Thursday, September 23, 2004

Physical Therapy

Tim Wild in Kansas pointed out that in the photos Luke's hands are always in fists. Because of Luke's injury there is a tendency for his muscles to contract and this results in arms pulled in by the biceps and fists. Also the calf contracting causes the toes to point. To counteract this, we are doing a few different things for Luke.

First Luke has hand splints that keep his fingers and thumb open to loosen the joints and muscles to help maintain the flexibility. Luke also has splints for his arms to keep his elbows flexible and he has splints for his feet to keep his ankles flexible. Luke has a regimen of 2 hours on 2 hours off for the splints. After the splints come off, he will gradually tighten and the fists return.

Secondly, the physical therapy/occupational therapy team come in a couple of times each day and work with Luke on his range of motion. They flex each of his limbs and work it through a series of stretching exercises to keep him flexible. We are learning to be able to do this ourselves. As we transition to home he will have in home PT a few days each week and then his nurses and family will fill in the gaps.

I guess I had not thought to ask specifically about Luke's range of motion and tightness, but here goes. Would you pray that God would restore Luke's ability to remain loose and not tighten up.

Tim, thank you for pointing this out, we are learning all about Luke's condition and this could have easily been something we would overlook. If you see things in the pictures or have questions about Luke's condition, feel free to ask, you may be helping us recognize a potential problem earlier.

I want to take a moment and acknowledge the Awesome staff at Mary Bridge children's Hospital. The staff here at MBCH are the best, it is the only level 2 pediatric trauma hospital in the state of Washington. We are fortunate and blessed to have such a fine hospital less then 20 minutes from our home. I am convinced that at the vast majority of hospitals Luke would not have been revived and this blog and all the love and support we have seen would not have happened. I am eternally grateful to the MBCH staff, as well as everyone that played a part in saving my little Luke's life. Thanks just doesn't seem to be enough, but it will have to do.

Thanks!!!!

21 comments:

LoFenton said...

Gordy and Sue,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. I pray for Luke 24/7, and for the family. I love you and wish that I lived closer to help in all that needs to be done. Wish we were coming this weekend, but are not able to, sorry.

Love you all so much!

Lonnie and Lori

LoFenton said...

Oops! I noticed I said "our" and then all the "I's", so know that its just not me, Lori praying 24/7 and wishing I was there, but Lonnie is also praying 24/7 and would like to be there too. (Hee Hee)


Love ya,

Lonnie and Lori

Julie Ward said...

I know all about the range of motion and flexibilty issues! I had noticed the fist too but realized from my own eexperience , it was a result of the brain trauma, I used to have to wear a splint at night, but have thankfully not needed it for nonths,I constantly have to 'work' my hand to keep it loose, but it goes through stages of stiffness off and on , keep the therapy up , he will be fine! God Bless!
~Julie W.
God is bigger than all this, I still believe in full restoration, especially for Luke

Chelsea said...

Two years ago my family was also staying at Mary Bridge. My daughter had a lot of heart problems. The staff there did so much to help us adjust and learn all we needed to know about her condition. Their support was awesome!
I'll continue to pray for Luke and also pray that you have a smooth transition in bringing him home.

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Robert said...

Thanks for the update. I can breath again... Go Luke!

Bob Hart said...

Thank you Gordy for the updates. I am looking forward to Luke getting home and then I can hardly wait to see him at church. I see this as one of our own who has gone to war, wounded in battle and now gets to come home, come home to a family that wants to honor him, love him, and most of all be there in person with him to pary, and give glory to God for returning him to us. Sorry Gordy and Sue, I know Luke is your son, but he is so much part of our family as you all are. Miss you, and love you all. So looking forward to seeing ALL the Searles in church.

Nancy said...

Thanks Gordy for your update. I was getting a little concerned but I realize you're very busy getting prepared to bring Luke home. The pictures of Luke and your children are awesome, thanks for sharing them. Congratulations on your baby girl. Before you know it you'll have another little baby to love. Your family and especially Luke remain in my prayers. Take care.
Nancy

Hohisel Family said...

Searles Family, Letting you know we are still praying for Luke daily. God bless you. (P.S., we're having another baby!) Love, The Hohisels

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Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Hope you are having a good day! We LOVED all the pictures that your Daddy posted of you. You are soooooo cute! As I watch my little guy Micaiah Luke do all the 22 month old things I am praying that you catch him real soon. I know that our Jesus can do a good work in you. I keep saying this but did you know that we are so excited about you going HOME! I am sure your family is going to be a big part of all your healing. Gordy, thanks for allowing us to ask questions. You are so sweet to let us know what is going on. I am glad you got our cards. I would love to do something for your little guys at home...is something that they would like to get in the mail from NC? Shane and I will be going to Williamsburg VA for our 15th Annv. and would love to send them something from there (an older made toy gun?) I do not want to send them anything your family does not allow. Have a blessed day! Blessings and Prayers, Shane, Julie and Children

Pink Stiletto said...

Gordy -- thanks for the constant updates. And thank you for your faith. It reminds me that people with bigger problems than mine can stay faithful, it shouldn't be so hard for me.

I have a question that you may have answered earlier on, but I'm wondering if there's been any change: what is Luke's long-term prognosis? Have the doctors told you what life will be like as he grows into a little boy, a teenager, and a man? Naturally, I pray that a full recovery will have happened by then, but this question is asked from the point of view of how things stand right now.

Thanks Gordy, you are enriching all of our lives with this site. Much love to you and your family.

Lundquist's said...

Gordy and Sue,

Hi! Thank you again for keeping us all posted. The pictures of Luke were so uplifting. I felt a heaviness from my heart lifted as I looked at him all dressed and sitting in his chair. I felt at that moment, that he will be healed and have an awesome story to tell later in life. I have many friends and relatives following Lukes progress, and I have heard many say that when he is healed, that this site will have brought belief in Christ to ALOT of people who might not have been so faithful before hand. You are doing great work here.......

Congratulations on the news of a little girl! What a blessing. Sue, be sure to take time to rest, eat and take care of YOU. I was glad to hear that you had gone home to sleep. You are in your last trimester now and you will be getting more tired and need more rest.

Ricky and Jimmy ask daily how Luke is doing. Tell him that they are looking forward to playing with him again soon! Our prayers and love are with you all. Feel our arms around you, and know that we are there supporting you! (Kiss all the Millers and their families for me.)

Love lots,
Kim, Rick, Ricky and Jimmy Lundquist

Seeking His Will said...

Gordy and Sue, thanks so much for keeping us updated on little Luke. I was just thinking today, that as our Father continues to heal Luke, how great it would be to see his story on one of my favorite TV shows...It's A Miracle. Not sure if you are familiar with it, but here is a link where you can submit your miracle when the time comes....http://www.pax.tv/shows/itsamira/

Luke is doing so great and we will continue to pray for his recovery.

The Stemanns....Mark, Terri, Amy, Noah, & Elaena

Leon said...

Gordy and family: Thanks for the updates. I missed them as I have been doing pc maintenace. The pictures of Luke clothed and in his stroller are a joy. Luke is looking like a little dude ready to 'terrorize' the world again.
I can't begin to imagine the stress and hard work you and your family has been through. Looking at the latest pics I can see the result. Love and peace - Leon.

Hi Luke, You were playin' with Amy, huh? Soon you will be playin' with the rest of your family. Take care little one.

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, We have you in our thoughts and prayers today! Blessings, Julie, Shane and Children

LoFenton said...

Man I missed being with you all this weekend. I am going through withdrawls. I feel as though there is something more I should have done today. Hope all went well today in cleaning out the garage and most of all that all is well with Luke and the family.

I will definitely see you all next weekend!! Looking foreward to seeing Luke at home as well. Love you all and miss you!

Love you,

Lori and Lonnie

Fat Fingers said...

Hi, I hope Luke gets better soon!

Cam & Kristen - Osaka said...

Konnichiwa Searles,

We check "the lastest" regularily, and yet understand that you'll gradually be updating a little less. Yet our prayers and thoughts of you rise up within us effortlessly. You are such an inspiration and encouragement to us, and we yearn for Luke's progress, and for your family to be blessed through all this somehow.
"On Christ the solid Rock I stand!" I sing this and imagine I am Sue. Tears well up. I love you guys! So glad Luke can be coming home. Keep letting us know how to pray for your specific needs (e.g. nursing), and Luke's (e.g. range of motion). Cam joins me in prayer!

Kristen

Cam & Kristen - Osaka said...

Konnichiwa Searles,

We check "the lastest" regularily, and yet understand that you'll gradually be updating a little less. Yet our prayers and thoughts of you rise up within us effortlessly. You are such an inspiration and encouragement to us, and we yearn for Luke's progress, and for your family to be blessed through all this somehow.
"On Christ the solid Rock I stand!" I sing this and imagine I am Sue. Tears well up. I love you guys! So glad Luke can be coming home. Keep letting us know how to pray for your specific needs (e.g. nursing), and Luke's (e.g. range of motion). Cam joins me in prayer!

Kristen

marge ray said...

good Sunday morning to all of the Searles family:

Our God is an awesome God! The pictures are so encouraging, your family is beautiful!! We continue to stand and believe for continued healing in Luke's life and for strength and grace for you all. Yes, we are truly blessed to have the superior health care services we have in this area, and Amy, I still hope you want to join the ranks of us who have chosen nursing as our profession and calling.

Dear Father, I pray that you will abundantly bless the Searles family this day and in the days to come. Continue to strengthen them and give them your peace, that which passess all understanding. Continue your restoration within Luke, until You have completed your perfect work in him. Bless Daniel as he is away at school and all the children. We love and honor You, and give You praise for all You do in our lives every day. Amen