Saturday, October 02, 2004

Thank you for praying

I want to say thank you for each and every prayer, they do matter. As a family we gathered tonight to pray for Luke's complete healing. We will take it all at once, or little by little, however God choose to grant our petitions.

I returned to work for the first time on Friday and I must admit it was hard, but also very good to be back. One of my friends at work asked how things were working out with the nurses. I want to let everyone know that it seems to be working out very well. There are I think 6 nurses that care for Luke in 12 hour shifts (8am-8pm and 8pm-8am). God has been faithful to provide us with a good nursing staff.

So much happens over the period of a few days, that it is hard to remember it all and blog about it. I wish I had more time to blog, but it seems that my only time is late in the evening when most everyone is gone to bed. If you have reasonable questions, feel free to ask them, all I ask is that you would be sensative to my family, as they do read this.

Luke is doing very well considering he is coming up on 5 weeks since the accident. He breaths quite well with room air. He gets nutrition from a formula that he recieves via his feeding tube. He gets the formula for 18 hours and then has a 6 hour break, before starting it again. Luke has medications for seizures, secretions, antacid, a muscle relaxant for spasms.

Here are a few specific things to pray for:

- Luke has not been sleeping well the past few nights, please pray that he will get on to a good schedule of sleeping at night and awake during the day.

- Luke favors his right side, with his eyes, his head, in most ways, please pray that God will heal Luke and he wont favor his right side as much.

- Luke needs to have his trach suctioned upwards of 30 times per day, please pray that he will be able to cough, swallow and the secretions will diminsh and he wont need to be suctioned as much, in fact, how about not needing to be suctioned at all? Yes, Lord!

- Please pray for Sue and I as we continue to face daily decsions about Lukes care and we need wisdom from God.

- Finally, as Sue and I are advocates for Luke's care and continue to fight for the care he deserves, pray that God will give us favor and we wont have to battle with our insurance over what to cover or not. I dont want to receive anything we dont deserve, however I do want Luke to get the care that we have paid for and is due him.

I love you all so much and I continue to stand in awe of the God I serve and the Love he has shown us during this time.


The Gannaway Family said...

Thanks for the update. Great to hear Luke is home. We will continue to pray for his full recovery, as many people in Australia are doing.

Much love
The Gannaway Family

kim said...

We're praying for your precious family. Thank you for keeping us updated. Luke is a beautiful little boy!! Give him an extra hug from our family.
In Christs Love,

Eph 3:20 - 21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

The Kelly's said...

Hello Searles,
We just wanted to let you know that we are continuing to pray for you. Little Brandt who is now 2 includes Luke in his prayers every night. I know that even though he is young, he is talking to God and asking for His help with Luke in the purest form.
Love, Selina

Pollen Family said...

Hi Searles Family,
Just wanted to let you know how excited we were to see Luke at home! We are continuing to pray for Luke and your family. We love you bunches!

The Pollen Family

Ro, No & Gav's Mom said...

I am in awe of such a wonderful family. You have all been so blessed in so many ways! We continue to pray for you and little Luke, as well as pass your prayer requests on to our Chapel community. I check your blog often and feel as though you're almost a part of our extended family!

Grace and Peace,
The Abshires in Okinawa
Todd, Kim, Rory, Nolynn & Gavyn

lockwoods said...

I just wanted to tell you that I pray for your precious Luke each day, as well as your whole family. Our church is praying as well. I have a 2 year old little boy, Josiah, and I can only imagine the pain you must be suffering. Thank you so much for the updates on this blog. You have a such a beautiful family. I don't know how to express the yearning that I feel for Luke and his healing...words are so inadequate. My heart and my thoughts are toward you all.

Love in Christ-
Amy Lockwood
Wife to Mark Lockwood
Mom to Elijah, Tabitha, Joanna, Josiah, and baby #5 due in February.