Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Hello From Canada

We arrived in Victoria BC on Saturday via a ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was a wonderful sunny afternoon and it was funny watching the boys try to walk as the ferry rocked side to side. On Sunday we went to Victoria Foursquare church and it was a great service, God is present here in Canada. We went downtown and walked around Victoria, what a wonderful city with lots of interesting architecture. Later that evening we had a chance to meet Leon, yes the same Leon that posts on this blog. It was an interesting first meeting, as I felt like I was meeting an old friend, even though we had never seen each other before. We had a wonderful visit and Leon had a chance to meet all the kids Sue's parents took the kids home on Monday and left Luke, Sue and I to focus on HyperBaric Oxygenation Therapy (HBOT) for Luke.

Luke and I have been in the HyperBaric chamber 5 times. We dive each day at 10:30 in the morning and 4:00pm in the afternoon. Please pray during these times that God will reawaken the dormant brain cells and resurrect the dead ones.

I thought I would describe what it is like to go into the chamber with Luke. The chamber is about 10 feet long and 5 feet wide on the outside. The chamber is a bit like a small submarine, a cylinder with rounded ends. It has a sliding door on the side that creates an airtight seal. Before we go into the chamber, both Luke and I change into 100% cotton clothing and remove all metal. The purpose of cotton clothing is to prevent static electricity and the possibility of a spark that in an atmosphere of pure oxygen would be dangerous. Once we are dressed, we climb into the chamber through the side door and I sit down on a bench and then Sue hands me Luke and I lay him on some pillows on the bench. Luke is wrapped up in a 100% cotton blanket to keep him warm during the dive. Next I connect an oxygen hose to Luke’s mask that covers his trach and then I turn on the oxygen. Then they close the big steel door to create an air tight compartment. The technician then begins to pressurize the chamber and as this happens you can feel the pressure build on your ears, kind of like when you fly in an airplane, only a little stronger. It is normal for the chamber door to make some noise as it settles into place. It takes about 10 minutes to get to a depth of 16-20 feet which is about 1.5 – 1.75 ATA (atmospheres absolute). At depth it becomes quiet as the noise of pressurization stops and is replaced by a quiet hiss of the oxygen being fed to Luke’s trach. Sometimes Luke sleeps, other times he just looks around trying to understand where he is at and what is happening. Sometimes I will work with his legs and arms doing PT, other times I will hold him or just let him lay there on the bench. Today while he slept, I read psalm 119 out loud and prayed that God’s word would bring life to Luke’s brain cells and that God would revive the dormant brain cells. There are 3 round windows about the size of a large dinner plate, one on the door and one on each end. At times it feels a bit like being a gold fish, as Sue and others peer in the windows to see how we are doing, plus I get this urge to eat goldfish food J. After an hour at depth, we begin the process of depressurization and surfacing, this takes about 10 minutes. At this point we climb out of the chamber and head back to the hotel.

Luke and I go for a dive in the morning and then wait 4 hours before going for a dive in the afternoon. At this point it is hard to tell the affect it is having on Luke. At times he seems more alert and at times he seems more relaxed. Yesterday evening he fell into a deep sleep and his arms were out stretched and relaxed. By the end of the week, Luke will have 12 dives under his belt, and this is just the first step on his journey to recovery.

Let me know if there are specific questions you have regarding Luke’s treatment.


Anonymous said...

Hey Little Lukey I miss you I hope you are enjoying this adventure to healing. I pray that God would awaken every single cell and make each one whole and renewed like the day he made you in your Momma's womb. And Praise God who reigns on high for the miracles we will see!! whoopy yippy yahoo!!

The Gannaway Family said...

Hi Luke and Searles family. Just want to let you know we are praying for Luke every morning (which is night your time). Also our little 2 year old Pete prayed for Luke as we looked at the beautiful pictures of him. What a precious little boy you are Luke. Our love, prayers and blessings are with you and your wonderful family.

Much Love
The Gannaway family
Willow Grove, Australia

Janice Dickenson said...
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Janice Dickenson said...

oopps, I deleted the original one,,sorry I'm new at ths blogging stuff

Dear Luke and family,
I have been following Luke's progress since day one and have praying for him. We need to come boldly to the Throne Room of Grace as we ask God for a miracle.

Dear Lord we ask you to awaken the cells in little Luke's brain, we know God that you can repair them and make them like new. Father, this little life is in your hands, we know that you love him even more than his earthly parents do. We come before you in faith asking you to heal Luke. Lord all glory and honor is yours. I ask that you continue to fill Luke's parents with hope in you. May they not grow weary Lord, may they hold onto you for strength to get through each step that you bring them through. We love you Lord. In your holy name I pray, amen.

Leon said...

Gordy and family. It was so nice to meet you all. Our conversation was awesome as we tried to figure out all these wonderful connections. Your description of the treatment is interesting.

Hi Luke, I felt very special to meet you. You are such a tough little man. That big tank thing must be fun. You can pretend you're in a sub and someday you will talk about this.

Later dude!

Anonymous said...

Hello from Uncle Tom & Aunt Cindy in beautiful Whistler BC! We are so close to you...
We are praying and rejoicing at good things now and to come... Fierce Trust!

Pam&Hal said...

I really enjoyed your description of the chamber; having toured one I can identify with your "fish tank" feeling. We are going to celebrate your dives by having fish food for dessert....Ben & Jerry's Phish Food that is. One of our favorites. We'll hope to share a dish with Luke and the whole family soon.
As always, you are in our hearts and prayers.
Love, Pam, Hal, Carl and Paul

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Boy you sound like you are a very busy boy! Your Daddy sounds like he is doing a great job taking care of you and your family. Gordy, thanks for sharing all that with us. I bet that is a sight to see. We are praying for you guys each day and so look forward to you sharing more with all of us. Thanks for taking time to let us know how things are. Luke you know that Jesus is with you and Daddy at all times. Leon, I am so glad you got to meet Luke and his sweet family. I hope that we will be able to do the same one day! Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

dear luke i love you so so much i wish you eat out and drink out of your mouth by cade walker

Bert said...

Luke, my 4 year old Cade sure loves you, he was so happy to see pictures of you, he said it makes him happy. He wanted to write to you, it was his first time blogging. He prays diligently for you every night, and is so thankful to Jesus that your doing so well. Your such a big brave boy! We love you.
The Walkers

lockwoods said...

Thank you so much for updating us!!! I have been checking every day, and had such an unexpected surprise that you posted! You are being lifted up in prayer day and night here. Little Luke...you are such a brave little boy. We love you so much, and know that your Heavenly Papa loves you even more! Sue, I pray for strength for you especially as you approach the end of your pregnancy. Gordy, may God give you strength and wisdom. Our God is able to do more than we ever hoped or imagined. Look...He already has! And I think this is just the beginning. That is such awesome news about Luke falling asleep with his arms relaxed!!! Ya-hoo and Praise the Lord!!!

Lord, I lift this family up to you. You made Luke. You gave him life...twice. You have restored this precious child to his family. For this, we praise You! Now, Father, we ask in the name of Your Son, Jesus, that you would complete this miraculous work you have started. Restore Luke. Touch his brain. Touch his muscles. Touch his body. Cause him to relax, and to be fully whole again. Hold his family in your arms, and give them strength for each day. Help Luke not to be scared, but to find comfort in his family's love, and in Your great love. Oh Lord, You are truly good...You are able to do more than we would even think to ask. We come before you and ask for total healing and restoration for little Luke. Thank You, Lord, for making the way for us to come to you. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your own Son, Jesus. It's in His name we come to you and ask these things. Amen.

Leon said...

Gordy and family - I finally wrote a post about our visit. It's called Blogging With Luke. When I tell people I met Luke they smile and say "How neat." Yeah, how neat (to meet you all).

Rest easy little Luke,
Sleep with out a care,
God has an angel watching you,
Your special Angel Bear.

Anonymous said...

Hi Gordy and Sue and Luke,
Thanks for keeping us "posted" during your trip. We have been praying and wondering how it has been going. Thanks for the detailed description of the process- as I have been very curious about it and now we have a picture in our mind of what actually goes on.
I am so excited to see what God is going to do. Praying with praise and Thanksgiving acc. to Phil. 4.
Love, Mary in San Antonio

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Hope you are having a good day! We are praying for you and so look forward to all that God is going to do in your life. Do you get to take your little monkey with you when you go on your dives? I bet he likes to go with you. Peace in Jesus name to you and your family and may He be very real to you today!
Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Jennifer said...

I am a LPN that works as a floor nurse now but for the last year and a half I was a hyperbaric oxygen tech. I worked with monoplace (Single person) chambers rather than with a multiplace chamber like the one that ya'll are receiving treatments in. Most of my patients were chronic wound patients and they dived at 2.0-2.5 ATA. I have been following this site for quite a while now and will be continuing to pray for Luke and for all of you. I hope and pray that the hyperbaric treatments are helpful for Luke.

Jennifer in Chattanooga, TN

Cass' Mom said...

Hi Sue, Gordy and little Luke! I've been following Luke's progress and keeping you guys in my prayers. I think of you often thank Heavenly Father that our paths crossed. Just wanted to touch base with you and let you know how much you're loved. I hope the weekend went well and I am anxious to read how it progresses. Much love and prayers--Kris:)

LoFenton said...


Hope all is going well in Canada. As I have read it looks like things are going well. Can't wait to see what the outcome of just this first trip to the chamber will show. Praying for you all up there in Canada, and of course for the ones at home - praying that they are all doing good as well and staying healthy.

Love you and you are in our constant prayers!!

Lonnie and Lori

Anonymous said...

Luke, Your story has touched my heart and I said a prayer today for you and your family. God Bless

Julie in NC said...

Hello sweet Little Luke, I hope you and you family have had a week of healing. I know all will be ready to get home and to settle back down. Soon you will have a baby sister that you can help with. You are in our prayers very often. Blessings to all, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful to be able to post. I have tried a couple of times in the last few days and it would not let me! I could not remember my log in and I kept trying. I am so glad I was able to now! It has been awhile for me.... I keep thinking... Julie will think I have disappeared!! I am still here... we are praying for you Luke!!! Our computer is messing up plus our little boys have been in the hospital. Our Wyatt has pneumonia .. he is better now. Even while there I thought of you Luke and when I did I prayed for you....
I tried to find a computer in the hospital to check on you! If our computer crashes... I can check at our church and keep up to date there... you are so much a part of our lives. WE love you little guy!! As we spent 4 days in the hospital ... I thought of your mom and dad and how tired they must have become but you know Luke, their strength is amazing. They have encouraged and blessed my life in such a rich way just by sharing your story and their faith and trust in our Father in heaven! Pretty soon you will be big brother... I am so excited for your family. Lots of love for your new baby sister.... and lots of love for you! I love the picture of Natalie feeding you... she is a big help and I know you love her... and Amy too. Our Mandi helps too and our Wyatt loves her so much...
I know you love them so much too... I better close as this is long... but it has been awhile so I have to catch up on all of my thoughts ... I thought about the little boys riding the train! It made me smile. My heart is full. God is so awesome and I am so thankful of the miracle he is doing in Luke's life.
I will write again soon.
Your Georgia Friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

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