Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Guess who slept ALL night, last night?

If you guessed Luke you win! WOW, what a surprise to get up this morning and find out that Luke did not wake up until 7:30 a.m. this morning, this is the longest he has slept since the days that he was in the Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital. You who have been praying for Luke and the rest of us to get sleep just know that God is listening and He is answering your prayers, so please don't give up!

We also want to let you know that we are getting Luke's legs to bend a little bit. We started taking him to my good friend, Brooke who does an excellent job at message therapy and she started to teach us how to work on getting his legs to loosen up. Sue, Amy and Luke's nurses have been working with his legs and it is paying off, Praise the Lord.

My prayer this week, is for me to keep my eyes on the Lord. The Bible verse that keeps coming to my mind is: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6. I could be getting very anxious about his Swallow gram test next Tuesday 1/18/05. It is so important for him to pass this, so that we can start getting him help to eat more through his mouth and getting him to swallow more often. As I mentioned in our last Blog he is eating now through his mouth but only about 6 or 7 bites at a sitting. Which is great news but how we look forward to the day when he will eat more. We also have a appt. with his pulmonologist on Thursday 1/20/05 and we are praying that he will allow us to take our first step at getting out his trach, this is a slow process, but we are ready to begin. Someone on the blog asked why he has a trach, the answer is because he was unable to keep his passage way cleared with his saliva and he was not able to give a good cough so that he could clear it out. He has always been able to breath without it, which has been a real answer to prayer.

We continue to take him in for more HBOT treatments, it was exciting last week to see him try to sit up during the treatment on Wednesday. I wasn't there but Gordy, Natalie and his nurse Mary came home all excited about it. These next two weeks we are hoping to get in at least 3 more treatments, because of all the other appts. he has during this time. We were once again blessed on New Years Eve, someone dropped off a check for $2000.00 to our church, we continue to be amazed at God's goodness to us during this long slow journey to complete recovery. It was given anonymously so if you are reading this THANK YOU!

Hi, After futher thought and realizing that we dont have control over who sees this, I decided to remove our address from this post. If you want our home address, please send an e-mail to howslukedoing@yahoo.com and we will be glad to provide you with our address. We would love to hear from you and if you sent out a Christmas Newsletter we'd love to get one, it is so much fun meeting the people that are so faithful in praying for our family. Just know that we are humbled by you continued prayers and support, God is answering them, so please don't quit!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Anonymous said...

Please read this to Lukey,
Hooah, way to go Little Man.
Praise God for sweet sleep.
Love you Lukey.
Juan and Yoli

Mommy_2 said...

Luke, we are so proud of you! What a big boy to sleep through the night:)

Sue, thanks so much for posting. The Lord is restoring Luke, it may be slow, but He is restorying him none the less! Praise be to God!!! We were so glad to hear that Luke slept through the night, glad for him, but especically glad for you. And the news that he tried to sit up during his treatment...tears of joy!!!!

You all continue to be in our prayers. Thanks for sharing your address! Our kids have really wanted to send Luke some cards and pictures.

God Bless,
The Tilleys
Kory, Darla, Brittney & Lane

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to hear that Luke slept through the night. What a blessing. Prayers are being sent, and have been all along from Vermont!
It is wonderful to hear that he is doing so well, and your faith in such difficult times is truly inspiring.
Karen in VT

lockwoods said...

Thank You, Lord for giving Sue, Gordy, and Luke a much needed full night's rest!!! Praise be to God for His goodness!!!! I am rejoicing with you all! Let's see...a full night's sleep, eating some food through his mouth, leg's being able to bend a bit, and trying to sit up!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!! Way to go, Luke!!! Glory to God!!! I am so glad to be a part of this miracle take place. God still moves. He still heals. I am just in awe of His goodness, when I think that He actually brought your Luke back from the dead...and continues to heal him and touch his little body. His arm isn't shortened that He cannot save! We will continue in prayer for you all, and especially for the swallowgram and pulmonary appointments. We love you, Searles Family!!!

The Lockwood Clan
Mark, Amy, Elijah, Tabitha, Joanna, Josiah, and Chloe (due in 3 weeks!!)

Julie in NC said...

Sue, You are a wise women! I am glad you did that! I am so excited to read all that is going on with Luke. God is so faithful to hear our prayers. Thanks for letting us know all that Little Luke is doing. As I read your post I thought of the verse in the Bible were it says that God grants sleep to those he loves. I know that you and your family know that he loves you...We see that in your life too. Be blessed with a wonderful and peaceful day. Blessings and Love, Shane, Julie and children

Anonymous said...

What great news! God is working and prayers are being answered!!! We are praying.... still when I wake in the night I pray for all of you to sleep... especially Luke!!! Such great news. Our computer is back up and I am so thrilled to see you post! We loved your New Year letter.... I lost all my email addy's so I am so thankful I had an email from you!!! Julie, if you read this ... I lost yours.... So many people joined together to lift prayers for Luke....
we love all of you... how's Ms Lily Joy doing???

your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Anonymous said...

Dear Gordy and Sue,
I have been following every day what's been happening in your precious family, but this is the first time I've sent a comment. Thank you so much for your updates! I'm continuing to hold all of you up in my prayers, and am so encouraged by the Lord's wonderful sustaining grace that you are experiencing. The progressing healing for Luke is truly miraculous - and how wonderful that you had that wonderful night of restful sleep. Isn't it such a blessing to know that God meets our needs in His special way and His perfect time - He knows even before we ask!
Carol Foss

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, I hope you are still resting well at night and your family is too. We will keep asking our Lord to heal your body. Be blessed with a great day and give Lily a kiss. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, I hope you are resting, eating and moving alot these days! We are praying that our Lord will heal you and restore your body to normal. Make sure you give your sister's a big smile and your brothers a funny face. We so look forward to hearing about you. Sue and family we are keeping you all in our prayer too. I pray that you have a peaceful night and are blessed with sleep. Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

renajoe said...

Searles Family,
We have been so encouraged by all the great reports of Luke's progress! It is exciting to see the daily miracles that God is working in his body. It is always a big thrill for us to pull up the blog and see what has been going on in your lives. We are trying to get a date planned for a family get-together, as we can't wait to see you all, give big hugs all around and hold the newest addition to the clan. Hope you all are holding up well and continuing to be blessed by each new day. We love you and continue to lift you up in prayer and thanksgiving. God is so good!
Joe & Rena

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, My heart still melts when I see that sweet picture of you on the blog. I have been praying for you family the past few day that all the flash backs will be gone. I guess I need to pray that if you are having any that Jesus will heal them as well. I hope you are resting well and so is everyone else. We are going to FL for a week so I may not be able to post but you bet we will keep on praying for your healing. Blessings & Love, Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Hello, Luke! We are waiting to hear from you! How are you doing? How is Lily Joy... she is one month old... right??? I know all of you are so busy but wanted you to know we check to see what is the latest and we are still praying for Luke! Also for all of you! How did the appts. go??? How is Daniel doing.... and the girls?
How about that new baby Lily??? Please know we haven't forgotten and I still pray when I wake in the night...
Our love to all of you,
Your Georgia Friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley