more comments came in! I added them to the list.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

Luke is in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Gordy, Sue & KIds

We have been praying and following Luke's progress. I wish to offer support from a different perspective. We reailze the stress and anguish you and your family are experincing and what Luke is going through.

37 years ago I was in a light airplane crash and suffererd severe injuries, especially to my head and face. As did Luke, I experienced clinical death, twice, while on the operating table. My wife spent three days at the hospital as she was told, not that I may die, but that I will die, at any moment.

Meanwhile, family stayed with our five small childern, youngest 5. This took tremendous strenght by all the family and following Lukes story brings back vivid memories. And as my Wife and kids prevailed, so we know that you also will find that strenght, with God's help, to endure, and these terrible times will pass.

As for me, I remained in coma for several days and was non-responsive, The neurologist would take my hand and ask me to squeeze his; with no response. By this time they were thinking that if I did live that I would be vegetative. I finally responded but remained unconscious, and like Luke, suffered seizures; had to be strapped in bed. Eventually, I regained consciousness and now the doctors were thinking that by Christmas (the accident was the Forth of July)that I may be able to sit up in a wheel chair.

To digress for a bit, I want to tell you that while still unconscious to the outside, that a deeper level of consciousness existed. I was aware of events and people around me although I could give no outward sign of awareness. I'm sure you are doing this, but please, please, continue to speak to Luke, touch him, let him know you are there, to the extent that the doctors allow. I believe he know's you are there and is listening to you and needs your encourgement. And I believe he will pull through. Prayfully he will be just fine, but maybe not quite so.

It took me years, and following operations to recover to the extent that I could. Do some effects of the crash remain? Yes. Am I seriously affected? No. Going back to the prediction that I may sit up by Christmas; did I sit up? More that that, I took my sons ice skating, the three of us(we lived in Chicago). Kinda wobbley, but with the grace of God, on my feet.

Lasting brain damage? A bit, but I did get a BS in engerring and a MBA as well as a professional Engineering license.

Phyisically? Well at 73 years old, played in two competitive softball leagues this summer and even pinch ran for some of the slower, old folk.

So how is Luke going to come out of this? Just fine!!

God Bless Luke, you Gordy, Sue, & the kids

Anonymous said...

What an encouraging story! Thank you for sharing that! I have heard often that when people are in a coma they can hear you, now I know it is fact. Your story shows NEVER give up hope, anything is possible. We will all continue to pray that Luke is as active as you at 73!! I hope I am too.......thanks for sharing! Gordy, Sue and Kids, we think of you often. If I am not checking this site, then the boys are. First thing when they get home from school or anywhere they go, they ask, "How is Luke". We are praying with you that Luke's seizures will end and the tube comes out. Hugs and Kisses to you all. Love, Kim, Rick, Ricky and Jimmy Lundquist

Anonymous said...

Gordon
Been thinkinkg of you and your family all weekend. I am amazed at the reach of your 'extended family' and support system. My prayer for you and your family is peace of mind and certainty in Luke's full recovery. My prayer for Luke is to 'livestrong' (not original, of course), to be rid of these seizures and to breath independently.
JO

Novotny Family said...

I just got an email from a friend (Kim DeBord) who is praying for Luke....she visited the Blog and tried to post but for some odd reason was unable so she asked me to share with you www.prayforabby.com Abby is a 2 year old little girl from Hawaii who also had a drowning accident in May....my friend thought it would be encouraging for you to follow along abbby's story as your families are walking the same path...by the way Abby is from a home school family ..and Abbby has 4 big brothers...so another big family YEA!!!

Searles family you have been in my prayers all day..and will continue to be....

Trisha

JulieWard said...

Gordy & Sue:
I just want to say, reading these comments , has helped me !I cannot convey the struggles I go through in my own recovery and only God really knows them andunderstands them, many of these postings have given me a renewed hope and that is a blessing.Your whole family are in my prayers, stay strong and determined. God Bless!
~Julie

Leon said...

Just a note to people trying to post here or at my blog. There is probably a lot of traffic going through the servers and this slows things down. Just be patient.

Anonymous said...

Gordy, Sue & Family,
I attended Mass this morning and was overwhelmed by all the folks coming up to us and asking how Luke was doing! I had put him on our prayer line at church last Tuesday, but apparently his fame has spread far and wide. We have a portion of the service which is known as prayers of the faithful and all the intentions of the parishioners are named and prayed for communally. Luke was on that list, so I know that all 2000 registered families in our greater church family have heard the request for prayers. I cannot imagaine trying to cope with any crisis in our lives without this extended family and the faithful and loving support of our friends in Christ! We are still praying for a miracle of healing in God's own perfect time, and are certain of His love for Luke and all of us. Blessings on Luke and all the family - God is with you.
Love,
Auntie Rena & Uncle Joe

Anonymous said...

The steadfast love of the Lord NEVER ceases, His mercies NEVER come to and end...

I was at work two days ago talking to a co-worker. I hadn't seen him (my co) since all of this started going on so I just started to blurt everthing out about Luke. No sooner had I said "... but they got a heart beat and he's breathing" that he picked up the phone and called his mom, grandma, and sister to start praying. And they did! He said they joined hands right there and prayed. They also have passed the news to the prayer circle at their own church! I was totally stunned because I would have never thought that would happen from this guy, it was the most unlikely thing. I have been amazed at the increadible ways that this prayer circle is getting so huge. Prays God!

JulieWard said...

Luke and the family is being added to the prayer list at Mt. Tahoma Baptist church! The secretary there has the blog link too God Bless!
~Julie
:-)

Anonymous said...

The Searles, and our family,

Our family has always been a hugging family. It's just a given that if we're together, we're going to be hugging A LOT. I've been realizing though, that I'm finding in my heart the need to start TELLING people how much I love them. Because, I do, I absolutely LOVE you guys! This is an increadible family, and I am so blessed to be a part of it!
My heart aches and rejoices at the same time over our baby Lukey. I am so thankful! SO THANKFUL THAT HE'S ALIVE! That was one of the best moments of my life when Amy, Natalie, and Daniel ran to meet me at the door shouting that he was breathing! Thank you, Jesus! I fall asleep praying for Luke and I awake with prayers. The Lord keeps putting songs in my heart for him. I'll be at worked, tempted to turn of the music so I can sing for Luke. I want Luke to be fine and perfect NOW! But I know that the Lord is working through this mess to touch so many people, I know He's got a plan. I know that He's holding our baby when we cannot. God is just so good.

Oh, Lukers! I CANNOT WAIT to see your smile again! I love you so much!

Naomi