Sunday, March 06, 2005

We're happy to celebrate Luke's 2nd Birthday this week!

This week has once again been a week of real highs and lows for me. We hit the 6 month anniversary mark since the accident and it was kind of rough for me as I once again thought about how much I miss my little precious Lukie that used to run around and keep us all so busy. I'm so thankful for the Lord sparing his life and at times I feel bad wishing He would do more for us quicker. I have sooo much to be thankful because I know that God is moving in Luke's life and in others as they have shared with us how they grown closer to God in praying for Luke.

We have some good news to report. We met with a Christian neuro developmentalist on Saturday and we're greatly encouraged by her evaluation of Luke. She said that given what Luke has been through he is doing great. She told us that his brain is working better than we think. She saw him respond to a request almost immediately after asking him to look me in the eyes she said that it was very fast, that quite often in brain injuries there is a delay in following directions and that she didn't see this in him. She set us up with an intense program to help Luke with quite a few area's in his development. She said that it would be good to find someone that likes to organize things put together a schedule of people that would like to help us with the different things that we need to do each day to help Luke get better. Over the past months I've had people ask me what they could do to help, well happily I can finally say that we will take any help you can commit to. The only thing that we ask is that you try to make a firm commitment to the time you want to help so that we can all use our time wisely. There are things that we can be doing with Luke that will sometimes take up to 5 people at a time to help with. It felt so good to hear her say that she thought that Gordy and I have done everything right in helping Luke get better. We give all the praise to God for His wisdom in directing our steps in helping Him with Luke's healing.

Luke has had a great week. He got to go to one of his favorite places, Miss Yoli's home on Friday. It was the first time that he has gone to someone's home without me since the accident. He had a great time as did Yoli and her kids. We also took him to the park on Sunday after church. He seemed so alert to all the noises and things going on around him and had such a pleasant face.

This next week will be another busy week of appointments. On Tuesday he has his pulmonologist appointment, we are praying that his lungs will be clear and that his Dr. will say we can schedule his bronchial scope to see if his lungs are okay to have his trach removed. He also has a PT appt that day. Then on Wednesday he has an appt. to get his leg braces adjusted a little. He has been doing great with them he is already at the second notch at keeping a little bend in his knee, you see, you all pray and God answers, isn't He so awesome! After that appt. we have an appt. with the gastronologist, I'm hoping that we can even begin to put more of his food into his G-tube which is his stomach, he has been doing so well at taking his food this past week. No appointments on Thursday since it is his Birthday. Then one more appt. on Friday with the PT. On Saturday we are planning his Birthday party. I get so emotional thinking about how thankful I am to God that we are celebrating his 2nd Birthday. God is so good!

We were once again blessed this week by receiving a package from Australia, thank you to the Gannaway family, they have been praying for Luke along with all of you since they first heard about him. The most wonderful thing in the box was a special pillow case they made with scriptures that we've shared on the blog with you all that have meant so much to us. I cried with joy as I looked at the pillow case, we are so blessed, to have all of you join us in praying for Luke. As the Bible says, The prayers of a righteous man or woman availeth much, we are definitely seeing the answers to your prayers so please don't stop going before our Heavenly Father with your petitions for Luke. Thank you for continuing to pray, may God richly bless you today!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Luke! I hope he has a wonderful day. If I didn't live across the country from you (in CT) I'd offer to volunteer! Best of luck to you and your whole family. I've been reading your blog from the start.

Lynne

Anonymous said...

I wanted to tell a little Luke/Isaiah story.

I'm teaching the Sunday school class that Isaiah is in right now. Our lesson yesterday was on Jesus healing the sick man's sun. I asked the question, if anybody knew someone who had been healed. Seeming as how Isaiah was in the class, I suppose the question was semi-directed towards Luke, but I wasn't quite sure whether Isaiah or any of the other kids in the class would understand that Luke had been healed, consider were he is now. (If that makes any sense.) Well both Isaiah and another little girl in my class that is close to the Searles family, piped up that Luke had been healed. And I agreed that he had and we talked a little bit about it with the class and discussed how Luke had been healed.
Well a little later right before we were about to eat snack, I asked if there were any prayer requests, Isaiah told me that he wanted to pray that Luke would get healed, and that he already prays every night and morning, but can we pray now too? I said of course, and our church ushers picked that exact moment to come in to count the class, so we all prayed together. I think it was one of the most quiet times that my class has every had when they were praying. I was really amazed and thankful for how Luke has touched everyone even my class of 5-7 year olds.

Also, I'd be more than willing to help in an area you need, if it's from helping with the Luke aspect or keeping the boys busy while everyone else is helping with Luke. Just let me know! :-)

Jasmyn

Christie said...

What a wonderful celebration Luke's birthday will be! I will continue to lift him and your entire family up in prayer. Give Luke lots of hugs and kisses from all of us.

Julie in NC said...

Sue, Thanks for the update! Oh, how we wish we could be at Little Luke's Birthday party! I bet he will be so happy to have all the people that loves him so much around him. I was so glad to hear that the Dr said
"She told us that his brain is working better than we think". That is just wonderful. Ya know Sue...I would miss my little guy running abound too. I bet that is very hard and would be trying at times to face all that you are facing. You guys are doing so good trusting the Lord with not only Luke's life but in your life each day! God is a faithful God and will always be with you and your family. The healing will come. We are praying each day for God to heal Little Luke. May the Lord lead you today and may you know that it is he alone that is your strength. Blessings, Julie

Teena said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUKE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUKE... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LUKE.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Sue, I know your heart must think of all the things. The other day the children and I were going to town and I told them Luke's birthday was coming... they were all excited and I sat there... and tears came to my eyes... as I just thought of ... different things. I am sure you have thought of them to. I am so thrilled that God brought him back to your family. I know your memories hurt at times, but I too, rejoice of what God is doing in Luke's life.
Also, praising God for the christian doctor and what she said.
That is awesome about Luke's brain!
I too wish I was closer so I could help out!

Will post again as his DAY draws closer!

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

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, Just one more day till you are TWO!!!!! We will be the first to sing to you, ya know we are up a wee bit before you are in the morning.
Blessings, Shane, Julie and Children

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Anonymous said...

HAPPY,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU LUKE! WE HOPE AND PRAY THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL DAY! WE LOVE YOU LITTLE GUY!

SHANE, JULIE AND CHILDREN

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Sorry guys for all the same post! I have had a hard time with the blog today! Blessings, Julie

Leon said...

Hi all, Belated birthday greetings to Gordy and Natalie. Hope you are all fine.

Hi Luke, Happy Birthday little guy. You're a big 2 today! Wow! Have a fun birthday Luke.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Luke!!! So hard to believe you are 2 already. You were such a little guy when I first met you (summer 2003).

I just know you are having a wonderful day with your family today!!

-Teresa, Lawrence, Zachary, Jonathan, Sarah, Jacob and Karen and Amanda.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Luke!!! So hard to believe you are 2 already. You were such a little guy when I first met you (summer 2003).

I just know you are having a wonderful day with your family today!!

-Teresa, Lawrence, Zachary, Jonathan, Sarah, Jacob and Karen and Amanda.

Sean and Karen Price said...

Happy Birthday Luke from the Price family. We continue to pray and lift you up always. Sue I would love to help with the exercises or anything in anyway. Please just call

sddlat said...

Just writing to let you all know Luke and your family are in my prayers. I read on Abbies site Luke got his trach removed. I will definately pray for his fever to go down.

Anonymous said...

I just read on Abbie's site Luke had his trach removed. I pray that his fever is going down. Luke is in my prayers.