Sunday, October 24, 2004

Another doctor visit

On Friday we went to Luke's gastrologist. It was a very good visit. He talked to us about changing Luke's feeding tube from a j-tube to a gj-tube. The main difference is that the gj-tube has two ports, one that ends in the lower intestine like the j-tube and the second that ends in the stomach. It is like having a g-tube and a j-tube in one. With switching to a gj-tube, the Dr wants to do another swallow study and a stomach emptying study. These two studies will determine how far we can proceed. If all goes well, we will be able to begin feeding him via the g-port in more concentrated feeding instead of the drip-feeding. Also, we could feed him more normal food that is blenderized instead of the formula based feeding. This is a big deal and I say "Thank You Lord"!

Q: question... I hope it is okay to ask... the other children... how are they doing? How are the little guys doing?

A: First, yes, it is okay to ask questions; in fact it helps me to know what to write. I will go through each one and give you an update along with a PR (Prayer Requests).

Daniel - As you know he is attending a school of ministry and loving it. He is really busy, so we only see him on the weekend and sometimes every other weekend. The Lord is stretching Daniel in new ways and increasing his faith to a new level. His host family has been a big blessing to him. They have 5 children and homeschool, so it is a normal busy house, just like home. PR: Please pray that God will continue to reveal himself to Daniel and that he will give Daniel clarity about future ministry.

Amy - She turned 17 last week. Where does the time go? My little girl has turned into a beautiful young woman, although she will always be my little girl. Amy is a mature 17 year old and has really stepped up to help with caring for Luke. Amy is teaching swimming at the YMCA as part of the homeschool PE program and loves it. She also likes to read, watch movies with Natalie, play the piano and enjoys crafts. She started making a quilt last night; this will be her first one. PR: Pray that we (Sue and I) will not lean on Amy too much and that she will be able to be a normal 17 year old.

Natalie - Here too, my little girl (15 yr) is becoming a young woman. Natalie loves to play the piano, read, watch movies with Amy and knitting. She began knitting a scarf last night. Natalie's flag football team won the championship at the YMCA homeschool PE program. She play offensive and defensive line...Hmmm...Some how she seems a bit petite for a lineman...Yeah, but they Won!! PR: Natalie was supposed to get her drivers permit back in August, but we were on a trip and the Monday after we returned home was the day of Luke’s near drowning. Pray that we will be able to take her to get her permit and that she will pass the test.

Isaiah - Zaya as we call him, began taking swimming lessons as part of the YMCA homeschool PE program. He loves to swim and just moved up to the next level, so he is now a super pike. He is doing well and now that Mama is back home, seems to be adjusting to the routine. PR: Pray that he and Ezekiel will be best friends.

Ezekiel - Zeke is a busy, busy boy, he takes after Zaya :) He is very animated and says some of the funniest things. He is either really happy or kinda grumpy. There isn’t a lot of middle ground with Zeke. He too seems to be adjusting to Luke being home. Many mornings, he will get up before the other kids and go into Luke's room and climb up on a step stool and say "Good morning Luke!". In a little more then a week, Zeke will be turning 4, the time just flies.

Well, as you can see, questions help me know what to write, so keep them coming. Actually, I wrote this once and then the PC swallowed it and I had to write it again, so it might not be as long as it was. And you are probably saying "that’s okay" :)

Take care, and may God bless you Sunday as you worship Him.


Anonymous said...

I rejoice in every little step that is made and will be there for the long run. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
Lots of love, Auntie Cindy (-:

Teena from GA said...

Thank you for answering my questions. I love when you tell us updates on the other children too! My eyes filled with tears as I read all you wrote. Our oldest son is also in college for ministry. Our oldest daughter is such a helper and our prayer is to not rely on her too much. Her and our Wyatt are so very close. Our almost 3 yr old is a very busy little boy... like your Zeke. :) I hope it is okay to tell about ours. Please tell Natalie that Mandi took her test and Mandi says Natalie will do great!! We continue to pray and think of you often. We will pray for the tests coming up and the gj-tube .... oh, and how about Sue? How many weeks does she have left?

May the Lord give you HIS strength and peace
Your GA Friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael 19, Mandi 15, Dakota 11, Alyssa 7, Wyatt 2.8 yrs, Wesley 15 months

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Cindy, a friend of Chuck and shirley.
I want you to know I am reading everything you are posting regarding little Luke. My heart and prayers are going out for your family on a daily basis.
I am very happy that you are posting as often as you are. Thank you.
Psalms 145 18-19 The Lord is near to all those who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him, he hears their cry and saves them.

Julie in NC said...

Good morning Little Luke! I was so glad to get back from my reteat and see your Daddys post. You are doing so well! I am looking forward to a week filled with prayer for you and others that the Lord lays on my heart. You are such a blessing to our family! Gordy and Sue may you both be blessed with a week of wonder and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ!!! Thanks for being a great brother and Sister in Chirst. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Lacey said...

First I would like to say that Luke and your family have been in my prayers since I first came across your blog and I will continue to pray for Luke's recovery and the provision of whatever is needed to aid Luke and the family through this time.
I am happy to hear that the visit to the gastroenterologist brought good news and I wish you luck with the swallow reflex and stomach emptying tests. Through experience ( my 12 year old son has been G-tube fed for just over 9 years) I have learnt that tiny steps forward can lead to gigantic leaps in ways that we dared not hope for. :)
Kept in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday's your buddy from the Romania trip.
Something is in the mail for you and to share with your mom too.
Luke, I am praying for you tonight to sleep 8 hours!
Bleesed be the Name of the Lord, blessed be the name.....
I have shared your post with our 40 Days of Purpose group that meets on Fri. nights and it was a perfect word. we were discussing how God uses circumstances in our lives........we respond with bitterness or we become better. Praise be to our God...who loves us.......I am thankful that you have a thankful heart and that you can proclaim God's goodness, even when circumstances are so hard.
I am praying for God to comfort you and to give you wisdom and discernment in all things.
Just are God's favorite!
susan elias, Brea California

nicole said...

Hi Again!
Mrs. Searles,
My Mom said I should tell you my dream I had the other night. She said she told you I had one on Thursday at the prayer thing and that you should hear it: Amy was changing lukie's diaper and I was silently praying for him and rubbing his hand, all of a sudden it was like his eyes came out of a dream world and he looked directly at me and said "Mamma?" Amy ran out of the room and got you and Luke looked at you and smiled and said "Mamma"! Then you fell back and fainted. That was it. I know it is going to happen! Our God is an AWESOME God!!!!!!!! Love you! Nicole J.

Julie in NC said...

Nicole, Great my prayers this is the way that I pray ...that Little Luke will just wake up and shock his Mom ....that is with a shock of joy!!! Blessings, Shane, Julie and Family

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, I pray that you are resting well (and Mom too) and that your family has seen the work of our Lord in your family this week! I can't wait the hear all that God has done in you and your family's lives! Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Deanna McManus said...

Just want to let you all know that we are still with you all and will continue to meet the prayer needs! X's & O's to Luke and rest of your family!

Blessing to you, as you have blessed us in many ways.

Your family in Christ in Scotts Valley, CA
Deanna, Mark, Casey, Tyler & Tessa McManus

Julie in NC said...

Little Luke, We were praying for you today...most of the time when we are praying I have a prase CD going and I pray before we start school...we today my little girl (Ruth Ann 11) asked if she could pray for you. She prayed for your whole family. It was so sweet. I wish we could be there to touch you as we pray. Be blessed! We look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things that God has done in your life since Daddy has posted!!! We love you sweet Little Luke. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

renajoe said...

It was great to hear what all the kids are doing. Just posting to let you know that we still check the blog every single day and that all of your family is at the very top of our prayer list. We haven't blogged for a while, so just checking in. Also wanted you to know that we still get dozens of calls, email and letters/cards from friends and family asking how Luke & everyone is doing. It is just amazing to see the outpouring of love and prayer for you - even if these folks never post to the blog, know there is an army of prayer warriors doing battle for you and your intentions. In fact, I am certain that the posts we see here are just the tip of the proverbial ice berg! How wonderful our God is and how faithful! We have been wondering if you are still thinking about trying the hyperbaric treatments for Luke in the future? Sending you our blessings for continued healing and courage. We love you guys so much.
Peace to you,
Auntie Rena & Uncle Joe

Peggy said...

Dear Gordy and Sue,

My heart goes out to you both. Our dd suffered a brain injury when she was happened 8yrs ago this past Aug. The Lord has been good but it has been an adventure I would never have choosen....though my husband sees thing a bit differently than me :-) I guess I have a mothers heart and still wish our dd didn't have to deal with a brain injury. My husband has a firm believe that the Lord is always good and his reformed faith was and is anchor for our dd......he always has referred to this as "Abby's Adventure". I haven't read all of your blog but it definitely brought home many memories. Our dd was in the PICU for a month and in a rehab hospital for 3 wks. She had 4 yrs of theraphy.It has been a long journey but the Lord has brought her far.......she can walk though she does have a limp from the weakness on her left side....she can not use her left arm much and her hand not at all. She can talk fine but after she came out of a coma.....3wks after her injury... it took another week before she could begin to talk. May the Lord restore Luke completely and may he carry both of you. I am so glad you are being blessed with a new child........we had a baby about 2yrs after Abby got hurt and we all needed the newness and excitment that a baby brings to a home!

Lisa said...

I haven't read Luke's blog for almost a month now, so I'm just getting started on catching up. It is going to take me awhile to get up to date. Gordon, I just want to let you know that my son and I are including Luke and your family in our prayers every night. Hang in there.