Thursday, April 28, 2005

I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart, Luke got his trach out and is doing great!

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. Where? Down in my heart? Where? Down in my heart. I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart, down in my heart to stay and I’m so happy, yes, so very happy, I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart and I’m so happy, so very happy, Luke got his trach out yesterday. That was the song that I sang on the way home from the Hospital yesterday. To say that I am happy is putting it mildly, I would like to announce to the world God's goodness to our family is great!

God is so good all the time! Let me begin by going back to the day of the bronchoscopy procedure. As the nurse was going over the directions for the procedure, nothing was said about getting his trach out, which is called decanulation. So Gordy asked her about why it was not written on the paper, she said not to sign the paper and have us wait for the Dr. to explain what was going to happen that morning. When he came in to go over what would be happening, we brought up the fact that decanulation was not mentioned on the paper and asked why. He said that he didn’t want to put it down because he was not sure if Luke was ready to get his trach out, so we asked how will we know if he is ready. He said if there was not any scarring tissue or granulation in his bronchial and if he could handle swallowing and breathing without the trach he would try to take it out, but he sounded doubtful. I just could not become discouraged, because I truly believed in my heart that Luke was going to get his trach out that day, I had such peace in my heart, though satan tried to steal it continually.

I was asked if I would like to stay in the room during the procedure and I said sure, so I was able to pray right behind Luke the entire time and watch as the scope was happening. I did not see any scarring or anything but beautiful pink tissue as he would go down different parts of the bronchia’s. They took out the trach and he was having a difficult time breathing for just a few minutes and the Dr. that was giving him his IV and monitoring his vital signs made the comment that he thought that if it was left out he would be seeing Luke that night in the Intensive Care Unit, I began to pray all the harder and went over to Luke since he was awake and talked with him, he began to settle down with his breathing when he knew I was there and his stats began to look good and the Dr. changed his mind. They both said that they guessed he could try to keep the trach out and that they were guardedly optimistic. I told them that I would take the optimistic part of that and that I was praying that we would be leaving there the next morning with out a trach. As the Dr. who made the comment about seeing him that night left he said to Gordy, we may be seeing you tonight, Gordy replied to him why are you planning to stop by his room for a visit? He just gave Gordy a funny smile and left.

It was wonderful having the peace of God, that only He can give that morning and know that because I felt the Lord had told me that Luke was going to get his trach out it was going to happen. No matter what the Dr.’s said, or what the circumstances looked like. I was so excited to also be told by the pulmonologist that Luke’s muscle tone is doing so much better and he is looking so good. That was like putting another happy song in my already joyful heart.

Thank you for your prayers. The hospital stay was great. We had many people stop by with tears in their eye’s rejoicing with us that Luke is doing so wonderful. My sister Cindy was with us through out the day helping with Lily and Luke and then in the evening my wonderful friend Yoli, came to help with night duty again. She had been there every night while Luke was in the hospital the original time. We had a great night praying, watching Luke, while doing our Bible study and testifying to our night nurse. My sister Jill was also able to stop by for a quick visit in the evening. I knew that I would not be able to sleep much because they said the only way we would be dismissed to go the next morning is if Luke’s oxygen levels stayed above 90 all night. So I only got about two hours of sleep. Luke did great, once again showing that God was with him each step of the way.

I have one last wonderful thing to tell all of you. During the procedure Gordy stayed in the waiting area and while he was praying for Luke, he once again gave him to the Lord. As he was praying the Lord showed him a wonderful dream; as he symbolically put Luke in the arms of Jesus, Jesus just reached down and gave him a kiss and it looked like he breathed a breath of life into Luke, then he set Luke down on the ground and Luke ran back to Gordy. Gordy felt like the Lord then said to him I am the Lord that is healing Luke. Gordy and I were in tears as he shared this with me after the procedure, knowing that we continue to see a miracle in process.

Luke is doing great, our biggest prayer requests right now are that God will keep him healthy and that he will not get any infection in the trach hole. Also that he will continue to have a strong cough to get out any remaining secretions in his chest so that it won’t go into bronchitis or pnemonia. May God richly bless you today and just know that He loves you more than you can even imagine.

Love in Christ,
Luke’s Mommy Sue


seeker of truth said...

All glory and honor to God HE is sooo good all the time ALL THE TIME!!

Julie in NC said...

Lord Jesus, Thanks so much for all that is going on in Lukes body! We do give you ALL the glory and honor for the healing going on with Luke. Gordy, hold on to that dream! We will stand and keep asking the Lord to bring that to pass. Love you guys! Shane, Julie and Children

Anonymous said...

Sue, Gordy and Family -

How great to hear about the wonderful news. Your faith is an inspiration to me. We will keep praying for healing.

Stacy (Carbee) Degele

Jenni said...

Wow, I am in tears! What a beautiful testimony of God's awesome power to heal and to give back dreams that we give to him. Thank you for you testimonies they continue to encourage my faith in our loving Father!


Teena said...

JOY JOY JOY~ I sit here typing, crying... tears of JOY~ I am so very thankful. I just cried when I read of Gordy's prayer~ God IS healing Luke and we are all witnesses!!! My heart is full~ I am printing out this page to take and show friends... of God's mighty miracles!!!!

we love all of you~
your Ga. friends~
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Mommy_2 said...

What awesome news. I'm so glad the Lord shared this vision with Gordy... He is working such a miracle in Luke. Luke is going to have quite a testimony to share someday!

Love & prayers,
The Tilleys
Kory, Darla, Brittney & Lane

MaryAnn said...

I have been following your blog from the very beginning,but this is the first time I have posted.(I heard about Luke's accident from a post on the Quiverful Yahoo group.) I, too cried tears of joy for all of you. I sit here praising God that he reveals His glory to us in moments like these, as right before our eyes we see Luke being healed. I have a son just about Luke's age, and when I look at him it reminds me to lift up Luke and the rest of your family in prayer. I am rejoicing with you!

Anonymous said...

What incredible news!!! We are continuing to pray and are so thankful for the vision that the Lord gave Gordy. I'm sure that to see Luke's daily progress is something no one will ever be able to take away from you.

Praise be to Jesus!!!
Love to you all, Pastor Brad, Cheri, Reagan & Bailey Melton (in GA)

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here in my dorm room with tears in my eyes....God is doing amazing things in Luke and through your family. Your faith continues to amaze and inspire me, as it has since the first day I read about Luke. Thank you, and Luke continues to be in my prayers, along with the rest of your family.

Teena said...

Just up late and checking in to see how you are! Thinking/praying for you... still rejoicing over your trach being out! I am telling everyone I know!!! PTL~

we are singing too! Hugs & kisses, Luke~ we love you, Buddy!!!
your Ga. friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Anonymous said...

I'm sooo happy to hear that Luke is doing so well!! I check almost daily to see how things are going.
God Bless!!

Ellen in PEI

Anonymous said...

First of all a very Happy Birthday to you, Sue....all of us are feeling the "joy down in our hearts" for what God has done for Luke!! We have prayed MUCH and will continue to do so.....we know the "effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous avails much." God is healing, restoring, renewing, reviving.....we were thrilled to come home from District Council and receive this good report. All glory and praise to the Lord. We continue to keep all of you in our prayers.....we love you very much. Auntie 'n Uncle (Hope to see you soon)!

Julie in NC said...


Happpy birthday Sue! May the Lord bless you today with a day of love,peace and rest! You have blessed us all so much. I hope in your heart you will feel the love from all that love you. Blessings to you, Julie

lockwoods said...

What Wonderful news!!!! We are rejoicing with you that Luke no longer has a trach! All praise be to God!!! We will continue lifting you all up before our Awesome Father!
The Lockwoods
(Mark, Amy, Lij, Tab, Jana, Josie, and Chloe)

Anonymous said...

Hello and God's Peace be multiplied unto you this day of Grace!

It is only by him and through him that we make it through each day.

My son, Laban, has a chronic lung disease caused by getting RSV at the tender age of 2 weeks. He has had pneumonia 16 times and is currently battling the potential 17th. What has really helped him with his past few pneumonias (keeping him from getting to sick and from being hospitalized) is The Vest System. Here is the link.. It has really done better chest percussuion and helped him cough up what he couldn't on his own. I don't know if Luke is big enough for this.. but thought I'd recommend it.. oh.. and they do have a grant program so you don't have to pay for it yourself.

God's Peace,

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD! GO LUKE GO! You are such a trooper and God has you right in the palm of His healing hand.
Stevanie Sweet

Julie in NC said...

Good Day Little Luke, How are you doing today? I have been praying that all is going really good at your home. I have once again been asking or Lord Jesus to restore you body to normal! We love you, Shane, Julie and Children

Teena said...

Hi, Luke, how are you doing today?
Just thinking of you and praying!

Happy Birthday, Sue!!! Hope you have/had a great day!! You are so very special to us!

thank you again and again for sharing your family with us~
your Ga friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Julie in NC said...

Hello Little Luke, How have you been doing without your trach? I bet you are doing great! We have been praying for you so much....we look forward to the day that your little body is restored. Have your big brother's been reading you some good books the past few days. I bet they have. Did you get a taste of Mommy's birthday cake. I hope you gave her a big Kiss!!! You rest well tonight.

Blessings, Shane, Julie and children

Loni said...

I was not able to leave a comment when I first read this, but continue to rejoice with you and look forward to more wonderful, updates. GOD IS GOOD!

JimHBO said...
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JimHBO said...

Excited and happy to hear about that Luke has proven them wrong again! My apologies for not saying good-bye in Yelm.

Luke has truly been blessed.

- Jim

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Jim, Thanks for stopping by to check in on Luke. Send me an email at