Sunday, October 10, 2004

Baby steps

We continue to see little improvements here and there with Luke's condition. When people ask "Hows Luke doing?", I want to say Great, however I don't want to mislead them. Considering what Luke went through, he is doing great, that said, he has a long ways to go to fully recover.

He doesn't walk nor talk, however he does recognize voices and turns his head and eyes in their direction.

He swallows and coughs a couple times each day, this is really good, please pray that it will increase to where he is able to maintain his airway, so the trach can be removed.

His eyes do move from side to side. The other morning I was holding him and rocking back and forth and I noticed that his eyes were tracking the light over head. Thank You Lord.

I was told that he smiled today, although I didn't see it myself.

He wears splints on his hand, arms and feet every couple hours during the day to keep his joints and muscles flexible. He has been more stiff lately, not wanting to bend his arms or legs. Please pray that he will remain flexible and not stiff.

He takes a couple of short naps during the day and sleeps about 7 hours at night. His sleep at night hasn't been in one block since we left the hospital. Please pray he would sleep 8-10 hours each night and that it would be in a continuous block.

Tomorrow we have a Doctors appointment with a pediatrician and on Tuesday with his pulmonologist. Please pray that the doctors visits go well and don't stress or wear Luke out. Also pray that God will give Sue and I wisdom as we are advocates for Luke's care.

We are still waiting for nursing to get into a routine, and just about the time it settles, we will have to change as the 24 hour nursing is for the first 3 weeks only. Pray that God will provide clarity and direction on what the nursing schedule should be.

Finally, I ask that while you pray for baby steps for Luke's recovery, that you would also remember to pray for Luke's complete restoration. I truly believe in my heart that we will see a day when Luke will give testimony with his own voice of God's saving mercy in his life.


The Gannaway Family said...

Dear Searles,
Thank you so much for the updates. We prayed last week at our women's bible study group, and it's great to be able to have updates and specific prayer requests to give them. We are also continuing to pray for Lukes full recovery. We thank our wonderful Father for the little miracles along the way. Bless you all and may God continue to strengthen you and Luke.

Much love and prayers
The Gannaway Family

Leon said...

Hi Gordy and family,

"He doesn't walk nor talk, however he does recognize voices and turns his head and eyes in their direction."

This is one question I was going to ask. Thanks for the info. Remember that these are very complex activities and will take longer than other forms of healing. The coughing and swallowing is the first step.
As you said ' baby steps'.


Hi Luke, I hear you can look at things and cough a bit. Good boy. I think of you and tell people about you. You made it this far and you will get lots better. Smile some more Luke. Bye.

Cam & Kristen - Osaka said...

We continue to think of you in prayer frequently! We appreciate the updates! How does Luke seem to be feeling? Does he cry? We pray for his complete healing, and praise God for the family he has, providing love and security, as we have in the Lord! We're praying for everything you mention!

The Caughlans

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke! We are Home and I am so glad that I can now check on you more often. You have been in our thoughts and prayers so much. I am so glad that you are doing so well with all you baby steps.....I knew once you got home that you would start to do better. The love and prayers that your family are bathing you in is such a help! I agree with you on your prayer Gordy......restored all the way!!! I ask God each day for that I speak to God about Luke .... my prayers are that he will be healed all the way!!! Blessing and Love to you all. Shane, Julie and Children

lockwoods said...

Praise the Lord for His Goodness!!! What wonderful news to hear Luke is swallowing and coughing!! I agree with you together in prayer for a full recovery, and also that Luke will live to give his awesome testimony of God's faithfulness! We pray as a family for you each day. My 4yo always remembers to pray for Luke as well. Thanks so much for the specific prayer requests and updates.
Love in Jesus-
Mark, Amy, Elijah, Tabitha, Joanna, and Josiah Lockwood

renajoe said...

This I proise you my Brother-Our Prays will never stop and our viglance will be for as long as it takes. May God continue to give you both the strength to deal with this task. Love your Brother Joe

Jenni said...

We are so excited to hear the good news and we thank Jesus with you guys, God is good isn't He?! I think it's so important to praise him along the way. I was thinking too, it seems like Luke has been doing better since he's come home, into his own bed and a comfortable, familiar environment.

You guys are great! Bless you! The Burns'

Julie in NC said...

Hey Luke!
I am the oldest of eight kids, and my baby brother is about to turn two(his name is Micaiah Luke, and we call him Luke or Lukey!). I cannot imagine how I would feel if he was in your situation. I am so glad that you are improving, we have been praying for you for several months now, and God is answering our prayers!! YAY!!!HURRAY FOR YOUR BABY STEPS! I will continue to pray for you and your family, and know that me, my mom(Julie), my dad, and all my brothers and sisters think about you and pray for EVERY DAY. Keep doing good!
Love, Mary Katherine Ritter (12 years old)

Sean and Karen Price said...

Great steps Luke one at a time is good but leaps are ok too! We love you and your family and will pray until you are fully restored Amen! Gordy and Sue keep strong we love you. Remember what I said Gordy, anytime you need a free nurse call me.

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...
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Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Question: Does Luke cry?
Answer: Well, yes and no. Luke doesn't make any noises, crying, coughing, talking, due to having a trach. The trach bypasses his vocal cords, so he cannot really cry. That said, he does show some feelings of anxiety, stress, frustration and at times sadness and it appears he may be crying. We have noticed at times tears in his eyes and have wondered if he were crying, without the noise. Luke was shy before the accident and there is no reason to think that would have changed. At times he gets a bit stressed around voices he doesnt recognize. With voices he recognizes he will at times look in the direction of the voice, like he wants to see who it is. Do I think Luke cries, yes, although it is really hard to tell. Feel free to ask other questions, I will do my best to answer them.

reeders said...

Hello Searles,

I just keep thinking of Jeremiah 17:14 for Luke "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise." Heavenly Father, we praise You and give you all the glory for all You have done for Lil' Luke and his faithful family! Hallelujah, Sweet Lord Jesus for total restoration of Luke's body that You created and know so well! Even before the foundations of the earth You chose Lil' Luke in You that he would be holy and blameless before You! O God, let Lil' Luke raise up and praise Your name to the earth and tell of all You have done for him!! We await that day Father with great anticipation. Praise You Lord. In Jesus' Sweet Name, Amen!!!

Shawn, Con-, John, Rebekah, Matthew and Naomi Reeder

Cattiva said...

"He said to her, 'Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.'" - Mark 5:34

"Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'" - Mark 5:36

We continue to pray for Luke's full recovery.

Teena from GA said...

I am so thankful for the baby steps! I am also so thankful for your updates. We were gone over the weekend but as soon as we came home I wanted to check on Luke! I didn't post then but still prayed. That was great how you shared about if Luke cries or not... and told about him being shy. Thanks! It draws us a little closer... you are on our hearts and minds... our love to all of you,
your friends from GA
Billy, Teena, Michael 19, Mandi 15, Dakota 11, Alyssa 7, Wyatt 2.8 yrs, Wesley 15 months this week!

Julie in NC said...

Gordy, Teena is so right about you letting us know that Luke is shy! As I read that my heart started to race....the thought of him with all the strange people that he has had to deal with made me have such compassion for him. I know that he is so glad to be at home with all the people and things that he is used to seeing. I still have to smile each time I see Lukes sweet little face and breath a pray of restoration for his small body! How is Sue doing? Has she been able to rest any better over the past week? I know that your other children are so glad that Luke is home. How is the homeschooling going? Daniel doing ok away from home? I know that you guys must miss him. Be Blessed! Prayers from, Shane, Julie and Children

Can't wait to see what God is going to do next for you and your family!!!!

Honorary Grandma Barbara said...

Hey Luke....Wow, little friend, I am overwhelmed at the news I just read. I have so much praise and thankfulness in my heart for our Lord and Savior. He is so awesome and hears our EVERY word. Yes, I know you are shy, but you have the strength of an army with God on your side, so don't be afraid about anything. Just keep coughing, swallowing, moving and yes, even crying. We will cry with you...tears of happiness when the Lord our God heals you completely, so your testimony will be a light unto His Glory. Sleep well my dear one and know we all love you so much. Gordy...thank you so much for your caring for us and how we all love to hear from you.

Loving and Praying....

Julie Uptain said...

Dear Precious Family In Jesus,
We cry out to Jesus with you for the complete healing of your precious son. We know our God is faithful-we know He alone is carrying you through this time-we know that there are workings happening that we can not or will not see until that glorious day but until then we join our hearts with yours and ache and yearn for the restoration of Luke.
Please give him a hug and kiss from us we are thankful for the baby steps!
Ps-I loved and cried at the tender picture of Luke with his brother.
Mark, Julie, Trevor,Miranda, Angela and Ericka

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Q: How is Sue doing? Has she been able to rest any better over the past week?
A: Sue is doing well. She is resting better at home, although, it has been hard with Luke waking around 1am each night and Sue sits up with him, as she is able to calm him.

Q: How is the homeschooling going?
A: Well we have started homeschooling with Amy and Natlie in High school and Isaiah starting kindergarten. All three are a part of the YMCA homeschool program and in the choir. Isaiah is so excited to get to go swimming each week.

Q: Daniel doing ok away from home?
A: Daniel is doing awesome! I went to visit with him on Saturday and Sue visited with him on Sunday. He is really enjoying the school and is greatly challenged as he studies and grows in his walk.

One prayer request, please pray for continued healing for my family. As you know, they were all here the day of the accident while I was on my way home from work. There have been times that we each have thought back to that horrible evening of Luke's accident and with it we need a complete healing of our minds. God has been gracious and merciful to us and we are doing well, I just ask that you would continue to lift us up that we would remain overcomers and that the enemy of our souls would not gain any kind of foothold.

There is a song by Ray Boltz called "Thank You" that talks about a scene in heaven where there were people coming up to him and thanking him for the little things he had done on earth and how they had profoundly touched others. I look forward to a day in heaven when I and my little boy Luke will get a chance to stand in your line and be able to say Thank You to each of you face to face for your prayers, because each one means so much to us. For now, Thank You, you are Jesus love extended to the Searles family. We are blessed and blessed be the name of the Lord.

Julie in NC said...

Gordy, Your post brought tears to my eyes...standing in line and saying thank you.... I have many to thank as well and I pray for the day I may get to meet Luke and see all that God has done in his life. I will keep on praying that God will take all the flash backs away from your family!!! You may ask each one of your family members to chose a Bible verse to say each time that these thoughts come to their minds. I really think that has helped me in the past when fear or bad things came to my mind. Many prayers for you and your family, Shane, Julie and Children

Robert said...

Thank-you for the update and thoughtful posts. With all the love Luke is getting, success is truly up to powers greater than ourselves. My heart tells me Luke is getting, and will continue to get, the best physical and spiritual care availble thru his wonderful parents, relatives and friends, but also from the steadfast and honestly felt faith I've seen posted in this forum. I admire all who have contributed their soulfelt beliefs. It's made me feel warm knowing there are so many good people on this planet. Warm, gentle, caring faithful people with true compassion for all humanity. I thank you all for this experience. I hope for continued progress for Luke and a return to normalcy for the Searles family.

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, How are you doing today? I pray that you have been resting at night. We have been praying that you will rise up and be a active little guy each day! I am looking forward to hearing about all you are doing very soon. I know that our God can do all things! We are asking along with your family for God to restore you. You are a very loved little boy....we smile as we talk about you. Sue, I hope you had a day and night of rest. Blessings, Shane, Julie and children

Ellen said...

Thank you for keeping us updated, our prayers are with Luke and of course your whole family.
God Bless.
Heartfelt HUGS to each of you.

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